Braehead Cottage is a traditional shepherd's cottage which stands quite alone among the Border hills, just off the A7 Carlisle-Edinburgh road, 10 miles north of Langholm and about 11 miles south of Hawick. With a stand of trees behind, and lovely views across, up and down the valley on its other three sides, it is an ideal spot for a relaxing family holiday.
Traditional though its external appearance may be, inside it has received a complete makeover from its proud owners, and is as smart and comfortable as can be, with every modern convenience, kept snug and warm by double glazing, oil central heating and a wood burning stove in the sitting room.
As far as activities are concerned walkers can head off into the hills directly from the house, right over to romantic Hermitage castle if you wish, and there are also excellent forest walks with picnic spots at Old Northhouse. Fishing is available nearby and permits are available through the Hawick Angling Club. If you want to bring your bikes, there is secure storage at the cottage, with the neares dedicated trails at Craik Forest near Hawick. Riding is available 17 miles away at Dryden on the way to Selkirk. There is also sailing and wind surfing at lovely St Mary's Loch (24m).
At Braehead, you are right in the middle of the country, giving fantastic opportunities for exploring in all directions. Kielder Water, with all its potential for sporting activities is about a ¾ hour drive away. You can be in Carlisle or Gretna or on the Solway Coast in an hour, while Edinburgh, the east coast and, in the other direction, the Lake District, can all be reached in about 1½ hours.
The nearest shops are in Hawick which also has a leisure centre. The cottage has the rare advantage too that it is on a bus route, with the Carlisle Raillink bus passing the end of the drive.
Heating, electricity, bed linen and towels are all INCLUDED in the rental. One pet is welcome by arrangement but must be kept under strict control (a £50 refundable householder's deposit will be required). Smoking is not permitted within the cottage.