About The Bothy and Sensory Garden

The Bothy and Sensory Garden

Located at Netherurd Garden House, The Bothy is the perfect workshop / meeting space. 

The Bothy is a multifunctional space that can be used for workshops, meetings and presentations. Previous guests at Netherurd Garden House have used the Bothy for company AGMs, Pottery / Art workshops, Cookery lessons, Film nights and even as a bike workshop during the 2023 Cycling World Championships.

Around the Bothy you can relax under the Pergola and take in the sights and smells from our accessible sensory garden.



The Bothy

A truly multifunction space, that can be used for any activity or meeting. Previous uses include company AGMs, Pottery / Art workshops, Cookery lessons, Film nights and even as a bike workshop.

Sensory Garden

Our accessible sensory garden is designed to stimulate all senses with various plants and herbs to be touched, tasted or smelled. We also have a Polytunnel and vegetable beds.

Perminent guests

We have resident chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits living at Netherurd Garden House. Most days our chickens lay fresh eggs that are guests are welcome to use.

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History of Netherurd estate

In 1942 Netherurd Estate was acquired by Major Edward Thomson, an Edinburgh shipping business owner.

Thomson had previously bought the neighbouring estate of Castlecraig which had been used as an auxiliary hospital for war wounded. His wife Betty was the first leader of the West Linton Guides in 1924.

In 1944 Edward and Betty allowed the Girl Guide Association Scotland (now known as Girlguiding Scotland) to use Netherurd House and garden for a nominal rent. In 1952 he gave the house and part of the grounds to Girlguiding Scotland outright as a training centre. Edward Thomson died in 1977 and Betty a year later. They had no children.

The owners of Netherurd Garden House have a successful background in short-term holiday rentals in Edinburgh city centre.

In March 2020, when the first COVID-19 lockdown was announced, many health and social care companies were left with no way to provide support to their Service Users, due to venues and community properties closing.

The owners of Netherurd Garden House responded to the pandemic situation in collaboration with two care companies that provide community-based support.

Their goal was to retrofit several of their short-term rental properties to serve as respite units where carers could take Service Users to provide life skills and activities.

Today, the owners have carefully designed and renovated Netherurd Garden House and transformed the Garden House and Grounds to offer a unique experience for inclusive accessible holiday destinations for families and groups.