Much thought (and hard graft) has gone into creating this small house from local post and beam Douglas Fir with larch cladding. It’s cosy inside with high insulation, underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove, so whatever the weather hurls at the windows you’ll feel warm as toast.
The kitchen is equipped for serious cooks and owner Sukie leaves you scones, bread, homemade jam and marmalade and a bottle of wine. You can also buy meat and eggs from the owners and fresh seasonal produce from their polytunnel and croft. If you’d like a casserole waiting in the oven when you arrive, just ask.
There are two touring electric bikes you can borrow and rambles from the house or serious walks on the Borders Abbey Way a quarter of a mile away. Come for a romantic escape – the handmade log-framed bed (all 250kg of it) upstairs has the wow factor. Spy birds through double height windows which allow light to flood in and as evening falls, light the fire pit on the decking and watch the stars come out.