Riverside Cabin

Selkirk, Scottish Borders
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A vibrant open-plan space with a wild garden, river for swimming, splashing or fishing and the chance to spot kingfishers and red squirrels


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A London Brownie hut was shipped up to house the village schoolteacher during the 1940s, then used as a salmon smokery until Louisa transformed it into a holiday home. Down higgledy-piggledy steps from the roadside and into a large porch/utility room, big enough to store bikes in safely, then a kitchen with space for two to cook happily and all the gear you need.

The dining/sitting room has an original beam, a big table and benches, games, books, an open fire with logs and a drinks sideboard. A very comfortable place to be on a chilly day or, in summer, with the french doors open to the loggia overlooking the water. Paintings and prints are by the owner and she also leaves you something freshly baked.

The garden is uncultivated, budding botanists will find rare orchids alongside poppies, cornflowers and fruit bushes. Oyster catchers nest nearby, this is a beautiful nature-filled space for lovers and dreamers.

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We think you'll love

  • Sitting on the loggia watching out for wildlife while the river flows past
  • Walking down to the pub for lunch or supper
  • Getting the fire lit and settling in with a book
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You should know

  • The bedrooms share a bathroom with shower
  • There's parking for one car on the verge and free parking a short walk away in the village
  • The neighbours keep chickens which you can see through one of the windows


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Up to 2 dogs welcome, £25.


Nightly price
from £82
Weekly price
from £575
Damage deposit
1 Cabin for 4
From £823 beds2 bedrooms


We had a wonderful and peaceful stay at the Riverside cabin for 1 wk in June and would highly recommend it! Comfy beds, warm duvets, great shower, fast broadband and a lovely big living room meant that my family and I could rest and enjoy our meals together at the big table. The location is idyllic; located next to the river, with mountain views and chickens next door (fresh eggs can be purchased). Ettrickbridge is a lovely village and the pub is only a 5 minute walk over the bridge, which serves local beers/whiskey and tasty food every day. Thanks Louisa for making our stay so relaxing!

Sarah, Sheffield

Riverside Cabin From start to finish a wonderful experience. The cabin exceeded our expectations on all levels, just such a nice atmosphere and well kitted out. Chickens out one window, lambs out the other. Evenings sitting out back in the sun overlooking the river watching the fish feed in the pool below. Garden full of wild flowers and errant grouse. Pub literally 10 minutes over the bridge, Selkirk and all its bounty 15 minutes drive down the road. Plenty of walks and friendly locals abound. Charming, secluded and just a beautiful place to go. We'll definitely be back!

Craig, Northumberland

This is the second time we have stayed in the Cabin by the river. It’s perfect for us. Spotlessly clean, cosy and practical, particularly love the large utility room for the dog. It’s our go to place when visiting family in the area.

Joanne, Befale

A lovely place to stay - the sunny living area is the total width of the cabin so there's loads of space. The wildflower garden and the river are rich with wildlife so sitting on the loggia will be addictive and you can walk to the village pub if you don't feel like cooking.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

From the door you can stride out on stunning walks through the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys for lochs, woodland, hills and wild moorland. You can also walk to a nice old-fashioned pub for decent grub and a pint. Selkirk, 6 miles, is a market town famous for Sir Walter Scott and has a butcher and a baker. Cyclists can tackle The Swire Climb, historians will visit the ruined abbey at Melrose.

Local points of interest from Louisa Marston

  • Bring your sketchpads & easel to delight in the landscapes and have your masterpieces framed at the lovely Burnside Gallery in Selkirk.
  • Enjoy the scenic hill walks from the doorstep with views of the rolling valleys and opportunities to spot golden eagles.
  • Sit peacefully on the loggia bench overlooking the Ettrick Water, looking out for the otters and birdlife. Book a paddle board and spend the afternoon on St Mary's Loch after a morning's walk up The Grey Mare's Tail, sure footing it with the wild goats!
  • Grab a proper artisan roast coffee in the Three Hills in Selkirk and if you're keen, book a session to learn about the art of the true roast.
  • Take the plunge with wild swimming in our numerous lochs and rivers nearby. A secret pool is listed in our guidebook and if you are a novice, book a session with Audrey.
  • Take a little bit of Scottish Borders heritage home with you from our local towns of Selkirk and Hawick, fulfilling your tweed and cashmere delights.


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.