The Green House
Ettrickbridge, Selkirk, Scotttish Borders, Scotland
- The building's green credentials and hidden technology - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme award.
- The sedum roof creates a bio diverse habitat for insects and other wildlife, bird feeders attract a variety of species.
- Contemporary wood burning stove.
- A water butt harvests rainwater from the roof which is used to water the garden and indoor plants
- The cool appearance and design.
- Watching for wildlife through the windows.
- BBQ and outdoor deck with furniture.
Good To Know
- Shetland sheep, hens and bees are kept by the owners onsite. Honey, eggs, knitting yarn, scarves and throws made from the fleece are available for guests to buy as a lovely reminder of their stay
- High chair and cot available on request
- Babysitting may be arranged on request.
- Parking for three vehicles
- Free unlimited Wi-Fi throughout.
- Being a smallholding, regrettably pets are not permitted.
- Closest shops are in Selkirk, 7 miles away; including a deli, baker and butcher.
- The Cross Keys Inn in Ettrickbridge (within walking distance of the house) is a great local pub offering good food.
- Further afield The Woll in Ashkirk is as well regarded for its food as for its golf
- Visit the Waterwheel café at Philiphaugh or the Glen Café at St Mary's Loch.
- Another good local pub with live music is The Gordon Arms in the Yarrow Valley.
- Take a walk along one of the many scenic routes in the Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys or a guided tour with Border Journeys.
- Meet the local wildlife - many guests simply sit inside in comfort and watch the wide variety of birds at the window feeder. Roe deer and red squirrels have also been spotted from there.
- Some of the finest salmon and trout fishing in the world can be found on the rivers Tweed and Ettrick right on your doorstep!
- Mountain bikers will be in heaven with nearby Glentress and the 7 Stanes just half an hour's drive away.
- Join a factory tour at Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre in Selkirk - a working mill which produces the world‘s largest range of authentic tartans, highland wear and more.
- Just 30 minutes away is the 2,500-acre mountain biking mecca of Glentress Forest - the UK's leading mountain biking centre - offering a wide variety of trails and challenging downhill runs.
- Selkirk's 9-hole golf course and ‘The Woll', the 18-hole course at Ashkirk, are just down the road with championship courses close by.
This amazing eco-retreat is a stunning, contemporary, new-build with fantastic green credentials; a sedum-roof that changes colour with the seasons, full wildlife immersion and wood burner perfect after a day out exploring the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys.
Green House is a stunning purpose-built self-catering holiday home, located on
a working smallholding in Ettrickbridge in the beautiful countryside of the
Scottish Borders. Based on low carbon Passive Haus principles, it combines
subtle cutting edge eco technologies with high quality finishes and luxurious
Clad in glowing larch, the sedum roof changes colour with the seasons and blends beautifully with the stunning landscape and rolling hills that surround you. Unobtrusive solar panels nestle in the foliage and high tech heat-exchange system ensures the property remains at the perfect comfortable temperature all year round. All one level with large triple glass windows, oak doors and flooring throughout the quality fittings provide a beautiful living space just perfect for relaxing on holiday. There's a contemporary wood burner great for curling up beside, after a day's adventure on the hills. We love the rocking chair picture perfect positioning in front of the huge window in the lounge where wildlife and birdlife activity can be viewed in their natural surrounds - the owners have thoughtfully provided binoculars and a wildlife log for guests to fill in as they choose. Outside there's an orchard several varieties of apples, plums and soft fruit bushes and a small apiary of native European black honeybees, which both ensure great fruit pollination and also provide us with a modest annual crop of wildflower honey. The property is set within a working smallholding where they keep a small flock of Shetland sheep and they also have free-ranging hens and will supply guests with newly laid eggs and honey, when available perfect to enjoy for lazy brunches or morning breakfasting on the deck with outdoor furniture, charcoal barbecue and grassed areas just beyond.
Step inside the Green House
The Green House provides flexible accommodation for up to 4 people. With a well-appointed and contemporary interior, it is a great place to unwind and use as a base to explore the stunning borders countryside, or even make a day trip to Edinburgh on the Borders railway. The accommodation which is all on one floor, comprises a large, open plan living space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the hills. The fully-equipped kitchen, with low energy appliances, single oven, 4 ring electric hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine adjoins the dining area and seating area complete with a log burner, TV with Freeview and DVD player. Free Wi-Fi is also available. The property has two bedrooms, one double and one with zip and link beds which can be double or twin as required, a bathroom and cloakroom. There is a large secure shed which is useful for storing fishing gear, bikes and outdoor kit and a bike wash down, excellent for guests who return from a day exploring the excellent mountain bike routes from the doorstep. There are toys and games for littlies, walking maps, books and a start chart of the night sky -with little light pollution you'll be tracing the milky way in no time at all.
Out and about
Ettrickbridge sits within spectacular scenery in the heart of the Scottish Borders. There is excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep and great fishing on the Ettrick Water. For a guided tour of the area Borders Journeys provides friendly private and small group sightseeing and ancestral tours of the Scottish Borders. The Cross Keys Inn in Ettrickbridge (within walking distance of the house) is a great local pub offering good food. Further afield The Woll in Ashkirk is as well regarded for its food as for its golf, the Waterwheel café at Philiphaugh and the Glen Café at St Mary's Loch are also well worth a visit. Another good local pub with live music is The Gordon Arms in the Yarrow Valley. The magnificent Bowhill Estate is just down the road; both the Georgian mansion and extensive grounds are open to the public with beautiful woodland walks and an adventure playground. The Estate's own ‘Little Theatre' hosts excellent drama and music performances throughout the year. For keen riders, the Buccleuch Country Ride covers some 57 miles and there is a riding centre located next to Bowhill. The historic houses of Traquair and Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford are also nearby as well as the elegant Borders Abbeys. The nearest town is Selkirk, a historic mill town just 7 miles away that provides excellent local amenities including a deli, baker, butcher as well as the mill shops which are a must-visit for lovers of cashmere and tweed. More extensive shopping can be found at Hawick (13 miles) and the delightful Border's towns of Melrose (14 miles), Peebles (22 miles) and Kelso (26 miles) are also nearby.
Mountain biking and golf
Just 30 minutes away is the 2,500 acre mountain biking mecca of Glentress Forest - the UK's leading mountain biking centre - offering a wide variety of trails and challenging downhill runs as well as the 7 Stanes. For golf fanatics, Selkirk's 9 hole course and ‘The Woll', the 18 hole course at Ashkirk, are just down the road and the fantastic championship golf courses of Roxburghe (woodland course) and Cardrona (woodland/parkland course) are both nearby whilst the famous links courses at Gullane, Muirfield and Dunbar are all within an easy day trip.
The Green House offers a luxurious guilt free and
wonderfully relaxing stay in tune with wildlife and nature, with every
attention to detail right down to the carbon footprint you don't leave behind.
Price per week from £490 - £645, minimum 3-night stay with no set changeover day. Prices include all bed linen, towels, fuel and Wi-Fi.
Check in from 3pm and check out by 10am, alternative check in and out times may be possible by prior arrangement at time of booking.
"In 37 years, I have never stayed anywhere else like this before! It's the very essence of relaxation and a world away from the rat race! There's plenty of places to go and see and great for our 9-year-old and 2-year-old. Blown away by the kindness and exclusive service provided by the host"
"Thank you Verity and Mark for sharing your lovely house with us. We have enjoyed exploring the glorious Scottish Borders and walking over the hills, through forests and along river banks."
"What a fantastic house, well equipped and really clean. Brilliant welcome cake, eggs & jam! Verity & Mark very friendly. We had great days out - Alnwick Castle definitely worth a visit - and nice to come home, have dinner and watch sheep, chickens & wildlife. No hesitation in booking again & recommending to friends. Thanks for a great holiday."
"The house is in a beautiful location, especially if you are looking to get away from it all. The house is exceptionally well appointed, and spotlessly clean. The hamper on arrival was just what we needed after a long journey, and much appreciated. The owners are very helpful, and nothing seems too much trouble if asking for help. Though at the same time, they did not disturb us, and left us to our privacy. There are hills behind the house that provide beautiful scenery and walking."
"Toasty warm idyllic hide-away! Perfect for small families!"
"Thank you for a peaceful and relaxing week."
"A relaxing place to stay, well equipped and comfortable with extra touches, in a beautiful location for cycling, walking and enjoying the attractions locally.