Holiday accommodation in theScottish Borders Near Galashiels

Rink Hill

Discovering this place is breathtaking, everywhere you look there are stunning vistas of this landscape etched by the passing of ages. When the sunlight breaks through the clouds and illuminates the emerald hillside opposite, it is as if time itself is scudding across this landscape, shapeshifting along the valley below. The beautiful Scottish Borders have beckoned us, close enough to Edinburgh to be convenient for a short break, yet far enough away to feel like you are entering a different world.

Escaping to Rink Hill near Galashiels is luxury, a lovingly created holiday home with all the comforts of a top-end establishment. I will never tire of this panoramic view overlooking the Yair woodland and the Tweed valley. It has been framed perfectly by floor to ceiling windows in this architectural designed self-catering house for two. A bespoke building which is nestled or cooried into the landscape, hidden out of sight a short distance up a farm track. The sturdy exterior walls are made from repurposed stone, but its modern new-age good looks are enhanced by a Scots pine cladding which makes for a low impact building, and I would move here in a heartbeat.

The owners have a keen eye for interior details and have chosen to showcase local suppliers where possible. Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall, a shop situated in Galashiels, supplied the dining table, bar stools whilst the super comfortable sofa comes from Chrysties, of Hawick, and is ideal for flopping down into after a busy day exploring. My favourite item is the quirky floor light in the living room, which is made from the wood of old whisky barrels by an Inverness-based company called Darach.

While the statement cushions come from Berwickshire based textile company called Orwell & Goode.

Blessed be his name, who hath appointed the quiet night to follow the busy day, and the calm sleep to refresh the wearied limbs and to compose the troubled spirit.

Sir Walter Scott


You are spoilt for choice with so many different visitor options close at hand, Historic towns of Galashiels, Melrose, Peebles, Selkirk. Walking, cycling, or the Borders book festival, Abbotsford home of Sir Walter Scott, and Scott's view is worth a journey to see more of the landscape #visitScottishborders #Scotland #stellerstories #stelleruk

Rink Hill, bordering on holiday perfection!

Cat Thomson

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