The Crofter's Cottage
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Crofters Cottage is a traditional farm workers cottage which has been converted into a modern high quality self catering cottage. The stone terraced bungalow with slate roof has excellent views across the rural valley. We have retained the original features including exposed wooden beams and stone work.
This cottage is ideal for couples but it can accommodate a infant in a cot, which can be provided. Fantastic wildlife viewing. Crofter's is an ideal base for hill or coastal walking, diving, visting Edinburgh and exploring the unspoilt Scottish Borders.
There is a large bedroom which can either have a queen size double or twin beds. There is a flat screen tv and coffee making facilities in the room.
The cottage has an open plan living room and kitchen. The kitchen is a modern fitted with a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer, double fan oven. The living room has a sette, flat screen television, DVD, CD player and i-pod docking station. It features a log burning stove, a welcome basket of logs is awaiting your arrival.The cottage has full central heating powered by the farm's biomas boiler which burns wood from the estate
From the lounge you can access the enclosed garden which has a barbecue and seating area.You are welcome to bring your pet to this cottage.
Live CCTV wildlife channels viewed in cottage showing a range of wildlife sites depanding on the season, badgers, otters, nesting birds and barn owls can be watched.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Coldingham 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport 96 km, Nearest railway: Berwick-upon_Tweed 16 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Scottish Borders region
The Scottish Borders sits in the south-east corner of Scotland, a stones throw from the Border into England.
There is a wealth of attractions and beautiful scenery within the Scottish Borders and superb road and rail links to both Edinburgh and Newcastle (both within an hours drive)
Being coastal and countryside, the area appeals to visitors of all ages and interests and is a largely undiscovered part of Scotland.
The area benefits from both a coastal and countryside location, offering a wealth of outdoor pursuits and activities for visitors of all ages and abilities.
Marine wildlife is accessible through boat trips, coastal walks and discovery centres with the vast country based wildlife, literally on the doorstep at Press Mains.
Walking, cycling, fishing and swimming are all popular pastimes for guests in the area and if you bring your camera, you shall never be short of opportunities for fantastic sea or landscape shots.
A friendly and welcoming area, we shall be happy to recommend good, local restaurants for evenings out and shops to buy everything you shall need for your stay.
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18 Jun 2014
"fabulous quality relaxation and luxury"
A little out the way haven with lots of lovely extras to make this cottage extra special. The quiet location with fabulous countryside views made for a very relaxing short break.… More
29 May 2014
Booked for a last minute break, chosen by reviews on trip advisor, not disappointed! An amazing cottage, everything you need! Will definitely be back for a longer visit!… More
24 Apr 2014
"Cosy,quiet and relaxing!"
This cottage was just what we needed, secluded location to get away from the hustle and bustle of our normal days. Great setting on a working farm, we enjoyed seeing the chickens roaming around out fr… More
Thank you very much for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
We look forward to seeing you back at Press Mains again
31 Aug 2013
"Everything we look for in a cottage stay!"
We enjoy touring Britain with our beloved rescue hounds and have stayed in many different cottages, mills and barns, but from the moment we pulled up outside Crofter's Cottage, I knew we'd made an excellent choice for our August Bank Holiday mini-break. 'You never get a second chance to make a first impression', as the saying goes, and everything about this first impression was good.
We were greeted with a lovely, warm welcome that felt personal and genuine, from Emma the owner and her dear little terrier Goldie, and the cheery lady who cleans and prepares the cottages - whose name, rather annoyingly, now escapes me. The setting and outlook from the cottages is lovely, and if you're budding Ornithologists like us, the bird-friendly trees, bushes, boxes and feeders are a joy. There are also four adorable sheep; gentle and characterful creatures, who enjoy a carrot or two!
As we were shown into the cottage, it felt wonderfully homely with the stone walls and wood burner, and I could at once imagine us happily returning to it after a long day of exploring. It's reasonably priced and ideal for a couple. We had our two Greyhound Lurchers in tow, and found it to be of perfectly adequate size. Emma showed me a couple of the larger cottages that had just been vacated as we were leaving, and they were also of a very good standard.
The Crofter's cottage is well equipped with WiFi and unexpected extras, such as the spa bath - which we made full use of after days out walking, and, to my delight, wildlife-cams for your personal viewing on your TV. During our stay we were entertained by swallow chicks and some delightfully mischievous badger cubs. Definitely a highlight for me! There's a nice little garden - ideal if you have dogs - in which we sat happily with a cuppa one evening, listening to the cheery abundance of birdsong.
If you enjoy a variety of sightseeing and walking, the location is excellent. The cottage feels wonderfully rural and remote, yet the conservation village of Coldingham is just minutes up the road, with a historical Priory and basic conveniences like a pub/ restaurant (we didn't try it) a Spa store (with a cashpoint - though it's not signed) and a holiday caravan park, with diving facilities, a good fish and chip shop adjacent to it, and another cashpoint in the clubhouse - though I think this may only accessible to visitors during the day. Coldingham also has a lovely little bay, with a blue-flag sandy beach and some nice coastal walks. It's a family beach, so dogs need to be kept on leads. For those seeking more dog-friendly beaches, I can highly recommend those at Dunbar, where there are vast expanses of near-deserted sands, with a good array of seabirds and nesting Terns. We had a fabulous long walk there on bank holiday Monday, and from about 2pm onward, barely saw another soul. The historic town of Eyemouth is also only about 10-15 minutes from the cottages, with banks, restaurants, shops (including a Co-op supermarket) and a harbour. The small fishing village of St Abbs is on the doorstep, with St Abbs Head - the protected nature reserve, well worth the hike if you enjoy coastal walking, birds and views. We walked up to the lighthouse and then back along past the loch. I can also recommend the carrot cake in the tearoom at the visitor centre!
During our all-too-brief stay we also did a good circular walk of about 6 miles - in and around Abbey St Bathans - as kindly recommended by Emma. The walk is moderate with a couple of steep slopes and mostly paths and tracks. It takes you along the banks of the Whiteadder, and through areas quite dramatically dense with fern, heading up to Edin's Hall Broch; the remains of an iron-age fort, settlement and broch. Continuing, you'll pass over Elba footbridge, which is something of a hidden treasure that I thoroughly recommend. Then you return through and alongside woods. There are books in the cottage with these walks and Emma kindly lent us an OS map.
We also visited Dunns Castle grounds and Nature Reserve, which is free to enter and quite lovely, with its two little lochs, thoughtfully-placed benches in tucked-away spots, woods and a bird-hide. on the way back we happened to meet the very fascinating and well-travelled 82 year old ex-warden of the grounds, who had a hand in setting up the nature reserve, and could give David Attenborough a run for his money in terms of his wildlife knowledge and experiences! If you see an elderly but sprightly gentleman observing butterflies in the Buddleia, or tending to his camper van, I recommend you say hello!
For anyone like us, who enjoys walking, wildlife, peace and serenity, I would highly recommend these cottages, but with interesting towns, villages, forests, and the coast all nearby to choose from, I believe there's something here for everyone. We had a wonderful stay and will definitely be returning - hopefully for at least a week next time. Emma, Peter, Goldie and sheep - we'll be back!
Thank you for your kind, comprehensive review. It is very satisfying to know our efforts are appreciated.
Davina our hard working housekeeper also appreciates your kind words
We hope to welcome you back soon.
25 Apr 2013
"Press Mains Cottages- five star holiday homes!"
We have returned to Press Mains year after year to Emma and Peter's holiday cottages.There is always a warm welcome to these luxurious, comfortable and peaceful holiday homes. Emma and Peter go … More
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