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Each Country Retreat tent is equipped with proper outdoor working showers and flushing toilets as well as comfortable mattresses and over 45 square metres of living space. A delightful private hot tub next to each tent to make sure you enjoy the great outdoors on this remarkable estate in full relaxation.
Have you ever dreamt of discovering your own secret garden? Or stumbling across a hidden foodie paradise? Fantasy becomes reality at Chesters as you camp out in the woods next to a beautiful two acre walled garden, filled with vegetables that are yours to pick and eat. The garden lies on the banks of the stunning River Teviot and used to provide food for the glorious Grade One listed Georgian mansion. And as you’ll rapidly come to see, food and drink is a major theme of any stay at Chesters.
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. 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.
John and Ellie, whose efforts to rejuvenate the house and grounds were recently 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 can also be shared with as many people as possible - hence the invitation for you to join them.
But Chesters is not just about sating appetites, it’s about firing the imagination. The estate is full of delightful nooks and crannies and is home to sheep, cattle, roe deer, pheasants, partridges, buzzards, rooks and myriad rabbits. A vast tree house is yours to play with too. The river even offers a run of salmon, sea and brown trout for which you need to bring your own fishing equipment, no licence is required and the day ticket to fish costs £10 per person. But it is the old walled garden that acts as the centrepiece for our encampment, a tranquil hiding place that both time and the modern world have completely passed by.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Jedforest (Scottish Borders): Hotel Coach Stop — 0.1 miles
0.1 miles Ferniehirst: Mill Road End Coach Stop — 1.0 miles
1.0 miles Camptown (Scottish Borders): Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
- Train stations
Berwick-upon-Tweed Rail Station — 31.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Belvedere Ferry Landing — 16.9 miles
16.9 miles Leaplish Ferry Landing — 17.2 miles
17.2 miles Tower Knowe Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 42.5 miles
From Glasgow and Edinburgh:
If you are travelling from Glasgow, the quickest route is to head to Edinburgh and join the ring road.
From the Edinburgh ring road, travel south on the A68 for about an hour. Four miles before Jedburgh, you will see a turning on the right to Ancrum. Take this and then fork left just as you reach the village. You will pass below the village itself. Continue for approx 1.5 miles (you will pass two farms on your left) and you will come to a lodge with some green gates on your left. This is Chesters. Go down the drive and turn left at the crossroads. This will bring you to the stables where we will greet you.
From the A1, take the A696 to Jedburgh just North of the Tyne Bridge. This road will become the A68. Pass through Jedburgh, cross the River Teviot and after 1 more mile on the A68, you will see a sign to Ancrum on your left. Take this, and then fork left just as you reach the village. You will pass below the village itself.
Continue for approx 1.5 miles (you will pass two farms on your left) and you will come to a lodge with some
green gates on your left. This will bring you to the stables where we will greet you.
From the A1 roundabout just South of the Tweed, take the A698 to first Coldstream, then Kelso and finally Jedburgh. Just before Jedburgh you will come to a junction with the A68. Turn right onto the A68, cross the River Teviot and after one more mile, you will see a sign to Ancrum on your left. Take this, and then fork left just as you reach the village. You will actually pass below the village itself. Continue for approx 1.5 miles (you will pass two farms on your left) and you will come to a lodge with some green gates on your left. This is Chesters. Go down the drive and turn left at the cross roads.
Jedburgh is the nearest town for shopping, with a supermarket, a butcher, ironmonger, cafes and pubs.
The Cross Keys at Ancrum is our local pub serving good food and real ales. You can walk there in
approximately 30 minutes and cycle there in 5 minutes. Turn right out of the drive and walk along the road towards
There is an Archery centre on the A698 between Denholm and Hawick (approximately £20 per person).
Horse-riding for experienced riders can be found at Ferniehurst Mill Lodge which is two miles south of Jedburgh on
Golf is available locally at Minto Golf Club - the friendliest course and good for beginners and experienced
If wild-swimming in the river isn't your thing, you can visit the Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick which has a
gym and swimming pool.
Floors Castle in Kelso has a room for everyday of the year and was the main location for Greystoke.
Monteviot Gardens is a short cycle ride from Chesters. It has an arboretum of ancient trees and beautiful
Woodside Nursery and Walled Garden is just after Montenviot and serves fantastic cakes and tea. Admission is free.
There are numerous other attractions in the Borders, ranging from forests and waterfalls to old ruined abbeys
The Scottish Borders are surprisingly accessible; from North or South, Edinburgh or Newcastle, a mere hour and a half’s drive should see you at Chesters. The prime attraction of the area is nature, best seen on two feet or two wheels but it’s also an area that has known more than its fair share of man-made history. The Borders bore the brunt of the conflicts with England, to which its many ruins bear witness and you might want to try the Borders Abbey Way, linking the four great ruined abbeys in Kelso, Melrose, Dryburgh and nearby Jedburgh - although we suspect you’ll always be keen to hurry back to your very own secret garden at Chesters.
- Cragside House, Gardens and Estate (26.7 miles)
- Cragside (26.4 miles)
- Wallington (29.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.