These two villages are peacefully situated in the heart of the Borders countryside between Selkirk, Melrose and Jedburgh, within sight of the iconic Eildon Hills. They are a haven from main roads and hustle and bustle, so are ideal for those seeking a place to relax, yet still being within a 10 minute drive from Selkirk and Melrose and a little further from Jedburgh.
Lilliesleaf has two pubs and an excellent café, as well as a turn-up-and-play golf course within a couple of miles – you can even bring your dog along if you wish.
Midlem is one of the prettiest of the Scottish Borders villages and is, unusually for Scotland, set round a village green. For local entertainment just on the edge of the village you can try out clay pigeon shooting.
Both of these quaint hamlets are only 40 miles south of Edinburgh so a day out in the beautiful capital is easily doable. There you will find an abundance of shopping, pubs and restaurants, as well as the tourist draws of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
I booked on line. Everything happened as it should except that when asking for a list of names in my party I didn't include mine as it was already on the booking application. This caused a problem. Easily resolved by talking to Unique Cottages. They were polite and helpful.
Burnside house is a nice cottage in a nice location. The house is clean,tidy and very welcoming,alot of peace and quiet. The cottage is tucked away in a kind of culture de sac of two houses behind Sonachan house so one has to drive round the house and private drive to get to Burnside cottage so it's not truly isolated from other houses. However the location is great and fortunately the owner of Sonachan House Michelle is fantastic ,and so being close to Sonachan house is very relaxing and Michelle is very helpful regarding any problem we had. Would stay again definitely and would recommend it.
One thing that might be good for future is if they would put some steps that lead from Burnside to the small quiet road outside so one can walk directly onto the road without having to go beside Sonachan House.If they put steps on the wall then that would be fantastic I think.
Polite, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Booking made easy over the telephone. Emails arrived promptly. Instructions easy to follow. Damage deposit returned promptly. Would deal with Unique Cottages again.
Cottage was superb. Location on northern Trotternish Peninsula near the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing was ideal. Cottage has beautiful view out over the water. I strongly recommend this cottage as a wonderful place to stay on Skye.