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Howfordmill Stables

Ettrickbridge, Selkirk, Scottish Borders

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Fri Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • WiFi

Howfordmill Stables sits in an idyllic location just outside of the charming village of Ettrickbridge. This former stable building has been completely restored, renovated and transformed into the perfect rural retreat. Just 7 miles south of Selkirk.

This stylishly designed two-bedroomed cottage offers a perfect blend of modern comfort and rustic charm and provides a bright and open space to relax and unwind. The comfortable living area flows seamlessly to the kitchen and dining areas with French doors leading on to decking where you can dine outside and enjoy the picturesque Ettrick countryside.

The stylish, integrated kitchen includes modern amenities including; cooker with ceramic hob, dishwasher, washer-dryer, microwave, cafetiere, a Bosch Tassimo coffee machine, and everything you could need for a comfortable self-catering holiday.

Both elegantly designed bedrooms can be arranged as either twin rooms or larger super king-sized offering flexibility for your stay. One of the bedrooms has French doors that open out on to the deck for added convenience, while the other has a large window, briming beautiful views of the Ettrick countryside.

The bathroom has been finished to the same high standard and includes a combined bath and shower for convenience, along with heated towel rails for added comfort.

Outside, guests can unwind in the large garden, complete with play area and sunken trampoline. There is a large, decked area with comfortable garden furniture, a barbeque and fire pit, so you can enjoy relaxing outside day or night.

There is enough space for two cars to fit comfortably nearby, there is a short walk to the cottage from here, with a convenient cart provided for transporting luggage and supplies.

Immerse yourself in the local area, with a charming pub nearby offering great food, live music, and entertainment. Whether you're exploring the stunning Scottish Borders countryside or simply relaxing in the tranquillity of Howfordmill Stables, your getaway awaits.

Map & Local

Howfordmill Stables sits just outside Ettrickbridge, a quaint village nestled in the stunning Scottish Borders countryside. Steeped in history, this charming location offers a glimpse into the past with landmarks like Kirkhope Tower, a five-storey tower house built in the late 1500s and the stunning Bowhill house (5 miles).

Experience the tranquillity of Ettrickbridge as you stroll through its peaceful streets, admiring its picturesque setting along the banks of the Ettrick Water. Visit the Cross Keys, a welcoming pub at the heart of the village, offering a taste of local hospitality, live entertainment and excellent, hearty pub food, with a Scottish twist.

For art enthusiasts, the village boasts a charming gallery showcasing the work of local artists, providing a glimpse into the vibrant creative community of the area. And don't miss the opportunity to visit the Crook Maker's shop, where you can discover unique handmade crafts and souvenirs to take home.

Explore the rich heritage of the area with variety of historic towns and villages, stately homes, ancient towers, castles and abbeys that make up the Scottish Borders. Discover the historic town of Melrose (15 miles to the east) with its ancient Abbey and beautiful gardens, or the famous Traquair House (15 miles to the west).

Visit the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk (7 miles), which, famous for its braes and wynds, stands high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. Selkirk is home to Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom and Halliwell’s museum, which features a reconstruction of an Ironmonger's shop. Selkirk is also home to a host of shops and restaurants.

The larger town of Galashiels (13 miles) is home to the Great Tapestry of Scotland, you will also find a range of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants in Galashiels and the independently owned multi-screen Pavillion Cinema. I mile outside of Galashiels, you can visit Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, or explore the stunning grounds and gardens on the banks of the River Tweed.

For mountain biking enthusiasts there are a host of options throughout the Scottish Borders region from downhill tracks at Innerleithen (17 miles) and Glentress (20 miles), to road and fire-track based trails such as the challenging Ettrickbridge & Yarrow cycling trail which is approximately 20 miles and reaches an elevation of 1,870ft.

For golfers there are a range of picturesque golf courses to choose from in the area from the Woll Golf Course in Selkirk to the Torwoodlee and Galashiels Golf Courses, to Cardrona, Peebles and Innerleithen courses further to the west.

Nature lovers will delight in the scenic beauty surrounding Ettrickbridge, with opportunities for leisurely walks along the riverbank, more adventurous hikes in the nearby hills or try a stretch of the Southern Upland Way which runs through the region.

The stunning scenery around St Mary’s Loch and the neighbouring Loch o’ the Lowes (12 miles) is well worth a visit and features a selection of walks and trails of varying difficulties, and historical points of interest such as the site of the ancient St Mary’s Kirk.

Whether you're seeking history, culture, or simply a peaceful retreat in the Scottish countryside, Ettrickbridge offers something for everyone to enjoy.

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.



Single Storey

Open plan living area with TV, electric hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and washer/dryer
Double bedroom (super king-size, can be split into twin beds)
Double bedroom (super king-size, can be split into twin beds)
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash basin.

What's included

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


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric panel heaters. Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.



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Changeover Day: Fri

Booked Available

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 4
19 Jul 2024 - 22 Aug 2024 £795.00
23 Aug 2024 - 12 Sep 2024 £650.00
13 Sep 2024 - 03 Oct 2024 £595.00
04 Oct 2024 - 24 Oct 2024 £650.00
25 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £550.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £795.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £795.00
06 Jan 2025 - 30 Jan 2025 £550.00
31 Jan 2025 - 03 Apr 2025 £595.00
04 Apr 2025 - 24 Apr 2025 £650.00
25 Apr 2025 - 01 May 2025 POA
02 May 2025 - 22 May 2025 POA
23 May 2025 - 29 May 2025 POA
30 May 2025 - 26 Jun 2025 POA
27 Jun 2025 - 17 Jul 2025 POA
18 Jul 2025 - 28 Aug 2025 POA
29 Aug 2025 - 11 Sep 2025 POA
12 Sep 2025 - 02 Oct 2025 POA
03 Oct 2025 - 23 Oct 2025 POA
24 Oct 2025 - 18 Dec 2025 POA
19 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 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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