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Abbeyside, house in middle of photo.

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The name says it all! Situated a stones throw from the ancient ruins of Melrose Abbey, the River Tweed and only a few minutes walk to the shops and restaurants, this house has a wonderful location.

Built in a modern quiet cul-de-sac, guests can enjoy the open space from the decking and the views of the distant hills.

Perfect for cyclists as there is a safe lock-up garage and walkers can enjoy many, many, beautiful walks in and around Melrose. For the more energetic, St Cuthbert's Way starts basically on your doorstep and The Southern Upland Way passes your door!

Accommodation is perfect for up to 6 people, having 1 double room, 1 double room en-suite and a single bedroom with an extra pull out bed. Full family bathroom upstairs plus WC downstairs. Spacious lounge and dining area leading into a very well laid out kitchen. From the dining area, doors lead onto a peaceful decking area..... perfect for catching the afternoon/evening sun. Private parking for up to 2 cars.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

About this location

The Scottish Borders region

Activities in the Scottish Borders

Your stay in Newstead will suit the active as well as the less energetic. There are a range of activities and sports on the doorstep as well as two well-known walking routes.


The landscape of the Scottish Borders is characterised by green, rolling hills divided by beautiful river valleys - the most famous of which is the Tweed.

Border Forests Walks

The landscape of the Borders is characterised by extensive forests.

The Coastal Walk

A superb coastline of approximately 32 miles with many small coves and natural harbours. The birdlife is magnificent, and St Abb's Head, managed jointly by the National Trust for Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is a National Nature Reserve.

Town and Village Walks

There is no better way to find out about a place than by walking round it. There are local walks leaflets for many towns and villages.

Ranger Led Walks

The Scottish Borders Council's Ranger Service operates a Guided Walks programme all year round, including winter walks.

Long Distance Walks

St Cuthbert's Way leads from Melrose, where St Cuthbert is said to have started his ministry, to Holy Island (Lindisfarne), where he ended his days.

The Southern Upland Way

For the experienced backpacker the Southern Upland Way, offers a challenging coast-to-coast crossing of Southern Scotland from Portpatrick on the west coast to Cockburnspath in Berwickshire passing through Melrose. It is possible to walk sections of the route in a day.

Border Abbeys Way

This circular route covering many of the main Borders Towns, as well as linking the four great abbeys on foot, is steadily being developed, and is being opened in sections as work progresses.


The Scottish Borders is ideal cycling country for all ages and abilities - with a vast network of quiet country roads, exhilarating forest trails, and family routes along river valleys.



Often called the Queen of salmon rivers, the River Tweed runs through the heart of the Borders. The long season runs from 1st February to 30th November and during it more salmon are caught on the fly than any other British river.


The Tweed with its tributaries the Teviot, Ettrick, Leader, Whiteadder and many other small burns (streams), provides first-class fishing for brown trout.

Rainbow and brown trout fishing is also available in local lochs providing some excellent fishing.

Course Fishing

Although salmon and trout fishing predominates in the Tweed catchment, there are also many other fish to attract fishermen, such as perch, grayling, pike and roach.


Golfers coming to the Borders can enjoy some of Scotland's most breath-taking courses- and make great savings on green fees- with a freedom of the fairways' golfing passport available when staying at Swallow Cottage.


This is 'Scotland's Horse Country', where our local riding centres and schools cater for everyone from novices and small children to the more advanced.


Melrose itself is a small attractive Scottish Borders town in the heart of the Scott Country. David 1st founded Melrose Abbey (a 20 minute walk from Swallow Cottage), in 1136. Priorwood Gardens next to the Abbey contains a special dry flower garden and there is an excellent museum in the Commendators House.

The award winning Trimontium Exhibition 'Daily Life on the Roman Frontier' gives an insight into the Romans life in Scotland.

Birthplace in 1883 of seven-a-side rugby, Melrose is a popular centre and excellent touring base.

Within a short travelling distance of Newstead, the following are some suggestions of places to visit:

Statue of William Wallace. The first ever statue of Sir William Wallace, erected in 1814 standing 31 ft. high and depicts Scotland's national hero dressed in ancient Scottish armour.

The ancient Abbeys of Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso.

The Castles of Hermitage, Smailholm, Neidpath.

The Historic Houses of Traquair, Manderston, Abbotsford, Bowhill, Queen Mary's House, Mellerstain, Thirlestane Castle, Ayton Castle, Floors Castle.

The coastal towns and fishing villages between Edinburgh and Berwick, like North Berwick, Dunbar, St Abbs, Coldingham and Eyemouth.

Edinburgh is within an hours drive with its Castle, Scott Monument, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile, Princes Street, many historic buildings, important museums, botanical gardens, Edinburgh Zoo and The Royal Yacht Britannia which is now berthed in Leith.

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19 Jul 2014


"Beautiful peaceful setting for this property"

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Abbeyside. Well furnished home with comfortable bed and very well equipped kitchen. En-suite in main bedroom also a main bathroom and a downstairs toilet was idea… More

28 May 2014


"Excellent property, ideal location for visiting Melrose and Borders"

Abbeyside is a modern 3 bedroom property in excellent condition. It is definitely home from home, all needs catered for. Lovely views from the small patio area, peaceful spot for sitting after a days … More

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    Calendar last updated:13 Mar 2015

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