Kippilaw House, Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Stunning mansion sleeping 35 in the Scottish Borders, for golfing holidays, weddings and special occasions

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Kippilaw House, Melrose, Scottish Borders, sleeps 12-35 in 15 bedrooms.

Kippilaw House is a very large house with a relaxed atmosphere welcoming groups from near and far and of all age groups. A family run establishment where we are helpful and friendly, we feel Kippilaw comes to life when full of friends and families.

Unlike many historic properties Kippilaw does not have a long list of rules and restrictions, therefore everyone can get on with enjoying themselves.

In the main part of Kippilaw there are 3 reception rooms with real open fires plus a grand hallway with lovely staircase for entrances, photos and receptions. Kippilaw has been lovingly restored keeping original details but with a new heating system and WiFi. There is a fully equipped farmhouse style kitchen for self catering, or you can choose to have all meals catered or just one special meal within your stay.

Kippilaw has 12 main bedrooms sleeping up to 30 guests within the house. There are an extra 3 tower rooms sleeping 5 plus futons and sofa beds which can be added taking total numbers up to 40 guests. All 15 bedrooms are individually decorated with vintage furniture suited to the house.

3 acres of private garden and grounds are surrounded by its own woodland. A south facing covered veranda overlooking the large flower border has seating, perfect for relaxing or cocktails. Barbecue facilities are also provided with lots of garden seating. A large flat lawn in front of Kippilaw is a good location for many activities and sports days, with football and rugby matches being favourites. Also suitable for Highland games, clay pigeon shooting, badminton and croquet.

If your numbers for a celebration exceed 200, a marquee can be added - the lawn is flat and in close proximity to the house.

Kippilaw has a wonderful Victorian Ballroom with a semi-circular bar which is perfect for functions and can be added as an extra. This room can seat 120 guests for a meal and is perfect for a large gathering, party or as a large conference and meeting space.

Our catering options are very flexible with choices from full service sit down meals to meals dropped off in your kitchen. We have our own chefs/menus serving great food from local sources.


Large farmhouse style with Aga. Double electric ovens with gas hob. 2 microwaves, 3 fridges. Washing machine and dryer. Large dining table.
Large table seats 30, the room seats up to 50 guests. Real fireplace, grand piano. 100 for a ceremony. Other reception/ballroom seats 120 for events.
Red velvet couches and armchairs seating 20 - more can be added. Marble open fire, bay window. For ceremony seats 50 guests. Small TV room seats 10+.
Large TV and DVD player in smaller TV room. Speakers for phone or iPod. Radio in kitchen. Radio CD player. Can add sound equipment for events.
WiFi available.
Foozball table which we can add if needed. Badminton equipment. Croquet on lawn. Space to play outdoor games on lawn - football, rugby.
Full heating system in house. Open fires in all reception rooms.
16 bedrooms sleep 40: 8 doubles, 1 twin, 3 rooms sleeping 3, 1 room sleeps 4 (+2) in a double, bunk and double futon. 2 rooms sleep 4. 1 single.
All linen and towels provided for all guests. Bath mats, toilet paper, soap.
6 bathrooms, individually decorated. Italian marble and original fittings. Huge rain showers. En suite to master bedroom. Separate toilet.
In function room there is a disabled toilet. Ground floor is suitable for wheelchairs. 1 room on ground floor can be made into temporary bedroom.
Children are welcome. We have 1 bedroom with toys. Large wonderful garden. Foozball table if required. Board games and jigsaws.
Barbecue facilities. Outdoor covered verandah. Garden seating. 3 acres of private gardens, lawns and woodland.
We can hire a hot tub but don't have one in situ.
Parking in front of house for approx 30 cars. Extra parking is added on lawn for functions - we have hosted functions of 250 guests in past. Buses ok.
No smoking in the house please. The verandah is great for smoking and has covered seating.
We welcome pets but please ask. Extra £40.


Kippilaw is near the border towns of Melrose, St Boswells and Selkirk. From the north or south take A68, then B699, then B6359. Postcode is shared with Kippilaw Farm - we are next turn on road.
We are between Melrose, St Boswells and Selkirk. 1 mile from small village of Bowden.
Newtown St Boswells, 2 miles.
Buccleugh Arms hotel and bar on A68 in St Boswells. Burts Hotel, Melrose. George and Abbotsford hotel/bar, Melrose. Kings hotel/pub. Montecassino Italian restaurant in Melrose. Pub in Lilliesleaf.

Booking Information

£500 refundable household deposit. When heating is required, cost is £150 minimum for 2 days plus £45 per day after 1st 2 days.
Pets are extra £40.
Function suite/Ballroom/Bar can be added - seating up to 120 for meal - additional cost of £890-£1290 depending on day of week and season.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

United Kingdom
Tweedbank - trains from Edinburgh Waverley approx every 1/2 hour. Berwick upon Tweed is an option if coming from south - there is a Berwick rail link bus stopping at Borders General Hospital nearby.
X95 from Edinburgh or Carlisle to Selkirk or Galashiels. 51 or 52 from Edinburgh to Newtown St Boswells or St Boswells. Berwick rail link if coming on Kings Cross London train is number 64.
Edinburgh is technically nearer but Newcastle airport is also a good option as the road has much less traffic so the drive time is similar.

Late Deals

New Year 2017/2018

New Year - 30 Dec 2017- 2nd Jan 2018
Wonderful short break in Scottish castle sized mansion-sleeps up to 33 guests in 12 bedrooms.
Huge discount £5600- Now £2990

Rental Rates

PeriodDatesWeekly Price3 Night Weekend2 Night WeekendMidweek per night
Autumn -12 bedrooms - sleeps up to 33
1st Sep 17 to 20th Dec 17
Xmas sleeping 30-12 bedrooms-sleeps up to 33
21st Dec 17 to 28th Dec 17
New year sleeping -12 bedrooms -sleeps up to 33
29th Dec 17 to 5th Jan 18
Winter sleeping 30-12 bedrooms-sleeps up to 33
5th Jan 18 to 21st Mar 18
Spring -12 bedrooms -sleeps up to 33
22nd Mar 18 to 21st Jun 18
Summer -12 bedrooms -sleeps up to 33
22nd Jun 18 to 7th Oct 18
Extra 3 Tower Bedrooms-sleep up to extra 7 -Total 40 Guests
21st Sep 17 to 30th Sep 19

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Kippilaw House, Melrose, Scottish Borders

Lil Gogan

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