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Crofters Cottage set in the Borders Highlands, at the top of the Teviot Valley

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

2 Bedroom, 120 year old stone built cottage with Moorland views.

Traditional Crofters Cottage with modern amenities, double glazed throughout, solid fuel central heating, power shower. Upstairs, Two double bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with three singles. Downstairs Bathroom. Double Sofa-Bed in the lounge, so can sleep seven. Separate Dining room which can seat eight adults. Stocked log-store and starter pack of coal provided. Idyllic setting for getting away from it all. The remote setting means that there is no TV, however, there is a DVD player with a good selection of Movies, or bring your own! Wonderful views from the cottage looking down the valley. Lovely forest walks, lots of wildlife, including deer, pheasants, otters, grouse etc. Headwaters of river Teviot, next to the cottage, where you can see Salmon spawning in the winter. Teviot Stone, marking the source of the river Teviot within walking distance. Moorland walks across the heather, among the Red Grouse. Spring Lambing on your doorstep. Ideal location for Countryside pursuits, please enquire when booking. Fifteen minutes from either Hawick or Langholm. Close to the Celtic Goldsmith and Steve Hislops Cairn. Good base for Borders Festivals and Ride-outs. Access is up a short unpaved forest road.

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
11 February, 2017

Why The Owner chose Dumfries & Galloway

This cottage is so restful, even after a weekend there you feel so relaxed. It is so different to the busy lives everyone leads nowadays that it provides a real tonic for the soul. A great opportunity for family or friends to spend some prime time together.

What makes this cottage unique

Merrylaw is set in upper Teviotdale and the cottage enjoys wonderful views down the valley as well as across the hills. The stream running below the cottage plays its own restful music, chattering over the rocks on its way to join the mighty Tweed. Sometimes you can see otters looking for a meal, or, in the winter, the salmon are there at the end of their epic journey, to spawn and create the next generation of salmon parr. In late spring, usually May, the sheep are lambing out on the hill and you see the young lambs gambolling about with their comical antics. All through the year there are pheasants strutting about and calling to each other. Merrylaw Cottage is good for the soul and gives us a reality check when we are so close to nature.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)


Perfect location

  • 3 of 5

What a beautiful location! The cottage is rustic and peaceful. Lovely walks from the doorstep. The peace and quiet was rejuvenating for us.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My partner and I recently spent a great week at Merrylaw. The cottage is ideal for its location. We enjoyed walking and running in the forest and at other nearby areas. It was great to be able to bring our dog. Hawick, whilst sadly a shadow of its former self, has all the facilities that you need. The cottage is in a fairly remote location and if there is any danger of snow/ice I would say that a 4x4 is required. Ian and Julie couldn't have been more welcoming and the joining instructions were very clear. Mobile phones (Vodaphone) do work and mobile internet is good enough for basic use.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just what we were looking for

  • 4 of 5

Just what we were looking for; a quiet remote house with long easy walks on the door step. The house was clean and amply furnished; with a cosy fire going it made a lovely place to while the day away after a morning walk. For entertainment the house is well stocked with DVDs, games and local information. There are several good sight seeing opportunities within an hours drive e.g. Floors Castle, Abbotsford House, Dawyck Botanic Gardens and picturesque towns.

We recommend the location to escape technology and enjoy some pleasant walks.

The house has good mobile phone signal but you'll probably need to be on EE to get 3G and Internet connectivity.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We get some lovely families staying at our cottage and they really embrace the great opportunities to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life. Spending a few days at Merrylaw Cottage lets them live 'life in the slow lane' for awhile to unwind and relax.
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Silence and solitude

  • 5 of 5

This is a special kind of place, very quiet and peaceful. No cars, no people, just birds and other wildlife. Gorgeous views. The cottage is spacious and is equipped with everything you need to meet your basic needs, and more. Ian met us on arrival and showed us around. A wood/coal burner powers the central heating, and splitting the logs will provide you with a healthy daily workout. Alternatively you can buy and bring your own logs, but where's the fun in that? Our young children loved collecting fire wood nearby. They were also entertained no end by the small stream which runs below the cottage. There's no TV in the cottage, but there is a screen and a good collection of DVDs. We were surprised to have good mobile phone and data reception - however, you can always turn off your phone if you want to be away from it all. One word of warning: the stairs in this cottage are very tall and steep, and we would advice parents of very young children to bring a stair gate along for peace of mind. Our two year old was fine with the stairs though. There are plenty of walks straight from the cottage, but we would also recommend a visit to Hermitage Castle, Scott's View, Dryburgh Abbey and some of the surrounding towns.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Far from the Madding Crowd

  • 5 of 5

Merrylaw cottage lived up to all its expectations and more. Waking up in the morning to wall to wall sunshine, no traffic or people. No TV. Bliss! The cottage is comfortable and well equipped. The scenery was breathtaking and changed daily. There were plenty of lovely walks to take the dog and beautiful villages and towns in the area to visit.

Ian was very welcoming and informative and the cottage was clean and tidy. A lovely fire in the evenings kept us warm and cosy whilst we played games with the children who learnt to play chess while we were there. There were plenty of DVD's to watch and the comedies were a huge hit with the children.

Thank you for letting us stay and we hope to come back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Get away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

wonderful secluded location, cottage was exactly as described. Great friendly welcome from Ian, who showed us around and described everything we might need. For two adults, two teenagers and two dogs, we had a great "get away from it all" week. We found plenty to see and do in visiting the local towns, and the cottage was great for the two dogs.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Langholm in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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