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Yarrowford Schoolhouse Flat


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

The Old Schoolhouse, Yarrowford

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

5 miles west of Selkirk on the A708 road to St. Mary's Loch & Moffat following the Yarrow valley upstream. A comfortable, cosy and spacious self-contained flat behind Yarrowford Old Schoolhouse, with lovely views to the Southern Upland hills. Very quiet and peaceful at night with wonderful night skies. The flat, on ground floor level, has a large and sunny lounge/dining room and has Freeview TV, DVD player, books and games. The main bedroom, with large double bed, has an en-suite shower room. The second bedroom, also with en-suite shower room, has adult-sized bunks. In the lounge, the 2 "click-and-go" sofas convert easily into single beds, making it possible to accommodate a maximum of 6 people in the flat. The spacious and well-equipped kitchen has a full oven and microwave, large fridge-freezer and washing machine/drier. The courtyard, accessed via the lounge patio doors and the main door is a sun-trap; chairs, sunshade and a table are there for guests to use. The lounge has a gas fire, but the whole property, including the adjoining Old Schoolhouse, which belongs to the owners, has oil central heating.

Whether you are wanting to go walking, cycling, fishing(we have trout fishing rights in the Yarrow Water!), sailing, kayaking or would simply prefer to relax and soak up the beautiful scenery, the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys have much to offer. Edinburgh is just over an hour's drive away, while each of the Borders towns is fiercely proud of its heritage, from the Common Ridings which take place every year from May to July, to the textile/cashmere mills, which brought wealth in the past. The abbeys of Melrose and Jedburgh are especially imposing, while Dryburgh's setting is simply stunning. There are historic houses to visit, notably Bowhill and Abbotsford, both within 15 minutes' drive. St Mary's Loch is just 20 minutes away, beyond the historic (and welcoming) Gordon Arms, which serves bar food. Nearest shops are in Selkirk(5 miles) and there is a good range also of cafes and restaurants.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 74 km, Nearest railway: Edinburgh 72 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

The Scottish Borders region

Situated 5 miles from the historic town of Selkirk in the beautiful Yarrow valley, there is much to see and do. The landscape offers wild and rugged moorland, forests, rivers, ancient castles and lochs to be explored at your leisure. The Bowhill and Philiphaugh estates are 5 minutes away by car, or you might choose to explore them on foot, leaving your car behind. Abbotsford, the recently restored home of Sir Walter Scott, with a brand new visitors' centre, is within 15 minutes' drive. You could pick up the flavour of local traditions between May and July, when each Border town holds its own festivities, or Common Ridings, to commemorate the Battle of Flodden in 1513. In Selkirk each December, the town also celebrates its heritage at Scott's Selkirk weekend, when locals put on 19th costume as in the time of Sir Walter Scott, Sheriff (Judge) of Selkirk. Alternatively, Edinburgh is just over an hour's drive away. Scottish weather is variable and can be unpredictable, so it is best to be prepared for rain, wind, snow, but also sun!


There are good local shops in Selkirk and larger supermarkets in Galashiels(10 miles). In Selkirk there is also a good range of cafes and restaurants. Bowhill House and Tearoom are open from Easter to September. The Waterwheel at Philiphaugh is open all year for light refreshments and lunches. The Gordon Inn at Yarrow Feus and the Cross Keys at Ettrickbridge serve pub food. There are plenty of tearooms and restaurants/pubs in Melrose.

The Border Abbeys towns,( Jedburgh, Dryburgh, Kelso, Melrose) are all well worth a visit and have cafes/pubs/restaurants at close range. Lochcarron(Selkirk) and various woollen/cashmere businesses in Hawick offer visits.

Selkirk and Ashkirk(The Woll) both have golf courses. The Woll also has a bar/restaurant. There are swimming, gym and tennis facilities in Selkirk

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Review 1-4 of 4

4 Jun 2014



Really comfortable, warm, clean. Set in superb scenery, very peaceful. Ideal base for walking or just exploring the borders.… More

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. We struggle with Broadband connection, too!
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Viv and James Young

21 Apr 2014


"Stunning, Amazing, beautiful little weekend"

Travelled here with 5 of my friends. The cottage was stunning and the area around the cottage was full of places to explore. The hosts of the cottage were super friendly and full of helpful informati… More

Thank you very much for your review. We're very glad you enjoyed your first trip to the Borders. Come again!
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Viv and James

22 Mar 2014


"lovely place in a lovely setting"

We had never been to the borders area of Scotland before and chose this place on the basis that it was central and would happily accept our German Shepherd dog.The Cottage was imaculate and pretty wel… More

Thank you very much for reviewing the Flat at Yarrowford. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
Viv Young

1 Oct 2013


"Yarrowford Schoolhouse Holiday."

On arrival you'll be greeted by ample off road parking within the grounds of this lovely, rural setting. Our hosts Viv and James were on hand to welcome us, walk us through the accommodation, it&… More

Thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you again some time.

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