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Large country house with outdoor hot tub and BBQ house and lovely gardens.

Hawick, Scottish Borders, UK
  • Chateau / Country House3444 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

5 large bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen

Branxholm Knowe House is a large detached period property which is set in two acres of well tendered private gardens (recently featured by Holiday Rentals in Top 10 holiday homes with gardens). The house is furnished to a high standard and is ideal for entertaining and features a fabulous garden room which is perfect for alfresco evenings as well as fresh winter evenings with the log burner glowing.

The property benefits from five large double bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate ten adults or two families. Four bedrooms are located around a galleried landing with two modern bathrooms (one en suite). Downstairs the sitting room and garden room, which is over 40 sq metres, ensure there is plenty of space for all to enjoy. The dining room provides a great setting for dinner parties (seats 12) and benefits from an open fire. There is also a twin bedroom downstairs with access to a bathroom.

Outside there is a six person hot tub, Finnish BBQ hut, two tables and benches, a pond (fenced) and woodland to explore.

Catering: Branxholm Knowe is a very well equipped property which is particularly suited to families. On request we can provide a fully catered traditional evening meal which comprises a starter, main course and desert using locally sourced high quality locally sourced produce.. We can also assist in arranging outdoor pursuits such as shooting, fishing and horse riding should guests wish as well as suggesting some excellent walking routes in the local area. During the rugby season we are also help to assist guests in obtaining match tickets for international matches at Murrayfield in Edinburgh (notice required).

We also provide a welcome pack for guests.

The property has a number of out buildings which can be used for the storage of bicycles.


Ian Dowling

Member Since 2010
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Ian Dowling

My family have owned Branxholm Knowe since 2001 and have been letting the property to holiday guests for 16 years now. Career wise we are involved in financial services and property investment where we own additional holiday lets, hotels and commercial property. We currently live in Worcestershire with our two children.

Ian Dowling purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2001

Why Ian Dowling chose Scottish Borders

We have always loved Branxholm Knowe. A traditional and comforting house, it has a lovely homely feel about it. Growing up in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland I have always loved the area and I am delighted to see many people exploring this 'hidden' gem of an area nowadays!

What makes this Chateau / Country House unique

Quite simply the delightful garden room which connects the house to nature and is flooded with light! We love this room on a crisp winter day with the log burner roaring!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 baby crib
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double
      • Bedroom 5
        2 twin/ single
      • All 5 bedrooms are a good size ( three doubles are 5 mtrs x 4.5 mtrs approx and two twin rooms are 5 mtr x 3 mtr and 4 x 2.7 mtr). The cot is a full sized cot which can be used as a small bed for a 3 yr old. All bedrooms have good quality wardrobes and chests of drawers.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Downstairs in utility room
      • Both upstairs bathrooms have been completely reinstalled in 2009 and 2011. The ensuite bathroom has a traditional slipper bath, hotel standard Grohe shower and Matki 900 x 900 shower encloser and full underfloor heating. The downstairs bathroom also has a hotel standard Grohe shower and Matki 900 x 900 shower enclosure.

      Location Type

        • Rural


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Farm Holidays
            • Historic
            • Rustic
            • Spa
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Fireplace
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Blender
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Over 2 acres of well tendered gardens and several acres of woodland surrounding he house
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      New for 2015 a 10 person Finnish style Grillkota BBQ hut. Great for grilling when the nights are a bit cooler. Kids and adults alike will love this!
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda


                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Six person hot tub in the garden. The Borders has some of the best star gazing in the UK... view the stars from your own hot tub!


                                                • museums
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              23 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Fantastic stay in this idyllic house in Hawick

                                                              Stephanie C.

                                                              We had a wonderful stay here celebrating my 30th birthday in December. The house is well equipped with fires ready to light for our arrival. The house did get a little cold later in the evening but given the fierce weather that weekend it’s not surprising. Gorgeous roll top bath in the master bathroom! Sad I didn’t hae time for a second bath. Hot tub was fabulous with excellent view of the stars (pretty sure I saw a comet)

                                                              Overall a wonderful time was had and I would highly recommend to friends looking to host something similar in the future.

                                                              Thank you for letting us stay in your home.

                                                              Merry Christmas!


                                                              We booked Branxholme for a family birthday and to go to Hawick Common Riding. We all Loved it.

                                                              Mark P.

                                                              Plenty of space. Everyone enjoyed hot tub, barbecue hut and even a 'short game of cricket '. Would definitely book again.

                                                              Tranquil, Lovely

                                                              Lesley Ann C.

                                                              Beautiful setting and lovely big house for a surprise birthday party for my husband. Outside barbeque and hot tub were a PLUS for everyone. Isobel on hand for any queries which was great. Highly recommended.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you - we are delighted to had you enjoyed your weekend at out holiday home! Kind regards, The Dowlings.

                                                              Large homely country house.

                                                              Carol L.

                                                              Large country house where our family of 10 enjoyed relaxing together. Plenty of room for us all to spread out. Large conservatory was a wonderful room with log burner and lots of comfy seating.

                                                              The BBQ house is a great idea and enables BBQ no matter the weather. The hot tub was GREAT HIT.

                                                              Perfect holiday for a large family. Thank you.

                                                              Lovely House in idyllic setting

                                                              Heather D.

                                                              We had a lovely holiday, six adults, four children and there was plenty of room for everyone. The house is well equipped and the children's toys went down well. Everywhere was so homely and comfortable and we were lucky with the weather - we only needed the log burner one night - but it was very welcome. We were surprised to find that the trees surrounding the property had been cut down so the posted picture looked very different in real life but this didn't detract from the lovely grounds and meant that there were wonderful views which might otherwise have been missed.

                                                              The property was very clean and everything worked and we would (indeed have) recommend this property to friends. The hot tub was much appreciated and we had a BBQ in the quaint purpose-built cabin on the first evening as the weather was so good. We went to Edinburgh Zoo as the youngest grandson is mad on Pandas - be advised, you have to book a Panda viewing slot beforehand to be sure of getting in. We also visited Edinburgh Castle and were taught how to ride broomsticks al la Harry Potter. It was Hawick's Rideout that week and 200+ horses and riders rode into town to a brass band, very unusual.

                                                              We didn't eat out at all what with early bed times etc but rustled up our own meals easily enough. Most days out we took a picnic, as snacks, drinks and sandwiches can get really expensive for 10. Many thanks to Ian and Isobel for providing such a great holiday home it was just what we wanted and very good value.

                                                              A beautiful house, in a stunning location!

                                                              Chris J.

                                                              It is a beautiful area, and great for exploring…we did Hadrian’s Wall, and a good few local walks.

                                                              The house was fantastic, and even better than the great photos promised. We were very comfortable, and it was no great hardship to have to stay in all day on the one day of torrential rain. We found ourselves in the conservatory for the duration, enjoying the log burner and views! All in all, couldn’t have been better, and we particularly liked the grounds, and the proximity to the woods. It was a really nice touch for Isabelle to leave welcoming biscuits, and it was nice to speak to her about the area, and things to do. It is a lovely house, furnished to a high standard, and a credit to you.


                                                              Hawick, Scottish Borders, UK

                                                              Branxholm Knowe is located three miles from the historic town of Hawick. Hawick is world famous for cashmere production and is home to the famous Pringle brand. Attractions in the town include the Heritage Hub, the Borders textile museum and the 100 acre Wilton Park with riverside walks, walled gardens and children playground.The Borders is a wonderful location for outdoor pursuits such as salmon fishing on the river Tweed, superb hill walking (Southern Upland Way and Borders Abbey Walk), mountain biking (Craik, Yair and Glentrees), golf (21 courses!) as well as shooting, sailing (St Marys Loch) and first class horse riding. The picturesque market towns of Kelso, Melrose and Selkirk are within 20 mins drive whilst historical Edinburgh is an easy one hour drive away. Branxholme Knowe is easily reached from Edinburgh Airport (75 mins) and Newcastle Airport (90 mins). Driving from England the property is 2.5 hrs drive from Manchester, 4 hrs from Birmingham and one hour from both Carlisle and Newcastle.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              All week long bookings are Friday to Friday. All rentals require a 250 pound deposit (Christmas and New Year 500 pounds). The above prices are based on occupancy of 10. For smaller parties we can often offer a discount (not in high season). Please email or call for further details. We are very happy to consider long weekend / mid-breaks. Thurs -Sun etc. Again please contact us to discuss your requirements.

                                                              23 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.8/5
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