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Little Gem Lodge

(Ref. 937596)

Charlesfield near St Boswells, Scottish Borders Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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75 Customer Reviews

  • "Very quiet relaxing place to stay in reach of a lot of places including the ..."

    Very quiet relaxing place to stay in reach of a lot of places including the coast would suit older people and dog owners and walkers

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2024

  • "Home from home."

    Beds comfortable & we had all we needed for our holiday. Were very welcoming at the beginning & the welcome pack was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Lawrence5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in the Lodge."

    The lodge was well appointed, very comfortable and clean. The location was perfect to enjoy the Borders. It is very central to many historic houses such as Abbotsford and Floor castle. It is also close to the Tweedbank railway station with free parking for a trip to Edinburgh. Val and George were excellent friendly hosts. We can thoroughly recommend Little Gem Lodge.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2023

  • "This was a wonderful place, it is perfectly positioned to see all that south Scotland has to offer, is is so tranquil."

    Clean and comfortable, and nicely equipped to give all you need , will be returning in the future.

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2023

  • "Little gem is a comfortable Little Lodge that has everything that you need for you stay and accessible to all the Little and large towns."

    We and the dog fairly enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by Marion4.1Jul 2023

  • "Little Gem definitely lives up to it's name."

    The location is great, surrounded by fields, and 15mins walk to the village. The Cottage comes equipped with everything you will need for a fantastic family holiday. This means you quickly feel comfortable and at home. The bird feeders outside the kitchen window were a source of much delight. We really enjoyed our week's stay and Val and George, the owners were very low key and just lovely. This is a great choice and was very good value.

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Jul 2023

  • "Little Gem is a very comfortable place to stay with everything you need."

    It's in an ideal location for visiting many of places of historical interest and attractive towns.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Little Gem cottage was absolutely superb."

    So very comfortable with absolutely terrific hosts. We will most definitely go back. We all had a terrific time. Our dog did also.

    Reviewed by Seonaid5.0May 2023

  • "Very comfortable dog friendly lodge."

    The owners were very friendly and attentive.There was a lovely welcome pack of wine ,cake &shortbread.We were welcomed on arrival and shown round the property which was very helpful. Although near a fairly busy road the area around the lodge was secure and well maintained. The location was ideal for travelling around the Borders.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great week at Little Gem - the owner's were so attentive and welcoming."

    Our week was so fabulous our little cocker spaniel didn't want to leave and hid in the bedroom ha ha! The lodge has everything you could possible think of and more! The place was so comfortable and relaxing. We visited the local villages, Kelso, etc and spend the afternoon's relaxing! The garden is so enclosed for the dogs and I can imagine a great sun trap in the summer! We are eager to return hopefully later this year or next! Thank you so much for a fabulous stay.

    Reviewed by Hollie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Little Gem Lodge really is a little gem !"

    ! Perfect in every way, warm, cosy , plenty of room and fantastic facilities. There were lots of fresh towels, a Tassimo coffee machine ( take your own pods ) even a slow cooker. Lovely and clean.Plenty of loo rolls !! Beds were super comfy and Doggy water bowls and food mats. Lovely warm welcome from our host. Parking directly outside lodge. Lots to see and do in and around the Border Towns and a direct train to Edinburgh ftom Tweed Bank Station 4 miles away with plenty of parking. Supermarkets in Galashiels. Can not recommend Little Gem highly enough and would return in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Jacki5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fantastic little cottage lovely views all around the area lovely friendly ..."

    Fantastic little cottage lovely views all around the area lovely friendly couple that own the cottage can’t do enough for you and easy access to visit loads of surrounding villages and towns and Thankyou to Sykes and to val and George the owners

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful lodge well maintained, warm, cosy with everything you need."

    We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely homely Lodge."

    Great location for exploring the borders and beyond. Val and George were great hosts, very friendly.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2022

  • "A delightful clean , tidy and very well equipped lodge which is a credit to the owner's Val and George who made us feel welcome and comfortable."

    On arrival we were presented with a bottle of wine, cake and biscuits a very generous thought. In the local area there are good walks and places to visit. To sum up Little Gem is exactly what it is. Strongly recommend.

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Oct 2022

  • "Owners were very welcoming."

    Property was warm and there was plenty of hot water. It was well equipped. Loved the one cup hot water machine. Plenty to do in the local area, wish we’d booked two weeks.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2022

  • "A fabulous place altogether!"

    We look forward to returning again. Val and George were the perfect hosts- kind and helpful from first to last! They even gave us a bottle of wine, biscuits and cake to start our holiday with!! The king Sized bed was a dream- I often have trouble sleeping away but not here! So comfy! Thanks for everything!

    Reviewed by Trudi5.0Sep 2022

  • "Brilliant Stay hosts were welcoming and left a gift package wine cake and biscuits which was a nice touch."

    Little Gem Lodge is just that a Gem. Everything is provided, kitchen fully equiped, plus washer/dryer and dishwasher. Beds were very comfortable. Lots of hot water for the showers. Lounge area comfortable. and everywhere spotlessly clean. Decking area outside with two areas for seating. Parking for two cars. Spent time each morning watching the birds on the feeders outside the kitchen window.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "The lodge was lovely and had everything that we needed and more."

    Cosy lounge area, well equiped kitchen and bedrooms with seperate bathrooms. The friendly owner met us on arrival and had left a welcome gift of wine,cake and biscuits. The accommodation was spotless and spacious. Couldnt fault any aspect of it. Really liked the fact that it was in a peaceful situation but close to the railway station that took us into Edinburgh easily. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at little gem lodge."

    Everything was perfect. Lovely and comfortable. Had all we needed. Val and George were so friendly made us feel very welcome. The nice welcome pack was a nice touch too. (Our dog Rosie enjoyed it too). Would certainly return as we were so relaxed. Thankyou Mary Peter and Rosie

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely hidden gem tucked away in the middle of the countryside yet 2 mins from a lovely village St Boswells with general shop, bookshop, cafe, deli, takeaways and restaurants."

    Lots of places to visit including Kelso, Floors castle, loads of abbey ruins and other castles, Peebles, Jedburgh, Melrose and much more. The lodge itself is well kitted out with everything you need and the owners are on site and helpful with any queries. Secure for dogs too which was a bonus. Single beds very comfy, double bed maybe getting ready for an upgrade or mattress topper but still ok. Sofa's very comfy and bathrooms all good. Outdoor seating furniture provided and 2 areas to choose from. Plenty of parking on site and although there is an industrial estate not far away, if you look at the map then don't be put off as you wouldn't know it is there! We'll be back.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Little gem is definitely a home away from home."

    It had all the facilities that you could ever need and the owners where extremely helpful. It is quite remote so we did use the car a lot to take us places to then walk, but soooo much walks to do. Our dogs loved it too.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a very relaxing and enjoyable week in Little Gem."

    Val and George are the perfect hosts, helpful and informative but never intrusive. The property was easy to find (look out for the blue ceramic plant pots at the entrance to the property), and parking was easy. There were chocolate biscuits, wine and cherry cake waiting for us on arrival – note to cottage-owners, this is much more welcoming than milk and tins of beans!!! The accommodation is light and airy, surprisingly spacious; quiet, comfortable, spotlessly clean, very well furnished and equipped. When we reported a problem with the toaster a replacement arrived almost immediately. The only occasional irritant was the fluctuating internet connection, all other facilities were excellent. And the bird-feeders opposite the kitchen window were a regular source of entertainment. Little Gem is well situated for a number of visits – Dryburgh and Melrose Abbeys are nearby, plus Abbotsford and Old Gala House museum; Smailholm Tower (an impressive Border Reivers' stronghold) and Flodden Field a little further. At Flodden the battlefield trail gives a real insight into the events of 1513, seeing the lie of the land explains a lot! There is also a tiny Information Centre in the adjacent Branxton village – housed in an old telephone kiosk. Other recommendations: ‘Why Not?’ deli and coffee shop in Galashiels is brilliant. And the Esso service station just before Galashiels was the cheapest for petrol. (St Boswells was consistently the most expensive in the area.)

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very cosy and well equipped home"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "Little Gem really is a 'Little Gem'."

    Everything you could possibly need is there. Val and George are the perfect hosts. Nothing is too much trouble; even gave me a lift too and from the local pub. The lodge is perfectly situated for exploring all the border region. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2022

  • "Needs more baking trays and oven tins"

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely holiday plenty to do & see little gem was very clean & comfortable would definitely stay again."

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Little Gem is a beautiful property."

    Brilliant location to see the rest of the Scottish Borders, the property is modern, clean, comfortable and fantastically equipped. Val is a wonderful host, friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Oct 2021

  • "Another lovely week at Little Gem Lodge, perfect for two with everything you need, and an ideal base for exploring the beauty of the Scottish Borders."

    Thanks again to Val & George for their hospitality and look forward to our next stay.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a fantastic weeks."

    The lodge was lovely , comfortable, clean, everything we could ask for. A wonderful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Aug 2021

  • "Very good for small dogs no chance of escaping, lovely lodge."

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Jul 2021

  • "We were simply delighted to be staying at Little Gem."

    We received the warmest of welcomes from the owner to this lovely accommodation which immediately felt homely and was very easy to live in. We would certainly like to return to this fascinating and very beautiful part of the country and wouldn’t hesitate to stay at Little Gem again. Our only fear is that companies will increase the cost of accommodation so disproportionately, cashing in on the popularity of home stays following Covid, that we simply won’t be able to afford it. We hope sincerely that this won’t happen as it has been just wonderful to have such a restorative holiday in the UK.

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely little lodge, didn't want for anything."

    Val & George were great hosts and should be proud of their little gem.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0May 2021

  • "This cottage is just the best."

    Reviewed by Joan5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent holiday me and my family really enjoyed our time"

    Reviewed by Trudi4.7Oct 2020

  • "This lodge is as described a Little Gem."

    it has everything you need for a comfy stay. Val the owner is friendly and informative. It is a good location for visiting the borders area.

    Reviewed by Frederick Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "This was one of our most relaxing holidays in years."

    The cottage was warm and comfortable with everything we needed. Then, masses of really stunning scenery and lots of places to visit notwithstanding Covid restrictions. We particularly loved the Ford and Etal estate. We will be returning.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Owners on hand to deal with minor problems and queries and very helpful."

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.7Sep 2020

  • "Very comfortable and warm property."

    Plenty of eateries in the area and lots of things to see even in these odd times.More museums and Houses are opening in next few weeks. We like walking and there are plenty of walks in the area.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Aug 2020

  • "Little gem was a fantastic lodge it was spotlessly clean and extremely well ..."

    Little gem was a fantastic lodge it was spotlessly clean and extremely well equipped val and george were excellent hosts and i would recommend this for anyone wanting to tour the borders

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2020

  • "Absolutely lovely little lodge and the friendliest of hosts!"

    It was out of the way enough from the hustle and bustle of life whilst still close enough to do all sorts of activities in the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fabulous accommodation, everything you could need was provided, a warm and cosy ..."

    Fabulous accommodation, everything you could need was provided, a warm and cosy lodge ideal for exploring this beautiful part of the country or simply relaxing in the lodge-friendly but unobtrusive hosts, thoroughly recommended

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2019

  • "Only one complaint about Little Gem!"

    There is so much to do and see in the area that a week's visit only scrapes at the area. From the minute I saw Little Gem on Syke 's website I was excited looking forward to our stay and it never disappointed. Above all impressed with the clean lines and attention to detail, and layout! A lovely property. One we would go back to. Val & George very friendly and welcoming without being obtrusive. We had a great week.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2019

  • "Really enjoyed the holiday and the stay in little gems."

    I would recommend to everyone. Val was a good host met us at arrival and showed us around the lodge and any problems she was there to help.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2019

  • "This place was truly outstanding, it had everything there and more."

    It was beautiful watching the birds and the rabbits every day as well. It was such a comfortable stay and we would definitely return again.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0May 2019

  • "This LittleGem is indeed a little gem ."

    Would high recommend it to anyone wanting to explore the Borders.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2019

  • "Great place to base yourself from for exploring the Borders."

    However if the weather is good and the sun is shining stay put and enjoy the comfort of the decking around the Lodge. Lovely local walks for the dogs and finish the walk off with a nice coffee at the cafe nearby. Really enjoyed the week would do it again.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Apr 2019

  • "Brilliant Lodge and surroundings."

    Val and George fantastic hosts. I recommend this to anyone.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with Everything you needed and more ."

    Fabulous location too.Will definitely recommend and will visit again in the future

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Mar 2019

  • "Amazing lodge."

    All the facilities you could ask for and more. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2019

  • "Clean! Oh the deaminess of clean!"

    So lovely! Lovely welcome basket which was a treat after a long drive. I was a bit worried because of where it initially was but being able to leave the dog out for a pee and a paddock out the back, just made this so much less stress with the hound. Really central and the best gluten free pizzas just up the road in St Boswell’s. Warm, cosy, and the best shower in the world! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Feb 2019

  • "Owners very welcoming."

    Lodge was very well equipped, had everything needed and more. Comfortable beds, brilliant shower and so many extras. Would recommend to all for a very comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Elma5.0Nov 2018

  • "The property was compact but very comfortable and very well equipped in a fascinating and lovely part of the U."

    K. There is loads to see and do in the area. We were lucky enough to see owls,hares and otters in or by the magnificent Tweed. The owners live in the adjoining property and were friendly and welcoming. Should point that the ensuite bathroom is the one with the walk in shower and not as described on the website.

    Reviewed by C4.7Oct 2018

  • "Everything was in this accomodation that you could possibly need and the owners were extremely pleasant and helpful."

    The location is ideal for touring the beautiful Scottish Borders. I would definitely recommend Little Gem Lodge to anyone wanting to visit this area..

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Aug 2018

  • "Welcoming & friendly hosts"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2018

  • "It's a beautiful place, lovely and clean with so many nice little touches that other places don't offer."

    The owners are very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. There are gorgeous places nearby to visit. What more could you want from a holiday? You won't regret booking here!

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Aug 2018

  • "Cottage was extremely comfortable and well equipped."

    . The position was also extremely good as it was very central for visiting villages and towns.

    Reviewed by Morag5.0Jun 2018

  • "The whole holiday was amazing, lodge lovely, spotless, much more than a normal holiday, everything you could possibly want and more!"

    !! Hosts were so friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Very helpful with information We will definitely be back and would be happy to recommend this to anyone, little gem is a perfect name for the lodge.

    Reviewed by June5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very nice"

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage was excellent as all Sykes cottages have been."

    Mrs Tait was very helpful recommending places to visit etc. The cottage was situated very handy for visiting attractions. We will re-book The Little Gem again.

    Reviewed by William5.0Apr 2018

  • "Brilliant place to stay."

    Everything you could possibly need is in there. People who own it are really lovely and helpful. It just felt like Home with the lovely ornaments in it. We would go back again as really loved it.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2018

  • "Couldn't have asked for more."

    Great accommodation. Able to take our dogs. Owners were lovely. And the accommodation is in a very picturesque part of Scotland. A great base from which to explore.

    Reviewed by Rob4.8Feb 2018

  • "Excellent property."

    Very clean home from home. Nice to arrive and see the owner had left little extras i.e. small amount of toiletries, bottle of wine, teabags, etc. Lodge was nicely laid out plenty of room, very comfortable and very warm. Plenty to do in the surrounding areas would definitely stay there again and would recommend to all my family and friends.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jan 2018

  • "An absolute gem of a place."

    Very clean, well presented, warm, cosy and homely place. Great location for exploring the Borders and lovely peaceful setting. Top marks!

    Reviewed by Stuart4.6Nov 2017

  • "This was a fanatastic lodge ."

    . it was luxury. It was amazing being in suxh a well cared for and about lodge and there was literally nothing missing ive already told family and friends for a recommendations. Thank you for your welcome basket i could not fault this place at all.

    Reviewed by Selina5.0Nov 2017

  • "The little gem was just that a real Gem of a place everything you could possibly want or need to have a great holiday."

    Val and George were brilliant and the hospitality basket was great much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2017

  • "Val and George were very good hosts and were there when needed."

    Thier dogs and ours got on really well. This lodge is not a lodge it is a a gem of a home from home

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2017

  • "Just that there were rather a lot of lovely ornaments that made you quite nervous of touching or moving them to put your own things in place."

    Other than that the lodge is a splendid holiday destination

    Reviewed by Beryl4.6Apr 2017

  • "Wonderful little 'gem' of a lodge, had everything anyone could need for a relaxing stay in the beautiful Scottish Borders, thank you!"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Feb 2017

  • "A fabulous luxury lodge first time we have rented I imagine it would be hard act to follow."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2016

  • "Had a great week at little gem lodge, it was just like a home from home and would definitely recommend to friends"

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Nov 2016

  • "Hosts were fantastic."

    Lovely cottage which felt homely and comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Zeenat Yasmeen5.0Oct 2016

  • "It was a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and the owners were very helpful and friendly."


    Reviewed by John4.8Sep 2016

  • "Excellent lodge where the owners had ensured the property had everything to ensure comfort."

    Lodge is is in an excellent place to explore the Borders. Lodge is at back of owners bungalow - whilst they gave us a warm welcome and a couple of visits to give necessary info during our week, they kept their distance. Lodge definitely worth a visit

    Reviewed by Laura3.8Sep 2016

  • "The lodge is in an ideal location to explore this part of the Scottish Borders."

    It is equipped to a high standard, with a lovely homely finish. The hosts are very friendly, available if needed and their welcoming pack exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed, front veranda with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, bar in hotel 1 mile
  • Tea room 10 mins walk.

The property

St Boswells 1.5 miles.

This attractive chalet bungalow is situated next to the owner’s home in the village of Charlesfield, in the Scottish Borders.

A perfect base for a family or a small group of friends, this bungalow is beautifully-presented and is the ideal location for exploring the Borders.

The light and bright open plan living area offers guests a sociable place to gather, with a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area.

There are also two bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities, providing a restful night's sleep for any weary traveller.

The enclosed veranda to the front of this delightful bungalow is a great place to relax with a glass of wine to unwind and plan the next day's exciting activities.

With easy access to great scenery for walking, golfing, cycling and fishing, as well as the historic abbeys of Dryburgh, Melrose and Jedburgh, this lovely bungalow is an ideal destination at any time of year.

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About the location


Melrose 5 miles; Kelso 10 miles.

St Boswells sits on the south of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. There is much evidence of Roman occupation, dating from almost two thousand years ago. Today, St Boswells is known for being on the route of St Cuthbert’s Way, the long distance path from Melrose Abbey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The village boasts a hotel, café, several shops, post office, butcher and a garage. As well as spectacular salmon and brown trout fishing on the River Tweed, the local riverside walks take in attractive scenery. An ideal venue for walkers and cyclists, St Boswells is surrounded by the gorgeous Borders landscape. If you want to venture further afield, Edinburgh is approximately an hour away, as is the Berwickshire coast.