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Fisherman's Cottage Bemersyde, Melrose

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Sitting in the heart of Borders country, Fisherman’s Cottage comes complete with roses around the door and idyllic views. Positioned mid-way between St. Boswells and Melrose, the cottage enjoys a prime spot close to middle Tweed fishing beats and iconic local visitor attractions, including Scott's View, the treasured viewpoint of Sir Walter Scott which sits right on the doorstep.

The very pretty cottage garden is balanced with a fresh country inspired interior, while the fishing members of the party will be charmed by the lovely nod to piscatorial pursuits with practical considerations such as storage facilities for outdoor kit and rod racks available too.

On the ground floor, the kitchen is a bright sunny spot with a lovely outlook onto the garden, leading into a good-sized dining room which can seat six guests comfortably for evening entertaining. There is a ground floor double bedroom in a calming colour palette with the addition of zip and link bed configuration for extra flexibility, including the addition of a separate utility room and ground floor shower room.

The sitting room has been perfectly positioned on the first floor to take advantage of the views over the rolling Border countryside with distant views across the three peaks of the Eildon Hills and Leaderfoot viaduct. Originally used as an artist’s studio, this is a warm, cosy place to while-away the hours in front of the woodburner while a corner nook is a lovely spot to lose yourself in a good book.

The accommodation is completed with a charming twin bedroom with coombed ceiling and Velux window, while a separate bathroom with whirlpool bath will tick the right box for those seeking a luxurious soak at the end of a busy day.

Superfast broadband is available throughout the cottage.

Local amenities

The cottage is within walking distance of the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel (1.5 miles) where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro, and is just 3.4 miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, a small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom for fishing and field sports.

The cottage is also 6.5 miles from the historic and very picturesque town of Melrose where you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop. Here you will find an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including deli and bakery produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees. You will also find a quality butchers and fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two convenience stores.

For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino, or for evening dining, the Town House, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended. Alternatively a short drive of 4.5 miles will take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside for excellent food at the Hoebridge or Seasons restaurant.

Activities and attractions

This is an excellent base for exploring the local area with nearby Scott’s View (0.4 miles) offering panoramic views over superb Borders countryside. The evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott is also nearby, upheld as the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Also on the doorstep is the mighty red sandstone monument of Sir William Wallace, with a lovely walk through the woods and onto the River Tweed.

For outdoor pursuits, this is an excellent area for walking with several major walking and cycling routes close by including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous St Cuthbert's Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

It is also an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally, including Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.

For golf fans, the nine hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills; or try the charming nine hole course at St. Boswells which sits on the south bank of the River Tweed. Alternatively head to the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso for a leisurely afternoon followed perhaps by an evening meal at the highly regarded Roux restaurant.

For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival and Common name just a few!

You can reach the wonderful heritage coastline in less than an hour with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, or hop onto a train from Tweedbank (8 miles) for a day visit to the cultural city of Edinburgh where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply take some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.


The accommodation sits on two floors.

Ground floor

Kitchen - with electric cooker with oven, grill and ceramic hob, fridge with separate small freezer above, dishwasher, microwave. Selection of cookbooks. Breakfast bar area with two stools looking onto the private garden. A washer/dryer sits in a separate utility room.

Dining room - with seating for six, decorative fireplace, small TV with DVD player.

Bedroom one - with zip and link system which can be configured to a 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, cupboard with storage and hanging rail.

Utility/bootroom - with hanging rail, including space to hang waders, storage of outdoor kit, washing machine/dryer.

Bathroom one - corner shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

First floor

Sitting room - two large double sofas, high backed armchair, wood burning stove (generous initial supply of logs), flatscreen TV with Freeview, DVD player, Buetooth speaker. A selection of books, games and DVDs are provided. Two Velux windows with countryside views.

Bedroom two - with twin 3’ beds, side table, chest of drawers, cupboard with hanging rail. Velux window with blackout blind.

Bathroom two - with whirlpool bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Electric heating throughout the property - this is a combination of storage heating and electric. Woodburning stove in the sitting room - generous initial supply of logs

Guest amenities
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

Two well behaved dogs are permitted but must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the uncarpeted areas of the property only. They are permitted in the upstairs sitting room when dry but not permitted in the bedrooms. There is provision for dog beds and feeding in the utility room.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Superfast broadband is available throughout the cottage. Mobile reception is reasonable but best on the EE and Vodafone networks.

Welcome pack
A small welcome pack is provided.

Garden and grounds
There is a lawned garden to the rear of the property with outside furniture which is fully enclosed. A barbecue will be made available for guest use in the summer months.

Parking for two cars in a private access courtyard shared with the owner's property.

External storage for outdoor kit and bikes can be made available on request. This includes a full length rod rack for fishing rods.

Guest privacy
The cottage sits to the side aspect of the owner's property but is not overlooked. While the owners are on hand to help guests with any aspect of their stay, they are very respectful of guest privacy.

No smoking
The property is strictly no smoking.

at a glance
Bath/Shower Rooms
Max No. of Guests
Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
Price Per Week
From £425.00
Nearest Town
Bemersyde, Melrose
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"I do a lot of fishing in the Borders and have booked with you and other sites countless times a year. I found the cottage absolutely delightful. It was spotless, well furnished and exactly what we wanted. Please pass on my thanks to the owners who have created a fabulous fisherman's retreat. It's the little things like the welcome pack that make all the difference. I will be booking the cottage again next year and other venues too with C&C since to date everything on your books has been brilliant." - Young