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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Boasting far-reaching views to the Cheviot Hills and lovely walking from the doorstep, this cosy and comfortable cottage (shown right of photograph) is set just 5 miles from sandy beaches at the village of Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild grey seals. Enjoying its own garden, the cottage sits on the owners’ 200 acre arable farm, an idyllic spot threaded with many footpaths. Boat trips are easily available and the nearby coastline is famed for crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and diverse marine life – a paradise for divers. Picturesque St Abbs, with its harbour and nature reserve, the golden sands of Coldingham Bay and historic Berwick-upon-Tweed are under 10 miles. The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an hour’s drive or take the train from Berwick train station, which is less than a 10-minute drive, giving guests easy access to central Edinburgh. Visit the village of Ayton’s imposing castle, 3 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with combed ceilings.

Open fire in living room inc. Biomass woodchip CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). CD. M/wave. W/machine. Shared t/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£305-£638
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
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.

This unusual property is completely self contained with private entrance and garden area, and offers cosy accommodation of considerable character.
Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room. Single bedroom leads to double bedroom.

Cots and high chairs on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. 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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£249-£556
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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Just 4 miles from the lovely sandy beach at Coldingham, and under an hour from Edinburgh, this beautifully presented, semi-detached holiday cottage is in a peaceful rural setting, looking out to open woodland where deer and foxes may be glimpsed by the patient observer. The cosy living room room has a woodburner and French door leading to the pretty garden, and the kitchen is well equipped. Quiet local roads are ideal for cycling, or further afield, explore mysterious Holy Island or the Farne Islands. Wander round the historic walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed where there are good eating places and a small theatre. Ancient castles and grand houses and gardens are close by, good walking is available in the Cheviots or along the coastal route and there is golf in Eyemouth, 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 5 years except babies under 2 years. NB: Unfenced stream in neighbour’s grounds. Electric fence surrounds garden.

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£274-£680
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1


This charming, detached, south-facing holiday cottage, only 5 minutes from the lovely sandy shore of Coldingham Bay with its multi-coloured beach huts, has a light and airy living area with imaginative, tasteful touches of style and a cosy wood-burning stove for relaxing winter evenings. The privately screened hot tub is ideally placed to enjoy the wonders of the night sky, and the enclosed garden is ideal for children and pets. Coldingham Bay is a popular venue for Scotland’s burgeoning surfing scene with boards and equipment for hire and lessons available. Spoilt for choice of activities nearby from fantastic hill walking in the Cheviot Hills to bird-watching on St Abbs Head, or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands to see puffins and seals, explore ancient Holy Island, Alnwick Castle or Edinburgh, under an hour’s drive. Great cycling on quiet roads and sea loch fishing available locally. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Spacious open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and galley-style kitchen. Open-tread, spiral staircase to first floor: Landing with 5ft bed and low, sloping ceiling. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (BT package)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Cycle store
  • Screened 6-seater hot tub with changing hut
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£518-£888
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
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 first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. 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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£210-£611
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
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 ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be 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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£190-£569
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set within the grounds of the owners’ home, this single storey holiday cottage is 10 minutes from the St Abbs Head Nature Reserve, 40-minutes from Edinburgh and is close to the harbour of Eyemouth and Coldingham’s sandy beaches. The cottage has its own secluded walled garden, plus use of the owners’ large garden. Walking and cycling from the door. Easy access to local attractions including Holy Island, Bamburgh and boat trips from Seahouses to the Farne Islands. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Open-plan living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, exposed stonework, French doors and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed (can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed garden with patio
  • Shared use of owners’ large, lawned garden with croquet and boules
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Fenced pond in owners’ shared garden

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£262-£870
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Stables Ref: CC538008
This property is sublime! Snuggled in a peaceful corner of the picturesque village of Kirk Yetholm within the beautiful Scottish Borders, The Stables has been newly renovated and totally refurbished to provide an idyllic hideaway for couples. The cottage is deceptively spacious with much care and attention to detail given to provide accommodation of a superior standard. The open plan lounge/dining area is large yet kept cosy with a fabulous wood burning stove, ensuring a warm welcome awaits guests regardless of the season. Full size glass doors floods the room with light, maximising its bright and airy ambience and lead to a private, enclosed garden area; perfect for a spot of alfresco dining. The contemporary kitchen area is well equipped and the luxurious bathroom has a modern bath large enough to share.... A spiral staircase leads to the bedroom with a view toward the church, and the convenience of an additional cloakroom. A second relaxing living area leads onto a roof top terrace overlooking the church yard with stunning views towards the hills beyond.

Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD, under floor heating, sofa bed (for + 2) and sliding glass doors leading to private, enclosed garden area complete with furniture including BBQ pit.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
Bathroom: With large bath made for two, rain shower, WC  and wash basin
Spiral staircase leads to.....

First Floor: Second Lounge: Another spacious relaxing area with patio door leading to roof terrace overlooking church yard and open moor land and hills beyond
Bedroom: With double bed enjoying views towards the church
Cloakroom: A spacious room with WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First basket of fuel for wood burning stove supplied. Travel cot and high chair available.Enclosed garden at rear with furniture. On road parking.

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£275-£510
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Tweed Ref: 28731

Tweed is a cottage with green credentials and lies in the Scottish village of Paxton, just 4 miles from the A1 and Berwick. This former estate worker’s home is ideal for holidays all year. The great houses of Paxton, and Manderston are both close by with the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick along the coast. Visit the quaint harbours of St Abbs and Burnmouth, explore the hills of the Lammermuirs and Cheviots, visit Edinburgh or the battlefields of Flodden and Halidon. Walk the L.S. Lowry Trail in Berwick or watch salmon netting at Paxton House. Great golfing area. Beach 4 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

Electric central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small, enclosed garden (25 yards away) with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car), 25 yards. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£212-£499
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
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.

This unique, 2 storey stone built lodge, at the base of the high stone archway over the drive, has a cosy interior with an open fire and semi-circular rooms and is close to the lake and just ½ mile from the town.
Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Cots and high chairs on request. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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.

WAS
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£478-£478
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.

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£234-£556
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
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. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams, en-suite bathroom and toilet.

Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill.

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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£215-£513
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