Redpath, near Melrose
From wild walks to woollen mills, from golf courses to gastronomy, there is so much to discover about the beautiful border country of Scotland.
Tweedswood marked our first foray over the border from Northumberland and we are delighted to include this taste of Scotland in the collection. Tweedswood, named after its surrounding river and woodland, and the nearby salmon fishing beat, is everything you could imagine of a traditional Borders holiday cottage, and more. Off the beaten track, in the small tranquil hamlet of Redpath, around four miles from Melrose, you are greeted by its distinctive white painted stone exterior set against a backdrop of rolling green hills. Semi-detached, but very private, the cottage has a large lawned garden – safe for children but also a delightful haven for adults – with views to the hills beyond.
Internally, the recent renovation has been executed with great care and appreciation for the building’s heritage, preserving original features where possible and all around the cottage are quirky echoes of different stages of its 200-year history. With a cosy logburner for the chillier months and a host of fine furnishings and tasteful decor, this Retreat will appeal to couples or families alike.
- A beautiful renovation successfully mixing old character and new furnishings
- Master bedroom with king size bed
- Bedroom 2 with flexible twin or superking beds (Please request on booking)
- Spacious beamed living room with logburner
- Good sized dining kitchen with sofa and window seat
- Large garden with furniture and children's play equipment
- Excellent quiet village location but easy access to shops and restaurants
- Just 40 minutes' drive from Edinburgh - easy day trip
- High thread count White Company bedlinen and rich coloured throws from local mills
- Bike storage facilities available on site
- Use of pool and leisure facilities at nearby Dryburgh Abbey Hotel (2 miles) at a charge of £5 per adult and £2.50 for children - details in the cottage
- Ideal accommodation for the annual Borders Book Festival, the famous Melrose Sevens Tournaments or for the Common Ridings
- Link to a leading Fishing Guide, Tweed Guide, for a day or half day's fishing instruction on the river nearby - all ages and abilities catered for
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Kitchen/diner with table to seat up to six/eight guests
- Cosy living room with log burner
- Hallway with utility cupboard with washer/dryer
- Master bedroom with king size bed and small TV
- 2nd bedroom with flexible zip and link twin or superking beds (limited headroom when superking due to sloping ceilings) Please request at time of booking otherwise will be ‘as found’
- Family bathroom with bath and shower over
- Large lawned garden with patio terrace, outdoor furniture and children’s play equipment
- Road parking at the front for one car and private parking for three cars on a track to the rear
- Bike store
Please note floor plans are not to scale but for illustration purposes only.
Prices and Availability
Tweedswood is located in the tranquil village of Redpath, which dates back to the 12th century, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Tucked among the rolling hills between the Border towns of Melrose and Earlston, Redpath has the Rivers Tweed and Leader close by and wonderful walking country all around, including on Melrose’s famous Eildon Hills and in the woods and valleys surrounding the village itself. Border towns Kelso, St Boswells, Melrose and Lauder are all within a half hour drive, offering a great range of outdoor activities, places to eat and historic houses to visit – with plenty of coffee stops along the way.
From the stunning ruins of the abbeys at Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh and Dryburgh to Sir Walter Scott’s beloved Abbotsford and Traquair House near Peebles, originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland and today the oldest inhabited house in Scotland – there is much history to explore. If outdoor activities are more your thing, there are cycle routes, mountain-biking trails and of course world famous salmon fishing on the River Tweed – all right on the doorstep. For book lovers, the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells, Winner of Independent Bookseller of the Year in 2012, is an absolute must – as of course is the annual Borders Book Festival in Melrose in June, now firmly established as an important fixture in the literary calendar.
Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital with all that has made it one of the UK’s favourite cities, is within easy reach – only 35 miles north on the A68.
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Pets are not allowed at Tweedswood
Please note that all of our cottages are non-smoking
Facilities particular to Tweedswood
Dine-in Service ready meal delivery
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: 4pm (3pm from Nov-March)
This cottage would be ideal as either a couple’s retreat or for a family. The flexible bed arrangement in the 2nd bedroom (either twin or superking) means that it would be equally suited to two couples sharing, perhaps on a tranquil walking, culture seeking holiday in the Borders area. Ideal fishing accommodation, accommodation for the Melrose Sevens, somewhere to stay during the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, or for the Edinburgh Festival during August. Combine days in Edinburgh (less than an hour away) with Borders countryside activities for a perfect week away.
The large garden with timber play fort and play equipment will keep children amused for hours, but this is set in the corner and does not dominate the garden if a child free environment is what you are seeking. A travel cot (please bring your own cot linen) and highchair are available on request.
Full LPG central heating, with additional underfloor heating in the kitchen and logburner in the living room.
Please note: Whilst we take great care to represent our properties and their facilities as accurately as possible, the décor, furnishings and facilities shown in images and video tours may occasionally be subject to minor change.
The stairs in this old cottage are quirky and a little steep so may be tricky for those of limited mobility but fine for everyone else. Upstairs, the ceilings are quite low, particularly if the second bedroom is made up as a superking, the sloping ceiling may catch tall people out. The front door parking is in a narrow layby by the house on the road (a small very quiet country lane which is not a through road) and the private parking at the rear is on a stoned track – you may prefer this for loading and unloading, especially with little ones. Otherwise, the perfect Scottish retreat.
Like a home from home - if we lived in a stylish secluded rural cottage!! We don't, so what a treat to enjoy this lifestyle for a week!
Just an hour away from the city, but a world away from city life! We've had such a lovely time here. From wakening to birdsong to the lively crack of the wood fire at night, each day was as relaxed as the previous. Excellent accommodation and idyllic surroundings. Thank You so much!
The cottage was fantastic. It was elegantly decorated and furnished and it was a pleasure to learn that the artwork displayed was created by family of the owners
Just the cosiest, most welcoming place to spend the festive time of year. We loved the design shop at Harestanes and the book tower Christmas tree at Main St Trading company in St Boswells. Didn't get time to go for a swim at the lovely Dryburgh Abbey Hotel but will do next time!
Such a warm and welcoming cottage, just delightful and very comfortable. Love the area, the cottage - best place we ever stayed - would love to book again.