We are so delighted with our beautiful Shepherd Huts.

We hope that you will be too!

please scroll down for more information about the huts and local info and map

Lovingly handcrafted to the highest specification, using mainly reclaimed materials the Upland Shepherd Huts are quite simply beautiful.

Insulated with sheep's wool they are cool in the summer and kept cosy in the winter with a wood burning stove.  Both huts have en-suite shower rooms with plenty of hot water and state of the art eco loos. Environmentally friendly and "off grid" they are powered by solar panels. There is enough energy made to power the internal lights, fire up the  boiler and charge a mobile phone. You may however, have to walk to the top of the hill to get a signal!

Comfort is of the utmost. The huts are furnished and finished to an extremely high standard. Crisp white egyptian cotton bedding and towels from The White Company. Feather and down pillows and duvets and luxurious woollen throws from Lovat Mill.

A complimentary "nip" of whisky and some bottled water plus essentials such as tea, coffee and sugar are supplied.

We have chickens who are very free range unless the foxes have helped themselves, they will no doubt come and visit you. Shoo them away if you would rather they left you alone! We also have 3 friendly dogs. 2 small lurchers ( father and daughter) and a labrador. 

Do bring wellies or stout walking boots so that you can truly explore this beautiful valley. There are maps in the huts.  Please also bring any camping equipment you feel you can't live without. We no longer provide gas stoves. If you have one that you are used to using do bring it with you.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The water supply to the huts has been passed as safe to drink. If you prefer bottled water we will provide it for you and there is a constant help yourself supply by the farmhouse.

In the winter months the water supply to the huts may occasionally freeze and we will not take bookings.

If the bottled gas for the showers runs out let us know we have spares. Occasionally things don't work. Off grid living is sensitive. Again please tell us 99.9% of the time we are able to fix it  but we can't fix it if we don't know!

The Huts are OFF GRID = No mains electricity - No your hairdryer won't work.  The lights in the huts are powered by batteries that are charged by solar panels. The power therefore is not limitless. If you have the lights on constantly for 6 hours the batteries will go flat. We provide lanterns in the huts. Please also use these as much as possible especially in the darker months. Flat batteries = no hot shower! 

There is NO WIFI - You are welcome to use the farmhouse WIFI if you are desperate.

The nearest shop is in Duns 8 miles away. There is a Supermarket, Chemist, Butcher, Baker, Police Station, Doctors Surgery and small Cottage Hospital.


THIS IS A VERY RURAL AREA.

At lambing time the sheep population over the estate and neighbouring  farms can sometimes exceed 10,000 therefore we are sorry but we have a very strict NO DOGS POLICY.

Please follow the country code.

There is pheasant shooting nearby on the estate when in seasonand also the local Hunt sometimes exercise their hounds here, occasionally passing close to the Shepherd Huts. (Hounds are very friendly but really not interested in people but will be interested in your sandwiches!)  


WHICH HUT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

The Gardener's Hut sits next to our house in an elevated position with fabulous southerly views. It is not overlooked. It is south facing  and very peaceful and can be a fabulous sun trap. 

The Woodman's Hut is situated 90m away from the house. You have to walk to it from the gravel parking area before the farm buildings, It can be very muddy underfoot. It has a wonderful sense of solitude and views through the trees and down to the river and diagonally across the valley to the west. It gets morning and evening sun in the winter months and all day in the summertime.

GETTING HERE - TD11 3TX

Easily accessible, yet hidden away, the Hamlet of Abbey Saint Bathans is a very special place, consisting of: Abbey Saint Bathans House and Old Manse, a cluster of estate houses, a large sheep farm, a little restaurant, a woodyard, village hall an old church and a telephone box! 

The River Whiteadder (A tributary to the World Famous River Tweed) flows through the valley and The Southern Upland Way and The Sir Walter Scott Way pass through the village.

Under 1 hours very easy drive from Edinburgh and 25 mins to the nearest East Coast Mainline train station in Dunbar or Berwick Upon Tweed. 15 minutes on a single track road from the A1.

The Old Kirk at Abbey Saint Bathans   http://abbeykirk.com/  can be hired out for private functions, weddings and civil ceremonies. A beautiful venue bordering the river. Plenty of room for a good sized marquee.

Please do ask for details.