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19th Century Townhouse | 002

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  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 12 + cot
    • Sleeps 1 infant
    • 7 bedrooms
    • 3 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £2,065 - £3,465 per week
    • Saturday changeover
    • 4:00 PM check in
    • 10:00 AM check out
    • 2 pets welcome (£15 pppw)
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 4
    • Facilities

      • Fridge
      • Fridge freezer
      • Dishwasher
      • Washer dryer
      • Central heating
      • Cot
      • High chair
      • Wifi
      • Microwave
      • DVD player
      • TV (freeview)
    • Features

      • Mobile reception


A surprising Caribbean twist with a colonial feel in the Scottish Borders

This large holiday home is a colonial inspired Georgian Mansion in the popular Borders market town of Melrose, with impressive views towards the Eildon Hills and St Mary’s Abbey. Dating back to 1807, it was commissioned by Robert Waugh, who having made his fortune from plantations in Jamaica returned to Melrose and had this house built in the Georgian period style but with hints of Caribbean influence. His house in Jamaica had a flight of stairs to keep the wildlife out of the house and he had one made here, but in a grand style.

Although the design of the single façade conforms to a standard Scottish format with the three bays and five windows, the detailing is unusual and reveals careful consideration. The little Ionic portico that embraces the Palladian window effect around the front door is unusually generous with its height and width of the steps leading to it, creating an effect reminiscent of a Colonial veranda where one might sit and enjoy the view while taking the air. 

With the reception rooms at upper ground level, the stately accommodation is spread over the floors above. The two front rooms are the traditional drawing room and elegant dining room, with the kitchen and the second sitting room to the rear.  All bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the second and third floors.

This is a dog friendly property and is an ideal family holiday retreat. 

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • This care and attention to detail extends to the interior, where the sober exterior gives no hint of its exuberant delight in elaborate decorative effects. The Ionic porticoed porch opens into an intricately architectural lobby, reminiscent of the most elaborate French pavilions by architects like Gabriel and Ledoux.     

    At each corner freestanding Ionic are decorated with leaf collars, rising to support a complex groin vault with neoclassical stucco wreaths and fan paterae decorating the wall faces like an ancient Roman or Pompeian villa. Beyond, lies a particularly elegant curving geometric staircase of a kind more familiar in American colonial architecture. The staircase rises within the bow of the back façade through two storeys with anthemions incorporated in the design of its elegant cast iron balusters.

    On the right lies the Drawing Room. Again, like a French pavilion with its delight of intricate geometric shapes, its long proportions from the depth of the block have been improved by treating its North end as a curved exedra, creating a more intimate rectangular space centred on the chimneypiece. This Drawing Room is of great historical importance to Scottish architecture because of Waugh’s decision to line it with cedar.

    After the elegant curved wall of the Drawing Room, the Dining Room extending almost the full depth of the block appears much larger and more nobly proportioned. While the Drawing Room relied on the pioneering use of cedar for its decorative effect, the Dining Room has a riot of decorative plasterwork beneath a cornice with almost Gothic detailing, betraying the contemporary eclecticism of Regency decoration. 

    Additionally there is a small library/TV room, with TV and books to keep guests entertained.

    Please note the open fires are currently out of operation due to renovation work to the chimneys.  

    Behind the drawing room is the kitchen to the rear. This is a narrow functional room with stainless steel gas range, with 6 hobs and double oven. Everything else you would expect is here, with dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and washer/dryer. Whilst storage is adequate there is a larder/store next door for additional storage.

    The dining room enjoys a front view over the gardens and is an elegant room. The marble fireplace, mahogany dining table and chairs and antique pictures makes this a wonderful setting for any occasion.

    • 2 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 4 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom

    Upstairs, and befitting a pavilion, the bedrooms have more intimate proportions because they have been constrained by the exaggerated height of the public rooms below. However they are no less decorative with a complete catalogue of choice composition chimneypieces from the same manufacturer who supplied the door and window heads in the Dining Room. 

    Accommodation is provided for a group of 12 adults in 7 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

    Second floor

    Bedroom 1: Master double bedroom with front view, en-suite bathroom, with bath only, w.c and wash hand basin; additional dressing room available for a cot

    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with two single beds with front view

    Bedroom 3: Single bedroom, shared bathroom with bath only, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom with two single beds; shared shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin

    Third floor

    Bedroom 5: Twin bedroom, with two single beds, shared bathroom or shower room on 2nd floor

    Bedroom 6: Single room, with single bed, shared bathroom or shower room on 2nd floor

    Bedroom 7: Twin bedroom, with two single beds, shared bathroom or shower room on 2nd floor

  • Whilst there is an impressive flight of steps flanked by pillars to the front of the house, most access the house from the rear, where there is enclosed secure parking for up to 4 cars, with further off-street parking available. There is also a private garden available to the residents for those wishing a more private space. The main gardens are generally open to the public from April to November each year and are a beautiful asset to the house. Situated in the centre of Melrose and only an hour from Edinburgh, this property provides a comfortable escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and is perfect for family and groups of friends to gather and enjoy the Borders.

    This ancient town has a great choice of pubs, hotels, shops and restaurants, with Galashiels offering larger supermarkets with Tesco, Asda, Aldi and M+S. The Borders region is known as the short break destination of Scotland, with plenty of choice of activities in the area, including walking the Eildon hills, mountain biking in the woodland trails, fishing on the Tweed or playing a round of golf in Melrose. With the addition of the railway station at nearby Tweedbank, day trips to Edinburgh are made much easier.

    Local walks
    Riverside walks in the town, and nearby woodland/ hill/ countryside walks.
    The St Cuthbert’s Way begins in Melrose and ends 62 ½ miles later in Lindisfarne. The first stage is a very pleasant stretch to St Boswells! Scenic walk to the Trimontium site of ancient Roman interest about a mile east of Melrose.
    The Eildon Hills are accessible directly from the Abbey and make a lovely day’s walk affording beautiful views of the Scottish Borders. 

  • Open Fires
    Please note the open fires are currently out of operation due to renovation work to the chimneys.

    Included in the Rental
    Linen & towels, electricity, oil central heating and an initial supply of logs.

    Cancellation Policy - Strict

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Nearest shop
0.2 miles
Nearest supermarket
0.2 miles
Nearest pub
0.2 miles
Nearest beach
20 miles
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Melrose 1 mile
Tweedbank 2 miles
Earlston 4 miles


A fine view across the lawn to the holiday house in Melrose
Enjoy a glass of your chosen tipple in front of the cosy open fire in the drawing room
The wood panelling came all the way from Jamaica
Host your celebration in this beautiful Georgian dining room
The small library has a big tv and masses of books
The kitchen is functional and well equipped.
The second floor landing with access to the bedrooms
Double master bedroom has an en suite bathroom
En suite bathroom for the double master bedroom
This twin room on the second floor also has a front view
Another gorgeous twin bedroom
This second floor room is classified as a single bedroom
The impressive stairs takes you to the bedrooms
Top floor twin bedroom in the eaves, perfect for children?
Another top floor twin tucked into the eaves
Large holiday house in southern Scotland for self catering groups
The house has a private garden to the rear or the use of the main gardens which are open to the public
Picturesque Melrose is the heart of the Borders area of Scotland
St Mary\'s Abbey in Melrose is a very short walk from the house
Scott\'s View overlooking the Eildon Hills towards Melrose


05 January 2017
Rated 5 out of 5

Its the third time weve syated at the house... The cooker needs a overhaul and maybe a few more pans and trays to cook with?

Great to hear that you had another fantastic time at this property. Thank you for your feedback, we've passed this onto the house manager and they've already reviewed your feedback and have a service arranged for the cooker, which will hopefully benefit future holidays.

Very helpful and knowledgable service

Perfect to hear, thank you! We look forward to helping again in the future.

09 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5

Lovely place for a family get together

Thank you for the excellent comments, glad all the family had a great time!

Had a wonderful new year with the family at Harminy House. The house was beautiful. Thank you

Many thanks for providing such lovely feedback and great to hear you found this beautiful town house perfect for the New Year holiday!

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