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Darnick, Near Melrose, Scottish Borders

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A sweeping driveway leads along to Darnlee, a substantial house set in beautiful extensive parkland on the outskirts of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, offering guests the chance to take a real trip back in time.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4/8 Bedrooms: 4
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

Darnlee is a category B listed building that has been in the same family since it was built over 200 years ago and still retains a lovely homely family atmosphere with lots of original furniture and antiques. Once in the grounds you are surrounded by some impressive redwood and sequoia trees that provide great privacy and the feeling that you are 'monarch of all you survey'.

At the heart of the house is a delightful garden room that is flooded with light from large French doors that lead out to the garden. Everything is easily to hand in the kitchen and although there is a dishwasher, with views of the Eildon hills from the sink you may prefer to wash up yourself. The formal dining room is a very grand place to gather together for meals whilst admiring the family portraits that adorn the walls.

Positioned upstairs to take advantage of the pleasing vista from the bay window is the drawing room with an open fire that keeps it nice and cosy.

Bedrooms are spread out over two floors with a twin bedroom and shower room downstairs and another twin bedroom and double bedroom upstairs, as well as a master bedroom with gorgeous views of the garden and a chaise longue that just begs to be curled up on.

Wildlife lovers will like seeing the rabbits playing in the garden at the front of the house and the friendly rare breed sheep that graze in the adjoining field but are kept from wandering into the garden by a cattle grid. To the rear is a more formal walled garden with manicured lawns and wonderful plants and flowers that add a riot of colour. Soak in the peace and quiet from the benches under the trees or try out the little sun room that allows the garden to be enjoyed whatever the weather.

Map & Local

Melrose (1 mile) is a charming town with plenty of amenities, a well-stocked supermarket and lots of interesting little shops. In fact, it was voted as the 'best place to live in Scotland' by The Sunday Times.

If you fancy a break from cooking there are several excellent restaurants to choose from and history enthusiasts will like visiting Melrose Abbey, the final burial place of the heart of Robert the Bruce, and the interesting Trimontium Museum detailing the history of the nearby Roman Fort.

Walkers are spoilt for choice here with lots of paths to follow, the Eildon hills to climb and the St Cuthbert’s and Southern Upland Way both running through the town. It is only 5 minutes’ walk from the house down to picturesque walks along the River Tweed where sand martins nest in the banks and herons are often spotted. Guests even have trout fishing rights on a stretch of the river.

Darnlee is also an easy 10 minute walk from the train station at Tweedbank that links up with Edinburgh in under an hour should a day of sightseeing or shopping in the city beckons.

Nearby Abbotsford House (1.5 miles), once home to Sir Walter Scott, dates back to around the same period as Darnlee and was actually partly built by the owners family. Today is open to the public to tour around the house, walk in the pleasant gardens and stop off for lunch in the stylish café.

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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.




Garden room with TV/DVD
Kitchen with electric hob and oven, combination microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, etc
Dining room
Twin bedroom with wash basin
Shower room with WC, wash basin and washing machine.


Drawing room with open fire and TV
Double bedroom (king-size) with wash basin
Twin bedroom.
Double bedroom with wash basin
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.

What's included

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

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 per week of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £35 per week INCLUDED) and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to fair usage policy). A maximum of 2 dogs is 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: For Darnlee, the tariff for 4 persons is based on two bedrooms only being made available.



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).

  • 2 Week Discount (£50)
  • Save 15% Half Term 2019 From 12/10/2019 to 14/10/2019
  • 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

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4 Sleeps 8
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 £795.00 £995.00
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 £595.00 £795.00
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 £1,295.00 £1,295.00
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 £1,495.00 £1,495.00
06 Jan 2020 - 07 Feb 2020 £595.00 £795.00
08 Feb 2020 - 03 Apr 2020 £695.00 £895.00
04 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 £795.00 £995.00
25 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020 £695.00 £895.00
09 May 2020 - 22 May 2020 £795.00 £995.00
23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020 £1,295.00 £1,295.00
30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 £795.00 £995.00
27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020 £1,295.00 £1,295.00
29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 £795.00 £995.00
19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020 £695.00 £895.00
10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 £795.00 £995.00
31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020 £595.00 £795.00
19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 £1,295.00 £1,295.00
28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 £1,495.00 £1,495.00
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 POA POA
06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 POA POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This is allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. 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.

For Darnlee, the tariff for 4 persons is based on the two bedrooms only being made available.


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