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The Folly at Old Melrose

Near Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Nestled amidst the tranquil forest within the Old Melrose Estate is The Folly at Old Melrose that is set in a delightful elevated position right by the River Tweed with gorgeous views out over the river, in the Scottish Borders near Melrose (2.5 miles).

Quick Info

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

The Folly’s peaceful setting is just part of its charm sitting as it does surrounded by woodland and the sound of birds singing in the trees. Inside, the interior has been refurbished and modernised throughout whilst traditional features such as the original tiled floor and pretty stained glass windows have been retained. The large stone fireplace with its wood-burning stove creates an inviting focal point and ensures cosiness throughout.

The kitchen area is neat and well thought out with a breakfast bar that provides dining just for two and a spiral staircase then leads upstairs to the mezzanine level where the cosy double bedroom has been set out.

Parking is just down the path and the seating area behind the house is the ideal place to make the most of the captivating river views. It is just a short walk down to the river’s edge and there are plenty of other lovely riverside walks within the estate. The house is reached by half a mile of country track that is negotiable by normal cars when driven slowly and with care.

Map & Local

It is just a short, pleasant stroll along to the tearoom on the estate that is a great place to stop off for a drink, cake or lunch followed by a look around the antique/book shop.

To fully appreciate The Folly’s picturesque situation head up to nearby Scott’s View (4 miles) which is a wonderful viewpoint from which to take in the expanse of the winding River Tweed and the beautiful Eildon hills in the background.

Stock up on basic supplies at the small supermarket in Newtown St Boswells or head into Melrose (3.5 miles) for a browse around the interesting range of shops where meat, fresh produce and seafood can be picked up as well as wine, gifts and souvenirs. There are also a good range of pubs, restaurants and eateries with everything from bar meals to fine dining to choose from.

One of Melrose’s main draws is the 12th century Melrose Abbey that stands right at the heart of the town. It is open to the public (admission fee payable) and is quite fascinating to wander around and picture in its full glory back when it was a working monastery.

The Abbey is just one of four in the Borders with the others spread out across the surrounding area at Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. These can all be visited on foot via the Border Abbeys Way walking route that is 66 miles long but can be completed in sections over a number of days or by bike on the 4 Abbeys Way cycle route.

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.




Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, gas hob and electric oven, fridge, freezer, etc
Shower room with WC and wash basin.


Double bedroom.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)
Cot (excluding linen)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (fuel INCLUDED). Unlimited WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are 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

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 2
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £895.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £750.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £695.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £750.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £595.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £850.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £850.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £645.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £695.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £775.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 £695.00
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 £775.00
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 £850.00
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 £775.00
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 £850.00
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 £895.00
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 £775.00
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 £695.00
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 £775.00
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 £645.00
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 £895.00
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 £895.00
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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Lovely location , accomodation excellent, plenty to do in the surrounding area, would definitely come back.


I would give it 6 stars if I could!


Wonderful in a beautiful place

Our response:

The Folly is a little gem in the Borders.


everything was a fantstic experience

Our response:

Many thanks for your review- we are glad that your stay was a good one.


Such a special and unique place!

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The Folly is a special place for a holiday. Don’t wait - give us a call and we can get you booked in for your next visit...

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