Welcome to Rink Hill – understated luxury in the Scottish Borders. A gorgeous hillside bolthole for two, our glass-fronted self-catering lodge enjoys tremendous vistas over the Tweed Valley and offers beautiful secluded escape from the frenetic lives we lead.

Come for the views, come for a hike in the hills, come to explore the area’s rather lovely villages and market towns, come to descend world famous mountain bike trails, or to jump on the train to Edinburgh, returning to a log fire and tranquillity. Just come to relax.

Rink Hill is a contemporary holiday home which is the result of a long harboured desire from its owners to create a unique space from which to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the area.

Its creation – and its success – is also testament to its location just outside Galashiels.

Situated at the heart of the Scottish Borders, Galashiels is well connected to the national road network and in close proximity to major cities and airports including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Carlisle.

The Borders railway has offered Galashiels an unprecedented opportunity to establish itself as a leading business destination, transforming local connectivity and enhancing the potential of the town and its surrounding area.

Times, too, are changing.

Historically trail blazers in the electronics industry, Galashiels’ pioneers led the way in an expanding global market; today, such pioneers exist in new industries with artisan and innovative businesses launching and operating across a range of sectors.

Rink Hill is a perfect example.

The site is located in open farmland on the outer curve of a hillside and a main focus of the build was to utilise natural products in the finishing material pallet.

The building’s main frontages were formed with natural whinstone, recycled from field stone gathered over the years and former dry stone walling nearby. The external timber cladding and some of the internal detail was sourced from woodland on the farm less than 400m from the property. Six mature Douglas fir trees were carefully selected and milled by a mobile sawmill. The boards were then stacked and seasoned for two years prior to the build.

To declare its local provenance is to create a simple, yet endearing narrative.

Rink Hill has uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking Yair and the Tweed Valley and a stunning interior that brings the outside in through its impressive floor to ceiling windows.

A review by Scotland Traveller described it as “…like staring at a magnificent painting by a talented landscape artist whose canvas is ever-changing to reflect the weather and the shifting seasons.”

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