Beautiful detached 1890s cottage loving restored retaining its character & charm
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A home away from home
Wonderful property full off character and lovely homely touches xx We will be back.
A delightful cottage in a very peaceful location, we thorough enjoyed our stay.
The cottage lived up to our expectations having read previous reviews and we certainly weren’t disappointed! Added to that Angie and Robin couldn’t do enough to help ........ even brought over a colander when we couldn’t find the one in the kitchen.
We would definitely recommend this cottage, although in a quiet village it is very close to restaurants and shops in Melrose and St Boswells (both lovely places) whilst Edinburgh is an easy journey by train. Not to mention the fantastic walking countryside on the doorstep!
We hope to make a return visit sometime in the future.
Katie and Dick Whitbread
Super break in the country
Owners were always professional very friendly and helpful and patient with my many questions about the area and activities
Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Kirkton Cottage. We are always happy to help with ideas for things to do and places to visit - there’s so much to see and do in and around the Scottish Borders. Thank you again for taking the time to review us.
Robin & Angie
Affordable luxury in beautiful surroundings
The attention to detail that Robin and Angie Lister have put into this cottage is an example to all holiday let owners. The welcome pack is truly that, kicking off the holiday in the best way possible. Angie herself was there to greet us and had lit the fire ready for our arrival. The whole cottage is fitted out to the highest standards and details such as complimentary toiletries just added to the feeling of being really treated. The countryside around is spectacular and there are lots of places to indulge foodie cravings.
Hi John. Thank you for your lovely review - we are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Kirkton Cottage and the Scottish Borders. Our aim is to provide luxury and comfort for our guests - whether families or couples, so it's great to hear we are getting it right ! We hope we can welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards.
Robin & Angie
Beautiful property & amazing attention to detail.
Easter weekend break with Family (two older teen daughters came too) and had to get straight onto TripAdvisor… this rental is simply 5-STAR! The cottage is beautiful, set in a lovely location, easy short drive to Melrose and the surrounding area and a relatively short train ride to Edinburgh too. Rooms are stunning and the outdoor suntrap patio is lovely. Facilities are top rate including superb internet connectivity. We’ve stayed in some really gorgeous rentals in the UK and USA over the years but this is something special.
The Hosts, Robin and Angie, make what is a very good rental into an amazing experience. Their attention to detain is simply superb. The welcome pack inc. chocolates, cakes and champagne, tons of logs for the fire, magazines and books to read, DVD’s to watch… the list is endless. All facilities are sharp, and in tip top condition, no worn out novels and guide books here, all is perfect. If you have stayed in 5-star rentals before come to Kirkton Cottage in Bowdon near Melrose and see what 5-star really looks like!
Hi Anthony. Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are delighted that you and your family enjoyed Kirkton Cottage so much. We know how important holidays are and want our guests to have somewhere special to relax and enjoy time together. We hope we can welcome you back again soon.
Robin & Angie
5 star accommodation
Had a great 3 night break with my family here. The owners have created a luxury cottage which is very well equipped, everything within is quality. Located in a quiet village but just minutes from larger villages with everything you'd need. Loved it!
Thanks for your lovely review. We are delighted you and the family (&Missy) enjoyed your stay with us at Kirkton Cottage and found lots to do in the area. Hopefully we can welcome you back again soon.
Robin & Angie
Kirkton Cottage, Bowden, Melrose is a perfect base for exploring the wider attractions of the central Borders area. For sightseeing, the area sits in the heart of myth and legend and visitors come from all over the world to soak up its rich historical connections. A climb up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for amazing views is a must.
The Scottish Borders has its share of historic and grand stately homes and castles open to the public with their beautifully manicured gardens and treasure troves of paintings and artefacts. After taking in all that history, unwind with a coffee and cake in their on site restaurants and giftshops. From Abbotsford House in Galashiels, the beautiful home of the great writer Sir Walter Scott, Manderston House, Mellerstain House, the magnificent Floors Castle and Thirlestane Castle to name but a few within a short drive, will not fail to impress.
The area has a wealth of walking routes for all abilities. Melrose is the starting point for St. Cuthbert’s Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. st Cuthberts Way passes through the village of Bowden where you can begin your ramble from the front door. The area also has the Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbeys Way and Sir Walter Scott’s Way for planned routes.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while the 18 hole courses at Galashiels and Torwoodlee both sit nearby. Alternatively choose from over 30 courses within a 30 mile radius including the fantastic championship courses at Cardrona in Tweeddale or The Roxburghe at Kelso.
For those keen on fishing, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats offering some excellent value fishing.
For Shooting, just a five minute drive from Kirkton Cottage and you will arrive at Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland. There is a restaurant and associated retail units on site.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long family friendly forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which are just a half-hour drive away.
Go Ape at Glentree, Peebles provides some mid-air challenges as you negotiate the routes through the forest canopy and zip slide your way back down to the ground. Not for the faint hearted!
For families, there is a playpark and tennis courts in nearby Melrose, a multi-screen cinema, skate park and swimming pools in Galashiels (7 miles), Hawick Leisure Centre (16 miles) or try the wonderful forest adventure playground with huge slides and zip wires at Bowhill House and Country Estate (10 miles). The Borders Donkey Sanctuary just 2 miles down the road is open to the public at 2pm on weekends for tours and a chance to feed these lovely rescued Donkeys (seasonal).
For those wishing to venture to the city, there is a train station at Tweedbank near Galashiels just a 10 minute drive from Kirkton cottage where there is ample free parking available. The train takes you directly to the centre of Edinburgh in 55 minutes through scenic countryside. 2 children travel free with an adult see the Scotrail website at https://www.scotrail.co.uk for prices and terms & conditions.
If you would like to hire a bike during your stay, Steve Diamond Cycles, provider of quality bikes in Galashiels can deliver to the door and uplift again before you leave. https://www.stevediamondcycles.co.uk
For those looking for something a bit more relaxing, why not book a spa day at one of the beautiful locations across the region including the superb Stobo Castle Health spa west of Peebles.
There are museums, Abbeys, great independent shops selling local produce and crafts, art galleries and much more across the central Scottish Borders.
The coast is an hours drive away. The best beach is at Ross Sands nestling between Holy Island and Bamburgh in Nothumbria. You can get boat trips from Seahouses just down the road from Bamburgh out to the Farne Islands for bird and seal watching.
East Lothian has some beautiful stretches of sandy beaches and bays. In the Scottish Borders Eyemouth has a busy harbour and maritime museum. Within an hours drive there is a wide selection of activities including diving, surfing, sea fishing, and of course, sandcastle building!