I only stayed one night at Rennaldburn, and loved it so much I wish had been able to stay much longer - both for the wonderful and fantastic house and to explore more of the area. It's an old farmhouse with a touch of hobbithole about it - Shen the owner is an artist and her soul's touch is very evident all over the house and the property. You are forever discovering something new in all her marvellous decorations. The woodwork in the house is worth a visit by itself - it's as if it's been crafted by a disciple of Tim Steadman. The room I had was very spacious, comfortable bed - shared bathroom/shower/bath, but very clean. Rennaldburn is advertised as self-catering, but I was travelling without resources for that, and Shen was very accommodating, and provided a basic but satisfying (and vegetarian) breakfast. Very easy to find, just outside Eskdalemuir, on the other side of the village from Samye Ling, and an easy ramble to two standing stone circles. Very highly recommended especially for the traveller who likes the quirkier, off the beaten track kind of place. If you're staying any length of time here, there is a phenomenal library too - besides Shen herself being a great hostess with many stories to tell.
Myself and my husband and three little children stayed at Rennaldburn for a night after a visit to samye ling buddhist centre. Shen rented the whole side of the farm house to us for a very reasonable price. I cant describe just how tranquil and special this house is. Beautiful woodwork, stained glass windows, gorgeous tiling, hidey holes. My little ones thought it was great for hide and seek! I actually volunteered to cook dinner and do the washing up because i just loved the stunning wee hand made kitchen so much. Shen is unobtrusive, always warm and helpful and genuinely relaxed and understanding, Even with our whirlwind of a son! Everything was clean and cozy. Stay here. You won't find anywhere else like it. My husband describes it as "shire like". If you saw hobbits pottering about you would not be surprised. Magical surroundings, chilled and caring shen, beautiful, organic, peaceful farm house. We can't wait to go back.
My husband and 2 friends were visiting the Monastery at Samye Ling and looked for a place to stay nearby so we could explore the area a little. We immediately fell in love with the colourful farmhouse and booked accommodation for the night. The weather was cold and wild but we couldn't have had more warm a welcome than we received from the lovely Shen. The area is rugged and beautiful, the surroundings of the farmhouse are just wonderful with a gushing waterfall in the garden! The house has so much beauty - Shen has brought such a lovely atmosphere to this fine old property with her wonderful artistic gift. It was a pleasure for the four of us to meet her and we enjoyed selecting things to read from her library of good books. We came away from Rennaldburn wishing we had more time to explore the area, as the weather was not on our side & we missed out on some of the lovely walks we would have liked to do. We did visit the village of Ettrick which was another amazing place with an ancient graveyard and is overlooked by a very high waterfall that feeds a large stream which gushes through the village. The four of us agreed we felt we had had a magical stay, it was really special and our lovely host Shen was certainly a big part of that. We look forward to a return visit in the future.
My husband and I travelled a long way from Wales on business and decided to book two nights accommodation at Rennalburn. We were delighted to find ourselves in a colourful and friendly old farmhouse with our kind and thoughtful host, Shen. Our 9 month old baby was also made to feel very welcome and even had goodnight songs sung to him before bedtime! I would happily recommend staying at Rennalburn and we're looking forward to returning next year.
My partner and I had booked a meditation course at Samye Ling, a nearby Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Eskdalemuir. As the course was very popular, we had to look for accommodation in the local area for the Saturday and Sunday evening. I was recommended Rennauldburn farmhouse through Samye Ling's website and also by another B&B that I called, who were also fully booked. The farmhouse, owned by the lovely Shen, is a Buddhist household and is only a few minutes’ drive from Samye Ling. It was nice to experience the feel of Buddhism even after we had driven away from the monastery. Her house if full of wonder and every aspect invites you to ask questions! I especially loved Shen's art, colours and lighting in the house - not forgetting the goose lamp (not a real goose - this is a Buddhist household remember!). My partner and I shared a spacious double room in Shen's section of the farmhouse, with lots of privacy and space. Shen kindly lit a fire for us which was simply amazing and cosy, coming in from wet and windy weather. The room was clean and beautiful, with lots of trinkets and bits and bobs to admire. Shen is currently writing a book on the ancient art of I Ching and tried some out on us - what an enlightening experience!
We stayed in the Rennaldburn farmhouse over Easter weekend. We had travelled up to Eskdalemuir to attend a meditation retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling, the local Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
I have been to the monastery many times and it is a very special place for me. What I didn't expect was the special feeling Rennaldburn has and what a beautifully spiritual place this is in its own right.
Shen is the warmest host, a lovely person to share a cup of tea with. We instantly felt relaxed and welcome and enjoyed her company when we were at the house. Never intrusive but always so open to helping us make the most of our experience when we asked. We saw the most spectacular full moon over the hills at the back of the house, watched the sunset over eskdalemuir from the same spot and spent time by the peaceful farmhouse waterfall. There is even a trampoline to have a bounce on!
We walked the grey mares tail on Shens recommendation and it was one of the most spectacular sites we've seen. At the very top of the gorge with one of the highest waterfalls you reach an untouched loch, a really amazing experience.
Shen made us lovely breakfasts at only an extra £4 per head, highly recommend the porridge. The kitchen is available at all times to make/store food if you need to.
We stayed in the room in Shens half of the house as the holiday let side was fully booked. The room was beautiful and very clean. There is a real fireplace (which Shen lit for us) and the cosiest bed with beautiful artefacts and textiles which was very private if we wanted it to be. The whole house is a real reflection of Shen, it's a work of art with paintings, mosaics and crafted art everywhere and has a great feeling. I found it a really inspiring place to be!
I want to bring my friends and family here as I feel it's one of the best places to get connected again and enjoy the nature of Eskdalemuir and to visit Kagyu Samye Ling. Visit with an open heart as its a very special place!
Well,its difficult to know where to start.Here goes,a warm welcome of Tea and toast on a late January afternoon from my delightful host Shen.A pervading,encompassing warmth generated not only by Shen but the instant homely feeling you get,and the uplifting of the spirits with the sheer thought and mindset to create this wonderful, constantly evolving work of art which is Rennaldburn Farmhouse.I have had a look around this beautiful planet of ours and have never,and I know will never, stay anywhere quite like this again.Sorry I will, because I am going back this spring/summer,to continue my Yoga journey in the fabulous Samye Ling Tibetan Monestary just down the road.Its also a great spot to do some great walks.Shen can give you some top information on these walks too.Rennaldburn is in a lovely secluded spot,its has an earthy realness about it.Its just something people have to experience.Check it out