Riverside cabin in the grounds of a 17th-century watermill

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders Melrose Dod Mill

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • Pet Friendly
Riverside glamping cabin in the grounds of a 17th-century Scottish watermill
  • Stunning interiors and picture perfect location
  • Cosy-in with the wood burning stove and private outdoor fire-pit
  • Double glazed windows and modern insulation

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Features & 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.


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.

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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.