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Rose Cottage

(Ref. 927233)

Lilliesleaf, Scottish Borders Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "I would concur with the comments from previous guests on the various issues they identified with the property, and would add the issue of the apparently recurrent leak from the shower/bath which had water leaking through the ceiling of the downstairs toilet."

    Sykes secured a partial refund for us for which we were extremely grateful.

    This was professionally installed by love my bathroom. plumbers inspection confirmed this was due to the water running down the overflow!over filled . damage that was caused was bad .very sad about this obviously the first 6 days were fine. partial refund was not sykes. it was suggested by myself .no matter what we did couldn't please although after complaint we were still happy to accommodate you another night as requested Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine1.9Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, and the area gorgeous."

    The host was helpful with the the little things as well.

    thankyou very much for positive feedback we are so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Oct 2023

  • "Dreadful cleanliness."

    Unable to get refund because Skyes said we should have stayed and resolved it, but it's clear from the owners response (that they'd cleaned at midday that day) that they didn't understand the standard to which a property should be cleaned. We have multiple photos and videos of the state of the house, with walls draped in dust-filled cobwebs. Shocking. Won't use sykes again, such a shame after many years of satisfactory stays at other properties.

    Reviewed by Jim2.2Aug 2023

  • "Downstairs toilet,light/fan switch not working so could not use as it had no window."

    Wifi very poor goes off every 2 minutes .sitting room windows have been painted shut meaning we couldent open them,i think thats illegal as need an escape rout incase of a fire .when we arrived we noticed bath mat in upstairs toilet stunk of urine so we put it in washing machine.appologies for trying to use their electric to charge car ,but was getting desperate as three charge points in jedborough two not working and other only accepted a special card of what i did not have.i was going to leave some money as payment.

    hello rather saddned by the feedback, we have replaced a new light switch the bulb had just been changed previously this was working onchange over, the mat I cannot beleive this was clean , and no dogs in cottage peviously!wifi we are in the country so everything is slower, we did have to wash all cushions on departue and stair capet from little dogs , we hope you arrived home safley Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian2.8Aug 2023

  • "Setting was lovely felt very rested after our stay , family very friendly."

    Central for all places nearby.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia3.8Jun 2023

  • "We booked Rose Cottage for a birthday break, and were taken in by the pictures of decor that were posted on Sykes website, on arrival that wasn't the case, no red curtains, no bright flowery covered cottage suite, in there place were drab brown and green curtains, that were hanging off the curtain track, and a dated red leather 3 piece suite, the property was sold also cold and draughty, but the fire was already laid, on lighting the fire to heat up the property we couldn't find the switch for the pump, that according to the so called welcome pack is " to the left of the lamp " the lamp was by the door with only an electrical socket to the left of it."

    we finally found it to the left of the fireplace, hidden behind a nest of tables, once the pump was on the fire had to be raging like a blast furnace to get any heat in to the radiators, that were inadequate to heat up the property throughout, we did find a storage heater behind the sofa, and a 20mm gap under the living room door, so a hell a draught came through from an already cold and draughty hallway, could things get any worse. We had planned to have a cosy night with a bottle of wine and a pizza, so warmed up the oven, on opening the door to put the pizza in, the fumes from old fat and grease rushed out, stinging my eyes, on inspection the oven and racks were in need of a real deep clean, we ended up eating out throughout are stay. So on to the bedroom, again cold and draughty, the main draught was coming from the feature fireplace in the room, had to put a suitcase in front of it to stem the draught, plus the storage heater at the top of the stairs didn't work either. The second bedroom we didn't use but it was the same, cold and draughty. The only room worth a notable mention is the dining room, which was nice and warm and true to the pictures on the website. I feel that Rose Cottage has been having falsely advertised on Sykes website and we were duped and taken in by the photographs. If it hadn't been for the fact that we had arranged to visit places around the area we wouldn't have stayed one night in Rose Cottage, it may be fine as an late spring,summer,early autumn, but it's not geared up for a winter let. Rose Cottage has issues that addressing by the owners.

    Thankyou for your feed back, very saddened by this, such negative feedback the cottage yes has different curtains not drab by any means ! lined made to measure curtains for the cottage, yes the suite has changed sadly the old previous suite had been given better days, so was replaced with a new leather suite 2 years ago which is more customer friendly with dogs, with regards to the lamp yes this had been moved this will be edited in book, the cooker had just been cleaned by the oven clean company so surprised by this comment it looked clean before arrival! the cottage has storage heaters which are on and the fire has a back boiler which heats extra heaters,, first bag of ovoid coal is supplied free of charge, this is a country cottage, majority of clients are very happy and cozy , see most of the comments. we have a lot of clients re visiting our lovely cottage. with regards to the bed rooms strange both rooms had been used with sleeping 4 guests , and 2 very large dogs , the kitchen and most of cooking utensils had been well used, noticed on the very large clean up after departure, I will have photos updated on the living area Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul1.3Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in great, quiet location in central location for scottish borders."

    just a couple of suggestions to make it perfect. living room could do with a second lamp. the coal fire could do with kindling and matches (we bought some from Melrose). We later found out there was some kindling in a bin outside the cottages but there was nothing in the visitor book to say. the kitchen could do with a hand towel and soap. but these are little things and we really enjoyed our stay. the wine, milk and biscuits were a nice touch.

    Thankyou for lovley feedback , will put extra hand towel along with tea towels .we always put in bathrooms hand soap , never thought about the kitchen ,apologies I thought I had put in the email starter pack,there was extra cola and kindling outside in silver bin,extra lighters on mantle peice ,I will pop a note in diary, glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Nov 2022

  • "Rose Cottage is a delight, once we got the fire going and some lovely hot water it was very cosy."

    A nice little wood to walk through which the dog loved and a long drive with some friendly horses in the field. It was a very quiet place and with a dark sky so we could view millions of stars at night-time.

    Thankyou so much for lovley feedback we are so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "Rose cottage is very beautiful and located in a peaceful and beautiful location."

    It has everything we needed and the welcome bottle of wine, milk and biscuits is a plus. The owners were so friendly and helpful. We'll definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by Carlota5.0Sep 2022

  • "Property was quiet, clean, well equipped and very comfortable."

    Information about the property and the surrounding area from the owner was very good. We would definitely recommend to others and come back ourselves

    Thankyou very much for lovley response it is much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2022

  • "Idyllic! A lovely cottage with everything you will need."

    Fantastic location in a lovely quiet rural setting. Many places nearby to visit. Lovely walks all around. We had a great time.

    Many thanks for lovely feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2022

  • "Rose Cottage was situated in lovely peaceful surroundings, which we really enjoyed."

    The Fire was nice and comforting to come home to at night after our trips. The cottage is ideally placed for all the Historic places to go to. All the Family made us feel really welcome which was a nice touch indeed. Everything you need to enjoy your break is supplied in the home and I loved the walks and the pets. Only thing wrong was our break was far too short for us, a month would have been perfect. All I can say is a big thank you all round for everything and I mean everything. Kind Regards, Chsrlie@Fiona.

    thankyou so much for your lovley comments it was a pleasure to have you for your holidays. thankyou also for leaving cottage so clean and tidy, hope to see you back in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely welocming clean cottage."

    The fire was lit and the house was wamr and ready for our arrival. The beds are conforatble. We stayed 3 nihts and went for walks in the area in the woodland. The gardens are attractive with interesting animal decorations placed around the area.

    Thankyou for kind feedback we are glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Feb 2022

  • "Lovely place and helpful hosts, we were happily cocooned there while storm Arwen raged around us, with all local roads blocked by fallen trees, cleared within a day or so."

    Best to keep the fire going in cold weather for a warm house. We found the double bed a little soft but it didn't detract from our stay. Would book again.

    thankyou also lovely thankyou leaving cottage so clean on departure hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Nov 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Rose Cottage."

    It's set in beautiful grounds with very well kept gardens. The house was clean and tidy. The only downside was that there was no WiFi at all and limited phone signal. The family who own it are lovely and the horses very friendly

    Thankyou for lovley comments, apologies with regards to wifi we have contacted our server to have this looked into Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth4.4Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was perfectly located in beautiful countryside."

    All essentials were stocked and in good condition. No shower unfortunately. We were troubled with a lot of insects , as the weather was so hot , windows had to be open .

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.4Jul 2021

  • "The holiday cottage was, as always, wonderful as were the people who own it."

    Sykes need to be careful not to word things such as the arrival time amendment, so it looks like they have requested that we arrive a week later than originally planned rather than just half an hour later. Please see your correspondence with us for details!

    Reviewed by Raine5.0Jul 2021

  • "I had a great time but was a little chilly as there seemed to be no obvious way to turn the central heating on, and the upstairs storage heater didn’t appear to be working."

    I should have asked the owner next door, but I really hate disturbing people so didn’t like to! Luckily I had brought my quilt with me to curl up in.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was like a real home from home and on the doorstep of many places to visit."

    We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage is spacious and very quaint."

    It really feels like home from home, with the lovely coal fire to give that cosy feel on a night. There are also electric heaters and radiators, so its lovely and warm when you need it. The kitchen is stocked with everything you could need for a break and we were even greeted with a lovely treat when we arrived! The bedrooms are large with lovely skylights. The setting is beautiful and the chickens that roam freely were an added bonus for our little one. The grounds are lovely and George the gardener was very helpful with advise on the local sites to visit! You are situated perfectly to visit many of the local castles, sites and houses in the area. Although the houses and castles are closed at the moment due to Covid 19, it didn't stop us from enjoying the lovely gardens and walks that are now open. We even managed a trip to the coast to have a walk along the cliff and enjoy the view and then finish the day off with a coffee and shop in Edinburgh. All in all, a lovely cottage, and Julie was a very friendly host. Great for just chilling out away from it all or visiting the many attractions near by. We will definitely be booking again!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "Pretty cottage, inside and out, in a beautiful and peaceful location."

    Cottage had everything we needed and the wine and milk were appreciated. The towns of Selkirk and Melrose weren't far away for a good choice of food supplies, cafes, pubs/restaurants and shops. Plenty of walking/cycling/sightseeing close by and further afield. Definitely recommend Rose Cottage and the area.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful, sparkling clean and very homely."

    There were also lots of little touches that made the arrival even nicer. The surroundings are stunning and there are lots of little villages within easy reach making this an amazing place to switch off and relax. It is clear the owner takes pride in their property and offers a fantastic service. We will certainly be back and look forward to it!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "Fantastic place, clean and well equipped, would happily recommend, looking forward to returning at some point"

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2020

  • "We had a fab holiday with added extras of dogs, horses and Mini cars to view in the barns next door."

    Lovely friendly family who are only too happy to please. A beautiful cottage with lovely homely touches such as fresh flowers, biscuits, wine, milk, fresh orange and dog biscuits. Gorgeous location set in lovely grounds with plenty of local attractions to visit. Would definitely recommend and we will be back

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2019

  • "All little extras on arrival i."

    E dog bowls with treat's wine cake milk juice jam. Very central location easy to get to activities and walks. Staff very friendly and lot's of other animals/dogs Only bad comment at start of driveway big pot hole needing filled

    Reviewed by William & Clare4.7Sep 2019

  • "Best place to stay on Scottish borders, very peaceful and neat cottage, owners were very friendly."

    .. I love to stay again

    Reviewed by Majid5.0Aug 2019

  • "Could do with a shower fitted if possible and stairs a bit narrow with no hand ..."

    Could do with a shower fitted if possible and stairs a bit narrow with no hand rail elderly people could struggle coming down

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Jul 2019

  • "It would have been good to have a shower, however, there was plenty of hot water for the bath."

    The bed was really comfortable, usually don't sleep well when I am away but I did this time.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0May 2019

  • "Te cottage could benefit from having a shower"

    Reviewed by Mike3.8Mar 2019

  • "Loved it! Every little detail was thought of- the owners left th way fire in for us and some lights as we got stuck in traffic and didn’t arrive until home midnight, with two young children!"

    Was absolutely perfect, nice quiet and tranquil! Definitely would stay again!

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Feb 2019

  • "Fabulous location for a get away from it all experience."

    Really frienday and supportive host family who really went out of their way to help us when I had a problem with the car. BEAUTIFUL riverside walks if you don't mind climbing a few fences

    Reviewed by Chandra5.0Feb 2019

  • "It was lovely accommodation in a delightful area."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Cameron4.7Aug 2018

  • "A lovely little cottage, off the beaten track and perfect as a base for the Borders and anyone wanting to experience peace and tranquility."

    We loved our time here and would come back.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jul 2018

  • "So peaceful !"

    A really beautiful Location, the cottage was spotless,we'll equipped and very comfortable. Lovely welcome pack of essentials,and a bottle if nice wine and chocolate cake waiting for us. We can highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2018

  • "The peace and quiet,the access to some beautiful towns and villages and the cottage was lovely."

    Reviewed by Jeanie5.0Apr 2018

  • "Loved the cottage, just what we needed to unwind."

    Lovely long walks with the dogs. Nice to see how the owners saved this old building and have brought it back to life.

    Reviewed by Ammy5.0Mar 2018

  • "We were made to feel very welcome."

    Mrs Purves was very kind and her father had made a wonderfully warm fire ready for our arrival. The woodland setting was ideal and we really enjoyed our holiday, despite the cold weather.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Mar 2018

  • "Rose Cottage was a lovely well equipped cottage owned by people who went out of their way to be friendly."

    It was centrally located and easily accessible to many small towns. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Mary4.8Jul 2017

  • "The owners were very welcoming."

    The location and the cottage was excellent. What else can I say?

    Reviewed by Eve5.0Jul 2017

  • "A brilliant location in the Borders with the most friendly hosts that you could wish to meet, an idyllic holiday where nothing was any trouble to them , I have never experienced such hospitality."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2017

  • "Couldn't have met nicer owners."

    Julie and her husband made us very welcome. We would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0May 2017

  • "Terrific place, people were super helpful and friendly."

    The cottage was trrific. Only problem was that they only had a bath no shower. Which was a bit hard for my 85 year old dad. Loved the grounds which were great for walking the dogs. The extra bonus was watching the mini pony from the kitchen window. Highly recommend snd will go back again.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.8Oct 2016

  • "All aspects of the holiday accommodation were fully up to expectations and the perfect 'isolated' situation ensured a very peaceful and pleasant two weeks spent in outstanding countryside."

    Many thanks. Mike & Eileen Stapleton (Poole, Dorset)

    4.8Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Partial electric central heating from back boiler, night storage heaters and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars, no EV charging at the property
  • Gravelled patio area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Supplement of £25 for second dog, to be accepted upon consultation with owner
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Please note that a £100 Good Housekeeping Bond applies to this property.

The property

Lilliesleaf 1 mile.

Full of character and located in glorious woodland, you will love this cottage from the minute you step through the door.

Set just one mile from the village of Lilliesleaf, this cottage has two bedrooms and a family bathroom with shower to the first floor and downstairs offering a comfortable and cosy sitting room with an open fire and a separate dining room, perfect for games of monopoly or enjoying a heartwarming supper.

Outside Rose Cottage there is a delightful area with table and chairs, just perfect for sipping a cool glass of wine, whilst listening to the chorus of wildlife as they prepare for night.

The small, pretty village of Lilliesleaf, just a 10 minute stroll away, has a lovely pub, a gallery café and a golf course.

A short drive will take you to Ancrum which boasts a village pub, shop and Post Office.

With access to great scenery for walking, cycling and fishing, as well as the historic abbeys of Dryburgh, Melrose and Jedburgh, Rose Cottage is the perfect destination at any time of year.

EPC Rating: Band F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Melrose 7 miles; Hawick 7 miles; Selkirk 7 miles; Jedburgh 11 miles.

The small village of Lilliesleaf sits in Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders. The village has had a church since the 11th century and there have been Bronze Age settlements discovered alongside. Today, Lilliesleaf boasts two village pubs and a gallery café with the nearby towns of Galashiels, Hawick, Melrose, Selkirk, Jedburgh and Kelso providing the shops. Ideally located for touring these famous Scottish Border towns, the village is also a superb base for exploring both Edinburgh and the Northumberland National Park which are about an hour’s drive away.

Supplement of £25 for second dog, to be accepted upon consultation with owner.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas