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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
1
Pets
1
Colinton Cottage Ref: S4624

Situated on a picturesque hillside on the fringes of Coldingham village, these two cottages are the ideal place to relax after a day exploring the dramatic Berwickshire coast. Adjoining the owners’ home, the cottages sit just a mile from the beautiful beach of Coldingham Sands, a perfect secluded gem where Gosmount Farm visitors also enjoy use of the owners’ beach hut. Diving enthusiasts are drawn to the area’s clear offshore waters and the coastline affords visitors glorious walking: those heading south to the little town of Eyemouth, 3.5 miles by road, can take a boat trip from its attractive working harbour or feed the wild seals, whilst 2 miles to the north lies the quaint fishing village of St Abbs, and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve famously provides spectacular clifftop walks. The splendid city of Edinburgh is only an hour’s drive or 45 minutes by train from the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed, 11 miles. Shops and pubs 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with double bed and sofa bed (for children). Kitchen/dining area. Shower room and toilet.

Gas CH inc. Shared use of owner’s freezer.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. Parking. Shared garden. Use of owner’s beach hut. No smoking.

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£288-£523
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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Heated indoor swimming pool
Shared gardens with furniture and play area

This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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

All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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£186-£506
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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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£370-£470
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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
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Girnick Cottage Ref: 24278

Set in glorious countryside just north of Kelso, with panoramic views towards the village of Smailholm, this charming holiday cottage is tastefully furnished to provide a comfortable base from which to explore. Kelso, 6 miles, set on the River Tweed has interesting and individual shops and eateries, an abbey, racecourse and ice rink. Excellent cycling, fishing and walking in the Eildon Hills, access to two 18 hole golf courses, historic houses at Floor Castle and Mellerstain, 2 miles. Cycle store at the property. Shops and pubs 6 miles.

3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£195-£607
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
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Barn, Wiston Ref: CC538039
The Barn is a perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just unwind and relax in this unspoiled and hidden gem of an area at the foot of Tinto Hill. This stunning semi detached architect barn conversion of an original barn shares history together with 21st century luxury living and was featured within Scotland on Sunday’s Interiors section. The south west facing views from the dining room and family room are simply spectacular and the flow of space on the ground floor makes for very sociable open plan living. Tinto is a graceful cone shaped hill on the area’s southern horizon. At 711 metres it is the highest point in central Scotland and on a clear day the views take some beating. The perfect introduction to hill walking and all from your front door!

Ground Floor: Property is heated by under floor heating and multi fuel burner and comprises;
Sitting Room: With multi fuel burner set into a feature wall shared with the sun room. A beautiful light filled room with French windows leading onto the garden. TV and DVD player
Family Room/Dining Room: This beautiful room has French windows opening onto the magnificent garden and patio. TV and DVD player
Breakfast Kitchen: Beautiful room with views to front. Range cooker with electric fan assisted oven and gas hob, dishwasher, American fridge/freezer with ice cooler and filtered water, washing machine and tumble dryer, microwave
Sun Room; Multi fuel burner set into a feature wall shared between this room and the sitting room. Beautiful views
Bedroom 1: With double bed and views to both front and rear
Wet Room: Clad in glossy black tiling, with a smoked glass screen defining the shower area, WC and wash basin.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed with views of the Southern Upland hills and en suite walk in shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With two single beds
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bathroom; With shower attachment over bath, WC, wash basin and TV

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Ipod docking station. Wi-fi available

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£435-£1025
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.

WAS
NOW
£558-£1153
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Electric cooker. Washing machine. Microwave.

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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£327-£870
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Electric cooker. Washing machine. Microwave.

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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£293-£777
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Oak Ref: S4604

In the countryside of the Scottish Borders, and only half a mile from the village of Chirnside, these two stunning lodges are built and furnished to a good standard. Perfectly located for enjoying the woodland walks, wildlife and fishing, which is available free of charge on the River Whiteadder, in season. The nature reserve and coastline of St Abb’s Head are just a few miles away, and at Berwick-on-Tweed, 8 miles, visitors will find a good selection of shops and restaurants. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Northumbrian Heritage Coast, with its unspoilt beaches and castles to explore, are a half hour drive, whilst Edinburgh is an hour away. Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Manderston are among the stately homes within easy reach. Shops and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

Living room with patio doors. Kitchen/dining area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Underfloor oil CH inc. Wi-fi on request. Enclosed garden and furniture. Wheelchair access.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Verandah. Parking. Fishing in season (foc). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£372-£950
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