Hownam hostel plans take a step forward

The Southern Reporter     
By: Kathryn Wylie
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Photo Caption: Beirhope Farm at Hownam.

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A new walkers hostel, sure to boast one of the most unusual views around, has been approved by planners. Once built, the six-bedroom facility in the Cheviot Hills will offer a herd of alpacas as neighbours to those walkers making use of the one of the first new hostels to be built in the region for years.

Plans to convert a dilapidated farm steading at Beirhope Farm, just on the outskirts of Hownam, near Jedburgh, were approved by planners last week. The farm is better known as a visitor attraction providing alpaca trekking over the nearby countryside, but will now also be able to offer residential accommodation to walkers.

The development will consist of a four bunk rooms, two bathrooms, two shower rooms, a large kitchen and social area, drying room, plus two en suite rooms with their own associated kitchens. The existing outer walls of the former stable will be retained, and an upper floor and balcony added.

Beirhope Farm owners Alan and Lynne Jobes opened their alpaca trekking businesses, Beirhope Alpacas, in May 2017 and shortly afterwards submitted the application to diversify the farm to offer accommodation too.

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