Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Pet Friendly
If you’re looking for a cottage in a secluded location with its own valley then Fairnielees is a wonderful escape for you. It’s a 3-bedroom property, with an enclosed garden, surrounded by fields, trees, little streams and the sky! It’s family-friendly, dog-friendly and even horse-friendly. Walks from the door.
Fairnielees is an excellent base for exploring the Scottish Borders, Northumberland, the Lothians and, of course, Edinburgh (only 30-40 minutes drive).
Please note that the cottage is accessed via a farm track. Spring to autumn stays are possible with any vehicle. In the winter, 4×4 vehicles are highly recommended (if not essential) so please get in touch to book dates from December to February.
Fairnielees is a generously proportioned, detached cottage, about 3/4 of a mile away from the main farm location. It was renovated in 2023 and you’ll find beautiful interiors and furniture throughout. The cottage is extremely peaceful and has excellent broadband and WiFi (100-150 mbps).
kitchen & dining
The main door is at the rear of the property, entering via a porch and boot room to the large kitchen-dining room. The well-equipped kitchen has an oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, and all of cookware, serveware and glassware you could need. There is also a laundry nook with a washing machine.
The kitchen also has a wooden dining table which comfortably seats 6 guests.
living room, sun room & office
Beyond the kitchen, you’ll find a large living room with two big, comfy sofas and a smart TV (freesat for live TV and excellent broadband for catch-up TV). The room is painted in a cocooning blue shade (Selvedge, Farrow & Ball).
Sliding glass doors reveal the south-facing sun room which is an incredibly calming space. This room is all about the surrounding views of the garden, the valley and hills beyond. There is a card and board games table with 6 chairs, or you may prefer the comfy sofa and armchairs for lazy afternoons.
Also off the living-room you’ll find a large office which is ideal for anyone having a working holiday. The office room is painted in a gorgeous green, with large desk and plenty of light from the landscape window and desk lighting. There is also a sofa bed in this room.
bedrooms & bathrooms
Upstairs you’ll find two airy bedrooms – one is a twin room, the other can be set up as a king or twin room. Both rooms have chests of drawers for clothes storage as well as shared hanging space on the landing. There is also a downstairs bedroom with a superking bed, a large wardrobe and tall chest of drawers.
The bathroom is downstairs, with a bath/shower, wc and basin.
Note that we can provide a travel cot and high chair if needed.
The holiday cottage has an enclosed garden for your use. You’ll also be able to play on our tennis court, and of course you have full access to outstanding walk and cycle routes on the farm.
holiday cottage gallery
Fantastic cottage. Quite remote...you have beautiful walks from the front doorstep and that’s what we wanted. Plus there is a hotel 1 mile down the hill. Absolutely spotless with a really well equipped kitchen. We would definitely come back! Thank you Jo.Nicola - House on the Hill - May 2021
We had a lovely break at House on the Hill. I stayed there with my wife and two boys (7 and 12). It was very reassuring at this time that the cottage was immaculately clean and that so many steps were taken to ensure our safety. The House on the Hill was much more spacious than we expected...the perfect cottage for our needs for our short break. Also, Jo replied very promptly with detailed instructions for our stay. We would definitely return and couldn’t recommend Jo’s cottage highly enough - the only thing that wasn’t great was the weather!Grant - House on the Hill - October 2020
Well appointed and stylishly designed cottage. Would definitely recommend to friends or to return myself.Seb - Berry Hill - December 2020
Perfect place for a break, we used for a family getaway and will be visiting again in the future. Cannot recommend Jo and the cottages highly enough!James - Little House on the Hill - August 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It is very spacious and cosy at the same time, and very clean. It was the ideal base to explore the Borders, and the coast isn't far away. Ideal spot for families.David - Berry Hill - October 2020
Really enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage. It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for our 3 night stay. Great rural location but close enough to Melrose, Kelso and other border towns for a day trip. Some beautiful scenery in that part of the world. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this cottage for a family break.Claire - Berry Hill - September 2021
prices & availability
We will release the full booking calendar with pricing for Fairnielees in Spring 2023. In the meantime, we are happy to take bookings if you get in touch directly. Fairnielees is open from late March until end October each year (and over the winter if you have a 4×4 vehicle!).
Please note, if you are booking alongside other cottages, that Fairnielees is approximately 1/2 mile from the other Hillhouse Farm Escapes cottages.