Historic Borders hotel up for sale

Village coaching inn with thatched roof dates from 1750s

• The Border Hotel in the village of Kirk Yetholm is said to attract strong year-round trade.
The Border Hotel in the village of Kirk Yetholm is said to attract strong year-round trade.

A HISTORIC village inn thought to be one of only a handful of Scottish pubs with a thatched roof has come onto the books of property agent Cornerstone.

The Border Hotel in the village of Kirk Yetholm, near Kelso, is described as a “picture postcard” former coaching inn which dates from the 1750s.

Today, the property comprises a public bar with open fire, a 42-cover restaurant with adjoining conservatory, a 16-cover private dining area and a large function room that can cater for up to 100 guests.

The hotel also has five en suite letting rooms and a residents’ lounge area.

Barry McNeil, director of Cornerstone, who is handling the sale, said the hotel, which is just one mile from the border with England, benefits from year-round trade, attracting tourists in the summer and shooting and fishing parties during the winter.

“It’s easy to see why The Border Hotel is popular time and time again with residents and locals as well as holidaymakers, especially walkers, as Kirk Yetholm represents the start of the St. Cuthberts Way and the end of the Pennine Way,” said McNeil.

“The Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm is a picture postcard village coaching inn which dates back to the 1750s.

“From my recollection, it is probably one of the only pubs in Scotland with a thatched roof so it’s a historic property approximately one mile from the English border and nestled in the shadow of the Cheviot Hills, seven miles south of Kelso.

“We are offering the business for sale on a brand new FRI lease basis with a starting rent of £35,000 and a premium of £20,000. The business should certainly interest those with a catering background and who have a speciality with food.”