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Mosspaul is an excellent party house set in a secluded rural location

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Versatile Accommodation With Table Tennis, Pool, Darts, Bar, Cinema, Hot tub

Sleeping up to 19, 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 6 bedrooms, 5 of which are en suite. Prices start from £3500 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.

More Details

About Us

Alison Barker
Mosspaul Inn, Teviothead
TD9 0LP Hawick
VAT Reg No

Property Manager
Alison Barker
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Alison Barker

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

Why Alison Barker chose Hawick

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.

What makes this house unique

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 and commercial dish washer, 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, home cinema, gaming using the 11 foot screen, disco and dining for 28 people.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hawick in Scottish Borders

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Shower Enclosure , Two large shower rooms
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite bathrooms with walk in shower enclosures (3), bath with shower over (1), double shower room (1), ladies, gents and disabled toilets on the ground floor adjacent to the downstairs bedroom
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , ensuite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , ensuite
    Bedroom 5 - Bedroom with triple bunk adjoining room 4
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Single Bed , 2 double bunks. En suite shower room
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , 6 Single Bed , Two triple bunks with double shower room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Please contact the owners if you require any catering. We can also provide a keg collection service for the bar pumps. For more details, please enquire.


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Mosspaul is an excellent party house set in a secluded rural location
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Fantastic Hen Party Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Mosspaul was the perfect location for a hen party weekend, which I organised as a bridesmaid. The range of facilities meant we could create a great itinerary of activities, which we organised ourselves making the most of what Mosspaul has to offer.

The bar is fantastic and was a great base for the whole group (21 of us), and the bride-to-be loved pulling herself a pint of cider when she arrived! We also used the bar for a pub quiz, pool/darts, card games and breakfast.

The bedrooms are ideal and there are plenty of bathrooms which is great for a large group of girls! The kitchen is perfect for catering for a large group too, and there was plenty of space, pots and pans etc. We then also used the "media room" as we called it for a sit down meal, and it was very easy to set that up and then clear it away again to use the room without tables and chairs. We used the projector, (which is excellent quality for movies etc) for a quiz from my computer and also for karaoke - a real highlight for the bride-to-be!!

We made use of the grounds for outdoor games, there is plenty of space (and the lambs were extremely cute!). We also went for a walk in the hills to clear our heads before we left. The hot tub was great fun - and really big, I think were 10 girls in it at one point.

In summary we couldn't recommend Mosspaul highly enough - topped off by very friendly and helpful owners, both in the build up (Alison answering all my questions!) and during our stay from both of you. Thanks for a really memorable weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great for a party weekend

  • 5 of 5

We used the property for a work Christmas party weekend. The bar area was a huge hit and the cinema room we used for a sit down dinner and disco. The walk up the hill was great but steep but we all made it 2/3 of the way up! It was an ideal property for what we needed and very clean too.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend at Mosspaul

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at Mosspaul - four families of 8 adults, 9 children and a dog. Eddie the manager was helpful and welcoming, and the house was brilliantly equipped. The bar and games room were highlights, and the catering facilities, including the industrial scale dishwasher, were very good. I would thoroughly recommend Mosspaul for a large family gathering. The only slight confusion was over towels, which HomeAway shows as being provided but actually are not. However, Eddie was brilliant at producing vast numbers of towels at short notice - thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Harriet and I'm glad you had a great time here. Thank you also for leaving the house nice and tidy. We have checked the information on towels and made sure that it is clear that we do not provide them for future guests and hope any confusion didn't cause you any unnecessary stress. We'd be delighted to see you again.
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Excellent venue for a stag do

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant time at a stag do here. The setup at the bar is very cool and I’d recommend getting a keg on to pull your own pints! Eddie was really friendly and helpful. We got the inflatable table football which was brilliant fun!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having you and your group here Ally. Thanks for being great guests and you'd be very welcome back. Do tell us if you've been before next time! Eddie and Alison
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Great weekend at mosspaul. Mixed group from age 7 to 57 and everyone had an enjoyable weekend 😆🖒

  • 4 of 5

Stayed at mosspaul for the weekend for a 30th birthday. Mixed group ages from 7 to 57 and everyone loved it. Something for everyone from having your own pub for the weekend with traditional pub games pool, table tennis and doms plus the sound system keeping everyone entertained to lighting the fire to heat the hot tub over the weekend. And for those nursing hangovers or looking for a bit of time away then there are beautiful walks in the surrounding hills. Would reccomend to any group looking for a good weekend away 😆?🖒?

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

We headed down here for a stag-do in April and had an amazing time.

It has everything you could ever need - large projector screen, hot tub, amazing kitchen and bar.

Brilliant place and would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much Jason. You and your group were great guests and we are so glad you had a good time here. You'd be very welcome back. Alison
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
On location, or Langholm
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Langholm, Hawick Minto and the Woll in easy reach
Nearest Train
41 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
36 Miles
East Lothian
Car: necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £700

2 night minimum booking for stays that include Friday and Saturday nights, 3 night minimum booking for stays that include Easter weekend, and 4 nights over Christmas and New Year. Changeover day for weekly bookings is Friday

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.