"Pathhead Farmhouse was perfectly situated, furnished and equipped. The housekeeper was friendly and attentive, many thanks for the thoughtful tea tray and Hoscote Hen's eggs - delicious!" CW
A traditional Scottish Borders farmhouse, sleeping 6, set in a superb position amidst the ruggedly beautiful countryside of the Southern Uplands with fabulous uninterrupted views over the hills.
The cosy interior is welcoming whatever the weather and outside there is ample space for sitting and enjoying the views and for children to play (please note that the garden is unfenced).
Hoscote Estate is a working and shooting estate and as such there may be some farm and estate traffic around the grounds during your stay. During the shooting season (October 1st through February 2nd) walking in certain parts of the estate will, by necessity, be restricted. At other times we would ask that guests adhere to the guidelines provided by the estate to access and walking in and around the property.
Dogs are welcome so long as they are kept off the furniture and any carpeted areas within Pathhead Farmhouse. Because of a number of active Conversation Projects on Hoscote, they must be kept on a lead at all times when outside; this is to protect the wildlife, the farm's livestock and your own dogs.
Pack up a picnic and head to the hills or take a camera and spot the local wildlife including rare butterflies, peregrine falcons and the enchanting red squirrels.
Mountain bikes are available on loan from the Estate office and guests will find many great walking and cycling tracks on Hoscote's doorstep. The 10,000 acre Craik Forest offers fabulous walks and dedicated mountain biking trails.
The peaceful, road-free countryside is also perfect for riding and a local stables offers hacks for all levels of rider. Salmon and trout fishing are available on the Teviot nearby.
Golf enthusiasts are also well catered for with 11 courses in the immediate area including the well-regarded courses at Hawick and the Roxburghe. There is excellent shooting and stalking available on neighbouring estates.
Hoscote is well-positioned for exploring the wider Borders area. Discover a land with a turbulent and rich history, punctuated by imposing castles including Floors, the majestic home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Explore the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh and stately mansions including Abbotsford, the romantic home of Sir Walter Scott, and the awesome and austere Hermitage Castle. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip – about an hour and a half's pretty drive from Hoscote.
For larger groups Pathhead Farmhouse is one of two properties available to let on the Hoscote Estate. For further details please see Gardener's Cottage (sleeps 6).