Gardens in the Scottish Borders visited easily from Burnbrae
Whether you are a keen gardener or just love looking out on a beautiful garden you'll love staying in a self-catering cottage at Burnbrae, where whatever the season guests can look out over the gardens from their conservatory and enjoy the flowers and shrubs which are in bloom. Guests can also admire the magnificent view from their patio and take in the gardens and the stunning countryside with rural views across the Eden Water to the Cheviot hills.
There are a wealth of beautiful gardens in the Scottish Borders which can be visited easily by our guests. Most of these gardens are accessible by wheelchair and some of them offer the loan of a wheelchair.
We ought to mention that, owing to the special nature of some of the following historical gardens some are not open all-year-round, so it's worth checking the garden's own web site to find out more information and to confirm opening hours.
I list below a few gardens or the many gardens in the local area, which I hope will be of interest to you. I will be happy to provide more information about these and other gardens in the Scottish Borders. Please ask.
Abbotsford was the home of Sir Walter Scott; beautiful formal gardens, complimented by a peaceful scenic woodland walk partly along the banks of the river Tweed. A delightful venue, with an excellent new visitor centre
Dawick is a part of the Royal Botanic Gardens in the Scottish Borders and is one of the world's finest arboreta. It has a magic all of its own. Set in the scenic Borders landscape, three lovely features are the Azalea Terrace; the amazing Himalayan blue poppies and the Beech Walk (very special in both the spring and the autumn) but this woodland garden is a delight all year round. Dawyck Gardens has a really nice cafe ! The facilities are all wheelchair friendly and wheelchairs are available for loan. However the terrain of the garden itself is more challenging for push wheelchairs.
The walled garden at Floors Castle has a spectacular display of flowers and includes one of the finest kitchen gardens in Scotland. Also well worth exploring are the Millennium Parterre designed in the traditional French style, The Star Plantation linking the Walled Garden to the rest of the grounds and riverside along the banks of the river Tweed afford delightfully serene views toward Kelso. There are a variety of walks with winding pathways through a woodland of wild flowers and rare flora species. (Only 2 miles from Burnbrae).
For a little peace and quiet, you will enjoy the 'private' gardens of the early-19th century Harmony House in Melrose which is now owned by the National Trust. It is both walled and screened by trees, and, in spring, has a rich display of flowering bulbs offering a unique sense of peace and tranquillity. The views across Melrose Abbey and Eildon Hills are magnificent
Kailzie includes a formal garden; a wild garden; woodland walks; fly-fishing; and osprey watching: this garden has plenty to keep all members of the family amused for hours.
Not far from Kailzie, near the village of Stobo, is Dawyck Botanic Garden, an outpost of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and a paradise for tree-lovers. It covers 62 acres and is one of the world's finest arboreta, which has interest all year-round, but is truly spectacular as the leaves turn in autumn. There are also many fine shrubs, with a rhododendron walk and an azalea terrace which are filled with vibrant colour in May and June.
If you like the vast pomp of Victorian parks, then head to Hawick, about 40 minutes' drive from your holiday cottage, where you could spend a day in the 107 acres of Wilton Lodge Park. Bisected by the River Teviot, it offers riverside walks, with their different areas for both amenity and recreation, and distinctive planting, formal gardens, a museum, and even a waterfall. As well as sports pitches there are informal recreation areas such as crazy golf, tennis and croquet. An orienteering map is available from the museum, which houses displays on local history, militaria, art and the natural sciences. Sunday recitals are held at the bandstand. Local motorcycle legends Jimmy Guthrie and Steve Hislop are commemorated here. The park is currently undergoing a £3.6m refurbishment, due to be completed in 2017.
Only the gardens are open at Bughtrig, near Coldstream, but current the owner runs an art gallery, so art lovers will enjoy the modern sculptures highlighting the more traditional elements here. There is also a memorial garden and statue of Admiral Ramsay, a World War Two hero who served in the Royal Navy.
Then there are the gardens on your conservatory doorstep at Burnbrae