Old Mill: modern, rustic bolthole for 1-2


Entire cottage hosted by Ruth

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 2 bathrooms
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Perfect for two, the Old Mill is a modern, cosy and eclectic conversion of 1700s water mill near the Royal Burgh of Lauder in the Scottish Borders (Tier 1 COVID restrictions apply). This romantic bolthole is spacious and inviting - it's somewhere you can slow down and retreat from busy lives.

Soak in a deep bath or rainforest shower, enjoy Meraki spa products, warmth from the woodburning stove, drink good coffee, cook, bake, read, or simply relax in the space around you.

The space
Dod Mill’s old, industrial water mill has undergone a thoroughly modern redesign as a rural escape for two. It’s unique and stylish interiors, thick stone walls, spacious living space and mezzanine bedroom with feature bath make this a wonderful place to retreat from day-to-day life.

The Old Mill retains many original features including the stable-style door at the entrance. You’ll pass through the porch into the large and open living space on the ground floor. The kitchen and dining areas open out into a double-height living space with a huge woodburning stove as the focal point of the room.

Decorated throughout in Farrow & Ball, the space is light yet cosy with soft grey painted floors (underfloor heating), interesting fabrics and handmade shutters. The living area has a large sofa-bed (add guests on request), a thick vintage Moroccan rug, and some interesting decorative touches like a French balloon mould and antique chapati rolling pins. You’ll find a TV with Freesat (all standard UK channels), a DVD player, board games and a selection of books and maps. WiFi is available throughout the property.

The rich aubergine-coloured kitchen is equipped for relaxed, holiday cooking. It has a sociable kitchen island, fan oven, 2-ring hob, dishwasher, a large fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster and a Nespresso machine for those in need of their daily caffeine fix. You’ll find artisan-made mugs, crockery, cutlery and glassware, as well as a cake stand, wooden boards and a good selection of serving platters and dishes.

The large oak-topped dining table seats 6 so there is plenty of space to spread out, or invite friends over from other properties at Dod Mill (or in the area). You can also ask for the table to be extended to 12 if you’d like to entertain a larger group while staying in the Old Mill.

Head upstairs to the mill’s original mezzanine floor, now converted to a bedroom. The super-comfy bed is king size and is made-up with anti-allergy bedding and pure Egyptian cotton linens. Have a long soak in the bedroom’s roll top bath, with Meraki spa-style products. The bath’s big enough to share, or enjoy on your own with a good book and a glass of wine. The en-suite shower room has a rainforest-style shower, soft-scented Meraki soap, shampoo and conditioner plenty of soft, fluffy towels.

There is an additional “downstairs loo”.

Head out the door by the woodburning stove and you’ll find an outdoor table and chairs and a small woodland garden area.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Air conditioning
Indoor fireplace
Luggage drop-off allowed

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Where you’ll be

Lauder, Scotland, United Kingdom

Old Mill sits within Dod Mill, a unique and interesting historic site in the Scottish Borders near Lauder. For over 300 years, this was home to an industrial water mill where wheat, barley and oats were milled. There is also a kiln house where the grain was dried before milling.

Dod Mill is 4 miles from the Royal Burgh of Lauder - which has fantastic amenities for visitors. There is a gorgeous little deli, The Spotty Dog, a lovely fruit & veg shop, The Purple Plum, art gallery / coffee shop, pubs, bakery, post office, petrol station and small supermarket (Co-Op). Lauder is completed with its own fairytale castle (Thirlestane Castle).

The Old Mill at Dod Mill is also very close to wonderful Scottish Borders towns and historic sites. Melrose, Kelso, St Boswells, Duns and Galashiels are all within 20 minutes and each have a rich history and you can enjoy lots of local festivals. Some of the grandest houses in Scotland - Floors Castle, Mellerstain House, Manderston House, Abbotsford (the home of Sir Walter Scott) and Thirlestane Castle - are between 5 and 20 minutes drive away. Melrose Abbey, Kelso Abbey and Dryburgh Abbey are also each within 20-25 minutes. Other places of real note include the home of tartan, Lochcarron Visitor Centre, and the Borders Distillery & Visitor Centre (whisky and craft gin). The Borders has a number of superb festivals and events over the year, including the acclaimed Borders Book Festival, the Borders Art Fair, Tour of the Borders (cycling), the Great British Food Festival (at Floors Castle) to name a few.

The Scottish Borders is a fantastic place for walking, hill walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, country pursuits, arts, crafts and culture.

Edinburgh is just 40 minutes drive away, and has so much for visitors to see and do. It makes for an easy day trip or two during your stay.

Hosted by Ruth

Joined in July 2018
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I am always available to help my guests, and like to say "hello" when you arrive. After that, I will usually leave you to enjoy your stay in peace unless you come to me for help with something. I always provide my phone number, and you are also welcome to knock on the door of my house too. I'm very happy to you around Dod Mill, chat about it's history or let you help me with feeding the sheep in the winter months. I am a bit of a foodie so always happy to share tips on where to eat out, where to go for coffee etc!
I am always available to help my guests, and like to say "hello" when you arrive. After that, I will usually leave you to enjoy your stay in peace unless you come to me for help wi…

During your stay

We live next door to the Old Mill. We usually try to say hello at some point during your stay (often when you arrive) but otherwise we will leave you to enjoy your holiday in peace!

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House rules

Check-in: 16:00 - 02:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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