Accommodation and Local Information


Where to stay near Macbiehill

When you come to a Bread Matters course and are staying at any of the B&Bs or hotels marked [BM Transfers] we will provide transport between Macbiehill Farmhouse and your accommodation at no extra charge.  If you are using public transport, we can also collect you from Edinburgh Waverley station on the evening before your course.

Bed & Breakfast

Macbiehill Farmhouse

The Courtyard Room


We have a simple, quiet and warm double bedroom with en suite bathroom, across the courtyard from the main house. It is available for one, two or three night stays. 

Visitors staying in the Courtyard room have use of a fully equipped kitchen in the barn, where we provide everything you need for an organic, self-service breakfast. You will find the fridge stocked with butter, eggs, milk and yoghurt. There will be plenty of bread, (made by Andrew), home made preserves, fresh fruit and granola or muesli.

Charges £60 (inc taxes) per night for the room (for two people) and breakfast. 

This is Bread Matters' own accomodation. Please telephone or email us to enquire or to make a booking. 


The Lint Mill

The Lint Mill

Proprietors: Colin and Deborah Richardson-Webb
South Lanarkshire
ML11 8LY
Landline: +44 (0) 1555 840 042
Mobile: +44 (0) 7966 164 742

This 4* luxury B&B is on a delightful, traditional smallholding just 25 minutes drive from Macbiehill Farmhouse.  The owners, Colin and Deborah aim to be self-sufficient, organic and sustainable.

Scottish Tourist Board * * * *

Self contained suite with conservatory, sitting room, double bedroom and ensuite shower room.

The tariff for two people sharing the double suite is £90 per night. Single occupancy is £50 per night.

There is a minimum stay of 2 nights at weekends and Bank Holidays.

The price includes a traditional Scottish breakfast (or other choice from our extensive breakfast menu), afternoon tea, welcome tray, bed linen, toiletries and towels. There is no extra charge for the use of WiFi, the Artist’s Studio, yoga equipment or fishing rods.

Please note that the Bread Matters free collection service doesn't extend to the Lint Mill. However, Colin and Deborah can sometimes help with transport but please check with them before booking your accommodation.

Drochil Castle

The dining room at Drochil Castle bed and breakfast in the Scottish bordersA bedroom at Drochil Castle bed and breakfast in the Scottish borders

Ann Black
Drochil Castle Farmhouse
West Linton
EH46 7DD

Telephone: 01721 752249

Family run Drochil Castle in the scenic and historic Scottish borders is a traditional Scottish farmhouse bed and breakfast 25 miles from Edinburgh. There are five guest bedrooms, all with views over the beautiful Peebleshire countryside.

Breakfast, made with fresh and delicious local produce, is served in the conservatory where the spectacular panoramic view of the valley and surrounding farmland will captivate you. Packed lunches and evening meals are available. It is well situated for cycling and mountain biking at Glentress and the Red Bull at Innerleithen. There is secure storage and washing facilities for bikes.

Double rooms from £32 per person per night. Single occupancy en-suite double room from £65.

Patieshill Farm

[BM Transfers]         

Proprietor: Mrs Janet Burke
Carlops by Penicuik, EH26 9NB
Landline: +44(0)1968 660 551

Patieshill Farm will re-open from Easter 2017 and is taking bookings for dates from mid-April.

On a working sheep farm, with great views of the Pentland Hills. Quite high and rural, with a nearby footpath into Carlops village. All three rooms (one twin and two double) have en-suite bathrooms and are on the ground floor. Guests come and go via a private external door. 

Scottish Tourist Board * * *

Double rooms from £25-£35 per person per night. Single occupancy from £30-£35.

The Meadows

[BM Transfers] 

Proprietor:  Mrs Margaret Thain
4 Robinsland Drive
West Linton
EH46 7JD
Landline: +44(0)1968 661 798

In West Linton village, among other modern houses on a small estate.  Quiet, with views of the hills.  All three rooms have ensuite facilities.  

Prices: from £35 per person per night.  Discounts may be available for Bread Matters course participants booking directly with the proprietor - excluding June, July and August

Peggyslea Farm

[BM Transfers] 

Proprietor:  Mrs Annette Noble
EH26 9LX
Landline: +44(0)1968 660 930

Between Carlops and West Linton, in a rural setting with views of the hills.  The proprietor keeps horses.  

Five kingsize/family rooms all with en-suite bathrooms and all on the ground floor in a modern extension.  One room and en-suite bathroom may be suitable for disabled guests (please check that it has what you need before you book).  Guests come and go via a priave external door and can use the separate kitchen in the evening.

Scottish Tourist Board * * * *

Prices:  from £40 per person per night.  Single occupancy from £50. Free wireless internet access

Gardeners Cottage

[BM Transfers]

Proprietors: Graham Hamilton & Catriona Thomson
Near West Linton
EH47 7BD
Mobile: 07884 314 649

One large double room in a family home at Lamancha; a very quiet, rural location only 1.3 miles from Macbiehill Farmhouse.  Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, tea/coffee and bread or toast.

Prices:  £30 per person per night.  No single supplement. 

Book directly with the owners Graham and Catriona.


Rutherford House

Bread Matters wishes to thank Dawn Galmiche at Rutherford House for providing excellent accommodation and hospitality to our guests for several years. 
From February 2017, Rutherford House is no longer taking bookings.

Rest assured that if you have already arranged to stay here during your 2017 Bread Matters course, your booking will be honoured. 

The Horseshoe Inn

Near Peebles
EH45 8QP
Landline: +44(0)1721 730 225

A two AA starred restaurant, serving the best seasonal, local food, the Horseshoe has eight double en-suite bedrooms (rated 4 AA gold stars)

B&B rates start at £100 for two sharing a double room

Scottish Tourist Board * * * * 

AA Rosettes

Allan Ramsay Hotel

EH26 9NF   
01968 660258

The Allan Ramsay Hotel in Carlops village can provide transport to and from Bread Matters which is just a ten minute drive from the hotel.

The hotel has four comfortable ensuite bedrooms: a single, a double, a twin and a family room. Single occupancy rates vary slightly depending on the room chosen and range from £49 to £69. Average cost per person per night is £49.

The restaurant serves the best of local produce. There is an open fire and a well stocked bar. 

The hotel was built in 1792 and is named after the celebrated Scots painter.

Self Catering Accommodation


Gartmore Cottage

Interior of Gartmore Cottage bed and breakfast in the Scottish BordersInterior of Gartmore Cottage bed and breakfast in the Scottish Borders

Alasdair & Anne FairleyScottish Tourist Board four star self-catering
01968 660702
Blyth Square, West Linton
EH46 7EG

Pricing: Off season (November to March, excl. Christmas and New Year) £450 per week or short stay (min3 nights) from £340.
Peak season (April to October) full weeks only, from £540 to £675

Guests who have booked a Bread Matters course receive a discount - please contact the owner for details.

Gartmore is a newly refurbished self-catering holiday cottage located in the heart of West Linton village.

The cottage is in a private square, close to local shops, bank, post office, pub and restaurant.
The accommodation sleeps four, with one double bedroom, one bathroom and a twin bedroom on a mezzanine floor built as a gallery, which overlooks the hallway to the kitchen.
The kitchen/living room has a log burning stove, TV, free WiFi, dining area and modern well-equipped kitchen.


Slipperfield Cottages

Proprietor:  Mrs Carol Kilpatrick
Slipperfield House
West Linton
EH46 7AA
Landline: +44 (0) 1968 660 401

Situated off the A702 trunk road, 1.25 miles South of West Linton village.  The 3* accommodation is a former Gamekeeper's Cottage overlooking Slipperfield loch, it sleeps up to four.

Scottish Tourist Board ***

Prices:  from £80 per night (four night minimum)

Hardgatehead Cottage

Proprietor:  Hamish and Susie Dykes 
South Slipperfield Farm
West Linton
EH46 7AA
Landline: +44(0)1968 661 597

A recently completed renovation using environmentally sustainable materials and methods.  Sleeps six; one double, one twin, two single bleds (in a sleeping loft). Weekly letting is norm, but contact the owners to enquire about shorter lets off-season.

Prices: from £580 per week

Eating Out

Whitmuir Farm - The Organic Place

A701 - West Linton
Landline: +44(0)1968 661 147

Open every day from 10am to 5pm
Occasional evening meals, usually on a Saturday, bookable in advance.

Whitmuir Farm is a ten to fifteen minute walk from Bread Matters. It has an art gallery (Dancing Light), restaurant, butchery and shop as well as farm walks and activities. It's a good place to spend a few hours on the day before or after your Bread Matters course, and handy for a friend or partner who is visiting the area with you but not attending the course. 

Whitmuir serves only organic food. Both the restaurant and the shop have Whitmuir's own lamb, pork, bacon and beef, eggs, vegetables etc. 

The Allan Ramsay Hotel

EH26 9NF   
T  01968 660258

On the A702 in Carlops 
Opening hours:    Every day

The Old Bakehouse

Main Street    

West Linton

EH46 7EA     

+44 (0) 1968 660830

Advisable to book - closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Other Places to Visit

Carlops Church

Carlops Church extends a warm welcome to visitors at its (10am) Sunday services.

It has an active eco-congregation and offers cultural, social and spiritual activities for everyone in the community as well as in the congregation.
Find out about services and other events during your stay by visiting the Carlops Church website.

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