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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Riverside Cottage Ref: CC538011
Riverside Cottage is both delightful and charming and provides a superb base for exploring the beautiful Scottish Borders. The property dates back to 1648 and forms part of the old town. Its location is ideal: tucked away down its own medieval close yet only a stone’s throw from the timeless High Street. As its name suggests, the front of the property overlooks the river known locally as ’ the Cuddy’.  Peebles, a Royal Burgh since 1152, is a hidden treasure with its own distinct heritage, culture and traditions. The motto of the town translates as, "Against the stream they multiply". An apt description given that the town straddles the majestic River Tweed, world famous for the quality of its salmon fishing.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating, is accessed by 24 step and comprises:
Lounge: With free view TV and DVD. A lovely, light room with river views.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With two single beds and view to river.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available.
Wi-fi access availablePatio area. Off road parking for one car plus parking for one additional vehicle by arrangement with the owner. Bikes can be stored by arrangement with the owner.

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£360-£470
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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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Courtyard Cottage Ref: S4569

The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at hand and the beaches of Berwick and Holy Island are also easily accessible. Kelso (6 miles) offers shops, inns and restaurants and is home of Floors Castle and the famous Kelso Horse Races, whilst Edinburgh, with its magnificent castle, museums, galleries and excellent shopping, is only a 35 mile drive. Fly fishing can be arranged locally, several golf courses are nearby and shops and pubs are just 3.5 miles away. Beautifully appointed and very comfortable, these three properties offer a unique holiday opportunity. West Lodge, ref S4166, is a charming 18th-century stone cottage enjoying its own garden with splendid views towards the Cheviots. Clock House, ref S4568, has been beautifully converted to a high standard to form part of the Old Clock House dating from the early 18th century. Adjoining the Clock House is Courtyard Cottage, ref S4569, which has also been lovingly converted to a high standard and boasts three en-suite bedrooms. The courtyard coffee shop serves delicious home cooking on ‘house open’ days - and special occasions, large and small can be catered for by arrangement in the state rooms of Mellerstain House.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (accessed also from hall). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Freeview TV. D/washer. Parking. Friday to Friday.

Note: The Clock House and Courtyard Cottage can be interlinked to offer accommodation to sleep up to 10 guests.

All properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. CD. T/cot. M/wave. Shared access to extensive grounds and gardens. NB: Drops and lake in grounds.

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£368-£780
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Digger’s Cottage Ref: 26858

In a peaceful location 20 miles south of Edinburgh, this comfortable barn conversion has a pleasant outlook over fields towards the village. It boasts hill walking in the Lammermuirs with the Southern Upland Way nearby. The beach at Gullane, 23 miles, is within easy reach, as are the Borders abbeys, North Berwick’s Sea Life centre and boat trips to Bass Rock to see seals and puffins. Enjoy Edinburgh’s historic castle, free museums, excellent choice of restaurants and stylish shops. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Two Freeview TVs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced burn in grounds.

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£195-£557
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
West Lodge Ref: S4166

The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at hand and the beaches of Berwick and Holy Island are also easily accessible. Kelso (6 miles) offers shops, inns and restaurants and is home of Floors Castle and the famous Kelso Horse Races, whilst Edinburgh, with its magnificent castle, museums, galleries and excellent shopping, is only a 35 mile drive. Fly fishing can be arranged locally, several golf courses are nearby and shops and pubs are just 3.5 miles away. Beautifully appointed and very comfortable, these three properties offer a unique holiday opportunity. West Lodge, ref S4166, is a charming 18th-century stone cottage enjoying its own garden with splendid views towards the Cheviots. Clock House, ref S4568, has been beautifully converted to a high standard to form part of the Old Clock House dating from the early 18th century. Adjoining the Clock House is Courtyard Cottage, ref S4569, which has also been lovingly converted to a high standard and boasts three en-suite bedrooms. The courtyard coffee shop serves delicious home cooking on ‘house open’ days - and special occasions, large and small can be catered for by arrangement in the state rooms of Mellerstain House.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room inc. W/machine. F/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Garage parking.

All properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. CD. T/cot. M/wave. Shared access to extensive grounds and gardens. NB: Drops and lake in grounds.

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£294-£704
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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
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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.

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£478-£478
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Kiln Cottage Ref: 26834

In a courtyard setting, amidst the rolling hills of Peeblesshire, this detached holiday cottage makes an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful area. Formerly a pottery studio, with sessions available with the owner, the contemporary furnishings and open plan design are ideal for relaxed holiday living. Conveniently located for Edinburgh (18 miles) with park and ride available from Straiton 15 minutes away, Glasgow (32 miles), Peebles (12 miles) and Biggar (7 miles), there are a great variety of restaurants nearby where local produce can be sampled. Visit the wonderful gardens at Dawyk, Kailzie to see ospreys on webcam, and historic Traquair to get lost in the maze. Hill walking, golf and fishing are all available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Stonebank House Ref: S4611

Enjoying wonderful sea views and a superb location for exploring the Scottish Borders and beautiful Northumberland coast, this spacious and well appointed property is ideal for family gatherings. The picturesque villages of St Abbs and Eyemouth, where visitors can arrange boat trips or feed the wild grey seals living in the harbour, are both close by. Spectacular sandy beaches are just 4 miles away as is the historic town of Berwick, with its faithfully preserved Elizabethan walls and barracks, fine choice of shops and restaurants, and railway station for excursions to the city of Edinburgh, just a 45-minute train journey away. Holy Island (NT) is also easily accessible. Shops 4 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room inc. Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD/iPod dock. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars, additional on road parking available). No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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£514-£1059
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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mill Cottage Ref: SFFJ

Set by a tumbling burn in rolling hills, this detached stone cottage lies 23 miles south of Edinburgh with easy access to all that the vibrant city has to offer. Part of a working sheep farm, it was formerly an old mill, now converted to a high standard with great attention to comfort and style. Melrose is 15 miles, and Kelso 20 miles, with fascinating shops, great historic houses and gardens, good golf courses and fishing. Beaches of the East Lothian coast, 25 miles. Good walking from the door. Shops, excellent restaurants and pubs 2 miles.

Large living room with sofa-bed (alternative sleeping), wood-burning stove in feature fireplace, window seat and French door to garden. Kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link beds (can form two singles) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • NB: Fenced stream nearby

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£325-£720
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