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Harmony House

Melrose, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1060387)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 15

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful and spacious accommodation."

    Really comfortable and peaceful property for holiday. A home away from home. Beautiful garden surrounding, a beautiful town. Thank you Sykes cottage team. We will be back again.

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback, we hope to welcome you again at the NTS. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MilanMay 2022

  • "Everything was clean and tidy."

    Directions to the property was precise. Everyone in my party was delighted.

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback, we hope to welcome you back to Harmony or one of our other National Trust for Scotland houses. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JimMay 2022

  • "We booked Harmony House and Gardens in Melrose for our wedding reception and it was absolutely stunning."

    The bridal party all stayed together in the house and we had the best week together. The house is absolutely stunning as is the garden, the views of the Eildons and the Abby are an added bonus. Gordon and Jo, the managers there are just a dream to work with, so kind, helpful and supportive. The house has perfect facilities and enough room for everyone, we loved the Library for cosy nights and the grand sitting room is perfect for game nights. We will definitely be booking again and we can't wait. The Sykes team were also so helpful with our booking process. We would highly recommend this venue and company! Thank you for helping us achieve our dream wedding!

    Hello Roxy, many thanks for your lovely comments after your wedding reception. It is great to hear that you had the best week. All our best wishes for your married life together. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RoxyFeb 2022

  • "Can’t thank you enough for our wonderful Christmas holiday at your house."

    From the moment we arrived the house was warm and welcoming, two lovely trees were decorated for us and all the rooms were cosy, immaculate and with quality bed linens and towels. Honestly it felt like a home from home. Your kitchen was well equipped with plenty of crockery and cutlery, took us a bit of time to work out the range ovens - that was down to us and not the cooker ! Location of the house was perfect for us as shops and cafes were literally 5 minutes away also we had a clear view of Melrose Abbey and the grounds of the house itself we’re lovely. All the family are looking forward to a return visit. Once again a big thank you to you. All the best.

    Thank you very much for your feedback, we are really pleased that you enjoyed Christmas at Harmony. We look forward to welcoming you back to Melrose. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DorothyDec 2021

  • "Ten from 12 were here, and we all had a great time."

    Harmony house was a great venue and everything was spotleddly clean and the shortbread thoroughly enjoyed. Located ideally for a quick pop into Melrose and surrounding areas. Thoroughly recommended.

    Many thanks for your kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Harmony House. We would love to welcome you back at Harmony House or one of our other NTS properties throughout Scotland. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DouglasNov 2021

  • "A beautiful house in a lovely garden."

    It has its own private garden but out of visiting hours the whole of Harmony Garden was ours. It’s a wonderful area with loads to see and do. Lots of lovely walks nearby. And houses and gardens aplenty. Go to Carolside gardens if you can - they’re beautiful ( only open weekends) The house is comfortable and as one would expect, old fashioned. Facilities ok but a few things need attention: the television had no signal and the dishwasher needs a new lower basket. For a large party some bigger cooking pots/ casserole dishes would be good ( plus a grater and a sieve)

    We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the house and the surrounding area. Unfortunately the TV required a qualified engineer to fix and re-tune so there was a delay. We have noted your comment re the dishwasher and the utensils. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2021

  • "We really loved staying at Harmony."

    The house is full of character the furniture pieces are really excellent. The garden is awesome and worth staying here just to enjoy the garden! We’ll like to suggest upgrade to the bathrooms as they look really tired and the house definitely needs WiFi that works consistently. The hosts/caretaker generously offered us an Ethernet cable so we could get some connections.

    Thank you for your commenst and we are glad that you loved staying at Harmony House. We are currently looking at plans for renewals and replacements for the property . Property Owner

    Reviewed by OlukayodeMay 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Eight bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite, 1 x double, 1 x second-floor double, 2 x twin, 2 x second-floor twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • External utility and drying room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room/library
  • Drawing room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, CD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed private garden with table and chairs and use of Harmony Garden after it is closed to the public
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Due to rural location the internet can be slow and intermittent
  • Note: When travelling between Harmony House and the guests' private garden dogs must be kept on a lead
  • 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: 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: Pease refrain from any external activities after 11pm or before 8am to avoid noise pollution and be respectful of neighbouring residents
  • 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 Note: Unfortunately, The National Trust for Scotland do not permit BBQ's on their properties - due to fire risk. Note: Seasonal fruit and vegetables, grown in Harmony Garden, when available, from Priorwood Gardens on a Danish trolley

The property

An eclectic mix of period detail with contemporary comfort, Harmony House is a 19th century eight-bedroom dwelling, lying within the peaceful National Trust for Scotland-owned Harmony Garden in Melrose.

This elegant abode is perfect for bringing everyone together for a trip to the Scottish Borders, with plenty of country walks, riverside rambles and local history to delight in.

Seek comfort within the opulent drawing room, taking a seat on one of the beautiful sofas and turning on the CD player for some ambience while you admire the original features, such as the feature open fire.

For a family celebration, make use of the impressive dining room, the long table offering a seat for every guest, with food being prepared in the kitchen with the use of the excellent range of appliances.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon within the sitting room/library, with a wondrous choice of books to choose from, as well as a TV in here.

An external outbuilding holds the laundry facilities and a drying area, as well as the house having its own private garden and patio area reserved just for guests.

Feature fireplaces, ornate furnishings, wrought-iron bed frames and polished floorboards all feature throughout the eight elegant bedrooms, set over the first and second floors, reached via the beautiful spiral staircase.

On the first floor you can choose from two double bedrooms, with one boasting en-suite facilities, two twin rooms and a single bedroom, whilst up on the second floor lies a further double bedroom and two more twin rooms, providing everyone with a tranquil place to rest.

On waking, you can step into a refreshing shower within the shower room, or take a relaxing soak in the tub in the bathroom.

Delight in picturesque views from the large windows of Harmony Garden below, as well as being within strolling distance of the amenities of Melrose.

Bring the whole family together in the beautiful Harmony House for a Scottish Borders adventure.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060385, 1060394, together sleeping 21 guests.

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.

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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: Sadly, dogs are not permitted in either of Harmony Garden or Priorwood Garden, therefore when travelling between Harmony House and the guests' private garden dogs must be kept on a lead.
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