Near Hawick, Scottish BordersGuest Rating
All true country lovers will love this cottage just 5 miles from the main Carlisle/Edinburgh (A7) road and Hawick.
|Sleeps: 5||Bedrooms: 3|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
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!
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.
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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.
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)
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.
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. WiFi is available via a 4G EE router (subject to a fair usage policy), at a charge of £10 per week. 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.
Please note: Due to the cleaning requirements around COVID-19 sheets, duvet covers (king size or single), pillows, pillow cases, towels, tea towels and bath mats are not currently being provided so please ensure you bring your own along with you. Please leave all windows wide open on departure.
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 5|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021||£475.00|
|06 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021||£550.00|
|03 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021||£650.00|
|24 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021||£550.00|
|08 May 2021 - 21 May 2021||£650.00|
|22 May 2021 - 04 Jun 2021||£775.00|
|05 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021||£650.00|
|26 Jun 2021 - 27 Aug 2021||£775.00|
|28 Aug 2021 - 17 Sep 2021||£650.00|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||£550.00|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||£650.00|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||£475.00|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||£775.00|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||£775.00|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||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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The remote and peaceful setting suited us perfectly. Lovely walks straight on to the hills were enhanced by the glorious...Read More
Was treated from the start like someone with disease, the whole cottage stripped of all comfort, no cushions, bed linen...
Thank you for your review. The owner was very surprised to hear your comments as the measures that had been put in place...Read More
Second stay @ Mabonlaw...we returned for the same reason we went in the first place...a personal favourite!!
Clean Remote Beautiful
Cleaned and so remote, it was amazing from start to finish.
'Relaxing week in very clean and comfortable cottages. Lovely walks, stunning scenery. Recommend Santa Marina (restaurant) in Hawick.'
'Marvellous cottage and great weather. The only issue is having to leave.'
'Thank you so much for allowing us into this paradise, it has been absolutely wonderful and a respite from the (mad, furious) fast outside world.'
'Loved your lovely cottage. Just what we needed, so peaceful. Wish we could have stayed longer.'
'A gorgeous time in the middle of nowhere. Just what we needed!'
'A huge thank you for your welcome - we had a wonderful holiday. I hope to return to this beautiful little house and all you Scots should feel proud of who you are and your country. It is magnificent!
'Mabonlaw is the best cottage we have stayed in. We absolutely loved it!'
'Stunning location, lovely cottage. Saw an owl, bats, woodpeckers and lots of different birds. Look out for the stars on a clear night - the whole place is magical! Don't want to leave!'
'Will miss our companion sheep and the ever changing cloudscapes. Mabonlaw is everything you could wish for in a getaway cottage.'
'Don't want to go home. Abbeys, Smailholm and Hermitage so interesting. Climbed Eildon Hills and walked in Craik Forest.'