Who we are:
Situated in the scenic Scottish Borders near the historic towns of Hawick, Denholm and Jedburgh – Westcote Glampings location offers panoramic views of the Minto Hills, rich reivers history and an array of outdoor activities.
We offer a variety of accommodation options: a Shepherd’s Hut, a Beehive Pod and a Showman’s Hut. Each can sleep up to four people comfortably. Moreover, two Gypsy Caravans are currently being renovated and will be available by the end of July 2018. Each accommodation option comes with their own sets of warm bushed cotton sheets, luxurious feather duvets, a small portable gas heater and outdoor decking areas each equipped with a BBQ and fire pit. So feel free to take in the spectacular Scottish scenery under the stars that fall just north of Europe’s largest dark sky reserve.
A complimentary bottle of Prosecco and essentials, including tea, coffee and sugar are supplied. Additional items, for instance extra logs and breakfast hampers (featuring our own chicken’s eggs) can be bought for an additional cost. BEEHIVE POD
What to do and see:
Do bring wellies or walking boots so that you can truly explore the beautiful Teviot valley. There are 13 Scottish Borders Council trails around Hawick alone, and if you are feeling more adventurous do walk the remarkable Borders Abbeys Way that runs just north of us. There are four abbeys to capture your historic imagination: Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Melrose and Kelso. Or come and join us in September for the annual Festival of Walking celebrating a different Borders area each year, and in 2018 it is our honour to host!
If you would rather explore the area by bike or horse do bring your own; we offer stabling facilities for an additional £25. The horse is an integral part of life in the Scottish Borders with the annual Common Ridings festivals commencing in the Hawick district in May through June, where it is possible to see several hundred horses and riders participating in this ancient celebration. There are also spectacular International Horse Trials, guided rides and the annual Festival of the Horse throughout the year. So if you are horse-mad this is the place to be!
Another two classic Scottish outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed on our doorstep: golf and fishing. Golfers are spoilt with Minto golf course to the north and Hawick golf club to the south, both of which welcome non-members to play. The latter is the oldest in the borders established 1877 which has Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomery and Tony Jacklin as honorary members. Whilst, the famous River Tweed that graces the valleys of the Borders is home to the trout and the salmon, offering fantastic fishing.
We would also recommend checking out the alcohol of the region; whisky, gin and beer in abundance. In addition to the traditional local pubs we have first whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837 (opened in 2018), a multi-award winning microbrewery and gin distillery a stone-throws away.
The area is concurrently revered for its textiles industry. Within the Border’s 30 miles you will find a multitude of textile companies, factory outlets, visitor centers and museums along the ‘textile trail’ with Hawick being the regions “cashmere capital.” Whether you want to look at the weaving and knitwear heritage at the local Borders Textile Towerhouse museum or pick yourself up a cashmere jumper anywhere from Johnstons Cashmere to Hawick Cashmere of Scotland, do visit.
Finally, our location also makes us the perfect gateway for you to experience the wonders of Scotland and the North of England. If you make us your base you can take the regular train service from near by Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverly station, to explore capital culture or August’s annual Fringe Festival. If you are driving up or down Kielder Forest and the Northumberland Dark Sky Reserve are less than a half an hour drive away, Edinburgh and Hadrian’s Wall an hour away, as well as North Berwick, Alnwick, Bamburgh and the Lake District reachable in approximately an hour and a half.
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Showman’s Hut (Princess and the pea) from £79 per night
Shepherd’s Hut (Owl and the pussycat) from £65 per night
Beehive Pod from £49 per night