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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
  • WiFi

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.

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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)
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)

Available Extras

Cot (excluding linen)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £10 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 £20 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. Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (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.



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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).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2 Sleeps 5
23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022 £895.00 £895.00
27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022 £675.00 £695.00
17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022 £595.00 £650.00
08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022 £675.00 £695.00
29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022 £495.00 £550.00
18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022 £850.00 £850.00
28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 £850.00 £850.00
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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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Amazing place, being in the middle of nowhere, no street lights or noise, just the sound of the housemartins feeding the...

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Lovely cottage in such a beautiful setting and so peaceful.


Mabonlaw is the perfect retreat. Very clean and spacious with all the facilities to make for a relaxing holiday. We lo...

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Lovely remote and peaceful cottage with privacy - to get away from it all but only 10-15mins from Hawick


Stunning location and great hosts.Lovely relaxing week away. Just what we needed. Definitely be booking again

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