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Scotland - cosy cottage in pretty village & beautiful countryside - great value

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Selkirk - Brigend Cottage

Warm and well-equipped traditional stone cottage - 2 bedrooms (up to 4 people)

Crossing the bridge over the tumbling Ettrick Water, you arrive at ‘Brigend’. This charming and cosy traditional stone cottage has been lovingly restored and offers an ideal holiday haven for a couple or a small family. Small but perfectly formed, Brigend has everything; a fully fitted kitchen, multi-fuel stove in the cosy lounge area, a dining area, one double bedroom, a second bedroom with full size bunk beds, a shower room and a delightful ‘sit-ooterie’ leading off the kitchen to the rear of the cottage with wrought iron garden furniture. The cottage is fully equipped with freeview TV, DVD, music centre and radio. The modernised kitchen has all mod cons including a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave. In addition to excellent fishing on your doorstep, activities include golf, walking, cycling, horse riding…or just relaxing! The Scottish Borders is full of history with many castles, abbeys, stately homes, country estates and other visitor attractions. Edinburgh is just a day trip away. Brigend cottage offers all you need for a perfect self-catering holiday in the south of Scotland.

Ettrickbridge and surrounding area: The Scottish Borders in southern Scotland and offers beautiful countryside, tranquility, a variety of activities and a warm Scottish welcome. Many people pass through the Borders to go further north and do not realise that the area is a hidden gem. Brigend can also offer an ideal place to get away from it all and relax - or take a romantic break. Tourist attractions include the Borders abbeys, castles, country houses, gardens, museums and other historical sites. Edinburgh is within easy reach for a day trip and offers numerous tourist attractions - its magnificent castle, Holyrood House, the Scottish Parliament and of course its famous festival in August each year. The cities of Newcastle and Glasgow are about 2 hours drive. The 'Cross Keys Inn' at Ettrickbridge is just a 200m walk from the cottage, offering a varied menu at lunchtime and evenings and nearby Selkirk has takeaways and places to eat. Brigend offers all you need for a perfect self-catering holiday in the south of Scotland

Activities in the local area: This self-catering cottage in Scotland offers many activities. There is excellent fishing on the Ettrick Water, right on your doorstep and world class fishing within easy reach on the famous River Tweed. You can walk from the front door of the cottage and there are many routes in the surrounding hills and forests. Cycling is a good way to explore the area and there are excellent trails for mountain biking at Glentress, Innerleithen, Yair and Craik Forest. Golfers can purchase a 'freedom of the fairways' pass which offer access to up to 21 (including two championship) courses. A tennis court is just across the road and children can enjoy the small village play area or the adventure playground at nearby 'Bowhill'. Wilton Park in Hawick (30 mins) offers putting, crazy golf, croquet, bowling and tennis. Dryden riding stables (15 mins)has an indoor and outdoor arena as well as opportunities for hill riding. The area has several museums and Selkirk has a town trail.

Green tourism: At Brigend cottage we are working towards environmentally friendly living. We are helping to support the environment through energy efficiency, recycling and using products which cause as little harm to the environment as possible. We use energy efficient light bulbs and spotlights throughout the cottage and are replacing all of the white goods with energy and water efficient models. Cleaning and washing products are provided that are derived from plant based materials and we supply plenty of recycled toilet paper and kitchen towel. The cottage is well insulated and there is an energy saving kettle. We help you to recycle what you use during your stay with containers provided. The nearby town of Selkirk became Scotland’s first plastic bag free town in April 2008. Many shops are taking part in this initiative and we have provided re-usable shopping bags for you to use during your holiday. We are helping to keep self catering in Scotland as green as possible!

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Barbara Harrison
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, some Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016

About Barbara Harrison

We have spent many holidays in self-catering accommodation and provide all the things that we have appreciated from our best experiences of self-catering. Our aim is to offer good quality accommodation at very reasonable prices - including many of those little extras which just make your stay more enjoyable.

Barbara Harrison purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Barbara Harrison chose Scottish Borders

We chose to live in the Ettrick Valley, which is west of Selkirk, because of its beautiful scenery and its peace and tranquility. One of Scotland's best kept secrets, it's a great area for walking, wildlife, cycling, fishing - and much more. Ettrickbridge is very friendly village, with a welcoming pub within easy walking distance of the cottage. 'Brigend' is well placed for visiting the many historic attractions of the Scottish Borders as well as the famous city of Edinburgh.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A very warm welcome to a lovely cottage. Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday. A fantastic area (pub food excellent) and an ideal base for exploring the Borders.
Aug 2009
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based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Scotland - cosy cottage in pretty village & beautiful countryside - great value
average rating of 4.6875 based on 17 reviews

Lovely cottage in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely cottage for four nights and we had a fantastic time. The location is excellent, beautiful little village with amazing country side around, we got very lucky with our weather and it made the whole experience even better.

The cottage was warm and cosy and had fantastic services and equipment available for use. The owners had made a fantastic effort in getting the house in such a way that it was very pleasant to stay. We greatly appreciated them reaching out to us before hand to ask what kind of bread/wine we wanted for when we arrived, we enjoyed them very much!

Would stay again, fantastic part of the country to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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lovely little Bridgend cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely welcome pack on our arrival which was very much appreciated, the cottage was very well equipped and extremely cosy - so much to do in the area and lovely walks unfortunately we could not fit it all in - so we are planning a return visit and we will be booking into Bridgend cottage again 😊

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and look forward to seeing you again.
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Lovely weekend break

  • 5 of 5

Spent our Anniversary here & it was very cosy and warm. Good walks for our dog, and a lovely welcome pack with wine, bread, home made cakes - even a treat for our dog! Loved the eco-friendliness of the place too :-) Would definitely recommend - have booked for next year too! Barbara couldn't be more helpful x

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2012
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Well Equipped Country Cottage

  • 3 of 5

This is a cosy, well equipped cottage in a quiet country location. The location is central and convenient to the many 'Borders' attractions. The local pub was closed while we were there, so there is nowhere to eat in the village. Because of this we cooked dinner each night. This was not a problem as the cottage is well set up for self catering. My only complaint would be that the cottage was not clean.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. There must have been some misunderstanding about the local pub as we have checked with the owners and they were open for their normal summer hours during your stay, Tuesday - Sunday inclusive (closed on Mondays only). As you will see from other reviews, several of our guests comment on the fact that we take pride in our cottage and clean and maintain and it to a high standard so it was particularly disappointing to get a complaint. We have contacted these guests who identified a few specific things that they were not happy with and we will make sure that our usual high standards of cleanliness are maintained at all times in the future.
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Gorgeous cottage, welcoming and homely!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic break in Brigend Cottage and can't rate the place highly enough. From the moment we walked in we felt at home; from the welcome pack left by the owners (cake, wine, home made jam, milk, butter, fresh bread) to the fully stocked wood burning stove, it was the perfect place for a relaxing break! Before our trip I liaised with Barbara who was friendly and helpful and very flexible in terms of our arrival and departure. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet her, hopefully next time!!

You can tell the owners really take pride in the cottage; this is reflected in all the little touches as well as the exceptional furnishing and upkeep of the place. Literally everything had been thought of - we ate in every night and the kitchen had absolutely everything you could need, as well as a fully stocked herb / spice rack!

We had a fab time just exploring the nearby countryside that is right on the doorstep of Brigend Cottage. We were lucky to have fantastic weather during our stay and went out to explore the nearby St Mary's Loch, and separately the stunning Grey Mare's Tail. We discovered these places as a result of the well-stocked information that was kept in the cottage and were so pleased we did!!

In short this cottage is absolutely the place to stay for a relaxing break in the beautiful Scottish countryside. Returning to the cottage each evening was the icing on the cake of our holiday!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderfully mellow retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our arrival was somewhat delayed due to car problems so when we arrived at this beautiful little cottage we were stressed out and exhausted. Within minutes of walking into this little retreat you could just feel the stress ebbing away. From the welcoming cakes, warmth of the log burner to the beautfully decorated bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen I could not find one fault with this place. The children loved the bunk beds and my husband and I spent many an evening cuddled up infront of the fire after long walks spent investigating Melrose Abbey, Bowhill house and the surrounding countryside. Add to this the wonderfully welcoming owners who even went so far as to lend us their car and organise a garage for us when ours was out of action and you could honestly not find a more welcoming stop in the Scottish Borders.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
59 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Selkirk Golf Course
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
51 Miles
Car: necessary

This charming and cosy traditional stone cottage is set amidst the beautiful, tranquil scenery of the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys in the very pretty and quiet village of Ettrickbridge. This cottage is in a wonderful location with world class fishing available on the River Tweed and its tributaries, including the local Ettrick Water. Cyclists and walkers are well catered for with numerous trails close by. There are many historic castles, abbeys, stately homes and gardens within easy reach and the area offers golfers a variety of interesting courses. Alternatively, take a day trip to Edinburgh with its magnificent castle, Holyrood Palace, visitor attractions, shops and famous summer festival. Ettrickbridge has a small play park and tennis court and there is a larger adventure playground at nearby Bowhill House and Country Park. The village pub is 200m from the cottage and offers good home cooked meals (open 7 days a week) while the nearby town of Selkirk has a range of local amenities including shops and restaurants.

Other Activities: If you have your own equipment you can sail, canoe or wind-surf on nearby St Mary's Loch or white water canoe on the Ettrick Water

Golf: Golf is a national sport in Scotland and Scottish Borders is no exception offering excellent opportunities for golfers across the whole region. The 'Freedom of the Fairways' pass gives access to up to 21 golf courses, including two championship courses. Several courses offers year round golf - although this is weather dependent. The cost of golf in the Borders is very reasonable and many courses are are very welcoming of visitors offering a turn up and pay approach.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Selkirk, Scottish Borders

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
17 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
5 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Discount Season
19 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Festive Season
29 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Discount Season
5 Jan 2017 - 27 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

All rentals include hot water, heating, starter logs and coal, toiletries, welcome food and beverage pack, bedlinen, towels, kitchen towels and cloths, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, cleaning materials as well as toilet paper and kitchen paper. Well behaved pets are welcome at Brigend Cottage, but are strictly not allowed on furniture or in bedrooms.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Selkirk in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Soap and toiletries are included in the rental price.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds
  • The bedrooms are well appointed and comfortable and all beds have electric blankets. The bunk beds are full sized and comfortable. In addition to beds for 4 people, a traveling cot is available and a high chair and/or baby bath can be provided if required.
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
All facilities are on the ground floor with level access from the street. There is an indoor swimming pool and fitness suite in nearby Selkirk and more locally the Ettrick Water offers a couple of swimming holes where you can also picnic or have a barbeque and usually guarantee to have the place to yourselves. There is a limited selection of DVDs for you to watch during your stay. A large selection of leaflets is available in the property outlining local activities.

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