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Riddell House

Near Lilliesleaf, Scottish Borders

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Sleeps: 6/10 Bedrooms: 5
Changeover Day: Fri Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 5
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi
  • Electric vehicle charging point

Riddell House is a magnificent mid-19th century heritage house in a wonderful country setting near the village of Lilliesleaf (2 miles) amidst the stunning scenery of the picturesque Scottish Borders.

The house has been extended and modernised to create a spacious and chic holiday home. Guests are welcomed into a delightful hallway that hints at the elegance yet to come. An open fire crackles away enticingly at the heart of the grand drawing room. Double doors lead into the adjacent dining room which provides space for everyone to savour meals together. Doors from the dining room open out into the garden and outdoor seating on a pretty terrace.

A cosy TV room provides a further hideaway leading onto a south-facing terrace. In the kitchen the huge electric range is a joy to cook on and there is a useful island with seating. The attractive downstairs twin bedroom, with its large feature window, TV and tea making facilities is ideal for people with mobility issues. This room leads into a spacious en suite wet room with luxurious underfloor heating.

Each of the four delightful double bedrooms upstairs has been presented with its own stylish colour scheme with the added benefit of their own TVs and deluxe en suite bathrooms. A range of additional services from cleaning, laundry and catering are available on request.

The south-facing garden is enclosed by hedges with an archway that leads through to a full-size tennis court that guests have exclusive use of. A heated drying room is provided outside which is great for drying wet coats and jackets, wellies, etc after days spent out exploring. The dark skies also allow for the amazing stars above to be admired.

An additional enclosed lawn area just across the lane is also available which is the perfect place to enjoy a game of football or croquet or simply allow the dog or the children to run and play.

The owners live alongside but they have their own parking area and do not overlook the house, so they are on hand for any queries but are very respectful of guests' privacy and are happy to leave them to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Map & Local

Conservation is of particular importance to the Riddell Estate. Over 50 acres of special habitat have been created to help the resident wildlife thrive. On travels around the estate the Riddell Tower (the General’s Tower) can be seen standing at an impressive 82 feet high. Parts of it date right back to the 14th century and it has undergone extensive renovations over the years.

As the estate is situated at the heart of the Ale Water Valley there are numerous lovely walking and cycling routes crossing the area with miles of hills and woodland to explore. In addition there are many outdoor activities available in the valley.

The Clerklands Fishery just a mile along the road has a huge 4 acre loch for fly fishing against a beautiful backdrop. If horse riding is on the agenda the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre (2 miles) is just the place with tuition and scenic hacking on offer or, have a go at clay pigeon shooting at nearby Bisley at Braidwood (4 miles).

18 holes of golf can be played at the Woll Golf Course (4.5 miles) where the excellent restaurant can be tried out for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Melrose (9.5 miles) is a pretty town centred around a historic 12th century abbey with lots to attract visitors. As well as having all the shops you could need there are some good pubs and eateries too. The town has a rich history with the fascinating Trimontium Museum showcasing Roman artefacts and the site of a Roman fort visible just outside the town.

In St Boswells (8 miles) there are a couple of places to head for a meal and, during the day, its café/bookshop has a nice deli with some delicious treats to pick up. Further afield the train station at Tweedbank (10 miles) links up to Edinburgh so the centre of the city can be reached in under an hour.

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.




Drawing room with open fire
Dining room with seating for 10, an open fire and French doors to patio area and garden
Snug with TV and French doors to second patio area and garden
Kitchen with breakfast bar, electric range cooker, microwave, dishwashwer and fridge, etc
Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer, etc
King-size double or twin bedroom with en suite wet room, WC and wash basin
External boot/drying room with sink.


King-size double or twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin
King-size double or twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with whirlpool bath, WC and wash basin
King-size double or twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin
King-size double or twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

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

Available Extras

Hot Tub Hire 6 person (5-7 nights)
Hot Tub Hire 6 person (3-4 nights)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED with any additional electric car charging usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and open fires (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium or 2 small). Please note that dogs are allowed in the snug, boot/drying room and garden only. No smoking. The optional hot tub for hire requires 24 hours notice to reach the correct temperature.

Please note: For Riddell House, the tariff for 6 persons is based on three bedrooms only being made available. If you require more flexibility please get in touch.



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Changeover Day: Fri

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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: Fri

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 6 Sleeps 10
31 May 2024 - 20 Jun 2024 £1,995.00 £1,995.00
21 Jun 2024 - 18 Jul 2024 £2,195.00 £2,395.00
19 Jul 2024 - 22 Aug 2024 £2,295.00 £2,495.00
23 Aug 2024 - 12 Sep 2024 £1,995.00 £2,195.00
13 Sep 2024 - 03 Oct 2024 £1,795.00 £1,995.00
04 Oct 2024 - 24 Oct 2024 £1,995.00 £2,195.00
25 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £1,495.00 £1,795.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £2,595.00 £2,595.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £2,595.00 £2,595.00
06 Jan 2025 - 30 Jan 2025 £1,595.00 £1,795.00
31 Jan 2025 - 03 Apr 2025 £1,795.00 £1,995.00
04 Apr 2025 - 24 Apr 2025 £1,995.00 £2,195.00
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Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This is allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. 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.

For Riddell House, the tariff for 6 persons is based on three bedrooms only being made available.


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Excellent property. Well furnished and well equipped. Owners were most helpful and knowledgeable.

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Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic full stop!


Excellent accommodation, owners ensured all was well setup for our stay. Beautiful surroundings.
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Fantastic house - a home from home


The house was simply perfect with wonderful hosts.


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