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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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  • Ocean View

    Greystonelees, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: S4553

    Set on the dramatic Berwickshire coastline and only 5 miles from the Northumberland Heritage Coast, these two attractive steading conversions enjoy wonderful sea views and an excellent location for discovering the delights of both beautiful regions. The fishing village of Burnmouth lies just 1 mile distant, and Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild seals, is 3.5 miles and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve’s spectacular clifftop walks are only 7 miles away. Historic Berwick-upon-Tweed (6 miles) offers good shops and restaurants as well as a wealth of places of interest to explore. From here, visitors can take a 45 minute train journey to the magnificent city of Edinburgh. Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens are also all easily accessible. Shop 3.5 miles, pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis. No smoking.

  • Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig

    Tweedsmuir, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 30102

    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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    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.

  • Wellwood

    Kelso

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538044
    Wellwood is an attractive detached bungalow situated on the fringe of the lovely market town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders. Set at the entrance to a peaceful cul-de-sac this delightful property has been fully refurbished to provide excellent self catering accommodation. Immaculately presented throughout, each room has been beautifully furnished with much thought, care and attention to the finer details. The bright and airy lounge leads through to a separate dining area. The kitchen is very well equipped and leads to a private sun room; an idyllic spot to rest and relax whilst overlooking the garden. All three double bedrooms are tastefully  coordinated and a fresh contemporary bathroom completes the interior. The open garden grounds that surround Wellwood are superb for children at play.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric ’stove effect’ fire, Freeview TV and DVD player
    Dining Area: With dining table and chairs and additional sofa
    Kitchen: With large Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine. Tumble dryer in storage area
    Sun Room: With additional comfortable seating and access to the garden
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi facilityLarge open gardens with outdoor furniture. Pool table in garage. Off road parking for 2 + cars.
    Please note this is a non-smoking property.

  • Sea Breeze

    Greystonelees, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: S4552

    Set on the dramatic Berwickshire coastline and only 5 miles from the Northumberland Heritage Coast, these two attractive steading conversions enjoy wonderful sea views and an excellent location for discovering the delights of both beautiful regions. The fishing village of Burnmouth lies just 1 mile distant, and Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild seals, is 3.5 miles and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve’s spectacular clifftop walks are only 7 miles away. Historic Berwick-upon-Tweed (6 miles) offers good shops and restaurants as well as a wealth of places of interest to explore. From here, visitors can take a 45 minute train journey to the magnificent city of Edinburgh. Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens are also all easily accessible. Shop 3.5 miles, pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis. 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Woodend

    Broughton, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 25398

    Boasting stunning views over rolling countryside, this charming holiday cottage is situated in the lovely Tweed Valley between the picturesque towns of Peebles and Biggar. Ideally located to explore the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and South Lanarkshire, with the cities of Edinburgh, 30 miles, and Glasgow, 50 miles. Also ideal for exploring such attractions as the conservation village of New Lanark, Falls of Clyde, 20 miles, Glentress Mountain Biking Centre or Traquair House, 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and laminate floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft), one (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. External wet room/ drying room with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two dogs welcome, to be kept on lead at all times (sheep country). No smoking. NB: Stream in adjacent field (20 yards).

  • Woodside

    Newcastleton

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 18469

    Privately situated on the edge of the village of Newcastleton and backed by woodland, this spacious holiday property is decorated and furnished in a light, contemporary style and is equipped for disabled access, families and moutain bikers alike. Good walking in the surrounding hills and forests. In easy reach are the Seven Stanes mountain bike route, Kielder Water and Forest Park with a wide range of activities and spectacular scenery. Hermitage Castle, 5 miles, is a startling reminder of the area’s violent past. Carlisle, 25 minutes’ drive. Shops and pubs 350 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shared utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, each with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with (elec hoist over) bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared tumble dryer in utility room. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond.

  • Greystones

    Yetholm near Kelso

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC538009
    Snuggled on the fringe of the welcoming small town of Yetholm, Greystones has been skilfully converted from a  former steading and now offers stylish holiday accommodation all on ground level. This L shaped property is spacious and well appointed and enjoys a contemporary ambience throughout. Each of the three double bedrooms has French doors opening onto the private courtyard area and with two bathrooms too, this property is suitable for the gathering of family and friends or for those couples looking for something special.... Greystones is located at the end of a no-through track, less than a mile west of Yetholm and near Kale Water. Guests will enjoy dining alfresco and absorb the panoramic vistas across the valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With sky + (family package) TV and DVD
    Dining Kitchen:  With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, bench top freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed with TV (monitor only) for DVD and folding bed (for + 1)
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds with TV (monitor only) for DVD
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds with TV (monitor only) for DVD
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bathroom: With  large shower enclosure, bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels includedPatio area with furniture and private courtyard area. Off road parking for 3 + cars.

  • 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).

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