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Knowpark Cottage

near Selkirk, Scottish Borders

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Knowpark Cottage is situated at Whitmuir, a private country estate which lies between the popular towns of Melrose and Selkirk in the heart of Sir Walter Scott's romantic Border Country.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

Though tucked away in an idyllic rural setting at the end of a quiet country road it is just a few minutes drive from both of these towns and from the main roads north to Edinburgh and south to England.

Originally one of the farm cottages, Knowpark stands looking out across an ancient sheep pasture of the same name, with wonderful open views to Rubislaw and the Cheviots.

The cottage has been beautifully modernised and tastefully furnished to provide a bright and extremely comfortable holiday home.

The sitting room has a beautiful old cast-iron fireplace with an open fire that supplements the central heating and ensures that it remains very cosy. The L-shaped seating cleverly divides the room into two distinct areas, with the dining table at the far end. Guests actually have the choice of two places to dine, for there is also provision in the large, well-equipped dining kitchen for less formal occasions. There is also a handy utility/boot room.

All on one level, there is a light and airy double bedroom (with queen-size bed), a twin room that has an additional TV and a single room. A family bathroom completes the accommodation.

Outside, there is plenty of parking behind the cottage, while to the front a slightly raised terrace with furniture provides a lovely place to sit in the sun and enjoy the wonderful views. The large enclosed grass garden wraps around the cottage, providing a perfect play area for young children and there is also secure storage available for bicycles, etc. Indeed, once you are there, you may well find it hard to leave this little oasis of rural tranquillity.

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Map & Local

This is a lovely part of the country for touring, walking or simply relaxing in its peace and tranquillity.

Walkers can take advantage of both the Southern Upland and St Cuthbert's Ways, there is riding at nearby Ashkirk and many excellent golf courses within a 10 mile radius. Fishing enthusiasts can obtain permits for the many trout lochans in the area, or for salmon fishing on the mighty Tweed itself.

With its quiet roads and established tracks, the area is also popular with cyclists who enjoy exploring on two wheels whilst taking in the amazing scenery.

Selkirk is the nearest town, with all facilities, golf course, and swimming pool, while Melrose, nestled under the Eildon Hills, is a popular tourist town with many interesting shops and good eating places and, of course, its historic Abbey.

Towards Peebles there are the famous mountain biking trails at Glentress and Innerleithen and to the south Hawick offers cashmere outlets. Jedburgh also has its medieval Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots’ House and a haunted jail, as well as lots of little shops and eateries.

The Scottish Borders is an area rich in history and there are plenty of ruined abbeys, castles, keeps and stately homes to visit, including Scott's Abbotsford itself, which is only a few miles from the cottage. Further afield, Scotland's historic capital, Edinburgh is just over an hour's drive away, or 50 minutes by train from Galashiels (8.5 miles), and offers plenty of shopping and a wide range of tourist attractions.

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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

Sitting/Dining room with open fire, TV/DVD, Radio/CD Player.
Kitchen/dining with electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave etc.
Boot/Utility room with washer/drier and freezer.
Double bedroom with queen-size bed.
Twin bedroom with TV.
Single bedroom.
Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and wash basin.

What's included

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


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Sorry, pets are not accepted. 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).

  • 2 Week Discount (£25)
  • Save 15% Half Term 2019 From 12/10/2019 to 14/10/2019
  • Save 15% w/c 05 Oct 19 From 05/10/2019 to 07/10/2019
  • Save 15% Half Term 2019 From 19/10/2019 to 21/10/2019
  • Save 15% Half Term 2019 From 26/10/2019 to 28/10/2019
  • Save 15% w/c 21 Sep 19 From 21/09/2019 to 23/09/2019
  • Save 15% w/c 28 Sep 19 From 28/09/2019 to 30/09/2019
  • Christmas 2019 From 21/12/2019 to 23/12/2019
  • New Year 2019 From 28/12/2019 to 30/12/2019

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 5
21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 £385.00
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 £465.00
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 £325.00
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 £550.00
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 £550.00
06 Jan 2020 - 07 Feb 2020 £325.00
08 Feb 2020 - 03 Apr 2020 £385.00
04 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 £465.00
25 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020 £385.00
09 May 2020 - 22 May 2020 £465.00
23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020 £550.00
30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 £465.00
27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020 £550.00
29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 £465.00
19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020 £385.00
10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 £465.00
31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020 £325.00
19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 £550.00
28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 £550.00
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 POA
06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 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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Nice situation, the cottage was quiet and clean.
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Great cottage, everything was as described and very peaceful and relaxing.


The cottage itself was so clean, warm (just what you want when you arrive late on an October night) and well catered for...

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The cottage is situated in a beautiful area, is spacious and very well equipped and we would certainly return if we visi...

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Cottage is very clean and comfortable, had everything you need for a relaxing holiday. I would highly recommend this cot...

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