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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
5
Bedrooms
2
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. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms, one double (6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 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.

WAS
NOW
£234-£749
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
St Abbs - Keepers Fold Ref: CC538025
Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime! The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views.
Keepers Fold is a compact one-bedroom studio apartment suitable for a single person or couple with the accommodation being all on ground floor level.

Ground Floor: The compact accommodation is all on one level, heated by electricity and comprises:
A small open plan living space with:
Lounge / dining area:  with Freesat TV with 2 chairs.
Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
Bedroom:  with two single beds close together
Shower room:  with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

All electricity included. Bed linen supplied. Electric blankets provided.Off road parking for 2 cars.

WAS
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£210-£310
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

This detached stone holiday cottage lies in peaceful woodland, just 45 minutes south of Edinburgh and is a perfect romantic retreat for two with a light living room looking out to the garden and woods where roe deer, red squirrels and owls can be glimpsed by the patient observer. St Abbs Nature Reserve is 8 miles and the spectacular cliffs and beaches of the east coast are within easy reach. The Seabird Centre at North Berwick is 25 miles. Good walking both along the coast and inland in the Lammermuirs, riding, fishing, diving and golf can be found locally. Sandy beaches 7 miles. Pub serving food 4 miles.

Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove and patio doors to garden. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove in living room - intial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full ‘Econ 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Cycle store
  • Water supply from borehole
  • No smoking

WAS
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£221-£480
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£368-£780
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Pettico Wick Ref: W43276

Just a short stroll from the sheltered harbour, in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of St. Abbs, this delightful holiday cottage is attached to the rear of a substantial Victorian house. From the property there are fantastic coastal walks to the bird reserve at St. Abbs Head or to the sandy Coldingham Bay. Eyemouth, 3 miles, has pubs, restaurants and local shops, and the walled town of Berwick is 9 miles. Nearby are Paxton House and Ayton Castle, Edinburgh is an hour away and Holy Island and a boat trip to the Farne Islands are a must. Golf, walking, riding and fishing are available locally. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Enclosed garden and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
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.

WAS
NOW
£275-£510
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£186-£506
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Kirkgate Cottage Ref: W42896

Set on the edge of Chirnside village, 12 miles from the coast, this pretty semi-detached stone-built holiday cottage is furnished in appropriate ‘cottage’ style with a welcoming open fire in the cosy living room and a tiny courtyard garden to the rear. It makes a highly convenient and comfortable base from which to enjoy the Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast. Visit historic Paxton House, bird watch from majestic St Abbs Head, explore the town of Berwick-on-Tweed, or let the train take the strain for a day in Edinburgh, 40 minutes. Shop 0.75 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: 1 step to living room. 1 step to kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceilings.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Internet connection.Telephone-emergency only. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£220-£633
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.

WAS
NOW
£372-£950
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Tweed Cottage Ref: S22

Enjoying stunning views from every window across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills, this architect-designed cottage is set in an enviable position in beautifully landscaped grounds and provides a peaceful, relaxing holiday haven. Adjoining another holiday cottage, a short stroll leads to Jedburgh, a charming market town set on the Jed Water, with a wide range of traditional shops and numerous pubs, cafés and restaurants. Historically there is plenty to see, including the ancient medieval abbey (especially impressive when floodlit each night), and outdoor pursuits include cycling, golf, fishing and walking. Places to visit locally include Jedforest Deer Farm Park, Monteviot House Gardens, Harestanes Countryside Centre, and a little further afield, Keilder Water and Forest Park, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Shops and restaurants 500 yards.

Ten steps to entrance. Living/dining room with well-equipped modern kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared garden with own terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£289-£648
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Nook Ref: CC538038
Nestling in a quiet lane in the welcoming conservation village of Morebattle 8 miles south of Kelso and on the 100km route of St Cuthbert’s Way; The Nook is a charming stone built cottage dating from the 1880’s. Beautifully restored the cottage is spacious and well designed. The comfortable lounge has a cosy open fire, idyllic to relax in front of and watch flames dance after a day exploring the stunning Scottish Borders. The spacious, well appointed kitchen dining room has French doors leading onto the terrace and fully enclosed west facing garden; a lovely spot to relax in, watch the children play, barbecue or dine alfresco as the sun begins to set. There is also a convenient ground floor toilet and shower room with drying facilities. With two double, a twin bedroom and a family bathroom on the first floor The Nook is an excellent choice for the gathering of families and friends as well as those couples looking for a rural retreat.
The Nook provides an excellent base for those wishing to explore the glorious countryside with great walking and cycling from the doorstep; to visit Lindisfarne and the splendid Northumbrian coastline, or to enjoy a day in Edinburgh, just over a scenic hours drive.

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage and fixed heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, TV and DVD
Kitchen/Diner: With electric range cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer (washing machine and tumble dryer housed in cupboard)
Wet/Drying Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: A small room with two single beds (please note that 1 twin bed is 2’6" and is therefore only suitable for a child)
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed, large garden at rear with terrace, outdoor furniture and BBQ. Shed for storage of bicycles etc. On street parking free of charge.

WAS
NOW
£260-£425
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Eildonside Ref: CC538037
Eildonside is a handsome property oozing an ambience of grandeur located in the picturesque small town of Melrose nestled in the Scottish Borders. This stylish upper conversion of a Victorian villa has an independent entrance, which is accessed via a sweeping driveway. The front door leads to a wide staircase which is flooded by light courtesy of a beautiful glass atrium. All of the accommodation is on first floor level. Large bay windows enhance its bright and airy ambience with lovely views across the town with the Eildon Hills as a backdrop. Immaculately presented throughout with much thought, care and attention to the final details ensures a restful stay within this elegant property. Eildonside snuggles adjacent to one of several churches in a leafy, quiet street. Yet there are many amenities available within this attractive town all a mere gentle stroll from Eildonside. With its wide array of independent shops, quality restaurants and variety of bars available all within walking distance. There are also ample sporting activities to try, including tennis, bowling, cricket and golf with mountain biking and fishing being popular past times too. The Melrose Rugby Sevens are famous world wide with a major event hosted each April. Families will enjoy the delightful Gibson Park with superb children’s play area. Melrose is the start of the St Cuthbert’s Way; a long distance walk to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the far north east coast.

Ground Floor: Property is on first floor level has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance Hallway:
Utility Room: With washer/dryer, WC and wash basin
Staircase leading to....

First Floor: Lounge: With gas fire, Freeview TV, DVD and sofa bed (for+2)
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and 7 ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and TV
Bedroom 2: With 6ft zip n link
Bedroom 3: With single bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden at front of property. Off road parking for 3 cars.

WAS
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£375-£780
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