Bemersyde House

Bemersyde, Scottish Borders
+44 (0)1968 678465
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£570 - £928
per night
£3995 - £6495
per week

Up the drive flanked by grazing horses, to a warm welcome from the housekeeper and a great fire in the hall. Perfect for family gatherings


10 beds


10 bedrooms


Sleeps 22

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£570 - £928 per night

£3995 - £6495 per week

The Experience

Explore the woods with your dog; go salmon fishing with the ghillie. All you hear on these 1,200 acres are birds, otters, wildfowl, and the estate’s bees feasting on gorse on Bemersyde Hill.

The 1535 Peel Tower is the house’s core (younger wings lie either side). There’s more than enough space for a party of 22. Rooms range from two connecting drawing rooms to a clubby study – christened ‘Whites’ by the last earl – to larder and laundry rooms, a huge room with ping-pong and pool, and much, much more.

Sizzle up sausages down by the river as the sun goes down – there are dark skies for gazers. Book a table for a fine meal in Melrose. This scenic Borders town is five miles away and Burt’s welcomes all. Return to log-burners in grand fireplaces (every room has one), books and beams, and a magnificent, winding stone stair.

Bemersyde House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Picking the vegetables, walking the dogs and living the 'country life'
  • The incredible sense of history
  • Wandering the woodlands beside the beautiful river Tweed
Bemersyde House - Gallery

You should know

  • There are no en suite bathrooms
  • WiFi is in the public rooms only


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £570
Weekly price
from £3995
Damage deposit
£500 for weekly bookings, £250 for the weekend.
Main house and East wing available together for parties of 20.
1 House for 22
From £57010 beds10 bedrooms


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 3 miles.


We loved our stay at Bemersyde. We were there for a Christmas holiday and it couldn't have been more cozy and inviting. We loved exploring the grounds, cooking in the spacious kitchen and sitting by the fireplaces. Margaret was friendly and very helpful when we had questions (we had many...). We also took a fishing lesson with Ian who was great and entertained us all with his witty banter. We will certainly be back, hopefully in summertime, to really enjoy the beautiful gardens.

Shannon, St. Louis. Park

I loved the acres of gardens and grounds that are full of wildflowers and picnicking spots. I felt like I was stepping back in time when entering the estate - there is so much history!

Louisa, Sawday's Inspector

A perfect stay in a beautiful house. It is incredibly spacious with fascinating history and art in every room. Every aspect was in excellent working order with the whole house impeccably clean, fully equipped and lots of activities inside the house (table football, table tennis etc) and outdoors including great walks with the river close by. The housekeeper Margaret gave a very warm welcome and provided lots of information about the house and the surroundings.

Peter, London

The perfect venue for our family gathering. Its large, elegantly furnished reception rooms, exceptionally comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen and pervading sense of history suited everyone. The 6 children, aged 5-14 played endless games of hide and seek, table tennis and pool, whilst their parents and grandparents enjoyed the deep sofas, lovely paintings, open fires, beautiful views and local well as the odd game of tennis. Margaret’s warm welcome and briefing put everyone in the mood, as did her prolific supply of jams, chutneys and honey from the estate…a memorable holiday.

Chris, Yorkshire

A thoroughly enjoyable stay in a house full of history and character, not to mention the fascinating art collection. Margaret’s cornucopic vegetable garden was a huge feature of our stay, and she was both accommodating and readily available when needed. Last but not least, Ada’s breakfasts were sumptuous and are highly recommended!

Max, Wilts

A totally fascinating place that gives you the sense of its history from the moment you walk in the main door - at times you feel like a Time Lord walking through a door from a bedroom in a Peel Tower built in 1535 into a large light filled Drawing Room in the West Wing built in 18thC - endless garden and grounds to walk in and explore.

Mary, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The landscape is the rolling Scottish Borders, with wonderful views to the Eildon Hills. Discover the tennis court, the woodland play area, and the greenhouse where peaches flourish. The Tweed is a short walk through the woods; consider casting lessons from Ian, estate ghillie for 30 years. St Boswell’s is the closest place to eat (three miles), while Melrose has shops, restaurants, and two National Trust gardens to visit. Walking routes abound.

Local points of interest from The Team at Bemersyde

  • The famous viewpoint, Scott's View, is on the estate - head up with a picnic and gaze out at the River Tweed
  • The estate is in an area of national scenic beauty and is teeming with wildlife and many different tree varieties in the deep valley
  • Historic country house, Abbotsford, is only 5 miles away - Sir Walter Scott is a distant relative of the Haigs
  • There are lots of mountain biking trails nearby through woodlands and past stunning countryside
  • The Borders Book Festival takes place in June: A wonderful four days of talks, discussions, food & drink, live music, comedy and more for all the family
  • There are many interesting Abbeys in the area to explore - ask your hosts for more details


The Team at Bemersyde

Bemersyde has been the home of the Haigs for 800 years; notable ancestors include Field Marshal Haig. The present Earl and his wife inherited in 2010. Margaret, who occupies the lodge and has looked after the house for 30 years, meets, greets and is also available to bake - and makes delicious cheese scones!