Singdean is a truly magical place to stay, a real one-off. It has the look and feel of a remote Alpine retreat, and we love the fact that you can kick back with a hot chocolate in the private outdoor hot tub. By day, you’ll have only birdsong for company and in the evenings you can admire the Milky Way in all its glory against a perfectly dark night sky.
This 700-year old stone byre is totally ‘off grid’ and not connected to anything. Located off a quiet country road near the village of Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders, it is also close enough to the boundary with Northumberland for guests to explore both areas. Nestled in four acres of private grounds, complete with a stream and waterfalls, this charming stone building has been transformed into a rustic yet luxurious private bed and breakfast suite for two.
It boasts its own Alpine-style sauna, as well as a spring water hot tub. You’ll find Singdean high up in the hills – 345 metres above sea level – and surrounded by woodland. Well away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can immerse yourself in nature, breathe in the fresh air and relax completely. Because Singdean is located close to Europe’s largest dark sky area – an official status granted by The International Dark Skies Association – there’s no light pollution and the night sky is simply breathtaking. You can see stars like you’ve never seen them before and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot the Northern Lights – all from just outside your room! The nearest towns are Hawick – known as the home of cashmere – and Jedburgh, a lovely sleepy little place with an abbey ruin and a great local butcher.
Singdean has impressive eco credentials to match its charming character and wonderful location; electricity comes from its own solar panels, water comes from a private spring and heating and hot water is provided by biomass. The accommodation is dog-friendly and the surrounding area offers plenty of wonderful walks to be enjoyed with your pooch. The interior is decorated and furnished in a cosy chalet style.
Natural materials, such as wood and stone, feature throughout, and there are plenty of luxe finishing touches and accessories. Many of these are available to buy from the clothing and homeware boutique based at Singdean also in an old stone byre. Run by Singdean’s owners Christa and Del, the Alpine shop sells everything from snuggle slippers and woollen blankets to beautiful candle holders.
With only one private suite, you’ll have the whole place to yourselves. The accommodation is all on one level and has its own private entrance so you can come and go as you please.
Inside you’ll find tea and freshly ground coffee-making facilities, as well as a flat screen television, DVD player and shiatsu massage chair. The king-sized bed is dressed in pure cotton linen and a feather duvet. In the bathroom, you’ll find high quality toiletries. A fridge is provided in case you want to bring back food from one of the local delicatessens. Simple suppers can be provided. Tea and tasty cakes are served each afternoon.
Prices start at £145 per night, based on two sharing.
Guests are served a traditional Alpine breakfast in their suite, which includes a selection of breads, hams and cheeses, as well as honey, jam and yoghurt. All of the ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible.
You have found a wonderful place to stay and Boutique and Breakfast is committed to giving you a personalised service so that you can find the right room at the right price. Simply fill in our enquiry form and within 24 hours you will receive a response from Singdean tailored to your needs. This will be in the form of either a telephone call or an email.