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River Cottage at Old Melrose

Near Melrose, Scottish Borders

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River Cottage is a charming retreat set in a peaceful and secluded spot that is ideal for relaxing and escaping the stresses of modern life.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

Set on the beautiful Old Melrose Estate near Melrose (2.5 miles) the cottage occupies a gorgeous woodland setting on a peninsula that has the River Tweed on 3 sides with miles of pretty walks and riverside trails that just beg to be explored. Guests have the use of the stunning Victorian walled garden and can wander to the Estate's tearooms for a light lunch or a slice of cake.

This converted coach house has been lovingly refurbished throughout and is presented in a pretty country cottage style that is a clever blend of traditional and modern. At the heart of the inviting sitting room is a wood-burning stove that is perfect for warming up in front of after the day’s activities. The dining kitchen is very smart and well-equipped for cooking up a storm in style and the ground floor is kept cosy throughout by underfloor heating.

Upstairs is a family bathroom, twin bedroom (converts to double) and a double bedroom with the added advantage of a snug/dressing room that provides handy storage and also has a second TV area so that all viewing tastes can be catered for.

Outside the private, Victorian walled garden is a delightful place to sit and eat, admire the plants and flowers and delight at the chickens and pet rabbits wandering around. Children can play in the woods where they can build dens and ride their bikes. Grownups and those feeling less energetic can check out the antiques in the Estate's furniture studio and bookshop.

The owners live next door but the cottage has its own parking area and is not overlooked, so they are on hand for any queries but are also very respectful of guests' privacy and are happy to leave guests to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Map & Local

Walkers are spoilt for choice with beautiful walks leading off into the countryside all around (maps available), plenty of hills to climb and stunning views to stumble upon along the way.

The River Tweed is renowned for its salmon fishing and the estate has its own beat (1.5 miles long) where salmon and sea trout can be caught (lessons available). On the opposite side of the River is the wonderful Scott’s View from which a wonderful expansive view of the river and the Eildon hills can be seen. It is well worth the 10 minute drive up to the viewpoint to take in the vista that Sir Walter Scott was, unsurprisingly, so fond of.

In Newtown St Boswells (2 miles) there is a small supermarket and a well-stocked garden centre for those of a green fingered persuasion.

St Boswells (2.5 miles) has a good pub/restaurant and a lovely café/book shop with a deli behind it that foodies are sure to love. Golfers can choose between the golf course in St Boswells that is in an idyllic spot on the bank of the River Tweed, or the picturesque course at the foot of the Eildon hills in Melrose.

Melrose (2.5 miles) itself is a bustling town with plenty of interesting shops to amble around, as well as a supermarket, excellent butcher, greengrocer and a wealth of cafés, pubs and restaurants to try out. A visit to the town would not be complete without stopping off to see Melrose Abbey that was founded in 1136 and is still surprisingly well preserved considering its age.

Culturally Old Melrose is in the centre of the Scottish Borders with abbeys, castles and stately homes all around. For those looking for outdoor activities there are plenty of gardens to explore as well as mountain biking at Glentress Forest, clay pigeon shooting at Braidwood just outside Midlem, as well as golf and fishing nearby.

With so much to see and do in the surrounding area there may be no need to venture further afield but if a day of shopping or sightseeing in the city beckons it is under an hour’s train ride up to Edinburgh from Tweedbank (4.5 miles). The beaches of Coldingham and North Berwick are under an hour's drive away and the northumberland coastline is accessible for day trips. Bamburgh, Seahouses and Holy Island are all well worth a visit.

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 room with wood burning stove, TV(Freeview)/DVD
Kitchen/dining room with oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave etc
WC and wash basin


Double bedroom (king-size)
Twin bedroom (zip-linked to form super king-size)
Snug with TV(Freeview)
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 INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by underfloor heating downstairs and oil central hearing upstairs (INCLUDED) and wood burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 2 dogs is welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium, 2 small). 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

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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).

  • Save 15% Christmas 2018 From 20/12/2018 to 26/12/2018
  • Save 15% New Year 2018 From 29/12/2018 to 04/01/2019

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
27 Oct 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 £395.00
20 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 £595.00
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 £595.00
06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019 £395.00
09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019 £450.00
06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019 £495.00
27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019 £450.00
11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 £495.00
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 £595.00
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 £495.00
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 £595.00
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 £495.00
21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 £450.00
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 £495.00
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 £395.00
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 £595.00
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 £595.00
06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 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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