Special Offer

2 nights for only £300 from Friday 1st February 2019. Please call 01450 373 424 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
  • Devon Duvets’ wool duvet and pillows
  • Bunk room downstairs
  • Roll top bath and walk in shower
  • Burley Fireball Wood burning stove, logs and kindling included
  • Underfloor heating
  • Well equipped kitchen with granite worktop
  • Electric bicycles for hire - please ask for details
  • Barbecue and fire pit on large wrap-around decking
  • Dishwasher tablets, loo paper, handmade local soaps
  • High chair and cot available
  • Wifi, Bose bluetooth speaker, Netflix and DVD player
  • Privacy and seclusion
  • 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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Testimonials

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

The views from the huge windows, the warmth of the log burner and the enormous bed, books and board games, we had everything we needed right here, enjoying great days out walking and to the top of Fiddle Hill to admire the views and fly kites.

- Steve and Katie
Tamworth, April 2018

We have arrived and all I can say is wow we’ve fallen in love. You’ve made a beautiful job of it all. Looking forward to our weekend now, although it’s not going to be long enough.

- Susan and Neil
Choppington, May 2018
(who have already booked 2 more stays)

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

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

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

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Fiddle Hill Cottage Build
Fiddle Hill Cottage Build

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 Caledonian 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

Channel 4 series called 'Impossible Builds’ featuring Aidan Keane and Charlie Luxton.

 

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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Bookings

Special Offers

Special Offer - 2 nights for only £300 from Friday 1st February 2019

Please contact us directly either via our contact form, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling us on 01450 373 424 to take advantage of the offer and book your stay.

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 £300 for a mid week from Nov - March, £360 for a long weekend and £500 for a week.
£400 for a mid week April - June and Sept - Oct, £420 for a long weekend and £595 for a week.
£440 for a mid week July - August, £480 for a long weekend and £735 for a week.
Christmas and New Year are £805 for a week.

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.

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