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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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  • Rowantree Cottage

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC538041
    Rowantree Cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat. Brimming with charm and character this adorable detached thatched Grade 2 listed cottage dates back to the 1880’s. Beautifully renovated to a superior standard it provides a unique hideaway for couples seeking stylish and quirky accommodation. Immaculately presented throughout with so much thought, care and attention to the finer details this property is idyllic! With its lovely exposed beams the living area has a feature open fireplace as its focal point; relaxing to snuggle in front of and gaze into the dancing flames after a day exploring the stunning open countryside that surrounds Rowantree Cottage. The galley kitchen is very well equipped and both bedrooms are beautifully coordinated. A fresh contemporary bathroom completes the interior. To the rear of the  cottage is an enchanting terraced patio garden; fully enclosed to provide a haven for children and dogs at play whilst dining alfresco.
    Rowantree Cottage nestles peacefully in the picture postcard village of Kirk Yetholm located within the wonderful Scottish Borders. Yetholm actually consists of two villages - Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm straddling the River Bowmont and nestled at the foot of the Cheviot Hills.
    Rowantree Cottage offers the quintessential rural hide away for couples seeking stylish accommodation surrounded by stunning rural vistas and offers a superb base to explore both the many historic border ’toons’ across Southern Scotland as well as North Northumberland too.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level has electric under floor heating and comprises;
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire (unlimited supply of fuel), LED 3D cinema TV with free view, Blu Ray, DVD player, Wi-fi, ipod/iphone/ipad docking station
    Kitchen: With combination electric oven/hob/dishwasher, microwave, fridge and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and LED wall mounted TV
    Bedroom 2: With single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi availableEnclosed patio garden with furniture and gas BBQ. Bicycle storage for up to 3 bikes. Ample on street free parking.

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  • Ferniehaugh Cottage

    Dolphinton

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 25017

    In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, this delightful holiday cottage is ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, golf, 3 miles, Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles. In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, these delightful holiday cottages are ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep and trout fishing (foc) on the pond. Thoughtfully decorated throughout, these holiday cottages are both welcoming whatever the season: Ferniehaugh ref 25017 features an open fire, and a sitting-out area in shared grounds, while Bellevue ref 26632, accessed by a non-tarmacadam farm road, benefits from a warming woodburner and enclosed garden. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, pony trekking, golf, 3 miles, the attractive town of Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area in shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds and farm road at front door.

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  • White Cottage

    Hawick

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC538028
    White Cottage is a cosy detached Victorian property situated in a peaceful hamlet and surrounded by beautiful open rural views on the outskirts of Hawick located in the Scottish Borders. With the friendly comfort of an open fire in the lounge, this welcoming cottage enjoys a lovely homely ambience throughout. A private patio area provides a tranquil, sheltered spot to relax and dine al fresco. Positioned at the entrance to the grounds of the impressive Appletreehall House, this delightful cottage affords plenty of privacy within a truly picturesque setting.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level with calor gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD player
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and washing machine, fridge and freezer in hallway
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and radio
    Bedroom 2: With single bed
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair available.Private, enclosed patio with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. Although your pet is welcome please note that there is an additional charge of £20.

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  • Hassendean Station Cottage

    Denholm, nr. Hawick

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43291

    Beneath the Minto Hills, in a lovely undiscovered area of the Scottish Borders near Hawick (6 miles), this cosy, semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage has been carefully renovated to a very good standard and features a delightful conservatory. Fishing permits are available for the Rivers Teviot and Tweed, and mountain bike hire, horse riding and golf are available locally. There is a village pub in Denholm, 2 miles away, and Hawick has a leisure centre and shops. Visit Bowhill House at Selkirk and Floors Castle at Kelso, also nearby Fatlips Folly and Edinburgh Castle, just 1 hour’s drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Riverside Cottage

    Peebles

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538011
    Riverside Cottage is both delightful and charming and provides a superb base for exploring the beautiful Scottish Borders. The property dates back to 1648 and forms part of the old town. Its location is ideal: tucked away down its own medieval close yet only a stone’s throw from the timeless High Street. As its name suggests, the front of the property overlooks the river known locally as ’ the Cuddy’.  Peebles, a Royal Burgh since 1152, is a hidden treasure with its own distinct heritage, culture and traditions. The motto of the town translates as, "Against the stream they multiply". An apt description given that the town straddles the majestic River Tweed, world famous for the quality of its salmon fishing.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating, is accessed by 24 step and comprises:
    Lounge: With free view TV and DVD. A lovely, light room with river views.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and view to river.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available.
    Wi-fi access availablePatio area. Off road parking for one car plus parking for one additional vehicle by arrangement with the owner. Bikes can be stored by arrangement with the owner.

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  • Foulden Hill Farm Cottage

    Foulden

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4640

    Boasting far-reaching views to the Cheviot Hills and lovely walking from the doorstep, this cosy and comfortable cottage (shown right of photograph) is set just 5 miles from sandy beaches at the village of Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild grey seals. Enjoying its own garden, the cottage sits on the owners’ 200 acre arable farm, an idyllic spot threaded with many footpaths. Boat trips are easily available and the nearby coastline is famed for crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and diverse marine life – a paradise for divers. Picturesque St Abbs, with its harbour and nature reserve, the golden sands of Coldingham Bay and historic Berwick-upon-Tweed are under 10 miles. The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an hour’s drive or take the train from Berwick train station, which is less than a 10-minute drive, giving guests easy access to central Edinburgh. Visit the village of Ayton’s imposing castle, 3 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with combed ceilings.

    Open fire in living room included. Biomass woodchip central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Granary

    Grantshouse, near Duns

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5115
    The Granary is an ideal destination, located in the rural Scottish Borders with terrace views over lush countryside. This comfortably appointed property, which is situated on a working farm, offers relaxed calm and bustle-free living. Wildlife observers will relish the local fauna (red squirrels have been known to roam the area!) whilst the energetically-inclined will enjoy the many walks and cycling opportunities to be found locally. Nearby St Abbs Nature Reserve is a must for visitors to the region. The spectacular cliffs and beaches along this line of coast are well-known for their pretty fishing villages and historic sites. The famous coastal town of North Berwick lies further along the coast and is home to a renowned golf course and seasonal boat trips to see the gannet colonies of the Bass Rock. The city of Edinburgh is also within easy driving distance of The Granary and is ideal for a family day out or a spot of cosmopolitan shopping. Beach 11 miles. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 3.3 miles.

    Ground Floor: 2 step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors leading to the terrace.
    Dining area.

    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, diswasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Small enclosed garden with terrace and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole and therere is a fenced pond in the grounds 200 yards away

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15786

    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 direct with the owner. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Coach House Court. Ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer. Internet access on request.

    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.

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  • Hawthorn Cottage

    Paxton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4671

    Commanding lovely views across open countryside, this cosy and comfortable cottage has an open fire in the original range, and a wonderfully peaceful enclosed garden, ideal for outdoor dining. Lying on the edge of Paxton village in Berwickshire, which boasts its own country house featuring a gallery, gardens and tea room, and in an ideal location for exploring the glorious Borders scenery and the dramatic Northumbrian Heritage Coast. Beautiful beaches within 5 miles at Willing and Spittal. Numerous castles (magnificent Bamburgh Castle, 28 miles), Holy Island and St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve are all an easy drive on quiet country roads. Eyemouth is 9 miles, where visitors can feed wild grey seals and take boat trips, and the nearby coastline has crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and marine life - a paradise for divers. Edinburgh’s attractions are well worth a trip. Shops and amenities in Berwick, 5 miles, pub serving meals 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£30per week or per short break 25th September-27th March). Electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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  • St Abbs - Lightkeepers Cottage

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538023
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!   The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views; seen from many of the windows of the properties.
    Lightkeepers Cottage is accessed via one step through a storm door with the accommodation having the added convenience of being all on ground floor level.  This property has recently undergone a total refurbishment offering a contemporary blend to this unique building.  The living / dining / kitchen areas are at the front and offer sea views.  Both bedrooms are positioned at the rear along with the modern bathroom and additional cloakroom making this property suitable for the gathering of family and friends or those couples seeking something rather special!

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level heated by electricity and comprises:
    Lounge / diner:  with Freesat TV and sea views
    Kitchen:  with integral electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed
    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Cloakroom:  with WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen provided. Electric blankets provided.Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig

    Tweedsmuir, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30101

    Within a traditional steading courtyard, these three charming holiday cottages (refs 30101, 30102 and 30103) are in the heart of a working hill farm in the picturesque Tweedsmuir Hills in the Scottish Borders. With wonderful hill walking and biking, they are ideal for those seeking a comfortable base close to outdoor activities, or a peaceful retreat in a lovely rural setting, and for stalking, shooting and fishing in season. Although apparently remote, Edinburgh is only a scenic hour away and Glasgow is a little further. Converted from original stabling for carriage horses, the holiday cottages have been thoughtfully equipped and furnished with a generous provision of en-suite facilities and can accommodate up to 12 guests in all. For around 30 years hydro power has provided clean energy for the farm and steading and a computerised 9-pin bowling alley with a spacious entertainment area is available by arrangement (at cost). There is a network of well-established tracks and forest rides throughout the estate’s unspoiled open hills and forests along both sides of the upper reaches of the River Tweed, and most of the farm is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The summit of Broad Law 2,790ft, is a good hike rewarded by panoramic views on a clear day and Hearthstanes is midway along the 121 mile Solway to Forth Cycle ride. Enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive past Tweedsmuir Reservoir to St Mary’s Loch and down to Selkirk, or visit historic Traquair House and Gardens at Dawyk and Kailzie, where there is an osprey watch, from Easter to late August. Shop, pub and restaurant 13 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Microwave.

    All properties: Hydropower electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared 9-pin bowling alley (at cost). Natural water supply from spring. Pets - working farm and sheep country. No smoking. NB: Stream and two ponds in grounds. These properties have a security deposit of £100.

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  • Kirkgate Cottage

    Chirnside, nr. Duns

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W42896

    Set on the edge of Chirnside village, 12 miles from the coast, this pretty semi-detached stone-built holiday cottage is furnished in appropriate ‘cottage’ style with a welcoming open fire in the cosy living room and a tiny courtyard garden to the rear. It makes a highly convenient and comfortable base from which to enjoy the Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast. Visit historic Paxton House, bird watch from majestic St Abbs Head, explore the town of Berwick-on-Tweed, or let the train take the strain for a day in Edinburgh, 40 minutes. Shop 0.75 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 step to living room. 1 step to kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Internet connection.Telephone-emergency only. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking.

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