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Harmony Cottage

Melrose, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1060385)



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6 Customer Reviews

  • "Well situated quirky cottage in a great location for Melrose and neighbouring towns and villages."

    The chairs in the living room (club chairs) are really uncomfortable with the springs broken in one of the chairs. The beds were however comfortable so did have a good nights sleep. Few light bulbs out including the outside front door one which we went away and replaced prior to a visit from a member of the National Trust who came to see us on the Monday ( we arrived on the Saturday) could do with main lights in the kitchen and living room being replaced as the side lamps do not provide enough light for reading especially on an evening. Shower was black with mould but was easily cleaned with 5 minutes time and effort. Given the previous feedback about this maybe the cleaners/owners need to make sure this is sorted. Parking was not a real issue for us and only once during our weekly stay we were unable to park outside the property. This is clear in the booking so that was fine. We did put some adaptation to the gate as we have a wee dog that easily would have got out onto the road. Just mesh and a few strip ties did the trick and enabled us to let her out without worrying about her getting out. This said, we absolutely loved our stay and would if changes regarding the living room chairs were changed we would happily love to come and stay again.

    Reviewed by LeslieOct 2021

  • "The cottage was fairly clean and it was warm."

    The beds were comfortable but the seating in the living room was not. Lighting was dim in the downstairs rooms and it was difficult to read even with all of the lights on. I stayed at the cottage 12 months ago and was disappointed to notice a lack of basic maintenance eg painting the badly scuffed kitchen door and filling in the gaping holes in the cement around the Kitchen stoned floor. The property now needs some attention to reflect the increase in price.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We have submitted our budget requirement to carry out maintenance to Harmony Cottage over the winter 21/22 and are awaiting confirmation. We have just recently changed our cleaning company and explained to them our expectation for standards of cleanliness and they are going to attend to scuff marks during a deep clean they are carrying out. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2021

  • "An historic property but showing its age in all the wrong places."

    Black mold in the shower, leaking taps in the bath. Crumbling flooring the kitchen. Ice box in fridge was icebound and as usual needed defrosting before it could be used. Fantastic location and a brave attempt to preserve the historical features. Parking is a nightmare. I have been going to Harmony cottage on a yearly basis for the last 15 years but I may now look elsewhere if it is not updated.

    Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry to hear that you were unhappy with some aspects of the property on this occasion. I can confirm that we now have a new cleaning company in place and the issued raised have been addressed or are in the process of being addressed. There are no main ceiling light fittings in the living room or kitchen, only the original gas light fittings - all other lights are currently in working order. Thank you again for your feedback and we do hope that you will visit again in 2022. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KennethOct 2021

  • "The cottage was excellent, the staff from National Scottish trust was really helpful and friendly."

    Excellent place and we would recommend to all friends and family

    Many thanks for your kind words about the cottage and the staff in Melrose. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Good central location in pleasant accommodation."

    Reviewed by LarsAug 2021

  • "Given that a dish-washer was provided, there were insufficient dishes etc provided to properly and efficiently use the dish-washer."

    There were only 4 of some items, and we, as a group of only two in the cottage, soon ran out of clean dishes. The cottage has a capacity of 4 people. Only 3 dish-washer tablets were provided, and these crumbled when you took the protective film off. We had to consult the instruction manual for the dishwasher, but operating it was fine. We have never come across such a badly-designed fridge in our lives before - you couldn't store much in it. The stone-flagged floor of the kitchen needs cementing repairs at the junctions - we even found an old bread crust in one of the gaps! The paintwork throughout is very knocked about, although the place was clean. The oven was not clean, but they never are in self-catering places - our ovens don't get dirty at home because we don't cook or eat meat. There was no vacuum cleaner provided. There was no comfortable place to sit in the lounge, and if you sat back in one of the armchairs in the lounge, you experienced two springs in your bottom. There was nowhere to sit in the lounge and have good light to read by, except in the daytime. There was only one bedroom with an armchair - both need one. Having said all that, we appreciated how warm the cottage was - and there was plenty of hot water. The views of the Abbey and the Eildon Hills from the upstairs windows (the Abbey is floodlit at night) were superb, and the centrality of the cottage in Melrose was good. You could park freely on the roadside very close to the cottage, and if you went out in the car for the day, you could find room in the same place later on when you returned. We never had to pay anything to park. There did seem to be a lot of passing pedestrians throughout the day, so we had to watch safe distancing a bit as we came and went to and from the cottage.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

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Harmony Cottages

A collection of three wondrous properties resting in the Scottish Borders' town of Melrose, centred around the beautiful Harmony Garden, owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Comprising three separate properties, including Harmony House, nestled within the walls of Harmony Garden; Harmony Cottage, positioned adjacent to Melrose Abbey; and finally Pear Cottage, above a local craft shop and overlooking National Trust for Scotland’s Priorwood Garden. Each property offers its own unique outlook, with equally impressive interiors, as well as being within a stone's throw of each other, making a great choice for an escape with all of your loved ones. Harmony Garden itself is a tranquil setting comprising lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit plots, and a rich display of spring bulbs, creating a wonderful aura to enjoy all year round. Enjoy exploring this idyllic setting and delight in purchasing fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables from Harmony Garden itself when available, great for adding to the ingredients of your self-catered cooking, with lots more to be found in the heart of Melrose. Visit the Country Kitchen in Market Square, offering a deli, bakery and winery stocking a great range of local produce, or visit the farmer's market in Kelso, around 15 miles away, on the last Saturday morning of every month. The St Cuthbert's Way begins in Melrose and spans 62 miles all the way to Lindisfarne, while the Eildon Hills are accessible right from the town centre, and a pleasant riverside stroll along the River Tweed is always a delightful choice. Visit the stunning ruins of Melrose Abbey, dating back to the 14th century and now home to a museum, as well as the National Trust for Scotland’s Priorwood Garden, where you can find beautiful flora and fauna, and even 90 different types of apples. Venture out of town to the imposing Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, who was a playwright, novelist and poet. A trip to the charming and historic town of Jedburgh is a must too, with its own abbey, or find even more National Trust for Scotland wonder at Robert Smail's Printing Works in Innerleithen, a living museum of Victorian history boasting plenty of excitement and an educational day out for all of the family, with the oldest working commercial letterpress printers in the UK. Relish in a scenic and elegant stay with your loved ones in the Scottish Borders at Harmony Cottages.

The property

Nestled opposite the historic ruins of Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders, is the charming Harmony Cottage.

Ideal for a group of four seeking an adventure in Scotland, this lovely dwelling can be found in the heart of Melrose, a desirable destination for an action-packed escape.

Just a stone's throw from its namesake, the National Trust for Scotland-owned Harmony Garden, Harmony Cottage is within strolling distance of all the delights of Melrose, and is perfect for a holiday full of country and riverside walks, as well as visiting historic houses and manors.

Be welcomed into the sitting room to unwind into your evening, resting on one of the armchairs or the sofa and admiring the characterful feature fireplace with Victorian tiling.

Move across the flagstone flooring of the kitchen/diner, with another traditional feature fireplace amidst the rustic timber panelling, and begin to rustle up delicious dishes with the use of the excellent appliances at hand, with a wooden dining table and chairs to gather around and toast to your holiday.

Discover two twin bedrooms upstairs, beneath the quirky sloping ceilings, whilst the shared bathroom offers a bath with an overhead shower, so you can prepare for your day however you prefer, the heated rail keeping your towel warm too!

Enjoy the use of your own paved garden, great for letting your canine companion stretch their legs, while plenty of walks can be enjoyed right from the centre of Melrose.

Delight in the homely setting of Harmony Cottage with your loved ones in the Scottish Borders.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060387, 1060394, together sleeping 21 guests.


  • Two twin bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, radio, DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • On-street pay & display parking nearby, free parking in winter season and evenings
  • Small paved garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Please note there is no WiFi at this property
  • Note: The three properties within the group Harmony Cottages are not directly next door to each other, but all rest within 0.2 miles of each other
  • Note: The beds in each room cannot be made into one large bed, please consider this when booking
  • Note: There are 4 external steps to the front door
  • Note: Please could we remind you that smoking is not permitted in this property and candles or any naked flame/fireplaces should not be used
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here Please note: Unfortunately, The National Trust for Scotland do not permit BBQ's on their properties - due to fire risk.

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About the location


St Boswells 4.6 miles; Lauder 11.5 miles; Kelso 14.2 miles; Bonchester Bridge 19.3 miles

The quaint and idyllic town of Melrose can be found perched on the banks of the beautiful River Tweed right on the border where Scotland meets England. Surrounded by beautiful open fields, this charming town offers a beautiful base from which to explore the true delights of Scotland. Filled with all the essential amenities for a smooth-sailing self-catering stay, such as a large supermarket, a charming café and a small selection of quintessential country pubs and restaurants, it's little wonder this picturesque town has become a firm favourite amongst many holidaymakers. Visitors can delight in tours of The Trimontium Museum Trust and the medieval ruins of Melrose Abbey, as well as the beautifully-kept lawns of Priorwood Garden right from your doorstep! A pleasant drive away lies the historical town of Jedburgh and the Royal Burgh of Peebles, whilst further afield the picturesque town of Eyemouth makes for a wonderful day by the coast. Other local attractions include Dryburgh Abbey, Smailholm Tower and the former home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford. Fun is to be had at Go Wild Scotland, and outdoor enthusiasts should be sure to embark on a scenic hike through Tweed Valley Forest park. With something for everyone to enjoy, Melrose is the ultimate choice for any type of holiday to Scotland.

Note: Please note there is no WiFi at this property.
Note: The beds in each room cannot be made into one large bed, please consider this when booking.
Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

Please note: Unfortunately, The National Trust for Scotland do not permit BBQ's on their properties - due to fire risk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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