Self-catering holiday cottage rental accommodation
in the Scottish Borders
Cleuchhead is a former shepherd's cottage surrounded by fields and woodland overlooking a small loch in Liddesdale, one of the most romantic and upspoilt valleys in Southern Scotland. It is part of Shaws Farm which has another highly recommended cottage, The Roughley a couple of miles to the west. It is set back from a small road that loops round the farm, and has its own drive of about 200 yards, the nearest neighbour is a quarter of a mile away.
As the photographs show, the cottage is spacious inside, and has been beautifully restored, retaining all its original charm with modern comfort.
There's a small enclosed walled front garden, ideal for small children. The cottage stands beside Crow Syke, a small stream which flows into the loch. The loch is stocked with trout (children should be supervised) – photographs further down this page.
The farm has a pedigree flock of North Country Cheviot sheep and a herd of Aberdeen angus cattle. Deer are often seen from the cottage, in fact the whole area has a flourishing natural history, and is a wonderful place in which to walk and explore.
Liddesdale is part of the 11 percent left in the UK where there is no light pollution in the night sky - so bring your telescope - and watch the stars - though beware of long light summer evenings and clouds!
Left and right;
Ground floor main bedroom (King-size double bed) with adjacent bathroom (the bath has a shower over).
Views through the trees out over the loch (fishing available in season - photographs further down this page).
Below left and right;
Ground floor double bedroom (King-size double bed) with adjacent bathroom (the bath has a shower attachment)
Below left; Ground floor single bedroom. Below middle and right; Upstairs bedrooms, one twin, one single.
The Sitting Room has a solid fuel stove, television, books and games, and big comfortable sofas and is next to the Kitchen/Dining room.
Kitchen and Dining Room:
Kitchen/Dining Room has windows on three sides, and has
- Electric cooker
- Washing machine
- Dining tablefor 8
The cottage is behind the trees at the far end of the loch.
Read the Visitors' Comments from Cleuchhead Guest Book here...
Below; Trout caught by guests at Cleuchhead in 2007
Prices range from about £360 to about £575 per week.
For up-to-date availability and online booking please see:
Availability and Bookings for Cleuchhead (- opens a new tab in your browser)
Electricity, coal and oil-fired Central heating are NOT included in the price.
Linen available to hire.
To enquire or to book:
Emma and Toby Tennants' agents at:
Availability and Bookings for Cleuchhead. (- opens a new tab in your browser)
Tel: 01665 830783, or
Tel: 01665 830902
Fax: 01665 830071
(or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1665 830783, or
Tel: 44 1665 830902
Fax: 44 1665 830071)
Right: Sitting room mantlepiece.
The Scottish Borders
Cleuchhead is an ideal base from which to explore the magnificent country and many historic towns and buildings of the Borders:
Hermitage Castle under 10 minutes drive
see Hermitage Castle page
Newcastleton, 6 miles with shops, tennis courts, pubs and two restaurants.
Hawick, 15miles. Centre of the knitwear industry. Museums and many mill shops.
Langholm, 15 miles. Many tweed mills and shops.
Jedburgh, 20 miles. Queen Mary's House, Abbey, and interesting shops.
Carlisle, 30 miles. Railway station Inter-city trains 3 1/4 hours from London.
Edinburgh, 70 miles via A7 or A68.
Houses open to the public within driving distance include: Cragside and Wallington in Northumberland, and Bowhill and Floors Castle in Roxburghshire.