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Orchard Cottage Melrose- With new Borders railway

from £72 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Excellent 5/5 Score from 18 reviews

Excellent 5/5 

from £72 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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Living area looking through to modern kitchen.

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 55 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Immaculate, detached 3 bedroom cottage offering real luxury. The spacious open plan living area with vaulted ceiling looks out through wooden plantation shutters to the Eildon hills and beyond. The mood lighting throughout the house gives a contemporary feel .Regular daily trains will run to Edinburgh for city visits by Sept. The station is a 10 minute walk away.

Orchard cottage will give anyone a warm welcome back after a days walking,fishing, biking, golfing or sight seeing,Situated in tranquil Fishers lane, wonderful walks along the Tweed river and surrounding hills are but minutes away. You might rather just have that coffee on the patio, before a stroll into town for lunch and watch a game of rugby at the famous Greenyards. A real home from home in Scotlands number one short break destination!

4 /5 Mountain bikes . 4 sets of golf clubs, 4 sledges, 3 baggie minnow nets & 3 trout fishing rods, are on site and available to use.

Bring your tennis rackets--we have 2 -- lovely floodlit courts in Melrose.

All linen / towels included, plus of course our Scottish Borders welcome pack . Free Wi- fi.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Less than one hour away 55 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh & Newcastle 55 km, Nearest railway: Coming soon the new Borders Railway ! The new Stat 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (3), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Both bedrooms(upstairs and dowstairs) have dressing tables with mirrors, hairdryers, fitted wardrobesand chests of drawers. They have twin beds which can be made in to doubles. The sun room which doubles as the third bedroom,closes off with plantation shutters for complete privacy and has a very comfortable double sofa bed .Wardrobe and drawers included.

The upstairs master bedroom has a walk in wardrobe and the private shower room is the adjoining room on the same level.

There is a fully fitted utility room with tumble dryer and washing machine. Outdoor clothing can be hung in the generously fitted cloakroom in the hall. Modern shower rooms, house glass enclosed deluge showers and have stainless steel wall hung towel radiators.

The open plan modern kitchen is spacious and fully kitted out.

Wall hung digital flat screen TVs are in both bedrooms and main living area. There is also a DVD,CD and IPod player in the lounge,with a large selection of films and music to choose from .A digital radio in the kitchen and of course free BT home hub wireless internet .There are plenty of indoor board games to choose from and a good selection of books.

Lots of local and Edinburgh information/ maps /walks and tourist attractions are available along with contact telephone numbers for all local restaurants, theatre, services and amenities. Horseriding, golf ,fishing and clay pigeon shooting can all be arranged. A Bus stop is at the top of the road. Coming soon in September we will have our own train station 5 minutes walk away ! The new Borders railway line will take you straight to Edinburgh with all its attractions . What a great day out ! .

Further details outdoors

The cottage sits in its own grounds with private off street car park. Steps lead down to the patio area at the front of the cottage which is a real sun trap in the late afternoon / evening. There is a raised decking area with patio set for taking in the morning /afternoon sun, and a wonderfully busy bird table for the ornithologists . View the moon over the Eildons & count the stars at night .

Next to the cottage is a beautifully designed village nature garden with stone seating. Over the opposite wall is the famous Darnick Peel Tower the oldest inhabited Peel tower in Scotland. A book on all the local battles and history is available to read in the cottage. Kids... hunt the cottage sword from a local battle when you arrive! Mary Queen of Scots slept close by!


A historic house, near Melrose. It was formerly the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. The house contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, including Rob Roy's gun, dirk and sword, and an extensive library containing over 9,000 rare volumes. It sits amid formal gardens and a wider landscape that Scott designed and planted.For the children there is a fabulous play trail, not to mention the wonderful visitor centre and cafeteria.Sir Walter Scott himself used to ride to Darnick Tower as a frequent visitor and attempted to purchase it many times.The house is now fully open to the public after extensive renovation with Lottery funding.

Further details

No dogs

Smokers outside only.

Changeover day by arrangement usualy a Saturday vacate by 10am arrive from 4pm onwards.

Short breaks by arrangement.

The cottage has its own car park for 3 cars.

Orchard cottage rental includes all linen & white towels.

A telephone can be supplied for incoming urgent calls.

Our Scottish Borders welcome pack includes Nairns oatcakes,Scottish cheese ,fresh bread, Scottish butter,milk,coffee, tea, fresh orange and Scottish Porridge Oats from John Hogarth Ltd in Kelso. It will all be ready for you on arrival. We try to supply traditional local /Scottish food and beverages with our complimentary wine (which is of course French !) & Champagne for honeymoon couples .

High season £650 pwk .Low season from £500 pwk

3 nights high season short break £420. low season from £300.

Christmas or New year £780 pwk. Melrose 7s 3 night weekend £700


While we are delighted to welcome children.The cottage also has large enclosed splash showers i.e no bath. The contemporary wall fire if used is unguarded , however there is an excellent modern central heating system. We can supply a good sized travel-cot and a plastic baby bath if requested.

About this location

The Scottish Borders region


Abbotsford house officialy opened by the Queen in July 2013

Abbotsford, the family home built by Sir Walter Scott (author of Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake etc..) is just 2 miles away- walking distance from the cottage. A stunning new visitor centre has just been completed with lottery funding, and the newly rennovated house will open in July.

Melrose Abbey was built by David the 1st and a casket recently uncovered is thought to contain the heart of Robert the Bruce. The preserved ruins of the famous 12th century Abbey is the starting place of St.Cuthberts way - a 62 mile cross border walk to the Holy isle. The Abbey is also one of four 12th century abbeys on the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route - a 55 mile circular tour to Kelso , Dryburgh) and Jedburgh Abbeys) or why not walk the Border Abbeys ways ?

The largest inhabited castle in Scotland is at Kelso only ten miles away. Floors castle is home to the Duke of Roxburgh. Nearby Springwood Park, plays host to the Border Union Agricultural two day show in July and a host of other events throughout the year.

Glentress and Innerleithens famous 7stanes downhill mountain bike track is only 20 minutes away by car.

Why not visit the museum of flight near Drem ,only 45 mins away.Its a great day out, with Concorde one of the main attractions

Edinburgh (Auld Reekie)Scotlands capital and the coast are only 50 minutes away by car. The new Scottish natural history museum in Edinburgh is a must visit,now a top ranking attraction.

Listed below are a few of the many other events and places of interest.

Edinburgh castle. Scottish national art gallery.

Edinburgh bus tours. The Glasgow science centre.

The Falkirk wheel. Edinburgh dungeons & tours.

Edinburgh Sealife centre. The Edinburgh festival. .

The Royal Yacht Britannia. The Bass Rock boat trip

Edinburgh zoo. Butterfly and insectworld.

The Scottish Parliament. Holyroodhouse Palace.

Farne Island boat trip. Trips to Loch Ness.

Da Vinci/code Rosslyn Chapel. Fossil hunt at Cocklawburn beach.

Or why not visit our Scottish GIANT Panda Bears at Edinburgh Zoo!


Melrose ,"Gem o' Scotland", is a place of beauty & and an ideal short break destination. The town is situated at the foot of the famous Eildon hills which dominate the horizon. The north Eildon has the rampart remains of one of the largest iron age forts in Scotland. To the east lies Trimontium, one of the greatest discovered Roman forts, still echoing its past in the local museum.

The famous Melrose Abbey plays host to the crowning of the Melrose festival queen in June every year. This is a week of pomp and tradition. Festival week remembers various aspects of the towns history, with events such as - a ride out to check the boundaries of the town, a cycle ride, fancy dress, tour of ceremonies, crowning of the queen (dux) and festival ball. Most of the other Border towns have similar events during the summer months.

In June is the Melrose Book Festival. The event is expanding every year, coaxing writers & celebrities such as Michael Palin , Ian Rankin & Michael Parkinson to attend and delight the audiences with their life and work experiences.

Melrose Sevens, in April, is second to none in the rugby calendar. Teams from all over the world compete for a place in history, to be crowned winners at the birthplace of the shortened game. It is a must for the rugby enthusiast.

The Scottish Borders walking festival is held annualy first week in September.

Braveheart enthusiasts will appreciate the first ever statue of William Wallace - 31 feet high, built in 1814. Visit him after stopping to admire the countryside panorama at Scotts view.

This is horse country so why not get booked on a trek through the Border countryside. Thirlestane Castle Horse Trials take place in August. A wonderful setting and an entertaining day out.

Fishing and golf courses are in abundance here in the Borders. Local lochs and rivers cater for the trout fishers, while the river Tweed can offer some of the best salmon fishing at certain times of the year. . Why not simply go and see them jump the salmon ladders as they migrate upstream. Tennis can be played on one of the three all weather floodlit courts in Melrose.

The golfer can purchase a Freedom of the Fairways ticket , entitling you to a golfing passport second to none. A host of clubs and courses beckon through out the Borders but be warned remember the Scottish hills - no links courses here!

There are ten circular walks of historical and natural interest around Melrose, with cosy tea rooms or local hostelries to have something stronger after each one ! Live feature music in the square every other Saturday, throughout the summer.Or mabye take a walk to Abbotsford ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, lunch at the visitor centre and inspect the wonderfull collections of armoury and art work from around the world

Hogmany is celebrated in the town market square. Tickets can be bought for a ceilidh in the town hall but you do not need tickets to come to the square for the bells. Friends and strangers are treated as one as everyone watches the fabulous firework display and waits for a new year to begin.

Guidance on where to trout & salmon fish can be given as well as local clay pigeon shooting.

Melrose enjoys the quality of boutique shops, pubs and dining usually reserved for the city, it even has its own theatre ! .Six fabulous top notch restaurants (all within 10 - 15mins walking distance of the cottage), serve up local produce and fine fare, not to mention quality wines.

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2 Nov 2014


"Five stars!!"

This was our second stay at Orchard cottage, and it won't be the last!The cottage is ideally located for walking, sightseeing, golf lovers or just peace and quiet. The hosts Pat and Mike could n… More

29 Jun 2014



A real dilemma this - this place is so nice that we want to keep it to ourselves! However being noble, this house is not your normal rental but a home and so welcoming. Pat & Mike have thought of ever… More

9 May 2014


"Wonderful base for our group"

We had a fabulous time at Orchard Cottage, close to family who live in Darnick and so comfortable and clean. The cottage is extremely well-equipped, and the little extras made such a difference, like… More

1 Mar 2014


"Absolutely delightful place to stay"

We stayed at Orchard Cottage for one week in February and we never really wanted to leave. The house is the nicest rental we have ever had, and we have stayed in many vacation homes around the world. … More

16 Feb 2014


"Do not miss your chance - amazing home!"

Amazing home away from home! Could not ask for a better home and hosts for our stay in the Borders. Fully equipped, ideal location, just a 15 minute walk into Melrose and close to dozens of trails for… More

13 Oct 2013


"Excellent home from home, stylish interior and very friendly and helpful hosts.stsan"

We have stayed at Orchard cottage three times now. We return as we have everything we need for a restful holiday. The cottage is extremely well equipped and in fact we always 'Stay in' a few… More

26 Aug 2013


"beautiful well equipped cottage and garden in a lovely area"

Spotlessly clean cottage with secluded garden. All facilities, the most comfortable beds I have slept in including my own !.Comprehensive welcome pack greatly appreciated. Lovely area with many places… More

26 Jul 2013


"Excellent holiday accommodation"

Very well equipped modern relaxing accommodation. Quiet village, but with a very pleasant walk into Melrose town centre. Quaint garden with lovely sitting areas.

6 Mar 2013


"Exceptional Holiday Cottage"

We had a lovely short break at Orchard Cottage which was very clean and comfortable with a spacious living area;ideal for socialising or to just spreading out and relax.
The cottage is in a really peaceful location but offering an easy 25 minutes walk along the river into the centre of Melrose. A fantastic base to explore the beautiful countryside and wealth of places of historical interest along the River Tweed.
Thank you for the very generous welcome pack which was among the many special touches which made our stay so enjoyable.

18 Feb 2013


"Top class - 5 star cottage"

This is a beautiful cottage to stay in. We received a warm welcome and found that every need was catered for in this lovely house.
The owners have thought of everything. Finished to a very high standard and so very comfortable.
Unfortunately the weather was not good so we stayed indoors quite a bit but this was not a hardship as there were dvds, books, freeview tv, games etc to keep us amused.
Lovely scenery in the area and trips to gala, jedburgh, hawick etc are worth it.
We ate in the Monte Casino in Melrose which was lovely.
Thanks again - we will be back sometime !!

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