Special Offers

3 nights between Christmas and New Year from Friday 27th December 2019 for £450.

Please phone Sukie on 01450 373 424 or email billandsukie@gmail.com for details.


The cottage

Sometimes you just want to get away. Not to a hotel in a bustling city, that’s not peaceful enough. But not to a tent on a mountain - that’s way too extreme! You want privacy, beautiful country surroundings, and a good level of comfort. Perhaps even a bit of luxury.

A lifetime in hospitality has contributed to much of the design of Fiddle Hill Cottage. Utilising an excellent site, the aim was to create a small house that would be an ideal rural retreat, the right blend of luxurious comfort and practicality combined in a sustainable and dramatic building.

The cottage, which sleeps up to four plus a cot, features :-

  • Mezzanine with super king sized log framed bed
  • Well equipped kitchen with granite worktop
  • Roll top bath and walk in shower
  • Burley Fireball Wood burning stove, logs and kindling included
  • Bunk room downstairs
  • High chair, toys, books, puzzles and cot available
  • Underfloor heating
  • Peace, privacy and seclusion
  • Electric bicycles for hire - please ask for details
  • Barbecue and fire pit on large wrap-around decking
  • Dishwasher tablets, loo paper, handmade local soaps
  • Wifi, Bose bluetooth speaker, Netflix and DVD player
  • Walks from the door
  • Well behaved dogs welcome

The inside will surprise you, framed by big log beams and an imposing king post, the dramatic open plan living space is furnished by a mixture of old and new, with much hand made. The kitchen is simple yet equipped for some serious cooking, arrive to home-made scones, bread, jam and marmalade - you can even order a casserole to be left in the oven for you, made from our own beef and vegetables.

Fiddle Hill Cottage is ideal for a couple (perfect for a rural honeymoon) and has a bunk room downstairs making it family friendly too. The sturdy wooden bunks are creak-free plus the top bed is much higher than usual, so you can sit on the bottom without banging your head.

The story of cottage build is currently featured in the Channel 4 series ‘Impossible Builds’ (Thursday’s at 9pm) introduced by Aidan Keane and Charlie Luxton. We have been told it will be shown in the second series.

Fancy a break without your car? We will pick you up free of charge from Tweedbank station (only an hour from central Edinburgh) and now have Ebikes for you to hire, please ask us for details.

Your hosts Sukie and Bill look forward to welcoming you to your perfect rural retreat.

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I do not think we have ever stayed in a more beautiful and inspirational building. Sukie and Bill have been exceptionally kind, helpful and attentive. The fabulous beef casserole and endless supply of logs have been and body warming. Love and thanks C and E.

- C and E
January 2019

Our second weekend at Fiddle Hill Cottage and it has been fabulous to relax in this superb home. We really loved the log burner and waking up to a dusting of snow and frozen ponds.

Thanks to Sukie and Bill for all the lovely food and baking. Your hospitality and special touches have made this a truly magical place.

- Alan and Anita
Tamworth, February 2019

We could not have wanted a better place to stay to revive ourselves and spend a cosy weekend away from it all. We just wanted to thank you both for what we feel has been an exceptional stay in your eco lodge. We especially love the attention to detail in all things, from the roll top bath and rain shower to most wonderful comfortable oversized bed.

- T and C
October 2018

How lovely to wake up in a tree house with the sound of birds and sheep. A truly magical place, at one with nature. Every detail has been thought of, Bill and Sukie have created a very special place.

- Simon and Liz
June 2018

Sukie and Bill we have had the most incredible stay - thank you! Bill has reinforced our intention to build “that" smoker. The best food really is worth waiting for. Sukie’s cooking has been wonderful - I can’t remember when we last ate so well over such a period. We have loved the tranquility of the cottage and I know we’ll be back - next time with the little one. We’ll also bring a friend for Bob the dog.

- Carol Ann and Brian
Glasgow, June 2018

It ’s with huge heavy hearts that we are leaving this place. We have enjoyed just listening to the stillness, watching for wildlife and feeling at peace for the first time in ages. Bill and Sukie have indeed made our experience even more special. Their kindness, warmth and generosity is something to treasure. We truly will leave with sadness but with memories that will stay with us. So we thank you both for giving us a place where we have found ourselves again. For the superb food you both provided, the thoughtful gestures and true warmth offered to us from the moment we arrived. Thank you from us all and from the bottom of our hearts. Marion and Pete. P.S. Rosie (the dog) will miss Bob.smiley face

- Marion and Pete
June 2018

We fell in love the moment we arrived, such a lovely warm friendly welcome from Bill and Sukie. We got to taste Sukie’s delicious baking and cooking - we would recommend trying the natural, local produce - the smoked salmon is to die for. Such a beautiful place, with all the fine little details. It is the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in and I wish we could take it home with us.smiley face

- Felicity and Stephen
Glasgow, April 2018

NOTE: Some photos taken during construction.

Our story

Restaurants, Crofts, and Cottages

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We moved to The Borders from Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands where we lived for more than 25 years, initially at Old Pines where a guest house evolved into a highly regarded Restaurant with Rooms. We then moved to a bare croft on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, building a family house and developing a thriving, productive smallholding with 5 star self catering.

Our aim was to grow much of our own food and offer some of this bounty to staying guests. After a few years we realised that we should make our business more sustainable and abandoned oil for wood, wind power and a solar thermal array, eventually winning the Green Award for the most sustainable self catering business in the UK.

Once in the Borders we began transforming a modest home with equine facilities into the productive smallholding now called Priestrig Croft. Four years later work began on Fiddle Hill Cottage.

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Building Fiddle Hill Cottage

Green Tourism Gold Award
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Fiddle Hill Cottage Build

Fiddle Hill Cottage has been awarded a ‘Gold’
through the Green Tourism Business Scheme for our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can.

Our philosophy was to build the sort of country cottage that we wish we had as a rural retreat.

When we first considered building what has become Fiddle Hill Cottage, we were a little wary of venturing into the murky waters of building. However, in the Borders we first encountered sympathetic planners who readily embraced our ideas, and then a company nearby that turns local trees into sustainable houses.

That simple statement belies the skills involved in turning lengths of Douglas Fir tree trunks into the posts and beams that were notched and mortised together to form the sturdy frame of the house, and all the complicated carpentry inevitable when using natural logs rather than machined wood. It was a great day when we discovered Caledonia Log Homes.

The house is highly insulated and powered by renewable energy. When the sun shines, up to 4 Kw of electricity comes from a PV array, and the balance from Good Energy. There is also a highly efficient British-made wood burning stove, with logs mainly from an ongoing campaign to replace the Sitka spruce on the croft with native hardwoods.

And now we’re delighted to be able to welcome you to this special little rural retreat.

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As seen on TV

As seen on More 4 the program ‘Impossible Builds’ with Charlie Luxton and Aidan Keane
and can now be seen on All 4 entitled 'Home Grown Home’.

The Area

The Borders is a wonderful area for walking, cycling, mountain biking, bird watching (including right here at Priestrig Croft) and history. But it’s also a great place to just relax - if you want to spend ages reading by the fire in the cottage, or taking in the views at the top of the hill, that’s great. Come for the type of break or holiday that suits you.

With about 30 feeders to encourage garden and woodland birds we have had sightings of goldcrests, bramblings, greater spotted woodpecker and a red poll in the snowy weather. We have resident moorhen, tawny owls and herons visit the ponds regularly. Badgers can easily be seen on an evening stroll on Fiddle Hill. In the spring the croft and Fiddle Hill are covered with wild flowers. Then there are the animals on the croft - Poppy the Jersey Swiss Brown cow and her calf call called Fella, Flora the Highland pony, pigs, sheep and lambs, laying and fat hens, ducks and of course Bob the Border Collie.

Exciting news in the summer of 2018 our moorhens hatched 2 broods with 2 and later on 3 chicks feeding in front of the cottage under the bird table near the ponds. Additionally, our Oxford Sandy and Black weaner pigs have arrived.

For the more energetic we are half way between the 7 Stanes mountain bike trails near Newcastleton and Glentress near Innerleithen. The roads all around are superb for road cycling. The Borders Abbey Way circular walk is only a quarter of a mile away.

Some useful links:

Walks: Scottish Borders Council - Walks and Trails
Cycling and mountain biking: Cycle British Borders
Birdwatching: Borders Birdwatching Sites
History: Scottish Borders Heritage

We now have 2 Ebikes for you to hire, please ask.

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Finding us

From the South take the A7 north from Hawick. A mile past the Homebase roundabout take the single track road on the left signposted East and West Boonraw. From the north, take the A7 and 7-8 miles south of Selkirk take the single track road to the right signposted East and West Boonraw. Go along this road for about 2 miles straight on at the slightly wiggly cross roads past a farm on your left and down a very steep hill. The driveway is just after the bottom of the hill on the right and just before the grassy triangle and road junction.


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Bill & Sukie - Unusually Good Food

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We are sometimes busy cooking and baking and run occasional bespoke cookery and smoking courses through our business Unusually Good Food. Please ask if you are interested in a short tailored cookery/smoking experience during your stay.

Guests in Fiddle Hill Cottage can enjoy our homemade jam, marmalade, scones and bread, and you can buy other meat, eggs and fresh produce from the polytunnel and garden. We will also leave Fair-trade ground coffee, tea and sugar for you and for longer stays a bottle of wine.

If you love fresh, wholesome, delicious, unusually good food, then come and stay with us - we’ll gladly talk recipes, veg growing, jam making and so on!

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Friday is our usual changeover day but you can also stay for a long weekend Friday to Monday or a midweek Monday to Friday.

Prices are £360 for a long weekend from Friday Nov. - March 12th £300 for 4 nights mid week from Monday and £500 for a week.

£450 for a long weekend March 13th - June and Sept-Oct, and £440 for a mid week from Monday and £665 for a week.

£480 for a long weekend July - August, £480 for a mid week from Monday and £735 for a week.

Christmas and New Year weeks are £805 from Friday 20th and 27th December 2019.

However, we will always try to accommodate additional nights and unusual stays, so please feel free to contact us we will happily discuss your requirements.

Settle in with a hot meal

Settle in with a hot meal to welcome you on your first night, perhaps a casserole made from our own homegrown beef and vegetables, lasagne, shepherds pie or even a veggie version. It is £7.50 per person and half price for children 10 and under, so just order an extra portion on the Bookings page per 2 children or contact us to confirm.

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