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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • St Abbs - Lighthouse Retreat

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538024
    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.
    Lighthouse Retreat is a ground floor apartment with one step via the storm door and then the accommodation being all on one level.  The rooms are spacious and there is a partial sea view from the lounge.

    Ground Floor: The property is heated by electricity and comprises:
    One step to entrance then all accommodation on one level
    Lounge:  with Freesat TV and partial sea view
    Dining room:  a spacious room with table and chairs to seat 8, radio
    Kitchen:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1:  with double bed
    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen provided. Electric blankets provided. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • The Granary

    Grantshouse, near Duns

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5115
    The Granary is an ideal destination, located in the rural Scottish Borders with terrace views over lush countryside. This comfortably appointed property, which is situated on a working farm, offers relaxed calm and bustle-free living. Wildlife observers will relish the local fauna (red squirrels have been known to roam the area!) whilst the energetically-inclined will enjoy the many walks and cycling opportunities to be found locally. Nearby St Abbs Nature Reserve is a must for visitors to the region. The spectacular cliffs and beaches along this line of coast are well-known for their pretty fishing villages and historic sites. The famous coastal town of North Berwick lies further along the coast and is home to a renowned golf course and seasonal boat trips to see the gannet colonies of the Bass Rock. The city of Edinburgh is also within easy driving distance of The Granary and is ideal for a family day out or a spot of cosmopolitan shopping. Beach 11 miles. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 3.3 miles.

    Ground Floor: 2 step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors leading to the terrace.
    Dining area.

    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, diswasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Small enclosed garden with terrace and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole and therere is a fenced pond in the grounds 200 yards away

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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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  • Kilmuir

    Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5057
    Set in a secluded position on the edge of Selkirk, this comfortable detached, holiday cottage is roomy, light and welcoming. The spacious living area has a piano, a wood burner and looks out over the pretty garden. It’s under a 5-minutes walk to the high street where there are local shops, pubs and cafés. Take time to explore nearby Abbotsford House, 4 miles, the beautiful riverside home of Sir Walter Scott who was once Sheriff of Selkirk. Or browse around Melrose, 8 miles, where there are craft shops, galleries, wonderful Melrose Abbey and the three peaks of the Eildon Hills to climb. For a relaxing day in the city take the scenic one hour journey on the borders railway into Edinburgh from Tweedbank, 6 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 530 yards.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With wood burner, Freeview/Freesat TV, DVD player and piano.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Payphone. Garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Esk

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 5315

    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 the main house. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms (one 2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. 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
    • 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No
      smoking

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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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  • Kirkgate Cottage

    Chirnside, nr. Duns

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W42896

    Set on the edge of Chirnside village, 12 miles from the coast, this pretty semi-detached stone-built holiday cottage is furnished in appropriate ‘cottage’ style with a welcoming open fire in the cosy living room and a tiny courtyard garden to the rear. It makes a highly convenient and comfortable base from which to enjoy the Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast. Visit historic Paxton House, bird watch from majestic St Abbs Head, explore the town of Berwick-on-Tweed, or let the train take the strain for a day in Edinburgh, 40 minutes. Shop 0.75 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 step to living room. 1 step to kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Internet connection.Telephone-emergency only. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking.

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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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  • Whitmuir Hall - Cardrona

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SW31

    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 the main house. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French door. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

    Cot on request. 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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