Hawick Barn Rental Photos and Description
Self-catering accommodation, one bedroom, sleeps 2, garden and grounds
The Byre at Ropelawshiel is uniquely sited in a remote and peaceful location. The farmstead, set within a 15 acre clearing, is 3½ miles into the forest from Craik village and is accessed from there by a well maintained track. A four wheel drive is not a requirement (except following snow) but appropriate care is.The byre adjoining the farm cottage, (where the owners, Ruth and Ian, live) has been converted to a comfortable dwelling. It has a bathroom, gallery bedroom and a sunny and spacious open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area; it is heated by a wood burning stove augmented, if necessary, with a central heating system. South-facing French doors provide access to a terrace, the garden and grounds where there is a sizeable vegetable garden, a small young orchard, a large pond and water garden, all edged by the trout-bearing Rankle Burn, frequented by salmon during the spawning season. Livestock is kept, including chickens and honey bees (the latter some distance from the farmstead) and visitors are very welcome to participate in any husbandry involved. As a practitioner and teacher of Tai Chi you may see Ian practicing in the garden. Tai Chi is an ancient exercise and it is purported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form can help to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. Besides general health benefits and stress management. Ian is happy to offer complimentary instruction to anyone interested.
Craik Forest offers a wide variety of outside interests. In the forest itself there are many wildlife watching opportunities: Badgers, otters, red squirrels and roe deer can be seen by the patient observer, and birds of prey - buzzards, sparrow hawks and goshawks - often visit the area and, on rare occasions an osprey is noted.
Forestry Commission leaflets are available containing details of woodland walks and trails; these give access to historic sites including prehistoric settlements, a Roman and Drove roads and medieval farmsteads.a place where you can experience peace and tranquillity whether bird watching, studying the wide variety of plant life, picnicking, walking or cycling.
A7, 2 miles south of Hawick turn west on to the B711 signposted Roberton 4 miles. At Roberton. after the Primary School, take left turn to Craik, 7 miles. Final details of forest route to the property will be given at time of booking.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible