Sleeps 4 + 1 | Bedrooms 2 | Pet Friendly


Highfield is one of four holiday cottages here at Hillhouse Farm Escapes. With two roomy bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge lounge and large sit-in kitchen, you’ll have plenty of space within which to relax. 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 small group. Highfield can also be connected to Herniecleugh, extending the property to 4 bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms. The beautiful oak table in the kitchen is big enough to seat everyone!

You’ll have access to walks across Hillhouse Farm, starting right at the door of the holiday cottage (note that we are dog and horse friendly!). 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 is a generously proportioned, semi-detached cottage. It’s built from beautiful local stone and dates back to the 1800s. The cottage 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 following the most recent full renovation in 2021. The living room has two comfy sofas, an armchair, smart TV and coffee table. There is also a round table and chairs which gives you extra space – for board games or cards, perhaps!

En route to the kitchen, you’ll find a downstairs loo and cloakroom area. The kitchen itself is extremely well equipped with a range cooker, big fridge and freezer, microwave, dishwasher and all of the crockery, cutlery, glassware and utensils you could need.

The large, oak dining table is set for 6 guests, and it’s also possible to extend it to fit 10 guests. You’ll find a small laundry room off the kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer and iron.

bedrooms & bathrooms

You’ll find two airy bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs. 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.

outside spaces

The holiday cottage has a garden for your use – please note that it is not contained. 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

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.

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.

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!

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!

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 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

This cottage is an immaculate and beautifully presented property. It is well appointed and equipped; everything from kitchen crockery, bed linen, furniture and showers are tasteful and attractive. We had a comfortable and relaxing stay. It is set in a stunning and peaceful location with hill walks and views literally on your doorstep. It is an ideal base to explore the Scottish Borders from. Visitors are encouraged to explore the farm and it's surroundings - which we did - and as town dwellers walking close to sheep and wildlife was a joy. Jo is a wonderful and friendly host and we can't wait to return.

Jerry - Berry Hill - July 2021

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

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

Well appointed and stylishly designed cottage. Would definitely recommend to friends or to return myself.

Seb - Berry Hill - December 2020

Lovely cosy annexe. Comfortable and very well equipped. Wonderfully warm on cold days. Excellent information folder. Great location with good walks from the property and close to border towns and sights, such as the ruined abbeys. Edinburgh a short drive away. Our dog loved it too!

Andrew - Little House on the Hill - May 2021
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