- Sleeps: 2
- Bedroom: Open plan
- Bathroom: 1
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
Blissfully far from the beaten tourist track, you’ll discover the cosy, secluded Chalybeate Yurt on a small and sustainable Scottish Borders farm that’s teeming with nature, run by friendly owners Amy and Peter.
On the southern edge of the magical, 800-acre Deepsyke Forest, you can also enjoy mesmerising views of the entire Pentland Hills range… in fact, it’ll be incredibly hard to believe that bustling Edinburgh lies just 30 minutes south!
Lovingly hand-crafted from Scottish larch, the yurt boasts plenty of toasty insulation and a wood-burning stove that means whatever the weather, you’ll be perfectly warm and snug.
What’s more, you’ll find that Amy and Peter have taken thoughtful care of every holiday comfort. Powered by the farm’s small wind turbine, there’s a small yet well-equipped kitchen that’s ideal for whipping up feasts from fresh ingredients (you’ll even find a selection of seasonal foraging recipes on hand, to help you get started!)
There’s a downy double bed to curl up in, and when you are ready for entertainment, head through the yurt’s ‘secret’ door, straight into the snug. Here awaits a joyfully curated collection of everything you’ll need to relax, unwind, and unleash your creative spirit.
Curl up on the sofa with your favourite from a colourful library of photography and art books, get lost in a vintage magazine or a classic novel, and get the atmosphere right with great sound from the vintage record player, with a wide selection of vinyl that’s been carefully chosen to reflect the changing seasons. There is also community based internet if you want to watch a movie.
But if you’d rather relax outside to a soundtrack of nature, all you have to do is wander through the snug into the an inside/outside shower that leads to the wood fired hot tub deck with a drinks shelf and a comfy curved bench. On the other side of the yurt step immediately into the woods, with a hammock, a firepit and a bench.Keep reading
At a glance
- A hand-crafted yurt for two, remotely secluded on a small, sustainable farm in the Scottish Borders, with magnificent views of Deepsyke Forest and the Pentland Hills.
- Fully self-contained, there’s a well-equipped kitchenette, a compost loo, and an indoor/outdoor shower for freshening up.
- If you prefer a longer soak, the wood-fired hot tub is ideal for sunset-watching and stargazing in nature.
- There’s plenty of in-yurt entertainment, with a selection of books, vintage magazines, board games, internet and a record player with vinyl to keep you company.
- Go on a foraging expedition, or take long walks through the Pentland Hills. The nearest village is a 2km walk away, while Edinburgh can be reached in 30 minutes by car.
- This property can also be booked in conjuction with Wilderkin cabin, situated on the same site.
- Dog Friendly
- Hot Tubs
Hand-crafted yurt, sleeps 2 guests. Double bed, wood-burning stove with logs, electric lighting, table and chairs, kitchenette with induction two-ring cooker, fridge with ice box, mains hot and cold water, USB charging points and sockets, snug with sofa, record player with speakers and vinyl, library, cards, board games, vintage magazines, local maps, foraging recipes. Indoor/outdoor shower leading to hot tub with hot and cold water, deck with outdoor seating, hammock, firepit, compost loo, towels and towelling robes, Wi-Fi.
Forest walks, cycling, nature watching, birdwatching, picnic spots, hiking, parks, gardens, shops, pubs, tearooms, restaurants, historic sites
Amy and Peter will have fired the hot tub up for you in advance, and recommend soaking up the views of the sun melting into the Pentland Hills, as the birds put on a concert in the whispering trees.
If you can’t bear to leave, there are neighbouring red deer, swallows and wagtails, honey buzzards, and red kites to spot (and plenty more besides), plus seasonal blooms that will fill your soul with joy.
Prefer exploring? The quaint, historic village of Carlops is a 2km walk away, and the conservation village of West Linton is 4km, where you’ll find The Gordon Arms – a local pub that welcomes dogs and boasts a really talented chef.
Of course, there’s plenty of scope to test out those walking boots, too, from the extensive tracks that criss-cross the Pentland Hills, traversing the drove roads that brought cattle down from the Highlands, or even ambling into Edinburgh.
However, we’re willing to bet that your favourite route will be the one that leads you all the way back to your new-found sanctuary at Chalybeate Yurt.
Things to note
Check in from 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Check out by 10am. Please bring warm clothes, waterproofs, a torch, and sturdy footwear. Pet-friendly.
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What the guests of Chalybeate Yurt say
“Thank you for creating such a wonderful peaceful space. The attention to detail is amazing and has meant we’ve had a very comfortable stay, with everything we’d need and more. One of our favourite parts of the yurt is the library and record room. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to vinyl and watching the deer. Thank you for the Gordon Arms recommendation – we had the most delicious meal on Sunday which brought our stay to a great end – although we’d really rather not leave! Thanks again for a wonderful stay. We wish you all the best with this venture and hope to be back soon.”
“5 stars for the bed, more comfortable than our own bed! Looking up gazing at the stars when putting your head down on your pillow is an amazing experience. Chilling in the hot tub after a hike in the pentland hills was ultimate relaxation. Overall the trip was great and the yurt was absolute 5 star glamping. I would highly recommend staying here for a glamping experience. It has everything from relaxation, privacy, gazing at stars, location is great for walks and it feels completely remote.”
“We had a wonderful time at Chalybeate Yurt. The yurt itself is so beautifully designed and laid out and has so many lovely quirky touches. It was great to relax in the hot tub, cook by the fire outside and listen to records in the library/chill out space. The area has so many great walks to do, and we also had a wonderful meal in the nearby Gordon Arms. Would highly recommend a stay here!”
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