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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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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Thirlestane, nr. Lauder

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27830

    Set on a large livestock farm just off the A697, 26 miles south of Edinburgh, this very comfortable detached holiday cottage is an ideal spot from which to explore the lovely Scottish Borders. The south facing living room has a multi-fuel burner and a large window with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Good walking from the cottage door with the Southern Upland Way passing through the farm on its way to the coast. Fishing, cycling and riding locally. Visit Thirlestane Castle close by. Melrose is 14 miles, with its ancient abbey and annual book festival. Lauder, 21/2 miles, has good local shops, pubs serving local food and an art gallery with great coffee.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Economy 10 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Garden Cottage Fairlaw

    Reston

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SCCJ


    With striking views across the fields to the coast from the 1st floor living area, this comfortable, light and extremely spacious detached holiday cottage is on a working farm in beautiful countryside. A peaceful haven for relaxing and unwinding, with lots to do nearby; stunning beaches are within a few miles, Edinburgh is easily reached, as are Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens. A perfect base for families, walkers (Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert’s Way), bird watchers and divers (St Abb’s Head), surfers and beach lovers, golfers (Goswick, Gullane, Dunbar and many more nearby). Privately set in the grounds of the owner’s home, it has its own pretty, secluded garden with dining area and children’s play area. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living room with gorgeous views towards the coast and Cheviot Hills. Very spacious beamed kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet.

    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-May £30 per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed charming garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Charming woodland
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Cycle storage
    • Children’s play area
    • Homemade bread, fresh flowers on arrival
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in woodland

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  • Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig

    Tweedsmuir, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 30102

    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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    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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  • Whitmuir Hall - Yarrow

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 5314

    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. 3 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Cot and high chair 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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  • Wellwood

    Kelso

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538044
    Wellwood is an attractive detached bungalow situated on the fringe of the lovely market town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders. Set at the entrance to a peaceful cul-de-sac this delightful property has been fully refurbished to provide excellent self catering accommodation. Immaculately presented throughout, each room has been beautifully furnished with much thought, care and attention to the finer details. The bright and airy lounge leads through to a separate dining area. The kitchen is very well equipped and leads to a private sun room; an idyllic spot to rest and relax whilst overlooking the garden. All three double bedrooms are tastefully  coordinated and a fresh contemporary bathroom completes the interior. The open garden grounds that surround Wellwood are superb for children at play.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric ’stove effect’ fire, Freeview TV and DVD player
    Dining Area: With dining table and chairs and additional sofa
    Kitchen: With large Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine. Tumble dryer in storage area
    Sun Room: With additional comfortable seating and access to the garden
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi facilityLarge open gardens with outdoor furniture. Pool table in garage. Off road parking for 2 + cars.
    Please note this is a non-smoking property.

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  • Greystones

    Yetholm near Kelso

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC538009
    Snuggled on the fringe of the welcoming small town of Yetholm, Greystones has been skilfully converted from a former steading and now offers stylish holiday accommodation all on ground level. This L shaped property is spacious and well appointed and enjoys a contemporary ambience throughout. Each of the three double bedrooms has French doors opening onto the private courtyard area and with two bathrooms too, this property is suitable for the gathering of family and friends or for those couples looking for something special.... Greystones is located at the end of a no-through track, less than a mile west of Yetholm and near Kale Water. Guests will enjoy dining alfresco and absorb the panoramic vistas across the valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level and comprises:
    Living Area/Diner: With TV with sky + (family package) and DVD
    Dining Kitchen:  With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, bench top freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed with TV (monitor only) for DVD and folding bed (for + 1)
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds with TV (monitor only) for DVD
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds with TV (monitor only) for DVD
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle and toilet
    Bathroom: With  large shower cubicle, bath and toilet

    Oil central heating, power, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot available. Patio area with furniture and private courtyard area. Off road parking for 3 + cars.

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  • Hillview

    Peebles

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: CC538047
    This lovely, spacious and light filled holiday house has wonderful views over the surrounding hills and of the Peebles Hydro Hotel. Hillview offers bright, comfortable, modern accommodation set in delightful gardens with a stunning hillside backdrop. Set between the Moorfoots and the Southern Uplands, this Ancient and Royal Burgh of Peebles provides the perfect base for a huge range of walks to suit all tastes, levels and abilities. Whether you choose the leisurely town trail - a moderate riverside walk passing the beautiful Neidpath Castle, or the John Buchan Way - a more challenging hill walk. Peebles has over 30 restaurants and places to eat and has been shortlisted in the Britain’s favourite market town category in the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine Awards and you will instantly see why.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With gas ’coal effect fire’, Freeview TV/DVD/VCR, dining furniture and lovely dual outlook to the front and the rear overlooking the delightful garden
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, dining furniture and French doors to the garden.
    Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds and TV/DVD
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, TV/DVD and views of the garden
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: A family room with double bed, single bed, cot, TV/DVD, views over the garden towards the hills and en suite bathroom with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 4: With two single beds, TV/DVD, views over the garden towards the hills and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC, bidet and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Garden mainly laid to lawn with a small patio with picnic table, bench seats and summer house. Fully enclosed by two gates, fence and hedge. Off road parking for 2 cars (1 of these spaces is across the very quiet road).

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  • Cavers Mains Farmhouse

    Cavers, nr. Hawick

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SZZK


    Situated on a quiet sheep farm enjoying stunning countryside views and a spectacular rural location, this renovated farmhouse lies at the heart of the Scottish Borders between Denholm and Hawick. The large double en-suite bedroom enjoys beautiful views from its large windows on two sides. The nearby towns of Hawick and Jedburgh offer a rich cultural and historical heritage, and Melrose, Kelso and Selkirk are also within easy reach. Golfers are well catered for with many excellent local courses at Hawick, Minto, Selkirk and Jedburgh. All of the courses welcome day visitors. Sporting parties are also welcome, with a wealth of shooting and fishing available on the Borders too. The Borders Railway runs from Tweedside near Galashiels to Edinburgh. The detached holiday property has many enjoyable walks to explore the surrounding countryside. There is peace to savour or much to do, whether you love scenery, culture, heritage or shopping in nearby Edinburgh. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Step to entrance. Spacious living room. Sitting room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Large kitchen/dining room with breakfast area, French doors and tiled floor. Utility. Sun room. Two separate toilets. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, panoramic views and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further double bedroom with additional bunk (for +2). Twin bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Additional day bed (for +1). Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Riverview Mews

    Nr. Chirnside

    Grade
    8
    5
    2
    4
    Ref: S4543

    Set on the banks of the Whiteadder River, this luxuriously appointed property commands wonderful views over the water and surrounding countryside – perfect for watching the abundant wildlife and enjoying riverside walks. Providing a superb base from which to explore the Scottish Borders, Riverside Mews is part of an exclusive rural development on the site of an old mill, just 8 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Elizabethan ramparts and good selection of shops and restaurants. This is a holiday location to suit everyone – for natural pleasures, the spectacular coastline and nature reserve of St Abb’s Head are just a few miles away and the Northumbrian coast’s miles of unspoilt beaches and Holy Island of Lindisfarne are a half hour drive. Whilst for visitors seeking historic attractions and lively cultural delights, the beautiful city of Edinburgh is only about an hour’s drive. Seal spotting and feeding, boat trips and diving are easily accessible as are great country houses and castles including Aydon, Floors and Mellerstain. Shops and pubs serving food 3 miles.

    Entrance on ground floor. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 single (for alternative sleeping only). Third floor: Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric central heating (underfloor in bathrooms), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVDs. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Shared grounds. Garage and parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream and river by property.

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  • Craigend Cottage

    Broughton, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    8
    4
    3
    1
    Ref: 26608

    Sitting within the southern upland hills, this detached country cottage in a secluded rural location is the ideal base to enjoy a peaceful holiday and explore the countryside, with many walks right on your doorstep, yet Edinburgh is less than an hour by car. Biggar, 7 miles, offers craft and food shops along with museums. Peebles, 11 miles, has restaurants and theatre. Neidpath Castle sits by the River Tweed, which flows through the town. Shop, P.O. and bistro/pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, one accessed through further twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with smaller enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car) via steep drive; additional parking (2 cars) at bottom of drive. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Small stream and part sloping banks in garden.

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  • Heathcote

    Ancrum near Jedburgh

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC538052
    Perfect for relaxing family holidays, this light and spacious cottage is on a working livestock and arable farm in the wonderful rolling border countryside. Well equipped and comfortable; there is a cosy open fire in the lounge and a peaceful garden to enjoy. Visit the border towns of Jedburgh, seven miles, and Melrose, 11 miles, each with an ancient abbey and an interesting variety of local shops and eating places. Ancrum, three and a half miles, has a pub/restaurant and local shop, while Monteviot House, three miles, has splendid gardens to enjoy and Harestanes visitor centre has a fun play park and lots of family activities whatever the weather. Nine hole golf course at Lilliardsedge, three miles. Quiet local roads ideal for cycling and ample walking tracks along the River Tweed or up the Eildon Hills. Edinburgh, an hour north, makes an inspiring day away.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC (Jack and Jill to shower room).
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom 1:
    With shower over bath and WC.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot, highchair, buggy and fireguard available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Westloch Cottage

    Coldingham

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: 26625

    This lovely, bright detached holiday property is in a secluded setting just 10 minutes drive from the beach. Furnished and decorated in contemporary style, there is a very spacious living room with cosy woodburner and generous comfortable seating, a separate dining room ideal for special occasion meals and a well equipped large kitchen. Outdoor space is private and sheltered with decking, garden furniture and barbecue. Bedrooms are again spacious, bright and airy, furnished in Scandinavian style. There are activities for all ages and interests nearby; trout fishing on Coldingham Loch, 2 minutes; golf at Eyemouth, 3 miles or choice of several local and championship courses within 40 minutes drive; scuba diving from Coldingham Bay; bird watching at St Abbs Head, 4 miles; Holy Island, 20 miles; boat trips to the Farne Islands from Seahouses; historic houses and gardens at Paxton, Mellerstain, Bamburgh and Alnwick castles. A day in Edinburgh is particularly enjoyable and stress free when travelling by train from Berwick or Dunbar and the bustling town of Berwick on Tweed, 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floor throughout. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link). First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. 3 Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. CD. iPod dock. Range with gas hob and electric ovens. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezers. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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