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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 café and the choice of two different pub/restaurants if you fancy eating out. Not far outside the village is 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

Available Extras



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 (subject to a fair usage policy). 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.



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
19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020 £395.00
10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 £485.00
31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020 £345.00
19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 £575.00
28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 £575.00
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021 £395.00
06 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021 £450.00
03 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021 £525.00
24 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021 £450.00
08 May 2021 - 21 May 2021 £525.00
22 May 2021 - 04 Jun 2021 £625.00
05 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021 £525.00
26 Jun 2021 - 27 Aug 2021 £625.00
28 Aug 2021 - 17 Sep 2021 £525.00
18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021 £450.00
09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021 £525.00
30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021 £395.00
18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021 £625.00
28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 £625.00
06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 POA
06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024 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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Wonderful holiday, cottage had all that we needed. Researched the area for walks etc We knew some things would be closed...

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Great holiday, pity about the weather !


The cottage was a very high standard. Had everything we needed. Was extremely comfortable. Especially the beds. Bea...

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Bit biased as my grandparents lived there in the 1950s and 1960s. However cottage is well laid out and the location is b...

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A wonderful cottage in a wonderful location, 1st class service from the owners, cannot recommend highly enough.


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