from £62 / night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
- 2 bedrooms
- 4 sleeps
- min stay varies
- 2 bedrooms
- 4 sleeps
- min stay varies
Description from owner
Whinstane, taking its name from the local borders stone, is a delightful,17th century, fully renovated, period cottage, close to the centre of the picturesque town of Melrose, nestled between the famous River Tweed and the dramatic, gorse-backed Eildon Hills. The cottage’s quirky interior boasts a wealth of original features and the cosy sitting room complete with log burner, stripped floorboards and original shutters is particularly charming. Whinstane’s small but perfectly formed exterior offers a deceptive amount of space inside and with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the cottage is perfect for two couples or for a family with older children. To the side and rear of the cottage is a small south-facing garden with a wooden summer house which is an excellent suntrap. The rear garden leads to a burn surrounded by woodland and this coupled with views of the hills and double-glazing throughout ensures relative privacy and serenity despite the town centre location. Whinstane is superbly
Whinstane, taking its name from the local borders stone, is a delightful,17th century, fully renovated, period cottage, close to the centre of the picturesque town of Melrose, nestled between the famous River Tweed and the dramatic, gorse-backed Eildon Hills. The cottage’s quirky interior boasts a wealth of original features and the cosy sitting room complete with log burner, stripped floorboards and original shutters is particularly charming. Whinstane’s small but perfectly formed exterior offers a deceptive amount of space inside and with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the cottage is perfect for two couples or for a family with older children. To the side and rear of the cottage is a small south-facing garden with a wooden summer house which is an excellent suntrap. The rear garden leads to a burn surrounded by woodland and this coupled with views of the hills and double-glazing throughout ensures relative privacy and serenity despite the town centre location. Whinstane is superbly located just a few minutes walk from Melrose’s main street. Bedrooms The sleeping accommodation comprises a good-sized first floor double bedroom with en-suite and a twin bedroom on the ground floor. Both rooms have original, cast iron fireplaces from late 17th century. These are now decorative only. Bathrooms The master bedroom has a modern en suite shower room with walk-in shower. There is an additional modern family bathroom on the ground floor. Sitting room The sitting room has a cosy seating area for four around the log burner which nestles in the original old fireplace with exposed stone mantle. There is also a dining area with seating for four. The TV has Freeview and CD/DVD player and a selection of CDs, games,books and magazines are available. Kitchen The kitchen is elegant and well-equipped with a double oven and 4 ring hob, microwave, refrigerator with ice box and washing machine with dryer. Guests receive a complimentary welcome tray on arrival. Garden and grounds To the side and rear of the property is a small, sheltered garden with a wooden summer house and garden furniture. ParkingThere is ample on-street parking to the front of the property. Storage of outdoor equipment A large, dry, fully secure cellar is available for the storage of bicycles, golf clubs, walking and fishing gear etc. LogsPlease note that an initial supply of logs is included and there are details in the cottage for where to purchase additional logs. Dogs Regretably, Whinstane is not suitable for pets Comments from the visitor's book: - "What a fantastic cottage, agree with all previous comments re-quality of surroundings and thoughtful provision of 'extras'. Many thanks, hope to return." Hugh , Kerry and Finn , New year 2013"Fab cottage - has all you need for a relaxing break. Would come back again." Paul and Susan, Nov 2012 "Lovely cottage, spotlessly clean and very comfortable especially the bed, lots of lie-ins and lazy evenings." Jim and Mandy, September 2012"A big thank you. Mum and I had a wonderful week here, the cottage is lovely and cosy in the evenings with the log stove burning. It is also a very clean, well equipped, homely cottage. Melrose and the locals are a delight. Hope to be back again." Elizabeth and Jean, September 2012 "Fantastic week at Whinstane Cottage. We would certainly love to come back again in the future." Susan and Derek , August 2012"Thanks a lot for all the nice little touches (whisky was lovely!) I will miss the sound of the burn at the back as I drop off to sleep and wake up in the morning. Melrose is a great place to be based to see the Borders and Whinstane in Melrose is the best place in Melrose to be. 'I'll be back' to quote Arnie." Mike & Kathy from Berkshire, June 2012.
The property is suitable for older children or babies but not for small children or toddlers
Further details indoors
Inititial supply of logs is includedThe stair to the 1st floor bedroom is quite steep and hence not suitable for the less able
Further details outdoors
Summer house and garden furniture is provided
Location description from owner
The Scotland region
The Scottish Borders with the River Tweed and magnificent surrounding countryside has a turbulent and romantic history which has left it punctuated by imposing castles including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh and stately mansions at nearby Manderston and Mellerstain. The stunning coast is less than an hour’s drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and bird-watching. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is also an easy day trip, less than an hour’s drive from Melrose. Melrose’s location, slap bang in the middle of the borders, makes it an ideal base location for exploring this wonderful area whether it be on 2 feet, 2 wheels or 4 hooves. For keen cyclists, walkers and riders, there are hundreds of square miles of forests, woodland and heather-clad hills and 1,200 miles of quiet country roads to explore. There are several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous 64-mile St Cuthbert's Walk which runs very close to the cottage as it criss-crosses the borders on its way to Holy Island. For mountain biking enthusiasts Innerleithen's famous Red Bull down-hill and cross country trails are nearby and the 2,500 acre Glentress forest, a mountain biking and walking mecca set in stunning Tweed Valley Countryside, is only 16 miles away. If your passion is country sports, the Tweed and it’s tributaries and the many local fisheries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game, is also available locally.
This beguiling, historic town is the home of rugby 7s and boasts the evocative ruins of Melrose Abbey thought to be the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce whilst just down the road is Abbotsford House, the fairytale home of Sir Walter Scott. Melrose’s pretty narrow streets offer some of the best shopping in the Borders with a good selection of unusual independent shops, boutiques, antique shops and galleries. Foodies are spoilt for choice in the town with two highly rated hotels/restaurants, a traditional pub, brasseries, convivial cafes and a very popular Italian restaurant. There is an array of local produce on offer at the traditional butchers, grocers and deli in the town or at monthly farmer’s markets at nearby Kelso, Peebles and Jedburgh. Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. A favourite winter activity is a trip to the miniscule Wynd Theatre seating just 90 audience members, which hosts an impressive range of concerts, plays and films. In April the Melrose 7s draws an international crowd and a festival atmosphere takes hold of the town. Other events well worth a visit include the Melrose Festival in June which includes the ancient custom of the riding of the town’s boundaries, the Book Festival also in June has become an important event on the literary calendar and attracts names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer and Ian Rankin. Soak up the sound of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August or enjoy the fabulous autumnal hues at the Walking Festival in September. In December the town offers some of the best Hogmanay celebrations in the Borders including an impressive firework display. The area is also a golfer’s paradise, with the 9 hole Melrose golf club and two 18 hole courses - Galashiels Golf Club and Torwoodlee Golf Club – on the doorstep and an impressive 46 courses within a 30 mile radius including the championship courses at Cardrona and Roxburghe and the famous links courses at Luffness, Gullane and Dunbar.
- Nearest beach 60 km
- Suitable for children age 5+
- Car not necessary
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
- Suitable for children over 5
- No pets allowed
Bed & bathroom
- 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Beds
- 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite
- Private garden
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
- This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar updated:
- 22 Jul 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English
This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 20 Feb 2012. Located in Scottish Borders, it has 18 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £390 to £595.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 22 Jul 2016.
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– based on 18 reviews
- Very Good
“Neat cottage in a gorgeous borders town.”
A great find. Very clean and with everything the traveller could want EXCEPT wifi! The owners supplied some basic stocks - eggs, milk, oj, tea/coffee etc so we didn't need to rush out on arrival to the local Coop which by the way was an easy drive and a convenient walk from the cottage. There was even a couple of decanters of whiskey to taste. Cute place near to pubs and transport. The staircase up to the main bedroom is very compact especially when trying to get luggage up and down, and not for the faint hearted, but other than that, everything was great - shame about the lack of wifi.
“Welcoming, clean, comfortable house in excellent location short walk from local amenities.”
We have just returned from a fantastic week in Melrose. Whinstane is a gorgeous little house which is immaculate and very welcoming. There is lots to do in the area- historic sites, walking, cycling, etc. A day trip to Edinburgh is also agood day out- especially during the festival- and watch out for local rugby events!
“A home from home”
Spent 3 nights at Whinstane to do some walking in the Melrose area. We arrive on the Friday afternoon and were met by David who gave a brief tour and explanation of the cottage. First impression was extremely good. Photos on the website are accurate. The cottage was spotlessly clean and the kitchen very well equipped. The welcome pack was much appreciated. The cottage is in an excellent location for visiting Melrose. We could not have chosen better. We would definitely use it again. The upstairs bedroom is beautiful with a super en suite shower room. You even get used to the staircase up to it! You will not be disappointed if you rent Whinstane.
“Relaxed stay in well located and appointed cottage in Melrose.”
Great communication from cottage owners made booking, arrival and stay easy and relaxed. Cottage was close to all services in Melrose. It was cosy and well maintained - loved the log fire! Upstairs bedroom was great and all accommodation was excellent for our stay. The welcome pack was much appreciated. Great location for all services in the lovely borders town of Melrose. Traditional High street with excellent local shops and restaurants. Good base for visit to Scottish Borders. Great visit and cottage was ideal for our party of two couples.
“Charming modernised cottage with real character and top class facilities”
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Whinstane. Lovely warm welcome from David and Elaine. The welcome basket was very much appreciated. The cottage has been lovingly restored to a high level while still retaining its character. Very well equipped modern kitchen. The double room upstairs was very spacious and had a lovely en-suite. My daughter was in the downstairs twin room and had sole use of the bathroom. The cottage was very tastefully furnished and was spotless throughout. All the decor was very fresh The cottage is just a short walk from the centre of Melrose which has a good choice of restaurants. Melrose is a very good base for touring the Borders. I would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage.
“Lovely cottage and lovely Melrose”
Beautifully renovated cottage. Extremely comfortable and only a 2minute walk to Melrose market square and a good choice of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Weather was great so we were able to make good use of the garden and little out house. Would thoroughly recommend the walk out the back of the cottage, although it is quite hilly. Imagine the cottage would be great in winter too with one fire.
“Convenient, Comfortable and pocket friendly”
The cottage was tastefully, yet simply decorated, and in keeping with the property. Steep stairs to en suite double bedroom, but otherwise, double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room on ground floor. (Could be used by elderly, slightly infirm, for guests who were not too good on their pins). Good and convenient parking. Melrose offers an abundance of activities/attractions, and has excellent dining facilities to suit every economy. Enjoyed a lovely meal at the family friendly "Monte Casino" award winning restaurant, situated in the old Railway Station. Staff attentive, and service minded. Cottage did not have wi-fi, but the friendly staff at the Station Hotel, along With their bill of fare certainly compensated. Otherwise, helpful assistance from the Library, With printing facilities was an alternative, but watch out for the opening and closing times. Short driving distance to Galashiels, for those needing Retail Therapy in Asda, Tesco, Mataland, M & S, and other high street retailers. I would say that Melrose is a great base for the Borders, for those travelling by car, With reasonable driving distances to Hawick Selkirk, Galashiels, Kelso, Jedburgh, and other tourist attractions.
“well equipped cosy cottage”
The cottage is very well equipped and has modern, comfortable furnishings. The welcome pack was excellent and very generous. The wood burning stove gives a cosy feel and produces alot of heat ! It is very close to the centre of Melrose and has good access to country walks and the Eildon hills. The stairs are rather steep. The lighting in the lounge could be rather brighter, and a radio would be a welcome addition.
“Lovely town, lovely cottage, recommended”
Well placed for everthing Borders. Cottage is clean with all mod cons. There is Wi Fi nearby and a babbling brook running through the back garden. We will be using the place regularly when we visit our many friends in the area
“Lovely cottage in beautiful village”
Whinstane is a stunning little cottage in the beautiful village of Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Everything about staying here was excellent and went smoothly, from sending the enquiry email to ongoing support (see later). We were a party or two adults, 2 pensioners and a dog, David and Elaine met us at the cottage when we arrived with a lovely welcome basket of local products, and showed us around. They were extra-ordinarily helpful to us when disaster struck during our stay when two of our party were involved in a car crash. They were very supportive, enabled us to stay an extra night at short notice to accommodate hospital visits and have been following up with us ever since, also sending well wishes by post. The cottage is beautifully decorated, ideal for our party with one double room, a twin room, two bathrooms and garden for the dog to sniff about in. Very handy for walks into Melrose centre or exploring the surrounding area (Eidon hill walks start literally two steps from the cottage!). We would definitely recommend it and will certainly be back.
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