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Monymusk

Galashiels, Scottish Borders

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Monymusk, hidden among woodlands on the hillside on the outskirts of the Borders town of Galashiels, just across the Tweed from Sir Walter Scott's lovely home of Abbotsford, is a fascinating and most unusual house.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4/7 Bedrooms: 4
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (3)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi
Overview

Built in 1958 and restyled 20 years later, it was designed by the award winning architect Peter Womersley, one of those cutting-edge modern houses which were the last word in chic in the 1970s, with loads of angles and lots of glass! Womersley also designed the ‘See-through House’ High Sunderland, in nearby Selkirk for the designer Bernat Klein. A monograph on Womersley, written by Professor Neil Jackson was published in 2023, which shows the original design of the house later extended by Duncan Cameron, who briefly worked with Womersley.

Owned by the same family since 1970, it has now been carefully brought up-to-date, while yet keeping in mind the distinctive style of its period. Inside it is very spacious, with a large L-shaped living room with comfortable seating round the open fire and a glass wall with access to the outdoor terrace in one ‘leg’ and the dining table in the other. At the end of the sitting room is a sliding wall beyond which is the play area, so this can be completely shut off if desired.

The kitchen is slick and modern with all the appliances you need and it even has a dishwasher so you don’t have to argue over whose turn it is to do the washing up!

All on one level, there are four bedrooms, two doubles, a single and a twin room which can be converted to a third double (zip and link mattress) on request. One of the double rooms has an en suite wetroom and a feature glass wall looking out to the garden. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower over and a cloakroom beside the front door that is another useful feature. Centrally heated and most comfortably appointed, Monymusk makes a memorable holiday home.

Its setting, too, is second to none. It stands at the end of a drive shared by only one other house. Its extensive enclosed woodland garden has been a beloved play and adventure area for generations of children, while its west-facing terrace (with furniture and BBQ) is a delightful place to while away a sunny afternoon or to relax with an evening drink.

Map & Local

From the garden, one can walk right out on to Gala Hill, from the brow of which, in the words of the local poet Roger Quin, you can 'gaze on Scotland's Eden', looking along the valley towards the pretty town of Melrose (4 miles) and the Eildon Hills.

At the bottom of the hill, you can stroll along the banks of the Tweed at Boleside, or, for something more strenuous, join the Southern Upland Way on the edge of the town.

Galashiels has all facilities, including a cinema and swimming pool. It also benefits from its position in the very heart of the Borders, ideal for touring in all directions. You can be on the Berwickshire coast in an hour, perhaps on the beach at Coldingham, or exploring historic Berwick-upon-Tweed.

A 45 minute drive will find you in the centre of Edinburgh, or you can leave the car behind and take the train or hourly bus service from Galashiels. To the west, there are the Border hills to walk, the mountain biking trails at Glentress, sailing at St Mary's Loch, fishing and golf courses galore and riding just beyond Selkirk (5 miles).

As well as Abbotsford, there is also no lack of historic keeps, castles and stately homes to visit, while garden enthusiasts will enjoy the Kailzie and Dawyck Gardens near Peebles.

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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.

Facilities

Accommodation

Single Storey

(6 steps up to entrance)
Open plan sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD and record player
Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer, etc
Cupboard with washing machine and tumble dryer
Study/playroom
Double bedroom with en suite wetroom with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
WC.

What's included

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

Available Extras

Pet
£20.00

Services

Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by gas central heating (INCLUDED) and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (3 large, 3 medium or 3 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.

Please note: For Monymusk, the tariff for 4 persons is based on two bedrooms only being made available.

Availability

Availability

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
2024
Price

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 4 Sleeps 7
25 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 £995.00 £995.00
01 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 £750.00 £895.00
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £995.00 £995.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £1,095.00 £1,095.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £750.00 £895.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £650.00 £795.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £750.00 £895.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £495.00 £595.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £1,095.00 £1,095.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £1,095.00 £1,095.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £495.00 £595.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £650.00 £795.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £750.00 £895.00
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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 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 Monymusk, the tariff for 4 persons is based on two bedrooms only being made available.

Reviews

Reviews
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22-May-2024

I loved this house! Unusual, quirky, and a well-preserved architectural gem. Well-equipped without losing the character ...

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02-Apr-2024

Home from home, great for exploring borders and northumberland

Our response:

Glad that Monymusk has that home away from home feeling.

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11-Mar-2024

We love Monymusk. It is so far from the kind of soulless holiday home that seems to be becoming the norm. It feels like ...

Our response:

We are so pleased to hear you had such an enjoyable time and do hope that you choose to return again soon.

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12-Mar-2024

Fascinating, architecturally interesting house. It is full of surprises. The dogs were delighted by the huge garden.

Our response:

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Monymusk does offer something different. We look forward to welcome y...

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07-Oct-2023

Had a great stay at Moneymusk, sadly only 4 nights as we couldn't stay longer. Very quirky, loved the retro feel and an...

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