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Beech Cottage

St Boswells, Scottish Borders (Ref. 964622)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage was lovely in a great setting for driving out and about."

    We didn't walk to the village for the pub as we have a big dog and felt the roads weren't safe enough to walk him. Great grassy area for him to run about in. All in all a great wee find . Loved the shower too.

    Thankyou for lovley feedback road can have more tractors than usuall with being harvest. It is a nice walk to village and river Property Owner

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2022

  • "Nice cottage in a beautiful location."

    Very spacious and peaceful. Maybe a wee bit of attention to detail would be an advantage. There were cob webs in a few places, especially the walls and ceiling in the double bedroom. Dead insects on the sash windows. The arm of the arm chair was a bit worn and cracked, inside the micro wave wasnt clean, the floor in the sitting room was damaged. There was mould and spiders webs around the bathroom window. I appreciate it would require a ladder. Unfortunately there seemed to be mice in the wall cavity of the double bedroom. They came to life at bedtime, so a few disturbed nights. Informed the owner, felt that the owner could have checked after first disturbed night if everything was ok. I sent a text message but didn't get a reply unfortunately. I called again to find out if they had taken any action. Did not feel the customer should have to do this. I appreciate it is a country location, however our holiday was spoiled by this. We did leave one night earlier.

    Good evening the cottages are cleaned to a high standard either by myself or my Daughter . Possibly was an insect on the window or a cobweb with exceptionally hot weather sadly these can occur overnight ,with regards to mice we did talk by telephone on a few occasions .also you spoke to my father.my husband and Daughter inspected roof and attic areas on the same day you contacted ,you kindly gave us with kind permission To have access there was no trace of a mouse . We also have had a contractor out. As discussed we do have bats in the area with being in the country. We are sorry you had chosen to leave late afternoon instead of the early morning the following day.there is a couple if scratches on the real wooden floor.sadly this can happen with being a real solid oak flooring. as with the leather arm chair unfortunately there is a small scratch from a previous client but sadly this can happen . With regards to the microwave juat little but dated we have a new one on order im sorry it was not here before you arrived . We do take pride in our cottages thank for feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanJul 2022

  • "Nice place in a quiet setting and everyone very friendly"

    Glad you had a lovley time Property Owner

    Reviewed by WendyJun 2022

  • "Excellent comfortable spacious accommodation in a beautiful peaceful woodland setting."

    All modern facilities and appliances provided. Ideal as a relaxing retreat or as a base for exploring. A gem!

    Thankyou we are do glad you enjoyed your stay. Thankyou for leaving cottage sparkling Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanMay 2022

  • "A lovely peaceful place for a holiday and the dog loved all the walks."

    seeing all the horses and exploring the woods

    Many thanks for posting positive feed back we are glad you enjoyed Property Owner

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2022

  • "The property is wonderfully placed to explore the riches of the Border and it is very comfortable furnished."

    The owners cold not have been more welcoming or helpful. we are already talking about when we will go back.

    Thankyou it was a pleasure to meet you both , and leaving cottage so clean look forward to meeting you both again Property Owner

    Reviewed by HugoMar 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage, and surroundings."

    Owners were very helpful and easy to contact. Cottage was well equipped, and also cosy (we kept the fire stoked up). All the equipment supplied was easy to use; great wifi and broadband provision. Welcome pack. Will definitely return!

    Many thanks for lovley feed back we are so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by JacquelineFeb 2022

  • "Love secluded cosy cottage in stunning rural surroundings."

    Booking, check in, communication was all excellent. A great location for those that want to get away from it all... But still have good phone and Internet connection ( great for us as we had to keep an eye on our business). Cottage was clean and well equipped, lovely to arrive to a roaring fire and thoughtful welcoming gifts. Cottage was well equipped, well stocked kitchen, books, games, jigsaws, cleaning products. The only down side wad that the fire provided heat for the whole house, this means it has to be backed up at all times. Not so great if you want to go out for a long day. Bedrooms are large and so they were a little chilly even with the heating on full. My mother in law was supposed to come with us, but took unwell. If she had been there, it would have been too cold for her, so maybe not the best choice to travel their in winter with elderly or babies. But on a positive note, it was a wonderful relaxing break and we will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lorna JaneJan 2022

  • "Beautifully situated cottage"

    thankyou Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2021

  • "Nice place to stay, great location, Very happy"

    thankyou glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2021

  • "This cottage could be so much more."

    The grounds are lovely but that is where the positives end. This cottage was dirty, full of cobwebs and long-standing dirt. It lacked basic kitchen amenities there weren’t even any oven gloves. There were not any towels. I had to request some from owners who said they did not provide any as previous ones had been stolen. They did bring us some after a further follow up text message. There was a single tea towel. The washing up liquid was heavily watered down. Lack of kitchen/household cleaning products. When I say dirty I mean wipe your feet on the way out dirty. There was lack of personal info about the grounds, local area and dog walks apart from a mountain of promotional leaflets. Some furniture had not seen a duster in some time and was layered with dust. Dead insects everywhere. It appeared that cleaning was the responsibility of previous guest, albeit no products to clean apart from a dirty mop bucket outside, and that owner interaction with the running of this property is kept to a minimum. Very disappointing as we are frequent stayers at cottages throughout the UK. This week we are at a less expensive property in Warwickshire and the difference in amenities, information and cleanliness is remarkable. Overpriced and poorly equipped and dirty is what you get for £1100. Disappointing doesn’t cover it.

    We do send an email out pre arrival with local information and welcoming also attached and there is also a welcome pack with information about restaurants, supplemented by local Tourist Board information in the bookcase. With regards to the towels, all guest are advised on ther key info email from Sykes Cottages many weeks prior to arrival that regrettably towels cannot be provided at the moment and guests would need to bring their own and I also follow this up with a direct email to guests from myself pre arrival. I will also ask for it to be added to the advert. I did however provide some for you on this occasion when you advised me you didn't have any but was not made aware by you of any other issue. We take great pride in our property and the standards and have received several previous positive comments about the property. Regrettably, in a rural location in the summer some insects may make their way in from the outdoors, especially if windows are open in hot weather and we would have had these removed immediately if you had mentioned it when you contacted us about the towels. We supply washing up liquid which I can confirm had not been watered down and the property is also stocked with bleach spray, polish, cooker cleaner dishwasher tablets, floor cleaner, cloths, tea towels and toilet rolls so that guests have adequate supplies during their stay. The mop is new along with hoover and brushes. We also provide a welcome pack of milk, wine, coffee, tea, jam and shortbread or local Scottish biscuits, dog chews and children sweets, toilet rolls and a fire starter pack. I can reassure all guests that the property will always be provided with oven gloves and will make sure the location of them is clear. Regarding pricing, the price for peak season bookings is made clear on the advert before a gust chooses to book so that they are aware of the price at the time of booking. I live locally, also provide a contact number pre arrival and Sykes Cottages also has a dedicated helpline for any guests concerns during their stay. My father is also available several days a week and again this is advised in my direct email communications to guests pre arrival. I also advise pre arrival of any days my father is tending the garden and I'm sorry that if you had any concerns you did not give myself, my father or Sykes Cottages the opportunity to discuss this with you at the time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TerryAug 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, very quiet comfortable, away from it all."

    Surrounded by fields and woods. Very comfortable. Very good centre for exploring the Borders. 50 minutes from Edinburgh by train, station 5 miles away, good hourly service. Very relaxing place to be.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021

  • "Fabulous location, very tranquil but you do need a car to get out and about."

    Reviewed by AdrianJul 2021

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage with great outdoor area for dogs."

    Felt extremely comfortable in the cottage. Beds were very comfy too. Would be delighted to return

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2021

  • "Ideally situated for a holiday in the Borders, lovely cottage, cosy kitchen, powerful shower and very comfortable beds x Would definitely book again if travelling to the Borders."

    Love Melrose, Galashiels, Kelso and Jedburgh but the Eildon Hills were a bit more of a challenge that I realised.

    Reviewed by ClaireOct 2020

  • "We loved the very quiet cottage and even though we had a power cut due to work going on elsewhere the owners gave us an extension lead and it was resolved at 9."

    Pm. A shelf or cabinet was needed in the bathroom and the rug in the living room slid on the floor boards. Great place to stay with plenty to do in that area loved it.

    Reviewed by MicheleSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, set in beautiful grounds, with friendly owners."

    Had a great holiday in the borders, great base to explore from. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by GillAug 2020

  • "Very nice cottage in a lovely peaceful location yet near to amenities and attractions."

    Our 4/5month old puppy settled here on his first holiday so a paws up from him as well.

    Reviewed by JuliaAug 2020

  • "This was a fantastic place to stay."

    Nice and secluded which is just what we wanted. The grassed area to the front was perfect for our little girl to run around on. Bonus of having chickens running around on a morning and evening. House itself was exactly as described and very clean. Lovely additional touches on arrival too.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2020

  • "The cottage was in a very quiet location, which suited our needs, however be prepared for lots of driving to reach shops and facilities."

    The lovely owner even knocked in and delivered freshly laid eggs! We had everything we needed for a week away in the Scottish Borders.

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2020

  • "Fabulous location, space for walking all around."

    Lovely cottage, cosy and welcoming with the coal burner already lit for us. Nice reception pack. House managers very responsive to our needs.

    Reviewed by RosalynNov 2019

  • "Great location room for grandkids to run about."

    Reviewed by ThomasNov 2019

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Beech cottage with our 4 year old."

    We chose it as we knew it was within it's own grounds and plenty of space for my daughter to run around outside, away from roads etc and it didn't disappoint. The cottage itself was really comfy and well supplied with everything you could need. We arrived early evening to the stove being lit so was really cosy, and some thoughtful goodies left by the owner. We didn't really eat out and found the kitchen, whilst small, absolutely fine for cooking and making food, with all mod cons. Fridge is quite compact, but plenty of room for daily supplies, milk, wine, a few beers, and a couple of days of dinner's and lunch stuff, but probably wouldn't hold an entire weeks food delivery. We preferred pottering about, buying from the local shops anyway (some great food hall type places and butchers/grocers nearby as well as supermarkets etc). A car is needed, but everything is within a few miles driving (there is a pub you can walk to, about a mile I think, although we didn't go this time). A short drive takes you to Tweedbank railway station where it is an hour to Edinburgh by train, well worth a day out. I grew up in the Borders so it was great to re visit the area, so beautiful and unspoilt. Beech cottage was a perfect base for everything, but also a lovely place to stay and spend some time at too. We hope to go again.

    Reviewed by LaurenOct 2019

  • "The whole experience was great."

    The cottage was clean and the fire was roaring when we arrived. The welcome pack was much appreciated. Location was second to none. Woodland walk on the property was brilliant. We will be returning soon as everything was ideal.

    Reviewed by BillOct 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week at Beech cottage."

    Although the weather was very wet the roaring log burner cheered us all up. Beautiful scenery and lots to see and do nearby. Cottage was well laid out and although kitchen is very small we managed Hope to return here when back in the area.

    Reviewed by KatharineOct 2019

  • "Only one negative needs a bigger fridge freezer everything else spot on great chill out place."

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2019

  • "This cottage was perfect, the area is so peaceful and our 3 yr old daughter loved the surprise on the lawn area ( i wont spoil the surprise )and going for walks in the woods and by the streams."

    The cottage itself has everything you need, the log fire completes the experience. It is out in the country side and nearest village is 5mins away and the nearest town is 20mons away but it made a great base for us on our holiday. There is a wide range of wildlife that can be seen from the cottage itself from hawks, squirrels, owls, foxes and probably much more. Definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by AmeeSep 2019

  • "Awesome location."

    Beautiful cottage. Lovely part of the Borders. Loads to see and do within an 8 mile radius. Very friendly and helpful hosts. Amazing holiday.

    Reviewed by StuartAug 2019

  • "The cottage was comfortable and secluded limited walks from he cottage although the setting was beautiful walkers will have to drive to various location all within 10miles we enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by HarryJul 2019

  • "Supposedly a quiet location to get away from it all."

    Over 3 days strimming and mowing grass area at the front of the property. Window boxes watered while we were in the front room relaxing. This can be done on a turnaround day. Horses and people walking up the path by the front garden (no fencing to separate that garden and the dog was out in it.....hes not good with strangers!!). Fridge freezer is more a counter top job. Its on the floor and not easy to access. No operating instruction manuals/leaflets about any of the equipment. Radiator controls not intuitive.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Could do with being allowed to have heating on during the day as it was cold. Not to much to do.

    Reviewed by DeanMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage set in a beautiful location."

    We arrived to a bottle of wine,shortbread and milk in the fridge which was a nice touch from the owners. . If you are a dog owner the location is ideal,a large lawn and a woodland walk from your door.Beech Cottage was very peaceful and relaxing and would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage in a perfect setting."

    Cottage was well appointed, area was tranquil with a sun-trap garden out the front which the dogs and my son loved playing on. Would very happily stay again.

    Reviewed by GordonApr 2019

  • "A very relaxing short break and the cottage was lovely."

    The owners left a welcome bottle of wine, shortbread and a lovely fire was already lit when we arrived. The area is very peaceful and is very close to visitor attractions in the area if you want to tour historic sites etc. It was good to be able to take our dogs with us for a change. The kitchen is compact but is very well equipped. We would come back again.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2019

  • "Great little cottage, very cosy with all essential equipment for a great break."

    Reviewed by VictoriaFeb 2019

  • "This is our second trip to this lovely place."

    Off the beaten track but everything you need just a few miles down the road. Lots of beautiful walking country with your dogs (or just yourself!) This family run cottage is beautiful and they were so helpful with everything but to be honest, they provide all you need. Fabulous holiday retreat.

    Reviewed by MelanieFeb 2019

  • "The cottage was exactly what we were looking for, secluded, comfortable & had a really cozy feel."

    Very well equipped with everything we needed. When we arrived there was a roaring fire waiting for us as well as a nice bottle of wine and a cake. That was a lovely touch! We would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful relaxing break.

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2019

  • "The Cottage is in a perfect Borders Countryside location, beautiful!"

    It had all the facilities you could hope for. The owners gave us a welcome gift of Prosecco and Christmas cake very thoughtful as was the Christmas decoration and tree.

    Reviewed by BillDec 2018

  • "Fab weekend with my granddaughter visting the family pee christmas."

    Reviewed by SheenaDec 2018

  • "My friend and I enjoyed our stay immensely."

    The dogs loved being there too and it was a great central base for all The Border towns. Wonderful roaring fire welcome was much appreciated.

    Reviewed by CarolNov 2018

  • "Beech Cottage is situated in a fabulous location on the Scottish Borders."

    Peaceful and relaxing environment. The cottage itself is very comfortable and has a lovely homely feel, especially loved the fuel burner. Julie and Stuart the owners have put so much thought into making holidays really enjoyable. The very generous welcoming pack and fresh flowers were gratefully received. Our dog Salan was happy running around the front lawn he got loads of exercise, he was so content. Definitely hope to return in the New Year with family.

    Reviewed by AgnesNov 2018

  • "Absolutely super accommodation."

    A real home from home. Very well stocked with all the essentials and more. This was my first ever booking with Sykes and I am very impressed.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in this peaceful part of the Borders."

    The host could not have been more accommodating everything had been thought of. We did have a small issue whilst there which was rectified immediately to our satisfaction. The fridge freezer was a little on the small side but we managed. Overall a brilliant place to stay with dogs and a good site for touring all areas of the Borders.

    Reviewed by ChristinaSep 2018

  • "Amazing. fantastic relaxing holiday."

    Reviewed by AlenaJul 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would stay there again."

    Comfortable cottage in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2018

  • "The cottage is set in a wooded / park area good area for walking well situated for the local historical sites abbeys and houses, ideal for family's and couples, dog friendly."

    Good parking just out side the cottage. Will visit again next time we holiday in this area.

    Reviewed by GlennJun 2018

  • "Delightful cottage in peaceful surroundings."

    Really enjoyed the holiday and would return.

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2018

  • "Great location."

    Lovely comfortable cottage. Great welcome even dog treats for our 2 boys. Everything you could need or want provided.

    Reviewed by HilaryMar 2018

  • "It wasn't a problem but i was not aware from the details, the solid fuel burner needed to be kept stoked up to keep the water & heating going."

    Was a bit messy & as we were snowed in for 3 days was quite a constant. But the owners were great. Supplied plenty of coal. Cottage was certainly comfortable for our enforced time.

    Reviewed by LouisaFeb 2018

  • "The cottage and the holiday were great did not like the Sykes website."

    I t firstly sneaked a charge for using a credit card which was not highlighted, then it wanted me to take out holiday insurance.It was difficult to get around this, I was on the verge of booking elsewhere when I managed to circumvent it. Then it had the audacity to ask me who I had my insurance with. Never had an experience like this booking cottages, did not enjoy it at all.

    Reviewed by EdJan 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower Room, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Electric heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc in rent but please note that due to the current situation, towels cannot be provided and you would need to bring your own towels
  • Highchair and cot on request
  • Off road parking
  • Lawned garden
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smokingF
  • Please note that a £100 Good Housekeeping Bond applies to this property.

The property

St Boswells 4.5 miles.

This cosy, stone bungalow rests in a wonderful rural spot in the Scottish Borders, three and a half miles from the village of St Boswells.

Its lovely living areas and excellent woodland location make Beech Cottage perfect for a family getaway.

Enter the property and turn right where you will arrive at the lovingly furnished living/dining room, with comfortable leather seating, a TV and a fabulous woodburning stove, accompanied by a delightful bay window providing views towards the nearby woodland.To the back of the property sits the galley kitchen.

The two bedrooms at Beech Cottage are immaculate, cosy rooms complete with characterful, period fireplaces to create the perfect homely spot to get your much-needed rest.

The interior of the cottage is topped off with a stylish Shower Room.

Let your dogs and kids run and play on the extensive lawn area to the front of the property, or alternatively, go for a stroll through the woods.

St Boswells is a short drive away and offers a small range of places to shop and eat, making it a pleasant village to base your holiday.

The village provides great access to the surrounding area, with the wonderful market town of Kelso nearby providing a wider range of amenities and the beautiful Floors Castle.

Cross over the border for some elite facilities for walking, cycling and scenery at the Northumberland National Park.

Beech Cottage is a high quality stone bungalow in a wonderful area of the Scottish Borders.

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

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About the location


Melrose 5 miles; Kelso 10 miles.

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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas