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Newly Renovated Detached Period Cottage - Walking Distance to Melrose!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland - Peaceful Village Location. Less Than 5 Mins Walk To The Banks Of The River Tweed

Heron Cottage is a delightful detached cottage dating back to the early 1800’s, situated in the attractive village of Newstead providing the perfect Scottish Borders self catering accommodation.

The historic town of Melrose is just a short 15 minute walk away where there are a wide variety of amenities and attractions, including a varied range of specialist shops as well as quality restaurants, bars, and sporting activities, including the famous Melrose Rugby Sevens.

Heron Cottage is an beautiful detached period cottage that has recently undergone a complete renovation inside to offer stylish, contemporary self catering accommodation. Although the exterior of the cottage is traditional in appearance, it is in complete contrast to the modern accommodation that lies within.

Immaculately presented throughout, Heron Cottage oozes good taste and boasts a beautiful sleek high gloss kitchen and the luxurious contemporary bathroom even has ‘his and hers’ wash basins! A fabulous wood burning stove in the lounge ensures a warm welcome awaits guests whatever the season. The lounge is fully equipped with a widescreen LCD TV with Freeview, DVD player and hi-fi quality iPod speakers.

Due to its history and age the property is naturally quirky which adds to its charm with some limited height space on the first floor.

Heron Cottage is situated in the heart of Scottish Border country, an ideal base to explore the many nearby abbeys, castles and stately homes including the historic Melrose Abbey. Most countryside pursuits are available here or close by, including walking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, golf, pony trekking, tennis, canoeing, shooting, exploring and much more.

If you want to visit Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is less than an hours drive away. There is also a newly opened train line that links the Borders to Edinburgh city centre. Tweedbank station is a very short drive from Heron Cottage and has ample free parking. The train takes you right into the heart of the city in around 40 minutes - a brilliant day out!

The banks of the River Tweed are just a few minutes walk from the Cottage. Grab a picnic and head down to this tranquil setting - watch the wildlife and spot fish jumping in the river.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing break or a more energetic outdoors holiday, Heron Cottage is located at the centre of the idyllic rural setting of the Scottish Borders that has got everything covered.

More Details

Keith & Nicole Scott
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
30 October, 2017

About Keith & Nicole Scott

We are Keith, Nicole, Freya & Robby Scott. Heron Cottage is our holiday home in the gorgeous Scottish Borders. We bought the cottage as it is close to Keith's family and when we're not visiting the Borders, we rent out the cottage - we are very proud to have received visitors from all over the World! We love walking into the village of Melrose to eat at the many brilliant pubs and restaurants, followed by a stroll around the lovely gift shops. Just a few minutes walk from the cottage is the famous River Tweed where Freya and Robby spend hours combing for treasure along the shore - in warmer weather we often take a picnic down to the river. For us, staying at Heron Cottage is a brilliant way to escape our busy lives in Manchester.

Keith & Nicole Scott purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Keith & Nicole Scott chose Melrose

We regard Heron Cottage as our home because we enjoy staying here too.....we think we have thought of everything needed to make it a true home. We decorate and upgrade on a very regular basis to keep the Cottage looking clean, tasteful and welcoming - we appreciate guests choosing to spend their holiday at Heron Cottage and want them to be completely happy and relaxed throughout their stay.

What makes this cottage unique

We fell in love with Heron Cottage at first sight! A quaint, cosy cottage that was once upon a time the local village store with just 2 rooms! It has been extended over the years and we think it makes the perfect holiday cottage - full of character and steeped in history.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Traditional outside but modern inside with every amenity provided"

The cottage was very well equipped - hot water bottles, spare umbrella, torch, picnic basket, picnic chairs etc. Every last detail had been thought of and provided. Beds were very comfortable with pristine bedding and comfy duvets.The wood burning stove made a cosy end to a busy day. Easy walking distance to Melrose. Modern inside but traditional exterior. We would recommend it to others without hesitation. The upstairs rooms have low camber ceiling so care had to be taken but kids would love the quaintness of it. We had a great time these and would go back. It was excellent for a short break in the Borders.I would not recommend it to very elderly or those lacking in mobility due to steep stairs and low ceilings in places upstairs but great for families.

"Fabulous break in the borders"

We had a great week staying at Heron cottage. The cottage has been renovated to a really high standard and was extremely comfortable - comfy beds are especially rare with many holiday cottages so we were very impressed.

Newstead is in easy reach of lots of pretty villages and tourist attractions and we would particularly recommend a visit to Abbs head - very beautiful and the Old School cafe was a gem.

Thanks to Keith for being so understanding and helpful about us leaving some belongings behind at the cottage. I had been a bit poorly with a bug whilst we were there so I wasn't thinking as clearly as usual when we were packing up!

Would highly recommend.

"Lovely little cottage"

We stayed at Heron Cottage for 2 nights, and found it to be a wonderful base for exploring the Scottish borders.The rooms are very prettily decorated and comfortable, with a lovely bathroom and gorgeous bedrooms, and the heating was generally quite good (though we had an issue with hot water for the shower, which probably was our fault). Newstead is a quiet little village, which suited us. It was a short drive to Galashiels, which has a great Tesco, and the kitchen was really well stocked, so we could cook our own meals.The addition of WiFi would have been great (all the other places we stayed at had WiFi, which made life easier). Other than that, it felt just like home!
Sep 2014
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Car: recommended


45-minute drive (35 miles) to the picturesque east coast beaches at Coldingham Bay (Blue Flag Beach) and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Coldingham Bay is a fantastic, secluded beach, renowned for surfing and body-boarding with loads of rock pools to explore.


Less than 1 mile to Melrose centre: 10-15 minutes walk

Further Details:

Nearest Town: Melrose (1 mile)

Nearest shop and post office: Melrose (1 mile)

Nearest supermarket: Galashiels (5 miles) – Asda, Tesco & M&S stores

Nearest restaurant and pub: Melrose (1 mile)

Nearest railway station: Tweedbank station that connects to Edinburgh City Centre (5 miles)

Nearest airport: Edinburgh (40 miles)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Melrose in Scottish Borders

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Gorgeous, just renovated contemporary family bathroom located downstairs, with round twin sinks, bath with large overhead rainfall shower head. Also separate hand held shower head for showering hair, babies etc. Heated towel rail and two large shelves providing plenty of storage for your toiletries. Hand soap and moisturiser always available.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom with King-sized Double Bed, Bedroom 2 with Twin Beds. Complimentary childs' cot available on request. Due to the age and nature of Heron Cottage, there is limited height and head space in both bedrooms and on the stair turn - this can be see in the photos.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Heron Cottage has 2 upstairs bedrooms, and downstairs is a modern and spacious kitchen/dining room, bathroom and contemporary lounge. The windows to the front of the cottage have been kitted out with made to measure plantation shutters for added privacy. The kitchen has a sleek and modern look and is fully equipped, including a washer/dryer and dedicated wine fridge! The dining area features a dining table that seats 4 people. The lounge is the perfect place to relax, including a 32" LCD TV with Freeview, DVD player, hi-fi quality iPod speakers and a traditional wood burning stove, with a basket of logs provided. A selection of DVDs, books and magazines are available for your enjoyment. Luxury modern bathroom features twin sinks, a large heated towel rail, and bath with rainfall shower. Bath towels and bath robes are provided. A range of books, leaflets, local tourist information and maps are also available so you can make the very most of your stay. Outside: The cottage is located on Main Street in Newstead, directly opposite the lovely village green complete with old red phone box! Parking available in the street right outside the cottage. There is a small secluded seating area in the front garden which gets the sun in the evening, so you can watch life go by in the oldest inhabited village in Scotland. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bed linen & robes included.


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Newly Renovated Detached Period Cottage - Walking Distance to Melrose!
average rating of 4.6 based on 11 reviews

Lovely relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Heron Cottage, first visit was November 2015. We had an extremely enjoyable visit. The cottage has everything you need and is very relaxing. Just need to be careful with the low ceilings upstairs, but it all adds to the attraction and lots of giggles when you forget. The cottage is well maintained and exceptionally clean. It is in an ideal position for visiting the Borders and the train to Edinburgh is good with Tweedbank only being a few minutes away. All in all a really great stay. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good but a few corners cut

  • 3 of 5

Very attractive; well-furnished; well-equipped; very clean. However, only one bed was made up and only one hand towel was supplied; soap dispenser in the bathroom was almost empty; there was no storage shelf/cupboard for dried goods; parking was hazardous - the space in front of the house being perilously close to a blind corner.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lot of hard work had gone into presenting the property at it's best.

  • 4 of 5

Great, once I got used to ducking when coming downstairs!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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'2nd time we've stayed in 3 years - never let down...'

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage, well maintained, tidy, clean, modern but with character. Location is great to get to Edinburgh by train, Melrose on foot...the river Tweed is 5 mins away too for some nice walks. There is even a little football pitch that was a bonus for my boys! Kitchen and bathroom are modern and well supplied; very comfortable stay and we've no doubt we'll back. From a value perspective; excellent.

Really nice owners and the cleaner too. Family of 4 with kids; it's ideal. We go to the coast at Eyemouth and Coldingham too which is 35 mins and well worth it for nice beaches.

Have recommended to our friends too.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay. It was the little extras that made the stay so good, hand wash and cream in the bathroom, dressing gowns for everyone, even a 'wee dram' left with the tea and coffee. Our children loved the short walk to the river everyday. We would certainly recommend this cottage and look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cute country cottage !

  • 5 of 5

A warm, beautiful little cottage, tastefully decorated and furnished. It has everything you might need for a holiday, comfortable beds and a great shower! The booking process and access to the property was seamless. A great location to allow exploration of the beautiful Scottish Borders. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Melrose, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Xmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Half Term
9 Feb 2018 - 26 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Bank Holiday
25 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Book Festival
8 Jun 2018 - 18 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
29 Jun 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit - 25% to secure booking
We will provide written confirmation of booking on receipt of deposit
Full balance to be paid 3 weeks prior to arrival

Preferred payment methods:
- Paypal
- Bank Transfer

If your stay is less than 6 weeks from time of booking, payment in full should be paid immediately. We will send full details including full directions 2 weeks prior to your stay.

Changeover Day:
Friday and Monday - we do have some flexibility and will always try and accommodate your dates - please ask!

Notes on prices:
Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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