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Mabonlaw Cottage

Near Hawick, Scottish Borders

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All true country lovers will love this cottage just 5 miles from the main Carlisle/Edinburgh (A7) road and Hawick.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

The cottage is 1,000 feet up in the Border Hills, at the end of a one-mile track - completely hidden from all except the skylarks and sparrow-hawks up above. It has an absolutely stupendous view stretching south west for some 60 miles (without a house in sight) to the distant hills that border England.

The old stone cottage was originally occupied by the Estate shepherd and has been carefully renovated in a pleasant country style with good central heating.

One of the most striking features of Mabonlaw is the space which the house affords. The sitting room, with its open fire and stripped pine door, is a bright and cosy room that has been tastefully furnished.

The dining kitchen will give it a run for its money as the place where guests will gather. It is a most spacious room, with the modern fitted kitchen area to the back and the dining area near the window so there is no need to miss a single visiting bird. There is even plenty of room for a comfy chair or two beside the wood-burning stove. Also on this level is a handy utility room with a shower.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, a double, a twin and a single, which all have stripped pine floors and lots of space. In both the double and twin rooms the original (non-functional) fireplaces have been retained to add even more character. They are charmingly furnished and even the smaller single bedroom is rendered light and bright by its Velux window. A family bathroom completes the accommodation.

Outside, there is parking right at the door. The cottage is surrounded by fields, as well as its own pretty enclosed garden (with furniture), so this is a location where children can run wild in safety. There is also table tennis, darts and even a resident owl in the barn!

Map & Local

All the rich Border countryside is on your doorstep here and excellent fishing can be arranged on the Estate.

Golf courses of all levels are within easy reach, as are local restaurants and the knitwear and cashmere outlets for which Hawick is famous.

This is wonderful riding and walking country, starting straight from the door. Cycling enthusiasts will find the trails in nearby Craik Forest very much to their liking, or they can try those at Glentress (30 miles) and Innerleithen near Peebles.

A lovely drive through the quiet hills to St Mary’s Loch is to be recommended, where there are sailing and windsurfing possibilities. It is also a great place for a lochside picnic, with streams to be paddled in or gentle walks along the shore.

There is a bewildering choice of castles, stately homes and gardens to visit in this historic area - forbidding Hermitage Castle near Newcastleton, Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford, Traquair House near Peebles or the four Border abbeys at Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. Garden lovers can choose between Kailzie Gardens, Dawyck Gardens or Priorwood Gardens in Melrose.

This is an area that is very well supplied with attractions to suit all tastes, and it is only an hour and a half's drive, or 50 minutes by train from Galashiels (17.5 miles), from the bustling capital of Edinburgh. For those wishing to range further afield the Solway coast, the Lake District and Northumbria are all within easy visiting distance.

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.




Large kitchen/dining/sitting room with wood-burning stove, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave, etc
Utility room with washer/drier, shower, WC and wash basin
Second sitting room with open fire and TV/DVD


Double bedroom (king-size)
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom with bath, 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 payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £15 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and wood-burning stove. A maximum of 2 dogs are 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.



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 10% w/c 29 Jun 19 From 29/06/2019 to 01/07/2019
  • Save 10% w/c 06 Jul 19 From 06/07/2019 to 08/07/2019
  • Save 10% w/c 13 Jul 19 From 13/07/2019 to 15/07/2019
  • Save 10% w/c 22 Jun 19 From 22/06/2019 to 24/06/2019
  • Save 10% w/c 29 Jun 19 From 29/06/2019 to 01/07/2019
  • Christmas 2019 From 21/12/2019 to 27/12/2019
  • New Year 2019 From 28/12/2019 to 03/01/2020
  • October Half Term 2019 From 12/10/2019 to 01/11/2019

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 5
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 £550.00
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 £650.00
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 £550.00
21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 £450.00
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 £550.00
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 £395.00
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 £650.00
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 £650.00
06 Jan 2020 - 07 Feb 2020 POA
08 Feb 2020 - 03 Apr 2020 POA
04 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 POA
25 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020 POA
09 May 2020 - 22 May 2020 POA
23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020 POA
30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 POA
27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020 POA
29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 POA
19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020 POA
10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 POA
31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020 POA
19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 POA
28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA
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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We enjoyed every second of our stay at Mabonlaw. Right from the first drive up to the cottage, which is on farm tracks &...

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Peaceful location beautiful scenery good walks. Cottage is well equipped however staying over Christmas you do need more...

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The owners of Mabonlaw endeavour to make the cottage as comfortable as possible for all their guests. The house warms up...

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Perfect spotless cozy secluded


The cottage was clean comfy and warm

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