Scottish Borders


Gunsgreen House, Gunsgreen House

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 10
  • 5
  • Not allowed
A smuggler's haunt complete with secret hiding places and knockout views, this beautiful 18th century merchant's villa has enjoyed an exciting past from its position overlooking the town of Eyemouth. Read More >
It lies with a perfect aspect on the town's busy fishing harbour, where the first owner, corrupt merchant John Nisbet, could look out to sea for cargos of tea and brandy ready to be smuggled directly into his purpose built cellars. The house was designed by John Adam and has been beautifully preserved, with original cornicing and fireplaces.
With room for 11, it's the perfect retreat for large family gatherings - so long as you can decide who ends up in the magnificent four-poster bedded Master bedroom.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storey - first and second floor

  • Sleeps up to 11 - 3 doubles, 2 twins,1 with built-in box bed

  • Large sitting room with views to the harbour

  • Dining room

  • Modern kitchen

  • First floor shower room

  • 2 second floor bathrooms

  • Access by lift or stairs


Our guests said...
"Enjoyed every minute, lovely views, especially when the sea is wild. Good memories of a lovely stay"
"Simply marvellous"


About Gunsgreen House
Gunsgreen House was designed by John Adam, one of the most expensive architects of his day, as a lavish smuggling palace for the notorious Nisbet brothers.

The brothers' 'special requirements' included cellars that lead directly to the sea, and a 'tea chute' running through the house where the leaves from smuggled tea were kept dry.

Gunsgreen's ground and lower ground floors are now home to a museum. The property is under the ownership of the Gunsgreen House Trust.

About the area
Eyemouth lies in the mouth of Eye Water, a natural harbour with pristine sandy beaches, 8 miles north of the Scotland/England border. Since the 13th century, Eyemouth has served as a fishing port for the area and today has around 80 boats still regularly fishing from it.

The High Street has a good range of shops, including a delicatessen, several fishmongers and an art gallery. Food on offer ranges from stylish seafood to traditional kipper rolls.

Things to do

  • Birdwatchers will love St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve nearby, famous for its guillemots, kittewakes and razorbills as well as its crystal clear water.

  • The Berwickshire coastline with its small villages, high cliffs and deep clear water is perfect for a day's exploring by foot and car.

  • In the summer season (March to October), take a ride across the water in a high-powered RIB and maybe spot some seals along the way.


Getting there
Eyemouth is 49 miles south of Edinburgh, and 9 miles north of Berwick upon Tweed in England. Driving into Eyemouth, continue past the High School on the left and take a right turn onto 'The Avenue'. Continue straight along this road until you see Gunsgreen House.

We only accept telephone bookings for this property. Please telephone 0131 458 0305 to check current availability and make a booking.

Gunsgreen House is also available for events such as weddings, meetings or private parties. For further information please contact Derek Janes on 01890 752062 or via e-mail, derek.janes@gunsgreenhouse.org.
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Harmony Cottage, Harmony Garden

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Located close to Harmony Garden, this peaceful cottage lives up to its name. The views look out over Melrose Abbey, a majestic 14th century ruin, and the Eildon Hills. Read More >
Inside, original features include flagstone flooring, wooden panelling and original fireplaces in all rooms. As well as its own small paved garden, plant-lovers' paradise Harmony Garden is only a short walk away.

Harmony can also be used for events such as wedding receptions. Additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and will incur an additional chage.
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment (first floor)

  • Gas central heating

  • On street and pay & display parking nearby

  • Free parking in the winter season and evenings

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: D56


Additional accommodation can be booked at Harmony, which sleeps 12, and Pear Cottage, which sleeps 2. Both properties are less than a 5-minute walk from Harmony Cottage.

About Harmony Garden
Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden comprising lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden's texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year making it a place to return to again and again. The grounds are set around an early 19th-century house (available as holiday accommodation), built by a Melrose joiner, who named it after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune.

About the area
Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age. There is still a scattering of brochs in the countryside around the town, possibly a legacy of the Romans for managing the rich sheep grazing on the moors.

The town has a good selection of shops including those selling knitwear, tweeds, books and antiques. There is also a variety of restaurants serving classic Scottish fare in cosy surroundings.

In June, Harmony Garden plays host to the annual Borders Book Festival, whose past attendees include Ian Rankin and Sir David Frost.

Things to do

  • A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce's heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott.

  • Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work; pick your own blooms to order and take home.

  • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the eponymous saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell's section is 7.5 miles each way. (stcuthbertsway.info)


Getting there
Melrose lies off the A6091. Harmony Garden is opposite the Abbey. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles.
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Harmony, Harmony Garden

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 12
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
This 19th century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune. Read More >
The house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with modern comfort. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony's opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind.

Accommodation details

  • 3 storey

  • Sleeps 12 - 4 twins, 1 double with ensuite, 2 singles

  • Bathroom with WC

  • Showerroom with WC

  • Separate WC

  • Drawing room with open fire

  • Library

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Laundry and drying room in separate outbuilding

  • Private garden with patio furniture

  • Parking for up to 4 cars

  • EPC Rating: F30



About Harmony Garden
Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden comprising lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden's texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year making it a place to return to again and again.

About the area
Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age. There is still a scattering of brochs in the countryside around the town, possibly a legacy of the Romans for managing the rich sheep grazing on the moors.

The town has a good selection of shops including those selling knitwear, tweeds, books and antiques. There is also a variety of restaurants serving classic Scottish fare in cosy surroundings.

In June, Harmony Garden plays host to the annual Borders Book Festival, whose past attendees include Ian Rankin and Sir David Frost.

Things to do

  • A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce's heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott.

  • Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work; pick your own blooms to order and take home.

  • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the eponymous saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell's section is 7.5 miles each way. (stcuthbertsway.info)


Getting there
Melrose lies off the A6091. Harmony Garden is opposite the Abbey. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles.

Additional accommodation can be booked at Harmony Cottage, which sleeps 4, and Pear Cottage, which sleeps 2. Both cottages are less than a 5-minute walk from Harmony.

Short breaks are available at Harmony all year round. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.

Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a good housekeeping deposit; to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is 500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents.

Harmony can also be used for events such as wedding receptions. Additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
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