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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
Oldfield Ref: SAAZ

This delightful whinstone house lies in a glorious setting in the village of Westruther, which gained an award made by the Scottish Borders Council, ‘Scotland’s Floral Gateway Best Wee Village’ in 2012. Just 33 miles from the beautiful city of Edinburgh, it stands detached and benefits from an enclosed landscaped garden and grounds which include several lawns, an orchard, and horse paddocks. The garden enjoys a wide open outlook on to the horizon over Lauderdale and makes the perfect place in which to relax after a hard day touring the beautiful Scottish Borders. The welcoming hall has a cosy open fire and comfortable sofas, which leads to an elegant living room with a vast stone fireplace. The large kitchen has a locally crafted dining table, perfect for wonderful, memorable meals or try the local inn a short walk away in the village.
Lauder, 8 miles, has a good selection of local shops and pubs as well as a golf course. Fishing and shooting can be arranged and horse riding is available locally. Excellent hill walking can be found on the Lammermuirs or Cheviot Hills and on the nearby Southern Upland Way, 2 miles. Thirlstane Castle, Mellerstain House and Floors Castle are just three of the many grand houses to visit nearby.
Edinburgh is a must for a day trip. This historic and magical city evokes the imagination of all ages. Dominated by the imposing castle, there are excellent tours of the city and castle as well as wonderful shopping, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. The Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently docked in the historic medieval port of Leith, and can be boarded for an interesting insight into how the Royal Family lived whilst at sea. Shops and pubs 8 miles.

Entrance hall with open fire. Spacious living room. Large well-equipped modern kitchen/dining room. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with shared en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full oil central heating £50 per week (Winter £100 per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • 3 acres of grounds
  • Grass tennis court (summer only)
  • Parking (for 6 cars)
  • External games barn with table tennis
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in garden

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£1405-£2475
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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
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
The Retreat Ref: S4678

Set down a country lane and surrounded by open fields, this spacious, detached house is ideal for family get-togethers and celebrations. A perfect holiday location for exploring the historic Scottish Borders and picturesque Northumberland with their superb beaches, dramatic castles and stunning scenery. The fishing port of Eyemouth with its colourful harbour where the resident wild grey seals may be fed, quaint St Abbs village with great coastal paths and the grand country house and garden of Paxton are all under 10 miles. A little further afield visit Coldstream, take a walk in the Cheviot Hills or explore Holy Island and Bamburgh: all are within 30 miles. Berwick-upon-Tweed with its good selections of shops, cafes and restaurants is only 6 miles. Shops and pub serving food 3.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen/dining area. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Bio-mass CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£558-£1153
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Harmony Garden Ref: 30061

This 19th century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune. This detached holiday house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with all the comforts. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony’s opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind. Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden comprising lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden’s texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year making it a place to return to again and again. A trip to Melrose isn’t complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce’s heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott. Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work; pick your own blooms to order and take home. Walk part of the St Cuthbert’s Way, following in the footsteps of the eponymous saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell’s section is 7½ miles each way. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Stairs to entrance. First floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Stairs to library. Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping) and en-suite bathroom with toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Third floor: 3 twin bedrooms, one with sloping ceiling.

Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine (in outbuilding). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio area and furniture. Shared gardens (open to public). Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£1470-£22999
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
The Mill House Ref: 29343

Just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, this spectacularly light and spacious holiday cottage provides comfortable and flexible accommodation for family parties or groups of friends. Sympathetically created from original farm buildings, this semi-detached property is in an elevated setting on a working livestock farm, with great views of the Eildon Hills beyond Melrose, 6 miles. The twin fronted woodburner and big, comfortable sofas give a welcoming, cosy atmosphere throughout the house, whatever the season. There are French doors opening onto the grassed garden to enjoy the best of the summer weather. Being on the Earlston Circular Route, there are lovely walks from the doorstep, through woodland and alongside the Leader Water. Earlston village, ½ mile, has local shopping and pubs, while in Melrose there is the ancient abbey to visit, as well as a host of fascinating independent shops and great eating places. The town also hosts the annual Rugby Sevens in April and Borders Book Festival in June, which attracts a wide variety of renowned authors. Nearby, activities include hill walking, fishing, a great range of very affordable golf courses, downhill biking or the Go Ape rope course at Glentress, near Peebles. There are historic houses galore to visit, including Abbotsford, Mellerstain and Floors Castle. The coast, with sandy beaches near Berwick, can be reached in under an hour. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living room/2 steps to dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French doors and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor ground source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£838-£2335
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.

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£616-£1486
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Riverview Mews 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.

Elec CH (underfloor in bathrooms), elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVDs. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Balcony. Shared grounds. Garage and parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced stream and river by property.

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£465-£950
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Westloch Cottage 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. H/cahir. 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.

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£652-£1572
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