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Immerse yourself in over 100 acres rolling landscapes and natural woodland at Lilliardsedge Holiday Park.
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Riverview Holiday Park is a small quiet family run complex of lodges, on the banks of the River Liddel in a picturesque rural location in the heart of the tranquil Scottish Borders.
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Teviot View Lodges are found on the banks of the river Teviot on Riverside Park in the beautiful Scottish Borders close to Hawick, Jedburgh and Kelso.
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Edinburgh & the Borders Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Roxburghshire, where the Scottish Borders weave a tapestry of lush landscapes and tranquil river valleys. Here, you can indulge in mouth-watering local produce, from succulent Scottish beef to fresh salmon, and engage in activities like fishing on the Tweed or hiking the Eildon Hills. For those seeking a unique stay, lodges and cabins offer a cosy retreat amidst nature's splendour. Whether it's a cosy couple's escape, a fun-packed family trip, or a chill-out session with friends, a lodge break in Roxburghshire promises a memorable experience. Fun fact: the region is home to Floors Castle, Scotland's largest inhabited castle.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Roxburghshire?

Roxburghshire, or the Scottish Borders, is a gem that's often overlooked. It's a place where rolling hills meet historic ruins, and where the River Tweed weaves through villages and past ancient abbeys. In 2024, Roxburghshire is upping its game with new attractions and events. For starters, the Borders Sculpture Park at Mellerstain House is showcasing contemporary art in its stunning gardens. If you're into music, don't miss the Borders Music and Arts Society's concerts throughout the year. Choosing a lodge over a hotel means privacy, space, and often a hot tub under the stars. It's the uniqueness of Roxburghshire, with its blend of outdoor activities and cultural events, that makes a lodge break here stand out.

If you're visiting Roxburghshire with kids

Absolutely, Roxburghshire is a playground for kids. They can explore castles like Floors Castle, get hands-on at the Jedburgh Woollen Mill, or meet the animals at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. Lodges offer the flexibility families need, with multiple rooms and kitchen facilities. Plus, the outdoor space is perfect for burning off energy.

When packing for the little ones, remember:

  1. Wellies – for those muddy adventures.
  2. Raincoats – because, let's face it, it's Scotland.
  3. Swimwear – for lodge pools or river paddling.
  4. Binoculars – for wildlife spotting.
  5. Board games – for cosy evenings in.

Pet Friendly Roxburghshire Adventures

Roxburghshire loves pets! Many lodges welcome furry friends and offer enclosed gardens. For a bite to eat, The Plough Inn at Lilliesleaf and The Cross Keys in Kelso are just a couple of the dog-friendly pubs. Remember, when you're out and about, keep your dog on a lead near livestock. And always check if pets are welcome before booking your lodge.

Dog walking ideas in Roxburghshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Eildon Hills 5 Panoramic views TD6 9BG
St Cuthbert's Way Variable Historic trail TD5 8HF
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Various Woodland & park TD8 6UQ
Kelso Walks 2-7 River & town TD5 7HL
Thirlestane Castle Estate Various Castle grounds TD2 6RU

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to whisk your partner away for some quality time together, Roxburghshire's lodges offer the perfect escape. Picture yourselves unwinding in a secluded lodge, perhaps with a hot tub under the stars – it's the ultimate romantic setting. Many lodges in the area cater to couples with pamper packs that include champagne, chocolates, and even spa treatments. For dining, consider a lodge that boasts an on-site restaurant or offers intimate dining experiences. The Ednam House Hotel in Kelso provides a romantic setting with beautiful river views, ideal for a couple's dinner.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Roxburghshire is a treasure trove of Scottish culinary experiences. Traditional dishes like haggis and Cullen skink are must-tries. For a hearty meal, The Cobbles in Kelso offers a fantastic selection of local fare with a family-friendly atmosphere. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of The Waggon, known for its fine dining and locally sourced ingredients. Both establishments provide a taste of the region's best, with menus that celebrate Scottish cuisine.

For a good night out

For those looking to enjoy a night out, Roxburghshire has a variety of pubs and venues. The Rutherfords Micropub in Kelso is a hit for its unique selection of craft beers and friendly vibe. If you're after live music, check out The Black Swan, which regularly features local bands. These spots are favorites among locals and visitors alike, offering a warm Scottish welcome and a memorable evening.

Fishing

Roxburghshire is a haven for anglers, with its rivers and lochs teeming with salmon and trout. Here's a list of prime fishing spots:

  • The River Tweed – Known for salmon fishing (Postcode: TD5)
  • St Mary's Loch – Offers trout fishing (Postcode: TD7 5LH)
  • Kelso Angling Association – Provides permits for river fishing (Postcode: TD5 7HT)

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline-seekers, Roxburghshire's outdoor activity centers like Border Segway offer unique experiences such as segway tours (around £35 per person). Watersports enthusiasts can head to St Mary's Loch for sailing and windsurfing. These centers are typically open from spring to autumn, with prices varying by activity.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Kelso Square Shopping Area Boutiques & Local Crafts TD5 7HF
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Gift Shop Artisan Gifts & Souvenirs TD8 6UQ
The Borders Distillery Distillery Shop Whisky & Merchandise TD9 0HE
Old Melrose Furniture Studio Antiques & Cafe Vintage Finds & Homeware TD6 9DF
The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course Luxury Goods Golf Apparel & Accessories TD5 8JZ

Roxburghshire offers a variety of shopping experiences, from quaint boutiques in Kelso Square to unique Scottish gifts at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. Whether you're looking for a special souvenir or just want to browse local crafts, these spots have you covered.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Roxburghshire

Teviot View Lodges at Riverside, Edinburgh & the Borders

Driving Distance: About 11 minutes (6.60 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Teeming with charm, Teviot View Lodges at Riverside offers a serene escape nestled on the banks of the River Teviot, featuring deluxe lodges with ensuites, decking, and outdoor hot tubs, all within a scenic 10-acre park.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families, fishermen, golfers, and pet owners, this park caters to those seeking a tranquil retreat with a touch of luxury. Its riverside setting is perfect for those who appreciate natural beauty and outdoor activities.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in fishing or walking along the river, while nearby towns offer dining and drinking options. The sister park, Westlands Country Park, offers clay pigeon shooting, and golfers can enjoy discounted rates at Lilliardsedge Holiday Park and Golf Course.

What's nearby? Explore historic Border towns like Jedburgh, Kelso, and Melrose, all within easy driving distance. Visit Jedburgh Abbey or Monteviot House and Gardens, and for family fun, the Harestanes Visitor Centre and St Boswells Donkey Sanctuary are nearby.

Accommodation options: The Teviot View Lodge is a new addition from 2018, designed for up to 6 guests, including pets. It's perfect for couples, groups, or families looking for a luxurious stay with the added bonus of a hot tub.


Lilliardsedge Holiday Park, Edinburgh & the Borders

Driving Distance: About 17 minutes (10.43 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Set in over 100 acres of rolling landscapes, Lilliardsedge Holiday Park is a haven for nature lovers, featuring cosy pods with stargazing windows, hot tubs, and woodland walks right from your door.

Who will love these lodges? With its tranquil setting and variety of accommodations, this park is a hit with couples and families alike. Golf enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the on-site 9-hole golf course with stunning views.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park boasts a Tavern Bar and Restaurant, family entertainment, a children’s outdoor play park, and a shop. Guests can also enjoy discounted rates on the golf course.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Monteath Mausoleum and the charming towns of Jedburgh and Kelso. The surrounding countryside offers ample opportunities for hiking and exploring.

Accommodation options: Choose from the Lindean Pod, Bowden Pod, Denholm, Monteath Lodge, and Lanton Plus Lodge, all designed to accommodate families or groups, with pet-friendly options and the luxury of a private hot tub.


Clear Sky Lodge Park, Northumberland

Driving Distance: About 35 minutes (20.22 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Clear Sky Lodge Park is a secluded woodland retreat in Northumberland National Park, offering newly built lodges with modern amenities, hot tubs, and access to the stunning dark skies of Kielder.

Who will love these lodges? Nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and stargazers will find themselves at home here, with the park's proximity to Kielder Water and Observatory adding to its appeal.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park is a sanctuary for relaxation, with walking and cycling trails on your doorstep. The outdoor hot tubs are perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration.

What's nearby? Kielder Water, the Observatory, and Kielder Castle are all within easy reach, offering a range of outdoor activities and educational experiences.

Accommodation options: Accommodations such as the Kielder Forest Lodge, Observatory Lodge, and Eagles View are available, catering to groups and families, though pets are not allowed. Each lodge offers a hot tub for a touch of indulgence.


Riverview Holiday Park, Edinburgh & the Borders

Driving Distance: About 34 minutes (21.91 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Riverview Holiday Park offers a boutique collection of lodges on the River Liddel, providing a serene setting with exclusive fishing rights, ideal for couples and small groups seeking a peaceful getaway.

Who will love these lodges? Those looking for a quiet, intimate break will appreciate the park's small scale and beautiful river views. Anglers will especially enjoy the exclusive fishing rights.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Fishing is a key activity here, with the river providing a perfect spot for trout and salmon fishing. The lodges offer a tranquil retreat without the distractions of more commercial parks.

What's nearby? The Scottish Borders region is rich in heritage, with nearby attractions including historical sites and the scenic countryside for leisurely drives and walks.

Accommodation options: The park features a range of lodges such as Lakewood, Sandringham, Retunder, and Avantgarde, suitable for families or couples. Some accommodations offer hot tubs, and pet-friendly options are available.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Roxburghshire

Floors Castle & Gardens

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, generally 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £11.50, Children £6.00
  • Postcode: TD5 7SF
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, is a must-see. It's perfect for families and history enthusiasts with its stunning architecture and sprawling grounds. Keep an eye out for the art exhibitions and the walled garden's seasonal blooms. The best time to visit is spring through autumn when the gardens are in full swing. To make the most of your visit, check their calendar for events like outdoor theatre or falconry displays.

Phone number: 01573 223333 | Web: floorscastle.com


Jedburgh Abbey

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £6.00, Concessions £4.80
  • Postcode: TD8 6JQ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Public parking nearby

Jedburgh Abbey is a breathtaking ruin that dates back to the 12th century. It's a hit with those who love photography and soaking up serene vibes. There's nothing new per se, but the ancient stones and storied past never get old. The visitor centre provides insightful context. Pro tip: Visit during the quieter morning hours to have the place almost to yourself.

Phone number: 01835 863925 | Web: historicenvironment.scot


Mellerstain House & Gardens

  • Opening Times: Friday-Monday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £10.00, Children Free
  • Postcode: TD3 6LG
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Mellerstain House is a stunner, showcasing some of the finest Georgian architecture around. Art lovers and families will enjoy the impressive collection of paintings and antiques. They've recently introduced new guided tours, so there's always something fresh to learn. Late spring is ideal for visiting when the gardens burst into colour. Tip: Don't miss the lakeside walk for some Insta-worthy shots.

Phone number: 01573 410225 | Web: mellerstain.com


The Borders Distillery

  • Opening Times: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Tours from £12.00
  • Postcode: TD9 0HE
  • Est. time required: 1 hour for the tour
  • Nearest parking: Public parking nearby

The Borders Distillery is the first Scotch whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837. It's a hit with whisky lovers, obviously, but also anyone curious about the craft. They've recently started offering a 'Blend Your Own' experience, which is pretty cool. To avoid disappointment, book your tour in advance, especially during peak times. Tip: Try their Highball at the bar – it's a local favourite.

Phone number: 01450 374330 | Web: thebordersdistillery.com


Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

  • Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in summer, reduced hours in winter
  • Prices: Free entry, some activities may charge
  • Postcode: TD8 6UQ
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts and families. They've got walking trails, play areas, and often host workshops and events. The best time to visit is during one of their seasonal festivals. Make sure to pop into the craft shops for unique local finds. And hey, the café's home baking is top-notch – you've got to try it.

Phone number: 01835 830306 | Web: liveborders.org.uk


Monteviot House and Gardens

  • Opening Times: April-October, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £5.00, Children Free
  • Postcode: TD8 6UQ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Monteviot House and Gardens is a peaceful retreat with beautifully curated gardens. It's especially appealing to plant lovers and those looking for a tranquil day out. They've recently opened up new areas of the garden, so there's more to explore than ever. Early summer is the sweet spot for visiting, with the gardens in full bloom. Don't rush your visit – take your time to really soak in the beauty.

Phone number: 01835 830380 | Web: monteviot.com

When planning your trip to Roxburghshire, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges in the area. They offer a perfect base to explore these attractions and the stunning Scottish Borders landscape. Whether you're after a romantic getaway or a family adventure, lodges in Roxburghshire provide comfort and convenience for your explorations.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, set amidst Roxburghshire's serene landscapes. Lodges often come with modern amenities, such as fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, and sometimes even a private hot tub. It's like having your own slice of the countryside.

What should I pack when visiting Roxburghshire?

Pack for all weathers – bring a waterproof jacket and layers for chilly evenings. Don't forget your walking boots to explore the scenic trails. If your lodge has a hot tub, remember your swimwear. Essentials like toiletries and a good book for relaxed evenings are a must.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Roxburghshire offer convenient parking, often right outside your accommodation. This makes unloading your car a breeze. Check with your specific lodge for any parking restrictions, but generally, you should be good to go.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Roxburghshire's charm isn't dampened by rain. Many lodges come with board games, books, and cosy fireplaces. Nearby, you'll find indoor attractions like Abbotsford, The Home of Sir Walter Scott, or you can indulge in a spa day at your lodge if it offers those facilities.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, local supermarkets and some takeaways offer delivery services to lodges. For a special treat, check out local farm shops like Border Berries for fresh produce. Some lodges may also provide a welcome hamper with local goodies to start your stay.

Is Roxburghshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Roxburghshire's landscapes transform beautifully in autumn and winter, offering a different kind of retreat. Off-season means fewer crowds, cosy nights in, and sometimes better rates. Plus, you can enjoy crisp walks and the warmth of a hot tub under the stars.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Roxburghshire pride themselves on hygiene. Your hot tub will be thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before you dip in. It's all part of ensuring you have a relaxing, worry-free stay.

Are there activities for kids at the lodges?

Many lodges cater to families, offering outdoor spaces and sometimes play areas. Check out Hendersyde Farm Cottages for family-friendly options. Nearby attractions like Eden Rock indoor climbing can also keep the little ones entertained.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Some lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, featuring ramp access and ground-floor bedrooms. Places like The Roxburghe Estates offer accessible accommodation options. Always best to discuss any specific needs when booking.

Are there any local events or festivals we should check out?

Roxburghshire is lively with events year-round. The Border Union Show in July is a highlight, and the Kelso Races offer excitement for equestrian fans. For culture, the Book Festival in Melrose is a literary treat. Keep an eye on local listings for what's on during your stay.

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