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.
Unique cottages must have a nice healthy bank balance. They are the only cottage company I know (and I have used many) that take a £200 pound security deposit 6 weeks before arrival and don't return it till a week after, 7 weeks in all. I wonder exactly how much they currently hold in customers deposits