Galashiels, Scottish Borders

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Monymusk, hidden among woodlands on the hillside on the outskirts of the Borders town of Galashiels, just across the Tweed from Sir Walter Scott's lovely home of Abbotsford, is a fascinating and most unusual house.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4/8 Bedrooms: 4
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (3)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

Built in 1958 and restyled 20 years later, it is one of those one-off, architect-designed, cutting-edge modern houses which were the last word in chic in the 1970s, with loads of angles and lots of glass!

Owned by the same family since 1970, it has now been carefully brought up-to-date, while yet keeping in mind the distinctive style of its period. Inside it is very spacious, with a large L-shaped living room with comfortable seating round the open fire and a glass wall with access to the outdoor terrace in one ‘leg’ and the dining table in the other. At the end of the sitting room is a sliding wall beyond which is the play area, so this can be completely shut off if desired.

The kitchen is slick and modern with all the appliances you need and it even has a dishwasher so you don’t have to argue over whose turn it is to do the washing up!

All on one level there are four bedrooms, two doubles (one of which has a single room off it with a cabin bed, in effect forming a family suite) and a twin room. One of the double rooms has the single room off it with a cabin bed, in effect forming a family suite. The other double room has an en suite wetroom and a feature glass wall looking out to the garden. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower over and a cloakroom beside the front door that is another useful feature. Centrally heated and most comfortably appointed, Monymusk makes a memorable holiday home.

Its setting, too, is second to none. It stands at the end of a drive shared by only one other house. Its extensive enclosed woodland garden has been a beloved play and adventure area for generations of children, while its west-facing terrace (with furniture and BBQ) is a delightful place to while away a sunny afternoon or to relax with an evening drink.

Map & Local

From the garden, one can walk right out on to Gala Hill, from the brow of which, in the words of the local poet Roger Quin, you can 'gaze on Scotland's Eden', looking along the valley towards the pretty town of Melrose (4 miles) and the Eildon Hills.

At the bottom of the hill, you can stroll along the banks of the Tweed at Boleside, or, for something more strenuous, join the Southern Upland Way on the edge of the town.

Galashiels has all facilities, including a cinema and swimming pool. It also benefits from its position in the very heart of the Borders, ideal for touring in all directions. You can be on the Berwickshire coast in an hour, perhaps on the beach at Coldingham, or exploring historic Berwick-upon-Tweed.

A 45 minute drive will find you in the centre of Edinburgh, or you can leave the car behind and take the train or hourly bus service from Galashiels. To the west, there are the Border hills to walk, the mountain biking trails at Glentress, sailing at St Mary's Loch, fishing and golf courses galore and riding just beyond Selkirk (5 miles).

As well as Abbotsford, there is also no lack of historic keeps, castles and stately homes to visit, while garden enthusiasts will enjoy the Kailzie and Dawyck Gardens near Peebles.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.



Single Storey

(6 steps up to entrance)
Open plan sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD
Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer, etc. Cupboard with washing machine and tumble dryer
Double bedroom with en suite wetroom with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom leading through to single bedroom
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by gas central heating (INCLUDED) and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (3 large, 3 medium or 3 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • Save 15% - Easter 2017 From 08/04/2017 to 21/04/2017
  • Save 10% - March 2017 From 11/03/2017 to 31/03/2017

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4 Sleeps 8
04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017 £495.00 £650.00
08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017 £550.00 £750.00
22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 £495.00 £650.00
06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 £550.00 £750.00
27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017 £850.00 £850.00
03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 £550.00 £750.00
01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017 £850.00 £850.00
02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017 £550.00 £750.00
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017 £495.00 £650.00
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017 £550.00 £750.00
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 £450.00 £550.00
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017 £850.00 £850.00
28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018 £850.00 £850.00
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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Beautiful location, excellent comfort and well equipped. Surprised to find access via stairs (now noted on web site - th...

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We have stayed at this property 3 times now. It is a nice house in a lovely location and we will no doubt go again at s...

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Great cottage for the price, had everything we needed in there, lots of space, loved the garden. The important things (b...

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Fabulous space,good location to tour area although a car is needed. Loved the style of the house but it was a bit tired ...

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The rooms with single beds were a bit tierd but overall we all loved the design and layout of the house. Wonderful outdo...

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