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Honey Cottage Caravan Park
Hope House
Ettrick Valley
Borders   (Browse area)
Tel: 01750 62246
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Open: 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021
           01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 30 Reviews
                9/10 from 30 Reviews

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 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: May 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Globalpoet 3 reviews from this member

 Friendly owner. For camping, the campsite does not take bookings but we were warned it would be busy, this being a bank-holiday weekend. Talking to others, they received the same response, and it did get very busy and crowded. I wonder why bookings aren't taken as 'when' would it be classed as 'full'? For this is such an out-of-the way site to turn people away who have arrived. Especially when so many had phoned to book beforehand.

Tents were pegged very close to each other and many people wondered about Fire risks. That said, despite it being full (as we were expecting) it was largely families, a lovely atmosphere and quiet after midnight.

Setting is beautiful. We got a pitch alongside the river and we were impressed at how nicely kept the whole site is. Perhaps it wasn't too prepared though for so many people (despite the warning) as toilets weren't always pleasant and showers were constantly cold. Even at 6 a.M. After only two people had used showers previous to us, there was no hot water left.

A 'well stocked' shop was advertised but this was closed and it didn't look as if it had been open for some time. We were told the person who runs it was 'ill' but everyone felt some effort could have been made when the owner knew he was going to be busy. Even just essential items . Bread, milk etc. Would have been useful when nearest towns were 17 miles away. We chose to go to Moffatt (a beautiful journey but it took 50 mins there and same back, just to get bread, milk and bacon.) So, go prepared!

Some lovely walks in the forest opposite. Very beautiful location. 

Date of Visit: September 2007 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Chunshine 2 reviews from this member

 Just simply a lovely lovely site. The toilets/showers are clean and adequate, what you would expect from a proper campsite as this is not a commercial place. Ample space for caravan, awning and car and good electric hookup points throughout the site.
There is a play area at the bottom part of the site as well as a river running along the back edge, where families go paddling and playing in good weather. The owner, Alan, is very helpful and pleasant and the people who have statics live there most of the year and are fantastic people to get to know.They even welcome campers to get involved in the annual charity raft race and the end of season party.
There is a pub 15 minutes walk down the lane and there is a shop onsite for dairy products etc and you can also order fresh baked bread and buns etc for delivery in time for breakfast the next day. The surrounding areas are breathtaking, especially the mountains to the west, just a 15 minute drive away or you can go for a walk in the hills right on the back of the site, oh and you simply must go up the track at the back of the site and discover the old pottery and all the clay characters dotted about the woods and paths on the way.
A good base to discover the borders and southern Scotland, we went all over from here and always loved the drive back to the site through the mountains and lanes. The sky at night, when clear, is full of stars as there is no light pollution. Highly recommended and we will always return at least once a year. 

Date of Visit: March 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: 8367 Lesley 3 reviews from this member

 Visited the site over Easter Weekend. Fantastic location, walking wonderful and wildlife the best I have seen. Campsite basic. No running water, 1 shower and toilets basic. The main toilet block does not open until April. Chemical toilet disposal did not flush and no facilities for waste water disposal.  

Date of Visit: April 2008 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Dot P 622 reviews from this member

 Site facilities basic - but very clean.

The area around is beautiful and it is fair run of around 30 minutes drive to the nearest shops. But if you stock up in advance would recommend a few days touring based from here as the rivers and hills were definitely worth seeing.

Well run and very friendly site - would imagine a family paradise as plenty of space for kids to run around. 

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Aldo42 7 reviews from this member

 Honey cottage is a very good example of how less is more. The facilities are more than adequate with the toilets, showers etc being clean and well kept. It is not in the least bit commercial and as previous reviewers have said the location is fabulous. There are no set pitches in the camping area or hookup but neither of these matter. It is such a peaceful location where you really feel you are getting away from it all. The play park with the tractor is first class and the entire site is safe for kids. The staff and other campers were very friendly and always considerate.
I will be returning to Honey cottage in the near future and would recommend it to anyone with a young family looking for a relaxing trip.  


Date of Visit: April 2007 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: GeorgeandJackie 1 review from this member

 Nice quiet site in a scenic valley, next to the river. Toilets and showers clean and well maintained. On site shop adequately stocked.

There is a local pub, The Tushielaw Inn, about a mile from the site, and we were recommended to try the food. However the barman could benefit from a course in customer service, preferring to talk to his friends rather than bother welcoming potential business! 

Date of Visit: April 2007 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Cwilkinsonfamily 21 reviews from this member

 What a lovely site! Toilets and showers a little basic but very clean. Site a little remote and a good bit to travel to a town and, in April, the little shop on-site wasn't open so it was as well that we came prepared. A bit of a walk in the pitch black to the loos in the night. Enough of the bad points. Beautiful location with lovely walks and a river just behind the electric hook-ups for caravans. No mobile phone signal so nobody could find us for 4 glorious days. Because of no light polution at night, Steven Speilberg skies - didn't know there were so many stars! Very uncommercialised site but our kids weren't bored and spent a lot of time chasing the dog in the river - and being chased back out BY the dog! Staff on-site could not have been more helpful and pleasant. Even though site fees were, by a lot of standards, very cheap we were made to feel more important and welcome than a lot of places we've paid a fortune for! Definitely recommend this site to anyone looking for a bit of peace and we will definitely return. 

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Keay yeds 2 reviews from this member

 Having traveled many times along central and west coast of Scotland thought we'd give the borders a try. And what a surprise. The area is absolutely beautiful and the site lovely and quiet with adequate toilets and free showers, although a problem with the water pressure meant having to hang around to flush. Small shop on site but beware if you want a paper or bread. You need to order it the day before. Nearest town is about 12 miles away so better to take supplies. Wonderful walks right on the doorstep, though the men in our camp were disappointed with the local fishing (or lack of it), although found a fantastic reservoir on way home about 10 miles way from site. The absence of street lights made walking the mile back from the pub a delightful yet "careful" journey. We were totally mesmerized by the night sky which was full of stars and strongly recommend taking a torch. Weather was up and down as is the norm for Scotland but nothing could have dampened our enthusiasm for the area and site. Will definitely go back. 

Date of Visit: April 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Madnessjambo 1 review from this member

 Second time at this site, very secluded sited in the middle of the hills. The site at the time of visiting was busy but quiet. Rain held off and the sun was out for long periods.

If the weather is sunny, then this is an ideal site to get away from all the hustle and bustle. The kids loved the play park, playing with the other children and going on walks along the river bank.

The shower block is clean and tidy and there is hot water for washing up. There is a small shop which only sells essentials and be sure to order your rolls and papers for Sunday mornings or you lose out.

Certainly going to go back. 

Reviewer: Gailk 18 reviews from this member

 May 2004
We stayed at this site the weekend just gone and had a fantastic time.
If you are looking to get away from it all then I would definitely recommend.
However bear in mind that it is very rural and secluded.
Flat well drainned land.
The site is by the river Ettrick and fishing permits are available on site (£4 a day - and there were fish in it - husband caught one!)
Factilities were very clean and water always hot for a shower.
Nice childrens playpark, small shop where you can order papers and buy essentials.
Very friendly warden who would always stop for a chat.
We had superb weather, didn't venture far and feel like we were away for a fortnight not two nights - its that kind of site where you are forced to relax. 

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