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Self Catering Cottage



Updated: 29-Sep-2016
Cottage in Traquair, Nr. Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland - Peaceful Rural Location With Easy Access To Neighbouring Towns And The City Of Edinburgh

The Grain Store is a comfortable, two bedroom, cosy cottage, simply furnished but with all you might need for a ‘get away from it all’ relaxing country break. The cottage, which nestles in the tranquil Border hills, is within easy reach of the Southern Upland Way for hill walking and a host of other outdoor pursuits/activities. If you prefer to relax indoors, there is a good selection of books and board games. TV and DVD player. No smoking. Sorry, no pets.

The cottage is well situated for travelling further afield to other Border towns or to Edinburgh and Glasgow. You will find plenty of literature in the cottage to help you decide where to go and what to see. A copy of the Scottish Borders 'What's On' guide is usually available.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The cottage is owned by Sonia and managed by Ishy who lives in the adjacent property. Ishy has lived here for many years and knows the area and the local community very well. Ishy: I have been involved with local projects and events for many years and feel lucky to be part of such a strong local community. I enjoy morning walks with my neighbour, tending my small vegetable patch, cooking and baking. Family and friends are very important to me and I enjoy welcoming them to my home. Sonia: I live in Oxford, and we have a holiday home in the Borders. We are lucky to know Ishy, who lives locally, to manage all aspects of the lettings. Ishy brought up her three children here and has recently become a granny. Family, friends and the local community are very important to her.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful views and walks. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and warm and cosy in the cottage. We will be back! Roger and Maureen, London 2013

A very cosy cottage with the most magnificent views. Thank you for a warm welcome. This was truly a great find and a real gem. The beautiful birds gave us great entertainment. My three year old loved the snow and all the muddy puddles! The beds were comfortable and the cottage full of nice little touches. Thank you once again, hope to see you soon. Michelle and family, Dorset 2013

Thank you for such a warm and friendly welcome. A nice cosy and warm wee cottage to base ourselves, we have had a wonderful week walking and cycling in this beautiful area. Brian and Eileen, Surrey 2012
Dec 2013
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Thornbury, Gloucestershire

Charming cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely welcome from Ishy and the cottage lived up to expectations. It's very cosy and has everything you need. Very comfortable beds and sofa. Set in beautiful countryside yet easy to access civilisation, if you want to! We will definitely return if we are back in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of the cottage, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and you were cosy and warm, despite the weather! I hope you had a good journey home, it was lovely to meet you all and I would be very happy to welcome you back again. Thank you for leaving everything so neat and tidy. Best wishes, Ishy
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Very cosy Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here in August 2015 - my wife, 2 teenage twin daughters and myself - and were very impressed with the cottage. We weren't in it during the day as we were out doing our own thing but to come back at night to this cottage was delightful, especially when the fire was lit - very nice! Ishy next door was so friendly and it was a pleasure to meet you.

Parking is about 20 feet away from the door over the grass but the car is safe in the yard. The cottage is in the middle of nowhere and is so tranquil and gorgeous. Just a short drive from Edinburgh (about 20 miles) and Galashiels (about 7 miles) and if you want to go further afield go down to North Berwick which is a lovely harbour about 40 miles away. Thank you Ishy for making us welcome to your lovely cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review of the GrainStore. It was lovely to meet you and your family, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in the cottage and your visit to the Scottish Borders. I would be very happy to welcome you back again. With best wishes, Ishy
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  • 5 of 5

The four of us had a superb week at the Grain Store. The Cottage is in such a peaceful location, and is comfortable and secluded. The thick walls and stove meant we had some very warm cosy evenings. Located not too far from the shops in Innerleithen. Very handy for the bike trails at Glentress and the cycle route along the old railway line to Peebles. The Brewery at Traquair House does some superb beers and is not far away.

A lovely, homely cottage and a big thank you to Ishy for the care and attention you obviously give to the cottage and your guests.

We would love to return sometime in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It was so nice to meet you all and I'm delighted you were happy with the cottage and your visit to the Scottish Borders. I would be very happy to welcome you back again. With best wishes, Ishy
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Fantastic Week!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay at The Grainstore - we didn't want to leave! It is such a lovely place to stay. It is so well equipped and so homely. It's lovely waking up to the sounds of the countryside. Ishy next door is such a lovely lady, so helpful and welcoming. I was tempted not to tell anyone about this little gem incase we can't get booked again next time we want to come up to stay :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of the Grain Store. It was a pleasure to meet you all and to welcome you to the Grain Store. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay in the cottage and your visit to the Scottish Borders. I hope very much to welcome you back again. With all good wishes, Ishy
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The Grain Store

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the Enduro World Series Mountain Bike event that our son was competing in. It only took me 15 minutes to cycle back from Innerleithen, 30 minutes to Glentress and was a wonderful retreat from the event. It was great having Ishy next door to welcome us and I felt we could ask her if there was anything we were unsure of - and she provided a bucket for bike washing!

If you are looking for a lovely quiet retreat with a bit of biking thrown in - or if some of you bike and some like to relax and read, this is the cottage for you. I am torn between telling lots of our biking friends about it and keeping it a secret....

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Fiona for taking the time to write a review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in the cottage. It was lovely to meet you and I would be very happy to welcome your and your family back again. Best regards, Ishy
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West Yorkshire

Grain Store

  • 4 of 5

An excellent base for two adults and two parents, combining local work with a long weekend. The location is very good, off the beaten track with some fine, quiet walking in the immediate vicinity and a good range of historic interest. Glentress may be a mountain biking centre but there is also much excellent walking in the forests, valleys and uplands. Peebles nearby was a very inviting town with some good places to eat out. The cottage was comfortable and cosy but not cramped; well-equipped and very reasonably priced. Ishy was very friendly and exceptionally helpful. We would certainly be happy to stay again when next in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for posting a review of your stay at the Grain Store. It was lovely to meet you all and to welcome you to Traquair. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and found it comfortable and cosy. I know you were able to enjoy some excellent walks in the area, thank you for the beautiful photos which I will add to the website. I would be very happy to welcome you back, should you decide to return to this lovely part of the Scottish Borders. With best wishes, Ishy
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From the Owner

The Scottish Borders is a wonderful place to live in and to visit. Local people are very friendly and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. Traquair is within easy distance of local towns and has access to many places of interest. Peebles and Edinburgh offer many cultural activities.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


North Berwick is easily accessible by car (around 75 mins drive)


Use of a vehicle is essential to reach the cottage. Coming from Edinburgh, take the A72 to Innerleithen. In Innerleithen take the first right turn onto the B709 passing the Traquair Arms Hotel. Continue along Traquair Road, across the Tweed bridge and continue along the B709 to Traquair village. After a further 2 miles you will come to the hamlet of Kirkhouse. There is a bus service between Edinburgh and Innerleithen, where a taxi can be hired. The nearest airport is Edinburgh.


Innerleithen is the nearest town (3 miles) Peebles is 9 miles.

Traquair House is 2 miles.

St Mary's Loch is 12 miles

Edinburgh is 26 miles

Further Details:

Innerleithen is convenient for local food shopping. Innerleithen has a Bank of Scotland which is open Monday, Thursday and Friday. There are cash machines at the Bank and Supermarket.

Local attractions in Innerleithen include St. Ronan's Well, and Robert Smail's Victorian Letterpress Printing Works (National Trust for Scotland). Innerleithen is very popular with mountain bikers and has a world famous downhill track. Glentress, part of the Tweed Valley Forest Park near Peebles, is famous for it's various graded trails, both venues are popular destinations for mountain bike enthusiasts. Innerleithen is a popular area for road cycling and there is a newly opened SUSTRANS track leading from Innerleithen to Peebles via Glentress. Wildlife watching (e.g. the Osprey Watch centres in Glentress /Kailzie Gardens), horse riding and fishing on the river Tweed are also available in the area. For those who enjoy swimming, there is a public swimming pool in Peebles. Peebles Hydro hotel also runs Day Spa breaks. The Eastgate Theatre in Peebles have an exciting arts and entertainment programme which changes each week. There are a number of excellent restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from in the neighbouring towns such as Saffron, Indian Restaurant and Traquair Arms Hotel, Innerleithen. Coltman's, Osso and Cocoa Black in Peebles.

Innerleithen is the ideal base for exploring the Borders. Peebles, Melrose and Moffat are just a few of the small towns within easy reach. All have their own unique style, and you will find a range of interesting shops, museums and coffee shops in each place. If you enjoy visiting stately homes then you will be pleased to know that you can fill your days with trips to the Bowhill Estate, Abbotsford (home of Walter Scott) , Mellerstane House and Thirlestane. The Scottish Border's towns are renowned for their summer festivals, and Innerleithen is no exception, with St Ronan's Border Games. Other local events are Traquair Fair, Peebles Agricultural Show and Highland Games.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
31 Aug 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
22 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
The cottage can be booked for a minimum of 3 day periods except during July and August when weekly bookings only are accepted. Occasionally, other booking periods can be negotiated.

A non-returnable deposit of £65 (3 day) or £95 (weekly) is required to secure the booking. The balance is payable 4 weeks before the start of the booking, if the booking is made within 4 weeks of commencement date, the amount should be paid in full one week before. Cheque or electronic bank transfer accepted.

Changeover Day:
Arrival and departure times are flexible, depending on current bookings: however, as a rule, the cottage will be available from 3 pm on the day of arrival until 10am on the day of departure - usually Saturday for weekly bookings.

Notes on prices:
Special deal! 10% discount for bookings within two weeks of start date.

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From the Owner

For those who enjoy hill walking the property is very close to the Southern Upland Way with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Innerleithen just 3 miles down the road is a popular mountain biking venue and hosts many major events. Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, has a number of special festivals and events throughout the year.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom Compact, bright bathroom, modern shower unit, with instant electric shower, wash-hand basin and wc.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets, hanging space in landing cupboard. Bedroom 2 with two single beds; storage space in drawers under the bed, hanging space in landing cupboard. Both bedrooms have electric wall heaters.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Safety Prospective guests with very small children should be aware that: • the house is 50 metres from the B709 and there are no gates between the house and this road, and • a track close to the house leads directly through fields to the Newhall Burn (a distance of 150 metres) which is crossed by an open sided bridge where small children would need supervision. Outside: The cottage has a shared garden and small patio area. There is a picnic table near the garden area. Guests have access to a strip of land on either side of Newhall Burn, below the cottage. Dippers and herons are frequent visitors to the stream. The adjacent fields are part of a working hill farm and are grazed by sheep. Utility Room: Use of washing machine available on request to manager of the property. First floor cupboard: Vacuum Cleaner, Ironing Board, iron, Hair-dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Household linen - bedding, and towels. - are provided. Bed linen and towels are replaced weekly for longer lets. The cottage is cleaned between lets. Other: Entrance to the cottage is via a small lobby with space for coats and boots. The lobby is a shared entrance with the adjacent house.

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