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The Glenholm Centre
The Glenholm Centre offers good quality 3 star (Scottish Tourist Board) guest house holiday accommodation for visitors to the Scottish Borders region of southern Scotland and in particular the towns of Peebles and Biggar.
The Centre was created from the original Glenholm school, which closed in 1943, and its adjacent school house. This school house has been converted to provide three very comfortable rooms, two twin-bedded and one double. Its decoration blends Scotland with a hint of Africa reflecting the nine years that Neil and Fiona spent in Zambia. Indeed much of the furniture in the Centre was made in Zambia by a small company named Dzithandizeni, a Zambian word meaning "We help ourselves"..
All accommodation in the main building has en-suite shower and toilet and comes equipped with colour television, video, DVD player, radio, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. CCTV pictures from the wildlife pond, from a badger feeding station and from highlights CDs are available through channels on the televisions in all rooms.
One ground floor bedroom has also been equipped for wheel-chair access and most of the centre is accessible with a wheel-chair. The Centre has been awarded Category 1 status by the Scottish Tourist Board (VisitScotland), indicating unassisted wheel-chair access for accommodation.
The ground floor of an adjacent cottage has been converted into a family suite which is ideal for a family or small group of up to four people. The cottage suite has two fully equipped twin bedded rooms, a bathroom and a kitchenette. Although the kitchenette is not equipped for self-catering it does have a spacious fridge, a microwave oven and a small two ring stove. Both rooms have television, video, radio, DVD player and coffee and tea making facilities. The cottage bathroom has a bath and toilet with a shower installed within the bath.
We offer bed and breakfast and half board accommodation while the Tea Room serves lunch throughout the day (except on Mondays) and packed lunches are available on request. Prices are listed at the bottom of this page. Depending on the time of your visit, stays of more than one night may be discounted.
As part of our commitment to the environment we are hosts of the Glenholm Wildlife Project and have been awarded gold standard from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. VisitScotland has also recognised the Centre as a suitable venue for walkers and cyclists visiting Scotland under the Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome schemes.
Please note that in the interests of our guests we are a non-smoking establishment.
The Glenholm Centre prides itself in providing farmhouse cooking at its best. All meals are prepared from fresh and most are served buffet style in our dining room, which has spectacular views up the glen towards the hills of Chapelgill and Cardon. Vegetarian options are always a feature. The Centre will do its best to accommodate all dietary requirements but requests that where possible these requirements are made known in advance.
Our residents' bar is stocked with a small range of beverages including a selection of beers from the local Broughton Ales brewery, one of Scotland's leading small breweries, and a small list of highly regarded wines supplied by our neighbours, Bairds Wines.
From 10.00 AM until 5.00 PM the Centre runs a small tea room where we are happy to serve morning coffee, snack lunches and afternoon teas to any visitors to the Centre, making the Glenholm Centre an ideal starting point for a day out in the hills. See our walking page for more details.
We can also serve evening meals to the guests of residents and training course participants at £18 per person. With advance notice we are also very pleased to offer meals to other non-residents.
The Glenholm Centre nestles within a working farm, stocked mainly with black face and grey face sheep and occasionally resident csttle. In addition the farm is home to several pet donkeys (some of which are miniature) and Shetland ponies. Visitors to the Centre are encouraged to walk around the thousand acres of fields and hill which make up Cardon Farm, and discover more about life on an upland sheep farm. Four walks are clearly waymarked and interpreted. See the walking page for more details.
Our family includes two friendly dogs, both bearded collies. Tarry was born in August 2000, is brown and white and takes his role as entertainments manager very seriously. Minty was born in July 2005, is black and white and is under intensive training from Tarry and ourselves! We all welcome dogs and other pets by prior arrangement. However care must be taken that dogs brought to the Centre and to walk in the glen are kept under control at all times and are not allowed to worry livestock. Special care must be taken during the months of March, April and May when lambing is in progress.
For those whose dogs participate in dog agility we have a small 'arena' equipped with a range of dog agility equipment which you are welcome to use during your stay.
The Glenholm Centre has a modern, fully equipped training room for computer and business courses, away days and retreats. The Centre specialises in computing activity holidays. A computer in the main building provides free Internet access for guests, while all rooms have network sockets, wireless network access and telephone sockets allowing Internet access for lap-tops either through the Centre's network (again free) or over the telephone line. Through our network guests are free to access our broadband Internet connection.
In collaboration with its neighbours, Bairds Wines, we are also able to combine a relaxed break with a wine tasting at their wine centre.
A wildlife project launched in the Spring of 2005 introduces wildlife related activities to the glen, including a wildlife pond with an overlooking hide, an area of woodland walks and a shop selling a range of wildlife related goodies plus books and leaflets to tell you all about Glenholm and its wildlife.
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The Centre's accommodation prices for 2007 and 2008 (inclusive of VAT) are as follows:
Children aged 12 and under are entitled to a 50% discount while those under two years are welcome for free.
Note that the Glenholm Tea Room within the Glenholm Centre also serves lunches. The Tea Room is closed on Mondays throughout the year and is closed on Tuesdays from November to March.
This Winter (February and March 2008) we are offering anyone who stays for three nights the third night at half of the normal price. This applies to bed and breakfast, and dinner, bed and breakfast and to single as well as shared accommodation. The rates work out as follows:
In addition throughout the year we have some special deals for shared dinner, bed and breakfast stays of two or more nights. For 2007/2008 the rates are:
The 2-day rates can be pro-rated up to cover stays of more than two days again for full-board accommodation where the room or suite is shared.
Any stay of seven days or more (including single and bed and breakast accommodation) automatically qualifies for a 10% discount on the normal full prices quoted under Rates above.
Finally where four adults (or four people paying the adult rate) share the cottage a 10% discount is applied to the normal full prices again quoted under Rates above.
Broughton, by BIGGAR, Scottish Borders ML12 6JF