About this listing
This charming former coaching inn is an excellent venue for family and group celebrations, with versatile rooms, table tennis, pool table, darts, giant Wii, cinema screen, fully functioning barand library. Rural location. Sleeps 22. Please note that dogs are permitted after discussion with the owners.
Mosspaul is steeped in Borders history and tradition and is itself a landmark on the road from Edinburgh to Carlisle. It is set in miles of beautiful rural countryside, where sheep farming is the main source of income. The house has recorded history as a coaching inn dating from the 17th century and was either a monastery or chapel before that called St Paul's on the Moss. It has played host to famous visitors and colourful local characters over the years and most local people could tell you a story or two about it. We chose to live here as the rural setting suits us (and our dogs!) and we fell in love with the old Inn on sight.
Mosspaul has its own working bar, a sitting room with log burner and a multipurpose media room with 11 foot screen for cinema, TV Freesat, DVD and Wii, table tennis or dining for up to 28.
The house has 2 double rooms ensuite, 1 twin room ensuite, 1 double ensuite with an adjoining room with a triple bunk, 1 family room ensuite with a double bed and a triple bunk and the veranda room which has two triple bunks. Bed linen is provided, but not bath and hand towels.
The house is rented as a whole so guests have exclusive use of the facilities.
Guests have access to the entire house apart from the owners wing which is situated towards the back of the property and well out of the way.
Interaction with guests
We will be to hand in the owners wing on site during your stay. However, when the accommodation is booked, the house (apart from our wing!) is yours and we will not come in unless you ring for us. We will greet your party and show you round the premises. We can provide some housekeeping and catering by arrangement. We can also hire guests canoes, kayaks, archery equipment and a poker table.
Mosspaul is situated on the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, set in beautiful, but sometimes wild farm and moorland. The region has its own unique history and culture that differs from town to town. You will find excellent hill walking on the doorstep, and fishing, shooting, cycling, great roads for motorbikes, horseriding, quirky villages, museums, stately homes, forbidding castles, abbeys and shopping all close by. It is also an ideal place to kick back and relax away from the bustle of everyday life.
There are festivals all year round, such as the Denholm Folk Festival and the Borders Book Festival. Possibly the most famous are the Border Common Ridings which take place each summer. This historic event dates back centuries and is still the main event of the year in each town. The people of the towns take to horseback and ride the borders of each area, just as they did many years ago when they kept them safe and secure from neighbouring thieves of livestock and land. There are two rideouts to Mosspaul itself taking place in late May every year. Please check the dates with the owners if you wish to visit at this time.
Shops and supermarkets in Langholm (17kms) and Hawick (21kms) should cater for all your needs while you stay at Mosspaul.
Mosspaul is set on the high point between the Teviot Valley to the west and the Ewes Valley to the East. We are 10 miles from Langholm and 13 miles from Hawick in an area of peaceful and thriving farm and moorland just by the source of the river Teviot. There are many walks right on the doorstep, and you can attempt the three Mosspaul Marilyns direct from the hotel without having to step into a car. Within easy reach by car are walking for all abilities, water sports at Keilder Water and off road cycling at both 7 Stanes and Craik Forrest. If you are more interested in history, both Hawick and Langholm have museums and Hermitage Castle, Bowhill and Abbotsford, to name a few, are all within easy reach.
We recommend you bring cars to Mosspaul. The X95 running between Edinburgh and Carlisle stops at the house. The nearest train station is in Carlisle, and the nearest airport is there too.
Other things to note
Mosspaul is bookable for a minimum of 2 nights throughout the year, except for Christmas and Easter when the minimum booking is 4 nights, and July and August when it is bookable for a minimum of 3 nights.
Guests should make themselves at home during their stay at Mosspaul. The premises is non-smoking throughout. We allow pets by arrangement but ask for an additional fee of £50 to cover the costs of the extra cleaning. We also ask guests to clear up any dog mess as soon as it occurs. Guests are expected to leave the place clean and tidy, including the washing up. They are also expected to sort the rubbish into general waste, recycling and glass. Extra cleaning charges are made if the place is not left in a good condition.