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Pear Cottage

Melrose, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1060394)

4.4

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Sykes and National Trust Scotland were very helpful and gave all the information requested re the parking problem."

    Fortunately there were no problems with the parking during our stay. We didn't find the holiday information until Thursday night, it could have been visible on arrival not tucked away in a drawer. Our train trip to Edinburgh was superb but some information about how easy it is at Tweedbank with free parking would have been useful. The bed is particularly comfortable, well equipped kitchen and cottage is in a very good central position. We had an excellent holiday, thank you.

    Thank you for your comments and we are pleased to read that the information about the parking bay and the work on the wall were clear. We hope to welcome you back to Pear Cottage or to one of the other NTS cottages in Scotland. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SallyJun 2022

  • "Pear Cottage was situated in a beautiful setting with the Abbey and gardens nearby."

    Restaurants and stores were within walking distance and there was good access to local buses and hiking trails. The apartment was comfortable, charming, peaceful and well stocked with all the essentials. There was good communication from the rental agency before during and after my stay. I would definitely recommend this lovely spot to anyone who is looking for a short or long term holiday rental.

    Many thanks for your lovely comments about Pear Cottage. The Priorwood Garden is lovely, great to have so many heritage apple trees. We hope to welcome you back to Pear Cottage cottages or one of the other NTS holiday cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2022

  • "At very short notice we were informed by email that building work was being carried out and therefore parking at the property was no longer available."

    At no point did anyone have the courtesy to let us know that the former parking place immediately adjacent to Pear Tree cottage was going to be used for loading building materials into two skips. The noise started on Monday morning at 8am. After we contacted the NTS office to ask for information we did receive a prompt reply and apology. However, we were told that the use of the skips would finish probably by Tuesday and definitely by Wednesday. We were also told that builders had been asked not to load rubble into skips until 10am, or create undue noise. In fact the work continued until the end of the week and on the Tuesday morning the first skip was collected at 8am. We understood that the repair work was important and necessary but we felt that it would have been courteous to let us know in advance that such building work would be taking place and to have kept us informed of the continued loading of rubble by dumper trucks into skips throughout our stay. The loss of parking was inconvenient and difficult because there are almost no parking spaces in Abbey Street readily available and the nearest car park is often full since it is regularly used by visitors to the abbey and town, and cyclists who arrive by car to ride the 4 Abbeys route, as well as parking lots for overnight motor homes. Pear Tree cottage is lovely but our holiday was marred by the fact that the promised parking became unavailable at short notice. In addition one had the courtesy to inform us that the building work would create noise and dust immediately outside our entrance. This holiday was to celebrate our joint 70th birthdays and we are disappointed that neither care nor consideration was given to informing us fully of the impact of the building work.

    We are sorry that you received short notice of the work planned on the wall at the far end of Priorwood Garden. The work to re-build part of the wall in Priorwood Garden has been postponed for 3 years, it was imperative that the work was started as soon as possible and when the tradesmen were available. NTS had asked Sykes to notify all guests coming into Pear Cottage as soon as we knew. Our Operations Manager did call after you had contacted Sykes to explain the work. He explained that he had spoken directly with the contractors so the excavation works would not commence early or finish late (to be considerate to occupants of the cottage), however going forward the noisy works will continue on ad-hoc days, but cannot define what the dates will be. Pear Cottage is a very popular cottage and there is simply not a long enough window in bookings to carry out this work when the cottage is vacant. Again we are sorry that your holiday was marred by this work and hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanMay 2022

  • "Lovely well equipped property with great views of Abbey and Priorwood Gardens."

    The new bed is very comfortable and enjoyed the new sofa which was delivered during our stay.

    Thank you very much for your positive comments. We are pleased that the work the team have carried out has been well received. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaureenMay 2022

  • "Great place and fabulous location."

    Many thanks for your comments, we have recently invested in some soft refurbishment at Pear Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GaryApr 2022

  • "A lovely property overlooking Melrose Abbey."

    Quiet and comfortable. Nice and bright in the lounge with having three windows. Good size kitchen/diner. Actually all rooms were a good size for two people. Hope to return in the future.

    Many thanks for your positive feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back to Melrose and the NTS. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "We had a great stay at Pear Cottage but there were two things that should be looked into: 1."

    The heating was strange and difficult to understand but luckily there was an electric heater which was fine in the lounge. 2. The sofa in the lounge was very uncomfortable and needs replacing. Everything else was first class and we loved our break in Melrose.

    Reviewed by JaniceMar 2022

  • "Interesting period property with a great location right in the centre of Melrose."

    The cottage was clean & had all mod.cons.needed. It was really cozy & we had full control of the heating.The view of the illuminated abbey at night was stunning. The only downside was the seating which was fairly uncomfortable- everything else was great.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. Good to read that you found the cottage cosy and well equipped. We are sorry to read that you found the seating uncomfortable as we have just replaced some of the chairs in the lounge. We will review the furniture with the interior designer who provided the seating. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2022

  • "Very comfortable bed, good size and well equipped kitchen."

    The only problem I found was a sort of unpleasant smell in the sitting room but soon reported it to the NT office. In village centre, a few steps away from all amenities.

    Thank you very much for your feedback, glad to read you found the new beds comfortable. We are sorry that you experienced a smell in the sitting room and thank you for letting the staff know. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LauraFeb 2022

  • "During the current situation with Covid, we feel that with over 7 hours to clean the cottage it was not as clean as it should have been."

    Bits on carpets indicating little vacuuming. Dust on kitchen and bathroom floors, crumbs on kitchen countertops, odd splashes on tiles. Kitchen sink gritty. No washing up bowl. No wooden spoons. Broken lower shelf front in fridge. No shelf in bathroom, obviously broken and not replaced. Shelf below sink in bathroom dusty. Sink not 100% clean. Only one bedside table and lamp. Oversized wardrobe with no hanging space. Only four hangers on hooks. Bed had been moved from position looking out of window - why?! Despite this we will be booking to go again! We stayed there for many years when it was first available to rent.

    Reviewed by CarolineNov 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Pear Cottage in October."

    It's in a great location between the ruined abbey & the gardens.The cottage was well equipped with a comfortable bed and no traffic noise to disturb our sleep and the heating was easy to control. My only real criticism is that the bedroom lacks a mirror in a well lit location with a plug socket nearby (this might be an issue if you're trying to style your hair). All infall it was very good value.

    Reviewed by AileenOct 2021

  • "Perfectly situation and very comfortable stay."

    Lots to do and see around the area, Galashiels home of the Great Scottish Tapestry opened this year and well worth a trip. Comfortable bed, and plenty warm enough cottage with great views into the garden and out to the monastry. I'd love to stay again. Would be perfect if a hoover could be provided (especially if bringing a dog) as its difficult to leave it as you found it when you only are provided with a broom.

    Thank you for you feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and we have added a hoover to the Cottage. Look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "Centrally situated in Melrose and overlooking the Abbey, beautiful pear cottage."

    A wonderful place to stay away from home to explore the Scottish boarders . We'll worth a visit, will come again

    Lovely to read your comments and we look forward to welcoming you again to Pear Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2021

  • "Quaint little property in great location, but several issues, all easily fixed took away from our enjoyment."

    Apart from the bathroom, there is not a mirror anywhere in the property for hair and makeup etc. this is an essential which has been commented before but no action taken. In the bedroom there is no facility to hang clothes on hangers, again mentioned before and unacceptable and even a free standing rail would suffice. In the kitchen the grill pan was thick with grease and both grill and oven require proper cleaning. There are two new oven trays supplied which are in great condition which is not surprising as they are too big for the oven. We were not about to clean the cooker, so did not use it. Other than a small hand brush and dustpan there is no floorbrush to maintain the property, and if the Henry vaccum is used it emits such a stench that it literally makes you gag. Needs replaced or properly sanitised. What should have been an enjoyable break was spoiled by the above issues which have been ignored by Sykes and The National Trust. Totally unacceptable.

    "Thank you for your feedback on this review page and for your time when we spoke to you directly. Just to update you we have added a peg rail to the bedroom to hang clothes. Thank you for the suggestions and we have added new oven trays and a floor brush. We have liased with our cleaning company about the cleanliness of the oven and grill and the Henry vacuum has been cleaned out and spare bags made available. Again thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2021

  • "Very well positioned cottage in a lovely town, parking space is a bonus, NT staff helpful and pleasant."

    Bathroom ready for upgrade but perfectly functional. Great position for exploring the East of Scotland..

    Thank you for your kind comments about the staff in Melrose and good to read that you enjoyed visiting the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GlynisJul 2021

  • "Melrose is a beautiful little town in a glorious area of countryside."

    The flat is centrally situated and very quiet. Quite basic in terms of equipment and comfort.

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2021

  • "A lovely little flat, handy for everything."

    Bus stop across the road. Bathroom needs upgrading, and windows were single glazed, with 2 damaged panes. Flat was very clean, and we enjoyed the box of shortbread

    Thank you for your comments and we have noted your comments about the bathroom. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2021

  • "A clean, tidy flat in a lovely location with a spacious well equipped kitchen."

    We found heating and hot water working well. We did feel that the accommodation could be improved with the addition of somewhere to hang clothes ( we were forewarned by a previous review , and so brought clothes hangers) . This seems like a easy fix as there is space for a small freestanding hanging rail in the bedroom. More importantly , the bathroom does need refurbishment .

    Thank you for your suggestion and a Clothes handing rail is now in place . Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2021

  • "There was confusion over where the key safe was located - it’s on the front door and the instructions said Harmony House."

    The location is absolutely perfect. WiFi is not secure. Niggly little thing but no one collects rubbish from the bin store on a Thursday - maybe this is Covid related? It’s a beautiful little place which we would definitely go back to. Thank you

    Thank you for the review. We were unaware of historic bin collection issues and can confirm the bins emptied every Thursday by the Council. WE look forward to welcoming you back to Pear Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2021

  • "The cottage is very pretty and in a great part of Melrose."

    The views over the garden are beautiful. Whilst we enjoyed the heritage aspects of the cottage there are items that could be improved. The bathroom really needs to be completely upgraded. Even in an historic setting it's good to have modern sanitary facilities. The bedroom needs to be re-considered as the layout is impractical. For example, there's nowhere to stand and dry your hair with a mirror. In addition, there is no wardrobe or even clothes hangers. Instead there's a rather large cupboard with shelves. This made it difficult to hang anything and we had to go out to buy some hangers and use hooks in the kitchen. Finally, the living room seating, particularly the sofa is small and not very comfortable. In addition, we were unlucky with the weather and the living room was very cold. This is probably due to the three windows, which could benefit from secondary glazing. The key collection instructions from the vendor need to be updated as we were all over the place trying to get the keys and it turned out they were actually adjacent to the front door of the cottage.

    Reviewed by AlexMay 2021

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Summary

  • First floor apartment
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, slimline dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • There is a parking bay for one car next to the property at the stairs up to the cottage door
  • Please could we remind you that smoking is not permitted in this property and candles or any naked flame/fireplaces should not be used
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: There are 12 external steps with a handrail to the front door
  • Note: Dogs are only permitted in the gardens, if well behaved and strictly always kept on leads, away from flower and vegetables beds; any fouling must be cleaned up and disposed of correctly
  • 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 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

A charming retreat, resting in the heart of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, Pear Cottage is perfect for two guests looking to escape to a scenic haven.

Resting above a local craft shop and overlooking the abundant greenery of the National Trust for Scotland's Priorwood Garden and Melrose Abbey, this first-floor apartment presents a scenic spot for a pair of adventure seekers.

Follow twelve external steps up to the front door...

The parking bay at the property is not in use from mid May to the end of September 2022.
Closed due to repair work required to the Priorwood garden wall.

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

MELROSE

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: The parking bay is not in use from mid May to the end of September 2022. This is due to repair work on the wall of Priorwood Gardens at the far end of the access point.

Note: There are 12 external steps with a handrail to the front door.
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.

Please note: Dogs are only permitted in the gardens, if well behaved and strictly kept on leads at all times, away from flower and vegetables beds; any fouling must be cleaned up and disposed of correctly.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas