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The Old Paper House

Newstead, Near Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Sleeps: 4/8 Bedrooms: 4
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
Licence No: SB00098F
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • WiFi

The Old Paper House is a charming, beautifully converted barn that sits in a wonderful large garden set in the quiet village of Newstead, just 1.5 miles from Melrose in the picturesque Scottish Borders.

At the front of the house, in the homely sitting room there is plenty of comfy seating, exposed stone feature walls and even a piano. Meals can be enjoyed together in either the lovely wooden beamed, double height dining room or the more informal dining area in the bright and airy kitchen.

Two attractive double bedrooms are set out downstairs, both of which have nice big windows that show off views of the garden. As well as a modern family bathroom with a bath and shower over there is also a wet room that is wheelchair accessible.

At the entrance to the house stable doors open up into a handy utility room that houses the laundry facilities and upstairs are two twin bedrooms, one of which is more suited to children as it has low beds and coombed ceilings.

A pretty patio seating area has been positioned right by the front door and ramps lead up to it from the parking area. The grassed garden is surprisingly sizeable and private with lots of mature trees and shrubs that kids will love running and playing amongst. Please note that the entrance to the grounds is narrow so it may not be suitable for larger vehicles.

Map & Local

Newstead (1.5 miles) sits by the meandering River Tweed and there are lots of scenic riverside walks to be had. Newstead is said to be the oldest continually inhabited village in Scotland and it has a rich history as it was the site of the Roman fort Trimontium. The Trimontium Museum in Melrose houses some of the artefacts that were found out at the site.

It takes about 20 minutes to walk into Melrose (1.5 miles), a charming town with a good range of shops, pubs and eateries. It is also home to the 12th century Melrose Abbey and the well-known Melrose Sevens, an annual rugby tournament that attracts both players and spectators from all over.

There is a great book shop/café and a deli with delicious treats in St Boswells (3.5 miles). A few miles out of St Boswells is Scott’s View, a beautiful viewpoint looking out towards the River Tweed and the Eildon hills that is said to be one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourites. On the way, it is worth stopping at the impressive William Wallace statue that stands imposingly surveying the surrounding countryside.

History enthusiasts will love Smailholm Tower (8 miles), a 15th century peel tower that sits on a stony outcrop with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. It is clear to see why the tower was positioned here as it is a key defensive point for seeing for miles around - ideal for spotting potential attackers! Inside there are interesting exhibits about Sir Walter Scott and the chance to climb up to the roof to fully appreciate the amazing vista.

Galashiels (6.5 miles) has plenty of shops and supermarkets and it is easy to catch the train from Tweedbank (4 miles) up to the bustling capital Edinburgh for a day trip.

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.




Sitting room with TV and piano
Dining room
Kitchen/dining room with electric hob and oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave, etc
Utility room with sink and washing machine
Wet room with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom
Bathroom with shower over, WC and wash basin
Double bedroom (super-king, zip-link, with prior notice can be converted to twin beds).


Twin bedroom
Twin bedroom (low beds).

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)
Shower Stool (£0)
Bedside Guard (£0)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £20 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by gas central heating (first £25 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay). WiFi is INCLUDED (speed approx 35 mb). A maximum of 2 dogs is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium, 2 small). Dogs should be kept downstairs and off the carpets and furniture. Sorry, no smoking, no fires, no naked flames.

Please note: For The Old Paper House, the tariff for 2 persons is based on one bedroom, one shower room and the tariff for 4 persons on two bedrooms and two bathrooms being made available. If you require more flexibility, please get in touch.



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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 4 Sleeps 8
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £1,095.00 £1,195.00 £1,295.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £795.00 £895.00 £995.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £595.00 £695.00 £850.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £795.00 £895.00 £995.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £495.00 £595.00 £750.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £1,350.00 £1,350.00 £1,350.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £1,350.00 £1,350.00 £1,350.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £495.00 £595.00 £750.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £595.00 £695.00 £850.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £795.00 £895.00 £995.00
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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.

Please note: For The Old Paper House, the tariff for 2 persons is based on one bedroom, one shower room and the tariff for 4 persons on two bedrooms and two bathrooms being made available. If you require more flexibility, please get in touch.


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