Self catering

Self catering cottage sleeping 6,
about 1.5 hours south of Edinburgh
secluded in an unspoilt rural landscape. Free Wi-fi.

Kirknowe Location map

near Bonchester Bridge, Hawick and Jedburgh

Sleeping up to 6


Kirknowe is traditional stone-built 18th C. house restored by Issy Tennant to make a unique and memorable holiday cottage.

The main part of the house is now a magnificent double-height sitting room hall with walls of burnished plaster soaring up to timber purloins and roof trusses. There are tapestries, mirrors, original paintings, a wood burning stove, subtle lighting, flat screen TV, cd player, and comfortable sofas.

Reached by a short private drive off a quiet country lane, the house is on the side of a hill looking over trees, fields, the meandering Wauchope Burn and the church and the small community of Hobkirk. Standing in the sheltered yard at the back of the house you are surrounded by upland grass farmland with Bonchester Hill and Rubers Law (1392 ft), both Roman hill forts, in the distance on the skyline.

The garden is enclosed with various places to sit out and a flat area good for playing outdoor games. If you are bringing mountain bikes - and this part of Scotland is famous for some of the world's best mountain biking - there's a lockable barn for bikes at the back of the house.

The nearest place to go out for a drink or meal is the traditional pub in Bonchester Bridge, The Horse and Hound, just a few minutes drive away. Hawick and Jedburgh the two nearest historic Scottish Border towns are both within a 20 minute drive.


Hall and gallery Hall

Above left and right: The sitting room hall is double height with timber purlins and roof trusses. The walls are polished natural plaster. Wood burning stove and large flat screen television. The stairs lead up to a romantic curtained gallery double bedroom with its own bathroom.

Gallery Bedroom Gallery Bathroom

Right: The gallery double bedroom a huge double bed. The bedroom can be screened off by drawing the curtain across.

Left: The gallery bedroom has its own bathroom (with bath basin and wc)

Views across the valley from the windows.


In the wing off the main part of the house are two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and wc.

Twin bedroom

Below right;
Twin bedroom

Bedroom Bedroom



Right: Light floods into the kitchen from windows on two sides. Views over the valley.

  • Table for 6
  • Fridge freezer - with a generous freezer department.
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric double-oven and electric hob
  • Microwave
  • Well stocked with roasting tins and pots and pans and a good range of (non-electrical) utensils.

There is a barn with a lockable shed useful for bicycles where you will also find sacks of extra logs and kindling for the wood burning stove.

There is a folder with practical information about Kirknowe with ideas of things to do within a radius of 5 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles.

wi-fi Free wi-fi internet access.

Well behaved dogs are welcome at Kirknowe.

Guest's comments

Read the Visitors' Comments from Kirknowe Guest Book here...


Arched door and view

Prices start at £305 per week.

For up-to-date availability and online booking please see:
Availability and Bookings for Kirknowe (- opens a new tab in your browser)

Linen is NOT included. Linen can be hire for £15 per double bed and £10 per single bed.
Fuel charges are NOT included. Please ask the agency (address below) for exact details.

Right: View of the sitting room showing the arched double doors to the outside courtyard.

To enquire or to book:

Chimneypiece detail

Please use:
Eddie Tennant's agents at
Availability and Bookings for Kirknowe. (- opens a new tab in your browser)

Tel: 01665 830783
or: 01665 830902
Fax: 01835 870417
(or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1665 830783
or: 44 1665 830902)

The Roughley

The Tennants have another cottage in the Scottish Borders

The Roughley

The Scottish Borders

Map of the Scottish Borders

Kirknowe is an ideal base from which to explore the magnificent country and many historic towns and great houses of the Borders:

Bonchester Bridge, Kirknowe's local village with pub serving typical (and good) pub meals.
Hawick, 8 miles. Centre of the knitwear industry. Museums and many mill shops. Bookshop/cafe Damascus Drum
Jedburgh, 8 miles. Queen Mary's House, Abbey, and mill shops, places to eat and all facilities
Kielder Water and Forest Park, 20 miles. Mountain biking, sailing. Birds of Prey and Falconry centre
Melrose, 20 miles. Medieval Abbey, Priorswood Garden, restaurants, excellent small shops
Kelso, 20 miles. Scottish Borders county market town - excellent shops, Abbey, Floors Castle
Hadrian's Wall 40 miles. Wonderful drive via Kielder Water or via Newcastleton
Berwick-upon-Tweed, 40 miles. On the sea – just on the English side of the border, and railway station
Carlisle, 50 miles. Atmospheric medieval Cathedral, Tully house museum (Roman archeology) Edinburgh, 50 miles. Scotland's Capital City
Newcastle, 50 miles.
Houses open to the public within driving distance include: Cragside and Wallington in Northumberland. Bowhill near Selkirk and Floors Castle in Kelso.

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