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Scottish Borders



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 is our first foray over the border from Northumberland and we are delighted to include this taste of Scotland in the collection. Named after its surrounding river and woodland, and the nearby salmon fishing beat, Tweedswood is everything you could imagine of a traditional Borders holiday cottage, and more.
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?Off the beaten track, in the small tranquil hamlet of Redpath, around four miles from Melrose - famous for its literary festival, you are greeted by the distinctive white painted stone exterior of 200-year-old Tweedswood 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.

A wonderful fusion of old and new, its original architectural features have been enhanced by squashy Loaf sofas, White Company linens and a contemporary fireplace with slate hearth. In a nutshell Tweedswood is simply delightful. Cosy yet sophisticated, you can dream away hours in its heavenly surroundings, whether reading a book on the kitchen window seat, watching the clouds roll by in the generous lawned garden or watching the flames flickering in the log burning stove. Edinburgh is only 50 minutes away by car or on the recently reopened Borders railway should you crave a day out in the city.

* Please note, since the filming of this video tour Tweedswood has added an ensuite shower room to the master bedroom, and the climbing frame has been removed from the garden but the swings and fort remain.
Features and Highlights
  • Ideal accommodation for the annual Borders Book Festival, the famous Melrose Sevens Tournaments or for the Common Ridings
  • Master bedroom with king size bed and luxurious ensuite shower room with underfloor heating
  • High thread count White Company bed linen and rich coloured throws from local mills
  • Spacious beamed living room with log burner
  • Good sized dining kitchen with sofa, window seat and Nespresso coffee machine
  • Large garden with furniture, children's swings and corner play fort
  • Excellent quiet village location but easy access to shops and restaurants
  • Just 40 minutes' drive from Edinburgh - easy day trip
  • Bike storage facilities available on site
  • Use of pool and leisure facilities at nearby Dryburgh Abbey Hotel (2 miles away) at a charge of £5 per adult and £2.50 for children - details in the cottage
  • 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
The Space
Ground Floor
  • Kitchen/diner with table to seat up to six/eight guests
  • Cosy living room with log burner
  • Hallway with utility cupboard with washer/dryer
First Floor
  • Master bedroom with king size bed and ensuite shower room with underfloor heating, Fired Earth tiling and LED mood lighting
  • Second 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 swings
  • Road parking at the front for one car and private parking for another car on a track to the rear (although please note access is tight)
  • Bike store
Floor Plan

Please note floor plans are not to scale but for illustration purposes only.

Useful Information
  • LPG central heating
  • Underfloor heating in kitchen and ensuite
  • Electricity
  • Log burner with a starter supply of logs
  • Bedding and bath towels
  • Starter supply of kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, washing up liquid, salt and pepper
  • Sewing kit
  • First Aid kit
  • Wi-Fi
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Cooker and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Washer/dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop, bucket, dustpan and brush
  • Tea towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Oven gloves
  • Hairdryer
  • Smart TV
  • Books and magazines
  • Landline telephone with honesty box
  • Toys and games
  • Outdoor table and chairs
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Bike storage shed
  • Key safe for independent arrival
  • Book your own salmon fishing

Extra linen and towels (charges apply)


Arrival: 4pm (3pm from Nov-March)
Departure: 10am


The stairs in this old cottage are quirky and a little steep so may be a little 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 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, tight space but feasible - you may prefer this for loading and unloading, especially with little ones. Otherwise, the perfect Scottish Retreat.


All of our Retreats are non-smoking.

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.


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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, it has the Tweed and Leader rivers close by and wonderful walking country all around, including Melrose’s famous Eildon Hills. 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, 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.

For further information on the area, see our Scottish Borders and Melrose sections.
Reviews and Ratings
Our cottages are graded according to how stylish they are and how welcoming they are to children.

To assist you in finding the perfect place to stay, we have awarded our cottages a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum style rating. This is based on our own standards and the award is given according to a mixture of criteria - location, aesthetic appeal, standard of luxury, facilities offered and style factors.
For example, a Platinum award goes to our most stylish and all round exclusive properties and a Bronze award may go to a cottage that may be a little less refined in places but still meets the high standards necessary to fit into the collection.


It is suitable for children of all ages and includes a private garden and outdoor play equipment. There are also many child-friendly activities within driving distance of the cottage.


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Guest Reviews
On Monday, 04 Jan 2021
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!
On Monday, 04 Jan 2021
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.
On Monday, 04 Jan 2021
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.
On Monday, 04 Jan 2021
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.
On Monday, 04 Jan 2021
Tweedswood cottage was great and lived up to our expectations from what was displayed on your website. We loved it as soon as we opened the door. It is furnished to a very high standard and was spotlessly clean. It also had a lovely homely feel and was full of the country cottage character we love. We also loved the location both in terms of the scenery and tranquillity and also the ease of getting to lots of nice places to visit in the local area. The large enclosed garden was also great for our little one to run around in. We have also been spoiled with the weather while we were there. We had such a lovely time that we would love to book it again for another break some time in the future. We would not hesitate to book through Coastal Retreats again as we are very impressed with the service and excellent communication throughout.
On Monday, 04 Jan 2021
We are just back from Tweedswood and I honestly can't imagine that a more perfect holiday cottage can exist in the world. So peaceful, fabulous views, huge garden, and the house was just beautiful, and had everything you could need, right down to kitchen foil and washing up liquid. I'm going to say that the weather helped too, but I think we would have had a great time even if we'd had to stay in.
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