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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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  • 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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  • Whisgills Cottage

    Newcastleton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5002
    This cosy, characterful cottage is set on the edge of a working stable yard, looking out over fields and moorland towards acres of woodland where there are miles of tracks to walk or ride along. The spacious lounge has a welcoming open fire and feature stone wall, and the kitchen/dining room has French doors opening onto a small enclosed garden. There is a full sized snooker table and sauna to be enjoyed and treks or riding lessons can be arranged, or for those who want to bring their own horse or pony there’s stabling on-site (by arrangement). Newcastleton is a surprising hub of activity with an established traditional music festival held in July each year, and has one of the 7stanes mountain biking centres; it is also on the coast to coast Reivers Cycle Route. Kielder Water and Forest Park is just 30 minutes’ drive for all things water based. Carlisle, 22 miles, and Hawick, 25 miles have museums, mill shops and other retail opportunities.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with open fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and patio doors to the garden.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed and pull-out single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and sloping ceiling.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Sauna facilities. Full sized snooker table available. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Children’s play area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Melrose

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 15785

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

    Cot on request. Dishwasher. 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.

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  • Rowan Tree Cottage

    Fountainhall near Stow

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538056
    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. Rowan Tree Cottage has a pretty lounge and a door from the kitchen diner into an enclosed garden. Upstairs, the main bedroom has a dressing room which can also be used as a study.

    It 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.

    Rowan Tree Cottage can be booked together with Holly Tree Cottage (CC538055) 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:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Cloakroom:
    With WC and hand basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and dressing room/study/nursery with travel cot.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in twin beds 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. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. 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 garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: Access via farm track.

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  • Mill Cottage

    New Channelkirk, Oxton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SFFJ

    Set by a tumbling burn in rolling hills, this detached stone cottage lies 23 miles south of Edinburgh with easy access to all that the vibrant city has to offer. Part of a working sheep farm, it was formerly an old mill, now converted to a high standard with great attention to comfort and style. Melrose is 15 miles, and Kelso 20 miles, with fascinating shops, great historic houses and gardens, good golf courses and fishing. Beaches of the East Lothian coast, 25 miles. Good walking from the door. Shops, excellent restaurants and pubs 2 miles.

    Large living room with sofa-bed (alternative sleeping), wood-burning stove in feature fireplace, window seat and French door to garden. Kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link beds (can form two singles) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-Fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced stream nearby

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  • Ruberslaw View

    near Hawick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538046
    This lovely, cosy and well appointed holiday cottage lies in the heart of the Scottish Borders between Denholm and Ancrum. The wood burning stove offers the perfect companion for snuggling up with a good book as you sip a glass or two of wine. The area offers so much whether you love stunning scenery, culture, heritage, shopping with a difference or just want to take in the sights and sounds. The area will soon have you enchanted by its beauty and enthralling history. Here you will see a gentler pace of life amidst the sweeping valleys, verdant forests and heather clad moorlands. With excellent local food and drink, a range of outdoor pursuits and flourishing cultural scene, the Scottish Borders will soon hold you in its spell. The nearby town of Hawick offers a rich cultural and historical heritage, which can be seen in such events as the Reivers Festival and the Common Riding. The town centre offers interesting walks each revealing the secrets of its past. Walkers also have quiet country byways to explore, whilst the rolling hills offer more challenging walking. Golfers are well catered for with courses at Hawick, Lilliesleaf, Minto and The Woll which all welcome day visitors. The ruins of the four great abbeys of the Scottish Borders, Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Melrose and Kelso have inspired painters, poets and writers throughout the centuries and their foundation marked the beginning of Border history as we know it. The principal Border towns are Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh and Melrose, Selkirk and Peebles. Nowhere in the Border country are visitors far from the sound of water. The River Tweed often called the queen of the salmon rivers passes dignified mansions and luxuriously wooded banks. It was the monks who first established Border wool as an important export fetching high prices on the continent. The quality of the wool, the softness of the water for washing it and the skill of the weavers all came together to make the famous ‘Tweed’ cloth and Hawick is the centre for cashmere and fine woolens. Abbotsford in Melrose is the home of Sir Walter Scott and located on the banks of the Tweed it evokes the power of the romantic past like nowhere else. Sitting at the heart of the most stunning landscapes it is easy to see how Sir Walter Scott was so inspired to write. The 7Stanes venues at Glentress and Innerleithen offer some of the best mountain biking in the UK and further afield. Glentress, as one of the best centres in the UK, has won several acclaimed awards. Innerleithen has the tag of providing awesome downhill and free-ride trails as well as the red graded XC route. This wonderful area caters for all tastes and interests. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ Miles.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: with wood burner and 42” LCD Sky TV.
    Sitting room: with 36” Sky TV, X-Box and a selection of board games.
    Dining Room
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king sized bed
    Bedroom 2: with zip ‘n link bed which can be two singles or a super king sized bed (please state preference at time of booking)

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included.Private garden with patio area with furniture, sun parasol and BBQ. Off road parking for 3 cars. Wi-fi internet connection available.

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  • South Lodge

    Fountainhall near Stow

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: 30464
    This beautifully styled contemporary detached holiday lodge, near Gala Water, is situated just off the A7 and 23 miles south of Edinburgh on a working farm. The original Lodge has been extensively extended creating a wonderful light and welcoming living area with stunning views, a cosy woodburner and French doors opening to the enclosed garden. There is easy access to Edinburgh by bus, or by the Waverley line, or alternatively there is a convenient park & ride 17 miles away. Nearby are historic houses at Traquair and Thirlestane and the lovely Border towns of Melrose and Kelso, each with its ancient abbey. The market town of Peebles is also nearby and has fantastic mountain biking at Glentress, one of the 7 stanes. Hill walking, golf and fishing nearby. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 11 miles.
    South Lodge is very close to Beech Tree Cottage (CC538051), Holly Tree Cottage (CC538055) and Rowan Tree Cottage (CC538056) and can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    Ground Floor: 4 steps to entrance.
    Living room: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and a selection of DVDs, and French door.
    Dining room.
    4 steps to...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and initial fuel for wood burner included. Cot and highchair available.Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply.

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  • Digger’s Cottage

    Nr. Lauder

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 26858

    In a peaceful location 20 miles south of Edinburgh, this comfortable barn conversion has a pleasant outlook over fields towards the village. It boasts hill walking in the Lammermuirs with the Southern Upland Way nearby. The beach at Gullane, 23 miles, is within easy reach, as are the Borders abbeys, North Berwick’s Sea Life centre and boat trips to Bass Rock to see seals and puffins. Enjoy Edinburgh’s historic castle, free museums, excellent choice of restaurants and stylish shops. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Two Freeview TVs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced burn in grounds.

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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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  • 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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  • Abbey Cottage

    Jedburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43326

    Set in an elevated position with views over the town of Jedburgh and towards the Cheviot Hills, this well equipped, terraced holiday cottage is ideally central for exploring the Borders region. Comfortably furnished, with 3 acres of shared grounds to enjoy, plus excellent shopping, inns, restaurants and cafes within strolling distance. Nearby are Jedburgh Abbey, Floors Castle, Abbotsford and Mellerstain. Excellent walking and cycle routes, golf, horse riding and fishing. Day trips to Edinburgh, Northumberland and Keilder Water. Relax on the veranda and simply take in the views after a busy day out. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    20 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Hirsel - Lakeview

    Coldstream

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SQQH

    Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate just 18 miles from the coast at Berwick-upon-Tweed and adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, these two charming holiday cottages (Lakeview, ref SQQH and Ray Bells, ref SUUY) are beautifully furnished and decorated. Close to the Hirsel Lake which is nationally renowned for its otters, swans and wildfowl, there are waymarked walks through the estate and especially around Dundock Wood, famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas, full of wonderful colour and scent May to June. In the Homestead courtyard nearby there are fascinating craft workshops, a countryside museum, a tea room serving delicious lunches and home baking and a children’s play area. Edinburgh is just an hour away, while the wide sandy beaches of the Northumbrian coast are only 30 minutes’ drive. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove in feature stone fireplace. Three steps down to kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds, can be 6ft double) with TV. Three steps down to wet room with drenching shower and toilet.

    • Full electric central heating (underfloor in kitchen and bathroom) included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared sitting-out area with picnic benches
    • Shared access to farm and woodland walks
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced lake in grounds, 550 yards

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