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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

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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£210-£611
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

A fittingly historic Borders setting

Superbly set within the 1,200 acre estate surrounding magnificent Duns Castle, and just 30 minutes’ drive from sandy beaches, these holiday cottages are perfectly positioned to make the most of a holiday in Scotland’s Border country. Providing comfortable accommodation, they both enjoy access to walks in the extensive grounds, which include deciduous woodland, hill vistas, a nature reserve and a splendid lake. At the heart of the Estate, Duns Castle is the owner’s home where generations of the Hay family have lived since 1696. Today it is a splendid Gothic Revival building which has evolved around a pele tower given in the 14th century by King Robert the Bruce to the Earl of Moray. Step back in time with dinner in the grand castle dining room, available by arrangement. The Castle is just under a mile from the quiet market town of Duns which has good local shops, pubs and restaurants along with a swimming pool, sports centre, tennis courts and 18-hole golf course. Enjoy peaceful lake and woodland walks from the doorstep, where the patient observer may spy roe deer, badger or red squirrel, and mute swans and numerous ducks take right of way on the lakeside road. Activities to suit all ages and tastes are nearby, with 7 golf courses within an hour’s drive; sandy beaches at Scemerston and Coldingham; visit ancient Holy Island; historic houses at Manderston, Floors Castle, Paxton House or slightly further afield at Bamburgh or Alnwick; shooting, salmon fishing and trout fishing, permits available locally or by prior arrangement; archery and clay pigeon shooting available by arrangement or simply savour the peace and quiet of this secluded setting. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Set in its own secluded garden looking onto fields with sheep and llamas, is this sunny, spacious cottage.
All on ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and shower attachment, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tennis court. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds.

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£421-£958
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

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.

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 free of charge - working farm and sheep country. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and two ponds in grounds.

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£293-£777
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Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Hawthorn Cottage 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 inc). Oil CH inc (£30pw or per short break 25th Sep-27th Mar). Elec and bed linen inc. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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£350-£638
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Maple Lodge Ref: 30558

In a wonderfully elevated setting, this light and spacious holiday cottage has sea views of Northumberland’s Heritage Coast from the main living areas. Attractively furnished and decorated, with an enclosed garden and sheltered patio, it’s an ideal spot to relax after a day out. The cottage also caters for the less mobile with wide doors and ramp access at the rear. Situated just 4 miles north of the dramatic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where there is a good array of shops, pubs and restaurants, along with a theatre. Holy Island, Paxton House and Bamburgh Castle are nearby, or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses. For a fun and hassle free day, Edinburgh is 40 minutes away by train. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 1¼ mile.

2 steps to entrance (ramp at rear). All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Sun room. 3 double bedrooms (one 6ft zip and link, one 5ft). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 50" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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£344-£862
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Catch A Penny Ref: 1922

Lovely views to the sea

This former farmhouse is conveniently close to the A1 for ease of access, yet quietly situated with lovely views to the sea less than 1 mile away. This spacious detached house has been modernised and is furnished and decorated to a good standard and provides an ideal holiday base. Close to sandy beaches, with the fishing town of Eyemouth 3 miles. There are wide views of the sea and coast, moorland walking direct from the house. Historic Berwick 5 miles, border towns half an hours drive, Edinburgh 1 hours drive. Pub ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional folding single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Bed linen included. Washing machine. Freezer. Parking (2 cars).

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£225-£665
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Breeze Ref: S4552

Set on the dramatic Berwickshire coastline and only 5 miles from the Northumberland Heritage Coast, these two attractive steading conversions enjoy wonderful sea views and an excellent location for discovering the delights of both beautiful regions. The fishing village of Burnmouth lies just 1 mile distant, and Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild seals, is 3.5 miles and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve’s spectacular clifftop walks are only 7 miles away. Historic Berwick-upon-Tweed (6 miles) offers good shops and restaurants as well as a wealth of places of interest to explore. From here, visitors can take a 45 minute train journey to the magnificent city of Edinburgh. Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens are also all easily accessible. Shop 3.5 miles, pub serving food 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis. No smoking.

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£465-£950
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Watermill House Ref: SZZ

This superb property has been built within the 14th-century shell of an old watermill, which was originally part of Dryburgh Abbey. It boasts a gloriously private and peaceful setting near a path to the river, and the surrounding grounds still show evidence of the noted Japanese Garden which was created here in years gone by. With its own fenced patio, Watermill House has been beautifully furnished and equipped and offers charming spacious accommodation for larger parties. Drawing room with wood-burning stove and French windows to fenced patio. Spacious farmhouse kitchen/dining room. Shower room with toilet. Utility room. Sun room. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Child’s single bedroom (for +1). Bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Travel cot
  • Larder fridge
  • Patio with
    furniture

  • Electricity and NSH by £1 coin meter (first £10 included)
  • Further background ‘Econ 7’ central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Barbecue
  • Salmon fishing by arrangement
  • Trout fishing (April – October) foc
  • Fishing on 1 mile stretch of River Tweed foc
  • Discount golf ‘passports’ available by arrangement
  • Teddy bear playhouse
  • Parking
  • NB: River in grounds

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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 ground floor: Living/dining room with French door. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

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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£233-£695
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Tweed Cottage Ref: S22

Enjoying stunning views from every window across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills, this architect-designed cottage is set in an enviable position in beautifully landscaped grounds and provides a peaceful, relaxing holiday haven. Adjoining another holiday cottage, a short stroll leads to Jedburgh, a charming market town set on the Jed Water, with a wide range of traditional shops and numerous pubs, cafés and restaurants. Historically there is plenty to see, including the ancient medieval abbey (especially impressive when floodlit each night), and outdoor pursuits include cycling, golf, fishing and walking. Places to visit locally include Jedforest Deer Farm Park, Monteviot House Gardens, Harestanes Countryside Centre, and a little further afield, Keilder Water and Forest Park, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Shops and restaurants 500 yards.

Ten steps to entrance. Living/dining room with well-equipped modern kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared garden with own terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£289-£648
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
In a tranquil setting around a mile from the sleepy hamlet of Lintlaw in the beautiful Scottish Borders nestles this pair of newly constructed log cabins.  Immaculately presented throughout the ambience within each property provides a haven for relaxation.  The open plan living space is bright and airy with stylish furnishings.  There are two double bedrooms and a large shower room.  The decked area is an idyllic spot to relax and listen to the rustle of the leaves dancing in the breeze whilst enjoying the open views that surround these lovely log cabins.

Ground Floor: The accommodation has four steps to entrance then all on one level with lpg central heating and comprises:
Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
Lounge area:  with Freeview TV/DVD and sofa bed (for +2)
Kitchen / dining area:  with electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge
Bedroom 1:  with double bed
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
Shower room:  with large shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided. Decked area with outdoor seating. Off road parking.

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£260-£425
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Smiddy Cottage Ref: 28208

With sea views from almost every window, this delightful, stylish, end-of-terrace holiday cottage is set on a working livestock farm and was the original smiddy or blacksmiths workshop, full of period detail and quirky features it is now a charming, beautifully furnished holiday cottage. The property is accessed by a farm track through the steading, which continues down to a small pebble beach, just five minutes’ walk away. Explore the Southern Upland Way, with the John Muir Way and Pennine Way offering lowland and coastal walking. The area is a good base from which to tour the Lothians, Borders and Northumberland. Enjoy a 30-minute train journey from Dunbar, 8 miles, to the festival city of Edinburgh for a relaxed day exploring the historic sites and a great range of entertainment. Cockburnspath, 2½ miles, has local pubs and shopping. Enjoy a game of golf, 8 miles, or a visit to the sandy beach, just 1½ miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps up to dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floor. 4 steps down to sun room with French doors and beams. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

Double-sided woodburner in living room and sun room included. Oil central heating and underfloor electric central heating (in bathrooms) included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. Blu-ray. CD. Oil Rayburn. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£306-£1117
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