It is almost a year now since the Waverley Railway Line from Edinburgh to Tweedbank near Melrose in the Scottish Borders was re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 6 September 2015.
The new line was great news for the region, particularly after 46 years of it not being in use. The transport link has made access to this beautiful part of Scotland so much easier for both visitors and locals alike.
The line, which was originally completed in 1849, travelled all the way across the country to Carlisle, passing through Hassendean Station around 5 miles from Hawick. Some of the attractive buildings at this rural train stop have now been converted into self-catering accommodation by their architectural designer/owner and have just joined our portfolio.
Hassendean Station didn’t serve a large community, but relied on both passenger and goods traffic from rural farms and houses. Goods were dealt with at The Loading Bay, which has now been converted into a wonderful holiday cottage that sleeps 4 people. The main living area at ‘Platform Level’ is light and bright with windows showcasing breathtaking views across the countryside. The two bedrooms are downstairs at ‘Goods Yard Level’ and throughout the house the antiques, railway artefacts and memorabilia are sure to fascinate and delight.
Outside, you can enjoy the daytime vistas or star-filled night skies from decking that overlooks a lovely lawned area that sits right where the trains once ran. The UK’s only surviving Victorian timber footbridge which once stretched over the lines still stands by the cottage to this day.
The other cottage on the site is Signalman’s Cottage that dates from 1850 and, as the name suggests, was once home to the station’s signalman. Having been lovingly restored, it sleeps 3 and is full of character, with features including reclaimed pine beams that came from the Titanic dry dock. The cottage has an enclosed garden that is great for pets and looks out over towards Rubers Law, a local hill that is popular with walkers.
Visitors can explore the nearby villages of Minto and Denholm, discover the history and heritage of the pretty Border towns of Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose and wander around their many shops, galleries, pubs and cafés.
The Borders has lots of great golf courses and other activities on offer include fishing, clay pigeon shooting, walking, horse riding and mountain biking.
If you’ve been inspired by the history of the Waverley Line, the station at Tweedbank is just 13.5 miles away and provides a hassle-free way to enjoy a day trip to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh whilst taking in the wonderful scenery along this historic route. There is even the opportunity during August and September to take a steam train ride on the line, with gourmet dining and various excursions to try along the way.
A seven night stay starts at £365 for The Loading Bay and £345 for Signalman’s Cottage and they even have access to a little beach hut at Coldingham Bay. We have many more wonderful properties in the Scottish Borders – browse through them on our website or give us a call on 01835 822277.