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Our aim is for our guests to have a really special, enjoyable and comfortable stay with us.

Here are some comments left by our guests.

15th July 2018 – “We stayed here for a week and really enjoyed our holiday in your cosy and beautiful cottage. The house is decorated with so much taste and love..we felt very comfortable. We made some lovely trips to Edinburgh on the train and visited the home of Sir Walter Scott (Abbotsford House) – it was very interesting. We spent a day on the East Coast visiting Holy Island and managed a swim there. Thanks for the home made jam and cupcakes – they tasted wonderful. We will miss this wonderful place!” The Muller family, Switzerland

9th July 2018 – “We had a wonderful four nights stay in Kirkton cottage. The cottage has a wonderful “home” feel about it with all the equipment and facilities needed for a relaxing stay. It was clear that much thought, care and consideration has gone into everything that’s available. This made it so relaxing to come home to after a day exploring. Also, we very much enjoyed the welcome pack of coffee, home-made preserve and muffins, shortbread, tablet, champagne, haggis crisps…did I miss something?! 🙂 It’s also a great location for exploring the area, there’s much to do. In our three full days we had a great time visiting the nearby villages/ towns, walking up the Eildon Hills and walking the coast at St Abbs. Thank you Robin & Angie!” Debbie

23rd June – 7th July 2018 – ” Had a very comfortable 2 weeks here. The cottage is very well thought out. The courtyard has a Mediterranean feel about it. This is our first visit to the Borders region and we hope to be back in the area before very long.” R & S, Cheshire

18th June – “Wonderful week in this lovely cottage. Made this years visit to the Borders Book Festival a joy. Great dog walks, lovely scenery and fabulous village. Enjoyed Sunday service at Bowden Kirk – 11th Century building – welcoming congregation and minister. Roll on Book Fest 2019 !” Alex

26th May 2018- “Kirkton cottage exceeded our expectations. We were met with a smile and our smiles continued for the 3 days we were here! From the lovely treats in the kitchen to the heated floors to the lovely oasis in the back…we enjoyed everything about this place. We were wanting a place to stay and instead we stayed at a spa retreat!  The village was lovely, Bowden Kirk was a true treasure to discover and the Eildon Hills were a gorgeous delight covered in gorse. Thank you” D&S&M, Montreal, Canada

19th May 2018 – “Thank you. We needed a rest in lovely surroundings and we found it! We’ve already discussed returning as a week isn’t enough to see all the sights….” D&K, Norfolk

4th May 18 – “The cottage has been everything we hoped for and more” M&J, N.Ireland

29th April 2018 – “A lovely stay ! Warm welcome, wonderful cottage, great walking, terrific food & drink. We’d really recommend the deli and the fine wine shop in Melrose, Abbotsford also really worth a visit. Thank you – I don’t think we have ever stayed in a cottage nicer than this one !” S & K, Durham

25th-28th March 2018 – “We have had the perfect mini break at Kirkton Cottage from the warm welcome to the very end. There is nothing this beautiful cottage doesn’t have – it is going to be a struggle to leave! We took advantage of the amazing walks and views on our doorstep, climbing the Eildon Hills………..Overall we have had an amazing time. The thought and effort put in to making our stay perfect is clear from the second you walk through the door. The welcome basket and carrot cakes went down a treat…. thank you Angie & Robin, we are already planning our next visit.” J & M, Notts

15th-18th March 2018 – “What a fantastic cottage!! It has everything you could wish for and more. Loved the log burner and all the extras, the cakes were yummy on our arrival. We couldn’t possibly complain about anything. Thanks so much for a luxury mini break in the Borders. We will recommend to others and we will be back. Thanks.”  Moira & Irene

26th February 2018 – ” We have had an amazing stay ! Arriving the day before the ‘Storm of all Storms’! What a wonderful cottage this is. It has been tested to the full through two solid days of blizzard. We felt welcomed and at home from the first moment. The welcome pack was wonderful but best of all a warm and cosy cottage with a vast supply of logs and hot water. The laundry room was brilliant – coming back freezing and snow covered every day. We had Fergus the 10 month old ‘snow dog’ to defrost twice daily! So many excellent walks from the door despite the limitations of two feet of snow and four-foot drifts.  We have loved every minute and would love to return to see the Borders green and snow free!  Thank you so much. Jo, Sue & Fergus, West Yorkshire

20th February 2018 – “We booked Kirkton Cottage as a ‘Mini-Moon’ for a few days. What a Dream! Just home-from-home. As soon as we walked in the door we knew this place was just perfect. The welcome basket and homemade carrot cakes were amazing! The wedding cards and champers chilling in the fridge was so thoughtful. We loved it so much we booked an extra two nights and brought our girls down from Edinburgh to join us! They loved it and didn’t want to leave. Angie went out her way and made the girls cupcakes and left sweet treats for them arriving. Anyone looking for a nice home from home to get away this is definitely the perfect place! We will be back in the near future. Angie & Robin are amazing hosts. Thank you for making our Mini-Moon perfect.           Lisa & Robert, Edinburgh

Early February 2018. “What an exceptional experience Kirkton Cottage is ! Tastefully decorated, beautifully furnished, every last thing has been provided. We have had a fabulous relaxing stay and have already decided we will return in the late summer/autumn. We will be recommending you to all our friends and family. We appreciated the homemade carrot cakes cooked to perfection and the jam was just right. Your attention to detail is incredible – just right! ” Chris & Andrew, Durham

30th January 2018 – “Thank you for your kind welcome. We knew as soon as we set foot in the door that Kirkton Cottage was perfect for us. Everything we could need was to hand and the welcome basket helped two small girls (and us!) settle in after a long journey. The cottage is well sited for forays in every direction and we have already let our family know about it.”  The Horgans, Aberdeen.

23rd – 27th Dec 2017- Pretty cottage in lovely village. Comfortable and warm with all the facilities you need plus luxuries like underfloor heating! Well placed for good walking.” Katharine & Andrew

2nd – 9th Dec 2017 – ” We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage. The welcome pack, homemade jam et al was a lovely gesture. You have thought about everything we could need for our stay. We will certainly recommend this place and will be back……” Diane & Mick, Sheffield

27th Nov – 2nd Dec 2017 – “Thank you for such a beautiful stay. The cottage is just gorgeous and immaculate. We have enjoyed lovely relaxing days beside the fire and loved all of the goodies left – we will be back. ” Tobin, Stacey & Imogen

20th-27th October 2017 – “What a beautiful cottage. Every detail has been thought about. Very homely and relaxing. So welcoming after long days mountain biking and walking”  Rachel, Jez & Tom

16th -20th October 2017 – “Thank you for a lovely stay in this stunning cottage. The welcome pack and cakes, the ambience made it so enjoyable. Cannot wait to come back – the men enjoyed the fishing and the ladies enjoyed the sight-seeing. Thank you Angie & Robin.”  Gillian, Tricia, John & Rodney

1st Sept – 6th Oct 2017 – ” We have had a wonderful stay at Kirkton Cottage. After the lovely warm welcome we settled in to our new home for 5 weeks. A lovingly restored cottage with such attention to detail, quality and with every comfort thought of. The welcome basket with homemade treats and more was restocked during the weekly clean and linen change – we felt very pampered!

A fabulous location to use as our base as we explored far & wide. With so much to see and do we were also content to stay and enjoy the cottage.  We fell in love with Scotland and every day it was a pleasure to return to the comfort of this special cottage. Thanks for making our stay and holiday so special. ”  Sarah & Frank, New York & New Zealand.

20th August 2017 – “Excellent week – Edinburgh Festival, Scotts View, Main Street Trading at St Boswells, Melrose Abbey, train from Tweedbank & Eildon Hills. All spent in this unbelievably well equipped luxury cottage. Thank you Angie & Robin. ” Dave & Jenny

13th August 2017 – “We had a wonderful stay at Kirkton Cottage. It was the perfect place to start our honeymoon !” George & Corina, Romania

22nd July 2017 – Affordable luxury in beautiful surroundings  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

” The attention to detail that Robin and Angie have put into this cottage is an example to all holiday let owners. The welcome pack is truly that, kicking off the holiday in the best way possible. Angie herself was there to greet us and had lit the fire ready for our arrival. The whole cottage is fitted out to the highest standards and details such as complimentary toiletries just added to the feeling of being really treated. The countryside around is spectacular and there are lots of places to indulge foodie cravings.”  John, Katherine, Annie & Elspeth

18th July 2017 – “Thank you so much for making our stay in the Borders such a comfortable and enjoyable one. The cottage is truly first class – a delight to stay in. We very much appreciated the homemade carrot cakes on arrival and the welcome pack as a whole was full of delicious treats! The attention to detail in the outside courtyard was much appreciated too – a lovely place to sit in, we were fortunate to have some lovely sunny weather which made sitting in the garden surrounded by the lovely flowers all the better. Many thanks – we hope to be back again.”  Karen M , Fife

23rd June 2017 – “Kirkton Cottage is a real gem! Really appreciated the attention to detail with so many attractive features. Very lucky with sunny weather and took advantage of hot & private back area and used bbq a lot. Proximity to Common and walks to hills was wonderful – such a feature in the area. We knew the area reasonably well but found lots of new walks, places to visit and coffee stops to enjoy. …………Intend to return sometime to see more – very sorry to be leaving!” Gill & Chris

11th June 2017 – “Thank you Angie for such a warm welcome, and the lovely hamper was much appreciated. Kirkton Cottage is an absolute gem, beautifully furnished, decorated and immaculate throughout – I’d love to stay longer! This is the loveliest cottage I’ve stayed in……..” Lynn & Phil, Wales

23rd May 2017 – “Thank you so much for making our stay in the Scottish Borders a memorable one! Every detail was thoughtful & beautiful. Made us feel very welcome and at home during our stay in Scotland. We will highly recommend a stay here to anyone visiting Scotland. Just Perfect !”  Mike & Jenn, Ontario, Canada

19th May 2017 – “The cottage is a dream having everything anyone could ever wish for or need! No matter what age!  Yours welcome basket was so generous and full of goodies it made us feel at home immediately. Thank you so much for completing a wonderful vacation.”  Stan & Lynn, Ontario, Canada

“5-star. Highest standard of accommodation we’ve found in Melrose area.
We spent a week in this cottage. We’ve stayed in three other cottages in the surrounding area over the last few years, one of which we returned to once. This one was the best in terms of décor, location, equipment, and cleanliness and privacy.”   The Robertsons. April 2017

Simply 5*****

“Came for an Easter weekend break with Family (two older teen daughters came too) … this rental is simply 5-STAR! The cottage is beautiful, set in a lovely location, easy short drive to Melrose-and the surrounding area and a relatively short train ride to Edinburgh too. Rooms are stunning and the outdoor suntrap patio is lovely. Facilities
are top rate including superb internet connectivity. We’ve stayed in some
really gorgeous rentals in the UK and USA over the years but this is
something special.
The Hosts, Robin and Angie, make what is a very good rental into an
amazing experience. Their attention to detail is simply superb. The welcome
pack inc. chocolates, cakes and champagne, tons of logs for the fire,
magazines and books to read, DVD’s to watch… the list is endless. All
facilities are sharp, and in tip top condition, no worn out novels and
guide books here, all is perfect. If you have stayed in 5-star rentals
before come to Kirkton Cottage in Bowden near Melrose and see what 5-star
really looks like!” Anthony G

19 April 2017 – “We have had a wonderful stay at a fabulous cottage under the care of amazing hosts. Great location and every detail, thought and attention has gone into making our stay memorable.. Well done Robin & Angie you are 5*! We will speak about this stay for years to come! ” Anthony , Joanne & the girls, Sunderland

16 April 2017 – “An absolute gem of a wee cottage. Angie & Robin have thought of everything to make the stay welcoming and just perfect. Didn’t need to use the log burner as it was so cosy in the lounge. My daughter and I were only here for a 2 night break and we hardly left as it was just so nice to relax in gorgeous surroundings. We love cottage life and this is probably the best we have stayed in so far !!”  Shona & Kay & Millie the Beagle

31March 2017 – “Kirkton Cottage is certainly the best cottage we have ever stayed in! Starting with the very warm welcome from Angie, we knew it was something very special. There were four of us and a dog and everything we could want or need was here! Had a few days of great weather to enjoy the back patio in the evenings and the bbq was excellent. Did a few walks and found Bowden a great base to explore the Border towns and Northumberland coast. Found the new Greenhouse cafe in the square beside the Abbey in Melrose to be excellent and very dog friendly. We will be back!  Doug, Margaret & the Girls (and Missy)

24 March 2017 – “Fabulous Luxurious Cottage ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A warm welcome from the owner Angie and fantastic kerb appeal made us realise very quickly this was somewhere special! Everything you need or want for a great break is provided in Kirkton cottage. The owners have put a great deal of thought and time into the furnishings and decor of the cottage. Beautiful crockery in the country style kitchen, and very comfortable beds and bedding, nothing has been missed. The cottage is absolutely spotless, and I have to admit to being very fussy! Bowden is a great base for walking the many trails in the area and exploring the nearby Border towns. Well done Angie and Robin for creating a very special place, we will be back!”                         Margaret Y, Banchory

3rd March 2017 – “Well here we are again, following our week here last month, we decided we just had to come and have a second helping of gorgeous Kirkton Cottage!     We certainly have not been disappointed. Again a lovely comfortable week, even the weather was ok, seeing the Eildons covered in snow was a joy…………Thanks again Angie & Robin for your very generous hospitality, you have got Kirkton Cottage just perfect! We will be back !   B & C

Luxury cottage with added extras! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“We were greeted on arrival and shown where everything was and our questions about things to do in the local area were answered. This was a lovely personal touch and helped us to avoid the usual searching around for things/instructions for how to find/work things! The cottage itself was spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished and extremely well stocked. The welcome pack was more than generous with goodies and treats for both adults and children; the bottle of champagne was a special treat! The only thing we would’ve liked on arrival was some milk in the fridge as we were ready for a cuppa after our long journey, however, with a large supermarket just 10 mins drive away, we were soon stocked up. The selection of books, games and DVDs was amazing; Our boys (aged 9 and 4) were kept entertained whilst we were in the cottage.
The location for exploring the Scottish Borders was great and on Angie’s recommendation we caught the train to Edinburgh ( kids travel free off peak) and visited the coastal town Dunbar, where the kids enjoys the east links family park and swimming at the local leisure centre. All in all this was the best uk holiday cottage we have stayed in and would highly recommend.” K & J and the boys        (milk now part of the welcome basket..)

“An absolutely stunning cottage, very cosy and perfectly decorated. Oh and extremely clean!👌🏻 Robin and Angie have thought of everything and more! Home baking, champagne and hairdryers were real bonuses! If you need to get a way from it all and have some luxury, then this is the perfect cottage. We were particularly impressed and appreciative of the vast choice of toys and also the provision of baby wipes and baby shampoo. These kinds of extras go along way when you’re away with a young child. As for all the other good things…the list is too long! They really have thought of everything! Thanks for such a lovely stay, we won’t forget it ☺️” The Bonds xx

“We loved our weeks stay in Kirkton Cottage – beautifully furnished, very tasteful decorated and equipped to an exceptional standard – attention to detail was second to none and by far the most luxurious holiday cottage we have ever had the pleasure of staying in. We enjoyed the ‘welcome basket’, particularly the homemade marmalade and the coffee…..we had a great holiday and would love to come back when next in the Borders.”  D & M Glasgow

“Wonderful cottage – you have thought of everything ensure a luxury relaxing stay……really relaxing break which was just what we needed and will certainly be recommending this place. Thank you.” R & K Glenrothes

“Beautiful wee cottage, thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Weather was great for enjoying the lovely back garden. Thank you for the cakes, we all loved them! We hope to be back and will for sure recommend this cottage. Thanks again” K Y & C Elgin

“The cottage – perfect! Its obvious a huge amount of care and effort has gone in to ensuring ‘every’ guests needs are catered for and we enjoyed everything……evenings were spent thoroughly enjoying all the cottage had to offer – long hot baths, good food and drink …generally relaxing in the lovely back garden area or in front of the log burner – I could say so much more about this lovely place but need to go…future guests enjoy !!”         B & H Glasgow

“Thank you, we’ve had a wonderful week in Scotland. The perfect base for getting around. the cottage is beautiful and we really enjoyed the fire and the beautiful flowers. We would highly recommend”  Jamie, Sarah & Andy

“We have had the most wonderful week here at Kirkton Cottage. It has been one of the best cottages we have stayed in and we couldn’t have asked for more! We particularly enjoyed a walk from Melrose up into the Eildon Hills and would highly recommend an ice-cream from the shop opposite the abbey. Bowden has been a great base for exploring the Borders and we hope to come back in the near future.Thank you so much for making your cottage a lovely place to stay”

“Wow! What a beautiful cottage. Driving up to the gate we just knew it was going to be special – great kerb appeal. The warm welcome from Angie just confirmed how right we were. Everything is so beautiful and so clean. Tasteful furnishings, comfy beds, lovely crockery I could just go on……The welcome pack was probably the best and most generous we have ever had, and we are seasoned self-caterers so very nice indeed. We wish you continued success Angie & Robin and if you keep the mantra ‘how you would want to find a holiday cottage’ sounds good to me. Thank you for a great week in your Bowden ‘gem’. Brian & Catherine, Washington (UK)

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