The cottage

"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 after a long weekend in Fiddle Hill Cottage.

"Exquisite luxury and relaxing are not words which would immediately come to mind when thinking of February and the Scottish Borders! Fiddle Hill Cottage has certainly changed our thinking and we would personally add among other things, fantastic personal hospitality from Sukie and Bill. No better testament to our out of this world experience other than to say we are rebooked for the same time next year".
- David and Gail.

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 to borrow - 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.

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 the cottage build was featured in the Channel 4 series ‘Impossible Builds’ introduced by Aidan Keane and Charlie Luxton. A DVD of the program is in the cottage for you to view or see - Channel 4, Impossible Builds, Home Grown House, Episode 5.

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 borrow, 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

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

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

Fiddle Hill Cottage provided the perfect tonic for us - total tranquility immersed in nature allowing one to reconnect. The accommodation is stunning and the light and warmth in the house comforting in these Autumnal days. Sukie and Bill couldn’t have been kinder and Sukie’s cooking was a pure delight.

- Clare and Dave

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

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

Veni, vidi, fumifici - And then we ate and how glorious the feast. You have created a very special and lovely haven, we leave rested and happy.

- Carol and Paul

Thank you for creating this beautiful paradise. So sad we have to leave. The food was just amazing, Sukie you are such an epic cook. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.

- Carri, Geoff and Ella.

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 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 House’.

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 - Flora the Highland pony, pigs, sheep and lambs, laying and fat hens, ducks and of course Bob the Border Collie and Poppy the Labrador.

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.

There is really good wild swimming in 2 lochans just a short walk away, one is only 100 metres from the cottage.

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 borrow, 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 often 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 fresh produce including eggs, fruit and vegetables from the polytunnel and croft. We also leave for you Fair-trade ground coffee, tea and sugar, grinding salt and pepper, Scottish cold pressed rapeseed oil and 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!


Weekly stays are from Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday and you can stay for a long weekend from Friday to Monday or a mid week from Monday to Friday.

Weekly stays are from Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday and you can stay for a long weekend from Friday to Monday or a mid week from Monday to Friday.

Nov. - March 10th £735 for a week, £495 for a weekend and £480 for a mid week.

Mar.11th - June and Sept. - Oct £770 for a week, £555 for a weekend and £540 for a mid week.

July - August £875 for a week, £570 for a weekend and £580 for a mid week.

Christmas and New Year are £875 for a week.

Settle in with supper on arrival.

We are happy to leave you a casserole, shepherds pie or lasagne using locally sourced ingredients or a veggie version for £10 each, £15 with pudding. Please order an extra portion for 2 children under 10. Sukie is happy to make a celebration cake for you for birthdays or anniversaries, please ask.

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Book now by emailing Bill and Sukie at or calling 01450 373424 and they will organise your deposit/payment by bank transfer or you can fill the forms below.

Please review the Terms and Conditions before booking.