This truly is a bunkhouse in the middle of nowhere! Right on the Scottish Borders you have an abundance of lovely countryside and walks to enjoy. There’s a log burning stove which would be wonderful after a crisp walk but unfortunately there was no kindling or firelighters provided (there wasn’t when we arrived anyway) - there are logs though! The water pressure in the showers is pretty low, but there’s good hot water.
The bunk rooms don’t have blinds which lets in a lot of morning light. There is a mosquito type net covering the windows however the one in the top bunk room is completely ruined and hanging off.
Not sure I could stay for more than one night however I do see the appeal. Absolutely no phone signal or WiFi which is a plus too! However this could make it challenging if you’re wanting to look at maps online so be prepared to do it the old fashioned way!
My dad and I stumbled upon Mounthooley after a 16 mile walk in the windy cheviots. Pauline was able to give us a room for the night and was the perfect host. She also provided us with some homecooked food she had frozen and brought us milk for our teas and coffees. The food was amazing! She is an excellent host and cook. As a keen walker herself, she also gave us information on local walks for the next few days. She gave us logs for the fire and made sure we were warm enough for the night in the twin bedroom . The place is clean and comfortable, it has everything you need for a quiet cozy night in the hills
The bunkhouse is more like a well equipped bungalow but fitted out for a good crowd. We were welcomed by Pauline who even supplied us with delicious leftover quiche and soup from her freezer! Even with just two of us, we lit a cheerful wood burner that created a lovely feel of warmth to add to the electric heaters. Well appointed and equipped, we had the run of all the beds and chose the cosy two bedded room above the Wood burner. Previous occupants had bust the city player, but we wern't expected hi fi anyway. The cost has increased to £14.50 (website not updated!) But is still brilliant value. Watch out for a faded sign on the gate as we walked past!
My cousin and I stayed here last weekend to go walking and it was absolutely perfect. We were in the four bed family room and it was toasty warm despite a freezing cold, clear night outside. It was clean and well equipped. As others have commented though Pauline's food is a treat you won't want to miss! A bounteous 3 course meal on Sat evening set us up perfectly for a long day on the hill, it was exceptionally good, as was the cooked breakfast and muffin! Pauline was very helpful with advice about our planned route too; a lovely valley, a lovely little bunkhouse and perfect hosts.
Just returned from a family weekend away at Mounthooly bunkhouse, we booked the whole bunkhouse. We were a party of 11, wouldn't like to be there when it is at full capacity.Great location for walking and getting away from it all. There is no mobile phone reception for 6 mile unless you climb a hill. Well worth the climb for the views.
Arrived Friday evening in the dark and were greeted by Pauline who showed us around and left us to get sorted, heaters were on to warm the place up. This place could be fabulous but the cleanliness of it definitely lets it down and needs to be addressed,Kitchen filthy, luckily we took a tea towel as the two supplied smelt dirty. Everthing we used had to be washed first, cob webs and dead flies on window sills,sitting room is cluttered with too much furniture. There is a dining table you can't use as it is blocked in wth sofas. There was a bag of papers on the fire hearth containing ash which had not been disposed of before our arrival. The hearth area was unswept. Floors in the bedrooms were covered in hair and dust, the windows again had cob webs and flies, bedding was stained. Shower area and toilets again were dirty and appeared unclean, moths on shower room ceiling, think they were dead. In general this place needs a deep clean and kept on top of, once this problem is addressed it would be worth a five star rating as the setting is so perfect and peaceful.