Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference to a trip away and at The Lint Mill the home produce, the fresh flowers, home-made cakes and bookshelves stacked with games, jigsaws, novels and maps and a baby grand piano, all make this a special place to stay.
Whether you choose to snuggle in front of the cosy wood-burner in the chilly winter evenings or relax in the pretty walled cottage garden on a summer afternoon, The Lint Mill is charming in all seasons.
There are plenty of footpaths all around the smallholding, choose from a brief stroll along the river in the river paddock, a walk along the old drovers road or serious all day hike in the lovely Scottish Borders.
The Lint Mill is located at the end of a long drive off a quiet lane but easily accessible from the A72 and A74. It nestles at the edge of the North Medwyn River and has its own tranquil, private garden. The lovely views extend towards Tinto Hill and across the Pentland Hills.
Edinburgh and Glasgow are both only a 45-minute drive and the characterful Borders towns of Peebles and Biggar are within a 30-minute drive. The World Heritage site of New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde are less than 20-minutes drive away.
The house is a converted mill cottage dating from the mid eighteenth century. A single unroofed building annotated ‘Lint Mill (disused)’ is depicted on the first edition of the Lanarkshire Ordnance Survey map in 1864 but it is almost certain there was a dwelling here pre 1763. Lint Mills prepared the fibres of flax plants for spinning into linen (called lint in Scotland). The first were built in the 1720s; in the century which followed some 700 were added.
Mechanisation saw the demise of Lint Mills along the Clyde valley and you can see what happened next in this story of linen and cotton by visiting New Lanark, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village, just 7 miles away from The Lint Mill.
Today, the house has been extended to accommodate the self-contained bed & breakfast wing and sits nestled amid 14 acres of land and is an organic smallholding certified by the Soil Association.