house on the hill

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Pet Friendly


House on the Hill is the largest holiday cottage here at Hillhouse Farm Escapes. With two roomy bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge lounge (with sofa bed) and large sit-in kitchen, you’ll have plenty of space within which to relax. This stone-built cottages 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 2021.

Guests will find the cottage extremely cosy as well as well-equipped for family or small group. House on the Hill can also be connected to Little House on the Hill, 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. You can also make use of our tennis court which has fabulous views south -don’t forget your racket! 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

House on the Hill 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 renovation in 2021. The living room has two comfy sofas (one a sofa bed), 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 (one en-suite). We can provide additional beds 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 walk and cycle routes on the farm.

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If you don’t fancy cooking during your stay, there is a perfect option about a mile from the house in Carfraemill hotel, which is also owned and managed by Jo.

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 three 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 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!


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

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

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

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

Seb - Berry Hill - December 2020

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

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
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