Ewes Water Log Cabins are situated alongside the tumbling Ewes Water river, within walking distance of Langholm town centre, and with fantastic access to nature and wildlife.
Each cabin has been traditionally handcrafted with real tree trunks. They're built with a unique method that creates a warm and cosy retreat in winter, while remaining cool in summer. They are modern and luxurious inside, with wifi, smart TVs and underfloor heating.
Ewes Water Log Cabins, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway
The kitchen is modern and well-equipped, with a dishwasher, washing machine and large fridge-freezer. From the living area, a door opens into an inner hall, with hanging space for coats and jackets. This leads to two lovely bedrooms – a spacious en-suite double and a cosy twin – and the main bathroom.
The bedrooms feature comfortable beds with quality cotton bedlinen, and are simply furnished to complement the log walls – a wonderful feature throughout the cabin. The modern bathrooms are luxurious – there's a large, walk-in rainfall shower in the main bathroom, a bathtub in the en-suite, complimentary toiletries, and big fluffy towels.
The large outdoor area at Willow Cabin is fenced and private, with a seating area with river views. Just across the courtyard is the well-regarded Whitshields Café, which serves breakfast, lunch, coffees and teas at reasonable prices.
Ewes Water Log Cabins are just off the main A7 road from Carlisle to Edinburgh, providing easy access around the region and further afield.
But you don't need to travel far to find lots of interesting things to see and do. The town of Langholm is a just a short walk away, and offers a range of independent shops, a Co-op supermarket, and plenty of pubs and cafes. Three rivers – the Esk, Ewes Water and Wauchope Water – converge in the town, creating plenty of options for riverside walks and picnics.
We stayed in Willow Cabin, the largest of the three cabins. French doors and large picture windows at the front of the cabin take advantage of superb views across the river to the hills beyond. Stepping inside, we found a spacious open-plan living area. This is fitted out with high-quality furniture and decoration, including wooden floors and large leather sofas to sink into.
Langholm is the birthplace of legendary poet Hugh McDiarmid, perhaps one of Scotland's greatest modern poets. You can visit a memorial to the poet, a stunning metallic sculpture, which is situated in beautiful surroundings a short distance from the cabins.
The town is also home to a spectacular annual event: the Langholm Common Riding. This historic summer spectacle involves epic horse-riding, athletics, dancing, and much pageantry.
But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Langholm is the recent community buyout of 10,500 acres of moorland adjacent to the town. Here the Langholm Initiative charity has created the vast Tarras Valley Nature Reserve.
The nature reserve is just half a mile from Ewes Water Log Cabins, and is home to a remarkable variety of wildlife, including hen harriers, barn owls and visiting golden eagles.
Access to the varied habitats is easy, with quiet lanes and tracks, and marked footpaths into the hills, along the river, and through ancient woodlands – offering plenty of walking routes and opportunities to explore and connect with nature.