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Swallow Cottage


Excellent 5/5 Score from 5 reviews

Swallow Cottage

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This three bedroomed cottage is amazingly spacious, can sleep up to 6 persons + cot.

With 2 bathrooms plus WC, it really is wonderful for couples and families alike.

The kitchen is a magnet for enjoying relaxed informal meals with its country style table and French doors opening onto the patio for alfresco entertaining.

Even although Newstead is part of Melrose, with only a field separating them, it retains its own identity and charm with the Eildon Hills viewed from the cottage front door and a walk to the River Tweed basically on your doorstep-------- this is the ideal escape haven!

2, 3 or 4 nights short breaks available--------but you’ll probably want to stay longer.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Coldingham 45 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 55 km, Nearest railway: Berwick-upon-Tweed or Edinburgh 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 DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, 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 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

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.

*Thanks to Visit Scotland, Ian Oliver and Graham Riddell for use of photographs


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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Review 1-5 of 5

31 Aug 2014


"Well equipped cottage in great location"

Owner very quickly rectified minor problems was had. Cottage facilities excellent including wifi. Only down side are creaky floors and some very stiff, badly fitting doors. Front door, downstairs toil… More

13 Apr 2014


"Modern House"

This is not my idea of a cottage but a modern house. It is very clean and warm with all that you require for a break. The only problem was the very creaky floor boards all over the house, upstairs, th… More

8 Nov 2013


"Perfect cottage, perfect location"

We were very impressed from the moment we walked through the door. The cottage was immaculate and well maintained. Everything we needed was on hand and as there was only the two of us staying we had d… More

24 Apr 2012


"A wonderful weekend wasn't long enough!"

We were so lucky with our choice of accommodation in the Borders. Swallow Cottage was beautifully appointed and a really comfortable base for our brief visit to the Borders. The helpful owners were fu… More

24 Apr 2012


"Great Scottish experience!"

Warm welcome to excellent cottage with very high standard of cleanliness. Perfect location for visiting Edinburgh and the Borders… More

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Calendar last updated:18 Nov 2014

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