Traditional Crofters Cottage with modern amenities, double glazed throughout, solid fuel central heating, power shower. Upstairs, Two double bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with three singles. Downstairs Bathroom. Double Sofa-Bed in the lounge, so can sleep seven. Separate Dining room which can seat eight adults. Stocked log-store and starter pack of coal provided. Idyllic setting for getting away from it all. The remote setting means that there is no TV, however, there is a DVD player with a good selection of Movies, or bring your own! Wonderful views from the cottage looking down the valley. Lovely forest walks, lots of wildlife, including deer, pheasants, otters, grouse etc. Headwaters of river Teviot, next to the cottage, where you can see Salmon spawning in the winter. Teviot Stone, marking the source of the river Teviot within walking distance. Moorland walks across the heather, among the Red Grouse. Spring Lambing on your doorstep. Ideal location for Countryside pursuits, please enquire when booking. Fifteen minutes from either Hawick or Langholm. Close to the Celtic Goldsmith and Steve Hislops Cairn. Good base for Borders Festivals and Ride-outs. Access is up a short unpaved forest road.
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- Minimum Stay2 nights
2 Bedroom, 120 year old stone built cottage with Moorland views.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 18, 2018
Why Owner chose Scottish Borders
This cottage is so restful, even after a weekend there you feel so relaxed. It is so different to the busy lives everyone leads nowadays that it provides a real tonic for the soul. A great opportunity for family or friends to spend some prime time together.
What makes this Cottage unique
Merrylaw is set in upper Teviotdale and the cottage enjoys wonderful views down the valley as well as across the hills. The stream running below the cottage plays its own restful music, chattering over the rocks on its way to join the mighty Tweed. Sometimes you can see otters looking for a meal, or, in the winter, the salmon are there at the end of their epic journey, to spawn and create the next generation of salmon parr. In late spring, usually May, the sheep are lambing out on the hill and you see the young lambs gambolling about with their comical antics. All through the year there are pheasants strutting about and calling to each other. Merrylaw Cottage is good for the soul and gives us a reality check when we are so close to nature.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Relaxing and peaceful, very dog friendly, recommended.
We had a lovely restful stay at Merrylaw, very peaceful, lovely walks. My family lived there in the 1920's so it was a nostalgic visit for me.
I didn't give five stars as the radiators weren't working when we were there and the bed in the double room being only threequarter size , was too small for us, so we slept in the other room. We enjoyed our stay though and intend to return. We never missed the tv, loads of dvd's to chose from, and a good selection of books. We had vodaphone reception, and although there was no 4g the internet worked on a basic level for those who feel the need for it. A lovely break for anyone wanting a peaceful stay away from it all. Nice friendly helpful owner (The wine was much appreciated thankyou) and caretaker. Please note the stairs are very steep and may be a problem to those less than physically able or young children.
We are pleased that Irene and her family were able to revisit a family home from so long ago and enjoyed their stay. We always instruct guests that the radiators run off the back boiler in the wood burning stove. If you don't have a hot enough fire then it will not trigger the pump for the central heating. We would like to reassure everyone that the central heating does work when used correctly. The double bed is a traditional size, not the queen or king size that many people have become used to.
This is not a modern 'condo' but a traditional Crofters cottage as described on the website.
2nd visit to Merrylaw Cottage. The location is fantastic, close enough to a large town to be sure that you won't run out of essentials, but remote enough for the rest of the world to just melt away.
Electricity, hot and cold running water and a good roof over your head - the rudimentary elements are covered. Then you have the stunning scenery, wildlife (some of it in the house ;) as to be expected with a 100 year old rural property) tranquility, hundreds of miles of walks directly from the house and a feeling that time runs slower as soon as you turn off the A7. Fantastic!
If the lack of a mobile signal, tv reception or 5 star luxuries is something that would make you scroll past, good luck. For those of you that love to feel the grass under your feet, smell the freshness of the air and just want to get as near back to nature as you can without having to take Bear Grills or Ray Mears with you, this may just be the place...
Lovely peaceful cottage!
The cottage is set in the most peaceful and picturesque of locations where the main noise heard was the housemartins coming to and from the house whilst building their nests. There are lovely walks around the cottage, some quite challenging, especially if you walk across the boggy moor! Wellies are a good option!
The house itself is a typical crofters cottage. It is basic but has everything you need for a pleasant stay. There is a cosy multi-fuel fire which heats the central heating and a starter pack of wood and coal is provided. You are expected to collect and chop your own wood for the rest of your stay which is fun but hard work. Bring your own bedding too; this isn’t made very clear on the Owners Direct site but is requested by Ian the owner.
Ian is extremely helpful and gave perfect directions to get to the cottage. Hilary who met us there could not do enough for us, even leaving some fresh eggs which were delicious!
In our opinion the cottage was quaint and cosy but could have been more comfortable if the sofas and beds were updated. We appreciate the cottage is set out in crofter style but adding a little bit of comfort would have made the stay perfect.
Other than that we had a thoroughly enjoyable time and did not want to leave.
Idyllic, stunning views, cosy cottage and a warm welcome from the owners
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Merrylaw. We have a had a truly magical Christmas. We enjoyed long walks and returning to the warmth of the fire. There is no sound, it’s perfect. A relaxing hideaway from busy life. I would truly recommend this place to anyone it’s been our best Christmas by far
PEACE AND TRANQUILITY
Lovely warm and cosy cottage in fantastic surroundings. Ian was really helpful and kind. If you want to get away from it all in remote surroundings - this is it. Everything you needed in the kitchen , lovely lounge and big dining room. Bedrooms lots of room - even had electric blankets. Birthday surprise made really special. Will definitely love to go again.
Perfect setting for peace, tranquillity and endless views!
We wanted good quality family time and our stay at this cottage provided just that. We felt like we had the world to ourselves, no traffic, no noise, no internet, perfect for us to get away from it all and enjoy our time together. Endless walks along the river, up the hills, in the forests, the cottage is perfectly located for all of this and more. The cottage had plenty of games, books and DVD's to help relax and unwind and Ian and Tony provided, great communication throughout. We would love to visit again!