Nether Whitlaw Cottage - a Peaceful Retreat in a Rural Idyll
One of the most beautiful unspoilt areas in the UK, the Scottish Borders has a population of around 100,000 in an area of 1,800 square miles. Our cottage offers a delightful place to stay and relax, and is a superb base for exploring rural Border towns nearby. Lovers of nature will not be disappointed - the farm is situated in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and boasts three small marshes that are classed as SSSI Nature Reserves by Scottish Natural Heritage, in addition to numerous species of birdlife.
Nether Whitlaw Cottage is the recently upgraded former farm worker's cottage on the farm, situated in extensive grounds well away from other buildings and over half a mile from the nearest public road. Nether Whitlaw is an upland stock farm with grazing for sheep and cattle, standing in the middle of an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', one of the first areas in Scotland to be so designated. For the naturalist there are three small marshes of considerable botanical and entomological interest which are nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The farm is an ideal base for touring the Borders, walking, fishing, horse riding, golf, birdwatching, wildlife, visiting the Borders abbeys, stately homes, and Roman archaeological sites, or just relaxing with a good book in front an open fire. Edinburgh is just over an hour's drive away with an excellent choice of restaurants, history, culture and shopping.
The cottage was originally much smaller and was home to a farm worker and his family of seven children in the early 1900's. In 1954 the property was extended and modernised. Since then there have been further improvements, most recently in Spring 2007. Heating is by an oil fired system with radiators throughout and there is an open fire in the living room.