Galashiels, Scottish BordersGuest Rating
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.
|Sleeps: 4/8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (3)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
Built in 1958 and restyled 20 years later, it is one of those one-off, architect-designed, cutting-edge modern houses which were the last word in chic in the 1970s, with loads of angles and lots of glass!
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 (one of which has a single room off it with a cabin bed, in effect forming a family suite) and a twin room. One of the double rooms has the single room off it with a cabin bed, in effect forming a family suite. The other double room 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.
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.
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.
(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
Double bedroom with en suite wetroom with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom (leading through to single bedroom)
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
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 (subject to a fair usage policy). 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.
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 8|
|27 Jun 2020 - 17 Jul 2020||£850.00||£850.00|
|18 Jul 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||£850.00||£850.00|
|29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020||£550.00||£750.00|
|19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020||£495.00||£650.00|
|10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020||£550.00||£750.00|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£450.00||£550.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£850.00||£850.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£850.00||£850.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021||£450.00||£550.00|
|06 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021||£495.00||£650.00|
|03 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021||£550.00||£750.00|
|24 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021||£495.00||£650.00|
|08 May 2021 - 21 May 2021||£550.00||£750.00|
|22 May 2021 - 04 Jun 2021||£850.00||£850.00|
|05 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021||£550.00||£750.00|
|26 Jun 2021 - 27 Aug 2021||POA||POA|
|28 Aug 2021 - 17 Sep 2021||POA||POA|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||POA||POA|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||POA||POA|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||POA||POA|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||POA||POA|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA||POA|
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 Monymusk, the tariff for 4 persons is based on two bedrooms only being made available.
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Excellent cottage with plenty of room .The facilities are excellent and just what 2 tired fishermen need to relax in at ...Read More
Great place to stay. Loads of room for 6 of us to catch up and eat together. Huge garden to explore. Lovely views.
The cottage was in a wonderful location, which would have enhanced the holiday except for a few points.
I loved the cottage. It was unusual with a real 70’s nostalgic feel. There was everything we needed, everything worked...Read More
This was the only cottage available in the area we wanted to be, as I had left it till the last minute. I have often loo...
Thanks for the feedback. The owner was sorry to hear that you found the upholstery to be poorly cleaned. All of the upho...Read More
'Beautiful bungalow in perfect setting, very quiet and peaceful.Furnished to a high standard with everything you could need. Can't recommend highly enough!'
'We had a fabulous Christmas here at Monymusk. This is our sixth time staying here and the house was just as warm and inviting as our first
stay some years ago.'
'Really enjoyed my stay here. Lovely cosy home set in beautiful scenery.'
'Awesome week! Fishing and riding within a 15 minute drive. Would recommend place to anyone with small children - the garden provided more than enough entertainment.'
Da Silvas party
'Wonderful holiday, thought Melrose was charming and we gorged ourselves at the Kingsknowe Hotel which is walkable and has delicious food.'
'Lovely, spacious and comfortable house, enjoyed by all. The kitchen is fab and easy to use.'