September Cottage sits in a gem of a spot in the very heart of the country that inspired the writings of Sir Walter Scott. It is situated in an extremely sought-after area close to the one of the most picturesque towns in the Scottish Borders, and provides a perfect base to explore the stunning Borders countryside. It sits close to the River Tweed, the Southern Upland Way and the enchanting market town of Melrose, where the outstanding monastic ruins of the Abbey rise majestically in the shadow of the Eildon Hills.
The cottage sits in the peaceful conservation village of Gattonside, originally used as an orchard by the monks of Melrose Abbey, and features narrow winding paths from the main street which lead down to a charming suspension footbridge first erected in 1826 which links the village to the town of Melrose. Gattonside has two highly regarded restaurants – Seasons restaurant and The Hoebridge restaurant both just a short walk away.
September Cottage sits just a five minute drive from the historic and very picturesque town of Melrose where you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop. Here you will find an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays. You will also find a quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
For gifts and lovely things, head to Michael Vee Design for elegant interiors; Henderson’s for garden interiors; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; beautiful artisan goods from The Crafters; Present Perfect, The Gallery or Bank House for gifts; or Masons bookshop for a good holiday read. For those seeking something a little more energetic, there is also a bike shop and cycle hire where you will find plenty of friendly advice on local trails around the area.
For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious butter cream sponge, or for evening dining, the Town House, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended.
Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. The Melrose Rugby 7s draws an international crowd in April, or you can witness the ancient traditions of the Melrose Festival in June which includes the custom of riding the town’s boundaries on horseback. Also not to be missed is the fabulous Borders Book Festival which attracts a hugely impressive line-up of names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few! Finally, why not soak up the sights and sounds of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August.
The natural beauty of the Scottish Borders
Nestled within the Moorfoot, Lammermuir and Cheviot Hills, the Border country follows the path of the mighty River Tweed as it flows to a spectacular stretch of coastline in the east. From rolling hills and moorland to lush woods and valleys, the area has some outstanding scenery, a variety of wildlife and excellent opportunities for walking and cycling. Soak up the area’s enthralling history, steeped in myth and folklore. Visit historic houses, ruined abbeys and castles as you travel through magnificent scenery.
The famous River Tweed sits minutes from the Cottage. There are riverside walks directly from the Cottage, or you can link into the many long distance walking routes. For sightseeing visit the outstanding architecture of Melrose Abbey and uncover its connections to Scottish Kings, and the philosopher wizard. Take time to visit Leaderfoot Viaduct, an outstanding 19 arch structure spanning the Tweed before heading, to the historic viewpoint of Scott’s View, with beautiful panoramic views and the inspiration for many of Sir Walter Scott’s writings. After a lazy lunch, explore the Roman fort of Trimontium or head into the Eildon Hills where King Arthur is rumoured to be buried. Alternatively the grand stately homes and gardens of Abbotsford, Manderston, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Thirlestane all sit nearby.
With hills, lochs, breweries, coffee shops and award-winning restaurants, the Scottish Borders is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Take your pick of country houses to visit, haunting castles or the four magnificent abbeys, which are testament to the areas rich and turbulent history. Walk the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills or for a walk with incredible views, and to see cliff-nesting sea birds, hike along the cliff tops at St Abbs Head or head along the Tweed Valley for osprey watching.
For families, there is a playpark in Gattonside as well as two further parks and tennis courts in Melrose. A multi-screen cinema, skate park and leisure pool can be found in Galashiels (4 miles), while a riding centre and woodland adventure playground with huge slides and zip wires can be found at Bowhill House & Country Park in Selkirk (10 miles). Near Peebles Go Ape offers a high wire forest adventure and you can also head along the Tweed Valley for osprey watching.
Wide open spaces and sensational scenery make the Scottish Borders the perfect place for walkers all year round – whether it’s a gentle stroll or something more demanding. With some 1500 miles of dedicated walking routes, many of them themed, you will often find yourself following in the footsteps of famous names from history. Choose from the Borders Abbey Way, St Cuthbert’s Walk, Southern Upland Way, Sir Walter Scott’s Way, The Berwickshire Coastal Path or The John Buchan Way.
Golfing, biking and fishing
Golf fans will be in heaven here with over 60 courses to choose from across the region. Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which sit just a half-hour drive from the Cottage. The famous River Tweed lies minutes from the Cottage and some fantastic salmon fishing can be found on notable middle Tweed beats such as Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion.
|Jan 6 – Mar 23, 2018||3 nights||£91||£350|
|Mar 24 – Apr 6, 2018||3 nights||£91||£430|
|Apr 7 – Jun 8, 2018||3 nights||£91||£395|
|Jun 9 – Sep 7, 2018||1 week||–||£410|
|Sep 8 – Oct 26, 2018||3 nights||£91||£390|
|Oct 27 – Dec 21, 2018||3 nights||£91||£355|
Changeover day is normally Saturday. Other days by arrangement.