Self catering

Self-catering rental accommodation sleeping 8-10 Visit Scotland ***
WiFi Broadband access. Lockable storage for shooting parties

Glebe House from the garden

Glebe House
near Jedburgh
The Scottish Borders
Southern Scotland

A charming Scottish Borders country house near Kelso and Jedburgh and Northumberland National Park.

Sleeping 8 - 10.

Golf: Local championship golf courses. The Roxburghe and The Hirsel both within easy reach of Glebe House; as well as all numerous smaller courses to be found by every Scottish Borders town and village. The Freedom of the Fairways Scheme offered by the Scottish Tourist board can include all of these.
Fishing: For game fishing and coarse fishing there are numerous excellent trout lochs and the famous trout and salmon rivers - the Teviot and the Tweed. A local guide can arrange this and tackle hire is available. There is a chest freezer at the house for your trophies!
Shooting: Shooting is available locally if booked in advance. Safe storage in house. Outside caterers can be arranged.
Other activities: mountain biking, horse riding, shopping at local woollen mills and factory cashmere outlets. Art class perhaps? also local. There are literally hundreds of things to do within easy striking distance of Glebe House - Sarah has compiled a detailed list of ideas and information.

Glebe House lies on the edge of Hownam (pronounced "Hoonam") which is a very small village in the midst of some of the most wild and spectacular country in Southern Scotland.

Glebe House was the old manse for Hownam Kirk which is behind the house. Parts are Georgian, with Victorian additions such as the three bay window Dining Room and bedroom above which you can see in the photograph. The large garden has lawns, roses, shrubs and mature trees, and on one side is a tributary of the Tweed, the Kale Water. There's also a Summer House and Bar-B-Que.

The roads are quiet and it is an easy drive to local pubs and restaurants, shops and tourist venues. The local butcher and fishmonger both deliver to Hownam or you may visit the shops personally and select the most delicious fresh produce.

Owner Sarah Fraser-Ballantyne offers Glebe House for self catering rental accommodation for up to 10, (or 11 with the Z bed) and it is available year round, and equally good to stay at in summer or winter. A wonderful house for special occasions, groups of friends, families, weddings and more.

Glebe House is in the midst of walking country: the Pennine Way passes a few miles away, St Cuthbert's Way, Southern Upland Way, the Abbeys Way and the Roman Dere Street, and all around are remote valleys and heather and grass covered hills of the Scottish Borders - a paradise for walkers and nature lovers.

Many guests find that simply staying at Glebe House and reading the books in the extensive library by the fireside, is also a good option!


Bedroom Bathroom Bathroom Bathroom

Left; The three upstairs bathrooms.

Right; Double bedroom. Three windows look over the garden to the hills.

Below left; Twin bedroom (can be double bed).

Below right; Double bedroom with American Colonial 4 poster bed. Bathroom en suite.

* There is a further twin or family bedroom downstairs (2 single - joined make a double - and 2 bunk beds), and wc with basin. Beds have electric blankets. Crib/cot and high chair available on request.

Bedroom Bedroom

Below left; Drawing Room with an open log fire, books, games, hi-fi, satellite TV, VCR.
Below right; Dining Room. The Dining table can extend to seat 16 people.

Dining Room Drawing Room



Fully equipped kitchen with:
Coke fired stove for background warmth,
Cooker with 2 ovens,
Microwave oven,
2 fridge freezers,
Toaster, kettle, etc.,
Washing machine, Tumble Drier,
Iron and ironing board, etc.

Outside catering can be arranged or meals delivered.

  • Open Log and Coal fireplaces in Drawing and Dining rooms.
  • Coal, coke and logs are included.
  • An extra "z" bed available, therefore the house can sleep up to 11.
  • Mountain Biking - many of the local tracks are also suitable for mountain bikes.
  • Outside courtyard there are hoses for washing down wet weather gear.
  • Ample drying areas both indoors and out.


Kale Water, at the bottom of the garden

The Kale Water, at the bottom of the garden.

Glebe House own website for prices and availbility:
View from the beech trees in the garden.

View from the beech trees in the garden.

Bed linen, towels, electricity and central heating included in the price.

The amounts shown in brackets above are for short breaks of 2-4 days. Short breaks are not available during Christmas and new Year.

Usual changeover day is Friday (arrive after 5pm, depart by 10am)

Payment terms: 25% deposit is due at the time of booking. The balance is then due for payment 42 days before the start of the holiday. Should you book less than 42 days before, then the entire sum is required with your reservation form. Please call or email (numbers below) for more details. It is recommended you arrange holiday cancellation insurance.

Visitors' comments:

Drawing of Glebe House

"Thank you for making our weekend so wonderful, you have a beautiful house & gardens, it was so perfect, everyone loved it. We will certainly be visiting again. Many thanks, Alwina & family"
"We have stayed in many different places but we all agree that this is the best! We will be back this time next year to fish again! The Boys!"
"This is my kind of house, friendly, homely and with great log fires and super garden with it's own river! We are planning to walk a little, celebrate my recent operation and enjoy friends around the log fires. We are also using the local caterer to provide our party meal for 16 around the dining table!"
"This really is a family house where you can completely unwind, go for long walks, just curl up with a book by the open fire and chill out."
"We completed St Cuthbert's Way in one week and Glebe House was the perfect base for our energetic group!"
"and the boys swam in the stream shrieking. It's cool - much better than Play Station!"
"Glorious garden .. wish we could grow flowers in Arizona - loved the cool liquid weather."
"not far from anywhere, the roads are narrow but easy driving, we even took day trips as far as Loch Lomond, Edinburgh, Hadrian's Wall."
"We'll definitely be back!"
"Our weekend reunion was brilliant - Glebe House is a great place for it."

To enquire or to book:

View from the Drawing Room window

View from the Drawing Room window.

Please contact:
Sarah Fraser-Ballantyne

Bellenden House
Tweeddale EH43 6BA
Scotland, UK

Tel (Mobile): 07971 522 040
Fax: 01896 870 664
or from outside the UK:
Tel (Mobile): 44 7971 522 040
Fax: 44 1896 870 664

Please tell Sarah you found Glebe House through About Scotland!

Map of the area:

Map of South East Scotland and Northumberland

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