Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
A quintessential romantic hideaway furnished in a simple, rustic style in keeping with the beautiful Border’s countryside in which the cottage sits. Nestled on the edge of the magnificent Milne Garden Estate, Park End boasts private fishing and superb walks along the River Tweed. During the summer, guests can enjoy the large, sunny garden with sunsets over the hills. In the cooler months, with the wood burner lit, a good film and a wee dram, you won’t want to leave!
A short drive or bracing walk from the cottage takes you to the picturesque village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award. Famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins, the village also has two pubs, a shop, baker and butcher selling an impressive selection of local meats, pies, cheeses, chutneys and, of course, fishing flies. More extensive local amenities can be found in the historic town of Coldstream, 3 miles from Park End. The charming, ancient towns of Duns and Kelso are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick upon Tweed.
Food fans will be delighted that Park End is close to two of the area’s best restaurants – the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed renowned for sourcing the best local produce and the nationally-acclaimed Wheatsheaf restaurant at Swinton.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Heritage Coast 18 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4.8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 84 km, Nearest railway: Berwick-upon-Tweed 18 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Further details indoors||
Accommodation: Bedroom – 5’ bed
Bathroom - bath with handheld shower attachment, whb and WC
Amenities: Electric oven and hob, refrigerator, washing machine with dryer, dishwasher, pay telephone, wi fi, TV with Sky +, MP3 player, selection of games, hairdryer.
|Further details outdoors||
Garden with seating area, private parking, garage.
Heating: Central heating and hot water provided by the log burner in the sitting room (very efficient provided that logs are added a couple of times a day) supplemented by electric heaters and an immersion heater.
Little luxuries: Egyptian cotton bed linen, Arran Aromatics toiletries, breakfast welcome pack.
Children: Suitable for babies. Cot and highchair available.
Pets: One dog welcome.
The Scottish Borders region
The Border Country, comprising North Northumberland and the Southern Scottish Borders, is a place of magnificent wide sky scenery, with vast expanses of untouched countryside ranging from rolling hills and rugged, windswept moorland, to gentle valleys and the 25 miles of protected golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the Heritage coastline. Even in the summer months, the sparkling clean beaches remain almost deserted.
The local area is internationally renowned for its fishing and field sports, offering first class shooting and stalking and some of the finest fishing in the world on The River Tweed, the most prolific salmon river in the European Union. The area is also a golfer's paradise boasting over 100 courses from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards.
Offshore, there is a thriving water sports scene, with excellent sailing and some of the UK's best windsurfing and surfing at stunning spots such as Coldingham and Beadnell Bay. Dotted along the coast are picturesque fishing villages such as St Abbs, Alnmouth, Beadnell, and Craster offering wonderful seafood including smoked kippers, crab sandwiches and supremely fresh fish and chips. From the pretty village of Seahouses take a boat to the Farne Islands, home to a large colony of grey seals and 21 species of birds, including puffins.
For outdoor sports enthusiasts the region offers an unrivalled diversity of thousands of miles of dedicated footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways. The routes, anything from one hour to several days, take in some of the area's most magnificent countryside including the heritage coast, Cheviot, Lammermuir and Eildon Hills and Kielder Forest. Famous routes include the fabulous 63 mile long St Cutherbert's Way following the trail of early Christianity from Melrose to Holy Island, The Pennine Way, The Southern Upland Way and Border Abbey Way.
In addition to the spectacular scenery is the rich, often bloody, history of the region. The Romans and early Christians, the later border wars between the English and the Scots and the two World Wars have all left their imprints on the region, giving rise to a plethora of fascinating ancient and historical sites and buildings. Some of the most spectacular are the magnificent chain of castles, including dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, impressive Thirlestane "one of the seven great houses of Scotland" and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart's School in the Harry Potter films.
The region also boasts a number of important houses including Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, Manderston, the location for Channel 4's ‘The Edwardian Country House' and award-winning Paxton, reputed to be the finest example of an eighteenth-century Palladian country house in Scotland.
At low tide, drive across the causeway to the famous religious retreat of Holy Island, or Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island is home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead. Similarly impressive ecclesiastical splendours are the majestic abbey ruins at Jedburgh and at Dryborough, which is the burial place of Sir Walter Scott.
Home to the famous Coldstream Guards, the charming borders town of Coldstream sits on the northern bank of the River Tweed and was once a rival to Gretna Green for runaway marriages. The town has a museum dedicated to the Guards as well as a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Just outside the village is The Hirsel Country Estate, picturesque home of the Douglas-Home family which offers lovely woodland and lakeside walks, excellent birdlife and the 18-hole Hirsel Golf Course.
Three miles to the south is the attractive village of Norham a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins and the celebrated Foreman's Butchers.
Park End is also ideally situated for exploring Northumberland’s stunning Heritage coastline, 25 miles of secluded rocky coves and protected golden sands that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, protected by sand dunes and overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle. The beach is very popular for walking, riding and surfing. The magnificent views from the cliff top walks at St Abb’s Head are also well worth a visit. This National Nature Reserve is home to thousands of birds including guillemots, kittiwakes, shags and puffins.
On the way home, pop in for a pint of local ale at The Black Bull at Etal, Northumberland’s only thatched pub. Or let us arrange for dinner to be delivered to you, light the fire, pour yourself a glass of something nice and relax.