Back Road Newstead , Melrose
This delightful stone-built two-bedroom cottage is located in the conservation village of Newstead, just outside the Abbey Town of Melrose – and offers accommodation for up to four people.
Described by guests as a true “chocolate box” cottage, Hawthorn Cottage is full of character and charm, having been painstakingly restored by owners who have had a love affair with the property for many years now. In fact, its their retirement plan!
A peaceful and private lane leads up to the property, with parking for one car directly outside (further parking spaces are available on the main street, just a short stroll away).
Once you park outside (there’s space for a small-to-medium sized car), and follow the little path around to the side of the house, you’ll be met with the beautiful sight of the garden in front of you, featuring lavender hedges and hawthorns.
There’s also a table and chairs for sitting outside in the fresh air – not to mention dining al fresco in the warmer weather!
Entering the cottage, you’ll find a handy little porch directly inside to drop off your muddy boots after a long day of walking or exploring.
A few steps through to the inviting hallway, and on your left you’ll spot a bright, spacious lounge containing comfy leather sofas (seats up to four people), double-aspect windows, and a lovely log burner – ideal for keeping you cosy and toasty warm in winter!
Back to the hall and straight across will lead you to a country-style fully-fitted kitchen with a lovely homely feel, complete with dining table and dual-aspect windows; one with lovely views of the garden.
Beyond the kitchen is a convenient utility area which contains a washing machine and laundry facilities, leading onto a downstairs shower room (with wc and handbasin).
Head back out and upstairs to find two bright and airy bedrooms one each side of the stairs; one with twin wooden beds, and one with a lovely wooden double bed overlooking the garden.
Neatly in the middle – and at the top of the stairs – is the family bathroom, complete with shower over bath, plus wc and basin.
There are plenty of places of historical interest to visit in nearby Melrose, the most obvious one being the partially ruined gothic monastery that is St. Mary’s Abbey!
If walking is your thing, there are some great walks right from Hawthorn’s front doorstep. Newstead is reputedly the oldest continuously inhabited village in Scotland, with Melrose only a mile away.
In Melrose, there’s also the home of Sir Walter Scott, a real Roman fort, and Harmony House and Garden to take in – not to mention some fabulous places to cycle (if you decide to bring your bike!).
And if you’re feeling in the mood for a day trip, Tweedbank Station is just five miles away – where you can easily hop on the train to Edinburgh and explore what Scotland’s capital has to offer.
TIP: There’s no shortage of things to do in Melrose, so for more information, please visit our ‘Discover Melrose’ page.
Upon arrival at Hawthorn Cottage, you’ll be greeted with a lovely, locally-sourced welcome basket to help you feel at home during your stay.
Gas central heating, towels and linen will all be included, along with a cot and a high chair if required. The owners live nearby so are always available to help – as are we.
We want to ensure you have the best possible stay, so if you need anything else to make your visit complete, just ask!