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The Loading Bay

Near Denholm, Scottish Borders

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The Loading Bay is part of the former Hassendean Railway Station on the famous Waverley railway line, which has been carefully restored to create a cosy cottage with plenty of charm, near Hawick (5 miles) in the Scottish Borders.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • WiFi

Inside the mix of antiques, railway artefacts and memorabilia are sure to delight guests. The main living area is upstairs at ‘Platform Level’ and is open plan with comfy seating and an electric stove that keeps it toasty. A step down takes you round to the neat, well-equipped kitchen area that even has a dishwasher so you can avoid the chore of doing the dishes.

There is a modern dining area alongside and the whole room is very light and bright with lots of windows that showcase the beautiful views out over the surrounding countryside. There is also a handy wc/utility room on this level that houses the laundry facilities.

Downstairs, at ‘Goods Yard’ level, are a spacious double bedroom with king-size bed, a twin bedroom and a large, modern shower room with a walk-in corner shower and luxurious underfloor heating.

Outside, the cottage is set down its own driveway and has a charming deck (with furniture) that looks out over a lovely lawned area which is where the railway tracks once ran. It is the ideal place to sit and enjoy al fresco meals and the dark skies in the area make it easy to stargaze in the evenings. An innovative shed made out of railway sleepers with a grass roof provides secure storage and the footbridge that crosses what would have been the tracks is the only surviving Victorian timber footbridge of its kind.

Further pet friendly accommodation is available at The Loading Bay’s sister property ‘Old Signalman’s Cottage’ within the station grounds.

Map & Local

You can walk off into the Minto Hills straight from the door and there is nearby Rubers Law for walkers to tackle, as well as the Cheviot and Eildon hills and parts of the Southern Upland Way that stretches right across Scotland from coast to coast.

There are lots of golf courses across the Borders, with the nearest being at Minto (1.5 miles) where there is a lovely 18-hole course. Denholm (2 miles) is centred round a pretty village green and has a couple of pubs and eateries, as well as a small grocery shop/PO, a butcher, a bakery and a small petrol station.

Hawick (5 miles) is the nearest place to stock up on supermarket supplies and history enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the four ruined abbeys at Jedburgh (8 miles), Melrose (11.5 miles), Dryburgh (13.5 miles) and Kelso (18.5 miles).

It is only an hour’s drive across to the east coast near Berwick-upon-Tweed where there are some lovely sandy beaches. The long stretch of beach at Coldingham Bay is particularly picturesque and there is even a beach hut there that guests are welcome to make use of (by arrangement).

Heading north, the capital of Edinburgh is reachable in just over an hour’s drive. If you prefer to sit back and relax all the way there, you can experience the Waverley Line for yourself by taking the train up to the city from either Tweedbank (13.5 miles) or Galashiels (14 miles).

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.




Double bedroom (king-size)
Twin bedroom
Shower room with WC and wash basin


Open plan living area with TV/DVD, electric stove, electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, etc
Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

What's included

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


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and electric stove. WiFi is INCLUDED. 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).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022 £575.00
28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022 £650.00
04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022 £575.00
25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022 £650.00
23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022 £695.00
27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022 £575.00
17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022 £525.00
08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022 £575.00
29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022 £475.00
18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022 £650.00
28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 £650.00
06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024 POA
06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 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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