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Find cottages in The Scottish Borders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Thistle Cottage

    Leitholm, nr. Coldstream

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: 26147

    At the heart of this small, peaceful village, 15 miles from the coast at Berwick, this terraced holiday cottage has a cosy living room, sunny conservatory and first floor roof terrace with views of the Cheviot Hills. Perfect for a romantic getaway. Hill walking, fishing and golf nearby. Kelso, 7 miles, for shops, restaurants and Floors Castle. Explore the coast around St Abbs for birdwatching, Holy Island or the beaches at Bamburgh. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with bidet and toilet. Steep steps to first floor: 1 double bedroom (four poster) with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with corner bath, toilet and sloping ceilings.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Blu-ray and small library. Gas range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Decked roof terrace. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. 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. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 14034

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Coach House Court. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 steps up to 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer. Internet access on request.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

    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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  • South Grange Cottage

    Coldingham, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    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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