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Kirk Cottage

Hownam near Jedburgh, Scottish Borders (Ref. 918851)



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Reviews & Ratings

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "Kirk cottage is a lovely comfortable homely cottage in beautiful countryside."

    Everything you’d need and so peaceful. Had a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by LindaNov 2021

  • "We were disappointed that the cottage was in an area with no 4G telephone signal for our mobiles and that there was no internet access for us either."

    Otherwise we had an enjoyable and peaceful break.

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2021

  • "I had a fantastic week enjoyed every minute Chris and jayne was friendly and ..."

    I had a fantastic week enjoyed every minute Chris and jayne was friendly and helpful the cottage was spot on every thing you could wish for home for home

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Cosy cottage, Jayne and Chris very friendly and helpful."

    Welcome pack was very practical. Dog friendly and in a lovely area. Excellent power shower.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2021

  • "Lovely wee cottage for a quiet break."

    We needed a break from work and this was the best place to do it with all the fields and wildlife around. Loved sitting watching the thousands of sparrows jumping around outside. Ktchen is small but has everything you need really. Cottage was lovely and clean and bonus that we could bring our furry pals to enjoy holiday with us. No WiFi or phone signal so not good if you plan to do work on holiday.

    Reviewed by ClareAug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a very quiet Hamlet."

    Perfect for walking in the beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2021

  • "A cottage house is around mountains it beautiful views, we would like back there again, but we can’t afford, never mind."

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2021

  • "Great cottage for a break away Suitable for a couple and our dogs loved their stay also!"

    Whilst there was no WiFi a short walk up the hill and then you have internet access but great to go off grid for awhile! Cottage very well sell up. Thanks

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2021

  • "Great little cottage Spotlessly clean & fantastic friendly hosts , nothing was too much trouble."

    Thank you Chris & Jayne Tiny kitchen but all you need. Lots to see and in the surrounding area & lovely countryside

    Reviewed by NinaJun 2021

  • "Ideal small cottage for two people who want a quiet holiday with no WIFI and mobile in lovely unspoilt countryside"

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "The cottage was clean cosy and comfortable and the surrounding area was beautiful with plenty of walks from the doorstep and a couple of nice hotels for eating within a short driving distance."

    The only thing we could recommend adding in the cottage would be a “mind you’re head sign” on the doorway to the bedroom upstairs as the ceiling is very low.

    Reviewed by WilliamMay 2021

  • "Cottage was very clean and warm, didn't need the log burner."

    Plenty of books and information for your stay. There's no internet or mobile phone signal there but it doesn't matter if you want a quiet holiday. you can get a signal if you walk up the hill if you're desperate so it's a good excuse for a walk. The village of Morebattle has a good hotel, small shop and excellent butcher. All together ideal for a quiet, stress free break. Recommend searching out the Roman forts in the area

    Reviewed by GordonOct 2020

  • "Everything was lovely, but you could not fit two people in the kitchen, although it was functional !"

    It was beautiful and quiet, a real gem of a place to stay after a day of exploring the countryside. Very cosy and clean a credit to the owners. We would highly recommend this as a little retreat for any couple wanting to explore the North East. A large bedroom and great comfy bed and with lovely views and wildlife. Excellent stay in our opinion a 9/10.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2020

  • "Kirk cottage was the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful holiday in beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by LornaSep 2020

  • "This was our first adventure staying in a cottage, and we thoroughly enjoyed it."

    We couldn’t have wished for anything better. The bathroom and kitchen looked like new, the Morso log burner had the living room heated in minutes. There was no internet or mobile phone connection for BT or EE, but a 10 minute walk/ drive along the road to high ground allowed us to check our text messages and emails.Parking for one vehicle was provided beside the spacious garden, which has a decking section, with a garden table and chairs and surrounded with stone chippings, which our Cocker Spaniel enjoyed running around in. The most outstanding asset was the remoteness and silence surrounding you, and the beautiful unspoilt countryside surrounded by rolling hills with a babbling burn running through the valley. Colin and Gillian July 2020.

    Reviewed by G I LlianJul 2020

  • "Stairs were steep to climb."

    Some of the doors were difficult to close on catches more so for any disabled person.

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2020

  • "Was very cosy - in the middle of no where which I should have done my research!"

    But was beautiful to walk around the hills with the dogs

    Reviewed by ShaunaNov 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a very quiet area."

    Good parking in front of the shed at the back. Good facilities, the shower was excellent, water hot all the time, plenty of fuel for the stove to last for a couple of weeks, mattress on bed extremely comfy. Information on the area was a bit disappointing as there was no WiFi or mobile phone signal in village at all and no literature in cottage on walks in the area. Had to drive and park in a layby to get mobile data. The door lintel through to stairwell was very low and i banged my head twice on it could maybe do with a sign to mind head or maybe a soft padding fixed on as it hurt. Garden seating and table wasn't very clean so didn't use it. But cottage was lovely and all facilities provided. A nice gift of shampoo and conditioner and soap provided and coffee and sugar. With regards to Sykes booking it was a bit confusing with correspondence online on payment but it was soon sorted out with a phone call. All other correspondence was good. Generally I like to deal with owner direct and not a holiday company but on this occasion the owner lived just next door and I was given his contact number and he was friendly and helpful. A great few days.

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2019

  • "It was a nice and calm stay."

    Verry quiet property. Freindly and helpfull neighbours and good eggs. We had wonderfull visits in the Abbeys of Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh and nice gardens and heritage visitings arround. also good walks with the dog.

    Reviewed by IngeborgAug 2019

  • "Kirk cottage is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by glorious views."

    The cottage is very cosy and attractive. We would definitely like to return. We met the owner, a lovely lady.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJun 2019

  • "Had a lovely week at kirk cottage."

    second time been my boxer Bailey loved the walks .owners very friendly will be back

    Reviewed by David JApr 2019

  • "Firstly, the cottage was tiny, especially the kitchen."

    The dogs, two little Scotties, were not allowed on the furniture, the bedroom (which was up steep, narrow stairs that I struggled with), was inaccessible for them so that was OK.Yes? No. They lay on their blanket downstairs and 'cried' all night long. I went down so often that I actually thought I should sleep on the couch. The worst thing of all was that the garden, just asphalt and a small square of decking, was detached from the house itself, so one had to put leads on them then walk them round to it down a narrow path in the pitch dark late at night. They were not allowed to poo there, nor in the village itself and they again had to have leads on because there were lambs or calves in every field, except one on the far side of the village, although it too had a sign up saying 'No Entry April/May'. The whole experience was horrendous, so when I told Chris I was leaving, he said in a patronising tone that I should have researched the lambing issue and stomped away. I was astounded by his rudeness and explained to his wife that I have lived in rural settings for about 45 years.... I left after only one night, thereby forfeiting my rental fee. Don't go with dogs unless they are constipated. And if you do, I recommend taking a powerful torch and letting them loose in the old graveyard! However, the Border country is beautiful and steeped in history. Even places like Mary Queen of Scots' House welcomed dogs in their grounds including drinking bowls. '

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this feedback. We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time at Kirk Cottage. We have the same rules for every one of our properties with regards to pets. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed upstairs in the property, or on any furniture. This is to ensure that the cleanliness of any property is not negatively affected by allowing pets to come on holiday with guests. The garden area is advertised as being an enclosed side decked garden, and we do have a picture of this space to accompany the description as well. We would like to get in touch with you to discuss this further and have tried to call you today. Our lines are open every day from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrendaApr 2019

  • "Overall great, clean, tidy and warm with lovely neighbours too!"

    Generally well equipped though a coffee maker of some sort (cafetiere or filter) would have been appreciated. Listing maybe needs to make the lack of mobile signal a bit clearer. I knew there was no WiFi but the combination did mean I was completely out of touch when at the cottage.

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2019

  • "A really well appointed cottage that was extremely clean and well equipped."

    Good quality furniture and little extras to make it more homely. Good central heating that kept the property very snug and warm, even though it snowed, also with the benefit of a log burner and good supply of fuel. Good secure parking and small safe garden. Stunning scenery and excellent walks. Remote and quiet but that's what l wanted. Owners on hand and very helpful but never obtrusive.

    Reviewed by IanMar 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, myself and my dog had a lovely stay, sadly the weather wasn’t the best but that’s out of anyone’s control, the log burner made the evenings special, and the owners and fellow villagers, welcomed us and made us feel at home, Sadly no phone signal or internet, a mixed blessing perhaps, had I been more aware I would of been better prepared with entertainment, brought more dvds etc."

    I usually struggle to sleep but the bed was extremely comfortable, and the power shower was wonderful. The lack of light pollution, means amazing skies at night, stars are so bright and clear. All in all a holiday to remember.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2019

  • "A little cottage in the middle of nowhere for two (plus two big Malamutes), just what we booked and expected."

    Lovely walks all around for us and the dogs. The owners were close at hand if needed, but left you to it to make our break private, which was just as we wanted it. Thank you very much from Martin, Paula, Shermaine and Conan the Malamutes

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2019

  • "Yet another lovely and relaxing stay, thank you"

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2018

  • "The cottage was perfect and in a beautiful setting."

    The owners are very nearby, helpful and friendly and everyone in the hamlet made us feel welcome. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by KaySep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a very beautiful location."

    Locals were very friendly and the owners live in the hamlet.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2018

  • "Was wonderful!"

    Very well appointed, log burner was awesome plus the fuel was provided. No issues at all. Very remote, which was what we were looking for, however if you’re looking for somewhere to party this was not your place! We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2018

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday in a lovely quiet hamlet."

    Rural but with easy access to both Jedburgh and Kelso.

    Reviewed by JoanJul 2018

  • "Beautiful little cottage, more than adequate for our weeks holiday."

    Very clean, fantastic shower and very comfortable bed. Would definitely book again as it’s also just down the road from family too. Love this area and how quiet and unspoilt it is, which is getting rare to find! Thankyou Sykes and to the owners of the is a credit to you. Sam and Barry Jinks.

    Reviewed by SamanthaJul 2018

  • "I had a very peaceful 4 night stay , the cottage was clean and had everything needed, the bed was very comfortable also the owner Chris was very friendly, as were the neighbours ."

    Great for those looking to do more walking or sight seeing and for those just looking to get away from it all and enjoy the tranquil location

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2018

  • "Nice small cottage for two in Scottish borders in small hamlet."

    Had excellent facilities in lovely scenery but several miles from nearest town and no WIFI and poor mobile,

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere !"

    We have a fabulous time and are looking forward to going back sometime soon

    Reviewed by GwenJun 2018

  • "Wonderful, peaceful location."

    Can't wait to go back again.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2018

  • "Wow, what a cottage."

    Lovely and clean, quiet, everything that you need. The multi fuel burner was easy to use and was great when the weather was cold and snowy outside, but the central heating kept the cottage warm anyway. The locations is amazing, so quiet and peaceful. The views are fantastic and seeing the stars in a truly dark sky is a real experience. Convenient for Kelso and Jedburgh. And the Sat Nav took me right to the door. Will definitely visit again. A really great week, enjoyed every minute. Thanks!

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2018

  • "What an amazing place ."

    . so quiet ... so friendly community .. defo wanting to come back .. loved every minute ..

    Reviewed by AimeeFeb 2018

  • "The location is beautiful but not within easy access of main roads."

    This wouldn't have been a problem had we not been faced with around 8 inches of snow mid week. We returned home a day early because we didn't want to risk the weather conditions worsening. The cottage itself is delightful - generously warm and cosy with everything we needed. No mobile phone signal or internet. The owners and the neighbours were friendly and helpful. I would definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by ChristineJan 2018

  • "The cottage was absolutely gorgeous and Chris the owner a great guy."

    Plenty of walks from the door as well as being well placed for visiting Kelso, Jedburgh, Coldstream or even Berwick on Tweed. Well recommend this cottage. The multi fuel burner was simply delightful with plenty of fuel supplied and the shower was to die for after a long day on the hills.

    Reviewed by IainNov 2017

  • "We have had a lovely holiday the cottage was lovely Chris the owner was very helpful ,good place to be to visit lovely locations what more can I say we had a lovely time and would come again ."

    Reviewed by IanOct 2017

  • "Beautiful location, high standard of cottage, very dog friendly with amazing walks."

    Very friendly owners, and neighbors.

    Reviewed by BarbaraAug 2017

  • "Delightful cottage in a superb location."

    The surrounding countryside was unspoilt, beautiful wildflower meadows and constant birdsong . A real hideaway retreat for a couple. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage, very cosy and it had everything that we needed."

    The location was excellent to be away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, but still within easy reach of the outlying towns. Great for walking the dog, seeing wild life and taking pictures. Having the owner two doors away was peace of mind if we needed anything.

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2016

  • "I would highly recommend Kirk Cottage, fabulous (remote) location, so near amazing walks."

    Very friendly and helpful locals, including the owners of this property. The cottage was above expectation, cosy, clean and luxurious. The owners couldn't have been more accommodating (the even have their own taxi service if you want a lift back from a walk!)

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2016

  • "Lovely cottage warm and we!"

    Coming Scenery beautiful had a fantastic week with our two bernese mountain dogs. Would thoroughly recommend and will be returning next year hopefully.

    Reviewed by RSep 2016

  • "The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    We had a very relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by BridgetSep 2016

  • "The cottage was lovely and we lit a fire when it was cool and that made it all cosy."

    It is a lovely place to relax away from any hustle and bustle. I thoroughly enjoyed the cottage and my stay there.

    Reviewed by JoanneJun 2016

  • "A lovely, little hideaway retreat surrounded by beautiful farm land and scenery and perfect for a couple."

    We also took our 1 year old Labrador and she was perfectly safe in the enclosed rear garden.

    Reviewed by DonnaMay 2016

  • "The Cottage is set in a wonderful quiet hamlet with lovely countryside right outside the door."

    The Cottage itself was a real cosy retreat away from the usual frenetic life of major towns and cities. We enjoyed our stay and the owners who only live two doors up made us very welcome and our two dogs felt at home. Overall I would recommend this cottage to anyone who needs a retreat to recharge from the rush of life.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2016

  • "The cottage was very cosy and comfortable."

    It was very tastefully furnished and very clean and tidy. It was well equipped with everything you might need.The cottage was situated in a peaceful and quiet hamlet in the Sottish Borders where you can relax to the sounds of sheep baaing, cows mooing and the calls of owls and a variety of other birds.somewhere to get away from the stresses of everyday life. Fresh eggs for breakfast can be purchased from a cool box near the village hall.

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2015

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and the scenery lovely."

    I had not visited the area before and found many places of interest, for example, Floors Castle, Jedburgh and Kelso amongst others.

    Reviewed by BernadetteMay 2015

  • "Great property within a wonderful, peaceful location."

    We found the sitting room nice and relaxing in particular and we slept well.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2015

  • "We loved the standard of cleanliness and furnishings in the cottage, it was just perfect."

    It was very comfortable. The location is great, beautiful countryside and it's a pretty area to be in.

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2015

  • "A perfect place to get away to."

    We're happy to recommend and will return without doubt!

    Reviewed by DawnMar 2015

  • "The cottage is beautiful, the best I have stayed in."

    The location is perfect, just what was needed - peace and quiet. Will be recommending it to friends and family and will definitely be returning at some point this year.

    Reviewed by JamesJan 2015

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The property

A cosy, end-terrace cottage situated in the quiet hamlet of Hownam, nine miles from the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders.

Comfortably furnished, Kirk Cottage makes an ideal peaceful retreat for two, where you can make a lovely cooked meal in the kitchen before enjoying it in the dining area, and then relax with a glass of wine in front of the woodburning stove in the sitting room.

Outside, there’s an enclosed decked area, a perfect place to sit and unwind with a good book or dine alfresco after a day’s walking, cycling or round of golf, with the nearest course just ten miles away.

There is also very limited light pollution here, so on crisp nights, why not settle to stargaze beneath the night's sky, before heading back inside to cosy up beside the fire?

Situated on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, this wonderful cottage is a great base as there’s plenty of walking and cycling in the area, along with fishing on the nearby River Tweed, by local permit.

The lovely Border towns of Jedburgh and Kelso are close by and are well worth a visit, plus there are a number of other excellent villages and towns to visit in the area, and Edinburgh is just over an hour’s drive away.

This superb Borders cottage promises to be an ideal romantic break at any time of the year.


  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Calor gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and 2-ring hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed, side decked garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles.

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About the location


Morebattle 4 miles; Yetholm 7 miles; Jedburgh 9 miles; Kelso 11 miles.

The hamlet of Hownam, close to both Jedburgh and Kelso, is thought to have been named after the Humas, which were an early tribe believed to have constructed a number of hill forts in the area, as well as the Five Stanes stone circle that can be found nearby. Hownam has a church, and walking routes are available in abundance in the area, along with a golf course at the Roxburgh Hotel, just over ten miles away. The village of Morebattle is only a few miles away, with a shop, Post Office, butcher and pub serving food and real ale, while Yetholm is just a little further and comes with the same facilities. The town of Jedburgh boasts charming shops, pubs and award-winning family-run restaurants, along with the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre and an imposing abbey. Kelso is located a little further away and offers guests further amenities, as well as a cobbled town square and streets and an array of wonderful Georgian buildings. The towns of Coldstream and Wooler are also a short drive away, and further afield are Newcastle and Edinburgh. Hownam provides an ideal base for discovering all that the Scottish Borders has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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