Emma, Peter, Jennie and Elizabeth would like to welcome you to Press Mains.
Emma runs the holiday cottages and “Farmer Pete” runs the farm.
Press Mains is a 1200-acre arable and beef farm. On the farm Pete grows;
- Winter Wheat, which is used for animal feed and biscuit making.
- Winter Barley used for animal feed, whisky and beer brewing.
- Two different types of Oil Seed Rape;
One is used for the production of margarine and cooking oils.
The other type of Oil seed is “Industrial”, which goes in to the production of things like cling film and hair conditioners.
The beef cattle are bought in as young calves. During the summer they eat the grass in the fields behind the cottages. They are housed in the winter, eating silage, which is pickled grass, barley straw and crushed barley which is all produced at Press Mains.
As a family we enjoy the local wildlife and Pete tries to farm in partnership with it. The farm is a member of LEAF Linking Environment And Farming. www.leafuk.org
The farm has many conservation projects. Various wildlife havens have been created by planting native species hedges, ponds and wetlands. Part of the farm’s grassland is conserved for wild flowers. A cutting and grazing policy is applied to maximise survival of ground nesting birds. The RSPB surveys the farm’s birds and work is carried to encourage endangered species. The farm has a healthy red squirrel population. There is an on going conservation programme to look after them.
The rare breed chickens you will see roaming about the gardens belong to Elizabeth.
Goldie the Parson Russell Terrier will welcome you.
Wildlife is abundant around the cottages, regularly seen are Barn Owls, Red Squirrels, Pipistral Bats, Otters and Badgers. The countryside offers fanatic wildlife, from the drama of “Sea Bird City” at St Abbs when the Kittiwakes and Guillemots are nesting, to the simple pleasure of watching a blue tit building her nest
The Cottages are members of;
Scottish Borders Tourist Board and are graded at 4 star.
The Association of Scotland’s Self- Caterers (link www.assc.o.cuk)
The Scottish Wildlife Tourism Association. Wild Scotland .