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Chesters (Country Retreat) has two lodges in a beautiful two-acre walled garden with its own croquet lawn, treehouse and vegetables that are yours to pick. The property lounges on the banks of the stunning River Teviot where you can fish for salmon.

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Rooms: 2 Retreat Lodges available both sleep up to 6.

From £369 per week

Meals: Self catering
Open: April to October
Address: , Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Borders,
Tel: 01420 80804

Why we've chosen Chesters (Country Retreat)

Have you ever dreamt of discovering your own secret garden? Fantasy becomes reality at Chesters where you camp out in the woods next to a beautiful two-acre walled garden with its own croquet lawn, and vegetables that are yours to pick. The garden lies on the banks of the stunning River Teviot and used to provide food for the glorious Grade One listed Georgian mansion. As you’ll rapidly come to see, food and drink is a major theme of any stay at Chesters. But Chesters is not just about satiating appetites, it’s about firing the imagination. The estate is full of delightful nooks and crannies and is home to cattle, roe deer, pheasants, partridges and buzzards.

A vast tree house is your kids' and yours to play in, and the river even offers a run of salmon, sea and brown trout for which you can purchase a reasonably priced day ticket. But it is the old walled garden that is the true centrepiece for our encampment, a tranquil hiding place that both time and the modern world have completely passed by. The estate is lucky enough to have its own real ale microbrewery, and it also owns the local Ancrum Cross Keys pub, which provides incredible food thanks to its Gordon Ramsay-trained chef.

John and Ellie, whose efforts to rejuvenate the house and grounds were documented by the Channel 4 programme Country House Rescue, will be your hosts throughout your stay, and they are ably assisted by their daughter Lily and son Thomas. They all view their ownership of Chesters as an enormous privilege and intend to do all they can to make sure the estate not only remains viable but also can be shared with as many people as possible - hence the invitation for you to join them.

Take a short boat ride down the river and you’ll discover Born in the Borders, a stunning newly renovated visitor centre, cafe and restaurant set in one of the estate’s old farm steadings and devoted to local produce in all its forms - everything from cashmere, to cheese and beer, to boutique accessories. The prime attraction of the area is Nature, best seen on two feet or two wheels.

Greentraveller's Insight: The Featherdown Farm Tent
The tents are large enough to fit six people – a maximum of five adults and one child up to 12 years old. Cooking & heating is provided by a cosy wood-burning stove, plus you'll get one crate of firewood provided per day. There is an ample living area (45 square metres), which includes a flushing toilet and spacious, comfortable beds. Each tent includes bed and kitchen linen, the tent’s kitchen has cold running water and there are hot showers on site.

This location is set on the grounds of a gorgeous Country Estate which is a bit different to the working Feather Down Farm locations with their farm animals. 

Top eco features at Chesters (Country Retreat)

  • Off grid - no mains power

  • Wood-burning stove for heating and cooking, hot tubs also wood burning



Chesters, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
Nearest train station: Newcastle Upon Tyne

Directions from station:
Take the bus X47 from Newcastle to the Kenton Bar (Outside The Telephone Exchange) stop

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