Rennaldburn self-catering farmhouse

rburnfront.jpgRennaldburn is a seventeenth-century farmhouse, the self-catering half of which sleeps seven to eight. If there are only one or two of you, though, individual rooms can also be rented - see tarriff below - and I can provide a veggie breakfast and supper if required.

Sitting surrounded by pastureland a couple of miles south of Samye Ling, Rennaldburn is reputedly the first house built by Thomas Telford under the apprenticeship of a master stonemason in his early teens. It's secluded in three and a half acres, part of which is a wooded ravine with a beautiful waterfall running through it. The farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished in a rustic, earth-friendly way, with many unique features inside - from organic woodwork to original art, antique shrines and hand-printed prayer flags. I hope each time you visit Rennaldburn you’ll see something new to inspire you; I see it as an ever-evolving artwork!

There are two large bedrooms upstairs, each with a double and single bed in them, rburnwailele roomboth facing West towards the river Esk which winds through the valley, with a view of the nearby ancient Loupin Stanes, one with an antique French woodburner and supply of mini-logs to stoke it with. Also upstairs is the sunny bathroom, with curved bath, stained-glass and mosaics.

Half-way down the stairs, there’s also a cosy single painted with rich blue earth pigment, with a skylight to the stars and sunrise and and its own ‘secret room’ entered through a giant mousehole!

The sitting room is home to an extensive and varied library, including many books of a spiritual and esoteric nature ~ and also has an open fireplace, with a supply of wood and coal. There is also a music system, DVD player and wide selection of DVDs, broadband access and pedal organ... but no TV reception.

The kitchen has a table which (just!) seats seven, as well as a washer-dryer and all rburnkitchencooking facilities - including basics such as oil, tea, spices and eco-washing liquid. It has a door leading to the front garden and meadow.

My son, Sati, and I live in the back of the house, but there are no 'shared areas'; the front door, and all the living areas mentioned, are exclusively for your use.

Rennaldburn is child-friendly with cot, high chair and child safety gates available if required, crafts and games, a big trampoline, homemade table-tennis table (with strictly improper proportions!) and bikes to borrow.

We’re also pet friendly, as long as any canine visitors don’t chase our cat, Tashi, or surrounding sheep!

There’s plenty of room for parking, and barns for keeping bikes undercover.

All-inclusive 2014 prices:
There are no hidden costs: prices include all bedlinen, towels, energy usage, and a welcome tea.

For the whole holiday let side:
Off-season: £375 weekly
Half-terms: £400 weekly
Summer holidays: £430 weekly
Christmas and New Year on request

Weekly prices also include a welcome hamper, basket of wood and scuttle of coal, and a £12 donation to Rokpa.

Nightly: £85/£95/£105 depending on season.
Three-night stay or over - 15% off.

For one room: One person: £28/£31/£34
Two sharing: £46/£49/£52
Babies free, kids half price.

Vegan/veggie breakfast £4.00 extra per person.

Nightly prices for the room or the house include a £1 - £4 donation to Rokpa.

Bookings for one night not taken more than a week in advance over summer and easter.

To make a booking call Shen on 01387 373277 or email ita@gonebeyond.co.uk Our address is:
Rennaldburn Self Catering Farmhouse,
Eskdalemuir,
Nr. Langholm,
DG13 0QQ
(Don’t use satnav; it’ll take you up the road!)

More details can be found on our website www.gonebeyond.co.uk

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