Plans for a new glamping holiday site at Kelso

A new luxury glamping holiday site with ‘secret gardens’ is set to be a major tourism draw on the outskirts of Kelso.

By Paul Kelly
Monday, 16th May 2022, 11:26 am
Updated Monday, 16th May 2022, 11:26 am
An artist's impression of the glamping site.
An artist's impression of the glamping site.

A planning application has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council by landowner Naomi Michel for six glamping units, a timber BBQ hut, a parking/turning area, waste and recycling facilities and conversion of an existing static caravan into a facilities building on land north west of Hassington Blue Houses, five miles from Kelso town centre.

The site will be marketed as ‘Bee Wild in the Borders’ and aims to provide a “significant economic benefit to the surrounding area and local businesses”. It will also create one full-time job and one part-time post.

A report submitted with the application from Edinburgh-based Glampitect says the site will comprise of a mixture of yurts and shepherds huts.

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The report adds: “The plot is just off an unnamed road between the B6364 and and the B6461, on the outskirts of Kelso. The proposed glamping site will provide subtle and discreet countryside accommodation for tourists visiting the area’s attractions on short breaks and weekend stays. The units will create an exciting new experience for guests when visiting the area.

“The design proposes new indigenous shrubbery around each unit, in turn, this would help encourage more species to the area. The site will be marketed as a ‘secret garden’ with ample new plants and trees planted to enhance the biodiversity on the site.

“The site operators are very passionate about encouraging nature to their proposed site and to create a ‘secret garden’ type feel to the area. Throughout the site, areas will focus on re-wilding and encouraging biodiversity and wildflowers to the area.

“The region is home to a plethora of historic sites and attractions, all within suitable distance from the proposed glamping site. Tripadvisor lists 31 attractions in Kelso, ranging from castles and historic monuments to galleries and markets. Surprisingly, there are only 26 visitor accommodations in Kelso listed on Tripadvisor. This highlights the capacity for the development of more tourist accommodation to boost visitor numbers to the available attractions.”