The Study at Minto

Denholm, Scottish Borders
+44 (0)7887 984845

An eclectic bolthole for walkers, history addicts, wildlife lovers and peace seekers, far from crowds in the beautiful Scottish borders


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Minto – a planned village designed by William Playfair for the 2nd Earl of Minto – is a mile and a half from the road and consists of the Victorian school, where you stay, the owners’ house next door and a church in the gothic style. Walk straight into a hallway and then a vast room crammed with interesting things, beautiful rugs and wall hangings with Scottish or French connections and Armstrong family history – it’s all fascinating and just a tiny bit bonkers.

A wood-burner warms you, the galley kitchen has all the stuff you need and the welcome hamper is for pure romantics – chocolates, Prosecco and fresh flowers. Up a few steps is a raised area for eating, or on balmy days you have your own terrace overlooking Rubers Law, an extinct volcano that you can climb by various routes.

Ramble through magical Minto Glen with a picnic, wander a mile to Denham for good shops and two pubs – one of which does an Italian breakfast.

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We think you'll love

  • Hunkering down here with somebody you love and shutting the four-poster curtains on the world
  • Discovering the blood-thirsty history of the Armstrong family and shenanigans in the borders over the years
  • Walking and cycling in such a quiet, undisturbed part of the UK
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You should know

  • A well-behaved dog may come but not to bound on the furniture and must be on a lead outdoors because of sheep
  • No children but babes in arms fine


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £105
Weekly price
from £735
Damage deposit
1 House for 2
From £1051 bedroom


Wow! What an incredible, stunning place, its so comfy and welcoming. All the antiques are unique and the kitchen area is just perfect. Even the key makes you feel like you are king/Queen of the kingdom. It's like living in a luxury time machine. The views from the patio are beautiful and the walks around Minto are amazing. Rob is a fantastic host who is really welcoming and so interesting and knowledgeable of the area. Thank you Rob, we can't wait to come back. Book up, you will not be disappointed.

Sooze, Oxford

We stayed here for three wonderful nights to coincide with my husbands birthday. What a fantastic, quirky, majestic beautiful little place The Study is, in an equally beautiful conservation village, a stones throw from Hawick. We absolutely loved everything about this place, the antiques, bathroom with T Crapper toilet, extremely comfy four poster bed and a gramophone where there were a collection of lovely old records. Facilities are great and gorgeous terrace to sit and take in the amazing views across the Teviot Valley. Rob is a wonderful host too, you must stay here, highly recommended!

Claire, Northumberland

This place is amazing! Staying there is like staying in a museum, making it such a delight. Very comfortable, great location, beautiful walks nearby. It had everything we needed. (Wifi was great as well - having video calls with a suit of armour behind you is great fun...) It's a gem of a place that I can't wait to return to!

Kristina, London

Come for the fascinating history of the Armstrong family, for great walking and cycling without the crowds, for exploring conservation villages and to return to such an eclectic, cosy space.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

This is grand walking and cycling country. Walkers can climb sturdy hills or wander pretty woods, cyclists can join the 7stanes trail at Newcastleton (45 minutes by car). Visit Fatlips Castle (1530), HQ of the Turnbull clan - the local petrol station will give you the key for a tenner deposit. You're 20 minutes from Tweed Bank station and a train to Edinburgh, and it's under an hour to Cheswick Sands.

Local points of interest from Rob Armstrong

  • The Study at Minto is a former Gothic Victorian School. The building was sympathetically restored several years ago, careful not to ruin the essence of the property we have managed to keep the building extremely original .It’s like setting back in time.
  • My Name is Rob Armstrong, I’m a descendent of the infamous 16th century clan chief, Johnny Armstrong. The Armstrong’s were a well known and feared border clan who lived like outlaws. These days we Armstrong’s are a placid bunch, proud of our ‘Reiving’ past
  • My passion for buildings came from growing up in Gilnockie Tower, ancestral home of Johnny Armstrong. The Study is a homage to earlier times, a splendid gothic space filled with Antiques and works of art from a bygone era .
  • Fancy bringing our Children ? We have a couple of delightful shepherds huts with stunning views across the Teviot valley. We would be happy to discuss a package deal incorporating one or two huts.


Rob Armstrong

Rob is a direct descendent of probably the most famous of the wild border reivers, Johnnie Armstrong, who was captured and hanged by King James V in 1530. Rob is passionate about border history, a huge collector of Armstrong family memorabilia and objets d'art, and also a musician, specialising in contemporary folk music. They will meet you if they're about, or you can let yourselves in.