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Heather Heugh and Cove Harbour

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0km

Cove Harbour is a perfect location - quiet but yet plenty on offer. The house is metres from the beach, with all of the house windows looking out over the sea. Heather Heugh is a house built in 1800's as a smoke house, as Cove was a busy fishing village.

The possibilities of things to do are many - fishing, swimming, walking, rock pools, star gazing (no light pollution), cave exploring, surfing etc. It is also close to places with other amenities - 35 miles from Edinburgh makes it close to a busy cosmopolitan city - but there other other local towns and villages giving much more.

This is a location and house which will give you a break to remember, either as a short weekend or a longer holiday.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cove
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 80 km, Nearest railway: Dunbar 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Heather Heugh has 3 bedrooms (1 which also can be used as on office), 2 bathrooms (both with shower and 1 with bath), large sitting room with window overlooking the harbour, and large open plan kitchen and dining room (with French windows opening up onto the private garden). The house is heated with 2 large solid fuel stoves, backed up by electric heaters.

The house has recently been renovated. Using slidable internal wooden windows, the house can be as open and communicative or private as you wish.

Further details outdoors

The house requires a short walk though a very interesting tunnel then over the sand. Whilst this is an easy walk, it could provide challenges for those where mobility in impaired.

Further details

On arrival, you will be met and any questions answered. Solid fuel will be provided.

The Scottish Borders region

Heather Heugh (Cove Harbour) is at the edge of the Lothians/Scottish Borders. It is 35 miles south of Edinburgh and 22 miles north of Berwick.

The whole area is rich in history and landscape, with many well known (and less well known) places to see. Cockburnspath is the start of the Southern Upland Way.


There are many local amenities - restaurants, towns and villages (Eyemouth, St Abbs, Dunbar etc), famous country houses, walks etc.

Also there is many activities available such as golfing, painting, bird-watching, surfing, sea angling, exploring the richness of the area and relaxation.

There are innumerable excellent local walks all around, inland and along the coast, including a trail of memorials to the 1881 East Coast Fishing Disaster. Cove is also at the end of the Southern Upland Way

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Review 1-10 of 14

16 Nov 2013


"disappointed and let down"

Having visited Cove Harbour a few years ago and seen Heather Heugh we were looking forward to our stay. Sadly our trip turned into a nightmare. Having initially struggled to get the owner to respond t… More

16 Nov 2013


"A wonderful hidden gem, the perfect getaway."

This beautiful little hideaway was booked for a magical fireworks night in November and did not disappoint.From the first glimpse of the house coming through the tunnel to the view back over the beach… More

28 Oct 2013


"Great place for a family adventure"

Booked the cottage for a few days in the October holidays and it proved to be a great choice. Secluded, away from the hustle and bustle and right on the coast in a stunning location. The kids absolute… More

16 Oct 2013



I blame myself.I booked via the HolidayLettings arm of TripAdvisor and didn't read the reviews... at this time there are 10 on here for this property and with 2 giving a damning report. Heather O… More

This is a strange review. I actually cleaned the house myself so I know that the state it was left in was good. They made a last minute booking. When they arrived, they phoned to say that they didn't want to stay there -so I actually gave them most of their money back. Having then stayed longer on the house than they then said, they left quite a large telephone bill. They were trouble.

18 Aug 2013


"A gem in the borders......"

Stayed here for a week with my wife and our three children, aged 15, 12 and 8. It's usually difficult to find places and activities that appeal to all of us, all of the time, but Heather Heugh m… More

10 Jun 2013



Heather Heugh is situated in the most idyllic spot. Access is not for the faint-hearted as there is a quarter of a mile walk down a track followed by a tunnel that gives onto the beach, which you trav… More

Thanks for the comments. Just to make it clear though, that when keys are picked up, there is a key to the gate of the private road. This allows a car to come much closer to the house for luggage, provisions etc

10 Jun 2013


"A magical weekend in an enchanting , secret setting . Perfect !"

The magic starts on the walk down the cliff path,through the smugglers tunnel cut into the rock ,then your first glimpse of the tiny harbour, deserted , sandy beach and the sea on your doorstep .
Whether a romantic break or a family holiday ,this location cannot be beaten.
The house itself is quirky in the best possible way and has all the facilities you need for a stress free,comfortable stay.
A truly unforgettable visit to Cove harbour and I cant wait to return .
Book it now before word gets out !

19 May 2013


"Astonishing Location, Great Place to Stay"

We wanted a quick break and we chose this property, it was quite close to Edinburgh and very reasonably priced. Heather Heugh is situated down a cliff-side path then a secret tunnel that takes you th… More

9 May 2013


"What a waste"

Fantastic location, and that is the only good thing I can say. House in very poor state of repair. Shower did not work, oven door would not close, most of radiators don't work. Appalling smell in kitchen and a huge pile of rubbish sacks stored right next to the house. Booked for a week but left after 4 days. Contacted owner who promised to get back to us when he had visited house, but guess contact other than a refund of £100 for our trouble. Run a mile!

After I heard about these issues, I closed the house for 3 weeks for urgent review and maintenance check:
1. Electric shower was being fixed at the time of the visit in question but it needed a complete new unit. A top of the range shower has been fitted (although there are 2 showers in the house).
2. Previous guests had left rubbish by the side of the house. This has all been cleared away.
3. Radiators and over have been reviewed by an electrician and fixed.
4. House has been repainted where required.
Cove is a beautiful place to visit and my aim is to make my guests visits as enjoyable as possible. The house has been very well renovated but I believe that we slipped up here and I'm not going to deny it. In the future, guests will have telephone numbers to call for cleaning or maintenance services if there is any problem I will also personally look for feedback from guests and ensure the highest standards.
This is not something that I am proud of since Heather Heugh is my second home and I want it to be right for anybody staying.
Notwithstanding the above, the previous visitor did email me with the following comment:
"Just a quick note to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your cottage at the end of March. The cottage and the harbour were magical and just what we needed ... We would love to come back. Our daughter stated that it was "the most beautiful beach in the world" ! "

19 Dec 2012


"Very cosy cottage situated in the most unique setting we have ever holidayed at. Simply perfect and idyllic!"

Gorgeous cottage situated literally on the beach in picturesque Cove Harbour, just next to Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders.

Fantastic if you want to escape city living for a while and enjoy the tranquility of being so close to the sea. Access to the house is on foot, through a tunnel in the hill and across the beach, so if it's a secluded getaway in a unrivalled beautiful Scottish setting that you are after, Heather Heugh Cottage is ideal!

Great in the summer for outdoor activities and dining al fresco in the front garden, and equally pleasant in the winter, curled up on the sofa in front of the fire with a good book for company.

Can't recommend it more! Dog friendly, too, which is a must for us as we travel everywhere with our dog.

Review 1-10 of 14

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