Laundry Cottage in the Borders

Selkirk, Scottish Borders

A charming comfy cottage with wood burner, delicious hilly views, walks radiating from the door. We didn’t want to leave!


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Our inspector was reluctant to leave: so charming is the conversion and so stunning is the setting. Only the grey stone exterior belies its 19th-century laundry origins; inside all is light and airy in the spacious open-plan kitchen/diner/living room. The vaulted ceiling soars, original and new beams marry well, thick stone walls set off local artworks. This is a friendly comfy space: whip up meals in the modern kitchen, dine at the farmhouse table, unbend on squashy sofas in front of the wood-burner (first basket of logs free), drink in the hilly views. Bedrooms (all on the ground floor) are calm and uncluttered with deep windows framing more long views; contemporary bathrooms sparkle. Outside there’s a terrace for barbecues, a wildflower meadow, and a pond teeming with wildlife (watch small children). Delightful owners – who also let out the farmhouse next door, otherwise you have the place to yourself – leave cake and bubbles in the kitchen; Selkirk is close for supplies. You’re in border country so lovers of outdoor pursuits will be in clover: horse-riding, golf, fishing… biking and hiking from the door too.


  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Towels for drying.

Dogs £25 per stay.

Off-road walkies with miles of tracks and hills to explore from the doorstep, but watch out for sheep. Ettrick Water (salmon river) for splashing and swimming.

Home-cooked meals in the freezer by request.


Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £545
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 6
From £804 beds3 bedrooms


Excellent cottage with all the home comforts. The location is spectacular with wonderful views. Thank you for a great welcome and a wonderful stay. We will certainly be back for another visit.

Kathy, Cheltenham

The cottage is very comfortable, private, child & dog safe & so peaceful. Numerous places to visit nearby. The children (4 & 8) particularly enjoyed Bowhill estate which has the best adventure playground ever & wonderful grounds to walk with the dogs. A really enjoyable break.


We thoroughly enjoyed our tranquil stay in lovely surroundings with views over to the surrounding hills, which are very accessible. Extra touches added to the welcome, such as the bottle of Prosecco. The cottage is a delightful blend of modern comforts and original features and despite it being March, we were very warm and comfortable. Thoroughly recommended!

Neil, Bradford West Yorkshire

Laundry Cottage was perfect for our weekend stay....everything you could possibly need. It was clean, warm, plenty of hot water and the beds were super comfortable. Beautiful cottage.

Valerie, Northumberland

We have had the most relaxing and comfortable stay in this lovely cottage. In a peaceful and private location, with beautiful views to die for from practically every window, this place has proven to be one of our favourite places to stay. The cottage is immaculate, very warm and cosy, but also light filled and spacious enough for 6. There are loads of great walks on the doorstep and there is a nice dog friendly pub in the village, which is within an easy 10 minute walk. The borders are full of great places to visit , the roads are quiet and the locals very friendly. We will be back soon...

Karen, Vale of Belvoir

Had a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage and the peace and quiet was just what we were after. The cottage was very well equipped and the showers were fab! Would love to visit again in the future.

Daniel, Edinburgh

We had a lovely, very comfortable stay in Laundry Cottage. The cottage feels very welcoming and is full of light, with wonderful views of the hills. It's in a peaceful and safe location & there are plenty of walks and places to visit nearby. We can certainly recommend staying there.

Kathy, Suffolk

We absolutely loved Laundry Cottage. Beautifully decorated, plenty of space inside and outside, lovely details and a well-equipped kitchen. We were lucky enough to be there when it was beautifully sunny and enjoyed a BBQ outside with the lovely views of the hills. Thank you for a perfect stay!

Sarah, London

Laundry cottage was lovely very comfortable and very well equipped. We had a very relaxing holiday in lovely surroundings. We would definitely recommend this property.

Lorraine, Inverurie

We stayed at Laundry cottage as we were going to a wedding nearby. It was very comfortable, clean, welcoming and well equipped. We couldn’t have asked for better. We were a little sad we couldn’t stay for longer than the weekend we had booked.

Denise, Hertfordshire

In early 2018, we had every sort of weather - one day, we were lounging on the terrace in the sunshine, reading (admittedly, in coats!) and the next we were in front of a log fire watching the snow falling over the hills, pitying the sheep. (The friendly owners supplied extra logs at this point!) We were looking for a lazy break and this fulfilled every requirement. It is isolated - but not too isolated. The views from the cottage are stunning.We were near to shops and had a lovely day out at Melrose Abbey. Laundry Cottage is a comfortable home from home in which to chill - but not literally!

Annie, Highworth

We had a wonderful stay here back in February 2018, the cottage is beautifully appointed and very spacious. We had exceptionally good weather for the time of year and the light and views from the lounge out over the hills were fantastic, our dog loved nothing more than sunbathing by the patio door. Although it was sunny, it was still exceptionally cold and the log burner was very welcomed! We would have loved to have come back over summer, unfortunately so did everyone else, and the cottage has been fully booked, but we will return soon!

Dan, Halifax

Laundry Cottage is superb! Spacious, beautifully furnished, a wonderfully rural setting - lots to explore on the doorstep, and within a drive. Highly recommended!


An amazing place! A beautifully decorated, clean and modern cottage! So peaceful and with all the facilities needed plus a short walk to the lovely local pub. Louisa and Ed made us very welcome and we had a wonderful new year with incredible snowy views! Perfect!

Katherine, Yalding

A peaceful retreat, with so many luxuries to make our stay wonderful. Spacious cottage, lovely decor and comfy beds. Perfect for that something special.

Jane, Cambridgeshire

Our second time to Laundry Cottage. We miss it already. Wonderful views. Nicely appointed cottage decorated with good taste. Very quiet. Private.

Graham, Sheffield

We're a family of 4 with a small dog and just had a wonderful week at Laundry Cottage in Ettrick Bridge. The cottage is fab, well equipped, lovely decor and in a beautiful location. The beds were very comfortable, important to those with bad backs. Perfect hosts, unobtrusive but close to hand if needed (happy to lend hand blender for soup making). We joined in the local pub quiz one night and found the locals very warm and friendly, we even won a bonus prize! The area is stunning and great for exploring, we also managed a trip up to Edinburgh with Louisa's help on the best way to get there.

Biddy, London

A beautiful cottage in a stunning and tranquil setting. Well equipped and well furnished for a comfortable self-catering holiday. Ideal for exploring the Ettrick Valley and near enough to Edinburgh to visit for a day trip. Definitely highly recommended!


Just back from a fantastic two week visit in Scotland at the end of which we spent four days at the Laundry Cottage on Howford Farm in Ettrickbridge in the Scottish Borders. Our family group of four had plenty of room to spread out in the three bedroom cottage looking out at beautiful new mown farm fields and the farm house and buildings nearby. Lovely decor, an excellent wood burning stove (which we used in july!), a well equipped kitchen, luxurious linens and comfortable furniture all were enjoyed thoroughly. A short walk to the village and pub and great walks were a bonus, too!

Carol, Seattle

What a lovely rural spot. Warm and toasty with a brilliantly well stocked kitchen. Gorgeous views and local walks. Plenty to do in nearby Selkirk and Melrose. We will be going again!

Rowena, Peterborough

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Louisa Marston

  • From the doorstep you can walk for miles in the uninhabited rolling hills. A wealth of wildlife and striking Scottish scenery.
  • Have picnics and wallow in the Ettrick Water counting the salmon or watch quietly as the otters play.
  • Stroll down to the village for a pint of real ale, a large selection of whiskey, juke box and games in our traditional local pub serving hearty home cooked meals.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg the Ettrick Shepherd and explore the literary wilds of St Marys Loch, the Devils Beef Tub and Grey Mares Tail.
  • Bring your rackets and balls for a good game of tennis on the smart new village court, followed by a refreshing long drink in The Cross Keys.
  • Relax as the children go wild following trails and playing in the adventure park at nearby Bowhill, home of the Duke of Buccleuch.