The Green House

Scottish Borders
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Family-friendly eco-escape in the Scottish Borders bathed in comfort and peace. Great walking and cycling from the doorstep


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This showcase green home sits on the edge of the village of Ettrickbridge with beautiful views to the hills. The owner’s home, past the Shetland sheep, is a few yards away but fencing and hedging ensure privacy.

Clad in glowing larch, its sedum roof changes colour with the seasons, the solar panels are hidden by the foliage and the heat-exchange system is so sophisticated central heating isn’t required. It’s a restful, light-filled, very comfortable one-storey house, with oak doors and flooring, triple-glazed windows, wood-burner and games. From the rocking chair in the huge picture window of the lounge you can see heaps of wildlife – use the binoculars and log your sightings in the wildlife diary.

The large secure shed is useful for storing fishing gear, bikes and outdoor kit. There’s an orchard with free-ranging hens, a deck and your own grassy garden. Walks and cycle rides start from the door, and you can take a day trip to Edinburgh on the scenic Borders railway.

Cosy lounge with a modern log burner

We think you'll love

  • The building's green credentials and hidden technology
  • The cool appearance and design
  • Watching for wildlife through the windows
The lounge looking out on the horses in the neighbouring field

You should know

  • The nearest shop is seven miles away


  • 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

Check in
From 3pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
By 10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
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


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £520
Damage deposit
£200 in cash or cheque
1 Cottage for 4
From £753 beds2 bedrooms


We enjoyed an excellent stay at The Green House making use of its great location, both for exploring the surrounding countryside and simply relaxing in its peaceful and tranquil setting. This was perfect for everything we wanted. The property is exceptionally well-maintained and provides a great space to eat and relax in. We were very interested and impressed with its sustainability credentials, given it was October the house was warm enough at all times and endless supplies of hot water all from an eco-friendly base.

Graham, Whitley Bay

We enjoyed a very relaxing week in the Green House. The hosts were friendly and helpful ensuring we had everything we needed. A warm and comfortable house, lovely walking right from the door and many a scenic drive to the local towns and villages. We look forward to visiting again in the not too distant future.

David, Norfolk

My wife and I really enjoyed our week's stay in the Green House. Apart from the house itself, which is as near perfect as one will find, the locality and outlook are delightful and uncrowded. We were very lucky as the weather was sunny, warm and cloudless every day bar one. Verity is a charming host and unobtrusively ensured that we had all we needed and provided some delicious home made goodies as well. Thoroughly recommended.

Richard, Guildford

We have now stayed at The Green House twice. Both time's have met any expectations that we may of had for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. It is a lovely holiday home and Verity and Mark are welcoming hosts. We look forward to a return visit to rest and relax again. Lovely countryside and walks straight from the door. We recommend.

Jean, Darlington UK

A relaxing place to stay , well equipped and comfortable with extra touches, in a beautiful location for cycling, walking and enjoying the attractions locally.

sarah, wigton

Thank you for a peaceful and relaxing week.

N, H and A, E. Sussex

Thank you Verity and Mark for sharing your lovely house with us. We have enjoyed exploring the glorious Scottish Borders and walking over the hills, through forests and along river banks.

Mike and Myrtle

This was a perfect holiday. The cottage was excellent, with everything you could possibly want from a holiday home. The cottage is designed along ecologically sustainable lines, but with all of the creature comforts that you look for on holiday. The surrounding area is beautiful with some excellent walking opportunities, both along the river valley and up into the local hills. If you enjoy the outdoors and you enjoy being surrounded by nature then this is for you. Forgot to mention the excellent home made Black Currant jam, the local grapes and the eggs were all part of the welcome package.

Linda, Macclesfield

Simply a fantastic place to stay! This amazing cottage has everything. It's comfortable, modern, extremely well equipped, environmentally friendly, has great views of the surrounding countryside and is set in a beautiful valley. The owners are very friendly, helpful and the welcome of homemade biscotti and jam was very thoughtful. I heartily recommend it to anyone who looking for a peaceful retreat with great access to the surrounding hills for walking, road cycling or mountain biking. We shall return.


Beautiful house with lots of personal touches and lovely hosts.


We visited The Green House for one week together with our two sons. We enjoyed it every minute, it is a very pleasant house and very quiet. It felt like home-coming in a warm bath. The Scottish Borders are magnificent and the family is very sympathetic and warm. There is also plenty to do like hiking, mountain biking, flyfishing or even a day to Edinburgh. We can absolutely recommend a stay!


Aesthetically pleasing, well appointed house in a beautiful setting with chickens, lambs, horses and hills in view. A great example of an innovative, low energy, sustainable holiday house. The owners were happy to discuss and explain the eco design and technology involved. They welcomed us with home-made cake, marmalade and crab-apple schnapps! We were also able to buy their delicious home-produced lamb. We thoroughly enjoyed our very comfortable stay and exploring the historic places of interest and scenic routes nearby.


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The neighbourhood

The Green House is in Ettrickbridge Village, which has a pub serving good food; Selkirk, a 15-minute drive, has the nearest shops. Within 30 minutes there are Walter Scott's Abbotsford and visitor centre, Bowhill, a Georgian mansion with a great playground, mountain biking at Glentress and golf at Selkirk; fishing is available at Ettrick Water. Visit Melrose - home of the internationally famous Rugby Sevens Tournament as well as some great shopping, and historic Hawick - famed for its high-quality cashmere.

Local points of interest from Verity Tuckwood

  • From the doorstep there are numerous walks of all levels in stunning scenery. You can walk for miles in peace and tranquility and not see a soul, except for maybe a sheep or two!
  • From the comfort of the rocking chair in the huge picture window of the lounge you can see a multitude of wildlife. Use the binoculars and log your sightings in our wildlife diary. Sightings include roe deer, a red squirrel and a variety of garden birds.
  • Visit the characterful Border towns like Melrose - home of the internationally famous Rugby Sevens Tournament as well as some great shopping; and historic Hawick - famed for its high-quality knitwear, specialising in luxurious cashmere.
  • Some of the finest salmon and trout fishing in the world can be found on the rivers Tweed and Ettrick right on your doorstep! We provide a shed to store your gear and a freezer for your catch.
  • Road cyclists and mountain bikers will be in heaven with rides from the doorstep as well as Glentress just half an hour’s drive away. The valley has hosted Tour of Britain stages in the past and road cycle events take place regularly.
  • The historic houses of Traquair and Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford are nearby as well as the the elegant Border Abbeys and the splendid country estate of Bowhill with a great adventure playground for children.


Verity Tuckwood

Verity and her family, keen to create a house that reflected the beautiful natural surroundings and protected the local environment, called in an architect specialising in green design. Their passion for sustainability extends beyond the building - they grow veg and fruit, and keep native honey bees, hens, and rare breed sheep and pigs; the produce is often for sale. They also have a range of knitting yarn, scarves and throws made from their own sheep's wool, which you can buy too.