Tibbie Shiels

Elspinhope

Elspinhope

Elspinhope sits in a wonderfully secluded position with privacy and beautiful views, on Cossarshill Farm 6 miles from the head of Ettrick Valley. A unique unspoiled area. This detached cottage was purpose built in traditional style during spring 1999. It has white roughcast walls and slated roof. Easy car access to both doors, own large parking area, garden & grounds including 3-acres of woodland and paths. The cottage overlooks the Cossarshill burn, & Ettrick Water (SSSI) runs approximately 200 meters from the door.

Outside the cottage: a post n' rail fence secures the garden area with picnic table etc. A path & steps lead down to the Cossarshill burn with seats by the rocky pools & waterfall. The woodland by Elspinhope has a mass of wild flowers (inc. orchids) & rare butterflies - a lovely place to be. Atlantic Salmon come into the pool below the cottage in autumn, and it makes a great place to swim in summer. Step out of the door and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the unspoiled Ettrick landscape, or visit some of the Historic Border Towns and places of interest and great beauty. The area is ideal for walking, bird watching, fishing, cycling, mountain biking, touring by car, and relaxing away from it all.  
Dark Sky.  At night try astronomy - we have no light pollution & regularly see the International Space Station.

Elspinhope bedroom

Cossarshill is a 1,400 acre hill sheep farm lying on the route of the Southern Upland Way (long distance walk). Guests have freedom of access to our land with many lovely walks on the hills & by the river. We are keen conservationists and constantly involved in projects around the farm - dry stane dyking, planting native woodland and many others. Cossarshill is in an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA). Wildlife seen by visitors on the farm include badgers, bats, brown hare, roe deer, foxes & otters. There are many species of birds - large & small & in autumn Atantic Salmon.

Accommodation

Sleeps 5, plus cot available.

The cottage was designed for Assisted Wheelchair Access.

Elspinhope living room

Single Floor

Wheelchair friendly Twin bedroom with en suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with vanity unit.

Both rooms with shaver sockets.
Third bedroom with single bed.
All bedrooms have clock radios. All beds are of high quality & have duvets, pillows, & throws / covers.
Bed linen included in rent.

Family Bathroom with electric shower over bath, vanity unit, toilet & shaver socket. Towels may be hired.

Fitted Kitchen with dishwasher, 2 oven ceramic electric cooker with hood, microwave, large fridge freezer, a hatch through to the dining area & stools for coffee & a chat. See photo below.

Front door leading to vestibule and hall (telephone).
Elspinhope living room Back door leading to utility room with sink, washing machine, tumble drier, iron & board, walk in drying area designed for coats/boots etc.

Large sitting / dining room (55" Flatscreen HD TV & Blueray DVD player). From the dining area sliding french windows open out to a garden area with views down to the Cossarshill burn and a large expanse of open rolling hills beyond.

Every window has an enviable view - carefully planned - so that you can sit and enjoy the scenery & birds outside without leaving your chair or bed! The cottage is thoughtfully furnished and decorated with your comfort in mind. All doors, windows & fittings are in natural wood.

Heating: full central heating & double glazing throughout.  Solar thermal water heating with booster when needed.  A cast iron stove in the living room with real flame effect, can be used with doors open or closed to give you the feel & atmosphere of a real fire but without the work involved! Electricity to be paid at the going rate at the end of your stay.  First £10 will not be charged.

Free wireless broadband connection for your laptop.  Couple Discount.

No Smoking - Elspinhope is a non-smoking cottage 

Pets - Max 1. A very well behaved dog (or by special arrangement) is welcome in Elspinhope.  Kennels and runs are available out of doors.  Rules apply.