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Cosy, 2 bedroom cottage plus free Shepherd's Hut, on forest edge

Bedrooms 2
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful, remote woodland setting - quiet walks, wonderful views and wildlife

Use of the adjacent shepherd's hut comes for free when you book delightful Curlew Cottage, situated at meadshaw Farm, Roberton, Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The cottage and surrounding area is a true haven of peace and tranquility. You will find the cottage 2 minutes up a good forest track, nestled between Meadshaw Forest and the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.

Remote and peaceful - Curlew Cottage and Shepherd's Hut is a real "get away from it all."

Curlew Cottage: A recent conversion of the stone barn at Meadshaw Farm, the cottage accommodates up to four people. There is a double bedroom with double doors out to a small patio, a mezzanine bedroom (restricted headroom) with 2 single beds, shower room, utility room with washing machine and dishwasher, and a wonderfully light and airy kitchen/dining room with mezzanine bedroom above. The kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons (including remote controlled blinds for the Velux windows). It has a dining area and comfy seating area with freeview TV, DVD, CD and (slow) internet connection. There is no mobile phone connection in the immediate area. Throughout the cottage, the natural stone floors are cosy and warm underfoot, heated by an external log burning boiler which also heats the nearby farmhouse, and provides as much hot water as you want.

The Shepherd's Hut: The hut is next to the cottage, and provides a unique extra space, for relaxing or even to spend the night should you wish! With the wood-burning stove lit, it is toasty warm. A ready supply of logs and kindling will be available for your stay. The seating in the shepherd's hut converts to a comfy extra large single bed. It has tea/coffee making facilities, is simply furnished, and accessed by wooden steps.

Outside: There is a paved sitting area with lovely views of the hills and the river below. There is also an under cover BBQ and seating area housed in the old hay barn opposite the cottage, which can be used if the weather is wet. There is also plenty of parking. Visitors are also welcome to explore the farm, and picnic on the river bank.

The owners live 15 metres away in Meadshaw Farmhouse, and are on hand to give advice if required, but are equally happy to leave you to enjoy the peace and quiet, this being one of those rare places where you will hear no traffic noise and see only the stars at night.

Surrounding Area: Immediately from the door there are miles of waymarked forest tracks and paths which are perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. The surrounding hills are also on your doorstep, and provide lovely walks to the nearby hill lochs - Broadlea and Branxholme Easter and Wester Lochs. The river below the cottage has several pebbly "beach" areas and pools where you can enjoy a paddle or a swim!

Depending on the season, you may well be rewarded with sightings of the abundant wildlife around the cottage, from the native red squirrel, otter and salmon, to local woodland birds such as the siskin and woodpecker. There are also osprey and gosshawk in the area, and in the Springtime, you will hear the skylark, oyster-catcher and curlew from the cottage.

Livestock is kept at the farm, including rare-breed hebridean sheep, chickens, ducks and ponies. Cyclists may store their bikes in one of the barns, and grazing and stabling (at an extra charge) is available for horse riders bringing their own horses.

Activities in the Area: For cyclists and walkers, Meadshaw Forset joins up with nearby 10,000 acre Craik Forest. Further afield, more mountain biking is available at Innerliethen, Glentress (Peebles), Newcastleton and Keilder Water, and there is sailing and windsurfing at beautiful St. Mary's Loch, between Moffat and Selkirk. Horse riding and golf are avaiable at Ashkirk (6 miles) where there is also a pub and resturant.

Hawick, the local woollen mill town is 10 miles away. It has restaurants, supermarkets and shops, a leisure centre and a lovely cinema, cafe and heritage centre. Hawick is known for its' cashmere shops, its' tradition of rugby and the annual Common Riding Festival. For a day out, you can visit one of the beautiful Border Abbey towns, such as Jedburgh or Melrose, or take the scenic 1.5 hour drive to Edinburgh by car. The new Borders railway will get you to Edinburgh in under an hour from Galashiels.

Green Tourism: At Meadshaw Farm we are working towards environmentally friendly living. All white goods at the cottage are A rated or better, cleaning and washing products provided are plant based, heating/hot water is fuelled by local, sustainably managed woodland and the garden and farm are managed without commercial fertilisers.

Provided for you: All linen/towels, heating and logs for the shepherd's hut are included, and one well-behaved dog is welcome downstairs. Smoking is not permitted within the cottage. Free range organic eggs are provided in the cottage along with local garden produce (when in season).

More Details

Mrs Daniele Friell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Mrs Daniele Friell

Daniele and Bill have run Meadshaw Farm, a smallholding with a flock of rare breed hebridean sheep, for over 10 years. They are keen to let you enjoy the peace and quiet of Curlew Cottage which is approx 15 metres from the farmhouse. They are happy to advise walkers, cyclists and horse riders on routes to take, and personal cycle guiding can be offered if required.

Mrs Daniele Friell purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Mrs Daniele Friell chose Hawick

Wonderful off-the-beaten-track location, with very little noise or light pollution. Here you will see more trees, sheep and stars than people! However the local town of Hawick is only 20 minutes by car and there you can find plenty of restaurants, a cinema and a good sports centre, with good sized pool and recently refurbished flume.

What makes this cottage unique

Lots of sky, space, views, fresh air. You will have the place to yourself!


Hawick Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 has a wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair and 2 bedside cabinets with lamps Bedroom 2 has a towel rail and underbed storage drawers, chair, table with lamp and luggage stand
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing


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Cosy, 2 bedroom cottage plus free Shepherd's Hut, on forest edge
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 42 reviews

Perfect getaway from it all cottage. Lovely hosts. Two dogs we fell in love with. Spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

An amazing location, a beautiful cottage with everything we needed. This included when we arrived homemade flapjack and mince pies. It was very clean, the heated flooring a luxuary. The rainfalll shower wonderful post our daily walk. Daniele and bill were just lovely. It snowed they provided the children with sledges. They took the girls to feed the animals and allowed them to walk and play with the dogs every day they were in heaven. We all fell in love with the dogs Tilly and Tarka ❤️. I almost forgot the Shepard’s hut my husband got to make fire every night. This venue is perfect if you want a tech free break and enjoy walks in the woods. Perfect for young families we loved it. Only improvement would be a request for a sofa to snuggle up on in front of the telly. Thank you for a truly wonderful holiday x

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the fabulous review of the cottage and shepherd's hut. It was lovely to have your family to stay.Tilly and Tarka are missing Rebecca and Camilla already....they loved their morning walks and sledging with them! (We like the sofa idea instead of the armchairs). You are welcome back any time, Daniele and Bill
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Well fitted out and comfortable cottage in a lovely out of the way location

  • 5 of 5

We had some fears that with the snow we would not be able to get to the cottage, but Danielle told us that she would pick us up at the road end in her 4x4 but as things turned out we were able to drive there ok. On arrival Danielle was most helpful, telling us we could use the Shepherd's Hut as well as the main cottage. This we did on our second night there, lighting the stove that had been laid for us, it was great!

The main cottage was well fitted out and most comfortable with the underfloor heating, and the power shower was fantastic!

All in all we spent three peaceful, relaxing days there and wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bob and Ali for your kind review. We are so pleased that you both had a peaceful, relaxing stay, and we hope that you will come and spend some time here again at Curlew Cottage and shepherd's hut. You would be very welcome. Daniele and Bill
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Exceeded our expectations.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting our hosts who were extremely welcoming and helpful. The accommodation was excellent. Clean, stylish and quirky. The additional bonus of the shepherds hut with wood burner was a huge hit and the perfect place for a board game. The location was superb for peace, quiet and walking. Our 12 yr old spent any free time on the forest zip wire and talking to the resident horse. Our two dogs were made just as welcome and enjoyed acres of woodland to roam free.

We highly recommend this property and feel like we have found a little gem. We hope to return.

Thank you Danielle, Bill and Patrick it was wonderful to meet you and you made our stay perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to submit a review for Curlew Cottage and shepherd's hut. It was a pleasure to host your lovely family, and we are so pleased that you had a good break. Do please come back again for more woodland walks - Tarka and Tilly enjoyed their new playmates too! Best wishes, Daniele and Bill
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Great place.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cottage for 2 days...and it was fab! very clean and tidy and lovely an warm.many thanks.:)

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Helen and Ravi for taking the time to write a review for our cottage. We are so glad you enjoyed your break here, and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in the Lakes. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Kind regards, Daniele and Bill
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Peaceful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Recently done up cottage- very tasteful with everything working well. Just big enough for family of four. Very welcoming country hosts with dogs, cat, kittens, horse and sheep to visit whenever. Our daughter spent most of her time in the boiler shed with 3 kittens! Children also loved the zip wire and being free to explore woods. A really peaceful break- we stayed put for 2 whole days before venturing out.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Flora, thanks for your kind review of Curlew Cottage. It was a real pleasure to meet your lovely family and to get to know you all a little bit in the time available. Please tell Polly and Isla one brave kitten came out of the boiler house for the first time today...maybe looking for their playmates? Best wishes, Daniele and Bill
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An absolute gem of a find, the perfect get away in the most gorgeous little cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is absolutely perfect in every way! From the warm welcome we received from Bill and Tarka and Tilly the dogs, to the homemade cupcakes and personal card waiting for us on the kitchen table! Danielle and Bill have thought of everything and more, the cottage had everything we needed during our stay. The decor is absolutely beautiful and finished to a very high standard, with thought put into every little detail. Everywhere was immaculate and very, very clean.....I’m obsessed with cleanliness which was certainly not an issue here, spotless! We used the shepherds hut to play our board games, drink hot chocolate in front of the wood burner which the kids loved! My daughter of 13 and son of 11 loved the bikes Bill kindly lent them, not to mention the zip line, trampoline and tree swing hidden in the forest! Although the weather was a little damp it didn’t stop us taking long walks in the forest with our little dog, it’s absolutely breathtaking! Oh Tarka and Tilly came with us to show us the way! Overall this beautiful cottage is a must if you want to get away from everything, relax, chill and unwind in the most perfect setting! We will most certainly be back as we could not fault this amazing find! Thank you Danielle and Bill we had a fantastic break!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Karen for taking your time to write your wonderful review. It is always so rewarding for us when guests have a lovely time here. It was a pleasure to meet you and you will be very welcome back. Kind regards, Daniele and Bill , T and T
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
M6 Carlisle
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Cycling - Mountain bike and trail riding in Craik Forest is on the doorstep (see and Glentress (Peebles) Innerliethen and Newcastleton are all within 35 miles (see 7stanes Mountain Biking)

Equestrian - The Ian Stark Equestrian Centre is 35 minutes away, near Selkirk and hosts an array of equestrian events and competitions, as well as offering pony trecking and riding lessons for all abilities. Nearby Stable Life also offers riding lessons. Local Common Ridings are a major equestrian attraction, which you can join in for free, either with your own horse or by pre-booking a horse for the day. These "ride-outs" take place during the summer months at most of the Border towns.

Walking - As well as waymarked local walks from the door, there are a number of long distance footpaths such as the Reivers Route, Borders Abbeys Way and the Southern Upland Way. In Scotland there is a "right to roam", entitling walkers, cyclists and horse-riders to explore the countryside (subject to sensible rules) without having to keep to marked footpaths.

Gardeners - There are a number of excellent local gardens and nurseries to visit, such as the newly refurbished Wilton Park Walled Garden in Hawick, and further afield, Dawyck, Kailzie and Monteviot Gardens, to name a few.

Children - Trampoline and small kids zip-wire available on site. Playpark and zip wire available at 5* attraction, Bowhill House, Selkirk. Go Ape, Rock UK and Ryze trampolining are all available within a 10 - 40 miles radius.

Castles, Country Houses and ruined Abbeys (Melrose,Jedburgh, Kelso, Dryburgh) are plentiful - Traquair, Bowhill, Mellerstain, Mary Queen of Scots Tower House and Floors.

Golfing - Hawick, Minto by Hawick and Ashkirk are all accessible.

Cities - Edinburgh, Carlisle and Newcastle are all accessible by car (or train/bus and taxi) in under 2 hours.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

All rentals include hot water, logs, bedlinen, towels, kitchen towels and cloths, dishwasher tablets, washing liquid, toilet paper and cleaning materials (all Ecover products). There will also be a welcome pack consisting of home-made jam, bread, eggs and seasonal vegetables when available. Well behaved pets are welcome at Curlew Cottage, but are strictly not allowed on furniture or in bedrooms. There are no additional mandatory fees or taxes. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay. Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund