‘If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem.’
More than a writers’ retreat: you’re probably here to write, but if you’re seeking inspiration or just want to put your mind into neutral, if you want to walk, cycle, birdwatch, paint or think, then this is also the perfect spot for you.
Feel free to potter in the convivial farmhouse kitchen, to make a coffee, read the paper or even do a bit of writing at the big table. While you’re waiting for inspiration to strike, take your drink through to the garden room or out into the garden, install yourself on the terrace, sprawl on the lawn in the sunshine (rugs and cushions provided), sit by the pond and be mesmerised by the fish darting between the waterlilies, play with our soppy labradors, wander through the rose garden or laze in the hammock under the damson tree.
Or take a stroll around the conservation villages of Town Yetholm and Kirk Yetholm that lie on our doorstep, set in the breathtaking Bowmont valley and at the foot of the Pennines. Take time out in the welcoming bars and restaurants of our two pubs, or enjoy home baking, bespoke coffee and local chat in the pretty village coffee shop. Head into the hills for some of the best walking in Scotland (we’re on St Cuthbert’s Way and at the end of the Pennine Way), or explore nearby Kelso (of which Walter Scott declared, ‘Few villages can surpass that near to which I am now writing’) and the majestic Tweed Valley – not to mention all the other historic market towns and abbeys, castles and peel towers of the Borders. Immerse yourself in the region’s spectacular landscapes and contemplate the wildlife of its woods and meadows, lochs and streams; or – for a real sense of perspective – gaze up into the velvet-black skies above the Kielder Forest Observatory to consider the mysteries of the universe.