Bed and Breakfast
B&B accommodation with one bedroom
A retreat in the Scottish Borders.
Ici, on parle Français.
Peaceful, secluded, and central for exploring Southern Scotland.
Innerleithen: 10 miles
Peebles: 17 miles
Melrose: 21 miles
M74 motorway: 25 miles
Edinburgh: 60 mins
Kagyu Samye Ling: 25 mins
Hartleap is set off a small road in a garden made by Lindsay Lewis and her partner Kevin MacLean who warmly welcome guests to stay for bed and breakfast. It's a real retreat, perfect for writers, artists or anyone with romantic sensibilities to come and connect with the landscape and tranquility.
The roads through the central part of Southern Scotland, through the valleys of the tributaries of the River Tweed, are some of the quietest and most lovely in all of Scotland. These ancient hills with gentle slopes are inhabited by shy flocks of wild goats and barely visible sheep. The Southern Upland Way is just 3 miles from the house but you can walk anywhere over these hills and the sense of peace is profound. Skylarks still sing high above the grasslands, heather and bracken.
Yet it's also accessible and central for exploring Southern Scotland from East to West coasts. Edinburgh, the great houses, castles and abbeys of the Borders are within an hour's drive, and Hartleap is close to the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the West, Kagyu Samye Ling, whose beautifully coloured temple and stupas nestle in a valley less than 25 minutes away.
Lindsay has an arts background and Kevin is a photographer, and they are both happy to advise on visits to galleries and cultural centres. Kevin is also a keen cyclist and this area has some of the best mountain biking in Scotland including the world-class 7 Stanes mountain biking trails and great road cycling.
So stay at Hartleap and relax in the immediate surroundings, or travel about. As you wish. As Lindsay says, "It's as private as your own self-catering holiday, only we do the catering!".
Hartleap has one double bedroom with its own shower-room en suite.
The sitting room (right) is for guests' exclusive use at all times, and has satellite television, DVDs, music, comfortable sofas and a wood burning stove for chilly evenings.
The conservatory is a great place to sit and contemplate the garden and Moory Hass, the ever-changing hill opposite.
Shower-room, en suite with shower, basin and wc.
Double bedroom with standard double bed, and view of the garden. You can see the entrance to the shower-room: the curtains on the left.
Tea and coffee making table with home-made shortbread, hairdryer and radio.
Right; Breakfast is served in the dining room.
Lindsay and Kevin have a fantastic organic garden and when strawberries or raspberries are in season they arrive on the table.
Hartleap is meat-free, and Lindsay makes a good hearty breakfast with toast, home-made jams and marmalade, local honey, croissants, fruit, cereals, traditional porridge, fresh coffee and teas, organic eggs, kippers, kedgeree, or smoked salmon with potato scones.
An evening meal can be provided - please ask with plenty of advance notice. Lindsay can offer a meat-free 4 course dinner or a light supper using produce from the garden whenever possible. Or you can find places to eat out within 15 minutes drive.
Guests arriving in the afternoon are greeted with tea and home-made scones and jams.
Lindsay speaks French and has a limited knowledge of Spanish, German and Italian.
Hartleap is open all year except for Christmas and New Year.
The garden and surroundings:
The double bedroom is £72 per night, including breakfast.
Single occupancy is £46, including breakfast.
Well-behaved dogs welcome, but not in the bedroom, and no smoking please.
There is a secure place for mountain bikes in the conservatory.
Right; The bedroom window.
To enquire or to book:
Tel: 01750 82363
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1750 82363
With thanks to Kevin and Lindsay for the external photographs on this page.
Please tell Lindsay and Kevin you found Hartleap through About Scotland!