The Bothy: cute converted barn for 1-4 guests


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  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
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The Bothy at Dod Mill is a studio-style barn conversion for 1-4 guests, near the Royal Burgh of Lauder in the Scottish Borders. The property has been interior-designed with modern, rustic styling.

The Bothy has its own walled-garden area with views to rivers, woodland, an orchard and rare-breed sheep.

Cosy-in with a woodburning stove (unlimited logs!), drink good coffee, cook, bake, read, or simply relax in the space around you. WiFi, tea & Nespresso coffee included.

The space
Dod Mill’s former barn, stables and pigsty - now The Bothy - has undergone a thoroughly modern redesign, as a rural escape for 1-4 guests. It's the place to come if you like stylish open-plan studio living within beautiful grounds.

The large open plan living-kitchen-sleeping space is a wonderful place to be. It is very light and bright with lots of natural light from large windows and a sense of spaciousness coming from the double-height ceiling. The (new) master bedroom is on the mezzanine floor, which looks down on the ground floor living space.

The focal point of the room is a large woodburning stove which comes with an unlimited supply of logs. The living area features a super-comfy sofa, a velvet armchair and a zig-zag "cocoon" chair - everyone will find their perfect place to chill-out. The flat-screen TV has all the UK channels you'd expect. You'll also find free WiFi (superfast broadband). There are board games, coffee-table books and cards to help you make the most of your down time.

The cool kitchen is painted in Farrow & Ball colours and the dining table is big enough to seat 6 guests very comfortably. The kitchen is well equipped with beautiful artisan-made crockery, cutlery, glasses, wooden boards and serving dishes. You'll also find pots, pans, knives and cooking implements. There is a dishwasher, fan oven, hob, toaster, kettle, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine (some pods provided) and cafetiere. Tea and herbal tea is also provided.

Above the kitchen, and new for 2020, there is a stunning mezzanine master bedroom. The new floor is accessed by a cool steel and timber staircase, with a glass balustrade. The king size bed can also be split into two single beds ("zip and link") so please ask about this if needed when you book. This room is up in the "eaves" of the building and you'll find it's a cosy place to chill out as well as to sleep. While the centre of the room has 2m of head height, the ceiling slopes down to the sides.

The cottage is completed with a small but perfectly-formed twin bedroom leading into the shower room. The bedroom is painted in Farrow & Ball's Inchrya Blue. The twin beds have rustic headboards, reading lamps and cosy throws. The wardrobe has plenty of hanging space and shelves. There is enough space in the bedroom for a travel cot or travel toddler bed if required.

The shower room is neat and compact, with shelving for each of the guests' personal items.

Egyptian linen and fluffy towels are provided for all guests. If you would like to also use the sofa bed in the living space, we can supply bedding - please ask us!

The huge glass window on the gable-end of The Bothy looks into a lovely walled garden area which is for your exclusive use. The garden looks out into the grounds of Dod Mill - apple trees and an orchard (apples, plums, hazelnuts, cherries), woodland, the Boondreigh River, a mill pond (with wild ducks!) and a few rare-breed sheep. There are also some wooden cabins dotted around the site. You are welcome to explore the grounds as much as you like during your stay.

FOR THOSE WITH CHILDREN: note that the property itself is suitable for children but parents must be aware that there is fast flowing water nearby which is NOT fenced off. Similarly, the mill pond is accessible without passing through fences or gates. It is otherwise a wonderful place to bring children - with sheep which you can feed (on request), wild ducks on the duck pond, easy / short walks in the grounds of Dod Mill, apples to pick in the orchard, wildlife to spot, water to splash about in, etc.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Living room
1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Indoor fireplace
Luggage drop-off allowed
Travel cot

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Where you’ll be

Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Bothy 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. This building still exists here - complete with its water wheel - and is let as a second holiday cottage (Old Mill, listed on Airbnb). There is also a kiln house where the grain was dried before milling. Your hosts, Ruth and Jamie Knibbs, live in what was once the miller's house at Dod Mill.

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 Bothy 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

  1. 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 Bothy. 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! We can leave a key for you in a secure key box, if you are arriving late or checking out early.
We live next door to The Bothy. 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! W…

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Pets are allowed

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