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Bowismiln Cottage

Near Lilliesleaf, Scottish Borders

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Bowismiln Cottage is set in a peaceful spot up 1.5 miles of private track in the rolling Scottish Borders countryside, on the Riddell Estate between Lilliesleaf (2 miles) and Selkirk (6 miles).

Quick Info

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

This stone built former shepherd’s cottage has been modernised to create a delightful holiday home that offers comfortable accommodation in real tranquillity and seclusion. The charming sitting room is warmed by a traditional open fire with a dining area alongside and window seats at either end of the room. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm and there is a handy twin bedroom downstairs with zip-link beds that can easily be converted into a king-size double bed if necessary.

There are lovely expansive open views to be admired throughout the cottage and they can particularly be enjoyed from the cosy upstairs double (can convert to twin) and twin bedrooms. There is also a useful utility/laundry cupboard on this level that houses the washing machine and drying facilities, as well as a modern family bathroom that completes the indoor accommodation.

Parking is to the side of the cottage, where there is a shed that provides secure storage, and on the other side is an enclosed, gravelled garden (with furniture). To the front there is nothing but open fields and you’ll find plenty to explore on foot within the sprawling Riddell Estate that extends to over 1,700 acres in total.

Map & Local

For a small village Lilliesleaf is well catered for with a pub/restaurant if you fancy eating out and, not far outside the village, an informal golf course that welcomes visitors and even allows children and dogs.

You can fish on a 3 mile stretch of the shallow Ale Water on the estate not far behind the cottage. There is a well-stocked trout loch with fishing platforms at Clerklands Fly Fishery (2 miles) and boat hire is available so you can venture further out onto the loch. You can also try fishing the famous River Tweed with Tweed Guide, experienced local guides that know the river incredibly well and can show you the best places to get a catch.

The Ian Stark Equestrian Centre (3 miles) offers horse riding lessons, as well as hacking and trekking in the surrounding countryside. The quiet roads that surround the cottage are ideal for walking and cycling and bikes can be hired in Selkirk. For more of an adrenalin rush the two 7stanes mountain biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress have excellent facilities and are both reachable in under an hour’s drive.

Selkirk (6 miles) is the place to stock up on supermarket supplies and there are also several smaller shops, a PO and swimming pool. Selkirk has a long history in the textile industry and you can find out all about it on a tour around the working mill at the Lochcarron Visitor Centre, where there is also a café and a shop offering a wide range of Scottish gifts, kilts, tartan and knitwear.

A few miles to the west of Selkirk is the impressive Bowhill House and Country Estate (9 miles) where tours of the house and its wonderful art collection are available. You can wander around the many marked trails and paths within the grounds and children are sure to love the woodland adventure playground. It is worth carrying on for another half an hour from Bowhill to take in St Mary’s Loch at the head of the Yarrow Valley. This beautiful loch is the largest natural loch in the Scottish Borders at over 3 miles long and half a mile wide and part of the Southern Upland Way walking route runs along its picturesque shoreline.

Local Events and Attractions


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.




Sitting/dining room with open fire and TV/DVD
Kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge (with freezer compartment), dishwasher, microwave, etc
Twin bedroom (zip-link converts to king-size double).


Double bedroom (king-size, zip-link converts to twin)
Twin bedroom
Utility cupboard with washing machine
Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and wash basin.

What's included

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

Available Extras

Hot Tub Hire 6 person (5-7 nights)
Hot Tub Hire 6 person (3-4 nights)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £25 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking. Please note the optional hot tub for hire requires 24 hours notice to reach the correct temperature.



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).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 6
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 POA
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 POA
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 POA
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 POA
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 POA
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 POA
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 POA
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £495.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £550.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £625.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 POA
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 POA
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 POA
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 POA
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 POA
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 POA
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 POA
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 POA
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 POA
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 POA
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 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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The cottage was in a pleasant quiet rural location. Well equipped and comfortable. Visitors should be aware that the far...

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The cottage provided everything we look for when taking a UK Holiday.


Had a fantastic break with the family, peace and tranquility


Goed huisje incl. leuk ontvangst eten en kaartje.


Lovely cottage in quite an unique location. The owners if you need them are very helpful .(was a powercut one evening)


Refundable House Holder's deposit required