A working smallholding nestled in the heart of the Scottish Border hills
The Green House is set within a working smallholding where we have small flock of Shetland sheep, a native minority breed that are ideally suited to the wild conditions of the Scottish Borders landscape. Originally from the Islands of Shetland, where they have developed in near isolation for around 800 years, the breed has steadily been introduced onto the mainland, particularly into marginal upland areas where they tend to thrive. Shetland sheep are generally smaller than the commercial breeds, making them easier to handle and keep – important considerations for novice farmers. They also carry distinctive fleece markings, making them generally more interesting to look at!
We have a small fruit orchard containing several varieties of apples, plums and soft fruit bushes. In the orchard we also keep a small apiary of native European black honeybees, which both ensure great fruit pollination and also provide us with a modest annual crop of wildflower honey. They live alongside our free range hens, which, besides looking pretty, provide guests and us with delicious fresh eggs.
In addition to conservation reasons, we rear our sheep for meat. However, we also process the clipped fleece, which we have made in to natural, undyed yarn in various natural shades. Yarn, scarves and throws are available for guests to buy. We make other produce available to guests when in season and when quantities allow, including honey.