Springlee

Craighouse, Melrose, Scottish Borders, TD6 9DU

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Ideal for ...

  • Adults
  • Dogs
  • Scenic views
  • Working farm

Why stay here ...

Springlee is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders in a rural location on a small working farm surrounded by stunning views of the countryside and rolling hills. The 1 acre site is sloping with a mixture of lawned and hardstanding pitches all with electric hook-ups and space for awnings etc. There is a public footpath/track which runs adjacent to the site which is suitable for dog walkers.

Springlee is an ideal base for exploring the central Borders and beyond. The towns of Melrose, Galashiels, Kelso and Jedburgh are all within easy reach offering cafes, galleries, restaurants, artisian shopping, local produce and supermarkets.

On our doorstep is Smailholm Tower, Scotts View one of Sir Walter Scott's favourite views of the Eildon Hills and a short drive to Abbottsford House and Visitor Centre his ancestrol home, Dryburgh Abbey and the River Tweed.

For cycling enthusiasts we are only a short cylce away from joining the Tweed Cycle Route, the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route and Melrose Cycling Trials. Walkers are also well catered for wether it be a local path around the towns and countryside or for the more strenuous the Borders Abbeys Way a circular walking route (109km/68miles) or St Cuthbert's Way (100km/62.5miles) Melrose to Holy Island in Northumberland to name but two. There are also many golf courses in the surrounding area and for those who like a day out at the races, Kelso race course is only 8 miles away.

Edinburgh is within easy reach under an hours drive, under an hour on the new Borders Railway from Tweedbank (6 miles) or from the nearest bus stop in Earlston (3 miles).

Please note: This CL does not offer electric car charging. The earest electric car charging facility is in Earlston (2.3 miles)

Facilities on site ...

  • Battery charging
  • Dog walk from site
  • Recycling facilities
  • TV reception: good
  • Working farm

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Latest arrival time: 12:00 AM

1 acres

Some sloping pitches

Electric amperage: 16

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Lat 55.61045 / Lon -2.63037
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Well spaced pitches, good views, good for independent types

Springlee
Just finished a 9 night stay at this site. Lovely setting, great views and well kept (although grass clippings not collected so you track them in to awning and collect them wheeling water barrels over grass). Not sure why there's a 3 night minimum stay as there were empty pitches whilst we were there and not far from the main A68 to Edinburgh/Darlington so would be good overnight stop. Maybe owners don't have time to field additional enquiries/admin shoter stays might mean. You pitch on any available pitch and take your own electric reading on arrival and departure. 10 units per night included and additional payable on departure at cost (we didn't need heating on so were well within limits). You're unlikely to see the owners who both work and there's no information hut or any leaflets on walks, places to visit, pub recommendations, locations of supermarkets, doctors, vets etc. Not a problem for us as we are Internet savvy and happy to do research. The owner did kindly print a document I needed to sign and post after I emailed and asked so they're available if you need them. Uphill slog from lower pitches to water and waste disposal so maybe not suitable for all. The tap is the slowest we've encountered this trip. We laughed as one chap would bring up a stool and newspaper and sit and read whilst his barrel filled. Pitches are well spaced and plenty of room for unit, awning, car and sit out and all pitches got sun or shade all day on one side of van or the other. We did find the road which is only a C road considerably noisier than we expected so it must be used as a cut through and lots of trucks and boy racers starting at sbout 6am (did quieten in the afternoon before evening rush hour). We were on the closest pitch to the road so it may be less noticeable further down the hill. Some noise from adjacent cement/tarmac quarry works. Lots of lovely places to visit in the area, Eildon Hills, Wallace Statue, Scott's View, Abbotsford, Dryburgh and other abbeys. Some lovely walks and wild swimming of river Tweed and Melrose, Kelso and Selkirk also nice. Rally lovers might enjoy proximity to stages of the Jim Clark rally. There is a farm track adjacent to the site where you can walk dogs but I did encounter traffic a couple of times so be careful. My older arthritic collie also struggled on it as it's rough stone. It does turn into a grass track after the farm turnoff but it was pretty overgrown/unpassable so didn't venture too far down it before giving up. All in all we had a relaxing time helped by excellent weather and it was good value for money.

wisaacs

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Reviewed on 04/06/2023 18:07

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Having read reviews and decided to book last minute there is a 3 night minimum stay. Hopefully next time I'm in the area I can try this site with good reviews.

AYM Reid

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Reviewed on 03/06/2023 17:03

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😁Re-reading the reviews when we had been at the site for a few days and they do reflect the various aspects of the site very well. 🚴‍♂️Good for cycling and places to visit. Feeling of space and open air. 👍🏽One of the best CLs we have been to.👍🏽 It is an excellent place that even when paying the extra money over the included 10kwh per day limit was only about £20 total per night (pretty average usage in a cool May). So much better value than the £36+ you would pay for the Caravan/Motorhome club site in Melrose. And so much nicer and quieter. 👍🏽The owner (Pam Spink) was super helpful on arrival and the site is really well maintained. 🐏Views are lovely. 🚗Passing whoosh of cars on the Melrose to Kelso road is not really a bother since traffic is so light. Would come here again. Excellent place.  📶Mobile signal for EE really fast and Tesco (O2 network) ok.  Recommended!😉😁

Kate A

Reviewed on 04/05/2023 08:46

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We originally booked for 2 nights - but in the end extended it to 4 as the day after we arrived it rained constantly. Pam informed us when we booked that the price was £18pn - and that each pitch had an allocation of 10 KwH of electricity per day, electricity used over and above would be charged at a rate of 0.29p per unit. Pam emailed us all the site details plus method of payment. We duly paid - got our confirmation and arrived after a day visiting Melrose Abbey (free parking past the rugby club) and Abbotsford House (parking charges apply). We were offered a free tour of Melrose Abbey by a local volunteer. Highly recommend - infact all the abbeys (Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh and Dryburgh are worth visiting (all half price at the moment due to the risk of falling masonry). On arrival at the site we found the motorhome water point at the entrance (it could be easily missed). We filled up on our arrival but after that topped up using our watering can, we chose our pitch (slightly sloping), took our meter reading and settled down for the evening. We received an email later that evening informing us that two of the "level" pitches were to be vacated the next day, so next morning we moved our outfit (all the necessary meter readings having been taken). There are some great cycle routes around Melrose (4 Abbeys Cycle Route, Tweed Cycle Route, National Cycle Route 1 as well as the Melrose Cycle Trails - leaflets for all available at Tourist Information Offices). One of the local trails can be joined at the turn off to Scott's View off the main road. We took advantage of two full days of cycling after our day of rain. The views from the site are lovely. Smailholm Tower can be seen on one of the hills in the distance. We cycled to it. The views from the top were amazing - as were the views from the Wellington Monument - which we had cycled up to via a forest trail the previous day. We enjoyed our stay at the CL. The grass was cut on the day after the rain, which meant we were trailing grass into our motorhome for a couple of days - couldn't be helped - but not ideal. There is another water point at the top of the site which is up a slight incline - this is also where the bins and grey/black waste disposal area is situated. It's just a shame there isn't a more convenient place to site a grey waste area for motorhomes, and indeed for caravaners - as I suspect it could be hard work for less able guests to drag their grey waste containers up to the area. We have a couple of buckets in the back of the motorhome, so we had to discharge our grey waste into these and walk them up to the disposal area. We never met Pam, but she did leave a plastic wallet on our motorhome with the details we had to fill in regarding the electricity usage. Fortunately we were well within our 40 KwH allocation for the 4 nights we were staying. The Valais Blacknose sheep in the adjoining field were just adorable.

Carolee

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Reviewed on 30/09/2022 16:50

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Stayed 8 nights at this lovely well kept site. Warm welcome from owner Pam. Lovely views over the countryside. We were 5th unit to arrive on the day we travelled and had to pitch on quite a slope but managed to finally get level. Very good chemical disposal and recycling bins. Quite a steep climb to this area if you are on a lower pitch. Would return, excellent break thank you Pam.

mags2745

Reviewed on 17/07/2022 20:35

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