staying at Rennaldburn
A well-loved retreat for over a decade, Rennaldburn's available for stays of three nights or more.
The self-catering half of the house sleeps seven to eight, though individual rooms can also be rented.
Prices include all bedlinen, towels, firewood and energy usage, but not food: I can provide a veggie/vegan/GF breakfast for an extra £5 pppn if required.
Nightly costs include a donation to the Akong Memorial Foundation and average £64 for the whole holiday let side for one, with additional guests £16 each.
Individual rooms average £30/£50 for one room for one/two people.
(Please note if you rent one room and someone else books at the same time, you’ll all be sharing the kitchen & bathroom; there are no en-suite options :)
The centrally heated farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished in an earth-friendly way, with many unique features inside, from stained glass to organic woodwork…and, of course, an abundance of original artworks.
Upstairs is the bathroom and two large bedrooms, each with a double and single bed in them. Both face West, towards the river Esk which winds through the valley, and the Loupin Stanes.
This is one of many prehistoric sites in the area, including the Girdle Stanes, another ancient stone circle twenty minutes further downstream.
Half-way up the stairs, there is a cosy single with a skylight to the stars and and its own secret 'Mousehole', also with a single bed in it.
Downstairs is the sitting room, with an open fireplace. This holds an extensive library, specialising in books of a spiritual and esoteric nature. This leads to the well-equipped kitchen, which also has a washer/dryer.
There's also wifi, DVD player & DVDs and many instruments, including a harmonium ~ now in retirement by the waterfall ~ music from which features here :)
(But be warned, there's no telly at Rennaldburn!)
My cat, Tashi, and I live in the back of the house, but the holiday let side is completely self-contained, with its own front door.
It's child-friendly here, with cot, high chair and child safety gates available…& also pet-friendly, as long as any canine guests don’t chase Tashi or the surrounding sheep!
There’s plenty of room for parking, and barns for keeping bikes undercover.
For how to get here, scroll down the 'visiting' page
Some guests commission me to make a bespoke piece during their stay and enjoy being part of all stages of the process!
At home in the studio…
Guests Pippa & Alice choosing
the glass their Kalachakra
will be made from
Peeking in the kiln at full melt
Cooked & ready to break out of the mold
Seeing how the light shines through
Marbling the frame
Credit for all these 'process photos'
to Rennaldburn guest Heather Watters :)