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The Byres

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders

Two large self-catering properties in a spectacular rural location
Converted out of a lovely old farmstead in the heart of the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, these two self-catering cottages – owned and run by the folk from the excellent Ettrick Valley Yurts nearby – have the makings of a Scottish family rural idyll or a fabulous house party in gloriously unspoilt countryside. Both houses are large and spacious, each with six bedrooms, and can comfortably accommodate 14 people. They nestle around the same courtyard and there's not much to choose between the two if we're honest: both have four bathrooms to service all those bedrooms and people and are very comfortably turned out, with bright, light rooms furnished in a contemporary yet welcoming style. Both have a downstairs bedroom, which is handy if you have a disabled or elderly person in your party. Dogs are made welcome, with baskets and blankets provided, and both houses have free wifi, large screen TVs and a DVD player, along with a pool table and table tennis. For big celebratory occasions you could even rent both. As for the location, the beautiful Ettrick Valley is one of the last true wildernesses in the UK, and the cottage sits among a network of footpaths, cycle routes and off-road trails from which you can explore it. Peaceful, bucolic bliss – and so easy to get to, whether you're driving up from England or just making the short hour or so's journey down from Edinburgh.



Both properties are available all year.


From £1500 a week in low season to £1855 a week in summer; Christmas £2400 and New Year breaks cost £2700; and you can take short breaks in low and mid-season. 


Contact Website  01750 623 31  The Byres, Ettrick Valley TD7 5HS

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Getting There

Whichever direction you come from, you need a car to get to Ettrick View and The Byres. From Edinburgh, follow the A68 south to the Newstead roundabout and then follow the signs to Galashiels and Selkirk. From Selkirk take the B7009; the site is about 6 miles past Ettrick Bridge on the left. From England and the A1, take the A68 north of Darlington. Turn off at at Newstead roundabout and follow the signs to Galashiels and Selkirk as above; or from the M6 take the A7 to Hawick and then Selkirk.


  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Walking

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