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The Woodman's Hut - Shepherd's hut in Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

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Upland Huts

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

A hilltop hideout for two where you can brave a wild swim in the river and sear steaks over the fire bowl with a nip of local whisky

The Woodman’s Hut sits high above an ancient oak woodland with views over the River Whiteadder. Crafted from oak, reclaimed materials and insulated with sheep’s wool, it's a real work of love and a perfectly secluded nook for two. You can boil the kettle or heat up your morning crumpets on the woodburner. Throw open the windows for a breath of the fresh Scottish air and listen to the birdsong of green and greater spotted woodpeckers, nut hatches, and finches. In the Spring, the fields and surrounding hills of the estate are filled with thousands of lambs.

You'll need walking boots to properly explore the wild surroundings and there are maps in the huts to help get you around, or you can just head straight down through the wood to meet the river. As the sun sets, cook a rustic supper on the firebowl, under dark star-filled skies. You can plan your day trips as you sample a "nip" of the complimentary whisky. From the deserted beaches and hidden coves of the Heritage Coastline, to grouse spotting in the hills, or visiting beautiful castles - there's plenty to see and do. 

Our guests say...

We had a lovely 2 night stay in The Woodman's Hut. A beautiful setting in a peaceful location. We had everything we needed in the hut. It was cosy and warm at night with the woodburning stove and we enjoyed cooking on the fire pit outside the hut. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The hut was very clean and decorated with a simple charm. The supply of tea, coffee, oats. oil, condiments, whiskey etc. was very welcome. There are really beautiful walks all round the area. I would definitely visit again.

10/05/2017

Gillian

Simply a wonderful stay! Amazing hut, fantastic location, welcoming hosts.

08/10/2016

Jo

We enjoyed our stay at the Shepherds hut. We met Mhairi (pronounced Vari) and the dogs on arrival. A lovely bunch we thought. The dogs were really bouncy and fun and it was funny to watch them play together. The hut itself was tucked away in a little wooded area. It was quite cosy. The bed was comfy too. We cooked outside most of the time but on one cold day we battened down the hatches and cooked soup inside. It was nice to be without tv and phones for a few days. We listened to the radio and read our books. Rob even read me a Scottish fairy Story in his best Scottish accent. I loved it. We had lots of laughs. We went for a walk straight from the hut down the hill and then up again to the 2000 year old Broch nearby and then further up to Cockburns Law (pronouched Coburns I think, otherwise you get funny looks) It was a challenge and massively windy up there but we really enjoyed it. My favourite day was at the Cove. A little beach area 15 minutes drive away. We had great weather that day and just sat there for a few hours watching people and dogs go by. We met some lovely people on this trip. We also went to Rosslyn Chapel which was interesting and then on to Edinburgh.

10/09/2016

Lyndsey & Robert

It was wonderful. The place is idyllic and Mhairie was extremely helpful and very friendly. It's a very romantic setting and we enjoyed asking in the countryside (despite getting wet!)

07/09/2016

Joe

Lovely warm welcome from Mhairi, the owner. The setting is gorgeous, really lovely gardens and so much space. The Woodmans hut is perfect for a cosy getaway, really warm and comfy. It would be easy to manage without any camping equipment but for speed in making my morning coffee (!) I found a small stove useful. I chose the hut further from the main house and I was left to enjoy the peace and quiet, but Mhairi made sure I had everything I needed without being intrusive. There's beautiful countryside all around with lots of bird life to spot and walks to do, I took advantage of this but also spent some time relaxing outside the hut with the kadai lit, listening to the birds, sheep and cows, enjoying the scents from the lovely garden flowers wafting up. I'm looking forward to visiting again.

19/06/2016

Ciona

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Bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights. December stays may be available, weather dependent. Please call 0117 204 7830 to enquire.

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  • Shepherd's hut for 2

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No charge - please bring your own travel cot & high chair.

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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in: from 4 pm
  • Check out: by 11 am
  • Please bring sturdy walking boots and binoculars to spot the wildlife - and any luxury camping equipment you can't do without
  • Children up to 9 years old are welcome to stay, sleeping on a roll up bed. A sheet and pillow will be provided and please bring along your own sleeping bag. You are also welcome to bring along an airbed if you would prefer.
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge. - please bring your own travel cot & high chair.

Space for 1 child no charge. - for kids up to 9 yrs old, on a roll up bed on floor. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Cooking

  • Your basics are provided: matches and kindling and an initial supply of logs for the woodburner and the Kadai fire bowl
  • Kitchen equipment is provided including: utensils, chopping board, can opener, bottle opener, plates, mugs bowls, cooking pot and frying pan and a toasting fork for the essential marshmallows!
  • A cool box and ice packs are available

Washing

  • Private en-suite gas powered shower room in the hut
  • The loo is a separating composting toilet, please sit down to use, both ladies and gents! (the separation makes it work)

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • All linen and towels provided
  • Solar powered halogen lights and lanterns
  • You'll be perfectly off-grid so there are no plug sockets
  • Wifi available up at the house if you can't survive without it!

Entertainment

  • You'll find playing cards, Scrabble, and Backgammon in the hut

Activities

At Uplands Huts:

  • During the summer months: Swim in the river or borrow a Kayak (weather dependent and only available in July & August)
  • Walk to the most southerly Broch in Scotland - on the estate Eden's Hall Broch (around 45 minute easy walk from the Huts)

Places to visit:

  • Edinburgh
  • Floors Castle in Kelso
  • Melrose
  • Kelso
  • Dryburgh and Jedburgh Abbeys
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Paxton House
  • Manderston & Mellerstain
  • Holy Island
  • Alnwick Gardens and Castle

Outdoor & active: 

  • The Southern Upland Way and the Walter Scott Way - both long distance walks which pass through the village
  • Fabulous beaches and hidden coves on the Heritage coastline
  • Surf schools in Dunbar and Coldingham
  • Wake boarding in Dunbar
  • Fishing on The Great River Tweed and the River Whiteadder
  • Golfing on the nearby links courses
  • Sea angling and boat trips from Eyemouth
  • Mountain biking
  • For rally enthusiasts The Jim Clark Rally thunders through the village once a year!

Food & Drink

At Upland Huts:

  • A complimentary "nip" of whisky and some bottled water plus essentials such as tea, coffee and sugar are supplied
  • Both huts are purely self-catering
  • Mhairi can also arrange Champagne and other extras for your arrival upon request at an additional cost
  • Despite being so very rural the supermarkets deliver!

Local shops:

  • 8 miles away in Duns

Pubs & Restaurants:

  • The Craw Inn Auchencrow - 8 miles away: Good pub grub!

Meet your hosts

Meet Mhairi & Ed:

Mhairi & Ed have lived in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland area for all of their married life and they brought up their two children here. Their first holiday after moving out of London in 2000 was to Abbey Saint Bathans! Mhairi is originally from Scotland and was brought up near Loch Lomond and sells ski holidays for a living. Ed is from England but his love of outdoor pursuits bought him to The Scottish Border Country after they married.

Mhairi ran a holiday cottage business and then a Bed and Breakfast and Classic Campervan hire business before moving to the Valley in 2012. The campervans had to go, because too much time was spent in the garage. Their mechanic was very disappointed when they told him about their new venture, as Shepherd Huts don't break down...

Wildlife & the environment:

Wildlife is abundant at Shannobank: Woodpeckers, Green and Greater Spotted, Nut hatches, Tree Creepers, Finches & Roe Deer and badgers are all daily visitors. The Woodman's hut sits just above the ancient oak wood which is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). As a result very occasionally after a prolonged dry period you may be asked not to light fires. 

Getting there

Shannobank Farmhouse Abbey Saint Bathans Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3TX

By public transport:

  • Upland is 1 hour 15 mins from Edinburgh airport
  • The nearest main line train station is at Dunbar on the East Coast Mainline 25 mins or Berwick Upon Tweed 25 mins
  • There is no bus!

Pick ups - these can be arranged with the owner, but please give plenty of notice!

By car:

Directions from the North/Edinburgh

Drive South on the A1. (Your sat nav if you have one will try and send you over the hills through Gifford which is very beautiful but takes a long time!) stay on the A1 until Cockburnspath

At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and follow signs to Abbey Saint Bathans. After 1 mile turn right to Abbey Saint Bathans and 4x4 school

This road turns into single track after a few 100 meters. Carry on for about 4 miles until there is another sign to Abbey saint Bathans on your right

Take this road and follow it to the bottom of the valley pass the turning to Moneynut on your right and a couple of houses on your left continue with care along this narrow road and after half a mile there is a wooden house on the left hand side and a bumpy track on the left. This is Shannobank

Turn up the track and park in the yard at the top. TD11 3TX. If you cross the river you have gone too far but you will see us on the hillside

From the South there are many ways. The easiest is to Follow the A1 North to Cockburnspath and then follow directions as from North

Parking:

Guests can park at Shannobank. Access to the Farmhouse is up a very bumpy track. 4WD isn't necessary but it needs to be taken slowly. Guests staying in the Woodman's Hut will have to walk 150m from the parking area to their hut. But you'll have some help carrying your bags up to the hut if you want it.

Booking Terms

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Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

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  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.