Chalybeate yurt sits at the secluded southern edge of an 800 acre forest in the Scottish Borders. You can tramp off road, explore the ancient drove roads that pass by within a kilometre, and hike into the Pentland hills. Come home to a wood fired hot tub under the stars, listen to the birdsong and watch the sun set over the hills.
the bees & the birds
Roe deer, honey buzzards, red kites, swallows and wagtails, heron, swifts and jays, lapwings are your closest neighbours. You can pick wild garlic and early nettles – we will leave you seasonal foraging recipes! Expect to see snowdrops in winter, wild narcissi in spring, gorse, broom and the summer wild orchids, vetch, plantain, mouse ear hawkweed, and ox-eye daisies. You can mark the passing of the seasons as the geese arrive to overwinter at Westwater reservoir.
This is a yurt with a difference. Powered by our own small wind turbine, there's an elegant small kitchen fully equipped to whip up delicious meals for alfresco dining, or on the bistro table indoors. Bend your head down and go through a secret door into the snug with your own library of photography & art books, nature writing, novels and classics, a comfy sofa and a writer’s desk. Pick some vinyl from the yurt’s Summer selection – from Shakespeare to Sinatra, from Gladys Knight & the Pips to Prince – and soak up the tunes from the turntable.
hammock, tub & stars
Walk directly from the yurt to a campfire, hammock and on into the woods. The inside/outside shower has a split door to let you gaze out to the huge beech tree before stepping onto the decking direct to the wood-fired hot-tub with its shelf for drinks and curved bench for seating. The tub seats 6 people, so you have space to totally stretch out and relax . The views are breath-taking and the birds sing to you from nearby and from the forest behind.
The nearest village is Carlops, 2 km walk. The conservation village of West Linton is 4 km, with three food shops, pub, tea room and village green .
Driving from North, take A702 south past Carlops, turning left immediately after the 20mph ends sign, signposted Macbiehill and Lamancha. Drive for 1.5 km. You will see a forest on your left, our track is on the left in front of the forest, with the wind turbine visible in the field.
Drive along the track for 200 metres, and turn sharp right into the short track signposted Chalybeate. Walk along the grass path for 100 metres.
An electric car charger is in the lean to next to the house.
Amy and Peter raised their family of three here at Chalybeate, and welcome you to this beautiful, remote and wild spot in the Scottish Borders. The small farm is run off a wind turbine, and is organic, producing its own green vegetables and soft fruit and apples. There is an electric car charger available. They live in the 18th Century farmhouse 200m past the yurt, and will set the hot tub going for you, so you can begin your time here with total relaxation. They have had fun designing the library and vinyl record collection for your visit.