Who would have thought it !!! Me?? …someone who loves the luxury of faraway places in stunning hotels, decides to spend 7 nights with my partner and our two dogs Glamping in an estate called Chesters in the Scottish Borders near Jedburgh, only 1 hour from home (Edinburgh) . I cannot rave highly enough about how I had such an enjoyable holiday.
The owners of the estate (John an Ellie) simply could not have been any more hospitable if they tried. Such genuine lovely people just wanting to ensure we had the best of times, and yes we certainly did. A very first for me with this type of holiday. I am used to my home comforts and all that goes with this. (TV, Internet, I pads etc etc.) Well forget that. No electricity (well not strictly true… enough to light up some lamps) but certainly no power for TVs, Ipads, or Internet... Just forget it, and do you know what…. it was the best thing ever, not having them around.
Everything you needed was supplied, and may I say the quality of the towels and bedding was first class. Immaculately clean and very fresh smelling. For those that have not done this sort of holiday before, the beds are really comfortable with all the home comforts of nice mattresses. We took our own candles and other personal items we felt we would need for the week, but really everything is supplied. Crockery, knifes , forks etc.
There is an honesty bothy .This has some provisions in case you had forgotten anything.(basics, but very much appreciated when you see what is on offer) The main things are provided (even beer and wine) and all you had to do was take what you needed during the week and after looking at the price list, write this down and settle at the end of your holiday. How honest is that!!
With an abundance of logs to keep the log stove in the main tent area going together with enough to light the fire in the hot tub to supply lovely hot water to relax in under the moon light at night. I was in my element lighting fires and keeping them stocked up so they did not go out. I was like a little kid, and enjoyed every second of it. The outside shower with its ‘’Oor Willie’’ bucket above our heads with holes in it gave us a very refreshing shower whenever we needed it. (This was courtesy of an independent gas heater element, and gas canister) Oh, and for being in the middle of nowhere, the flush on the internal toilet was one of the best ever.
Wakening up to the sound of what we thought was millions of birds whistling, was second to none. So many walks, things to do, the walled garden and so much more. We saw badgers, owls, deer, rabbits pheasants on a regular basis. One of the most relaxing holidays we have ever ever had.
Thank you ever so much John and Ellie, and also lots of success with your very new venture ‘’Born in the Borders’’ . Check this out on the internet. We went for a visit and we certainly were impressed. A very Scottish visitors attraction but ensuring all local produce (food, crafts, art etc. etc.)
Hoping to return later in the year. Don’t take my word for it Try it yourself. Oh and our two dogs had the time of their lives, it was wonderful to see them enjoy themselves as they did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is what you'll find at your Country House Hideout:Tented luxury - A plumbed-in loo, luxurious bed and a hot-tub to call your own, all form part of your personal encampment.Bags of space - With room for up to eight, why not invite your best friends or favourite family?Discover nature - Your family will be off exploring the flora and fauna to get a closer look with the scientific instruments in the discovery tentCarbon neutral - Save fossil fuels, pedal a bike to power up the lights in your tent.Have you ever dreamt of discovering your own secret garden? Fantasy becomes reality at Chesters as you camp out in woods sandwiched between the River Teviot and a beautiful two acre walled garden with its own croquet lawn and vegetables that are yours to pick.If your hosts John and Ellie seem familiar, it is quite probably because you have seen them on Channel 4's 'Country House Rescue'. There the redoutable presenter Ruth Watson pooh-poohed their dream of making their own beer from the fruits of their land. Well, the Scottish Borders Brewery is now a reality, just the other side of the river from your tent, using barley from the field before you to make their real ale. The whole estate is a playground, full of delightful nooks and crannies, home to sheep, roe deer, pheasants, partridges and of course a run of salmon and trout you can hire a rod for. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country House Hideout At Chesters Jedburgh, Scotland