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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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  • Holly Tree Cottage

    Fountainhall near Stow

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC538055
    Beautifully located on a working farm in Gala Water, this property sits in a row with two similar properties and boasts glorious outlooks over rolling hills. Holly Tree Cottage is the largest of the three cottages and enjoys an open plan living area and a useful second lounge. The bedrooms each have a good outlook and are tastefully decorated and furnished.

    The property is within easy reach of Edinburgh, 50 minutes by train, or take advantage of the convenient Park and Ride, 17 miles. Hill walkers and mountain bike enthusiasts will appreciate the joy of heading into the hills from the doorstep, with a waymarked route on an old railway line, and a Pictish settlement to explore nearby. Mountain biking and Go Ape at Glen Tress is 24 miles away, and there is golf at Torwoodlee, 10 miles.

    Holly Cottage can be booked together with Rowan Tree Cottage (CC538056) and Beech Tree Cottage (CC538051) to accommodate up to 12 guests. There is also a detached property nearby called South Lodge (30464) which can accommodate another 4 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Spacious open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and 42" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Lounge 2: With Smart TV.
    Utility room/cloakroom: With washing machine and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to 2ft 6in twin beds for children on request, please advise when booking) and TV.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and TV.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £3.50 per basket. Tumble dryer in garage available on request. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Two fitted stairgates. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared games room with table tennis, a small playhouse, a wooden role play kitchen area and ride on wheelybugs and bopsters.Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Private parking for three cars. Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: Access via farm track.

  • Heathcote

    Ancrum near Jedburgh

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC538052
    Perfect for relaxing family holidays, this light and spacious cottage is on a working livestock and arable farm in the wonderful rolling border countryside. Well equipped and comfortable; there is a cosy open fire in the lounge and a peaceful garden to enjoy. Visit the border towns of Jedburgh, seven miles, and Melrose, 11 miles, each with an ancient abbey and an interesting variety of local shops and eating places. Ancrum, three and a half miles, has a pub/restaurant and local shop, while Monteviot House, three miles, has splendid gardens to enjoy and Harestanes visitor centre has a fun play park and lots of family activities whatever the weather. Nine hole golf course at Lilliardsedge, three miles. Quiet local roads ideal for cycling and ample walking tracks along the River Tweed or up the Eildon Hills. Edinburgh, an hour north, makes an inspiring day away.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC (Jack and Jill to shower room).
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom 1:
    With shower over bath and WC.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot, highchair, buggy and fireguard available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Ample parking. Pets free of charge, sheep country. No smoking.

  • Hillview

    Peebles

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: CC538047
    This lovely, spacious and light filled holiday house has wonderful views over the surrounding hills and of the Peebles Hydro Hotel. Hillview offers bright, comfortable, modern accommodation set in delightful gardens with a stunning hillside backdrop. Set between the Moorfoots and the Southern Uplands, this Ancient and Royal Burgh of Peebles provides the perfect base for a huge range of walks to suit all tastes, levels and abilities. Whether you choose the leisurely town trail - a moderate riverside walk passing the beautiful Neidpath Castle, or the John Buchan Way - a more challenging hill walk. Peebles has over 30 restaurants and places to eat and has been shortlisted in the Britain’s favourite market town category in the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine Awards and you will instantly see why.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With gas ’coal effect fire’, Freeview TV/DVD/VCR, dining furniture and lovely dual outlook to the front and the rear overlooking the delightful garden
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, dining furniture and French doors to the garden.
    Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds and TV/DVD
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, TV/DVD and views of the garden
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: A family room with double bed, single bed, cot, TV/DVD, views over the garden towards the hills and en suite bathroom with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 4: With two single beds, TV/DVD, views over the garden towards the hills and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC, bidet and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Garden mainly laid to lawn with a small patio with picnic table, bench seats and summer house. Fully enclosed by two gates, fence and hedge. Off road parking for 2 cars (1 of these spaces is across the very quiet road).

  • Craigend Cottage

    Broughton, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    8
    4
    3
    1
    Ref: 26608

    Sitting within the southern upland hills, this detached country cottage in a secluded rural location is the ideal base to enjoy a peaceful holiday and explore the countryside, with many walks right on your doorstep, yet Edinburgh is less than an hour by car. Biggar, 7 miles, offers craft and food shops along with museums. Peebles, 11 miles, has restaurants and theatre. Neidpath Castle sits by the River Tweed, which flows through the town. Shop, P.O. and bistro/pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, one accessed through further twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with smaller enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car) via steep drive; additional parking (2 cars) at bottom of drive. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Small stream and part sloping banks in garden.

  • Riverview Mews

    Nr. Chirnside

    Grade
    8
    5
    2
    4
    Ref: S4543

    Set on the banks of the Whiteadder River, this luxuriously appointed property commands wonderful views over the water and surrounding countryside – perfect for watching the abundant wildlife and enjoying riverside walks. Providing a superb base from which to explore the Scottish Borders, Riverside Mews is part of an exclusive rural development on the site of an old mill, just 8 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Elizabethan ramparts and good selection of shops and restaurants. This is a holiday location to suit everyone – for natural pleasures, the spectacular coastline and nature reserve of St Abb’s Head are just a few miles away and the Northumbrian coast’s miles of unspoilt beaches and Holy Island of Lindisfarne are a half hour drive. Whilst for visitors seeking historic attractions and lively cultural delights, the beautiful city of Edinburgh is only about an hour’s drive. Seal spotting and feeding, boat trips and diving are easily accessible as are great country houses and castles including Aydon, Floors and Mellerstain. Shops and pubs serving food 3 miles.

    Entrance on ground floor. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 single (for alternative sleeping only). Third floor: Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric central heating (underfloor in bathrooms), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVDs. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Shared grounds. Garage and parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream and river by property.

  • The Retreat

    Foulden, nr. Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    2
    Ref: S4678

    Set down a country lane and surrounded by open fields, this spacious, detached house is ideal for family get-togethers and celebrations. A perfect holiday location for exploring the historic Scottish Borders and picturesque Northumberland with their superb beaches, dramatic castles and stunning scenery. The fishing port of Eyemouth with its colourful harbour where the resident wild grey seals may be fed, quaint St Abbs village with great coastal paths and the grand country house and garden of Paxton are all under 10 miles. A little further afield visit Coldstream, take a walk in the Cheviot Hills or explore Holy Island and Bamburgh: all are within 30 miles. Berwick-upon-Tweed with its good selections of shops, cafes and restaurants is only 6 miles. Shops and pub serving food 3.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen/dining area. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

    Bio-mass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

  • White House

    near Jedburgh

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: UK5043
    Overlooking a tranquil landscape, White House sits at the top of a hill close to the historic border town of Jedburgh. With generous accommodation for 10 guests, this spacious, detached property provides an ideal base from which to explore this picturesque region. Nearby Jedburgh, 7 miles, claims the patronage of Mary Queen of Scots and the house where she stayed in is open to visitors throughout the year. On a somewhat grander scale, Floors Castle in Kelso has been awarded a 5* status as a visitor attraction. Like many border towns, Kelso lies on the banks of the River Tweed, an iconic landmark which offers fishing, walking trails and historic visits along its twisting path. Local heritage draws visitors from far and wide who come to experience the many attractions that the Scottish Borders have to offer. The Roman road, known as Deer Street, Abbey Way and St Cuthbert’s Way, which leads to the holy island of Lindisfarne, are all close by. Both the Northumberland coast, and Edinburgh and the Lothians are easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property has 3 steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1/dining room: Large with open fire, 39" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Lounge 2: With multi-fuel burner and 31" Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Large with breakfast area, electric range, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and 18" Freeview TV.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, dressing room and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 5: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for fires provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture. BBQ. Ample parking. Stabling available by arr (at cost). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

  • Westloch Cottage

    Coldingham

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: 26625

    This lovely, bright detached holiday property is in a secluded setting just 10 minutes drive from the beach. Furnished and decorated in contemporary style, there is a very spacious living room with cosy woodburner and generous comfortable seating, a separate dining room ideal for special occasion meals and a well equipped large kitchen. Outdoor space is private and sheltered with decking, garden furniture and barbecue. Bedrooms are again spacious, bright and airy, furnished in Scandinavian style. There are activities for all ages and interests nearby; trout fishing on Coldingham Loch, 2 minutes; golf at Eyemouth, 3 miles or choice of several local and championship courses within 40 minutes drive; scuba diving from Coldingham Bay; bird watching at St Abbs Head, 4 miles; Holy Island, 20 miles; boat trips to the Farne Islands from Seahouses; historic houses and gardens at Paxton, Mellerstain, Bamburgh and Alnwick castles. A day in Edinburgh is particularly enjoyable and stress free when travelling by train from Berwick or Dunbar and the bustling town of Berwick on Tweed, 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floor throughout. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link). First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. 3 Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. CD. iPod dock. Range with gas hob and electric ovens. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezers. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

  • Stonebank House

    Lamberton, nr. Berwick

    Grade
    10
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: S4611

    Enjoying wonderful sea views and a superb location for exploring the Scottish Borders and beautiful Northumberland coast, this spacious and well appointed property is ideal for family gatherings. The picturesque villages of St Abbs and Eyemouth, where visitors can arrange boat trips or feed the wild grey seals living in the harbour, are both close by. Spectacular sandy beaches are just 4 miles away as is the historic town of Berwick, with its faithfully preserved Elizabethan walls and barracks, fine choice of shops and restaurants, and railway station for excursions to the city of Edinburgh, just a 45-minute train journey away. Holy Island (NT) is also easily accessible. Shops 4 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD/iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars, additional on road parking available). No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

  • Hume Orchard Steading

    Hume, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    11
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: 24512

    Perfect for families or groups of friends holidaying together, this lovely holiday cottage has been created from original farm buildings to form roomy, flexible holiday accommodation. The spacious kitchen is the heart of the house with the Aga and long dining table at one end and a cosy stove and comfortable seating at the other. The bright sitting room has an open fire and French doors to the garden. Set in rolling countryside, 6 miles north of the picturesque town of Kelso, and 5 minute walk from imposing Hume Castle, this delightful holiday cottage also has a private enclosed garden and open countryside views. Range of activities to suit all ages and interests are available locally; cycling, golf, riding, horseracing, fishing, historic houses of Floors Castle and Mellerstain and the four great border abbeys of Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh, while Edinburgh is only a scenic 1 hour drive. Shops and pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedroom: 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional raised single (with ladder to bed, for child). Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Second staircase to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. 2 fridge/freezers. Wi-fi. Broadband.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • The Old Railway Station

    Walkerburn near Peebles

    Grade
    11
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: CC538045
    Nestling peacefully beside the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, midway between Peebles and Galashiels, this former railway station has been sympathetically extended to form comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests. Superbly situated in the Tweed Valley with stunning views in every direction, The Old Railway Station is a perfect excuse to leave your cares at home and discover this amazing area. You can walk directly from the house and explore the interesting riverside walks or just relax in the large and peaceful garden with its orchard and mature trees attracting many wild birds. The Old Railway Station lies in a quiet valley with superb views towards the forests and hills and along the valley.

    Ground Floor: This converted former railway station is on one level, heated by gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With Freeview 42" TV and DVD player, bed settee for additional sleeping arrangements.
    Kitchen/Diner: A spacious kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, combination microwave oven, larder fridge, fridge/freezer (in porch), dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer and Kenwood chef
    Bedroom 1: With four poster double bed and views overlooking the orchard and Tweed Valley. En suite with wide shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With zip n link super king sized bed which can be configured as two 3ft single beds (please state preference on booking) and views across the garden and forest beyond
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views onto the garden and forest
    Bedroom 4: A family room with king sized bed and single bed with pull out bed (for + 1)
    Bathroom: With sunken bath with shower mixer tap, shower enclosure, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail
    Bathroom; With corner bath, shower enclosure, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi and iphone docEnclosed spacious garden with outdoor furniture, mainly laid to lawn. Orchard. Lockable garage for storage of mountain bikes, fishing rods etc. Hose, dog bowls, towels and a cage provided. Off road parking for 4 cars.

  • Lochside Stable House

    Yetholm, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    11
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: UPK

    This beautiful Victorian house with stunning views over a loch and hills, sits between its own large garden and the courtyard of Lochside House. Set on a working farm with grazing ponies, rare breed white park cattle and soay sheep, this comfortable holiday property is furnished with antiques and soft sofas, perfect for relaxing in after exploring the many abbeys, castles and old houses found within the area. This is a quirky house, appealing to those with a sense of adventure, looking to enjoy the laid back appeal of a bygone age and the wonderful sense of space, inside and out.
    Numerous recreational facilities are provided for visitors – without even having to leave the grounds – and which cater for a whole range of interests and a variety of tastes. In the drawing room a selection of games, toys and books make an enjoyable evening spent together as a family. The more sports-orientated are able to while away many happy hours playing croquet and badminton, whilst trout and coarse fishing are also available on-site at cost. A pub to frequent in the evenings lies just 1½ miles away.
    The village of Yetholm is made up of two distinct parts – Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm, which lie just ¼ mile apart. Situated on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, they mark the end of the Pennine Way footpath, as well as the second leg of St Cuthbert’s Way (a 60-mile walk ending at Holy Island in Northumberland). Six miles to the north is Kelso, where surviving ruins belie the fact that Kelso Abbey was once the richest and most powerful in southern Scotland, and took eighty years to build. Kelso lies at the confluence of the River Tweed and River Teviot, a renowned spot for salmon fishing, and a short walk leads to Floors Castle, a huge castellated mansion overlooking the Tweed, which is open for visiting (April to Oct). Shops 1½ miles.

    Hall with scrubbed oak floor. Living room with sofa-bed (for +2). Spacious drawing room with portraits, games, toys and books. Farmhouse kitchen/dining area with Aga, electric oven and hob. Utility. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Family suite: Double bedroom with four-poster bed, single bed (for +1) in dressing room and en-suite bathroom with elec over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, oil-fired Aga, oil central heating , hot tub and logs(October-April £150 per week, £75 per short break, April - October £100per week, £50 per short break poa)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • TV (variable reception)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Hot tub
    • Badminton and croquet
    • Trout and coarse fishing available from £10

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