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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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Greystones 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.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With sky + (family package) TV and DVD
Dining Kitchen:  With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, 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 enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bathroom: With  large shower enclosure, bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels includedPatio area with furniture and private courtyard area. Off road parking for 3 + cars.

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£300-£630
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
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Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Shieling View Ref: S4414

Enjoying glorious sea views, and set just 3 miles from Berwick’s many historic attractions, this detached single storey cottage makes an ideal year round base for exploring beautiful Borders scenery and Northumberland’s Heritage coast. The splendid castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick (famously featured in the Harry Potter films) and pretty Seahouses Harbour – for boat trips to the Farne Islands and Holy Island – are all close by. Berwick boasts good shopping, galleries, museums, inns and restaurants, golf and cycle hire whilst Edinburgh’s myriad delights are about an hour and 20 minutes’ drive. Riding locally. Shops 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. Cot. Video. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£321-£780
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Fisherman’s View Ref: W43234

Set in the tiny string of houses which is Burnmouth, just 7 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, enjoy sea views from the living room of this terraced holiday cottage. Overlooking Burnmouth Bay, there are rock pools to explore, seals and seabirds to watch and the Berwickshire coastal path to walk. Visit Eyemouth, 3 miles, for a beach, harbour and golf course or head inland to explore the Border towns. Drive south to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Blu-ray. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Sea 25 yards.

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£263-£863
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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NOW
£558-£1153
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.

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£252-£578
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Tara Cottage Ref: 26769

This semi-detached holiday cottage, on a working farm, is 9 miles from the Borders town of Kelso which has a variety of shops and restaurants. An ideal base to explore this historic area. Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast. Fishing and cycling locally. Shop, pub 11/2 miles, restaurant 9 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Children’s seating area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft, zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single with additional pull-out single, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£269-£684
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.

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£393-£393
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Hillview 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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£375-£780
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Stonedyke Ref: CC538032
Stonedyke is an attractive attached cottage surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful open countryside approx 2 miles from the quaint and remote village of Hownam in the Scottish Borders. The accommodation is immaculately presented throughout and enjoys a real ’home form home’ welcoming ambience. Snuggle in front of the roaring fire and watch the flames dance to relax after a day exploring the beautiful Cheviot Hills or the Leithope Forest. A large, mature garden at the rear is an idyllic spot to unwind and absorb the peace and tranquillity this lovely cottage affords.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Freesat TV, DVD, Hi-fi system and ipod dock
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine
Bathroom: With bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
staircase leading to.....

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: With two single beds

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal and logs for open fire supplied. Wi-fi broadband facility. As there is no mobile reception at Stonedyke a landline telephone is provided with honesty box.Enclosed garden with summer house. Outdoor storage with tumble dryer. Double garage for storage of bicycles etc. Off road parking for 3 + cars.

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£275-£510
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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