About Kirkton Cottage

Kirkton Cottage

Luxurious and romantic 1890’s holiday cottage in the conservation village of Bowden, Melrose.

Luxury couples retreat. Child friendly. Dog friendly.

Oozing character and charm, this enchanting period cottage has all the right touches for a heavenly getaway.  Imagine returning from gentle country walks from the doorstep, relaxing in front of the roaring woodburner enjoying a delicious coffee or a glass of your favourite tipple.  Or simply ease your way into the day with a lazy brunch on the private patio listening to the tranquil sound of birdsong.

Our cottage is beautifully presented throughout, the attention to detail stands out, with plenty of little touches to make your stay a special one. The interior has been carefully styled to create a feeling of warmth and ambience tied together with a gentle scheme of soft whites and calming neutrals along with one or two cosy accents for a bright pop of colour.

We have created ‘our’ ideal luxury holiday cottage, carefully catering for what we would want from a romantic break away as a couple. We also know the important things that make a stay with children a bit easier and more fun for everyone, and have endeavoured to include these for our guest families.  The cottage is also the perfect layout for friends to enjoy company whilst maintaining space and privacy.

Kirkton Cottage is owner-maintained to ensure the same exacting standards for all our guests.

Ground Floor

The sitting room is perfectly sized for couples, families or friends with two generous sofas in soft saddle leather positioned around the woodburning stove. The cottage benefits from high speed fibre broadband offering fast internet connectivity, and for entertainment a Smart TV offers plenty of media options but which can be cleverly hidden away when you want to switch-off and enjoy some quiet time with a good book or listen to your favourite music on the Bose speaker.

The sweet country kitchen benefits from underfloor heating with lots of lovely touches and pottery from Emma Bridgewater, quality Denby crockery and hand painted tiles from Maggie Mumford. A bottle of chilled prosecco awaits you in the Gorenje retro fridge freezer and a welcome basket with filter coffee, and tasty treats is left for you to enjoy.

The smart contemporary bathroom again benefits from underfloor heating along with luxurious towels, cosy bathrobes and spa toiletries for a little pampering.

The comfort continues into the ground floor kingsize master bedroom.

First Floor

Upstairs there is a bright, cosy snug filled with natural sunlight – ideal for chilling out with your iPad or a good book, or for guests to have a quiet space of their own. This leads to a second bedroom which can be configured to twin or superking as required.

Outside space

The back door from the kitchen leads out to a small but quaint private patio with garden furniture and a Weber gas barbecue for sunny days, along with pretty planters filled with colourful flowers.

The private rear patio

Family Friendly

Children are warmly welcomed at Kirkton Cottage. You will find beautiful children’s Denby crockery and cutlery in the kitchen, and a great selection of children’s DVD’s, board games and books for all ages.

Dogs Welcome

Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a cost of £25 per dog, per stay. They must be cleaned and dried in the laundry room before entering the cottage. Dogs are not permitted on the furniture, and must be kept on the ground floor – excluding master bedroom which is carpeted. Owners must provide their own pet bedding, bowls and towels.

Strictly no smoking/vaping

For the comfort and safety of all our guests, there is strictly no smoking or vaping in the cottage or its grounds.


Bowden is a sleepy conservation village with no parking restrictions. There is ample safe on-street parking directly outside the front gate.

Transport Links

The new Borders Railway is a 10 minute drive away from Kirkton Cottage at Tweedbank where there is ample free parking. The regular trains can take you straight into the centre of Edinburgh in 55 minutes. See https://www.scotrail.co.uk for details.

Bookings & Short Breaks

Our own secure booking platform allows complete flexiblity with arrival days and durations throughout the year to suit everyone.  Check our Availability/Booking page for details or use the ‘Contact us’ page for enquiries.

Check-in is from 4pm on your day of arrival and check-out is by 10am on your day of departure. 

Book Securely

Book securely via our Supercontrol Booking System with a 25% deposit and you don’t need to pay the balance of your booking until just 30 days before your arrival date – see our ‘Availability and Bookings’ button on the left of the screen.secure online booking system powered by SuperControl - click to verify

Kirkton Cottage Covid-19 Refund Guarantee

Book with confidence – if Government Covid-19 National lockdown or Tier regulations prevent you from travelling to stay at Kirkton Cottage then we guarantee that you will get a full refund of the accommodation price you have paid. The home address details you entered on the booking at the time of booking will be the only address our Covid-19 refund guarantee applies to if travel restrictions prevent you from travelling to stay at Kirkton Cottage. Travel restrictions must coincide with your holiday commencement date to apply.

We’re Good to Go 

Kirkton Cottage is accredited with Visit Scotland confirming we are adhering to Government and tourist industry Covid-19 health guidance and best practice and have the required processes and protocols in place to protect our guests and local community.

Good To Go Scotland


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