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Rubersview Shepherds Huts

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders

Rubersview Shepherds Hut, Schoolhouse, Minto, Roxburghshire, Scotland TD9 8SG
tonking views and peaceful privacy. This is a perfect hideaway for two in the Teviot valley, whatever the season.
Across the valley from this romantic shepherd’s hideaway, tucked in the mature grounds of a Scottish garden, you can’t help but be struck by Ruberslaw. The conical hill is anything but hidden. From the window of the shepherd’s hut it stands tall amid its green, agricultural surroundings. It’s hard to imagine that some 330 million years ago it was an erupting volcano. Today Ruberslaw’s rocky top is all that remains of an old volcanic vent and you can hike to the top to enjoy the views. Not that you need go that far to enjoy the valley scenery.

In the tiny hamlet of Minto, aptly named Rubersview Shepherds Hut has a prime spot for gazing down the Teviot valley. Below the tiered lawns of a countryside house, the hut is in a private space but with a great outdoor area where you can soak up the views, kick back on the deck or swing on an old wooden swing that hangs from a huge ash tree. Inside, the hut has homely, rural furnishings, with a wooden kitchen worktop, an antique-style table and chairs, a wood burner and even a wicker and canvas satchel for collected foraged berries should you find any. A lean-to outside the hut also lets you stroll in shelter to the adjacent cabin where there is a spacious toilet and shower room – the all-wood interior nicely echoes the style of the shepherd’s hut itself.

One of the nice things about Rubersview Shepherds Hut is the small, personal scale of the place. With just the one hut to look after, it has allowed time for owner Rob Armstrong to give some real attention to detail. From the historic 1900s photo of local shepherd Jack Turnbull that hangs above the wood-burning stove and free supply of logs, everything is finished to a tee. The only thing he can’t control is the weather.

When the suns out, it’s the local footpaths that seem most appealing. Head down to the river (good for fishing) or hike up Ruberslaw using an OS map to make a suitable loop. The glamping site is handily located next door to the church with a tall, traditional, stone tower, so its always quite easy to locate from the map. And if the weather’s bad? You can hole yourself away in one of the local pubs or simply set up shop inside the cosy little shepherd’s hut. Listening to the rain tinkle on the corrugated roof while the wood-burner roars is one of life’s simple pleasures.

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absolutely fabulous

Apr 19, 2017 by Chris&carolinescott

Just back from a 3 night stay,Rob has nailed it with this idea,the shepherd's hut & rustic lean to & shower room totally blend into the countryside it's dressed with collectables from his antique dealer days,a new hut is under construction & looks just as good.Rob & his partner couldn't help us enough & their 2 little dogs regularly came over to see us ! Evenings are great with the woodburner lit watching darkness fall& the hoot of a resident breaks to the sound of small birds chirping & sun beaming into the hut, no traffic noise nothing just peace & quiet,make sure you trek up to fatlips castle it's worth it.we will be coming back!

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