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Dignity and Time, Scottish Borders self catering luxury cottages

number of bedrooms8/8+2   free wifi pet friendly hotel
Weekly season prices Low £950 Mid £1,100 High £1,300 New Year £1,700
Short break prices (2-5 nights) Low £618+ Mid £715+ High £845+ New Year £1,105+
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Dignity (sleeps 8 + cot)   Time (sleeps 8 + 2 + cot)


Vernon's review of Dignity and Time
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Dignity and Time Scottish Borders cottages, each sleeps 8

Two beautifully converted traditional stone barns set in 2,000 acres of farmland in a tranquil valley in the Scottish Borders.

Birdsong delivered with abandon, the busy hum of an insect, the gentle rustle of leaf on leaf – these are the only sounds I hear as I bask in the late spring sunshine in the neat, secluded garden of Dignity in a beautiful valley in the Scottish Borders. Until recently a traditional Borders stone barn, Dignity is now a very comfortable and stylish holiday home set in a perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the farm's 2,000 acres and the rolling green hills which stretch as far as the eye can see.

Curiosity about the names Dignity and Time (her sister cottage, a second converted barn sits 40 yards away) first drew my attention to these lovely holiday homes, imagining that it might be a statement of intent on the part of the owners which struck a chord in one who rarely sits still and whose mind is often buzzing. In fact Dignity is named after the Elliots' prized ram and Time after their Aberdeen Angus bull, but the sentiment remains in the names and we have found both here.

On first entering our cottage we were met by the welcoming sight of a vast, airy open plan living area filled with natural light and beautifully decorated in lovely muted, natural colours and fabrics and after slipping off shoes discovered warm, solid wood underfoot. The stove was easy to light, intensifying the cosy feeling and soon we were sinking into the luxury of leather and tweed and gratefully munching on some of the thoughtfully provided welcome fare while enjoying the views - of the farm, the long valley and the hills beyond - from the windows on all sides. Later we would discover that the level of luxury and comfort extends throughout the house, with beds so comfortable that we all slept exceptionally well, gleaming luxury slate-floored bathrooms to pamper ourselves in and a kitchen fit for a professional chef.

The Scottish Borders are often overlooked by holiday makers heading further north to the better known Highlands but undeservedly so. The countryside here is just as stunning and rich in wildlife and history and I urge anyone who hasn't yet visited here to come and explore the wild moorland, breathtaking views, vast forests, lush green river valleys and stunning white beaches. What's more a mere thirty mile, pleasant drive takes us to Edinburgh to enjoy a day out in the hustle and bustle of the city.

We have enjoyed the Borders to the full, taking advantage of the well marked footpaths and cycleways to explore the area in a leisurely fashion (the cottages have all the information at hand). Blackhaugh Farm is well placed for visiting several nearby attractive small towns including Selkirk, Melrose, Peebles and Kelso, to explore their shops (cashmere a speciality) and cafes and to learn something about the history of the area. A wonderful day out at Abbotsford by the River Tweed, once the home of Sir Walter Scott, with its impressive rooms, huge library of rare books and glorious gardens inspired evenings spent lost in romantic novels and poetry in the perfect comfort and luxury of Dignity's gorgeous sofas by the warming glow of the wood stove.


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Further details about this accommodation

Both Dignity and Time have been equipped to cater for all your needs and feature modern appliances throughout, including:
ground source under floor heating; washer and dryer; range cooker; 2 door fridge freezer; flatscreen tvs with freeview and dvd players in living and family rooms; highchair and cot; hairdryer in each bedroom; outdoor furniture and barbecue; books/ games/ DVDs; WiFi internet access.
Heating and electricity, linen and towels and firewood are included in rental.

Dignity
Downstairs: living room; open plan kitchen dining family room; utility room; shower room; double ensuite bedroom with four poster.
Upstairs: double ensuite bedroom; twin bedroom; two single bedrooms; family bathroom.

Time
Downstairs: open plan kitchen dining room; utility room; family room; twin bedroom; shower room; separate wc.
Upstairs: double ensuite bedroom; two twin bedrooms; family bathroom; mezzanine studio with double sofa bed.

Catering services are available on request.
Homemade meals can be delivered fresh and the freezer can be stocked with home food.
Housekeeping services are available on a daily basis.
Babysitters: we have 2 very reliable and experienced babysitters.
Dogs are welcome for an extra charge of £30 each and may sleep in utility areas (they must not be allowed in bedrooms or left in the cottages unattended).



Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at Dignity or Time
hotel There is a wide variety of walking options, from local town walks (leaflets available), to ranger-led forest walks (all year) and long distance hikes including the Border Abbeys Way, a 64 mile circular route linking Kelso, Jedburh, Denholm, Selkirk, Melrose and Hawick and taking in four 12th century abbeys; St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne and the Southern Upland Way. A six mile walk near Selkirk takes you past the Three Brethren 16th century cairns.
hotel The 4 Abbeys Cycle Route is a 55 mile circular route taking in the same four abbeys at Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. Tourist Information Centres stock an excellent, comprehensive guide which gives includes simple but detailed information about the route with maps and photographs as well as background historical information. The route can be broken into shorter stages if you prefer not to do it all at once.
self catering Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott is an impressive and attractive stately home and has an excellent purpose built modern visitor centre with restaurant and shop. The four ruined abbeys are not to be missed (Sir Walter Scott was buried at Dryburgh and the heart of Robert the Bruce at Melrose). Floors Castle, by the river Tweed at Kelso and home to the Duke of Roxburghe is spectacular.
hotel Jedforest Deer and Farm Park, Jedburgh provides an interesting day out for young families, with extensive outdoor and indoor playgrounds, walks, rare breeds, falconry, cafe and shop.The Trimontium Heritage Centre at Melrose has museum displays with Roman artifacts and takes guided tours (starting from the museum) of the Three Hills Place Romano-British community in the Eildon Hills one mile from the town.
hotel Moondogs Cafe and Art Gallery in Galashiels is open 0930-1800 Monday to Saturday and does truly wonderful coffee, hot snacks and baking. For a locally brewed pint, great local pub food and often live music, go to the Gordon Arms in Selkirk. For fine dining, the outstanding Windlestraw Lodge at Walkerburn, just 5 miles from the cottages, has its own gardens and greenhouses, uses only the finest local ingredients inlcuding seafood direct from Eyemouth and organic free range meat from local farms.