Highfield House

Sleeps 8 + 2 | Bedrooms 4 | Pet Friendly


Highfield House is the largest property at Hillhouse Farm Escapes. With 4 bedrooms, the house sleeps 8 guests with and the possibility of adding 2 extra children in camp beds. There are four roomy bedrooms, three bath/shower rooms, a downstairs WC, a huge lounge, a large sit-in kitchen seating up to 10, a utility room, and a further annex kitchen/dining/living space.

This stone-built cottage was originally one of the farm’s shepherd’s quarters, though it’s had a bit of an upgrade in the years since! The most recent renovation was completed in 2022.

Guests will find the cottage extremely cosy as well as well-equipped for family or group. Highfield House can also be rented as 2 separate cottages: Highfield and Herniecleugh.

This is a wonderful house to stay in if you’re looking for a rural setting, within a mile of a local pub. We are also dog-friendly (and horse-friendly by arrangement) with limitless walks across Hillhouse Farm. You can also make use of our tennis court which has fabulous views south – we have rackets you can borrow if needed! It’s also an excellent base for exploring the Scottish Borders, Northumberland, the Lothians and, of course, Edinburgh.


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the details

the space

Highfield House is a generously proportioned detached cottage. It’s built from beautiful local stone and dates back to the 1800s. The house is really cosy and has WiFi throughout.

kitchen & living room

The front door opens into the large living space. You’ll find modern, country interiors, two comfy sofas, an armchair and a smart TV. There is also a round table and chairs which gives you extra space – for board games or cards, perhaps!

The kitchen itself is extremely well-equipped. There is a range cooker, a big fridge and a freezer – ideal for a larger group. You’ll also have a microwave, dishwasher and all of the crockery, cutlery, glassware and utensils you could need.

The large, oak dining table seats 6-10 guests (extension leaf available).

In the short corridor between the living area and kitchen, you’ll find a downstairs loo and cloakroom area. The house benefits from a laundry room with a washing machine, a tumble dryer and an iron.

bedrooms & bathrooms

Upstairs, you’ll find four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a further shower room in the downstairs annex area (see below). The master bedroom has a king-size bed, plenty of clothes storage for longer stays and a new en-suite shower room. The second bedroom is a twin room. The spacious family bathroom has a bath with shower, WC and sink. We can provide an additional camp bed if required as well as a travel cot.


There is a second stair providing access to a downstairs annex, as well as the back door of the property. The annex provides guests with an additional living space, as well as a second kitchen area.

outside spaces

The holiday house has an extensive garden for your use – please note that it is not contained. There are two outside seating areas, one at the front of the house and one at the rear. 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.

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eating out

If you don’t fancy cooking during your stay, there is a perfect option about a mile from the house in Carfraemill hotel. We also provide guests with lots of recommendations for other places to eat in the local area.

walking, cycling & tennis from the door

Hillhouse Farm Escapes is the perfect place to stay in a holiday cottage if you’re looking for an abundance of landscapes and fresh air. You’ll be able to walk and mountain bike across our upland farm, Hillhouse, which has lots of excellent tracks. Beyond that, you can head into the Lammermuir Hills. In 2021, we installed a new, professional-grade tennis court, which has an incredible view! Guests in all of our cottages can make use of the tennis court throughout their stay.

family-friendly facilities

If you are travelling with small children and babies, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. For example, would you like a travel cot and high chair? We have children’s cutlery and crockery if needed too. Your little ones will love to explore the farm – there are safe walks to see our sheep. You will also find small streams for paddling in, skimming stones, playing pooh sticks and splashing!

a dog-friendly cottage

We are very happy for guests to bring one, well-behaved dog with them to the holiday cottage. Please let us know if you plan to do this. We will also consider a second dog, though please note we charge a small fee for additional pets. We ask that you always clean muddy paws and coats before coming into the cottage, and that dogs are not allowed upstairs or on any furniture. There are excellent walks, and we ask that you please keep your dog on its lead through our sheep fields. During lambing (April/May), we ask that you avoid the lambing fields where possible – there are lots of fields without livestock in them too!

take your horse on holiday

For those who like to take their horse on holiday, this is a great place to stay. Hillhouse Farm is a 1500-acre upland sheep farm giving you direct access to outstanding riding routes including farm tracks and open fields, with incredible views for miles around. Those looking for ride-outs beyond the farm can easily access the Lammermuir Hills with breathtaking landscapes across heather-covered moorland routes. Horses and ponies are able to stay in paddocks – it is essential that you discuss this with us at the time of booking. We charge a fee per horse for stays.


our guestbook

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

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 have just spent 3 nights at this lovely cosy cottage. Full of character. Very clean and well equipped. A perfect base to explore the area. Jo was very attentive and a great host. Nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend.

Amanda - Little House on the Hill - October 2020

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
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