Calling Peebleshire locals
I know it to pass by but no idea of what it’s like to live in. Seems very nice but there’s a negative vibe around it from a number of sources. Main worry is broadband at the moment. I need at least 1 meg. Could be tricky.
Difficult to live any closer to Glentress than Cardrona, and it has it’s own bike track. And it’s on the doorstep of Peebles. All ticked boxes! Still gets flak though.Posted 7 years agochriswilkMember
far as I can tell (not looked closely) – houses are ok, but in a flood risk zone. No local services – shops, schools, etc. so everything has to be done by car / bike. This will mean that there will be no sense of ‘community’ – whatever that is. Ghost town diring the working day too.Posted 7 years agohelsMember
Have you seen that movie Edward Scissorhands ? Thats what the houses remind me of. Big places, but yuck yuck yuck uniformity, but I guess some people like that.
I get the impression that if you don’t get your bin back inside within 5 mins of the truck coming you might get lynched. It’s that kind of place. And the Peebles locals hate the place… there was a nasty campaign in the local paper to stop kids from Cardrona being eligible for the court in the yearly ritual parades for the Beltane.Posted 7 years agoDianeMember
Oh dear – well my friend lives there – she likes it. Golf course does get flooded. Not all the houses are big. They do have a community centre and they are working on the community thing. There is a small shop which serves coffee and cake!
There was some resentment when it was first built but think that has mostly gone now.
Depends if you like new houses i guess.Not sure about the broadband thing – will ask her when she comes back from hols 🙂Posted 7 years ago
🙂 Blimey! Well, thanks all for the info.
And I thought the resentment felt in Innerleithen about Peebles was sad…
I’m in Eddleston just now and to be honest it seems a very similar place, despite the unbearably snooty bar/restaurant! I do agree that it is a lot like Livingston in the hills though. Having said that, its existence is a reality so it seems a bit mad not to take advantage of it given current prices.Posted 7 years agocupraMember
Lived there on and off for 3 years. Based on that I would rather live in peebles or innerleithen. Place I stayed had no mobile coverage inside and broadband was slow. Nice local shop with good bacon rolls. Cycle route via the old railway line and a sheep field to glentress. Would not want to commute to edinburgh with any regularity.Posted 7 years agoProphet2Subscriber
I’ve lived in Cardrona Village for six years so here is a quick summary pros/cons:
* great biking nearby + it has the pump track
* beautiful scenery
* nice and quiet, great place to raise a family + has playground for kids
* has a village shop for buying essentials
* Broadband is average 0.7meg/mobilephone coverage isn’t great
* 6 mile round trip to Peebles
* Some streets you never get to see the residents and there is a bit off an elitist attitude at times
* daily commute to Edinburgh can be a pain, however park at Straiton and commute the rest on your bike.
Re flooding, yes the golf course floods every year but I never felt that my house has been at risk. Bus is every 30mins, kids have school buses they catch every day.
I’m happy living there but if you have a choice, go for Peebles instead.Posted 7 years ago
Saw it one winters day on the hill behind my inlaws house. There was the neighbours domestic cat halfway up the hill and then at the top of the hill just at the tree line was “The Cardrona Cat”. Whiteish big and with a bushy tail. was able to use the heighbours cat as a kind of scale for size. Only saw it once but I don’t think there have been any recent reports……but you never know!Posted 7 years ago
A lot of the small town aggro mentioned here exists in just about every Borders town/village in my experience. Might have something to do with the small gene pool. Growing up near a small Borders town in the 80’s/90’s there were running battles every weekend, loads of folks from other towns would congregate and kick the crap out of each other. Every Monday there was at least one shop with a window boarded up. You were lucky if they didn’t talk to you.Posted 7 years ago
The reaver spirit, eh? It was like that everywhere in the 80’s. West Lothian was a war zone at times. From my experience, Peebles, West Linton and Eddleston are as Genteel as you like. Mind you, West Linton had/has some highly unusual (and pretty undesirable) activity going on there, and has a very colourful recent past. To say the least! 😯Posted 7 years ago
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