We are a family of six with 4 children aged 7, 11, 14 and 16, living in the bucolic Scottish Borders. We live in a Georgian villa dating from 1791, complemented by large gardens rich in wildlife (and chickens!). We have been welcoming guests to our attached self-catering holiday apartment since 2014 and have enjoyed meeting many interesting people during this time.
We have also been letting a room in the house through Airbnb on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. We are having to take a break from this at the moment as our guest room is currently being moved to a new location (the former housekeeper’s room) in the basement where we have installed underfloor heating and we are busy restoring it to create comfortable and spacious lodgings. Coming to stay with us as a house guest is a very informal affair, where guests are invited to take part in our family meals, whatever that happens to be on that particular day! We are doing most of the renovation works ourselves and it feels like they are never going to be finished so please bear in mind that you will come across many features in the house which could be described as “faded grandeur” or perhaps just “faded”.