Residential crafting

Birkhill Cottage is a beautiful two-storey cottage that sits on Birkhill estate and was built around 1800. It is linked to outbuildings but enjoys privacy, including an enclosed garden space with outdoor dining table. Situated in a semi-rural location, it is nestled behind a quaint hamlet at Birkenside in the Scottish Borders. Its nearest towns are Earlston and Lauder. There is easy access to the A68, as well as many local walking and cycling routes.

One of the great perks of this cosy cottage is the possibility of crafting weekends away! Come and enjoy the quiet countryside, interspersing your walks and explorations of the stunning Scottish Borders with new skills and creative endeavours. Speak to Lara about creating a unique, bespoke experience. For further info on booking the cottage, visit

residential crafting weekend
residential crafting weekend
residential crafting weekend

A beautiful bouquet of origami flowers – the product of a one-and-a-half hour workshop offered to four friends staying in the cottage. Cost was £15 per person, all materials included. 

A flexible, bespoke crafting programme can be designed to suit your needs and interests. You can see an example of a crafting weekend designed to suit a group of friends who wanted to spend a weekend making Christmas presents and relaxing in the cottage, but we can also arrange individual workshops.

At Birkhill House CIC is also an Animal Assisted Activity centre, working with alpacas, sheep, goats, cats, dogs, chickens, peafowl, song and ornamental birds. We can arrange group or individual sessions to suit your needs, from constructing goat toys to a contemplative time watching the songbirds in flight.

Our animals are a valued part of the holistic environment here at Birkhill House, providing comfort and companionship's well as fleece and wool. To find out more about Animal Assisted Activity At Birkhill House CIC, please visit our AAA page here.

Sample crafting weekend timetable

Sit back and relax… At Birkhill House CIC is here to plan for all your festive crafting needs. See our sample timetable below:

Friday evening

Meet in the back courtyard for a spot of mulled wine and s’mores by the fire. Say hello to the alpacas and admire the ENORMOUS Christmas tree.

Saturday morning

Origami Christmas tree decorations with Lara. Remarkably simple to construct despite their very complicated final look. Love re-purposing balsa wood cheese boxes. So satisfying to make!

Saturday afternoon

Table centrepieces with Lara. Evergreens & holly, spiced orange slices & cinnamon sticks, ivy & pinecones – all built onto lovely rustic tree trunk slices. These are super organic and super effective.

Introduction to lino cutting with the very talented Tom Davidson. Create a single-layer, single-colour design for Christmas cards or wrapping paper – or prints to give as presents.

Cloth wreaths with Lara. Another great upcycle craft, using scraps and found materials to make a rustic festive wreath.

Sunday morning

Woven willow stars with Carys Dawes (AKA The Willow Warbler). Carys has years of willow weaving knowledge to share! You will make three stars – large, medium and small. Battery operated LED strands to decorate your stars included in the price.

Sunday afternoon

Candles with Lara. Upcycled gravy boats are the name of the game. Mix your own essential oils into the wax, blend in some dried lavender and it’s a present waiting to happen!

residential crafting weekend
residential crafting weekend
residential crafting weekend


Birkhill House

Earlston TD4 6AR

email & phone

07779 339 653