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The Green House - luxury eco log cabin Scotland

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Vernon's review of The Green House
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The Green House - sleeps 4 plus baby

Beautifully designed eco holiday home in quiet countryside with lovely views.

How pleasing it is to know that we can enjoy a holiday in wonderful comfort, warmth and luxury, with beautiful views and indulgent treats, while at the same time feeling happy that we're making less of a footprint here than we would have if we'd stayed at home...perhaps we should be really kind to the planet and take a permanent holiday here...

Mark and Verity Tuckwood have made a dream eco home on their smallholding in the heart of the Scottish Borders, giving us the opportunity to indulge in a fantastically green, responsible holiday. The Green House is a far cry from an old-fashioned log cabin holiday in Scotland. I'm not knocking log cabins in Scotland - there are some absolutely wonderful old-style cabins in stunning locations - but this is something a bit different, quite individual and definitely very special.

First impressions - the house is attractive and stylish; the warm, amber coloured larch cladding and the pinks, greens and browns of the sedum roof are pleasing to the eye; functional eco equipment such as solar panels are discreetly hidden; attractive decking and an enclosed garden are perfect for outdoor play and relaxation.

It dawns on us as soon as we arrive that all of the benefits of the Good Life await us, but with none of the effort; all we have to do is to enjoy the experience. Divested of all our clobber in the well designed and practical hall, we are greeted by a truly wonderful array of welcome goodies, including home made cake and toiletries, all as local as can be. An additional selection of tasty treats (with honesty box) will be appreciated with enthusiasm throughout our stay. Someone really has put in the hard work on our behalf, making lovely crab apple schnapps, delicious ginger cake and a selection of unusual and tasty preserves.

Relaxing in the living room (warm oak floors and doors, fresh green decor, chic, attractive '70s style furniture) we find out that Passiv Haus technology does work. Even on cold and frosty mornings we don't need the stove to be cosy warm, although it still feels good to have the flames glowing brightly through the glass on occasion. Through the tall picture windows there is always some kind of wildlife to watch - horses in the nearby field, Shetland sheep in shades of brown, cream and grey, myriad varieties of birds, red squirrels and early or late in the day, deer straying from the nearby woods to graze.

For the ultimate eco friendly, responsibly sourced souvenirs to take home, there is no need to go far when we can buy tasty lamb reared here on the smallholding, pure undyed wool from the Shetland sheep and lots of the other goodies that we've tried during our stay. I am so pleased that we've been able to enjoy a brilliant, relaxing holiday while at the same time feeling that we've been kind to the planet in many small but significant ways.

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Further details about this accommodation

The Green House is a low carbon holiday cottage that combines ground breaking eco-credentials with luxury and comfort, finished to a very high standard, using sustainable hardwoods throughout. Heating is provided by the wood-burning stove, augmented by electric panel heaters in the bedrooms. Because of the design, this is more than sufficient to keep the Green House warm, even in the depths of winter.

The layout is modern and flexible. The tiled entrance porch, ideal for dealing with muddy walking gear, provides access to a large cloakroom / WC and into the central hallway. One half of the accommodation is a large open plan living room, comprising well-equipped kitchen, dining and sitting areas.
The well-laid out kitchen includes an electric hob and oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge and separate freezer in addition to kettle, toaster and all the usual pots, pans and utensils.
The vaulted roof and full height picture windows make this light and airy room, whilst the wood burning stove and triple glazing work to keep out the chill.
The other side of the corridor is comprised of a double bedroom and a twin room with zip-and-link beds that can be also be made into a double room. Both have large integrated wardrobes.
Between the bedrooms lies the bathroom, comprising a white suite with a shower above the bath.

Additional facilities include a telephone for incoming and local outgoing calls, Wifi, LCD TV with Freeview, DVD player, ipod-dock music system and digital radio.
All fuel and bed linen is provided.

Lockable bike shed.

Our top 5 things to see and do while staying at The Green House
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, Jedburgh, 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 The magnificent Bowhill Estate is just down the road; both the Georgian mansion and extensive grounds are open to the public with beautiful woodland walks and an adventure playground. The Estate's own ‘Little Theatre' hosts excellent drama and music performances throughout the year. The historic houses of Traquair and Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford are also nearby as well as the elegant Borders Abbeys.
hotel The British Horse Society and Scottish Natural Heritage together with the Buccleuch Estates and local farmers and landowners have developed the Buccleuch Country Ride, a 3-4 day ride over 57 miles through beautiful Scottish scenery on tracks, bridleways and quiet country roads. Tthere is a riding centre located next to Bowhill.
hotel The Cross Keys in Ettrickbridge (within walking distance of the house) is a great local pub offering good food. Further afield The Woll in Ashkirk is as well regarded for its food as for its golf. The Waterwheel café at Philiphaugh and the Glen Café at St Mary's Loch are also well worth a visit.