Living at Glen

Although Glen has been inhabited since at least the thirteenth century, today it remains almost exactly as it was created by the Tennants in the mid 19th c. That these carefully crafted buildings are all from the same period gives the place an authentic character which is rare to find nowadays.

About 65 full-time residents call Glen home. They live in a range of more than 30 buildings, about half forming the core ‘village’ and the rest spread picturesquely about the Estate. Some of the residents work for the Estate but most are here simply because they love the beauty and peacefulness of this hidden valley.

While anyone can enjoy the pleasures of Glen for the day – stunning scenery, lack of road noise, vibrant nature – there is something special about calling it home. The rhythms of life in the countryside are best experienced through the changing seasons as favourite migrating birds return from far-flung places, lambs begin to scamper in the pastures, summer’s long days reach further into the night, then golden leaves begin to fall and sharp frosts once again paint the landscape white.

Being a resident at Glen brings additional benefits such as beautiful walks right outside your front door, access to garden allotments, use of the Village Hall, discounted firewood, grazing for horses, discounted stay in the Larder Wing and a sense of community that seems elusive in today’s busy world.

Secluded along the Quair Water, Glen is also minutes to Innerleithen and Peebles; about an hour to the centre of Edinburgh and 30 minutes to the new Gorebridge train station.  All the famous recreation in the the area like the Glentress mountainbike centre and Tweed River fishing are nearby. High speed internet service is available.

Our let properties are professionally managed by Rettie & Co to ensure your concerns and needed repairs are addressed quickly and courteously. The Estate looks for tenants who would like to make Glen their home just as the Tennant family has for more than 150 years.

Joiners Gym.

We’ve restored the old joiners workshop and turned it into a fitness centre called Joiners Gym.

The facility includes a good mix of cardio and strength training equipment.  It is brightly lit for evening workouts and always dry when hill walking or cycling in the rain seems a stretch.  The 50” TV and Bluetooth sound system will keep you entertained.

The gym is open on a membership-basis to all Glen residents and our neighbours nearby.  Residents receive a discount off their membership and there is further incentive for households.  Rates are set to cover our costs.

Free introduction session and equipment demonstration with every membership.


Glen-Net – Super-fast broadband to the Glen community

Glen-Net is a private telecommunications network owned by Glen Estate​, and operated by Premitel​ to connect the Glen community, Kirkhouse and Traquair – to a dedicated high-speed internet connection in Innerleithen.

Find out more or to sign up visit


The Grain Store is Glen’s self-storage facility within one of the farm buildings.  Discounted rates for residents a[pply.  Putting less frequently used items into storage can free up space in cottages.