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.
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.
ishy schofield purchased this cottage in 2001
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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....
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.
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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.
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.