Ettrick House lies in a quiet and private position on the southern side of the B7009 just beyond the hamlet of Ettrick. The Ettrick Valley is renowned for its wild and attractive hills and forests. It is an area acknowledged …
Ettrick House lies in a quiet and private position on the southern side of the B7009 just beyond the hamlet of Ettrick. The Ettrick Valley is renowned for its wild and attractive hills and forests. It is an area acknowledged for its productive stock farming and forestry as well as a wide variety of sporting and leisure pursuits including fishing, shooting, hill walking, riding and mountain biking.
Basic provisions can be bought at the Honey Cottage Caravan Park about 1 mile away. There is also the historic Tushielaw Inn, a former coaching inn serving food and drinks. Ettrickbridge has a primary school and pub. The market town of Selkirk has a long and colourful history and offers a wider range of shops and services including a high school.
Ettrick House is an excellent cottage in a spectacular setting. The one and a half storey traditional stone cottage dates from the 1870s and has been extended in more recent times to provide the current accommodation.
The house is set in about 0.73 acres of garden ground in which stands a single garage (about 6.75m x 4.25m) with lean to log store. There is a separate range of timber kennels with 4 runs and a lockable store.
The land at Ettrick House extends to about 89 acres. West of the house there are in-bye fields divided into 3 enclosures of reasonably level grazing land, with a hill enclosure and a strip of woodland extending in all to about 37.06 acres (14.99 hectares). To the east of the house there is a good sized block of hill grazing ground and woodland, extending to about 50.42 acres (20.40 hectares) divided into 2 enclosures. A small conifer plantation has been created at the east end of the hill ground.
The woodland includes nearly mature spruce, pine and larch trees along the river bank and a further wooded area giving great privacy and forming an attractive backdrop to the house.
The land rises from about 250m to 320m above sea level at its highest point. Sheep handling facilities including a pen, race and shelter are located in the hill enclosure. Watering is from natural sources.
The property enjoys riparian trout fishing rights extending for about one mile on the south bank of the Ettrick Water.
James Hogg, the famous Ettrick Shepherd, was born in Ettrick village in 1770. The great friend of Sir Walter Scott wrote many fine verses and made a great contribution to the Scottish literary circles in the early 1800s. James Hogg spent his childhood around Ettrick House where his father was a shepherd. The current Ettrick House stands just to the side of the site of the original Ettrick Village, of which little is known.