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May 2024

A review from a guest

June 2023

April 2023 Begrum cottage

Review of Burnbrae Holiday cottages

We really enjoyed our week at Burnbrae and appreciate the things like the welcome tray, the excellent wood- burner with wood supplied, the sunny conservatory and the good quality towels etc! Being keen recyclers and compost makers ourselves its been great to stay somewhere the residents are as keen as us! We’ve had some lovely walks, including to St Abb’s Head and from Kirk Yetholm up into the Cheviots and have also enjoyed exploring Kelso, Melrose and a few hours in Edinburgh using the train from Tweedbank. We think the Borders area is lovely and well worth exploring.

Thairn cottage Mr & Mrs N. March 2017
The dining area in Thairn cottage living room at Burnbrae Holidays

Always a great welcome and we are made to feel right at home. It’s warm, comfortable and quiet with a good degree of privacy if you want it. The conservatory provides great views over the fields and as far as the Cheviots on a good day. A grand place to watch the weather. The sun warms the conservatory, which is in keeping with Burnbrae’s Green ethos. On a wet day the French doors open and the heat from the living room will warm the area if needed. The light is always good in there…perfect for stitching, reading or sketching. Comfy beds, a log fire and now, excellent wifi. We will be there again next year…if not before.

Mrs N Begrum cottage Feb 2018
Level access from the dining area in the living room into your south-facing conservatory with amazing views at Burnbrae Holiday cottages

We have stayed in over twenty self-catering cottages since 2001, and this was the one where we were made to feel most welcome. Yvette is an excellent hostess, and she really takes an interest in her guests. The cottage was clean and welcoming, and we were very happy there. The area has plenty to offer, and certainly found plenty to do and see, including a trip to Edinburgh on the Borders Railway which is most worthwhile. We don’t normally return to the same cottage because we like to ring the changes in the area we choose. That said, we would definitely consider returning to Burnbrae because Yvette believes in maintaining communication with her guests and we had a lovely email from her on our return home. Perfect.

Mr T Begrum cottage June 2017

Homegrown sweet peas ready for Burnbrae Holiday cottages

Burnbrae is probably the most welcoming of any we have stayed in. ~ The equipment is all in good/ excellent condition and there are no obvious omissions in what is provided.~ A wonderful place to stay.

Mr A Thairn cottage May 2017
Begrum cottage kitchen at Burnbrae Holidays

We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our visit to Thairn cottage and the Borders area last week. The cottage was very comfortable and such a good size for 2 people. It was helpful having the covered parking for the motorcycle as well.

Mr & Mrs H Thairn cottage September 2019
Burnbrae Holiday cottage in the snow. We are open all year.

A lovely break in a very comfortable place you have a wonderful place here. Its good to see someone who does all they can to protect the environment with the way you are set up. Many, many thanks.

Mr & Mrs W Begrum Cottage December 2018
Our resident woodpecker visits the bird feeders at Burnbrae Holidays

Superb location, fantastic accomodation (all needs catered forand some). Spotless and well facillitated. Will recommend to friends & family. 10/10.

Begrum cottage Oct 2020

Thairn cottage has an extra long king sized bed. Wonderful views over cottage garden.

We’ve enjoyed staying at Burnbrae very much and we were delighted that one of the cottages (Begrum) allows dogs. Thankyou for the ‘welcome’ tray of afternoon tea – the scones and jam were delicious – a lovely touch. The cottage is well designed to give plenty of ‘practical’ space i.e. for coats/ boots et. Its such a comfortable feel – so relaxing to sit in the conservatory and have breakfast looking out to the garden and fields. It’s even so cosy that we didn’t even light the log burner – even although we love them!

Mr & Mrs R Begrum cottage May 2018
Burnbrae Holiday cottage conservatory

This is a lovely cottage, with really pretty garden and outlook. Plenty to do here in the Borders, a beautiful area.

We would definitely stay here again.

Begrum cottage Mrs D June 2018
Relax and admire the view. Bench in Burnbrae Holidays cottage garden

Great welcome- lovely scones & raspberry jam!

Welcome tray at Burnbrae Holiday cottage. Fresh homemade scones, butter and jam with a selection of teas and coffees.

Cottage clean and tidy, nice little touches all taken care offor us. Even took my home delivery of food in and put it in the fridge. All round a wonderfully relaxing holiday.

Begrum cottage Mrs B. July 2018
Sunset view over Burnbrae Holidays cottage garden taken from Thairn cottage patio.

The accommodation is much larger than expected – especially the bedroom which has loads of built in storage giving good circulation space. It is cleaned to high standard and has been very nicely decorated and maintained. Towels and the bedding are good quality and the bathroom is nicely appointed with a really good over the bath shower and plenty of hot water. The central heating system is really efficient and kept the cottage nice and warm. The conservatory is a real bonus and leads out to a nice area in which to sit when the weather permits. Crockery, glasses, pots and pans and the kitchen utensils were ‘as new’. The landscaping and gardens to the front and rear are beautifully planted and well maintained. All in all we have no adverse comments to make and fully recommend the cottage to anyone looking for good quality accommodation. 

Mrs M Mungo’s Well Cottage May 2017
Begrum cottage living room with wood burning stove and smart TV

The conservatory a lovely relaxing place to sit. First time we have had sunloungers at self catering things to do in the area. This is one of the best places we have stayed at . Thankyou. 

Mungo’s Well July 2019
A celebration , fizz and flowers at Burnbrae holidays

Very restful, enjoyable holiday. Great views. Ideal spot. Great for dog walking in the fields (Thankyou). Very accessible to many attractions and beaches. Thank you so very much. 

Mrs G Begrum cottage September 2019
View from Burnbrae Holiday cottage garden of fields

We were delighted to discover how many places of interest were within an easy drive of Burnbrae and welcomed the information on these provided in the cottage. We would love to come back & would have no hesitation in recommending Burnbrae Holidays to family and friends.

Sincerely our stay at Thairn cottage has been idyllic. Our every need has been anticipated and provided for. We very much appreciated the superior quality of furnishings and fittings, crockery and cooking utensils. The cottage conservatory looking out onto its mature garden is delightful to sit in, the birds at the bird feeders providing endless amusement & entertainment.

Thairn cottage Mr & Mrs L August 2018
Many birds on a bird feeder at Burnbrae Holidays


A poem was written by a guest as she departed from Burnbrae.

I came along to Scotland two weeks ago today

And Mungo’s Well at Burnbrae was the place that I did stay

Yvette works hard, she makes you feel at home

with jam and tea and scones, a wood burning fire

and maps and information to help you plan your days

you can even do an art workshop in the studio down the block.

For many an hour I could sit and look out

at the fields and the trees in their Autumn shades

and watching tiny birds as they go about their day

singing and picking as they moved through the trees that swayed

And the sky a glance of heaven above as the

clouds moved and twisted to form pictures of horses, clowns and bubbles and dogs and baby faces that disappeared so suddenly leaving no traces.

Until the darkness comes bringing night time in

with a light show of stars so brilliant and bright

you can almost see past Mars and the Milkyway

because there’s no light pollution to get in the way.

The flowers in the garden are beautiful to be hold

Yvette cares for them one and all so I have been told

From Holly trees to Fuscia, Daffodils and Roses all

carefully tended by Yvette’s own hands

And not just to be pretty but for wildlife to visit

with Honey bees, butterflies, squirrels, hedgehogs and foxes

some pheasants along the way

All taking time at Burnbrae to spend many happy days.

So next time I’m in Scotland whenever that might be

I’ll find the road that leads to Burnbrae

Its the perfect place for me

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