As last week’s flurry of snow and polar vortex ice thaws, we’re all longing for brighter days and the return of colour to the garden.

Snowdrops are already lining the Aikwood drive and the crocuses and daffodils won’t be far behind. Our resident pheasant family are strutting their stuff round the gardens and it won't be long until we start to see the first lambs in the nearby fields. Spring is round the corner!


Our favourite Spring activities

We're busy putting the final touches to our 2019 holiday itineraries for guests.  So if you’re looking for some inspiration on what to do in the Scottish Borders during the school holidays or you fancy a mid-week break to freshen the batteries, here are a few highlights:

·       Grass-sledging at Born in the Borders - who needs snow - this is probably the best fun we've had in a long time! There’s a brewery and they're also home to one of our favourite Gin distilleries - Lilliard Gin. That, their beautiful walks, play fort and great lunches, cake and coffee make this a fun day out for the whole family. Book your sledging slot early!

·       Teviotdale Leisure Centre with its Lagoon style swimming pool has toddler and main pool sections, making it a great place to take the kids to enjoy swimming, ride the flumes and take part in water inflatable sessions. There is also a soft play centre and cafe to ensure a full, fun family day out!

·       Glentress Forest is a mountain biking Mecca deep in the heart of the stunning Tweed Valley. The biking experience here includes Green, Blue, Red or Black graded trails, as well as a magnificent multi-graded free-ride area. You could even arrange some family-friendly mountain biking tuition to get your bike legs ready for the hills!

·       The Borders Art Fair - Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March - is a fabulous three day event celebrating visual arts in the our beautiful Borders. There will be live art demonstrations, over 60 exhibiting local artists, galleries and collectives as well as creative talks and workshops.

·       Melrose 7s - Saturday 13th April is the perfect day for any rugby fan in the heart of Scottish Borders rugby land - a feast of Sevens rugby. The world-famous Melrose 7s dates back to 1883, making it the oldest rugby sevens competition. It has attracted teams from as far afield as Japan, Hong Kong, Uruguay and South Africa.

We currently have a couple of weekends left in March and April including the full Easter weekend (Friday 19th to Monday 22nd). Contact us for availability and prices.


Vicki Steel