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Farmhouse (sleeps 8 + 2)   Laundry Cottage (sleeps 6)

Vernon's review of Scottish Borders cottages
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Howford Farm Scottish Borders cottages sleeps 6 and 8 (14 in total when booked together)

Beautiful farmhouse and recently converted laundry cottage set in 14 acres of land in the lovely Ettrick Valley, near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. The nearby barn is equipped for entertainment from yoga courses to ceildihs.

Birdsong delivered with abandon, the busy hum of an insect, the gentle rustle of leaf on leaf – these are the only sounds I hear as I bask in the late afternoon sunshine in the neat, south facing garden of a newly converted holiday cottage in the beautiful Ettrick Valley in the Scottish Borders. Until recently a disused laundry, this is now a very comfortable and stylish self catering holiday home set in a perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the farm and the rolling green hills which stretch as far as the eye can see.

On first entering our cottage we're met by the welcoming sight of a large, airy open plan living area filled with natural light and beautifully decorated in lovely, natural colours and fabrics with warm, solid wood underfoot. The stove is easy to light, intensifying the cosy feeling and soon we're sinking into the comfy sofas and enjoying the views of meadows, the valley and the hills beyond. All the accommodation is on one floor, so high ceilings and plenty of windows mean light floods in throughout the cottage and all the rooms feel spacious and bright.

Across the courtyard, the main farmhouse provides a larger self catering venue and is just as lovely as the cottage but on a grander scale. The front door opens onto a stunning hall and stairway, which leads through to a wonderfully spacious family ktichen with warming Aga, impressive formal dining room - perfect for a special occasion meal - and elegant drawing room, all furninshed with lovely antique furniture. Climb the stairs to find four large and luxurious bedrooms and two beautiful bathrooms complete with traditional roll top baths as well as the snug, a quiet spot to escape to. It's a little way ahead, but I'm so impressed with the house that I'm already planning a stay here for the next significant birthday and I shall definitely make use of the barn for a celebratory ceilidh!

The farm is a wonderful place for enjoying wildlife, with its own pond frequented by otters, amphibians and ducks, varied resident birdlife, red squirrels and deer all regular visitors and we're happy to just sit quietly, relax and watch to see what might appear.

The Scottish Borders are often overlooked by holiday makers heading further north to the better known Highlands but undeservedly so. The countryside here is just as stunning and rich in wildlife and history and I urge anyone who hasn't yet visited here to come and explore the wild moorland, breathtaking views, vast forests, lush green river valleys and stunning white beaches.

A wonderful day out at Abbotsford by the River Tweed, once the home of Sir Walter Scott, with its impressive rooms, huge library of rare books and glorious gardens inspired evenings spent lost in romantic novels and poetry in the perfect comfort of the cosy sofas by the warming glow of the wood stove.

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Further details about this accommodation

Howford Farmhouse and Laundry Cottage are completely separate and private and each is accessed from its own drive and entry, but they are close enough to be booked together for large parties.

Howford Farmhouse sleeps 8.

If you have extra children, please email as depending on ages and numbers we may be able to accommodate them. If you have a large party, the farmhouse together with Laundry Cottage can sleep 16 people comfortably in beds.

Elegant drawing room with wonderful views from the large bay window - a comfortable spot to unwind on the two large sofas set around a super open fireplace.
Formal dining room with antique furnishings and rich heritage shades, perfect for atmospheric dinner parties.
Bright open-plan kitchen and breakfast room with flagstone floor and Aga - just right for more relaxed entertaining.

Comfortable snug, ideal for games, reading and watching television.
Four good sized bedrooms (two doubles, one superking / twin and one twin.
Two bathrooms with fabulous roll top baths.

The house is set within a courtyard of traditional, not-in-use buildings: the old granary, dairy, cart house and barn. The pretty barn makes an excellent games room with ping pong table provided and can also be used for entertaining large groups of people and special family occasions – trestle tables, chairs, linen, cutlery, etc can be provided.

Laundry Cottage sleeps 6

Large open plan and full height kitchen living area
2 king size double bedrooms, one ensuite
1 twin bedroom

The cottage is decorated in a traditional yet contemporary feel with light bright rooms, painted wooden beams, solid oak flooring, period style shutters and a Morso Squirrel wood burning stove. Laundry Cottage is south facing with terrace and amazing views towards Howford Hill. The perfect spot to sit back and relax!

Duck feather and down duvets and pillows, Egyptian cotton linen and all mod cons are provided for a comfortable stay.

We allow up to 2 dogs at £25 each. Dogs are not allowed beyond the kitchen and boot room into the rest of the house. Our prices include all heating and hot water, electricity and WiFi. All linen is provided. There is a charge of £50 perweek if the sofa bed is required.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at Scottish Borders cottages
hotel There is a wide variety of walking options, from local town walks (leaflets available), to ranger-led forest walks (all year) and long distance hikes including the Border Abbeys Way, a 64 mile circular route linking Kelso, Jedburh, Denholm, Selkirk, Melrose and Hawick and taking in four 12th century abbeys; St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne and the Southern Upland Way. A six mile walk near Selkirk takes you past the Three Brethren 16th century cairns.
hotel The 4 Abbeys Cycle Route is a 55 mile circular route taking in the same four abbeys at Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. Tourist Information Centres stock an excellent, comprehensive guide which gives includes simple but detailed information about the route with maps and photographs as well as background historical information. The route can be broken into shorter stages if you prefer not to do it all at once.
self catering Bowhill House and Country Estate is less than 2 miles away - the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, with and adventure playground, soft play, the historic house and cafe. Traquair House and Brewery was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland and has extensive grounds, a maze, craft workshops, events and the delicious 1745 Restaurant.
hotel The BHS approved Ian Stark Equestrian Centre is a short drive and offers lessons, hacking and trekking 7 days a week along with regular fixtures, competitions and training for all equestrian disciplines. Nearby, the Bowhill Riding Stables offer lead-rein, hacking and livery, if required. There are also numerous bridle paths in the area, one of which passes over Howford Hill.
hotel The local Cross Keys is a five minute walk away and does decent pub grub, while the Ancrum Cross Keys has an exceptional dining menu - please book to avoid disappointment. The Mainstreet Trading Company has a bookshop, cafe, delicatessen and home store all in one and is a great place to pass the time with a coffee and book.