- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
69 Customer Reviews
"Lovely little cosy cottage."
As described it is very remote. Ideal location for walking in the beautiful countryside.
"Very cosy and comfortable stay, the log fire was perfect for November!"
Peaceful location, we did lots of walks direct from the cottage, maps and directions are included in the guest pack. Per other reviews there is no phone or data signal, which we looked forward to when booking, but have to say that the WiFi in cottage was excellent, we were able to stream from netflix in the evenings (though there is a TV and good dad selection). Would definitely stay here again.
Some reasonable weather so we had some good walks. Thanks to Chris and Jenny.....lovely cosy cottage.
Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Good to see you again. Property Owner
"We enjoyed our stay and we will return."
We loved the surroundings and the quietness of the area. It was safe for our dogs and had the facilities we needed. The log burner was good but we thought the kitchen was small and had limited storage. The steps upstairs were steep and there was no Wi-Fi or phone signal in the cottage.
WIFI is coming! They are laying the cable for fibre broadband just now. Property Owner
"Brilliant stay at Kirk Cottage."
Just be aware of no phone signal and internet. No problem if you are looking for peace and quiet.
"To far from local shops."
No WiFi can't make a phone call. Didn't enjoy. Not what I expected.
"Kirk cottage is a very comfortable cosy country retreat in a lovely little hamlet."
Very quiet and ideal for country walks through the hills with magnificent vistas. Owners are very helpful and non-intrusive. Highly recommended.
"Kirk cottage was a fabulous stay and we had perfect hot weather too which was great for going out and the cottage stayed cool."
The cottage is ideal for 2 and although the kitchen is compact is workable and we were out most days anyway eating out. Fabulous walks on your doorstep and lovely friendly neighbours. The owners sorted a kettle straight away as it had broken and were helpful when asking about other things/walks and super friendly. Only 2 things we’d recommend are 2 pillows each for the bed and maybe a couple of sun loungers for the garden. We had a wonderful time and the setting is spectacular. Lovely cottage and location.
"Please repair the two chairs in the Dining room."
IT would bei very helpful, If the Window in the bath roombcan be opened easily. It would bei great, If there are some more hooks for the towels in the bath room. The accomodation was very nice, clean and well equipped with all necessary Tools in the kitchen, living and sleeping rooms. We enjoyed the nice weather sitting in the terrace, listening the birds singing and the sheep and lambs shouting. Parking place was excellent. Hownam was a very quiet hamlet to calm down in nice Nature, Walking abroad over meadows and Hills, meet friendly people and neighbours. We enjoyed the smell of all the flowers Blooming in the early Summer, with bright colours. Everything was arranged in fantastic quality, with exact descriptions, with information Material about the Borders Region.
"A lovely comfortable cottage with a lovely warm and modern bathroom!"
We brought our labrador and the cottage was ideal for his needs. Poor phone signal but we managed to pick up communications when out and about. Super waking on the doorstep and a very quiet village.
Beautiful area. Had a great week. A couple of tweaks would make it even better - 2 pillows each, larger bath towels and a bottle of milk in the fridge on arrival would have made it perfect!
"Exceptional place to stay for a relaxing break."
The cottage was wonderful with all the amenities required and the owners were very welcoming. We look forward to visiting Kirk Cottage again
"We had a lovely relaxing week facility’s we’re ok could have done with a ..."
We had a lovely relaxing week facility’s we’re ok could have done with a clothes horse to hang washed clothes on but overall excellent we used Kirk cottage as a base to explore the borders sasha our dog loved the garden thank you
"LOVELY SMALL COTTAGE IN THE CHEVIOT HILLS AND THIRD TIME WE HAVE STAYED HERE."
WOULD RECOMMEND THIS COTTAGE BUT BE AWARE IN SMALL HAMLET MILES FROM NEAREST TOWN WITH NO WIFI, MOBILE AND LIMITED TV RECEPTION
"We had a relaxing holiday at Kirk Cottage."
You can walk around the area to see some fantastic views. Short distance driving takes you to some interesting places/walks. Outside sitting area for reading/eating, take a look at the Church. You could not do better for a peaceful, quiet break or a great place to use as a starting point to see the area.
"Lovely cosy cottage in beautiful countryside."
Very clean (couldn’t believe it was dog friendly) if your looking for peace and quiet this is definitely for you.
"Lovely cottage and owners were fantastic!"
Great location and great walks. Will be going back.
"Only two very small bath towels for two people for a week."
Beautiful location,very The cottage was very cold,unless wood burner fire lit.
Sorry to hear you thought the cottage was cold. The thermostat was set at 19 degrees for your arrival and you have the ability to adjust this to your liking using the thermostat on the shelves in the living room. If you thought there was a problem with the heating or did not understand the thermostat we only live close by and could have advised you. Kind regards, Chris and Jayne. Property Owner
"The cottage was perfect everything you need thanks for a great week."
"We had a great time."
Very quiet..... Lots of birds, few people, good walks... No signal! Calm and peaceful. We'd like to go back. Only blight to the week was Putin's assault on Ukraine. Very sad Helen
"We loved our stay here, and hope to return to see more of the surrounding countryside, which is spectacular, even just seen from the road as you approach the hamlet!"
Certainly a holiday cottage to be recommended, and we must add we were very pleasantly surprised to find no evidence of dogs having stayed here (other than a small pack of dog biscuits in a cupboard!)...the floor and carpet were very clean and everything smelt fresh. The accommodation is comfortably furnished, with plenty of space both in sitting room and bedroom, while the heating was effective (in very cold weather!) and the wood burner was a bonus.
"We had a lovely holiday (and a trip down memory lane for me - as I used to holiday there when I was a wee girl 60ish years ago)."
"Kirk cottage is a lovely comfortable homely cottage in beautiful countryside."
Everything you’d need and so peaceful. Had a wonderful stay.
"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.
"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
"Cosy cottage, Jayne and Chris very friendly and helpful."
Welcome pack was very practical. Dog friendly and in a lovely area. Excellent power shower.
"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.
"A lovely cottage in a very quiet Hamlet."
Perfect for walking in the beautiful countryside.
"A cottage house is around mountains it beautiful views, we would like back there again, but we can’t afford, never mind."
"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
"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
"Ideal small cottage for two people who want a quiet holiday with no WIFI and mobile in lovely unspoilt countryside"
"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.
"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
"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.
"Kirk cottage was the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful holiday in beautiful surroundings."
"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.
"Stairs were steep to climb."
Some of the doors were difficult to close on catches more so for any disabled person.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Had a lovely week at kirk cottage."
second time been my boxer Bailey loved the walks .owners very friendly will be back
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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
"Yet another lovely and relaxing stay, thank you"
"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.
"Lovely cottage in a very beautiful location."
Locals were very friendly and the owners live in the hamlet.
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
"We had a lovely relaxing holiday in a lovely quiet hamlet."
Rural but with easy access to both Jedburgh and Kelso.
"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 cottage....it is a credit to you. Sam and Barry Jinks.
"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
"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,
"Lovely cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere !"
We have a fabulous time and are looking forward to going back sometime soon
"Wonderful, peaceful location."
Can't wait to go back again.
"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!
"What an amazing place ."
. so quiet ... so friendly community .. defo wanting to come back .. loved every minute ..
"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.
"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.
"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 ."
"Beautiful location, high standard of cottage, very dog friendly with amazing walks."
Very friendly owners, and neighbors.
"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.
"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.
"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!)
"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.
"The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped."
We had a very relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings.
- One double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
- 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, WI-FI, 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.
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, theres an enclosed decked area, a perfect place to sit and unwind with a good book or dine alfresco after a days 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 theres 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 hours drive away.
This superb Borders cottage promises to be an ideal romantic break at any time of the year.
EPC Rating: Band F
EPC Rating: Band F
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.
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.
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