Dod Mill

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders Melrose

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Artistic riverside cabins in the grounds of a 17th-century watermill

Shepherd’s huts, vintage caravans and rustic wooden cabins are the sweet daily bread of many of the glamping sites we love. But over at riverside Dod Mill in the north Scottish Borders, things are a little different. Yes – there’s something that looks a bit like a shepherd’s hut but, in place of a neat set of cast iron wheels, there are stilts which have lifted the cabin to canopy level. And yes – there’s a vintage caravan in a scenic spot but it appears to have crashed into a rustic wooden cabin. Things are not always what they seem though and, in fact, these two unusual structures are the quite-deliberate creations of artists and creatives who once lived in the grounds of 17th-century Dod Mill.

The Stilt House and The Fishing Hut, as these quirky cabins are now known, each offer a glamping experience that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Their humble beginnings and rustic appearance belie what you’ll find inside. Built as homes and studios for artists 20-odd years ago, a thorough renovation project by Dod Mill’s current owners, Ruth and Jamie, has brought each of the cabins as up-to-date as most glampers would wish them to be. They each have comfy beds, crisp white sheets and super-cool styling along with a log burning stove but retain much of their original character.

The Stilt House is the swankier of the two with double glazed windows, modern insulation, whitewashed walls and a king-sized bed. Its shower-room is hotel-style but not quite en suite (you have to go outside and downstairs to use it). On the other side of the river, the off-grid Fishing Hut, with its timber-clad walls, caravan sleeping quarters and composting toilet is more rustic but just as stylish and, perhaps, a little more cosy. It’s set a little further from the other buildings of Dod Mill (which include two self-catering holiday cottages) and the A-road that leads here and can sometimes be heard from site.

The overwhelming sounds, though, are those of nature; the tweeting of birds in the surrounding woodlands, the baa-ing of resident sheep and, most loudly of all, the rushing waters of the Boondreigh River. The river is the reason that Dod Mill was built here and, in the three centuries since, it has since inspired geologists, artists and those seeking retreat. It separates the two cabins and sets this glamping accommodation apart. There’s plenty to do within reach of the site, from eating out in nearby Lauder to exploring Edinburgh less than an hour’s drive away, but we’d recommend making time to simply enjoy the history of the site, the artistry of the cabins and the scenery that has inspired it all.

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Facilities

The Stilt House has mains electricity and cold running water, a woodburning stove/cooker, single electric hob and a small fridge. The Fishing Hut has solar power with USB charging points available. There is cold running water, a woodburning stove/cooker, a single gas hob, a cool box (with freezer blocks). Both cabins have a separate but private toilet and shower and have outside seating and a firepit or barbecue with logs provided. A washing machine is available for guest use on request.

Nearby

You can enjoy riverside walks on site and head straight out into the Lammermuir Hills or, for more of a hike, follow the Southern Upland Way towards the coast. There are lots of castles and country houses in the surrounding Scottish Borders including 16th-century Thirlestane Castle (01578 72243), which is just four miles from site, and the magnificent Mellerstain House and Gardens (01573 410225), nine miles away. Floors Castle (01573 223333), Scotland’s largest inhabited castle, is 14 miles away and, although still home to the 11th Duke of Roxburghe, is open to the public along with its gardens. Abbotsford (01896 752043), the former home of Sir Walter Scott, is about an hour’s drive from site. There’s also the Jim Clark Motor Museum (01361 883960), alpaca trekking at Beirhope Alpacas (01573 440631) and Preston Mill – not forgetting Edinburgh with its world-famous castle and sights all within an hour’s drive of Dod Mill.

Food & Drink

Lauder is the nearest small town, four miles away, and has plenty of independent shops to pick up supplies from including The Purple Plum for fruit and veg, Shaws Fine Meats, the Firebrick Bakery and the Spotty Dog Deli, which also has a coffee shop. The Soutra Coffee House and restaurant at Carfraemill are also recommended. Main Street Trading in St Boswells (15 miles from site) is also one of your host’s favourites. For dinner out, try the local produce at Firebrick Brasserie (01578 718915), Provender (01896 820319) or the Black Bull (01578 722208). For a treat perhaps try the more upmarket, The Hoebridge (01896 823082). You can also join a brewery tour and tasting at Tempest Brewing Co (01896 759500), 16 miles away in Tweedbank, or visit Borders Distillery (01450 374330), 30 miles away.

Opening Times

March–November.

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Accommodation

Two wooden cabins set beside a the River Boondreigh.

Fishing Hut

Quirky Sleeps 2
Quirky hideaway on the bank of the Boondreigh River

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Location

Contact Dod Mill, Dod Mill House, Thirlestane, Lauder, Scottish Borders TD2 6SE

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Getting There

From the South: take the A1 from Newcastle followed by the A697 towards Coldstream. Continue on A697 through Greenlaw. Dod Mill is another 10 minutes’ drive. From the North: Take the A68 south off the Edinburgh City Bypass. At the Carfraemill roundabout, exit onto the A697. Continue for seven miles to Dod Mill. If using Sat Nav, use postcode TD2 6SE.

A car is recommended but it is possible to take a local bus from Edinburgh City Centre (and Edinburgh Waverley Train Station) to Lauder (Border Buses timetables on their website). From there, pre-book a taxi for the final five-minute drive to Dod Mill.

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