Melrose holiday cottage rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and balcony/terrace and walking

Orchard Cottage Melrose with train to Edinburgh

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Wonderful open social living area looking towards the patio. Free unrestricted wi fi available.

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 104945

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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 trains now run to Edinburgh for city visits .The new Tweedbank station is only a 15 minute walk away ! The 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.Listen to live music on a Saturday in Melrose square or 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
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms
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: Walk to Tweedbank station in 10 mins 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, 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
Furniture Double Beds (3), Single Beds (4), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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, services and amenities. Horseriding, golf ,fishing and clay pigeon shooting can all be arranged. A Bus stop is at the top of the road. We now have the new Borders railway with the local station a 10 minute 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 a 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! ABBOTSFORD 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 £700 pwk .Low season from £500 pwk .3 nights high season short break £495. low season from £390.Christmas or New year £780 pwk. Melrose 7s 3 night weekend £750 .Kiddies --while we are delighted to welcome children.Please note, the cottage 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.

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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Review 1-10 of 23

25 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.

17 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 !!

18 Jan 2013


"Stunning cottage in beautiful surroundings."

My family (2 adults and 2 kids) stayed in orchard cottage for new year and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The cottage is tastefully decorated throughout and definitely has the wow factor. Everything we needed was in the cottage which made it a home from home. The area is beautiful and we enjoyed walks by the river and into Melrose for a lovely lunch or dinner. The owners were extremely friendly and we will definitely return to orchard cottage in the future.

5 Dec 2012


"Spacious, modern luxury in lovely countryside"

Spent a really lovely weekend at Orchard Cottage. It has a real "wow" factor when you enter - its such a fantastic design of house, especially with the wonderful double-storey lounge - and as you explore you quickly realise that the friendly owners have thought of absolutely everything you might need (or if something seems to be missing... just ask and they'll have it!). Its totally 5 star yet also cosy and a fab place to chill out for a weekend or a much longer stay. The large entrance mat with big cloak-cupboard was a great feature so you didn't have to worrry about coming back to the pristine house from a walk with muddy boots. Another favourite feature was the real flame, easy-to-light fire... and the beds were wonderfully comfy.... and great showers.... and beautifully designed outdoor space... and the view out the top window to open fields.... It really was a gorgeous place to be! A lovely part of the country to explore. Thanks very much indeed, Mike & Pat.

23 Feb 2012


"Amazing Holiday Cottage"

This is our 2nd visit to Orchard Cottage, we love the house, the beautiful area of Melrose with its lovely shops, bars, coffee houses and restaurants. It has wonderful walks for everyone to enjoy from hiking the hills to wandering down the riverbank at your leisure. Mountain bikes, fishing rods, golf clubs, sledges etc are all there to use if required! The owners have really thought about everything, walking in for the 1st time there is a welcome pack of Coffee, tea, milk etc to get you going. Simple little things like having plenty of hangers for your clothes in a huge walk in wardrobe! plenty of everything.. plates, cups, cutlery, cleaning equipment, spare batteries, cd's, dvd's ... basically everything that you need! everywhere feels spacious and luxurious with excellent quality fixtures and fittings which are to a very high standard through out the property. We visited Monte Cassino Italian restaurant which we highly recommend, also plenty of takeaways at local Galashiels if that's what you fancy. Our lads also had to go to Martin Biard Butchers for steak pasties to die for (sorry Greggs !!). Edinburgh is just a 40 min drive away with all the attractions and things to do in the city. The owners are really friendly people and nothing is too much trouble for them should you need advice or have a problem. This cottage is a true 5 Star property, We would recommend the cottage to anyone and it will not disappoint you, what are you waiting for ? book it ! we are certainly looking to book again in the future.

27 Oct 2011


"5 Star Accommodation in a fabulous setting! Will do it again....."

Had a wonderful stay! Everything was perfect. The house well designed, clean, everything you could possibly need to make your stay warm and inviting. As a bonus their were bikes, fishing rods, games , DVD's and CD's to enjoy. Nothing like ending the evening off with a glass of wine beside the fireplace after a days hiking in the hills. So much to see in the vicinity. Melrose town center is beautiful with some lovely little independent stores and restaurants. Would highly recommend this accommodation.

1 Sep 2011



A well presented ,comfortable, well equipped and tasefully decorated and furnished property with everything for a short or long break no matter the season. A lovely location for touring the area, we visited various National Trust and Historic Scotland properties and came back and relaxed on our decking and even sunshine was provided. The owners introduced themselves and were very friendly and approachable. Would recommend Orchard Cottage to everyone.

1 Sep 2011


"Bright, clean, well-equipped spacious property in beautiful location"

A fantastic holiday property. Spacious, clean, extremely well equipped and in beautiful location. Very good welcome pack. Bikes, golf clubs, fishing nets etc all available to make the holiday very easy.

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