Mossfennan House & Annexe
Tucked away at the end of a tree lined drive, the splendid setting of this large country house is sure to make an impression as your eye is drawn towards spectacular views beyond.
For blissful relaxation or active pursuits in the great outdoors.
Mossfennan House with Annexe, a Category B-listed residence harking back to the 18th Century, was originally built as a traditional farmhouse and subsequently extended and remodelled on a grander scale. It sits in glorious isolation high in the hills of Tweeddale, yet is easily accessible thanks to its good road links. With six bedrooms, it is ideal for large gatherings and celebrations, while the proximity of excellent mountain biking and walking in the undulating hills makes it a wonderful base from which to enjoy outdoor pursuits.
From the moment you step through the front door into the wood-panelled entrance hall, the feeling of space is apparent. An inviting snug with open fire, TV, games and books is accessed directly from the hall which then leads to a large kitchen with Rayburn range cooker.
The impressive dining room has a Victorian claw foot dining table able to seat 12 guests and a large bay window framing the magnificent panorama of the tree-strewn Tweed Valley. A glazed door provides direct access to the terrace outside, where the babbling burn running down the edge of the garden provides a charming soundtrack to leisurely alfresco breakfasts or lunches.
The corniced drawing room on the first floor is light and airy, equally well-suited to socialising or reclining in one of the deep, squishy armchairs with a good book. Whichever you choose, the tasteful blend of contemporary and antique furniture has been perfectly positioned to ensure that the rolling hills and lush forest are drawn into the room, while the open fire maintains a warm glow in the room long after the sun has gone down.
Each of the six bedrooms has its own character and charm, with the master notable for its four-poster bed and exquisite views, best enjoyed from the window seat.
If you venture beyond the extensive gardens, you’ll find exceptional hill walking right on the doorstep, with mountain biking and hire available at the world class 7Stanes at Glentress Forest Park near Peebles. Trout fishing and shooting in the vicinity can be arranged while Stobo Castle Health Spa and Dawyck Botanic Garden are just a short drive away.
Impressive entrance hall with original boxed seating and decorative fire place.
Dining room with seating for 12, decorative fire place and superb views. Doors lead out to the terrace.
Snug with two huge comfortable sofas with open fire, TV with Freeview, games and books.
Kitchen with electric double oven, oil fired Stanley stove with oven, warming oven and two hot plates, large fridge / freezer, dishwasher, kitchen table (seats 6) and door to garden.
Rear entrance hall with hanging space for coats.
Cloakroom with WC and basin and washing machine.
Spacious drawing room with ample seating, open fire and superb far reaching views, games / drinks table and desk.
Bedroom one 5’ king size four poster bed and chest of drawers.
Jack and Jill shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 5’ king size bed, chest of drawers and fitted shelves.
Bedroom three with 3’ twin beds, desk and wardrobe.
Bedroom four with 3’ twin beds and chest of drawers.
Bathroom with bath, WC and basin.
Shower room (down two steps) with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom five with twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, built-in cupboard with storage space, wash hand basin, decorative fireplace.
Bedroom six with twin beds, side table, dressing table, built-in cupboard with storage space, wash hand basin, decorative fireplace.
There is a games room for guests' use located in the nearby steading.
This spacious space contains a pair of table-tennis tables, a table-football table and comfortable sofas — ideal for socialising or rainy days.
Mossfennan House is set well back from the road in just under 6 acres of grounds. An expanse of lawned garden runs around the front of the house and down to the paddock which drops away beyond. To the right of the property is a woodland garden and parents with young children should be aware that this includes a gully with a small burn running down towards the Tweed. This is lined with mature trees which screen the house from the working farm. Accessed from the kitchen is a terrace with outside dining table and chairs (seats 8) and barbecue.
There is a spacious parking area to the front of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Guests with young children should be aware that a burn runs down the side of the garden. Please see above for more details.
Two well behaved dogs are welcome at a fee of £25 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not allowed on the furniture.
Luxurious bed linen and towels are provided. Hairdryers are provided in bedrooms one and two. Hand soap is provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. The speed is fine for standard use but not suitable for streaming. Mobile reception is patchy on some networks. Vodafone offers the best coverage.
There is oil central heating throughout.
Immediately to the rear of the property are stone steadings which are not for guest use. Beyond the steadings is a range of barns used for storage rather than livestock, which do not belong to the owner and are not available for guest use.
The village of Broughton is a short drive away (3 miles) and offers a general store, garage, a tea room and a country pub. Slightly further afield are the towns of Biggar, Peebles and Moffat, each of which offer a wide range of attractions and eateries, including The Big Red Barn which is a particular highlight for a casual breakfast or lunch. Groceries and holiday essentials can also be picked up in any of these nearby towns, where a range of supermarkets and independent shops are on offer.
Biggar (10 miles) has an excellent fish and chip shop, and for eating out in Peebles (14 miles), Osso (featured in the Michelin Guide) has an all-round reputation with everything from coffee and cake, delicious lunches or cosy evening dining with a crisp G&T perhaps! Alternatively try Coltman’s Kitchen which is renowned for its friendly hospitality and a range of fantastic deli produce.
The area is an exceptional walking destination and there are a vast number of waymarked trails through lush woodland forests in the upper Tweed Valley, offering numerous wildlife spotting opportunities on its many family-friendly routes.
The John Buchan Walk is a 13-mile route that connects Broughton and Peebles through the hills and valleys of Upper Tweeddale or The Glen Trail at Glentress (18 miles) with 100 year-old Douglas fir trees is particularly scenic.
Head to the Broughton & District Tennis Club courts, where non-members are welcome to play out in the fresh air for a nominal fee.
For cycling, the 7Stanes at Glentress Forest Park is a superb destination for mountain biking with trails to suit all ages and abilities. With an £8.5m visitor centre, it also has a cafe, bike hire and instruction on offer but with some fantastic opportunities for walking and wildlife too. And for an exhilarating thrill 40 feet above the forest floor, there are zip wires and treetop adventures at nearby Go Ape.
Fishing is available on a number of beats on the upper Tweed system, and can be particularly productive through the Autumn months of the year - all within an easy drive from the property. Availability and booking is easily organised through FishTweed.
For something quite different, why not head to Velvet Hall to meet and trek with Alpacas in the Tweed Valley. Here you can amble along through scenic forests and over the hilltops with your very own Alpaca for company. Playful, inquisitive and simply adorable!
Visitors can stop off and see how fine ales are made in the grand historic setting of Traquair House, Scotland's oldest inhabited house, based on ancient recipes dating back to the eighteenth century. The gardens here are wonderful and there are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the younger members of the party entertained.
For passionate foodies, Cocoa Black is a multi-award winning chocolatier and patisserie based in Peebles. Founded by Ruth Hinks - UK World Chocolate Master and UK Confectioner of the Year, it is a magnet for budding chefs who want to perfect their chocolate and pastry skills. Classes are run throughout the year, including private and corporate events.
If you are an avid fan of the royal and ancient game, Peebles Golf Club represents an enjoyable challenge with well-conditioned fairways and beautiful views over this 6,138-yard course. Alternatively head to Cardrona which sits in a breathtaking spot in the rolling Border hills and offers the perfect setting for a leisurely game.
Despite its peaceful rural location, the property allows good access the motorway network, with easy access to Edinburgh (33 miles) and all that this magnificent city has to offer. Here you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket; take a tour of the underground vaults of the old city; savour the atmosphere of the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival or exceptional Jazz & Blues Festival, or visit its most famous landmark - the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
Children and families
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Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
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Cooks and chefs
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Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Nannies and babysitters
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
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"Great house, great location for first family get together away since the start of the pandemic. House and grounds excellent for such a gathering from grandparents to grandchildren. Weather a bit mixed but minor detail. Lots to do and see in the area. We would thoroughly recommend a visit and stay in this beautiful house located in stunning Scottish Borders county."Boyle family
"The house is delightful and has been perfect for a group of nine friends. The lounge, dining room and upstairs sitting room have been well used and the view from the upstairs is stunning. The John Buchan Way is well recommended."Ms Birch & friends
"Fantastic 4 day break in this beautiful house. We were blessed with unbroken sunshine in which to enjoy the beauty of this area. Would highly recommend the John Buchan Way. It was totally breathtaking, through such beautiful scenery and we didn't see a soul for 9 miles. Have had the best time and would hope to return!"Winskell family
"We had a wonderful stay catching up with friends. A good combination of relaxing (even sunbathing on the hottest September day in 115 years) and activities - canoeing, mountain biking and lots of walking. The house had everything we could need for entertaining 7 grown ups, a toddler and a dog. Thank you for an amazing stay!"Macleod family
"Thanks for a brilliant stay! We've had a fabulous time here. The house is beautifully opulent and very well equipped. What a place for a family reunion during the pandemic - stunning views! We even enjoyed the very noisy sheep. We've done several walks in this beautiful countryside."McMullan family
"We've had a great week here. The house is so comfortable and very well equipped - best kitchen ever! Enjoyed the loop walks opposite the house."Stannard family
"Mossfennan House was marvellous. In addition to being a beautiful historic building in an amazing landscape, every detail was perfect. The mattresses and linens, the instructions, the books available (a perfect selection of cookbooks, field guides, and local information), instructions for household items like the amazing Stanley stove and the fireplaces– everything was well considered. The house book of information, such as good walks to take right out the door, was invaluable, as well as including lots of fun historical information. When there was a problem with the internet, the owner set us up with an alternative and got the problem fixed right away, and was a pleasure to talk to and stayed in good contact while the problem got solved. I loved my stay here, and will be back."Mr Armstrong
"What a fantastic week we have had! The house is spectacular and the views are stunning. We could have easily stayed another week! The facilities are excellent and we will definitely be back next year. A very special place to have a family reunion after the pandemic. Thanks again."Forbes family
"A beautiful house in a stunning setting! My husband and our otterhound have walked for miles and climbed most of the local hills including the highest. We've entertained two relatives and two friends and we've all enjoyed it immensely. The best food shops are in Peebles which has a super fishmonger - I've never eaten such fresh cod - good butcher and baker. Our penultimate day was sunshine from dawn to dusk and we sat for hours simply looking at the view."Bunker family
"Fantastic stay, our first nights as an extended family for months. Such a beautiful location and local amenities. Thank you."Vest Obe family
"What a fabulous house and stunning situation! Such a comfortable home, so well stocked with helpful cooking/baking utensils and sooo many toys to keep our little one entertained. We have had such a beautiful family holiday here with memories that will be treasured always."Jones family
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mossfennan House. It is so peaceful and the views from the house are absolutely breathtaking. The beds are also extremely comfortable!"Ms Wood
"Mossfennan House provided us with wonderful, comfortable accommodation in an idyllic, breathtaking location. The views from the house are magnificent and the walks in the local vicinity are the icing on the cake for any fresh air enthusiast."Ms Hughes
"Thank you for a very enjoyable stay over Hogmanay 2019/2020. Very comfortable and everything that we needed."Nicol family
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season, flexible during low season.
- Arrival time: 5pm
- Departure time: 10am
"An ideal spot for entertaining with plenty of space both inside and out."Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree