Self-catering holiday cottage rental accommodation
in the Manor Valley. Sleeping 6
Near Peebles, 45 minutes South of Edinburgh. **** Visit Scotland.
Glen Manor Cottage
The Manor Valley
South of Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Manor valley is one of the most beautiful in southern Scotland. Mostly sheep grazing land, the hills are a patchwork of grasses, woodland, bracken and heather. The Manor Water rises among some of the highest Borders hills, flows past sheltered winter grazing and stands of Scots pine and reaches the River Tweed just upstream from Neidpath Castle.
Glen Manor, "the cottage with a smile"
Langhaugh Farm is about 6 miles up the valley, and Glen Manor (photograph right) is situated on its own about 200 yards from the farmhouse.
Although Langhaugh is completely rural and secluded it is only about 45 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, and an hour from Glasgow.
Langhaugh is a working farm devoted principally to organic sheep farming and organic free range eggs. It is a paradise for children and adults alike - a complete escape to peace, tranquillity and wonderful clean air.
There is a play area with swings and a trampoline, and a small stream to fish or paddle in.
The road ends three miles from Langhaugh, and so there is little through traffic and it is perfect for cycling and walking at low and high levels. Birdwatching is particularly rewarding in such a perfect habitat for water, woodland and mountain birds.
Glen Manor Accommodation (sleeping up to 6):
Agnes Campbell's cottage has just been internally renovated with a newly fitted bathroom with power shower and under-floor heating, the sitting room and hall have been opened into one bright, sunny room with oak flooring, a slate hearth with woodburning stove, and a double sofa-bed in addition to two sofas.
All three double bedrooms have been decorated and updated, with wood flooring. There is central heating, new dining furniture in the re-floored conservatory, and all light fittings have been renewed. The kitchen is bright and well equipped with cooker, washing machine and dishwasher.
In the garden there is a paved terrace with chairs and a table. It is now a beautiful, light, calm holiday venue set in one of the most outstandingly beautiful valleys in the Scottish Borders, overlooking the Manor Water, stands of Scots Pines, and the open vast landscape of heather and sheep grazed hills.
A gallery of of Agnes's photographs
About the farm and walking in the area
Enjoy the freedom of the farm...
You are free to roam over thousands of acres!
There's also a pond with a Pedalo, and private fishing for trout.
This area is well known locally for its excellent walking opportunities, yet almost undiscovered by visiting walkers. At Langhaugh you can borrow maps to help navigate, and there are a variety of walks from easy to strenuous. Excellent for bird watching, fishing, and with Glentress Forest 7 Stanes mountain biking nearby.
Young children - The grounds of Langhaugh make ideal play areas. Langhaugh is a paradise for children to enjoy, with a small stream to fish or swim and good play area with swings, 14 ft trampoline, summer house, sand pit, etc. Its also a great chance for them to experience at first hand all that goes into the day-to-day running of a working farm.
Family pets are welcome - provided that if you have dogs, you are always careful to keep them on a leash when walking.
Activities - Things to do and see:
The resident owners and farmers at Langhaugh, the Campbells, can tell you about activities which might interest you in advance or when you arrive, or there is a helpful Tourist Information Centre in Peebles (about 7 miles away).
At Langhaugh, a few yards from Glen Manor, are the remains of an early Celtic settlement, just visible in the contours of the hillside. Early Iron-Age Celtic settlers arrived in the Manor Valley in about the 3rd or 4th century BC.
The overall size of the enclosure is about 150 feet by 90 feet, and traces of this outside wall and its facing stones can be made out. Inside the settlement is on three levels; the lower part presumably for the safe-keeping of livestock (the area was at that time a haunt of bears and wolves), an intermediate level, and an upper level which allows the space for at least two timber buildings. These buildings would have been sited by partly scooping out the hillside where they were built, and thus have the name "scooped settlements". It is thought that such Celtic settlements were inhabited by peaceful farming families or small clans.
Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday
"We just returned from our stay at Langhaugh Farm and want to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lovely self-catering in a very pretty part of Scotland. Agnes Campbell was very accommodating, and the house is wonderful. It is a very peaceful place to stay, yet close enough to tourist attractions." Caryn Kulenkamp
The cottage has everything you need to settle in quickly and confidently. It is fully furnished and equipped to a high standard with emphasis on comfort and warmth.
"As well as taking a personal pride in our holiday homes consistently maintaining them to the highest standards of comfort - we happily open our doors each year to independent inspection from the Scottish Tourist Board. We more than meet the high standards they set:"
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There are also 2 more rental cottages on the neighbouring Glenrath Farm (which is part of, and adjoining, Langhaugh Farm) about mile or so away.
From Peebles, proceed westwards on the Glasgow road (A72) for 1.5 miles and take the road down to your left, signposted for Kirkton Manor/Manorhead and follow this quiet country road for 6 miles, following the Manorhead signposts all the way. Langhaugh is situated on the left-hand-side beyond the cattle-grid.
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