Rural Escapes in Midlothian and the Borders

by Scotland Starts Here, 7th August 2020
Legerwood | Earlston
Rural Escapes in Midlothian and the Borders

Discover the best of rural Scotland with a farm stay in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Take in the sights and sounds of a working farm or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of a charming countryside getaway. After all, a holiday in rural Scotland offers the perfect opportunity to unwind for all: Kids and grown-ups can get up close to farm animals or even help out. And with lots of outdoor activities from walking to horse riding on offer, an exciting break is guaranteed. Whatever it is you’re looking for, lambs leaping across fields, fresh produce straight to your table or perhaps a gentle stroll along fields and meadows, you will find it here! 

Here is our pick of some of the best rural and farm escapes in Midlothian and the Borders. 


Please note: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, health and safety are of paramount importance. Stay safe and adhere to current government guidance. Closures and access restrictions may apply and will be lifted in line with government guidance. Always check with places directly and prebook where possible.


Legerwood Farm near Earlston
Legerwood | Earlston

Where: Earlston

Situated at the heart of a family-run farm, Legerwood offers luxury accommodation just a short drive from Kelso. Whether it’s for a family holiday or a romantic getaway, to enjoy country pursuits or simply to explore the area, The Steading and Mrs Moll’s Cottage offer the perfect place to stay. Log burners add a romantic feel, and an enclosed garden is ideal for kids to play safely. Alternatively, get hands-on during lambing time, embark on a farm tour, or feed the pet lambs.

Kersmains | Kelso

Where: Kelso

Set in idyllic countryside, yet only minutes from the picturesque town of Kelso, you will find Kersmains farm’s self-catering cottages. Choose from a romantic boutique for two, or the beautiful country cottage for six. Explore to your heart’s content: Take in the local countryside or head on a farm tour. Just make sure to bring your wellies for the perfect rural escape. 

The Buchanan at Airhouses, Airhouses
Airhouses | Lauder

Where: Lauder

Enjoy the country air with a decidedly luxurious twist. From stunning views to hot tubs, you won’t want for anything when you stay at these award-winning self-catering lodges on the outskirts of Lauder. Even better, a merry band of farm animals is waiting to greet you. Meet the resident Shetland Ponies, pet pigs Snuffle and Truffle and many others. And with over 600 acres of farmland, rich in wildlife and walks, you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle in no time.

Eastside Cottages | Penicuik

Where: Penicuik

Head to a peaceful glen in the Pentland Hills for this hidden gem. Eastside Cottages are surrounded by open countryside & spectacular views, making the four cottages perfect for unwinding. Each has its own unique character, from Scandinavian chic to cottage cosiness. Curl up by a roaring fire or explore the rugged landscapes surrounding this working sheep farm. At the end of your stay, you won’t want to leave.

Plum Braes Barn | Kelso

Where: Kelso

Relax and unwind in one of these charming barn conversions on an organic farm in a quiet corner of the Borders. Of the three cottages, each offers a private patio and garden, which add to the peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy river walks and spot local wildlife: Tawny owls, otters and even kingfishers feel right at home here.  

Bairnkine Cottages | Jedburgh

Where: Jedburgh

Just south of Jedburgh, and with magnificent views of the Cheviots, you will find Wild Rose and Owl Cottage. Bairnkine Farm’s two cottages offer a cosy getaway to a working sheep farm, nestled in the rolling Borders countryside. Spot local wildlife including deer, buzzards and badgers or head off to explore the hills. 

The Eden Holiday Hideaways, The Hideaways
Eden Holiday Hideaways | Kelso

Where: Kelso

Take time out and relax at Eden Holidays Hideaways near Kelso. The contemporary chalets, fully equipped with wood-fired hot tubs, enjoy stunning, panoramic views across the Borders countryside and to the Cheviot Hills. It’s the perfect location for those looking to simply relish the peace and quiet of the surrounding fields and woodlands.

Smiddyhill Lodge , Julie Hill
Smiddyhill Lodge | Innerleithen

Where: Innerleithen

Set in the hills outside of Innerleithen, Smiddyhill Lodge enjoys lovely views over the surrounding countryside and the River Tweed. Wake up to the sounds of the resident sheep on this working farm, and find out more about owner Julie Hill’s work. Guests can even book a sheepdog demonstration with Julie and her trusty gang of Border Collies. 

Hunter Holiday Cottages | Rosewell

Where: Rosewell

Just a short drive from Edinburgh, yet miles away from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s capital. These charming holiday apartments offer a perfect rural escape on a Midlothian working farm, with spacious gardens as well as surrounding woodlands and fields. Explore local: Attractions including Rosslyn Chapel are just a stone’s throw away.  

Laundry Cottage | Selkirk

Where: Selkirk

Head to Howford Farm for a stay at their delightful Laundry Cottage. Situated in an unspoilt part of the stunning Ettrick Valley, the cottage offers far-reaching views across the landscape, while still being in walking distance to the small town of Ettrickbridge. Inside, it combines old-world charm and contemporary loft space living. Spend the evenings relaxing in front of a cosy fire or enjoy dinner on the terrace. 

Hendersyde Holiday Cottages | Kelso

Where: Kelso

A traditional terrace of farm cottages in a peaceful spot, at the end of their own lane. Surrounded by trails, wildlife & beautiful views over The Tweed Valley, you can relax in the peace & quiet of the countryside.


Are you planning a countryside escape to these parts? Where would you like to enjoy the rural charms of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders?