The cottage

Fiddle Hill cottage is a beautiful, rural haven on a small Scottish Croft immersed in nature.

The cottage is fully fitted inside to provide the highest levels of comfort, whilst the huge windows provide stunning views into the countryside and its wildlife.

The cottage was constructed by a local Borders company which sources local trees and fashions them into sustainable homes. 

Lengths of Douglas fir trees have been used to form the sturdy frame of the cottage, and the use of natural logs, rather than machined wood helps create a relaxing rural retreat sympathetic to its surroundings.

The cottage boasts south facing floor to ceiling glazing, a British-made woodburning stove with local hardwood logs supplied and it has underfloor heating to ensure that you are comfortable at all times of the year.

The house is highly insulated and powered by renewable energy. Electricity is provided by solar panels and water is supplied from our own natural spring source. Waste water is treated in our own natural filtration systems. 

On the Croft, there is an abundance of wildflowers and grasses around our ponds that attract a huge variety of wild birds that can be seen from inside the cottage. It is a twitchers paradise.

There are also a large variety of fruit trees, fruit bushes and vegetables grown in the gardens.

Our chickens will usually provide fresh eggs for breakfast.

We are delighted to welcome you to this most special rural retreat, where you can relax and recharge amongst the fabulous scenery in the Scottish Borders.

Fiddle Hill cottage is indeed a most beautiful place.

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

  • Peace, privacy and seclusion
  • Mezzanine with super king-sized log framed bed
  • Twin bunk room downstairs
  • High chair and cot available
  • Well equipped kitchen with granite worktop
  • Utility space, including washing machine
  • Roll top bath and walk in shower
  • Burley Wood burning stove, logs and kindling included
  • Underfloor heating
  • Wifi, Bose Bluetooth speaker, Netflix and DVD player
  • Eco Dishwasher tablets, loo paper, handmade local soaps
  • Barbecue and fire pit on large wrap-around decking
  • Fenced garden area around the cottage; perfect for well-behaved dogs who are welcome.
  • Walks straight into nature from the deck
  • Hawick town centre just 2 miles away

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The interior of Fiddle Hill Cottage may surprise you, framed by big log beans and an imposing, King Post. The dramatic open-plan living space is light and furnished by a mixture of old and new with much of it handmade.

The kitchen is simple, yet equipped for some serious cooking. The bookcase is full, meeting a wide variety of interests, together with board games for when you want to relax inside.

Fiddle Hill Cottage is ideal for a couple (perfect for a honeymoon) and has a bunk room downstairs, making it family-friendly too. The sturdy wooden bunks, are creak free with the top bed much higher than usual, to avoid banging of heads from the bottom bunk.

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Beautiful setting...Fantastic cottage...Idyllic.
Great hosts. Thank you for all the 'little things', it really makes a difference.

- Richard & Jane, Norfolk June 2023

What a wonderful place to stay, we have been so relaxed here and we love all the thoughtful touches. Outside has been our own edition of Springwatch- the young owl growing up, invasive squirrels, greedy magpies, young birds and an unperturbed deer.

- Valerie & Simon, Jun 2023

Absolutely Lovely!! Our first visit to the Scottish Borders and wow, we love it!
The totally wonderful Fiddle Hill Cottage has been our home for a week, so a massive thank you to Laura & David for all of the thought that has gone into all of the welcoming touches. We hope to come back soon.

- Andy, Maria & Harry, Wales, September 2023

First visit to Fiddle Hill Cottage, what a treat!
Loved it! So relaxing. Loved the food tray with all the fresh produce.
The views from the bed were beautiful as we were here in Autumn.
Will definitely recommend!

- Angus & Lynn, November 2023

Wow, wow, wow!
We've stayed in many places and this has 100% been our favourite!
The property is stunning, the views are idyllic and Laura & David could not have been more welcoming hosts.
The whole place has an incredible warmth about it that we have not experienced before. Thank you.

- Rose & Dan, Hampshire, July 2023

Well, how wonderful was this weekend!
What a lovely, comfy & chilling place to relax & wind down. Rain didn't bother us, too busy watching all the wildlife.
Attention to detail & quality of everything is perfect-I didn't want to get out of that awesome bed.
Defo will be back!!

- Callie & Jamie, N. Yorks, October 2023

The Area

The Borders is a wonderful area of rolling hills, perfect for walking, cycling, mountain biking, bird watching and it’s loaded with history. 

Close to home on the Croft itself we have an abundance of wild birds, with regular sightings including goldcrest, ramblings, woodpeckers, swifts and owls, plus herons and moorhens on our ponds.

Within 150m, badgers and deer can sometimes be seen in the evening up on Fiddle Hill and there is good wild swimming in a lochan just a short walk away. Whether it’s wildflowers in the spring or frost on a winters morning the landscape speaks for itself.

Further afield, and 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 us are superb for road cycling and the Borders Abbey Way circular walk is only a quarter of a mile from the croft.

For convenience and leisure, the town of Hawick is just 2 miles away. The town is internationally famous for its fine quality knitwear and cashmere. Visits to the Borders Textile Towerhouse and top-class mill outlets are to be found in the town. Alternatively, enjoy the town’s excellent leisure facilities, including the beautiful Wilton Lodge Park, the Borders distillery and an array of eateries. 

This area is a fantastic base to explore the Scottish Borders with its historic country houses and towns, and abundance of golf courses. Within easy touring distance of Melrose (19 miles) and Berwick-upon-Tweed (45 miles).

Some useful links:

Cycling and mountain biking: Cycle British Borders
Walks: Scottish Borders Council - Walks and Trails
What’s on and leisure:
Birdwatching: Borders Birdwatching Sites
History: Scottish Borders Heritage

Finding us

From the South take the A7 north from Hawick. A mile past the Galalaw Roundabout 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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About Us - Introducing Laura and David

We recently made our home at Priestrig Croft with our two dogs and cats. It’s a return to the Borders for David as he was born to a farming family in the Northumbrian hills. 

Our life together has been varied up to now ranging from David working on the Formula One racing circuit and also in farming in both Britain and on the continent, and Laura working in retail across Europe and most recently as a director for a local Hospice charity in West Sussex. 

Having spent the past 18 years living in Poland, Italy, Scandinavia and the South of the UK, we are happy to have now made our home on the Croft, where we aim to lead a sustainable life in this beautiful location and to be involved with our local community.

We look forward to welcoming and sharing Fiddle Hill Cottage with our guests, and are available should you need us. We also respect that many guests would wish for privacy and to get away from it all to relax and enjoy their alone time in this most beautiful place.

You are very welcome to Fiddle Hill Cottage.

Booking information and pricing

We have 3 different options for your stay. 3 nights - Friday to Monday, 4 Nights - Monday to Friday or 7 Nights. If you chose to stay with us for 7 nights, you can opt to stay Monday to Monday, or Friday to Friday.


Low Season

1st Nov - 28/29th Feb

Mid Season

1st Mar - 30th June
1st Sep - 31st Oct

High Season

1st July - 31st Aug

Long weekend
(3 nights)

£495 £555 £570

Mid week
(4 Nights)

£480 £540 £580

Full Week
(7 Nights)

£735 £770 £875

Low Season

1st Nov - 28/29th Feb

Long weekend
(3 nights)
Mid week
(4 Nights)
(7 Nights)

Mid Season

1st Mar - 30th June
1st Sep - 31st Oct

Long weekend
(3 nights)
Mid week
(4 Nights)
(7 Nights)

High Season

1st July - 31st Aug

Long weekend
(3 nights)
Mid week
(4 Nights)
(7 Nights)

Christmas and New Year

The dates for Christmas and New Year stays vary each year, we offer 7 night stays over the festive period. For 2023/2024 the dates are 22nd December leaving on the 29th December for Christmas and New Year arriving on the 29th and leaving on 5th January 2024.

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Book now by emailing Laura and David at or calling 07377 371349 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.