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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

Easy access to Border towns

With views over the Moorfoot hills, these spacious, detached holiday cottages (Braehill House 26348 and Braehill Cottage 29434) have been crafted from original farm buildings. Edinburgh is just 16 miles away with particularly easy access using the park & ride. Explore Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the cobbles of the Royal Mile and the thoroughfares of the New Town. Enjoy theatres, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and shops. Fishing and hill walking locally, with golf at Torwoodlee, 14 miles, and mountain bike trails for every level in Glentress Forest, 20 miles. Good access to the Border towns of Melrose and Kelso with their ancient abbeys, historic houses and gardens. Local shopping in Stow, 7 miles, with main shopping in Galashiels, 15 miles. Braehill House (26348) has a timber deck running along the front which can be accessed from each of the main living areas opening with a sliding wall from the dining area, and a sheltered, private, enclosed courtyard garden as well as a swimming pool and games room give endless entertainment, and the very spacious living areas provide both quiet and social spaces. Braehill Cottage (29434) is close to, but private from Braehill House and has a wonderful barbecue hut with comfortable sofas, large screen TV and of course, a barbecue. Fully sheltered from any breezes and giving full benefit of the view, this is a perfect sun downing spot. Spacious and sociable open plan living area with cosy woodburning stove. Sharing only the extensive landscaped garden and children’s play area, 26348 and 29434 may be booked separately, or together provide accommodation for 18 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area with 3 steps and wooden floor/kitchen. Second living room. Utility room. Study. Games room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to galleried seating area. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Second staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, double shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas fire in second living room included. Oil central heating, electric underfloor central heating (in living/dining room/kitchen). Travel cot. High chair. Nine satellite TVs. CD. Electric and gas hobs. Electric ovens. Two dishwashers. Enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Indoor heated, private swimming pool (7m x 4m). Small gym. Games room with pool table, table football, air hockey and juke box.

Both properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared garden and children’s play area. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and 6 steps in shared garden.

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£1160-£3439
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
3
Pinewood House Ref: 18561

This spacious home is ideal for family and friends wishing to share a wonderful holiday or special occasion. Relax in the hot tub or try an invigorating swim in the Rapid River spa, also enjoy the large enclosed garden with swings, a sunken patio, fountain and waterfall. Have fun using the barbecue and lunch alfresco, and make use of the wine fridge in the kitchen. Play the grand piano in the living room with its open fire or take a walk in the 90-acre community woodland. Visit the village park with facilities for all ages. Experience the excellent local activities, golf, salmon and trout fishing, horse racing, riding and ice skating. The Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert’s Way provide wonderful walking/riding, or explore the spectacular Berwickshire and Northumberland coast. Nearby, Kelso has cobbled streets and interesting local shops, restaurants and pubs. The ancient abbey, gracious town square and beautiful views along the River Tweed may be explored by following the town trail. Ideal for visiting the historic towns of Melrose, Jedburgh and Coldstream, while Edinburgh is only an hour by car. Home made meals, celebration dinners and housekeeping by arrangement. Shop ½ mile, pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio door. Second living room. Dining room. Dining room/kitchen. Second kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with additional pull-out single (2ft 6in) on request. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 5 double (one 5ft), 2 twin (both zip and link). Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

Open fires in living rooms included. Oil central heating, oil, gas and electricity £50per week, £40 per short break (£100per week, £70 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Two high chairs. DVD. CD. Three induction hobs (one in utility). Two electric ovens. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Grand piano. Large enclosed garden. Patio area. Decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Hot tub. Rapid River swim/spa in glazed enclosure with loungers. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond with fountain 9 yards.

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£1203-£2353
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Oakbank Cottage Ref: 23683

Indoor heated swimming pool

This detached cottage with a beautiful indoor pool stands in private secluded gardens and offers a very good standard of holiday accommodation throughout. Located only ½ a mile from Dumfries, home of Robert Burns, this property makes for an ideal holiday location to explore Dumfries and Galloway. The Mabie Forest close by offers excellent marked walks for all abilities as well as great mountain bike trails. Golf, fishing, pony trekking, bird watching and water sports can all be enjoyed locally. Within Dumfries there is excellent shopping as well as a selection of cafes and restaurants. The coastal Solway area has many village crafts and museums to visit as well as beautiful sandy or rocky beaches to explore.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen with French doors. Conservatory with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with patio doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. high chair. Four digital TVs. Videos and small library. DVDs and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric Range. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned courtyard garden with patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.5m to 1m). No smoking.

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£1012-£2160
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
The Byre Ref: SBBW

Situated in the fantastic location of the Trossachs National Park, this beautifully renovated 18th-century barn conversion, adjoining the owner’s home and accessed via a rough track, lies in a peaceful location offering breathtaking views over Ben Lomond and the Menteith Hills. Gartmore is the perfect setting for those who love outdoor pursuits, with hundreds of kilometres of forest track easily accessible. The property has two large fields, both with a stream running through them, in which guests are welcome to take children and/or dogs. The ‘endless’ swimming-pool provides optimal swimming conditions for a single swimmer and the current can be adjusted to a preferred level of difficulty. Even without the current, it still makes a lovely sized pool in which children can swim and have fun.
This is an ideal location to explore one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed including walking, cycling, golf, fishing, pony trekking and water sports nearby, as well the Rob Roy Way and Cycle Track 7, which both pass through Gartmore. Visit the Trossachs Discovery Centre to learn more about this exciting area, or a little further afield, why not enjoy a cruise on the stunning Loch Lomond. Stirling - with its ancient castle - is also easily accessible for the day and well worth a trip.
The surrounding district is steeped in history and there are many characters in Scottish history who have had vast amounts written about them, but few as famous as Rob Roy Macgregor, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots, all of whom had a part to play in the history of this area. Shop 1⅓ miles.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

Open-plan living room with wood-burning stove and French doors/dining room/kitchen/
conservatory with wooden floor and beams throughout. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with whirlpool double ended 6ft bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and adjacent shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot available on request
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with use of washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed garden
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 6 cars)
  • Shared ‘endless’ indoor heated swimming pool, (15ft x 10ft) available all year round
  • Shared infra-red sauna
  • No smoking

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£457-£1652
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Summer Cottage Ref: SXXD

Perfect for family holidays and relaxing short breaks, this exceptional property is situated just two minutes’ walk from a glorious sandy beach and links golf course in the charming seaside village of Brora. Beautifully furnished, and boasting a lovely, spacious interior, it stands within its own attractive, well tended and fully enclosed garden beside the Royal Marine Hotel, where Summer Cottage visitors enjoy full use of the leisure club’s superb facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room and services of a beautician. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant. Stunning coastal scenery and an unspoilt, rugged landscape provide a wonderful backdrop for wildlife spotting, bird watching, walking and fishing, and sea angling is available from the village harbour. The Clynelish Distillery (2 miles), Dunrobin Castle, Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, the Castle of Mey (the late Queen Mother’s home) and day trips to Orkney are all easily accessible. Shops ¼ mile, pubs and restaurants 400 yards.

Spacious open-plan living/dining room with central wood-burning stove, French doors to garden and well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Utility. Sun room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet, with access to further double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (for +2) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Landing with TV, DVD and games. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, separate en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, and door to balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling (for +2 children).

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, oil central heating (underfloor heating on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two plasma Freeview TVs
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed landscaped grounds with gravel terrace and furniture
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Shared use of indoor, heated swimming pool at adjacent hotel, with sauna, gym, steam room and beautician services
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

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£481-£1759
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

This beautifully-appointed property, with indoor heated swimming pool, set in a third of an acre of enclosed gardens, provides generously proportioned, flexible holiday accommodation. There is a Bang & Olufsen music system with CD library spanning all genres and a family room with 50in LCD TV. Set between Kinross and Dollar, overlooking the Ochil Hills, it is centrally located for exploring the southern Highlands and central Scotland. Gleneagles is 15 minutes away; St Andrews, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow are 45 minutes; Perth and Stirling are 20 minutes. There are 25 castles and 35 golf courses within 5-40 minutes’ drive (including Gleneagles, St Andrews and Carnoustie). Local activities and attractions include horse riding, fishing, curling, hillwalking, gliding, sailing, waterskiing, canoeing, shooting, birdwatching and golf. Various motor sports at Knockhill Racing Circuit, hovercrafting at Craigluscar and off roading at Oakley Buggy Centre. Visit Blair Drummond Safari Park, Loch Leven Castle, Vane Farm Nature Reserve, Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Falkirk Wheel, Deep Sea World, Townhill National Waterski Centre and Lochore Meadows Country Park (canoeing, sailing). In Scotland’s beautiful capital city there is a wealth of galleries and museums. Tour Edinburgh with its castle, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace, Royal Yacht Britannia, zoo, waxworks, dungeons, climbing centre and Dynamic Earth Centre. A 20-minute drive is the Fife Coastal Trail with the picturesque villages of the East Neuk of Fife. Whisky Trail is a 90-minute drive. Shop, pub 1 mile.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

Steps to entrance. Two steps down to spacious living room with French windows to balcony. Dining room. Large kitchen/dining room with TV, door to pool room (one third under a glass roof overlooking the garden) and family/games room with TV, DVD, double sofa bed (alternative sleeping). Master bedroom with 5ft bed, additional double sofa bed (alternative sleeping), en-suite shower room, toilet. Double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1), en-suite shower room with toilet. Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Double bedroom with additional single bed over (for +1). Family bathroom, over-bath shower, toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Electricity, bed linen, towels included
  • Central heating included (October-March £70per week, £50 per short break)
  • Satellite TVs (basic package)
  • DVD (large library)
  • Games console
  • Radio/CD (large library)
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • 5-ring hob
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden, patio, furniture, treehouse, sandpit, basketball net, outdoor toys/games and mini skateboard ramp
  • Pool toys
  • Barbecue
  • Private indoor heated swimming pool (20ft x 10ft), heating charge October-March £150per week, £75 per short break
  • Games/family room with table tennis
  • No smoking

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£904-£3053
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Balwearie Mill (ref 30225) and Balwearie Mill Cottage (30226) are situated in a small hamlet adjacent to the 3rd tee at Kirkcaldy Golf Course. The properties are accessed via a track road and are situated in a peaceful and scenic rural location, ideally placed for enjoying the beautiful countryside of Fife. There is no shortage of hill walks, bridle paths and cycle tracks. The nearby seaside villages of Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour, which form the “Fife Riviera”, are only a short drive away. Edinburgh and Perth are both within a 30-minute drive. In addition there are numerous, renowned local golf courses in the area, and St Andrews, the home of golf, is only 25 miles away. The indoor swimming pool, the outdoor hot tub (Balwearie Mill only) and sunny secure garden with extensive patio areas are ideal for relaxing after a long day exploring the local area. Balwearie Mill and Balwearie Mill Cottage can be booked together to accommodate up to 15 guests and are ideal for families or friends who wish to be together but have some privacy. Beach 3 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub 1 mile and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast bar, patio doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Games room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with sloping ceilings and en-suite bathroom with sunken bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, one with additional bunk (double bed with single over for children), Velux and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.

Oil central heating included. Cable TV. Xbox 360. Electric Aga. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with terrace, decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Gas barbecue. Indoor heated swimming pool with shower and changing facilities. Hot tub. Games room with snooker table.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared garden with children’s swings. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in the grounds

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£812-£1961
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