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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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  • Whitmuir Hall - Dryburgh

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SW37

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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