Bemersyde, Scottish Borders

Up the drive flanked by grazing horses, to a warm welcome from the housekeeper and a great fire in the hall. Perfect for family gatherings


2 places


Sleeping from 4 – 16


Explore the woods with your dog; go salmon fishing with the ghillie. All you hear on these 1,200 acres are birds, otters, wildfowl, and the estate’s bees feasting on gorse on Bemersyde Hill.

The 1535 Peel Tower is the house’s core (younger wings lie either side). There’s more than enough space for a party of 20… Or take a smaller wing (you’ll always have the place to yourselves). Rooms range from two connecting drawing rooms to a clubby study – christened ‘Whites’ by the last earl – to larder and laundry rooms, a huge room with ping-pong and pool, and much, much more.

Sizzle up sausages down by the river. Book a table for a fine meal in Melrose. This scenic Borders town is five miles away and Burt’s welcomes all. Return to log-burners in grand fireplaces (every room has one), books and beams, and a magnificent, winding stone stair.

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We think you'll love

  • Picking the vegetables, walking the dogs and living the 'country life'
  • The incredible sense of history
  • Admiring the night skies
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You should know

  • There are no en suite bathrooms
  • WiFi is in the public rooms only
  • You'll need a car


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £321
Weekly price
from £2250
Damage deposit
£500 for weekly bookings, £250 for the weekend.
Main house and East wing available together for parties of 20.
1 House for 16
From £5007 beds8 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From £3212 beds2 bedrooms


A thoroughly enjoyable stay in a house full of history and character, not to mention the fascinating art collection. Margaret’s cornucopic vegetable garden was a huge feature of our stay, and she was both accommodating and readily available when needed. Last but not least, Ada’s breakfasts were sumptuous and are highly recommended!

Max, Wilts

A totally fascinating place that gives you the sense of its history from the moment you walk in the main door - at times you feel like a Time Lord walking through a door from a bedroom in a Peel Tower built in 1535 into a large light filled Drawing Room in the West Wing built in 18thC - endless garden and grounds to walk in and explore.

Mary, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The landscape is the rolling Scottish Borders, with wonderful views to the Eildon Hills. Discover the tennis court, the woodland play area, and the greenhouse where peaches flourish. The Tweed is a short walk through the woods; consider casting lessons from Ian, estate ghillie for 30 years. St Boswell’s is the closest place to eat (three miles), while Melrose has shops, restaurants, and two National Trust gardens to visit. Walking routes abound.

Local points of interest from David Proudfoot

  • The famous viewpoint, Scott's Jane View is on the estate - head up with a picnic and gaze out at the River Tweed
  • The estate is in an area of national scenic beauty and is teeming with wildlife and many different tree varieties in the deep valley
  • Historic country house, Abbotsford, is only 5 miles away - Sir Walter Scott is a distant relative of the Haigs
  • There're lots of mountain biking trails nearby through woodlands and past stunning countryside
  • The Borders Book Festival takes place in June: A wonderful four days of talks, discussions, food & drink, live music, comedy and more for all the family
  • There are many interesting Abbeys in the area to explore - ask your hosts for more details


David Proudfoot

Bemersyde has been the home of the Haigs for 800 years; notable ancestors include Field Marshal Haig. The present Earl and his wife inherited in 2010, and live in Fife on a small farm. Margaret, who occupies the lodge and has looked after the house for 30 years, meets, greets, and is on hand to help. She is also available to bake - and makes delicious cheese scones!