Media Release: Innovative ‘ecolodge’ in the Scottish Borders awarded five-star rating


THREE Glens, a pioneering luxury ecolodge in Dumfriesshire, has been awarded five-star rating by Visit Scotland.

This impressive carbon-negative, sustainable property built by Green Energy farmer of the year 2011 has potential to become a benchmark for sustainable hospitality.

Within less than one year, the property became a Scottish Design Awards 2014 finalist, it was awarded five stars by VisitScotland and the Rising Star Rural Escape award at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2014.

The house combines the latest in eco-technology with superior comfort as well as full-time concierge services.

Some of its sustainable, eco-friendly features are: the turf roof, electricity from a 100kW turbine, ground-source heating, biomass stove (the Austrian Kachelöfen), water from a bore hole, solar thermal water heating (and underfloor heating), triple glazing, heat recovery system that cleans the air and redistributes it around the house, oak cladding from wind-felled trees on the surrounding land, sheep’s wool insulation (from the farm’s own sheep), reclaimed fittings that are over 80 years old such as cast-iron baths and the porcelain sinks and loos, old disused railway sleepers are used outside and inside for furniture, reclaimed slate flag stones upcycled from a Victorian greenhouse and a lot more.

Neil Gourlay, owner of Three Glens House, says: “The property is the result of a lifetime’s ambition: developing an organic building that’s free from future utility bills, that blends seamlessly into the landscape and that provides the level of comfort and luxury one would expect to find at a top luxury hotel.

“I am a fourth generation local farmer so being able to share the land and what we have achieved with guests is delightful.

“The property is evidence that one does not need to compromise comfort over sustainability so we hope to inspire visitors and future developers.”

Guests can experience a luxury ski-chalet service at this stylish property with 360-degree views of Dumfriesshire’s countryside.

There is a resident concierge available 24/7 and many of the ingredients used in the dishes are produced in the farm.

Guests are encouraged to make themselves feel at home by interacting with other guests during meal times and its location and views make the venue particularly interesting for art and health retreats as well as keen cyclists.

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