Laundry Cottage in the Borders

Selkirk, Scottish Borders
Self-catering


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

Bed

4 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

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.

Essentials

  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dogs

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.

Meals
Home-cooked meals in the freezer by request.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £545
Damage deposit
£200
1 Cottage for 6
From £804 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

Lovely cottage, feels much more remote than it is. The owners were very accommodating and answered emails promptly. Perfect venue for a boys’ fishing week on the Ettrick Water. We’ll book again next year.

Hugh, Tiverton, Devon

We had the loveliest 3 night stay at Laundry Cottage - one of the nicest holiday rental places we have ever stayed. The cottage itself is so clean, spacious and well equipped and the area is beautiful - so peaceful and amazing scenery from every window. Would highly recommend.

Catherine, London

This is a gem of a property . It's our 2nd visit and we will be back. Great views across the fields , comfortable and cosy, well kitted out and responsive owners on hand if you need them. Great wee pub and restaurant 5 min walk away in Etrrick bridge and loads and loads of things to do nearby . Love this place.

Iain, Knockdon, Near Maybole

Laundry Cottage is very comfortable and well furnished, quiet and with lovely views. Good walking from the door and much more within short drives. Hosts welcoming and quickly responsive to any issues. Highly recommended.

David, London

We throughly enjoyed our 3 days at Laundry Cottage - perfect place to stay, relaxing, quiet, lovely decor, clean & comfortable. We found the area to be really beautiful and the locals very friendly. We had a fantastic meal & great afternoon at the village pub & visited both Melrose & Peebles whilst we were there, both interesting villages to explore - we will definitely visit the borders again & hopefully be able to stay in Laundry Cottage :D

Raquel, Newcastle upon Tyne

An absolutely beautiful place to spend a week. Our 1 year old and 3 year old loved it - going down to the river for a paddle, seeing the wildlife every morning and playing on the patio while we enjoyed the view. Great hosts who gave us advice on where to visit and ensured we could make it a home away from home, with a bottle of fizz and shortbread to greet us, and tips to keep the little ones entertained!

Nick, London

We’ve stayed at Laundry Cottage several times. It is a spacious, well organised, generously equipped and attractive house on one level. The view from the sitting area is lovely: rolling hills, entertaining sheep and scarcely a human to be seen or heard. The owners are very nice people and could not be more helpful. There’s plenty to see and do locally and also a splendid train service from Galashiels to Edinburgh. A full day out in that beautiful place is simplicity itself. We will certainly return to Louisa’s excellent haven and thank her again for her hospitality.

David, Lancaster

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.

christine

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 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!

Chris, EDINBURGH

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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Location

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.

Introducing

Louisa Marston

Louisa grew up helping her mother organise Edinburgh Festival flats for leading artists, and she's managed holiday lets in the Borders for many years. Design, interiors and the decorative arts excite her and she has a keen interest in all things flora and fauna. She lives nearby and has three children so she understands the needs of parents holidaying with young or older children.