|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
Sleeping up to 22, Mosspaul is situated in an idyllic location on the A7 Edinburgh to Carlisle road in the Scottish Borders. It is set in an area renowned for its opportunities for walking, fishing, shooting, stalking, cycling, motorcycling and other country pursuits. It is ideal either as a base for families or groups looking for a rural retreat or an active holiday. To the north lie the Border towns of Hawick, Selkirk and Jedburgh while to the south within easy travelling distance, lie Carlisle, Langholm, Gretna, Annan and Dumfries, Keilder Water etc.
Mosspaul Inn was a Stage on the Coach from Edinburgh to London and was first mentioned in the early 17th Century Charters of the Earl of Home. Even earlier, there was a chapel welcoming pilgrims and families for marriage and christening ceremonies on the site. Visitors have included William Wordsworth, en route to a visit with Walter Scott, and William Ewart Gladstone. The site is steeped in history and Border Tradition and still plays a part in the local Common Riding today.
The building as it stands today was rebuilt in 1901 and up until recently was a small hotel with a bar and restaurant. The house now provides families and groups with excellent and flexible accommodation, including a bar with a pool table, games room with table tennis, darts, cinema and giant Wii, iPod docking station and sound system, as well as a comfortable sitting room with log burner. Mosspaul has a commercial kitchen allowing for easy catering for larger groups. It has It has 7 bedrooms, 6 of which are en suite. Prices start from £2500 per week. Please note that the changeover day for week long stays is Friday.
Mosspaul is available to rent exclusively as a whole so you will not have to share any of the facilities with anyone else. The owners live on site so are to hand should you require anything, but will not use the facilities during your stay.
We love living here and are proud to share our home with guests from all over the world. Both of us come from office based jobs and relish the freedom and demands of running a large rental property. Alison grew up near Perth and is widely travelled. Eddie grew up near London and loves living in the Borders. Both have rented large properties for family and friends and have incorporated their 'must haves' into Mosspaul.
Alison Barker purchased this house in 2012
Mosspaul is steeped in Borders history and tradition and is itself a landmark on the road from Edinburgh to Carlisle. It is set in miles of beautiful rural countryside, where sheep farming is the main source of income. The house has recorded history as a coaching inn dating from the 17th century and was either a monastery or chapel before that called St Paul's on the Moss. It has played host to famous visitors and colourful local characters over the years and most local people could tell you a story or two about it. We chose to live here as the rural setting suits us (and our dogs!) and we fell in love with the old Inn on sight. While it is comfortable, it retains an old world charm that made us feel instantly at home. With its commercial kitchen it is ideal for larger families and groups and has great versatility to ensure all groups are well accommodated.
The views around Mosspaul are fantastic. There are steep hills to the front and the back of the building and the Ewes and Teviot valleys run away from it on either side. Holidaymakers can enjoy strenuous but rewarding walking straight from the hotel and on a clear day both the North Sea and the Solway Firth are visible from the summit of the Wisp Hill that rises from the back of the house.
As a former bar and restaurant it retains some of the features required, such as a glass washer, commercial dish washer and ice-maker, which all add to the comfort of the holiday maker. There is so much to do inside, that if the weather is poor, you will not be bored. Mosspaul has all the group activities already described, but it also has a small room for quiet moments that includes a library of books and some games.
Mosspaul offers the holidaymaker a unique experience in that until recently it was a hotel, bar and restaurant. As a result, guests can pour their own pints and charge the optics with spirits of their choice. The restaurant rooms have been converted to a comfortable sitting room, containing memorabilia from local history and traditions, including the Mosstroopers; and a games room. This room is very versatile and can be set up with table tennis, darts, giant Wii, home cinema, disco and dinning for 28 people. For more information on the Mosstroopers
Our group (18 lads) stayed at the Mosspaul Inn for a stag weekend. Alison and Eddie were both extremely helpful and relaxed but kept out of the way otherwise. There were plenty of beds and room to spare. The highlights were the bar (an actual fully functioning bar with beer on tap organised thtough the owners) the home cinema (with wii already provided) and the outdoor hot tub (takes a LONG time to get hot but worth the effort). Would recommend this place to any large group looking to get away from it all in the beautiful surroundings of the Scottish Borders.
We had a brilliant time celebrating my mum's 75th birthday at Mosspaul. Felt like we were running our own little pub with the excellent bar facilities in the property. The owners had organised a beer keg for us and we took our own bottles of spirits to put up on the optics and our own wine to put in the bar fridge. The kids loved the huge screen in the cinema room where they played games on the Wii and watched movies. The table tennis and pool table were also a huge hit with kids and adults alike. The kitchen was super for cooking lots of food at one time to feed the 16 of us who were there. There were lots of comfy chairs in the sitting area to relax and chill in the evening. Bedrooms were comfortable and clean and bathrooms were spotless. We had a brilliant time and we certainly intend to return.
Was at the Mosspaul Inn on 24 April for a long weekend. There was a group of 12 of us for a hen party. We all had a great time, especially enjoyed the bar, fully equip kitchen the big screen tv. Thanks to Alison for making us feel welcome.
What a fantastic weekend I’ve just spent with friends and family at Mosspaul! Our party comprised of 6 families - 12 adults and 9 children (ranging from 10 down to 1 year) and we stayed for a short break from Fri to Sun. We found the owners to be incredibly welcoming and friendly without at all being intrusive.
It was not so long ago that the venue was a working inn and all the features of a fully functioning hotel are still onsite. This included a lovely little bar which we were able to pre-order a beer keg for. The bar and kitchen are fully stocked with all the glasses, dishes, fridges, cooking and dish washing tools you can imagine and made it incredibly easy to cater for a large party. There were times during the weekend where we felt like we were ‘playing’ at hoteliers. We were able to keep the kids entertained for ages by getting them to help out by being waiters or bar staff (handling soft drinks only of course).
Aside from playing at hotels there was loads for the kids (and adults) to do. There was a good quality pool table, table tennis (great for beer pong) table, giant wii and cinema screen, darts board and lots of outside space for the kids to run around. A few of our party ventured up the hill behind the inn and enjoyed the beautiful views.
Room wise 6 families is about the maximum you could fit in and one family did get the raw deal of the downstairs room next to the bar with 2 triple bunk beds, too much light and no en-suite. They did however, say that it was worth it and would be delighted to come back again even if it they got the same room. The other 5 families were very happy with their rooms which all had double beds and en-suite facilities.
We will definitely be coming back for another stay. Next time we will be more adventurous with our catering, this time we cooked only pizza/pasta the first night and ordered take away (we had to collect it) the second. I cannot wait to attempt a giant hearty pot of soup on the range cooker and then keep it warm in the soup warmer thing (I don’t know the technical term). There’s even a plate warming cupboard!
Mosspaul is situated on the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, set in beautiful, but sometimes wild farm and moorland. The region has its own unique history and culture that differs from town to town. You will find excellent hill walking on the doorstep, and fishing, shooting, cycling, great roads for motorbikes, horse riding, quirky villages, museums, stately homes, forbidding castles, abbeys and shopping all close by. It is also an ideal place to kick back and relax away from the bustle of everyday life.
There are festivals all year round, such as the Denholm Folk Festival and the Borders Book Festival. Possibly the most famous are the Border Common Ridings which take place each summer. This historic event dates back centuries and is still the main event of the year in each town. The people of the towns take to horseback and ride the borders of each area, just as they did many years ago when they kept them safe and secure from neighbouring thieves of livestock and land. There are two ride outs to Mosspaul itself taking place in late May every year. Please check the dates with the owners if you wish to visit at this time.
Shops and supermarkets in Langholm (17kms) and Hawick (21kms) should cater for all your needs while you stay at Mosspaul.
Mosspaul is set on the high point between the Teviot Valley to the west and the Ewes Valley to the East. We are 10 miles from Langholm and 13 miles from Hawick in an area of peaceful and thriving farm and moorland just by the source of the river Teviot. There are many walks right on the doorstep, and you can attempt the three Mosspaul Marilyns direct from the hotel without having to step into a car. Within easy reach by car are walking for all abilities, water sports at Keilder Water and off road cycling at both 7 Stanes and Craik Forrest. If you are more interested in history, both Hawick and Langholm have museums and Hermitage Castle, Bowhill and Abbotsford, to name a few, are all within easy reach.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£700|
Hen, stag and house parties should contact the owners to discuss.