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The magical myth of a secret garden becomes reality at Chesters, the first Feather Down estate in Scotland. It is home to countless animals such as otters, badgers, foxes, bats, owls, rabbits, deer, and pheasants, which can all be spotted from your tented cottages. The star of the show must be Samson, the osprey who returns from the Gambia each year to a tree close by your encampment. You will be hosted by John and Ellie, but their children Lily and Thomas will be happy to assist you too. Your new homes nestles in woods with barley fields on the banks of the River Teviot - could there be a better spot for a family holiday in Scotland?
For a day out you can catch the train from Tweedbank and be taken right into central Edinburgh where you can visit the top attractions including Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. If you prefer to stay closer to home, head to Born in Scotland which offers restaurant and brewery tours together with all-year-round grass sledding, a giant sandpit, pirate fort, food shop, and gin distillery. For excellent fish and chips, the Cross Keys pub is just two miles away with a massive beer garden and great kids menu.
Chesters is full of delightful nooks and crannies, with the magical old walled garden an enticing centerpiece of the estate where you can pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables to cook on your wood-burning stove. Countless adventures await including den building, pebble painting, foraging for campfire wood and fishing - there couldn't be more to do on a family holiday in Scotland. If you are lucky enough to be staying at Chesters between May and September, there is a good chance you will see our resident osprey who returns here every year from the Gambia. All canvas hideaways come with a private hot tub and Chesters is a midge-free zone so you can take your time to soak and chill.
What animals will you find on this farm?
Hot tub bookable
Canvas hideaway with private outdoor shower
Canvas hideaway with farm-house shower
Canvas hideaway with en-suite shower
Including wood for the wood-burning stove
Including welcome package with bed-linen, towels, candles, matches, washing-up liquid and other basic items
One of the world's best family holidays
Meet your hosts
We are Ellie and John, and our project to fully rejuvenate the house and grounds was documented by the Channel 4 programme Country House Rescue. We will be your hosts throughout your stay, ably assisted by our daughter Lily and son Thomas.
Countless adventures await you in our magical myth of a secret garden.