An enchanting rural hideaway set in a glorious secluded position with spectacular views.
Become the king or queen of your very own castle using the guest key to the iconic Fatlips Castle
The former gamekeeper’s residence for the Minto Estate, Lilylaw is a charming period lodge that has been fully renovated throughout to create a fabulous rural retreat. Located on a private track, only rarely used by the estate's team, the cottage is undisturbed and very peaceful.
The cottage has been fully renovated to a very high standard throughout with a beguiling mix of antique and contemporary pieces which have been individually sourced by the owners. It is set in a delightful and very secluded position between a small wood and open parkland.
Sitting within its own private garden by some charming original estate fencing and additional fencing to enclose the garden, there is a sheltered partially-walled terrace to the rear for outside dining, along with a lawned garden to one side. There is direct access to the estate’s rolling parkland and fabulous walks.
Guests staying at Lilylaw can request a key to Fatlips Castle, an iconic Pele tower situated on the estate at the top of Minto Crags with magnificent views. The tower has recently been extensively restored by the family.
The accommodation is all on the ground floor and may be suitable for less mobile guests.
Fully open-plan living area comprising:
Compact kitchen with Belfast sink, four-ring electric hob, electric oven and small fridge / freezer. Please note that due to the compact kitchen, there is no dishwasher or washing machine available.
Leads into small boot room / entrance hall with door to the terrace and garden.
Seating area comprising wood burning stove (logs provided), dining table seating two guests, two-seater sofa, armchair, TV with DVD player and Amazon Firestick (guests must use their own subscriptions), selection of DVDs, books and games.
Half-height wall separating the bedroom area with 5’ king size bed.
Feature claw-foot bath and fabulous views across parkland.
Bathroom with walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Lilylaw sits in a very attractive, private garden with a sheltered terrace to the rear with an outside dining space and firepit. There is a large lawned garden to the side of the cottage.
There is currently a wall and original estate fencing around the garden. Additional fencing is being installed to make the garden more enclosed. Once the additional fencing is complete, the garden should be relatively dog-proof but small/more determined dogs may be able to get out.
The garden leads directly into estate parkland and extensive walks. Guests can request a key for nearby Fatlips Castle from the owners on arrival.
There is parking adjacent to the cottage.
Access is via an estate track with a hardcore surface which is suitable for all but very low-slung cars. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Babies & Children
Regretfully, the cottage is not suitable for children. Babes in arms are welcome but please note that a travel cot and highchair are not provided.
One well behaved dog is welcome and a second dog may be considered on request at a charge of £15. Dogs must be kept off the furniture. A dog towel is provided.
The Minto Estate is a working farm and shooting estate, with livestock and gamebirds, and dogs must be kept under control at all times.
The bed features high-quality linen. Towels are provided along with a hairdryer and guest hand soap.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
There is a SIM card-operated 4G router with unlimited data provided. 4G signal and mobile reception are generally good and the 4G signal is reliable enough to support the Amazon Firestick provided for various streaming services (guests must use their own subscriptions to access this).
There is electric underfloor throughout the property, a heated towel rail in the bathroom and a wood burner in the sitting room (logs provided).
Lilylaw sits in a very private and peaceful position on a private estate amidst parkland. The Minto Estate is a shooting estate and we can provide details of shoot dates prior to booking, if required.
The cottage sits nearby the village of Minto (1 mile), where there you’ll find the wonderful Minto Golf Club, and a little further is the picturesque village of Denholm (2 miles). There is an excellent butcher, post office, two pubs serving good food, two cafés and the charming ‘Denholm Meet’, with a café/bistro on the ground floor and antiques and interiors shop upstairs.
Alternatively, head to Ancrum (4 miles) for superb gastro pub dining at The Ancrum Cross Keys, along with a fine craft ale from a multi-award-winning microbrewery, Born in Scotland.
You will find a more extensive range of amenities in Hawick (7 miles), including a deli, butcher, and many supermarkets for stocking up on those everyday essentials.
The location of Lilylaw means that it is perfectly placed for walking, cycling and exploring the great outdoors. Right on the doorstep is the historic Fatlips Castle, a Pele tower situated at the top of the Minto Crags, extensively restored by the Minto family. Guests can request a key to the castle from the owner and set off on an adventure of their own.
There are fifteen designated walks in the area; from short 1-mile stretches to more demanding 8-mile hill hikes, taking in beautiful countryside and rolling border hills. Passing through the village of Minto is the Minto Hills walk, a 5-mile circular route with the option of ascending to their summits, which finishes at Denholm Village Green - a perfect spot to enjoy tea and cake after the day’s exertions! Or if you’re feeling slightly more energetic, The Borders Abbeys Way is a long-distance circular walk (68 miles in total!), which links the four spectacular remnants of four 12th century abbeys of Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose. You can join the route in Denholm and head in the direction of Jedburgh or Hawick, depending on how far you’re looking to go! The route from Denholm to Hawick is a pretty stretch, which follows the course of the River Teviot and ends at the historically significant Horse Memorial in Hawick, which celebrates the ‘callants’ victory in the 1514 Battle of Hornshole.
Similarly, there is some fantastic cycling and mountain biking to be had here from leisure routes to more challenging hill terrain, including the NCN Route 1, Four Abbeys Cycleway, Tweed Cycleway, and Borderloop tour. Local trails include the Denholm Circular (14 miles), Cavers & Stobs (19 miles), and Vertish Hill Loop (7 miles). The 7Stanes centre at Newcastleton is 27 miles away for any dedicated mountain bikers, and the Kielder Forest Park is 26 miles.
The nearby town of Hawick (7 miles) is home to the finest quality Scottish cashmere and knitwear, where guests can follow the Textile Trail, which includes visitor centres and museums as well as factory and retail outlets, with everything from finest quality cashmere, unique sample pieces or perhaps just some rather natty woolly socks! Visit the Lovat Mill Hawick, a world-class weaver on the banks of the River Teviot, then stop off at The Borders Distillery for a tour (Mon-Fri, 3 tours per day).
For a little bit of history or maybe even tracing your Scottish ancestry, head to the Heart of Hawick, for superb new art and heritage project, which includes the Textile Towerhouse Museum, as well as the Scottish Archive whose registrar and genealogy services can help you on the path of re-connecting with your Scottish roots.
A short drive will take you to Born in Scotland (previously named Born in the Borders), a super new visitor centre with shop, café/restaurant, riverside walks and micro-brewery, bringing together the very best of all things produced and created here. Or, you could go by bike or on foot, and stop for some lunch halfway to refuel.
Next, explore the pretty Border towns of Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh where you’ll find an excellent range of independent shopping, the magnificent ruins of Border Abbeys, the elegance of Floors Castle, and the grand stately homes and gardens of Abbotsford, Mellerstain, Manderston and Bowhill. The outstanding cultural city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip - just over an hour by car from the property.
Not to be missed are some of the events and festivals running during the course of the year - our historic Common Ridings and Cavalcades, Border Rugby Sevens, National Hunt Racing at Kelso, the epic Borders Book Festival as well as Food Festivals, Music Festivals and Walking Festivals.
For golf, the 18-hole Minto Golf Club course lies approximately 1 mile from the property, a gem of a parkland course with wide challenging holes and the very aptly named ‘Everest’ at the 12th. Across the wider area, you have a vast choice from stunning parkland tracts to PGA courses, including the Roxburghe Championship course at Kelso. There is clay shooting at Braidwood and fishing and shooting days can all be arranged nearby.
For riding, the area has a rich historical connection dating back to the Border Reivers in the 13th and 14th century and the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre and Broomhill Riding Centre both have an illustrious reputation for training those new to the sport through to advanced riders looking to refine their technique and skill set.
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- One dog is welcome. A second dog may be considered on request for a small fee.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The kitchen is compact yet perfectly formed with everything you need for rustling up a delicious meal."Olivia, Crabtree & Crabtree