Came for a long weekend, walking eating and drinking in the area.... this was a gem of a find. To be able to come back to a warm cosy cottage at the end of the day was a real treat. Well worth it, and we will be back.
Quirky cottage in a lovely location for walking.
The cottage had most things needed for a short stay and was comfortable. Unfortunately the internet didn't work the whole time we were there which made it impossible to check tide times, opening times and weather forecasts etc. That could be forgiven but we also wanted to discuss the cleanliness of the cottage with the owner and after trying all 3 telephone numbers and leaving messages it became clear that they had no intention of responding.
The cottage was in need of a clean in some areas: skirting boards, bath panels etc looked like they had not been cleaned in ages. This lack of attention to detail made the cottage feel a bit grubby.
Lovely location on edge of village and on Pennine Way. Full of character and history, but fully equipped and comfortable. Pub in the village and shop nearby. Great location for quiet holiday.
We found this on the internet and liked the history of the cottage and its location. It is a lovely little compact cottage at the edge of the Pennine Way and the village is really friendly and an excellent location for exploring the Scottish borders.
There is a log burner which we didn't need to use as we had a good week weather-wise and there is oil central heating.
The views from the cottage are stunning and it is a walkers' paradise. The Borders Hotel serves hearty meals to die for and there is a general store in Town Yetholm, just a short walk or drive away. If you want to get away from it all this is ideal.
The bedding is high quality and feather duvets and pillows so beware if you are allergic and let the owners know.
My only suggestion would be to bring some comfy slouchy outside chairs/deckchairs if you are there in summer and you want to relax with a book in the garden. There is the usual garden table and chairs and there is a summer house but if you like to sunbathe a little you might want some comfy chairs/loungers if they will fit in your car - definitely worth taking.
The upsides: the Gypsy Palace has lots of character and charm. There are a lot of very nice touches, such as the stained glass windows and other ornaments throughout the house. There are several books in the bookshelf at the top of the stairs that detail the historical significance of the Palace and Kirk Yetholm. It was gratifying to see the house prominently featured in these works and also on the historical markers in nearby Town Yetholm.
The house is situated in a quiet neighborhood directly on the Pennine Way, a National Trail which extends from Edale in the Midlands of England 267 miles north to end in Kirk Yetholm. During our stay we saw occasional hikers and horseback riders making their way down the trail. The house is within easy walking distance of two pubs, the Border and the Plough, both of which have a fine selection of Scotch whisky and excellent food.
The house was very clean upon our arrival, and the owner thoughtfully provided coffee and tea to enjoy after our journey from the Highlands. There are a couple of bicycles in the "Lodge" (out building) for guests who would like to take a ride along the Pennine Way or to town.
The downsides: The house is pretty tiny-- while in theory it may sleep four as advertised, practically the space is best suited for no more than two adults and one or two small children-- four adults would most likely not be comfortable with the sleeping or living arrangements.
The photos in the listing do a great job of showing the highlights of the place; however, they don't really give an accurate idea of the size and layout. The dining room, for instance, doubles as the foyer of the front doorway, and while there are four chairs included, it is really not something more than two people could use comfortably (even two is a squeeze unless you are quite petite). The main bedroom and second bedroom are attached, so you must walk through one to get to the other-- this is fine for e.g. a honeymooning couple, or parents in the main bedroom with one or two small children in the second bedroom, but less intimate groups (e.g. three or four adult friends) would probably desire more spacious accommodations.
All in all, we found the Gypsy Palace to be a cozy and well-situated place for a couple or small family.
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