“Hunkering down in the Scottish Borders”

Late last year we were delighted to host blogger and copywriter Hattie West, accompanied by her husband and cute puppy, for a stay at one of our romantic boltholes, The Studio.

Scroll to read about Hattie's autumnal weekend stay which was filled with "soul-lifting views" and "many a precious pillow hour"!





“If you want to talk Hygge – or this year's version Lagom – you’ve come to the right place. At The Studio, situated in the Scottish Borders, it's served with gallons of fresh country air and many a precious pillow hour.

This has to be up there with one of our favourite getaways to date – this divine, modern-yet-homey cottage flung open its newly refurbished doors in September and is SUCH a find.

The Studio's key appeal is it serves as a bolthole for those yearning to escape crowds and noise in search of simplifying life for a few days. It’d definitely work for two friends looking for a break but is especially ideal for couples, plus babes in arms and dogs are welcome. The back of the cottage overlooks a patchwork quilt of fields beneath big big skies right down into the Tweed Valley. Surrendering to the sheer pleasures of these soul-lifting views is therapy in itself."





"A calm-inducing palette of neutrals runs through the modern single-floor cottage, which sits on a vast estate on the edge of a working farm. A contemporary clean-lined kitchen with marble surfaces and architectural tables with gold accents are juxtaposed with irregular wooden window sills crafted from recycled sycamore and a blue velvet highly Instagenic sofa.

Darker tones ensue in the bedroom – home to a satisfyingly deep blanket box to store away the extensive collection of fat woolly jumpers I insisted on bringing on the three-day trip – and sizeable en suite bathroom. Plus there’s a bit of sexy tech slotted into the equation. Modcons include underfloor heating and built-in ceiling speakers – which sit in happy company with a woodburner.”





  • The Studio, nr Melrose, Scottish Borders | Sleeps 2 guests with babes in arms and one dog welcome, with a second dog considered on request.
  • See our summer offers with 15% off remaining July dates and 10% off remaining August dates.
  • You can read the rest of Hattie’s blog, including some excellent local recommendations, on her website. All styling and opinions are Hattie’s own.
  • Images of Hattie ©Hattie West. Property images ©Crabtree & Crabtree.