Richard and Kate make you feel like you’re staying with friends in the country for the weekend – they’re relaxed and entertaining. Breakfasts are moreish – eggs from the quails and fresh things from the mature walled garden; and you can book supper too.
The Georgian farmhouse is tucked into the soft hills of the Clyde Valley; there are 26 acres of farmland to soak up with Hebridean sheep, horses, kune-kune pigs and friendly alpacas children love to pet. You’re only two miles from the market town of Biggar, you can walk there along the old Glasgow to Peebles road, now only a faint track.
It’s pleasant to retire to quiet, spacious rooms with bucolic views after a day marauding around this untamed landscape – there’s a walk through fields to the Clyde river for trout fishing and a ten-minute drive takes you to the base of Tinto Hill, a steep scramble rewards you with views to the Trossachs (on a clear day). Later, tuck nippers up in bunks and slip back for a snifter in front of the log fire in the sitting room.