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Find cottages in The Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders consist of 1,800 square miles of unspoilt and tranquil rolling countryside that stretches south of Edinburgh and the Lothians to the English border in Scotland’s south east corner. To the east is the magnificent Berwick coastline and to the west is Dumfries and Galloway.

This is an area where visitors can enjoy the very best outdoor activities; learn about the fascinating history and culture of the area by visiting its many historical and cultural sites of interest and simply soak up its untouched and natural beauty.

The Berwickshire coast is perfect for stunning cliff-top walks and the Berwickshire Coastal Path runs from Eyemouth to St. Abbs affording great sea views. This coastline has some very dramatic cliffs and charismatic fishing villages.

St. Abbs is popular with holidaymakers who come here to walk and see the wonderful marine and bird life; the waters in this area provide the perfect conditions for a diverse range of sea life including grey seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds. The St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve is well known for the conservation work it does to maintain the pristine condition of this stretch of coastline.

The River Tweed and Tweed Valley is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with a host of wonderful walking routes and off-road mountain bike trail and includes the 7 stanes mountain bike centre. Keen anglers will of course also know that this area is famous for the quality of its salmon fishing rivers.

The regions border towns include Galashiels, known for its textiles and 19th century architecture, Peebles situated on the River Tweed, a handsome and sophisticated little town with parkland and river side-walks, and Selkirk which has great views of St. Mary’s Loch.

Also of interest is Kelso, much favoured by Sir Walter Scott, for its wonderful architecture and cultural past. Close by Scotland’s largest inhabited house, Floors Castle, occupies acres of parkland which overlooks the River Tweed. The castle itself houses collections of paintings, furniture and porcelain.

At Melrose, Abbotsford, the former residency of Sir Walter Scott, remains one of the most famous houses in the world. Here there is a visitor centre and family play trail for the children – well worth a visit.

This region has not always been as peaceful as it is today; historically it’s been the focal point for many cross border conflicts which can be evidenced by the large number of castles and grand stately homes that can be found throughout the area; it also provides some fascinating days out for visitors!

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Scottish Borders today.

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  • Fisherman’s View

    Burnmouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43234

    Set in the tiny string of houses which is Burnmouth, just 7 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, enjoy sea views from the living room of this terraced holiday cottage. Overlooking Burnmouth Bay, there are rock pools to explore, seals and seabirds to watch and the Berwickshire coastal path to walk. Visit Eyemouth, 3 miles, for a beach, harbour and golf course or head inland to explore the Border towns. Drive south to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Blu-ray. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Sea 25 yards.

  • South Grange Cottage

    Coldingham, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30698

    Just 3 miles from the award winning sandy beach at Coldingham and under an hour from Edinburgh, this beautifully presented, semi-detached holiday cottage is in a peaceful rural setting overlooking open woodland where you may glimpse deer and red squirrels. The cosy living room has a multi-fuel stove and a French door leading to the pretty garden, and the sunny kitchen is well-equipped, also with access to the garden. The quiet roads are ideal for cycling and there are numerous golf courses nearby and also opportunities for sailing, surfing, scuba-diving, hill and spectacular coastal walking. Further afield, explore the historic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, mysterious Holy Island, the Farne islands, Alnwick Castle and its amazing water gardens. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children aged 2-5 years.

  • Archie’s Cottage

    Burnmouth, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W41199

    Sea front location

    In a tranquil setting directly overlooking the sea at Burnmouth Harbour, this terraced cottage set over three floors has been stylishly converted to provide a superb holiday base. Only 5 miles from historic Berwick-Upon-Tweed, 3 miles from Eyemouth and within an hour’s drive from the centre of Edinburgh, the options for days out are endless. Castles, battle sites and museums are all around for those interested in history, whilst there are leisurely coastal walks from the door. For the more energetic the Lammermuir Hills nearby have Hunt Law at a height of 495m and other peaks waiting to be climbed. Shop and restaurant 1.5 miles, pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Sea is 25 yards.

  • Tara Cottage

    Gordon, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 26769

    This semi-detached holiday cottage, on a working farm, is 9 miles from the Borders town of Kelso which has a variety of shops and restaurants. An ideal base to explore this historic area. Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast. Fishing and cycling locally. Shop, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 9 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Children’s seating area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft, zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single with additional pull-out single, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Minnow

    Lennel, Coldstream

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W3391

    Large mature garden

    This charming terraced holiday cottage, set in large mature gardens, is in the quiet hamlet of Lennel and 0.75 miles from Coldstream and the English border. Spacious and well equipped with a large breakfast kitchen, Minnow makes an ideal base from which to explore Southern Scotland and the sandy beaches of the Northumberland coastline. Coldstream benefits from an excellent 18-hole golf course and there are many others within easy driving distance. There is a choice of pubs to eat in, as well as cafés in the local area. Coldstream sits on the River Tweed, which is famous for its salmon fishing. Shops, pubs with food 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Self-contained single bedroom. External toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Two digital TVs. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

  • Girnick Cottage

    Kelso

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 24278

    Set in glorious countryside just north of Kelso, with panoramic views towards the village of Smailholm, this charming holiday cottage is tastefully furnished to provide a comfortable base from which to explore. Kelso, 6 miles, set on the River Tweed has interesting and individual shops and eateries, an abbey, racecourse and ice rink. Excellent cycling, fishing and walking in the Eildon Hills, access to two 18 hole golf courses, historic houses at Floor Castle and Mellerstain, 2 miles. Cycle store at the property. Shops and pubs 6 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Private water supply. No smoking.

  • Whitmuir Hall - Yarrow

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 5314

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In the main house. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Cot and high chair on request. Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

  • Maple Lodge

    Lamberton, nr. Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30558

    In a wonderfully elevated setting, this light and spacious holiday cottage has sea views of Northumberland’s Heritage Coast from the main living areas. Attractively furnished and decorated, with an enclosed garden and sheltered patio, it’s an ideal spot to relax after a day out. The cottage also caters for the less mobile with wide doors and ramp access at the rear. Situated just 4 miles north of the dramatic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where there is a good array of shops, pubs and restaurants, along with a theatre. Holy Island, Paxton House and Bamburgh Castle are nearby, or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses. For a fun and hassle free day, Edinburgh is 40 minutes away by train. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 1¼ mile.

    2 steps to entrance (ramp at rear). All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Sun room. 3 double bedrooms (one 6ft zip and link, one 5ft). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 50" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • Allan Ramsay Cottage

    Carlops near West Linton

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5000
    Conveniently situated just 20 minutes from Edinburgh, in the tiny village of Carlops on the edge of the Pentland Hills and handily next door to one of Scotland’s oldest coaching inns. Comfortably and cosily furnished, this apartment is a great base for walkers with challenging and less arduous routes in the nearby Pentlands or the Peeblesshire Hills. There is very easy access into Edinburgh, a 30-minute drive or 1 hour by bus for a hassle free day, allowing you to enjoy a vibrant, busy city environment safe in the knowledge that by night you can come back to your cottage retreat. Visit Rosslyn Chapel, 10 miles, a beautiful heritage attraction, described as a medieval treasure in stone. West Linton, 4 miles, has a pub, restaurant and local shopping, while Peebles, 17 miles, has several good eating places, interesting shops and galleries. Glentress, the mountain biking mecca, is just 6 miles further on.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and two single sofa beds (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Thirlestane, nr. Lauder

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27830

    Set on a large livestock farm just off the A697, 26 miles south of Edinburgh, this very comfortable detached holiday cottage is an ideal spot from which to explore the lovely Scottish Borders. The south facing living room has a multi-fuel burner and a large window with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Good walking from the cottage door with the Southern Upland Way passing through the farm on its way to the coast. Fishing, cycling and riding locally. Visit Thirlestane Castle close by. Melrose is 14 miles, with its ancient abbey and annual book festival. Lauder, 21/2 miles, has good local shops, pubs serving local food and an art gallery with great coffee.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Economy 10 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Luckenburn

    Upper Hindhope near Jedburgh

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC538027
    Nestled in its very own valley deep within the Cheviot Hills in the Scottish Borders, Luckenburn is a former forester’s cottage in a truly wild and unspoilt setting. A bird watcher’s, naturalist’s and walker’s dream, this remote location is simply breathtaking! Surrounded by mile after mile of beautiful rural vistas where the sight and sound of a car is a rarity and there is no TV/broadband reception; Luckenburn will most certainly appeal to those yearning to escape from it all!  The peace and tranquillity is a haven in which to unwind and refresh; grazing sheep, an abundance of wild-life, including deer, badgers and birds of prey providing their own form of magical entertainment.
    Yet Luckenburn snuggles in a unique location easily accessible at only 10 miles east of the A68 (within the historic Jedburgh - Hawick - Kelso area), just over the panoramic border into Scotland. Access to it is on a good single track road with the final approach being via a half mile farm track.
    This traditional single-level detached cottage oozes style with much care and attention to the finer details and comfort such as under-floor heating and original artwork. The accommodation offers a lovely blend of traditional character with a contemporary twist and careful restoration has ensured many original features have been thoughtfully retained.  These include a superb feature range with open fire, the focal point in the lounge area – idyllic to gaze into watching flames dance after a day exploring the hills. French doors from every room enhance its bright and airy ambience and lead to a raised decked area which stretches the full length of the cottage, providing the perfect relaxing spot to dine alfresco and watch the sun go down over Leithope forest or for young children to play.
    Luckenburn provides an idyllic retreat for those seeking sheer seclusion yet is well placed to explore the scenic beauty, fine houses traditions and interesting attractions offered by the border ‘toons’ right across the picture postcard of the Scottish Borders.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has under-floor heating and electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge:  with open fire situated within a stunning feature range, monitor for DVD use with a selection of DVDs, games, radio and sofa bed for occasional extra guest use (additional small charge when booking).
    Kitchen /Diner:  with electric oven and hob, larder fridge, freezer, microwave and feature double Belfast sink
    Bedroom 1:  with king-size zip n link bed that can be split into two singles if preferred (please request on booking) with en-suite wet room with shower, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2:  with king-size zip n link bed that can be split into two singles if preferred (Please request on booking)
    Bedroom 3:  with two single beds that can zip n link together to provide king-size if preferred (please request on booking)
    Bathroom:  wet room style with cast iron free-standing bath, WC and wash basin
    Laundry Link:  with full washing and extensive drying facilities for families or hill walking guests.  Freezer with dedicated ice drawer
    Welly Hoos:  covered area with plenty of racks/hooks for fishing gear, mountain bikes and walking boots

    All cottage electricity included - small extra charge (honesty mug) for use of Laundry Link appliances.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Travel cot and highchair available.  Landline telephone for incoming calls (honesty mug for outgoing calls). Initial supply of logs provided (more available to purchase).Decked area with patio furniture. BBQ. Clear spring water. Access to property via 1/2 mile of track through working farm; waterproof footwear essential for gate opening moments. Off road parking for 4 cars. NB: Burn close by. 

  • Courtyard Cottage

    Mellerstain, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: S4569

    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at hand and the beaches of Berwick and Holy Island are also easily accessible. Kelso (6 miles) offers shops, inns and restaurants and is home of Floors Castle and the famous Kelso Horse Races, whilst Edinburgh, with its magnificent castle, museums, galleries and excellent shopping, is only a 35 mile drive. Fly fishing can be arranged locally, several golf courses are nearby and shops and pubs are just 3.5 miles away. Beautifully appointed and very comfortable, these three properties offer a unique holiday opportunity. West Lodge, ref S4166, is a charming 18th-century stone cottage enjoying its own garden with splendid views towards the Cheviots. Clock House, ref S4568, has been beautifully converted to a high standard to form part of the Old Clock House dating from the early 18th century. Adjoining the Clock House is Courtyard Cottage, ref S4569, which has also been lovingly converted to a high standard and boasts three en-suite bedrooms. The courtyard coffee shop serves delicious home cooking on ‘house open’ days - and special occasions, large and small can be catered for by arrangement in the state rooms of Mellerstain House.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (accessed also from hall). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Dishwasher. Parking.

    Note: The Clock House and Courtyard Cottage can be interlinked to offer accommodation to sleep up to 10 guests.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Travel cot. Microwave. Shared access to extensive grounds and gardens. NB: Drops and lake in grounds.

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