Cleuchhead is a former shepherd's cottage surrounded by fields and woodland overlooking a small loch in Liddesdale, one of the most romantic and upspoilt valleys in Southern Scotland. It is part of Shaws Farm which has another highly recommended cottage, The Roughley a couple of miles to the west. It is set back from a small road that loops round the farm, and has its own drive of about 200 yards, the nearest neighbour is a quarter of a mile away.
As the photographs show, the cottage is spacious inside, and has been beautifully restored, retaining all its original charm with modern comfort.
There's a small enclosed walled front garden, ideal for small children. The cottage stands beside Crow Syke, a small stream which flows into the loch. The loch is stocked with trout (children should be supervised) – photographs further down this page.
The farm has a pedigree flock of North Country Cheviot sheep and a herd of Aberdeen angus cattle. Deer are often seen from the cottage, in fact the whole area has a flourishing natural history, and is a wonderful place in which to walk and explore.
Liddesdale is part of the 11 percent left in the UK where there is no light pollution in the night sky - so bring your telescope - and watch the stars - though beware of long light summer evenings and clouds!
Left and right;
Views through the trees out over the loch (fishing available in season - photographs further down this page).
Below left and right;
Below left; Ground floor single bedroom. Below middle and right; Upstairs bedrooms, one twin, one single.
Kitchen and Dining Room:
Kitchen/Dining Room has windows on three sides, and has
- Electric cooker
- Washing machine
- Dining tablefor 8
Rustic Kitchen, home-produced food
Joyce Forster who lives on the farm, has won many awards at local shows for her Rustic Kitchen baking and preserves. *This year she won the Overall Championship at Newcastleton Show. If you would like to try some of her prize-winning cakes, biscuits, jams or jellies, they can be ordered before you arrive for your holiday. Meat and game is also available from the farm in season. A detailed list will be sent with your booking form.
The cottage is behind the trees at the far end of the loch.
Read the Visitors' Comments from Cleuchhead Guest Book here...
Below; Trout caught by guests at Cleuchhead in 2007
Electricity, coal and oil-fired Central heating are NOT included in the price.
Special offer for the low and intermediate seasons: 20% discount for 2 to 3 people.
To enquire or to book:
Emma and Toby Tennants' agents at:
Tel: 01665 830783, or
Tel: 01665 830902
Fax: 01665 830071
(or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1665 830783, or
Tel: 44 1665 830902
Fax: 44 1665 830071)
Right: Sitting room mantlepiece.
The Scottish Borders
Cleuchhead is an ideal base from which to explore the magnificent country and many historic towns and buildings of the Borders:
Hermitage Castle under 10 minutes drive