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The Cottage, Polwarth Crofts

(Ref. 977225)

Duns, Scottish Borders Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Polwarth Crofts was everything we’d hope for, being peaceful, spacious, extremely comfortable, tastefully decorated and characterful."

    It is well located for access to the east coast as well as to Edinburgh. Despite the very wet conditions at times, we enjoyed long walks in beautiful places. Thank you Rachel for your friendly welcome and the tasty treats. We left with happy memories of our time in your lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Nov 2023

  • "Cottage was home from home."

    We had a great holiday in spite of the weather. WiFi was a bit iffy may have the weather. Cottage is well suited for places to visit and has all the facilities to dine in.

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Oct 2023

  • "The pet friendly holiday accommodation at Polwarth Crofts was excellent, clean,warm and comfortable, the kitchen dinning room was a joy to sit in and had everything a kitchen needed."

    The lounge was very cosy and the beds were very comfortable. We enjoyed the grounds and the dogs loved the walks nearby providing lovely views of the surrounding hills and fields. The town of DUNS was just 10 minutes away by car. Anyone wanting a quiet relaxing break with a good cottage couldn't do better than this.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage full of character and filled with items to make it homely."

    We had a great stay and would recommend this cottage to anyone. Travelled with our dogs without any worrying confines. Really felt we could all relax. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely family holiday at this beautiful, cosy cottage."

    It had everything we needed and was well situated for exploring the Borders and Northumberland too. We look forward to returning some day.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was a very comfortable, well equipped house, with lovely gardens and outside seating area."

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Jun 2023

  • "A wonderful and characterful cottage."

    The owners are lovely people and have worked hard within the listed-building's restrictions, so lots of attention to complimenting the period detail and still providing enough mod cons. The garden was very pretty and private, though the extended areas left to wild and therefore inaccessible. Good for wildlife and roaming chickens! No secure fencing for dogs off lead. Good support from the owners as nearby.

    Reviewed by Wendel3.8Jun 2023

  • "Just lovely"

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely home lovely location Our 2 year old really enjoyed all the toys too Many thanks!"

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage is a quaint old building with an alluring charm."

    It is very spacious and well equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay. There was a welcoming fruit loaf and some fudge plus many condiments. The gardens are extensive and our dogs had a great time running around and exploring them. As the lanes are quiet you can walk for miles. We enjoyed the peace and tranquillity. My wife and I have not slept so well for a long time, thanks to the comfortable beds and quiet of the location. We did enjoy the visitors to the bird feeder which included a couple of squirrels and a brave pheasant. I would recommend the cottage and we will certainly return one day.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Mar 2023

  • "Perfect location for a relaxing holiday."

    Lovely walks from the doorstep combined with lots of places to visit made this an ideal location for us. The cottage is very well equipped and the beds were super comfortable.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Feb 2023

  • "We loved our visit to Polwarth crofts, the open fire, comfy beds, roll top bath, well equipped kitchen, super helpful friendly hosts and beautiful surroundings were exactly what we wanted for our new year's eve celebration."

    It felt like home away from home, especially with touches like the record player and children's toys. We would love to go again!

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage is great."

    Home from home with all the comforts. I'd happily recommend to anyone wanting a quiet break. 10/10

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Dec 2022

  • "We absolutely loved the Cottage!"

    ! Rachel was so great texting us, letting us know information! It was so appreciated! The cottage was so so clean! Just adorable!! Everything you would need and more! Just wished we had a few more days to enjoy it!

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Nov 2022

  • "Loverly cottage the owners were very helpful."

    The kitchen was fully equipped. The only thing slightly on a downside was cottage was a little icolated. If you want quite it is perfect.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Sep 2022

  • "Had a fabulous stay."

    Polwarth Croft is a lovely, characterful cottage filled with artworks in a beautiful setting. It had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, and our two dogs enjoyed exploring the garden and walks from the cottage. Duns is a pretty local town with good amenities and we found it a central base for exploring the borders. We particularly enjoyed visiting Melrose, Peebles, Kelso and North Berwick, Coldingham Bay and St Abbs - all within an hours drive.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely, spacious, well-equipped cottage in a beautiful part of the country."

    Owners left us to enjoy the peace and quiet, but made sure we knew how to ask if there was anything we needed. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by James4.7Aug 2022

  • "We went to Polwarth with our son, daughter in law and their 3 week old baby, and our daughter and granddaughter aged 7."

    The cottage offered us everything we needed, an en-suite bedroom where the new little family could spread out with all the equipment needed for a new baby, a large twin bedroom for our daughter and granddaughter, with plenty of space for a seven year old to hang out and a cosy double room for us with a very comfortable double bed! Downstairs, the kitchen is well equipped with everything required and lots of room in the dining room for the whole family. The cosy lounge offers a lovely space to relax at the end of the day to watch a video, play a game or do a jigsaw from the shelf beside the piano! Outside, the owners are happy for you to explore the woods and garden where there are lots of quirky little surprises to discover! The owners are friendly and happy to help in any way while leaving you to enjoy your holiday. If you are looking for a comfortable, clean and relaxing place to stay you can’t go wrong at Polwarth. Enjoy!!

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Jul 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay."

    Lovely cottage in a peaceful setting. We’ll equipped with everything you could possibly need.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0May 2022

  • "Best equipped cottage we have stayed in so far."

    Spent most of our time in the dining Kitchen area, would it be possible to fit a wood burner here it is the only possible improvement we can think of.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Mar 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at this spacious and comfortable cottage with stylish touches."

    Even though the owner's home is just across the courtyard, the cottage and its garden area was very private and quiet. We especially enjoyed the sunny sitting room and our dogs loved exploring the woodland. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.1Jan 2022

  • "A lovely well equipped comfortable cottage in a beautiful rural location."

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Nov 2021

  • "Nice spacious well equipped cottage,loved the super king size bed."

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Comfy &, cosy. Very comfy beds. Lovely welcome pack on arrival.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2021

  • "The owners live opposite the cottage and let us know how to get in touch if need be."

    The cottage is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The welcome pack was generous. A bonus was the bird table outside the dining room which attracted a number of species - and a squirrel. A very quiet and peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Oct 2021

  • "A spacious and comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."

    Peaceful too and cosy on the cooler days. Finished to a high standard we particularly enjoyed the auricula artworks. Thanks to the owners for a most enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house was clean and comfy ideal location for exploring"

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2021

  • "No banister rail on the very steep right hand bent stairs."

    No outside lights. The road leading up to the property has more holes than Swiss cheese and the pot holes are ridiculous. The soft furnishings are extremely uncomfortable

    Before your stay, I gave you details of how to contact me, my husband or my mother in law if there were any problems; I spoke to your parents on arrival and I spoke to one of your party on your second day asking them if everything was OK and they replied positively. Sadly, everything that was a problem could have been solved, from changing the light bulb in the outside light (there is one on the courtyard side of the house where you parked your car, to the left of the kitchen door), to giving you more cushions to make the two year old sofas more comfortable I do leave washable throws and quilts in the house some of which are plump and could have doubled up as big cushions. Finally, I was sorry to hear that one of your party struggled with the stairs (which are not steep) but I could have told you that there is a sofa bed in the sitting room and given you all the bedding you needed to make their stay more comfortable. I challenged you on the cleanliness rating as I had cleaned the cottage to my usual high standard and you told me that it needed a lick of paint in places. The lane that is used only by us and guests at the cottage, has potholes, but if you drive at 5 miles an hour, either straddle the potholes or move to avoid them, they are not a problem. The lane is regularly maintained and we have been waiting for a delivery of Type 1 for a while. Thank Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison2.5Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and Rachel and John very welcoming."

    It was very comfortable and immaculately clean. We had a great stay, and would happily recommend it.

    Reviewed by Camilla5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    ..clean and comfortable..loved the garden.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Jul 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, much larger than we expected from the photos,quiet location, plenty of wildlife and within easy driving distance of the coast and Edinburgh."

    We would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is in a lovely quiet location."

    The cottage was very clean and was well equipped. It is one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Polwarth Cottage."

    The house was spotless and well appointed. The garden was delightful with lots of wildlife to watch from the warmth of the house. It is centrally located to a host of attractions and if walking is your thing you will not be disappointed. We would be back in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Heidi5.0Oct 2020

  • "We would thoroughly recommend The Cottage, Polwarth Crofts."

    It was clean, well equipped, warm and roomy - the perfect base for exploring the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. So much to do and see within easy reach. The Co-op in Duns is very handy for food.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Oct 2020

  • "A really spacious and clean cottage in a very peaceful location but a close drive to the coast for walks and local towns such as Berwick and places of interest like Holy Island."

    A day trip to Edinburugh is easily doable as well from this cottage.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2020

  • "This cottage is based in an idyllic location for us; rural with a small woodland garden where peace and tranquility fed our souls."

    A wonderful retreat.

    Reviewed by Jaq5.0Mar 2020

  • "What a beautiful, cosy cottage in a wonderful setting."

    The photos don't do it full justice.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Feb 2020

  • "Had a lovely relaxing time in the Cottage at Polwarth."

    The area is stunning and there's lots of places to explore. We liked Berwick on Tweed very much, give Slightly Foxed bookshops a visit if you can, along with the many other independent shops. The cottage was cosy and well equipped. The big downside for us was the garden wasn't enclosed, so our dog had to go out on a lead every time. There's many possible walks around the cottage which were lovely although incredibly muddy, but that added to the fun. We would definitely recommend the cottage to anyone considering it. It's a great place with plenty of quirks.

    Reviewed by Andi3.8Dec 2019

  • "This is a comfortable, warm, spacious and quirky cottage in countryside surroundings, but just off a main road offering easy access to The Borders or anywhere else you might want to go."

    Well equipped, great showers and a lovely stand alone bath. We were there in a time of not very good weather but heating system was good and nights in front of tv with a roaring log fire were delightful. Good place for a nervous dog, plenty of places to walk, although we did surprise a few grouse and the odd rabbit! Lovely in November, would be glorious in summer months.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely spacious cottage in rural setting."

    Lovely open fire - fuel provided - in cosy sitting room. The kitchen is well equipped with all we needed, plenty of hot water and both showers are excellent. The setting is convenient for local shopping in nearby town and not too far from bigger shops when needed. The owners welcomed us when we arrived then left us to our own devices but were nearby and available if needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a very fine week in Polwarth."

    The cottage was fantastic. The distance to Duns was about 6 km. just to far for a walk. That was the only disappointment.

    Reviewed by Luc5.0Sep 2019

  • "There is lots of places to see and to have good long walks."

    The woodlands around the cottage was good for our dog to explore and sniff. The owners were very nice, we knew they were there if there was a problem... (which there wasn't) but they left us to enjoy our week. The hot water was amazing, lots of it and very hot, as was the heating, bedrooms very comfortable. The kitchen is fully fitted. We had everything we needed

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Aug 2019

  • "After daily visits to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (one hour from the farmhouse approx ) it was lovely to return to this lovely farmhouse which has been in the family for over 100years."

    The farmhouse has all the mod cons but retains the comfortable farmhouse atmosphere. Friendly owners close by. Ideal for those wanting to tour The Borders, Berwick, Scotland etc etc.

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely house and beautiful place."

    A couple of suggestions (we could see that the owners had just started up). 1. A little more info about the immediate area would be great. For us, the best thing would have been long dog walks (3-5 miles) from the immediate vicinity. 2. Would have really appreciated a washing line -- owners may find this hilarious given the weather when we were there, but we don't like using driers more than we have to and we'd like to have had the option of finishing things off on a drier rather than it being the only way of drying. 3. Organised recycling. As you can see from above, we're trying to live the dream. Organised recycling is really fab so that you can recycle if you want to without disturbing the owners -- just some separate, clearly labelled bins. 4. Finally the mattress on the bed in the master bedroom is on its last legs. You may get people with back ache being grumpy if you're not careful. But, having said all this, had a smashing time and we're sure this is going to be a very successful holiday cottage. We have put it on our list of places to return to. By the way, we liked the art and furniture.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Aug 2019

  • "Polwarth Cottage is a really spacious and relaxing place to stay in a great location for exploring the Borders and Northumberland."

    The modern kitchen/dining room is fantastic for getting the family together for meals. The lounge is comfy and ideal for settling in on an evening to relax, watch tv or read a book. There is a piano in the lounge if anyone can play too. The owners have combined modern with antique which works really well and adds to charm of the property. The garden area is lovely to sit out in if you get a chance. Duns is about a 5 min drive from the cottage with free parking in the market square and plenty of facilities such as a pharmacy, co-op, pubs, takeaways and gift shops. We loved our stay and would definitely book the cottage again.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2019



    Reviewed by Joyce5.0May 2019

  • "Very nice cottage in a good location."

    All you could reasonably expect. A small point, as in most cottages, could do with more mugs/cups!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage did not disappoint at all, in fact the photos on the website don't quite capture just how lovely the garden and surroundings really are."

    The cottage had everything we needed and was well placed for coast and countryside. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lovely cottage. Thank you Rachel.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7May 2019

  • "Really lovely cottage and very helpful friendly owners."

    . everything we needed and great for kids to play and explore.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Apr 2019

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  • Detached Three bedrooms; 1 x super kingsize bed (can be twin on request) with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x super kingsize bed (can be twin on request), 1 x double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Gas central heating and an open fire
  • Washer/dryer, dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, TV, selection of books, games and DVDs, piano and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden with lawn area and patio area with table and chairs
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Pub and shop within 3.8 miles
  • Please note: the property is is listed building and the cottage has low doorways, some uneven walls, areas of flooring slopes slightly and the stairwell is not a standard size (not steep or narrow) care must taken on parts when walking of it

The property

Duns 4 miles.

This detached B-listed, former shepherd’s cottage is tucked away within the rolling hills and woodlands of the Scottish Borders, between the towns of Greenlaw and Duns.

This superb retreat is perfect for a friends or family gathering for those looking to explore the area steeped with spellbinding castles, a picturesque coastline and a magnitude of activities to suit all ages and tastes.

Rest your muddy boots and rain coats within the spacious hallway before stepping into the wonderfully presented property, boasting a clever blend of traditional charm and contemporary styling.

Find a well-equipped kitchen where you will find all the necessities to cater your own delicious evening meals for you and your loved ones.

Settle down for your meal within the dining area, where you will be delighted by the quirky sitting arrangement to plan the days ahead over a meal or a glass of wine.

After dinner, look forward to sinking into the plush sofas which rest in front of the open fire, or if you are visiting with any budding pianists, they can make the most of the traditional piano that awaits them.

As the evening draws to a close, drift off to sleep within one of the brightly decorated bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom with an en-suite, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom.

Each bedroom has been designed with a refreshing interior to ensure that you wake up each morning within serenity.

From the south-facing double twin bedroom, feast your eyes on the glorious view towards the Cheviot Hills.

Spend a moment or two within the delightful garden area, where you can soak up the sun whilst your canine companions stretch their legs on the spacious lawn.

Venture into the centre of Duns, where you will find a traditional pub, a choice of restaurants as well as shops for picking up any essentials.

Whilst visiting the town, you will also find a grand 14th century castle, a swimming pool and a golf club.

Further afield attractions include the Berwickshire coast where you find the picturesque harbour ports of Eyemouth and St Abb's, or walk along the coastal path to discover some of the highest cliffs in Britain.

The great Border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is within easy reach by car as are the delightful towns of the central Borders, Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh, famous for their ancient ruined abbeys, among much else.

The Southern Upland Way passes a few miles away through the Lammermuir Hills, and Edinburgh is only an hour away by car.

Polwarth Crofts Farmhouse is an idyllic base to spending time with your loved ones.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Berwick-upon-Tweed 15 miles.

The small border town of Duns is set in a wide valley known as The Merse and was once the capital of the Scottish Borders, when the current capital, Berwick-upon-Tweed, was under English rule. The town offers a good range of shops, including an award-winning butchers and quality delicatessen, pubs and restaurants, whilst the Jim Clark Museum is open to the public in honour of the famous racing driver who lived in the area. Duns Castle sits within a nature reserve with well-marked woodland lakeside walks through the castle estate. There are many castles and historic houses scattered throughout the surrounding area, including Manderston House (home of Lord Palmer), Floors Castle and Gardens, the largest inhabited house in Scotland, Norham Castle situated on the River Tweed, Mellerstain House and Paxton House and Country Park. A short drive to the east coast offers the opportunity to explore the dog friendly beaches at Coldingham or for the more adventurous why not learn to surf at the local surf school. Widely acclaimed golfing is available at Duns and nearby Dunbar whilst fishing for trout and salmon on the Tweed and Whiteadder River is also available with permits available locally. The nearby walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is well worth a visit with weekly markets, town trails and a cinema. A short hop to Eyemouth to feed the resident harbour seals, enjoy award-winning fish and chips or take a boat trip for some coastal exploration. The sights and excitement of Edinburgh are just 45 miles away and numerous other destinations are within a short driving distance of this fantastic location providing a great base at any time of the year for exploring the beautiful Scottish Border region and the picturesque, exhilarating North Northumberland regions.