Superbly stylish and romantic cottage, overlooking miles of glorious Scottish Borders countryside
It’s hard to imagine a more dreamy setting for this fairytale cottage. It sits amid 500 acres of rolling green hills and oak forest, backed by a cobalt-blue sky. In spring, daffodils and crocuses dance joyously in the wind; in autumn, a patchwork of gold, red and russet leaves stretches for miles. But whenever you come you’ll see swans paddling serenely across the loch, and buzzards wheeling on the overhead thermals.
This is a place to really immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish Borders – yet although it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, it’s actually only 4 miles to the pretty town of Melrose. Inside the cottage, more beauty awaits. A stunning panelled sitting room, with a cosy wood-burner and Netflix for the winter months (best appreciated after a hearty walk). A beautiful kitchen to cook up local produce – organic poultry, wild game, super-fresh fish. And an incredible bedroom and bathroom, both flooded with light, where the kingsize bed and standalone tub are perfectly positioned to soak up the views.
Getting here: drive or train to Melrose and taxi (10 mins).
- There are glorious walks straight from the front door. Bring binoculars to spy tufted duck in winter, great-crested grebe in spring, and roe deer all year round.
- You’re 4 miles from the market town of Melrose. Posy recommends The Provender for a contemporary upmarket lunch or dinner, The Country Kitchen for deli spoils and Michael Vee for interiors.
- Visit Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott, and walk along the River Tweed, which runs through his estate.
- Historic Selkirk is famed for its famous patrons (including Sir Walter Scott, who was Sheriff for 33) years, and its ‘bannock’ – a classic Scottish fruit cake. Nearby, The twin valleys of Ettrick and Yarrow offer stunning walking.
- Day trip to Edinburgh on the train (just an hour from Tweedbank station, 15 mins’ drive from the cottage).