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The Scottish Borders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Scottish Borders today.
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  • 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. Shop and pub 7 miles.

    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.

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  • Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig

    Tweedsmuir, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30101

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Whitfield Steading

    Coldingham, Berwickshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SRRU

    Set within the grounds of the owners’ home, this single storey holiday cottage is 10 minutes from the St Abbs Head Nature Reserve, 40-minutes from Edinburgh and is close to the harbour of Eyemouth and Coldingham’s sandy beaches. The cottage has its own secluded walled garden, plus use of the owners’ large garden. Walking and cycling from the door. Easy access to local attractions including Holy Island, Bamburgh and boat trips from Seahouses to the Farne Islands. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Open-plan living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, exposed stonework, French doors and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed (can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio
    • Shared use of owners’ large, lawned garden with croquet and boules
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced pond in owners’ shared garden

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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 direct with the owner. 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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  • Tweed Cottage

    Jedburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: S22

    Enjoying stunning views from every window across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills, this architect-designed cottage is set in an enviable position in beautifully landscaped grounds and provides a peaceful, relaxing holiday haven. Adjoining another holiday cottage, a short stroll leads to Jedburgh, a charming market town set on the Jed Water, with a wide range of traditional shops and numerous pubs, cafés and restaurants. Historically there is plenty to see, including the ancient medieval abbey (especially impressive when floodlit each night), and outdoor pursuits include cycling, golf, fishing and walking. Places to visit locally include Jedforest Deer Farm Park, Monteviot House Gardens, Harestanes Countryside Centre, and a little further afield, Keilder Water and Forest Park, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Shops and restaurants 500 yards.

    Ten steps to entrance. Living/dining room with well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared garden with own terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No
      smoking

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

    In Coach House Court. 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.

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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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  • Shoreline Cottage

    Partanhall, Burnmouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29083

    Nestling on the seashore in the little known fishing village of Burnmouth, this former fisherman’s semi-detached holiday cottage is full of charm and character, and all the windows face the sea. With open stone work, original coomed beamed ceilings and a multi-fuel stove, this cottage is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, ensuring a warm and welcoming stay at any time of the year. All the rooms have views out to sea, with Velux windows in each of the bedrooms. This is a truly get away from it all location, where crab and lobster boats can be seen sailing from the small harbour. Enjoy beachcombing and sea fishing and relaxing at the harbourside. There is a clifftop walk taking in spectacular views on the way to the bustling fishing port of Eyemouth. Burnmouth lies close to the many attractions this beautiful area has to offer; visit Berwick-upon-Tweed and Holy Island with Lindisfarne Castle on this glorious coastline. Further inland there are the historical border towns of Jedburgh, Kelso and Coldstream under the Cheviot Hills all well worth a visit. There is a local pub on the outskirts of the village serving food, and shopping for everyday needs can be done in Eyemouth or Berwick-upon-Tweed. Access by single track road. Sandy beach 2 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 550 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin both with Velux. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 39" Freesat HD TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Terraced patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drops on patio. 20 yards to open sea.

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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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  • 5 Rumbletonlaw Farm Cottages

    Nr Greenlaw and Gordon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC538048
    Nestled down a quiet single track in the pretty hamlet of Rumbletonlaw within the Scottish borders, this delightful cottage is surrounded by open countryside. The cosy lounge enjoys a welcoming wood-burning stove and the dining kitchen is well-equipped. The bathroom is also on the ground floor. Both bedrooms are on the first floor and each enjoys long distance views across open farmland where farm animals graze and farm machinery pass by. Countryside views from the lane stretch towards Hume Castle.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric heaters and partial under-floor heating and comprises:
    Lounge: a south-facing room with wood-burning stove, TV, DVD and radio/CD. Selection of books, toys and games, as well as maps of the local area and suggestions for walks
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and hob microwave, fridge with ice-box and washing machine; dining table and chairs
    Bathroom: with shower over corner bath, WC and wash basin, heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed; electric blanket
    Bedroom 2: with single bed and pull-out single bed (for +1); electric blankets

    All electricity included. First supply of fuel for stove provided. Bed linen and towels provided. Wifi internet access available.Enclosed patio at rear with 5 steps up to lawned garden area. Bench by south-facing front door. Parking available. Please note: There is an Access statement available fro this property, if required please ring 01228 599 960

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