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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 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.

WAS
NOW
£350-£638
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Step down to 1 double (zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double (zip and link), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children), both with sloping ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Garden furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

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.

WAS
NOW
£393-£393
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Horseshoe Cottage Ref: CC538030
Horseshoe Cottage is delightfully positioned on the edge of a farm near the tranquil hamlet of Hume in the Scottish Borders. This detached cottage is deceptively spacious with the accommodation benefitting from being all on ground floor level. The open countryside views surrounding Horseshoe Cottage are simply stunning; a large mature garden is the idyllic spot to rest and relax.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and comprises:
Lounge: With gas fire and TV
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob and microwave
Utility: With fridge/freezer, washing machine; door to side of property
Bedroom: With super king size bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, towels and bed linen included.Enclosed garden. Off road parking.

WAS
NOW
£230-£380
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

Perfect for families or groups of friends holidaying together, this lovely holiday cottage has been created from original farm buildings to form roomy, flexible holiday accommodation. The spacious kitchen is the heart of the house with the Aga and long dining table at one end and a cosy stove and comfortable seating at the other. The bright sitting room has an open fire and French doors to the garden. Set in rolling countryside, 6 miles north of the picturesque town of Kelso, and 5 minute walk from imposing Hume Castle, this delightful holiday cottage also has a private enclosed garden and open countryside views. Range of activities to suit all ages and interests are available locally; cycling, golf, riding, horseracing, fishing, historic houses of Floors Castle and Mellerstain and the four great border abbeys of Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh, while Edinburgh is only a scenic 1 hour drive. Shops and pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedroom: 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional raised single (with ladder to bed, for child). Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Second staircase to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. 2 fridge/freezers. Wi-fi. Broadband.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£616-£1486
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
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 Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Internet access on request. Private patio and furniture. Barbecue.

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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£186-£506
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Situated in quiet seclusion in the heart of the lovely rolling Borders countryside, these two delightful holiday cottages (refs SUUW and SUUX)are just around a mile from the tiny village of Denholm with its village green, two good pubs, cafés and local shopping. Both have cosy wood-burning stoves, sociable open-plan living areas and deliciously comfortable beds with quality bed linen. The area is perfect for those who love to explore the hidden treasures of the past; ancient abbeys in Dryburgh, Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso and the historic houses of Floors Castle, Mellerstain and Abbotsford. Minto Golf course, 1 mile, is one of many great value courses available with a ‘Freedom of the Fairways’ passport. Wonderful river swimming from a small pebble beach in the River Teviot in summer. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and step down to well-equipped kitchen area. Sitting room. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms: One double with 5ft bed, one twin; both with sloping ceilings.

  • Electricity, full electric central heating (underfloor in bathroom) included (October-April £30 poa)
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Garden with fenced patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • DAB radio/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fishing and shooting by arrangement
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£509-£509
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3

This beautiful Victorian house with stunning views over a loch and hills, sits between its own large garden and the flower-filled courtyard of Lochside House. Set on a working farm with rare breeds and horses, this comfortable holiday property is extremely well-equipped and superbly furnished with antiques and soft sofas, perfect for relaxing in after exploring the many abbeys, castles and old houses found within the area.
Numerous recreational facilities are provided for visitors – without even having to leave the grounds – and which cater for a whole range of interests and a variety of tastes. In the drawing room a selection of games, toys and books make a enjoyable evening spent together as a family. The more sports-orientated are able to while away many happy hours playing snooker and badminton, or enjoying the more sedate game of croquet, whilst trout and coarse fishing are also available on-site at cost. A pub to frequent in the evenings lies just 1½ miles away.
The village of Yetholm is made up of two distinct parts – Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm, which lie just ¼ mile apart. Situated on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, they mark the end of the Pennine Way footpath, as well as the second leg of St Cuthbert’s Way (a 60-mile walk ending at Holy Island in Northumberland). Six miles to the north is Kelso, where surviving ruins belie the fact that Kelso Abbey was once the richest and most powerful in southern Scotland, and took eighty years to build. Kelso lies at the confluence of the River Tweed and River Teviot, a renowned spot for salmon fishing, and a short walk leads to Floors Castle, a huge castellated mansion overlooking the Tweed, which is open for visiting (April to Oct). Shops 1½ miles.

Hall with polished oak floor. Living room with sofa-bed (for +2). Spacious drawing room with portraits, games, toys and books. Farmhouse kitchen/dining area with Aga, electric oven and hob. Utility. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Family suite: Double bedroom with four-poster bed, single bed (for +1) in dressing room and en-suite bathroom with elec over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, oil-fired Aga, oil central heating , hot tub and logs(October-April £150 per week, £75 per short break, April - October £100per week, £50 per short break poa)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Hot tub
  • Rustic shared games barn with full-size snooker table
  • Badminton and croquet
  • Trout and coarse fishing available from £10
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£615-£1761
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!   The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views; seen from many of the windows of the properties.
Lightkeepers Cottage is accessed via one step through a storm door with the accommodation having the added convenience of being all on ground floor level.  This property has recently undergone a total refurbishment offering a contemporary blend to this unique building.  The living / dining / kitchen areas are at the front and offer sea views.  Both bedrooms are positioned at the rear along with the modern bathroom and additional cloakroom making this property suitable for the gathering of family and friends or those couples seeking something rather special!

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level heated by electricity and comprises:
Lounge / diner:  with Freesat TV and sea views
Kitchen:  with integral electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
Cloakroom:  with WC and wash basin

All electricity included. Bed linen provided. Electric blankets provided.Off road parking for 2 cars.

WAS
NOW
£300-£630
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Shepherds Cottage Ref: 40016

This delightful, very spacious cottage in a peaceful rural setting on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, is perfect for those who enjoy walking and fishing with occasional trips to nearby Edinburgh, 40 minutes drive, or 30 minutes by train from Dunbar. Nearby, Edin’s Hall Broch is well worth the 2 mile walk to see this ancient structure, while there are sandy beaches only 15 minutes away. Fishing villages, superb bird reserve and selection of golf courses locally. A perfect holiday retreat. Shops and pubs 5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Screened hallway with double sofa bed. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Private water supply.

WAS
NOW
£234-£556
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Woodside Ref: 18469

Privately situated on the edge of the village of Newcastleton and backed by woodland, this spacious holiday property is decorated and furnished in a light, contemporary style and is equipped for disabled access, families and moutain bikers alike. Good walking in the surrounding hills and forests. In easy reach are the Seven Stanes mountain bike route, Kielder Water and Forest Park with a wide range of activities and spectacular scenery. Hermitage Castle, 5 miles, is a startling reminder of the area’s violent past. Carlisle, 25 minutes’ drive. Shops and pubs 350 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shared utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, each with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with (elec hoist over) bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared tumble dryer in utility room. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond.

WAS
NOW
£252-£578
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2


Delightfully situated overlooking Eddleston Water as it winds through the attractive Border town of Peebles, just 20 miles south of Edinburgh, this charming, end terrace holiday cottage is a perfect getaway, with easy access to local amenities and all that Edinburgh has to offer. With a grassy garden to the side and ducks to watch from the sitting-out area, it is easy to let time slide by. There is a great range of shops, galleries, restaurant and pub options within a 5-minute walk, and both rigorous and gentle hill and river walks from the doorstep. Visit historic Traquair House which has seasonal festivals, Dawyk and Kailzie Gardens or the downhill mountain bike runs and Go Ape at Glentress. Shop 130 yards, pub and restaurant 175 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor: 1 double (6ft 6in zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: River in garden.

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£229-£591
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