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Period Cottage | Stylish, Modern Interior


Excellent 5/5 Score from 7 reviews

Heron Cottage - Newstead, Melrose

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Heron Cottage is a delightful detached cottage dating back to the early 1800's, situated in the attractive village of Newstead providing the perfect Scottish Borders self catering accommodation. The historic town of Melrose is just a short walk away where there are a wide variety of amenities and attractions, including varied range of specialist shops as well as quality restaurants, bars, and sporting activities, including the famous Melrose Rugby Sevens.

Heron Cottage is an beautiful detached period cottage that has recently undergone a complete renovation inside to offer stylish, contemporary self catering accommodation. Although the exterior of the cottage is traditional in appearance, it is in complete contrast to the modern accommodation that lies within. Immaculately presented throughout, Heron Cottage oozes good taste and boasts a beautiful sleek high gloss kitchen and the luxurious contemporary bathroom even has 'his and hers' wash basins! A fabulous wood burning stove in the lounge ensures a warm welcome awaits guests whatever the season. The lounge is fully equipped with a widescreen LCD TV with Freeview, DVD player and hi-fi quality iPod speakers. Due to its history and age the property is naturally quirky which adds to its charm with some limited height space on the first floor.

Heron Cottage is situated in the heart of Scottish Border country, an ideal base to explore the many nearby abbeys, castles and stately homes including the historic Melrose Abbey. Most countryside pursuits are available here or close by, including walking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, golf, pony trekking, tennis, canoeing, shooting, exploring and much more. If you want to visit Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh is less than an hour drive away.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing break or a more energetic outdoors holiday, Heron Cottage is located at the centre of the idyllic rural setting of the Scottish Borders that has got everything covered.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach St Abbs, Eyemouth 65 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport 71 km, Nearest railway: Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station 50 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, DVD player
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Heron Cottage has 2 upstairs bedrooms, and downstairs is a modern and spacious kitchen/dining room, bathroom and contemporary lounge.

The windows to the front of the cottage have been kitted out with made to measure plantation shutters for added privacy.

The kitchen has a sleek and modern look and is fully equipped, including a washer/dryer and dedicated wine fridge! The dining area features a dining table that seats 4 people.

The lounge is the perfect place to relax, including a 32" LCD TV with Freeview, DVD player, hi-fi quality iPod speakers in lounge and a traditional wood burning stove, with a basket of logs provided. A selection of DVDs, games, books and magazines are available for your enjoyment.

Luxury modern bathroom features twin sinks, a large heated towel rail, and bath with power assisted shower. Bath towels and bath robes are provided.

A range of books, leaflets, local tourist information and maps are also available so you can make the very most of your stay.

Further details outdoors

The cottage is located on Main Street in Newstead, directly opposite the lovely village green complete with old red phone box! Parking available in the street right outside the cottage. There is a small secluded seating area in the front garden which gets the sun in the evening, so you can watch life go by in the oldest inhabited village in Scotland.

The Scottish Borders region

Heron Cottage is a delightful early 17th century cottage situated in the peaceful village of Newstead in the heart of Scotland’s Border country, the ideal location to base your holiday or short break. A visit to the Scottish Borders is to experience Scotland at its traditional best.

The other Border towns are all close by including Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick and Galashiels with plenty to explore – each offering something different, from Kelso races to championship golf courses, historic abbeys and dramatic scenery, there is something to suit every taste. If you fancy a bit of sun, sea and sand, the coast is less than an hours drive away, offering dramatic coastlines with picturesque beaches. Scotlands capital city of Edinburgh is less than an hours drive away, offering even more attractions, activities and things to do.


Heron Cottage is located in Newstead, just a short walk from the historic town of Melrose, nestling on the banks of the River Tweed, in the shadow of the imposing peaks of the Eildon Hills. Melrose is one of Scotland’s most ancient towns, set in a valley which once attracted the Romans, who established the large fort of Trimontium. Melrose has a rich and varied history, with a variety of architectural attractions, museums and exhibitions. The magnificent Melrose Abbey is the principal attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world, the Heart of Robert the Bruce is said to be buried in the grounds of the Abbey and Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House is also nearby. Melrose has a host of other sporting facilities including, tennis, bowling, cricket and golf, with mountain biking and fishing close by. Families will love the delightful Gibson Park with children's play area.

Melrose plays host to major events all year round including:

April - World famous Melrose Rugby Sevens in April, a must for any rugby fan

June - Melrose Book Festival, highly regarded event that attracts names such as Rory Bremner, Ian Rankin, Michael Palin and Victoria Wood

June - Melrose Festival Week, annual celebration of the towns ancient history culminating in the crowning of the festival queen in Melrose Abbey. Most other borders towns have similar festivals that take place throughout the summer.

August - International Pipe Band Championship, experience a taste of Scottish music at its best with the skirl of the pipes!

August - Thirlestane Castle Horse Trials, a fantastic day out for any equestrian enthusiast.

September - Scottish Borders Walking Festival.

December - Hogmany celebrations take place in Melrose town square. Bring in the New Year with the bells and a fabulous firework display.

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Review 1-7 of 7

10 Aug 2014


"Traditional outside but modern inside with every amenity provided"

The cottage was very well equipped - hot water bottles, spare umbrella, torch, picnic basket, picnic chairs etc. Every last detail had been thought of and provided. Beds were very comfortable with pri… More

28 Jul 2014


"Fabulous break in the borders"

We had a great week staying at Heron cottage. The cottage has been renovated to a really high standard and was extremely comfortable - comfy beds are especially rare with many holiday cottages so we … More

22 Jun 2014


"Lovely little cottage"

We stayed at Heron Cottage for 2 nights, and found it to be a wonderful base for exploring the Scottish borders.The rooms are very prettily decorated and comfortable, with a lovely bathroom and gorgeo… More

14 Apr 2014


"Lovely peaceful break"

My partner and I were looking for a break away from hectic working weeks and by chance I came across Heron Cottage online. It was exactlly what we wanted, very trranquil and only one mile walk to Melr… More

9 Oct 2011


"Smart and stylish self catering accomodation."

We enjoyed this cottage, recently converted when we rented, and beautifully done out to a very high standard. The decor was a nice change from the usual 'folksy'style. We observed that it would not perhaps suit very tall people ustairs as the bedrooms are in the roof space, but we liked the bright and simply furnished bedrooms. The area was quiet and peaceful, and it was an easy wander down the lanes to the River Tweed and the nearby Roman camps. It wasa shame that there are neither shops or pubs in Newsteads, but it is not too far to walk or cycle to Melrose along a traffic free railyway line.

6 Oct 2011


"200 Year old cottage with update facilities & interesting places to visit."

We loved the cosy atmosphere of HERON COTTAGE & the trendy decor made for a relaxing stay. The cottage was spotlessly clean & easy to live in as there is a well equipped kitchen, a bathroom with bath & shower, heated towel rail & twin wash bowls.
The lounge is a good size with TV & comfy seating. Best of all is the wood burning stove especially at this time of year. The bedrooms are stylish & comfy even though the ceilings are low.
There is so much to do in the surrounding area,river walks, good eating places in Melrose, a walkable mile away & lots of historic buildings to visit. We found it easy to park & ride for an outing to Edinburgh.
We found shopkeepers helpful & service in pubs & restaurants good.

4 Oct 2011


"cute, cosy and quiet cottage"

Loved our stay - delightful cottage, cute bedrooms with shutter windows, big lounge room with large flat screen tv, beautiful robes provided for baths, new bathroom, central accommodation in Newstead and within easy walking to Melrose, river and country walks and close to many fabulous historic towns.

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