St Boswells is another of the really pretty Border villages, some forty miles south of Edinburgh and lying between the A68 and the River Tweed, with a village green, pub/hotel, two or three small shops and an excellent bookshop/cafe.
It is one of these places that really tick the boxes ' a lovely situation, convenient for touring or relaxing, with excellent facilities both in the village itself and in the nearby town of Melrose (5 miles).
The Tweed, offering lovely riverside walks, is within a few minutes' walk. On its banks is a level, 9 hole golf course and directly opposite, accessible by a foot bridge, is lovely Dryburgh Abbey. St Cuthbert's Way (running from Melrose to Lindisfarne) passes through the village, as do regular buses to Edinburgh.
Unique cottages were very prompt in replying, and were very helpful in all our queries and requests . The damage fee that is held in case of damage was transferred back very quickly, after three days as previously agreed.
We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. The prosecco on arrival was much appreciated, and the heaters had been left on for us. The cottage is cosy, comfortable and has great views over the loch which were lovely to wake up to. It's true that it is cold when getting in after being out for the day / getting up in the morning, but we didn't find this a problem as we had plenty of warm clothes, and it didn't take too long for the heat of the fuel burner to spread. Plenty of fuel had been left for us and we didn't need to buy more during our stay. We were also always warm in bed thanks to the electric blanket. The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped so it was easy to cook proper meals. There was also a good selection of basic ingredients (salt, pepper, herbs, spices etc.), though some tea bags would have been a welcome addition. The folder of information including lots of ideas for walks was really useful, and the sauna was great after a day out walking in the cold!
There's no WiFi in the cottage, and we could only get 4G right by a couple of the windows. We actually enjoyed switching off and having time away from our phones. However, we did think this should be made explicit in the listing, as we tend to assume WiFi will be everywhere these days and on other occasions, had we needed to check in more with work, it could have been frustrating.
We definitely recommend Sgeir a'Chais and would love to return one day.
A lovely well kept cottage in peaceful location. All appears newly fitted out with well equipped kitchen too. A lovely welcome tray with local produce was a lovely touch to our 1 week stay
Enjoyed some surrounding winter walks during our stay (mid november) both hilly ones and coastal (Brora to Golspie)
Thank you for a relaxing stay