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
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
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 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 15% Christmas 2018 From 20/12/2018 to 26/12/2018
- Save 15% New Year 2018 From 29/12/2018 to 04/01/2019
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 5|
|27 Oct 2018 - 19 Dec 2018||£395.00|
|20 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018||£650.00|
|28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||£650.00|
|06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019||£395.00|
|09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019||£450.00|
|06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019||£550.00|
|27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019||£450.00|
|11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019||£550.00|
|25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019||£650.00|
|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 - 05 Jan 2021||POA|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||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 cottage was clean comfy and warm
Wonderful cottage, stunning location and personal touch
Would liked to have stayed longer
Mabonlaw was in a wonderfully peaceful location with gorgeous views over the hills. There was lots to do and explore ne...Read More
Perfect cottage in a beautiful location
'Thank you for this beautiful house and the loan of the sledge. Dream cottage with wonderful views. All beautifully clean.'
'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!
'Perfection personified! Absolute heaven. How wonderful to get away from the rat race. It was wonderful to be able to walk freely over the hills to take in the views and then return to the cottage and sit by the fire. The cottage is like home from home - we will definitely be returning.'
'Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic cottage. The view is just fantastic - breathtaking! It has been a real privilege to stay here.'
'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. Had a really lovely week. Look out for the stars on a clear night - the whole place is magical! Do not want to leave!'
'Loved the whole experience. The peace and privacy was brilliant. Will definitely return.'
'Lovely seclusion for a week. Weather fantastic and the scenery outstanding. Visited Lindisfarne and Edinburgh Zoo. Found the woodland den and hunted for the Gruffalo.'
'Don't want to go home. Abbeys, Smailholm and Hermitage so interesting. Climbed Eildon Hills and walked in Craik Forest.'
'Brilliant time had by all. Walks around fields and woods so relaxing. Ideal retreat from traffic and humans!'