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Find cottages in The Scottish Borders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Fisherman’s View

    Burnmouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43234

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

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

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

  • Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 14034

    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 Coach House Court. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 steps up to 1 twin. 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.

  • The Nook

    Morebattle near Jedburgh and Kelso

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC538038
    Nestling in a quiet lane in the welcoming conservation village of Morebattle 8 miles south of Kelso and on the 100km route of St Cuthbert’s Way; The Nook is a charming stone built cottage dating from the 1880’s. Beautifully restored the cottage is spacious and well designed. The comfortable lounge has a cosy open fire, idyllic to relax in front of and watch flames dance after a day exploring the stunning Scottish Borders. The spacious, well appointed kitchen dining room has French doors leading onto the terrace and fully enclosed west facing garden; a lovely spot to relax in, watch the children play, barbecue or dine alfresco as the sun begins to set. There is also a convenient ground floor toilet and shower room with drying facilities. With two doubles and a family bathroom on the first floor The Nook is an excellent choice for the gathering of families and friends as well as those couples looking for a rural retreat.
    The Nook provides an excellent base for those wishing to explore the glorious countryside with great walking and cycling from the doorstep; to visit Lindisfarne and the splendid Northumbrian coastline, or to enjoy a day in Edinburgh, just over a scenic hours drive.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage and fixed heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, TV and DVD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric range cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer (washing machine and tumble dryer housed in cupboard)
    Wet/Drying Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed, large garden at rear with terrace, outdoor furniture and BBQ. Shed for storage of bicycles etc. On street parking free of charge.

  • 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.

  • Clock House

    Mellerstain, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4568

    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/dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Dishwasher. Parking.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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

  • 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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