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Deloraineshiel is a secluded shepherd's cottage on a working sheep farm, located in the heart of the Scottish Borders. This is Ettrick Shepherd country, famously portrayed in the works of James Hogg. Quiet, off the road and peaceful.

See our page on history of the cottage for information we have gathered to date on Deloraineshiel.

The Borders is a little known area of Scotland's tourist trail, often overlooked for the busy Highlands, but is equally stunning in scenery.

The cottage has magnificent open views and is close to Hawick, Selkirk, Peebles, Innerleithen, Melrose and Kelso, as well as other Borders towns. Edinburgh is a scenic 1 hour drive away. St. Mary's Loch and the Grey Mare's Tail are also a short drive away. Deloraineshiel is the ideal place to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Scottish Borders and is a perfect location to see all that the Borders has to offer.

There are three bedrooms, two with queen size beds and one with three single beds.

The living room and the kitchen have back boiler stoves which heat the house and can provide all hot water needs. Should setting the stoves be too much trouble, oil fuel central heating is also available. We also installed solar panels to offset electricity usage and water is also heated using power from these. Doing our bit for the environment.

There is a bathroom upstairs and a toilet with large shower down stairs. The downstairs bathroom benefits from underfloor heating, which is great on a cold day.

Meals can be taken on the deck if the weather is good, in the kitchen or in the formal dining room.

A reasonable supply of logs are provided for your stay, these are located in the lean to, outside the kitchen.

The utility room has a washing machine and dryer. Iron, clothes stand and ironing board are also available.

There is lockable storage for bikes and biking gear in the lean to, which is located outside the utility room.

The cottage operates as a private home for most of the year and is available for limited periods only. As a private home, the decor is reflective of the owners personal taste and is very comfortable, contemporary in style, yet retains a traditional Scottish country feel with a traditional shepherding theme.

Satellite broadband internet is available. Our local pub, The Gordon, which is 20 minutes drive away also offers free internet.

A telephone line is available for incoming calls and there is an honesty box for your contribution to any outgoing calls you need to make. Large use of the telephone line will be payable when you check out.

Electricity is included in your rate, coins for a meter are not required, we don't like the idea of making life difficult for our guests, relax instead!

Local sight seeing, walking, fishing, sailing, cycling, star gazing and more. We can help you make the most of your visit to the Scottish Borders, Scotland's best kept tourist secret!

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The cottage was originally located to the north west of Clearburn Loch, but for some reason was demolished and moved to the current site around 1853.

We have located Deloraineshiel on maps going back as far as 1752-1755 (Roy Military Map of Scotland).

At that time this may have been a shielding and not an inhabited cottage.