Dod Mill

The Perfect Retreat

Dod Mill is a collection of modern, rustic holiday cottages, and treehouse cabins in the north Scottish Borders and close to Edinburgh (40 minutes). Guests can stay in the Old Mill (sleeps 2), The Bothy (sleeps 2-4), Fishing Hut (sleeps up to 3) and Stilt House (sleeps up to 3, or 2 + 2 small children). We have updated our Ts and Cs to make things more flexible for you during Coronavirus.

The self-catering accommodation is set in the grounds of Dod Mill. Guests can wander along the old mill lade to the mill pond, over the bridge for a walk up the Boondreigh River towards the Lammermuir Hills, make friends with a few rare breed sheep and find quirky, old artists cabins scattered around the site. There is wildlife to spot – heron, wild ducks, salmon, trout, deer, hedgehogs, owls, otters (dawn & dusk if you’re very lucky!) to name a few.

The Royal Burgh of Lauder – with its artisan deli, local butcher, baker, wonderful fruit & veg shop, art gallery, restaurants and pubs – and the fairytale Thirlestane Castle are less than 4 miles away.


The Bothy

Holiday cottage in the Borders

A bijoux barn conversion with cool, light & airy interiors. A bunkhouse-style holiday cottage with woodburner. Sleeps 1-4.


Old Mill

Hideaway at Old Mill

A modern, cosy and eclectic conversion of a 1700s water mill. Woodburning stove, roll-top bath & rainforest shower. Sleeps 1-2.


Stilt House

Tree house in Scotland

Treehouse cabin with views of the river, mill pond & woodland. A hideaway with cool interiors & woodburning stove. Sleeps 1-3.


Fishing Hut

Quirky, off-grid hut by the river: half vintage caravan, half cabin. Perfect for glamping, slow living and fire cooking. Sleeps 1-3.


Unusual Venue

Dod Mill can also be hired as a venue. We cater for group accommodation, events and retreats. We love to host yoga and meditation retreats. How about organising a craft retreat, art weekend, writing course or reading retreat?

Our Kiln House is a unique studio space which you can use over the course of your event. The cabins and cottages can also have a dual purpose of overnight accommodation and meeting, breakout or retreat space. You will also have access to the grounds of Dod Mill too, of course. Refresh with walks by the mill pond, the river, through fields up into the Lammermuir Hills.

European Funding

Dod Mill was very fortunate to receive £50,000 of grant funding over 2019 and 2020 from the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (“EAFRD”). The funding was administered by the Scottish Borders LEADER Local Action Group, in its 2014-2020 LEADER Programme. This support enabled transformative investment in Dod Mill’s Fishing Hut, Stilt House, The Bothy and Kiln House.

The investment was instrumental in bringing the Fishing Hut and Stilt House into the business as unique glamping cabin accommodation. Further, the extension of The Bothy to provide a mezzanine bedroom and the development of the Kiln House into a central meeting and dining space, have enabled Dod Mill to take group bookings across the site.

We have hosted many group bookings over 2020, 2021 and 2022 as a result, including yoga retreats, meditation retreats, family bookings and events. The funding from LEADER has enabled Dod Mill to become a unique and interesting rural tourism business in the Scottish Borders.

- What Guests Say -

“This is, without a shadow of a doubt, the nicest, best run and most highly appointed holiday cottage I have stayed in over the last thirty years.  An absolutely fantastic place!”