Practical Information

Student and visitor accommodation is mostly in the converted farm steading, a short walk from the main house. Accommodation is shared, usually in double or triple dormitory style rooms, simply and beautifully furnished. Single rooms are sometimes available, on request. If demand is high, a £60 supplement may apply for these.

Bed linen and towels are provided.
Wash facilities, showers and toilets are grouped together on the ground floor.
There is a bathroom suitable for disabled users.
However, there are no bedrooms with en suite facilities.

Yurts are also available during the summer, to rent for retreat holidays.

We all eat together in a large, central dining room in the house. Great care is taken in the preparation of the meals.

The Chisholme kitchen provides food in keeping with the spiritual and material aims of its education. Chisholme is not vegetarian but meat (locally sourced lamb or beef, no pork) is prepared with the deepest respect for its benefit and origin. Meanwhile vegetarian dishes comprise the majority of the food served and are always available as an option. We regret to say that we are unable to cook separately to meet vegan requirements. However, special diets can be catered for where there is a medical reason. Please let us know your needs when you book your stay.

Contributions for visitors are by donation. Our policy is that staying at Chisholme is not restricted by financial considerations. The rates below indicate what it costs to cover your stay, but guests are asked to simply donate what they can genuinely afford.
The School is financed entirely by gifts and donations, and supported through work freely given. We have a scholarship and bursary fund to help students on low incomes, and we encourage you to make a donation to this fund as part of the contribution to your visit, or simply donate now.

Rates per day
Adults: – £40 per person (full board and lodging)
Children under 5 – free
Children 5 to 10 years – £10
Children 10 to 16 years – £20
Lunch or dinner only – suggested donation £7.50
For family rates and longer stays: please write to the

What to bring
The weather varies a great deal, so please bring warm clothing and waterproofs, including Wellington boots if you have them. Also: two pairs of house shoes or slippers (one pair for the steading accommodation, one for the main house). A dressing gown is useful, as none of the bedrooms or dormitories has en-suite facilities. In the summer, midge repellent can at times be very welcome.

Internet and Phone
There is very limited mobile signal within the Chisholme grounds. However there is a payphone set at the lowest possible tariff, available for students and visitors.
Wi-fi internet is available in the main house, and there is a computer available for public use, however broadband speeds are slow.

Disabled facilities
The accommodation in the farm steading has ground floor rooms with wheelchair access, and one bathroom with toilet and shower suitable for disabled users.
The main house is a listed building, and wheelchair access is limited. However, we have always been able to find a happy solution to accommodate our wheelchair-bound visitors and students.
Please contact the secretary to discuss your needs.

Children love being at Chisholme – it is very safe, and the spacious grounds afford endless play areas. Older children may enjoy working alongside you in the garden or house. However, Chisholme does not have dedicated nursery facilities, so the care of your child will remain your responsibility at all times – please contact the secretary for advice. If you are applying for a course and would like to bring your children, then please write to the Principal at the earliest possible opportunity.

For longer residential courses, schooling and care arrangements need to be in place well in advance of the beginning of the course. The nearest schools are in Hawick (9m) where there are a number of primary schools. Children over the age of twelve can attend Hawick High School. There is a school bus both to and from Hawick from near Chisholme.

There is a sitting room for the use of the children and young people during the day with games and toys for younger children. Meals can also be served from the kitchen attached to this sitting room, or children may eat in the main house with their parents.

Children are very welcome at Chisholme, but please discuss the arrangements with the secretary or principal when you book.