Beautiful Cottage in the Scottish Borders

Beautiful Cottage in the Scottish Borders



Jun 2019

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Set in the Beautiful Village of Gattonside, Orchard Cottage is a 10 minute walk from the famous town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Orchard Cottage has been our family home for 20 years. I am a Doctor and my wife it an Occupational Therapist. We have two grown up children both at university. One has just graduated as a Doctor and the other is studying Aeronautical Engineering.

The downstairs of the cottage includes a kitchen, dining room and a lounge. The lounge has a TV, a piano, working fire and patio doors with access to the garden. There is also a study/snug which also has a TV as well as a garage and downstairs bathroom. Both TVs are controlled using Amazon fire sticks, making entertainment easy. The house sleep 8 and has 3 double bedrooms plus a twin room. All the bedrooms have been tastefully decorated and include home comforts such as Elemis products, fresh towels and slippers. There is also an upstairs bathroom which includes a bath and shower.

Outside is a spacious and private garden and across the road is a play park nestled within an orchard. There is also outdoor seating, a fire pit and a bbq which can all be enjoyed in good weather. The cottage has beautiful views of the Eildon Hills and is a 5 minute walk to the River Tweed. The cottage dates from the 18th century and is one of the many traditional cottages within Gattonside. The town Melrose is famous for is Abbey (which is the burial site for Robert the Bruce's Heart) and for being the founder of the the Rugby sevens. Melrose has tennis courts plus many beautiful boutique shops and restaurants.

Orchard Cottage is a 3 minute drive from the Borders Rail way which provides easy access to the centre of Edinburgh in 50 minutes. Edinburgh is the historic capital of Scotland. The international Edinburgh Festival takes place during August and is a fantastic experience. Edinburgh has many tourist attractions and is renowned for its dynamic history. It is a diverse and vibrant city and a fantastic place to visit. Orchard Cottage is also a two hour drive to Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland.

We hope you would like to come and stay at Orchard Cottage.
Best wishes, the Patterson family.


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More about us

  1. I am a Doctor and my wife is an Occupational therapist. We are both originally from Northen Ireland but have lived all over the UK.

  2. We have 2 children, both at university.

  3. We are both major foodies and love good food and spending the night in a good restaurant!

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Where is it?


Orchard Cottage is nestled within a beautiful part of the Scottish Borders. Gattonside is a quaint and pretty village. The village has a play park, village hall as well as two fantastic Michelin guide recommend restaurants. The cottage is a a short scenic walk crossing the River Tweed, to the beautiful town of Melrose and a 5 minute drive to Galashiels which has many supermarkets and shops. The cottage is a 3 minute drive to the Scottish Borders Railway and has access to public transport. The local town of Galasheils has a family friendly swimming pool, tennis courts, gym and a cinema.

Set in a valley, the Scottish Borders is rich in history and boasts many beautiful country walks. The Borders is also an internationally known mountain bike centre, Glentress being a mountain bike Mecca just outside of the historic town of Peebles.

Orchard Cottage is an easy commute to Edinburgh either by car or via the Borders Railway which provides a 50 minute scenic journey into the capital. Both Glasgow and Newcastle can be accessed in less than 2 hours. The Kingdom of Fife is just over the Forth Road Bridge and provides a stunning coast line as well as the city of Dundee which has just opened the infamous V&A.

Overall the Scottish Borders is a fantastic place to visit and is a great location and base to explore Scotland!

Buzzy restaurants
Within Gattonside there are 2 fantastic Michelin guide Recommended Restaurants, literally 30 seconds walk from the cottage. Both are fantastic and we visit regularly. Melrose itself has many lovely coffee shops as well as several traditional pubs. Melrose also has 2 Michelin guide recommended restaurants, both definitely worth a visit!
Cool bars
Within Gattonside there is a contemporary cocktail bar within one of the restaurants, the Hoebridge, Melrose has several pubs and bars and is a great place to go for a drink with friends, especially if the weather is good! Easy access to Edinburgh via the train also provides a wide range of diverse pubs, bars and clubs.
Cozy cafés
Within Melrose there are several fabulous cafes. The borders has many lovely cafes, all great to visit for a big slice of cake after a walk.
Retail therapy
Melrose has many beautiful boutique shops and is a fantastic place when looking for gifts for family and friends. Galashiels has several supermarkets and retail stores. Edinburgh has fantastic shops...of which both my wife and daughter are regular visitors!!
Bit of culture
The Scottish Borders are steeped in history as it was once the home of Christian monks who lived in the magnificent Border Abbeys of Dryburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh in the 13th and 14th centuries. Later the Borders were the scene of a devastating battle at Flodden Field but it was also the home of one of the most famous Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott. It’s a fascinating area for those who love history but also for people who like to walk, cycle and discover the many different faces of this pretty part of Scotland.
Walks in the park
The landscape of the Scottish Borders varies from west to east. The western part has rolling hills and beautiful lochs such as St Marys Loch, one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland. The central part of the Borders has a more rural character while the eastern part, bordering the North Sea, has some hidden gems such as the seaside village of St Abbs and the former fishing village of Cove. The river Tweed crosses the entire area of the Borders starting at the south-east at Tweed’s Well and flowing gradually to the east where the river flows into the North Sea at Berwick upon Tweed. On the banks of this beautiful river you can find lovely and romantic villages such as Peebles, Innerleithen and Melrose.
Spot of exercise
The Scottish Borders boast many beautiful walks and is the home of Mountain Biking at the famous Glentress. There are also many local tennis courts, swimming pools and gyms.
Day tripping
There are so many fantastic things to do in the Scottish Borders! You definitely will not be bored!

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