“We absolutely loved spending the week at Gardeners Cottage. It was furnished to a high standard and felt like luxury. It was one of the best cottages we had stayed in! It was so nice and relaxing to be in the middle of nowhere and have no phone signal, perfect for relaxation and feeling refreshed. The owners were great and very friendly - went over and above in sorting the BBQ out for us. All in all it was excellent. Would definitely recommend and go again!" CC
Once the gardener's residence, this traditional Scottish Borders cottage, sleeping 6, forms part of the original steading range, sitting in a pretty spot on the stunning Hoscote Estate.
Located in the heart of Hoscote Estate, Gardener's Cottage is perfectly placed for a tranquil escape from urban living. Guests can walk around the estate although, as it is a working farm and shooting estate, must keep to the surfaced roads and farm tracks.
Hoscote Estate is a working and shooting estate and as such there may be some farm and estate traffic around the grounds during your stay. During the shooting season (October 1st through February 2nd) walking in certain parts of the estate will, by necessity, be restricted. At other times we would ask that guests adhere to the guidelines provided by the estate to access and walking in and around the property.
Dogs are welcome so long as they are kept off the furniture and any carpeted areas within Gardeners' Cottage. Because of a number of active Conversation Projects on Hoscote, they must be kept on a lead at all times when outside; this is to protect the wildlife, the farm's livestock and your own dogs.
Pack up a picnic and head to the hills or take a camera and spot the local wildlife including rare butterflies, peregrine falcons and the enchanting red squirrels.
Mountain bikes are available on loan from the Estate office and guests will find many great walking and cycling tracks on Hoscote's doorstep. The 10,000 acre Craik Forest offers fabulous walks and dedicated mountain biking trails.
The peaceful, road-free countryside is also perfect for riding and a local stables offers hacks for all levels of rider. Salmon and trout fishing are available on the Teviot nearby.
Golf enthusiasts are also well catered for with 11 courses in the immediate area including the well-regarded courses at Hawick and the Roxburghe. There is excellent shooting and stalking available on neighbouring estates.
Hoscote is well-positioned for exploring the wider Borders area. Discover a land with a turbulent and rich history, punctuated by imposing castles including Floors, the majestic home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburgh. Explore the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh and stately mansions including Abbotsford, the romantic home of Sir Walter Scott, and the awesome and austere Hermitage Castle. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip – about an hour and a half's pretty drive from Hoscote.
For larger groups Gardener's Cottage is one of two properties available to let on Hoscote Estate. For further details please see Pathhead Farmhouse (sleeps 6).