Our vision:To create tranquil, beautiful, luxurious getaways in the heart of the countryside.
Our Aim: To enable guests to totally relax in high quality, peaceful surroundings where they can reconnect with each other, and with the natural world. We hope to help people recharge from busy lives with time for themselves and the people they love.
Our values: Here at Airhouses we value nature. We farm and live in partnership with nature, and strive to be responsible in everything we do . We value connections and authentic relationships, make sustainable decisions for the future and seek out ethical supplies. We also value individuality and diversity and strive to enable each holiday to be unique as each guest is.
We (Carol and Martin and our family) moved to Airhouse, the Farm, 35 years ago in 1987. Martin comes from a dairy farming family, and we moved from the North of England to farm at Airhouse.
Airhouse was then mainly a sheep farm, with a small herd of Blue Grey beef cattle. Over time we moved more toward specialist beef and grew a herd of high quality Aberdeen Angus. We now have rare breed Shetland Cattle.
The farm became Organic and we now farm on a deferred grazing system which means the cattle are outside all year round and fields are shut off in the summer to allow the grass to grow so that the cows then winter in these fields. We also cut grass for silage and hay which is baled and fed to the cows during the winter. We believe this is a more natural way to farm and aids the biodiversity at Airhouse.
In 2006 we built the Lamont, the Ramsay and the Lodge which were all open by Christmas 2006. In 2007 we built the Buchanan and in 2012 The Capercaillie was built. After a lot of thought combined with our trip to Norway to source the lodges, we decided to name the diversified part of the Farm, Airhouses. The word "Houses" is from the Norse word for family enclosure or settlement.
In 2016 we diversified a little more, and we now have the very quirky Rowan Pod. 2021 saw the addition of the beautiful hi-tech Hawthorn Pod. We have no plans to build anymore properties as we believe in keeping Airhouses small, peaceful and special.
Records go back to 1328 when Airhouse was known as Airwis then Aroves and in 1725 is became Arrowes. It has since 1328 always been a farm of some sort. The was an old farm house, see attached photo, where the Shetland ponies now spend their summer months, and a walled garden where our house is now. The house was left uninhabited, as the stone was rotting away, in 1947 and the ruin was finally demolished a few years later.
We know that the land at Airhouses has been home to people even before 1328 ad has been home to people for thousands of years. In 1928 the then farmer found some fascinating artefacts, flint arrows and axe heads that proved people lived here in the Iron Age. They can now be seen at the National Musuem of Scotland. Read more about them by clicking the button below.
You can see Dere Street from one of the higher points of the farm, the famous Roman Road that connected the Antioine wall to Hadrian’s wall. Before and after the Romans it is believed the Gododdinon tribe, an organsised Brittonic tribe and the edge of the Selgovae tribes flourished here. Airhouse land connects to an ancient woodland, one of only two in the Scottish Borders, where it is known a woodland has been for thousands of years. It is now a designated triple SI ground - Site of Special Scientific Interest.
We understand why people have chosen to live here for thousands of years. Airhouses is a truly magical place and we, and now our family Elisabeth and Damian with their two children, welcome you to share it with us.
Airhouses is more than an award-winning holiday escape — it’s an experience you will never forget. Explore woodland walks, hiking trails and the peaceful village of Oxton (plus Edinburgh is less than an hour away). And don’t forget to say hello to our friendly animal family of alpacas, goats, donkeys, pigs, Shetland ponies and more...