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Laundry Cottage Ettrickbridge

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A delightful conversion of the former laundry on the Howford estate, Laundry Cottage is an attractive, stone cottage offering immaculately-presented accommodation and superb, far-reaching views within walking distance of a pretty village and pub.

Laundry Cottage is accessed via its own private drive. A rustic porch with covered area for storing outside kit leads into the open-plan living area. This super, double height room complete with exposed beams and feature stone wall is incredibly light and airy with fabulous views over open countryside and delightful quirky touches including the local cricket score board salvaged from a skip. There’s a log burner for cosy evenings and for warmer periods French doors lead to a stone terrace with outside dining area.

The three immaculately-presented bedrooms – two double and one twin – feature wooden floors, working shutters and muted colours creating a simple, rustic style in keeping with the stunning surroundings in which the cottage sits.

Laundry Cottage is set within its own garden (please note this is not fully enclosed) with fabulous, far-reaching views across rolling farmland to the hills beyond. A south-facing terrace with outside furniture and barbecue provides a sunny, sheltered spot for outside dining. Beyond the house are a network of rolling fields and lochan which attracts a super variety of wildlife and birdlife, and guests can play on the local tennis court in the nearby village under the owner's membership.

Local amenities

The nearby village of Ettrickbridge (0.5 miles) has a good pub serving hearty home cooked food and a selection of real ales, or the historic market town of Selkirk is 7 miles away and provides a good range of local amenities, including a deli, bakery, butcher and two small supermarkets for holiday provisions.

You will also find a number of textile producers in the immediate area including the Lochcarron Visitor Centre for lovers of cashmere and tweed, or head to Lindean Mill Glass which offers a super chance to skilled glass artisans at work. Alternatively you will find a wonderful selection of independent shops in Melrose (14 miles), or larger supermarkets including a Marks & Spencers food outlet in Galashiels (14 miles).

For light-bites, The Minstrel Tearoom at Bowhill Country Estate (3 miles) is an attractive spot, or the Waterwheel cafe at nearby Philiphaugh is a super stop-off for refreshments and a chance to see salmon leaping at the viewing centre. Try the Selkirk Deli for lovely coffee and lunches, or The Woll Restaurant in Ashkirk has a good reputation for serving excellent food full of fresh local flavours.

Activities and Attractions

There is excellent walking, cycling and riding from the doorstep from gentle ambles to more substantial marked routes on a network of footpaths and bridleways running close to the house. Guests are welcome to bring their own horses and grazing is available at additional cost.

For cycling and mountain biking, The Ettrickbridge and Yarrow Cycle Trail sits nearby - a scenic, but hilly, 19.5 mile loop using mostly quiet roads and forest paths but offering spectacular views in reward for one or two leg-burning climbs! Less demanding routes are within easy reach including the 7 mile Bowhill route, and 8.5 mile Ettrickfoot & Yair trail which offer relatively flat rides taking in forest paths and river courses.

For routes the whole family can enjoy, head to Bowhill Country Park just down the road which has miles of tracks in a stunning woodland setting in addition to a wonderful range of family friendly activities, including an amazing outdoor playground with exhilarating zip wires, and a new ranger-led holiday programme offering budding young adventurers hours of woodland fun! At only £4.50 for a two hour session, adults can take a little time-out to relax with lunch in the Minstrel Tearoom, or perhaps explore all that the wider estate has to offer including stunning gardens, the outstanding painting collection of Bowhill House, or simply some time outdoors enjoying the forest trails and wonderful wildlife of the area.

For walking, the beautiful valleys of Ettrick and Yarrow affords plenty of choice in all directions, including the easy/moderate ‘Ettrickbridge Circular’ (4 miles) to the more challenging ‘Yarrowford Circular’ (10 miles) taking in the Three Brethren cairns which offer superb panoramic views from the summit. Other nearby trails include ‘The Loch’s Walk’ on Bowhill Estate (2 miles), the moderate ‘Duchess’s Drive’ (7 miles) or the strenuous ‘Ettrickhead Horseshoe’ (10 miles) - a splendid high level walking experience.

For riding, it is an ideal location from which to explore the waymarked ‘Buccleuch Rides’ which includes circular routes north and south of the Ettrick Valley, and taking in the vast estate of the Duke of Buccleuch around Bowhill. A riding centre is located nearby offering lead-rein forest rides for inexperienced riders as well as woodland and moorland treks on well-schooled horses.

There is good value fishing on the Ettrick Water described by Shooting Times & Country Magazine as, "one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing world" and a chance to see wild salmon leaping at the salmon viewing centre at nearby Philiphaugh.

For golf enthusiasts, The Woll in Ashkirk is a popular 18 hole course in a super parkland situation just a ten minute drive away, while the wider area offers a huge variety of courses to suit all levels. St. Mary’s Loch is a relaxed spot to while-away an afternoon in scenic surroundings, or why not spend time exploring the rich history of the area - from the skirmishes of the Border Reivers, the remnants of fortified towers, or the story of James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd who became one of Scotland’s literary giants.

The magnificent city of Edinburgh is a perfect day trip - you can hop on a train from Tweedbank (14 miles) where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite architecture of this beautiful city.


The accommodation sits on the ground floor. There is an internal step into the en-suite bedroom.

Entrance with outside covered area for storing outdoor kit.

Open plan living area comprising:

Sitting area - with two sofas, wood burning stove (generous supply of logs provided), Smart TV with Freeview and DVD. A door from this area leads directly onto the patio which enjoys views over the hills.

Kitchen with 4 ring induction hob, single oven, microwave, fridge / freezer and dishwasher. The washing machine and tumble dryer are in a cupboard in the family bathroom.

Dining area for 6 guests.

Bedroom one with 5’ double bed, chest of drawers and hooks and hangers to provide hanging space.

En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with 5’ double bed, chest of drawers and hooks and hangers to provide hanging space.

Bedroom three - with 2'6" twin beds, chest of drawers and hooks and hangers to provide hanging space.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
High speed Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks with 4G capacity.

Guest amenities
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest soap is also provided.

Babies and children
A travel cot (linen is not provided) and high chair are available on request.

Dogs welcome
One well-behaved dog is welcome at Laundry Cottage for an additional fee of £25. Owners are requested to keep their dogs to the open plan sitting room and kitchen only. They are not permitted in the bedrooms. Dogs must be kept on leads when there is stock in the fields.

Horses welcome
Grazing is available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony. There is fabulous riding in the area on marked bridle paths as well as on the quiet country roads which surround the estate.

A generous supply of logs is provided.

Garden and grounds
Laundry Cottage is set within its own garden (please note that it is not fully enclosed) with a south facing terrace and outside dining area with charcoal barbecue. There is private parking for at least two cars adjacent to the house and guests are welcome to explore the wider estate and there are excellent walks directly from the doorstep.

Guests’ privacy
The privately owned Howford House sits nearby. Laundry Cottage has been arranged with guest privacy in mind with the accommodation facing away from Howford. Laundry Cottage also has it's own drive and garden.
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"Laundry Cottage was utterly heavenly. There is absolutely nothing to say but how lovely it was. Fab cottage and beautiful views. We would certainly love to stay again." - Clark

"Laundry Cottage is an absolutely gorgeous holiday cottage. Light and airy, beautifully converted and decorated - we were delighted with it. We loved the clean modern kitchen area, the fresh but cosy bedding, and the wood burning stove. It was also very much 'away from it all', up it's own track with views of open countryside around - a perfect place to escape. All in all we had a lovely week & would definitely go back." - Pelham