An award-winning, architect-designed Alpine chalet with a stargazing hot tub, refreshingly off-grid and beautifully nestled 350 metres above sea level in the scenic Scottish Borders.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Perfectly positioned 350 metres above sea level in the glorious Cheviot Hills, Alpnhaus is a deliciously secluded and award-winning Scottish Borders retreat that will embrace you in a warm, wondrous hug.

Architect-designed, adults-only, and completely off-grid, here you can relax with your loved one and your best four-legged friend, surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty both inside and out of your luxurious Alpine chalet.

Friendly owners Christa and Del live in the stone cottage next-door, on their historic farm-steading Singdean. Not only is Alpnhaus their personal labour of love, but they’ve also ensured that guests feel royally pampered from the moment they arrive.
 
Just for you, the wood-fired hot tub will be filled with pure Scottish spring water, then gently heated until it reaches the perfect temperature for stargazing. And since you’re near the Kielder Observatory, in a blissfully quiet area with little light pollution, you’re in for a spectacular treat!

You’ll also be treated to a traditional, freshly-prepared Alpine mountain breakfast basket, which will be placed outside your door each morning (softly, so as not to disturb that lazy lie-in).

Christa’s family hail directly from the Alps, so the cabin’s décor and furnishings are truly authentic: think deep leather sofas, thick rugs, and natural exposed wood. The superking bed, meanwhile, features a high-quality mattress that’s hand-made from cotton, silk, and wool, with butter-soft pillows and snuggly German down duvets.

Entertainment-wise, you’ll have a Freesat Smart TV to unwind in front of – powered by renewable energy electricity – and a Bluetooth Sonos speaker to help you set the perfect background mood. Though outside awaits a captivating wealth of nature to keep an eye on, from soaring birds of prey to scurrying badgers.

Rustle up romantic sunset suppers on the charcoal barbecue, or make use of the fully-equipped kitchen inside the cabin. There’s a large, south-facing veranda to help you make the most of any lingering sunshine, too – the ideal accompaniment to a glass of wine and a long, laughter-fuelled chat.

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At a glance

  • An award-winning, architect-designed Alpine cabin for two adults only, secluded on a historic farm-steading in the Scottish Borders, 350 metres above sea level, for truly exceptional views.
  • Off-grid and boasting luxurious self-contained facilities, you’ll also be treated to a freshly-prepared Alpine mountain breakfast basket each morning.
  • Owners Christa and Del will see to it that the wood-fired hot tub is filled with pure Scottish spring water, and heated to the perfect temperature for you to do some dark-sky stargazing. Bliss!
  • There is a dog-friendly pub within a 10-minute drive, and if you can bear to leave the cosy comfort of your cabin, some incredible nature-walks in all directions.
  • Nearby places to visit include Hermitage Castle and the town of Hawick, filled with independent shops and a whisky distillery.

Features

  • Adults Only
  • Dog Friendly
  • Hot Tubs
  • Off-Grid

Facilities

Living/dining area with seating, Freesat Smart TV, Bluetooth Sonos speaker, heating and hot water, well-equipped kitchen with tableware, glassware and cutlery, tea, coffee and milk, full bathroom with towels and robes, superking bed with handmade mattress, feather-and-down-pillows, German down duvets with cotton or Belgian linen.  Furnished south-facing veranda, charcoal barbecue, wood-fired hot tub with extra wood, free WiFi.  Provided: traditional Alpine mountain breakfast delivered daily, warmed hot tub for stargazing.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, nature-watching, stargazing, dog-friendly pubs, shops, distillery, castles, historic sites

More information

Don’t feel like cooking at all? The nearest pub is a mere 10-minute drive away; dog-friendly and serving delicious food.

You can work up a healthy appetite by taking any number of invigorating walks right from the doorstep, or paying a visit to the local towns. Hawick, otherwise known as the “home of cashmere”, is a joy to discover… particularly if you also decide to take a tour of the Borders Whisky Distillery! The remote Hermitage Castle is ridiculously close by, too.

Yet the dreamy atmosphere you’ll discover at Alpnhaus is so blissfully relaxing, you may decide that all you need are yourselves, some fresh, glistening snowfall, and that magical hot tub.

Things to note

Check in from 3pm – 6pm, check out by 10:30am. Up to 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay for free, by prior arrangement only. As the cabin is off-grid, please do not bring heating/cooling implements such as hairdryers or hair-straighteners. Although the cabin is suitable for guests with limited mobility, it is recommended that such guests do not use the hot tub. Free WiFi, and good mobile coverage on EE or equivalent networks. You are welcome to leave the owners’ phone numbers with your loved ones for emergency contacts if needed.

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What the guests of Alpnhaus say

“Thanks for the most relaxing mini break we have ever experienced, my husband has had the best nights sleep he’s had in 15 years. A beautiful place to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary”.

“Thank you for every tiny attention to detail that makes all the difference. You are the perfect hosts and very generous to share this little patch of paradise that you have created.”

“The breakfast is just as magic as the chalet. I wish we had longer to stay, but we will be back”

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