Fiddle Hill

By Hawick, Scottish Borders
+44 (0) 1450 373 424

A clever new build in a stunning setting made from sustainable wood and run on renewable energy. A peaceful retreat for couples


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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 hire 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.

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We think you'll love

  • The wildly romantic setting
  • Walking in this incredibly beautiful landscape
  • Chatting about veg growing, jam making and all things foodie with Sukie and Bill
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You should know

  • The farm is remote
  • You’ll need a car to get to shops and restaurants – or Bill and Sukie will happily drop you off and pick you up
  • It’s not suitable for people with mobility issues


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £500
1 Cottage for 4
From £753 beds2 bedrooms


We had a wonderful stay at Fiddle Hill. The kids loved hanging out with Bob, the dog, and riding the pony, and we loved the peacefulness.

Carmen, Bristol

We had the most incredible stay at Fiddle Hill Cottage. Bill reinforced our intention to build a food smoker at last - the best food really is worth waiting for! Sukie’s cooking was 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 and a friend for Bob the dog.

Brian, Glasgow

Fiddle Hill Cottage is the most amazing place we have stayed. Sukie and Bill have created this precious place with such detail and excellence. The tranquil setting of a pond, birds and roaming Scottish Borders hills make it a perfect get away for relaxation. The cottage is amazing with such luxurious detail, the best comfortable bed we have ever slept on, cosy log burner to enjoy with a we galss of wine and even better the dog was welcome. On arrival there was homemade scones, bread, jam, onsite eggs from Sukie and Bills chickens. Fiddle Hill Cottage is a little bit of Heaven on earth.

Julie & stuart, Scottish borders

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.

Stephen, Glasgow

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The neighbourhood

The house is on a smallholding in the heart of the Scottish Borders, with Border abbeys, towns and museums within easy reach; for walkers, the Borders Abbey Way is a quarter of a mile from the house. Hawick, three miles away, has a history dating back to the 12th century and is famous for its cashmere. Here you’ll find traditional butcheries, bakeries and a fishmonger, as well as supermarkets, restaurants and pubs.

Local points of interest from Sukie Barber

  • Excellent bird watching, wildlife and wild flowers on the croft and on Fiddle Hill behind the cottage. Walks from the door in every direction and electric bikes. Ponds great for wildlife right in front of the cottage, deer, fox badger, hares, owls, moorhen
  • Borders Abbey Way is 1/4 mile from Fiddle Hill, with or without your dog and it can join up with St. Cuthberts Way taking you all the way to Lindisfarne. Free pick you up at the end of your days walking. Brilliant walking in every direction from the door.
  • Abbotsford House home of Sir Walter Scott and with a good restaurant and lovely gardens. Ruined abbeys in Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh.
  • Mid way between 7 Stanes mountain biking at Glentres near Innerleithen and Newcastleton and really good road cycling for example through the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys.
  • Horse racing and Common Ridings in all the local towns throughout the summer season.
  • Lots of great hills to climb - Rubbislaw, the Eildons and many more.


Sukie Barber

Sukie and Bill Barber ran a restaurant with rooms in the Scottish Highlands for more than 25 years. They moved to The Borders five years ago and turned their current home into a smallholding, on which they have built Fiddle Hill Cottage. They’ve won many awards over the years for their food and still provide occasional memorable meals for special occasions. Bill runs smoking and foraging courses – ask him about joining in, or Sukie about cooking lessons. They are very proud of what they have created at Fiddle Hill Cottage and have an admirable commitment to sustainability – even offering free pick up (and drop off) from Tweedbank station.