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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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  • Hassendean Station Cottage

    Denholm, nr. Hawick

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43291

    Beneath the Minto Hills, in a lovely undiscovered area of the Scottish Borders near Hawick (6 miles), this cosy, semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage has been carefully renovated to a very good standard and features a delightful conservatory. Fishing permits are available for the Rivers Teviot and Tweed, and mountain bike hire, horse riding and golf are available locally. There is a village pub in Denholm, 2 miles away, and Hawick has a leisure centre and shops. Visit Bowhill House at Selkirk and Floors Castle at Kelso, also nearby Fatlips Folly and Edinburgh Castle, just 1 hour’s drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Ferniehaugh Cottage

    Dolphinton

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 25017

    In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, this delightful holiday cottage is ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, golf, 3 miles, Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles. In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, these delightful holiday cottages are ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep and trout fishing (foc) on the pond. Thoughtfully decorated throughout, these holiday cottages are both welcoming whatever the season: Ferniehaugh ref 25017 features an open fire, and a sitting-out area in shared grounds, while Bellevue ref 26632, accessed by a non-tarmacadam farm road, benefits from a warming woodburner and enclosed garden. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, pony trekking, golf, 3 miles, the attractive town of Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area in shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds and farm road at front door.

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  • White Cottage

    Hawick

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC538028
    White Cottage is a cosy detached Victorian property situated in a peaceful hamlet and surrounded by beautiful open rural views on the outskirts of Hawick located in the Scottish Borders. With the friendly comfort of an open fire in the lounge, this welcoming cottage enjoys a lovely homely ambience throughout. A private patio area provides a tranquil, sheltered spot to relax and dine al fresco. Positioned at the entrance to the grounds of the impressive Appletreehall House, this delightful cottage affords plenty of privacy within a truly picturesque setting.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level with calor gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD player
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and washing machine, fridge and freezer in hallway
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and radio
    Bedroom 2: With single bed
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair available.Private, enclosed patio with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. Although your pet is welcome please note that there is an additional charge of £20.

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  • Rowantree Cottage

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC538041
    Rowantree Cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat. Brimming with charm and character this adorable detached thatched Grade 2 listed cottage dates back to the 1880’s. Beautifully renovated to a superior standard it provides a unique hideaway for couples seeking stylish and quirky accommodation. Immaculately presented throughout with so much thought, care and attention to the finer details this property is idyllic! With its lovely exposed beams the living area has a feature open fireplace as its focal point; relaxing to snuggle in front of and gaze into the dancing flames after a day exploring the stunning open countryside that surrounds Rowantree Cottage. The galley kitchen is very well equipped and both bedrooms are beautifully coordinated. A fresh contemporary bathroom completes the interior. To the rear of the  cottage is an enchanting terraced patio garden; fully enclosed to provide a haven for children and dogs at play whilst dining alfresco.
    Rowantree Cottage nestles peacefully in the picture postcard village of Kirk Yetholm located within the wonderful Scottish Borders. Yetholm actually consists of two villages - Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm straddling the River Bowmont and nestled at the foot of the Cheviot Hills.
    Rowantree Cottage offers the quintessential rural hide away for couples seeking stylish accommodation surrounded by stunning rural vistas and offers a superb base to explore both the many historic border ’toons’ across Southern Scotland as well as North Northumberland too.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level has electric under floor heating and comprises;
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire (unlimited supply of fuel), LED 3D cinema TV with free view, Blu Ray, DVD player, Wi-fi, ipod/iphone/ipad docking station
    Kitchen: With combination electric oven/hob/dishwasher, microwave, fridge and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and LED wall mounted TV
    Bedroom 2: With single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi availableEnclosed patio garden with furniture and gas BBQ. Bicycle storage for up to 3 bikes. Ample on street free parking.

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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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  • South Grange Cottage

    Coldingham, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    4
    3
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    1
    Ref: 30698

    Just 3 miles from the award winning sandy beach at Coldingham and under an hour from Edinburgh, this beautifully presented, semi-detached holiday cottage is in a peaceful rural setting overlooking open woodland where you may glimpse deer and red squirrels. The cosy living room has a multi-fuel stove and a French door leading to the pretty garden, and the sunny kitchen is well-equipped, also with access to the garden. The quiet roads are ideal for cycling and there are numerous golf courses nearby and also opportunities for sailing, surfing, scuba-diving, hill and spectacular coastal walking. Further afield, explore the historic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, mysterious Holy Island, the Farne islands, Alnwick Castle and its amazing water gardens. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children aged 2-5 years.

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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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  • The Granary

    Grantshouse, near Duns

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • 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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  • Foulden Hill Farm Cottage

    Foulden

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4640

    Boasting far-reaching views to the Cheviot Hills and lovely walking from the doorstep, this cosy and comfortable cottage (shown right of photograph) is set just 5 miles from sandy beaches at the village of Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild grey seals. Enjoying its own garden, the cottage sits on the owners’ 200 acre arable farm, an idyllic spot threaded with many footpaths. Boat trips are easily available and the nearby coastline is famed for crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and diverse marine life – a paradise for divers. Picturesque St Abbs, with its harbour and nature reserve, the golden sands of Coldingham Bay and historic Berwick-upon-Tweed are under 10 miles. The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an hour’s drive or take the train from Berwick train station, which is less than a 10-minute drive, giving guests easy access to central Edinburgh. Visit the village of Ayton’s imposing castle, 3 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with combed ceilings.

    Open fire in living room included. Biomass woodchip central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Hirsel - Lakeview

    Coldstream

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SQQH

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

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

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

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

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  • West Lodge

    Mellerstain, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4166

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Garage 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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