Life’s better near Biggar
This beautiful family home is a peaceful rural retreat in the Scottish Borders. This is an area often overlooked by travellers rushing north or south but there is plenty to see and do. Biggar is a charming market town and despite being mid-way between Glasgow and Edinburgh it has some of Scotland’s finest border countryside. Braefield is at the heart of an eight-acre smallholding that provides – in season – many of the ingredients served to guests. The surrounding fields are frequented by roe deer and hare, while buzzards patrol the skies.
Originally a simple cottage, the building has been so comprehensively extended it has the comfort and simplicity of a newly-built property, with underfloor heating in parts and wifi throughout. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, a real home from home.
There are just two guest bedrooms here, both en-suite. Beds are twins and of the highest quality – one guest reported appreciatively it was like sleeping on marshmallow – while toiletries are bespoke artisanal products. One bedroom is downstairs with a ‘rain cloud’ power shower and a deep cast-iron rolltop bath, while the upstairs bedroom has a ‘rain cloud’ power shower: you have to try these to realise just how wonderful they are. Bathrobes and hair dryers are naturally provided. And while Braefield is very much a working family home the guest accommodation is quiet and secluded.
All the guest rooms are well-equipped with their own televisions, radios and Lavazza Mio coffee machines as well as tea-making facilities and locally-sourced biscuits. Downstairs there is also a charming garden room in which guests can relax. The farmhouse is beautifully set in a rolling landscape: there are walks in every direction and plenty of sheltered places to soak up sweeping views of the Clyde and Tweed valleys and meet the local wildlife (or at least a few sheep).
Bring a fishing rod. Braefield is a a stone’s throw away from some of the best fishing on the River Clyde.
- Children by Arrangement
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Packed Lunch
Price per room based on two sharing, including breakfast
Twin rooms - £90
Single occupancy - £55
A comfortable camp bed can be added to either room for £30 per night. These are for children.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Braefield but not in the house. They sleep in the car.
Dinner by arrangement
Two courses - £20pp
Three courses - £25pp
Guests are welcome to bring their own wine free of corkage.
Braefield is just 15 minutes from the M74 motorway, while nearby Biggar is on the A702, the main route to Edinburgh from the south. But it's far more than a simple stop-off on the way to the Highlands. From the B&B it's an hour's drive to either Glasgow or Edinburgh; The Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Highland Show during the summer are both worth a visit and are both under an hours drive away. Biggar is a busy, thriving market town four miles away that is full of excellent small businesses and places to eat, while it's a half hour drive to Peebles, a gorgeous Borders market town on the Tweed that is also home to Glentress, with its bike trails and canopy adventures. The World Heritage site of New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde are nearby. There are great walks from the door and some of Scotland's best fishing is a few hundred yards away on the Clyde, with day trout licenses available.
David & Caroline Wilson
- Bio : Your hosts here are David and Caroline Wilson and their family, along with two dogs, three horses, a few sheep and one tortoise. Caroline is a professional cook. Breakfasts are of the highest standard, while packed lunches and evening meals can be provided on request. Call ahead if you have specific dietary requirements. The emphasis is on the best ingredients simply prepared. The eight-acre smallholding is particularly productive, so ingredients are often very local indeed.