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.
Easter weekend break with Family (two older teen daughters came too) and had to get straight onto TripAdvisor… 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 detain 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 Bowdon near Melrose and see what 5-star really looks like!
Just got home from a 3 night stay with my wife and 2 daughters (14 + 13). The cottage is in a quiet village but within minutes drive of a number of larger villages that offer everything you would need. The cottage has a real feel of luxury and has been lovingly decorated with quality throughout. It is also incredibly well equipped and the welcome pack was a nice surprise. Angie met us as we arrived and had the kettle boiled along with some homemade cakes. The girls loved the park which was just 2 minutes walk and our dog loved the various walks that were on offer. The attention to detail that Robin and Angie put onto their guests is clear ... the various books / DVDs and games are even changed to target the type/age of the guests they have coming. We loved our stay in this cottage and would highly recommend it. We hope to be back in the future (although may sneak an adult only weekend in with the champagne in front of the log fire!)
Recently spent a great week in this Borders 'gem'. Arriving to a warm and friendly welcome from the Angie and stepping into Kirkton cottage we knew this was somewhere very special. As another reviewer has mentioned the cottage is spotless and I have to admit I am fussy! Beautiful welcome basket of goodies, and the whole cottage is equipped to an extremely high standard with everything you could need or want! Your every need is catered for. We found the village of Bowden a great base for walking the many trails in the area, to drive around the other towns in the area, and a short drive to the new Borders railway at Tweedbank with a direct link to Edinburgh. To return to the cottage at the end of the day to enjoy the BBQ and patio in nice weather or to curl up in front of the log fire was great. Can't recommend Kirkton cottage highly enough!
The cottage is located within easy access from the A68 in a picturesque village. Bowden is a good location from which to explore the Borders.
We were welcomed by the charming and friendly owner (Angie) who showed us all of the features including the excellent welcome pack comprising champagne, home made cakes, jam, biscuits, milk etc. Very generous and probably the best we have ever had.
The cottage is sympathetically restored and completed with tastefull furnishings a well equipped kitchen and superb beds. The overall instant feel was one of warmth and welcome. To say this cottage was clean is an understatement.
The overriding memory is one of comfort, warmth and relaxation.
We look forward to a return visit