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Overview of GARDENER'S COTTAGE, ELLISTON - sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms near St Boswells

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2 bedrooms, Internet
Living room
Living room
2 bedrooms, Internet
Private Kitchen

GARDENER'S COTTAGE, ELLISTON - sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms near St Boswells

5.0/5 Exceptional

Explore the area

    Popular LocationSaint Cuthbert's Way8 min drive
    Popular LocationMelrose Abbey12 min drive
    Popular LocationDryburgh Abbey15 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

GARDENER'S COTTAGE, ELLISTON - sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms near St Boswells

Cottage in Melrose
A rural hideaway yet ideally placed for sightseeing
Once the residence of the Head Gardener for the surrounding Elliston Estate, Gardener’s cottage is a quintessential charming two bedroom cottage.

Set in a delightful position within attractive tree-lined private grounds, the cottage is equally ideal as a romantic bolthole for couples or a rural hideaway for families, with extensive grounds for mini explorers to enjoy.

The cottage is accessed by a private track and is nestled in a peaceful, secluded position bordered by woodland to one side and the former walled garden to the rear. To the front and side of the cottage is a large informal garden.

The former drying green provides a sheltered area of lawn which is ideal for a game of football. There are delightful views from all aspects, particularly the view across rolling fields to an impressive lake complete with resident swans, overlooked by the imposing ruins of Elliston House.

Inside the cottage, the ground floor accommodation comprises a sitting room with log burner, dining room, kitchen and bathroom with walk-in shower and original cast iron bath.

Upstairs, the two charming bedrooms have zip and link beds that can be configured as a twin or super king.

Access into hallway with hanging rail and space for outdoor gear.

Sitting room with large sofa, two armchairs, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, wood burning stove, selection of books and DVDs.

Dining room with dining space and seating for six.

Kitchen with ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, 3/4 dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, washing machine and dryer.

Bathroom with original cast iron bath tub, separate shower unit with rainforest head and separate hand held unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ super king or 3’ twin as required, side tables, dressing table, door hook with hangers.

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ super king or 3’ twin as required, side tables, dressing table, door hook with hangers.

Large tree lined private garden with garden furniture. A gate at end end of the drive can be closed to enclose the garden, however this cannot be considered to be dog-proofed and dogs will require close supervision since the area around the cottage is farmland.

There is private parking for two to three cars to the front and side of the property.

A highchair is available on request. A travel cot is not provided.

Two dogs are permitted but must be clean before access into the property and thereafter must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms.

Elliston is a working farm with livestock in the adjoining fields and it is imperative that dogs are kept under control and on leads whilst outwith the immediate garden vicinity. Guests can walk around the estate roads but cannot walk in the surrounding fields with livestock.

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided.

Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile reception is reasonable.

Oil fired gas central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove with logs supplied.

The property sits at the end of a private estate with its own access driveway and no overlooking from other properties.

For guests looking to holiday together this cottage can be booked alongside Byreman's Cottage, sleeping 6 and Coachman's Cottage, sleeping 4 which all sit on the Elliston estate.
Bathrooms include a shower.

Property manager

Crabtree & Crabtree

Property amenities


  • Internet access

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended


  • 2 bedrooms


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower

Location highlights

  • In a rural location
  • Near a hospital

Things to do

  • Swimming nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Golf nearby


  • Sleeps 4



Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, which will enable you to manage your booking

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

We should mention

A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

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About this area


Located in Melrose, this cottage is in a rural area. Dryburgh Abbey and Monteviot House are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Saint Cuthbert's Way and Southern Upland Way - Section A Trailhead. Discover the area's water adventures with fishing and swimming nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with cycling and horse riding.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Saint Cuthbert's Way - 8 min drive
  • Woodside Garden Centre - 10 min drive
  • Melrose Abbey - 12 min drive
  • Dryburgh Abbey - 15 min drive
  • Abbotsford - 21 min drive

Getting around

  • Tweedbank Station - 14 min drive


  • The Blue Coo Bistrot - 4 min drive
  • Russell's Restaurant - 8 min drive
  • Ship Inn - 8 min drive
  • Monte Cassino - 8 min drive
  • Apples For Jam - 8 min drive

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5/5 Excellent

Blissful seclusion
Wonderful area to stay in and the cottage was an absolute delight. Cosy, comfortable and thoughtfully equipped. We felt at home immediately . Would recommend this cottage to anyone, whether you wanted a romatic break, or a family holiday.

5/5 Excellent

Lovely pastoral setting
The cottage was exactly as promised on website. Beautiful, immaculate, with everything we needed. We had a last minute issue with sleeping arrangements, which didn't phase Piers the owner or Andrew the caretaker. We could've spent a few more days exploring the area, so much to see. The cottage was convenient and nice to come back to at the end of the day. The kitchen is well equipped, albeit small. The grounds are stunning with wonderful walks, cows, sheep, birds. Would love to come back another time!

5/5 Excellent

Comfortable cottage in a peaceful setting
A great base for exploring the Scottish Borders. Plenty of great walking and towns to visit. The cottage is in a very quiet location and the setting is lovely. Well equipped and plenty of space for four adults and two dogs.

5/5 Excellent

A much needed retreat!
The Gardener's Cottage was an awesome little place, situated in a VERY quiet estate. It is an old gardener's cottage as the name implies, yet has recently been remodeled, and is very comfortably furnished. It has a modern kitchen with everything that you would need for the perfect getaway, as well as a very nice bath with both modern shower and a cast iron tub as well so will definitely allow for a good soak after a long day of sightseeing! The surrounding estate is wonderfully wooded, and populated by all kinds of wildlife, as well as resident sheep! Though I didn't partake of any of the services mentioned in the owners welcome book, there are many suggestions made in the book that allowed me to better plan my daily trips from the estate. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend the Gardener's Cottage for anyone looking for a simple quiet retreat, or a home base while touring the beautiful Scottish borders.