About the home
Book before the end of May 2013 to receive a 15% discount - quote Holiday Lettings when booking.
The former Head Gardener's residence on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate, Garden House is situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed. This really is a place to get away from it all. No road or building in sight other than the romantic ruins of Twizel Castle with only the occasional deer, heron and otter for neighbours. The rooms are beautifully furnished, with all mod-cons such as wi fi and Sky TV. The large garden is totally secluded, surrounded by mature trees with a private pathway leading down to the river and a network of wonderful walks.
The local area has a great deal to offer including internationally renowned fishing on the doorstep, fabulous walks, beautiful beaches, over 100 golf courses, riding stables and historic places of interest to visit including Holy Island and Bamburgh, Alnwick and Floors Castles all in close proximity.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Heritage Coast, 18km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 4.8km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, Private fishing lake / river|
Further details indoors:
The accommodation comprises three bedrooms; two doubles (both with 4' 6" beds) and one twin (with two 3' beds). All have fabulous views of the river or the surrounding Estate. The bedrooms are decorated in neutral tones to the highest standard and comfort throughout. All have plenty of storage space with a wardrobe or chest of drawers. All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton.
Bath and shower rooms
There is a family bathroom on the first floor with a bath with handheld shower, basin and WC in addition to a ground floor shower room with large walk-in power shower, basin and WC. Luxurious towels are provided for all guests.
The sitting room has an open log fire, Sky television, DVD player with a house selection of DVDs, and telephone for incoming calls only. Wireless broadband is also available at the property.
The kitchen has dining space for six guests and direct views of The Tweed. It is decorated in traditional Shaker style with neutral tones throughout, natural tiled floor and oak work surfaces. It is fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and hob, dishwasher and plenty of storage space. There is a refrigerator, deepfreeze, washing machine with dryer and Belfast sink in the adjoining utility room.
Utility / rod and boot room
Accessed directly from the back door, this warm, tiled room is ideal for dogs and storing and drying fishing kit and outdoor clothing.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Dogs are welcome at Garden House and we ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house.
Further details outdoors:
Garden House is accessed via a track (unsuitable for low slung vehicles) leading to a gravelled area with parking for at least three cars. The house sits within a large lawned area with stunning views and access to the river and is surrounded by mature woodland with extensive spring planting.
Catering and housekeeping
Catering at Garden House is entirely flexible. The house can either be taken on a self-catered, partly catered or fully catered basis. A homemade meal and wine delivery service is also available. A picnic hamper delivery service is available for fishing parties. Daily housekeeping is available at additional cost.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
A complimentary welcome pack awaits guests on arrival and includes a selection of the following items tea, coffee, milk, orange juice, homemade cake, cereal, fresh farmhouse loaf, butter, conserve, dry cured bacon, free range eggs, baked beans and fresh tomatoes.
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.
The Coldstream area
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.
Garden House is only a few miles from two of the area’s best eateries; the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the Allanton Inn, both known for fine local cuisine. The whole region is foodie heaven with fresh fish from the boats at Eyemouth, fabulous meat, pies and cheese from Foreman’s butchers in Norham, and Doddington Dairy ice cream, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey and Craster Kippers all just down the road.
Garden House is three miles from the attractive village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins. The village has a local shop, bakery, butcher, two pubs and a gunsmith. More extensive local shopping is available at nearby Coldstream four miles away. Or visit Kelso with its fabulous deli and butcher, excellent fishmonger, woollen shops, country sports shops and art gallery, not to mention a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants often with live music. Edinburgh is about an hour’s drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick upon Tweed.
With the Tweed on your doorstep Garden House is an ideal base for fishing parties. The estate’s own beat which is available to guests at additional cost (subject to availability) extends to about 1.4 miles of single bank fishing. Milne Graden is primarily a salmon beat but has good runs of grilse and sea trout through the summer months. Other prime beats nearby include Tillmouth, Lennel, Ladykirk and The Lees. With local trout fishing permits costing just £10 a day it is well worth a try to catch your own supper. A trout rod and tackle are available on request.
How to get there
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The Scottish Borders is easily accessible by car and Coldstream is conveniently located for access to the A1(M). The nearest airports are at Edinburgh and Newcastle, both of which are well served with flights from within the UK and the rest of Europe. Nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed has excellent rail links, with Edinburgh and Newcastle just 40 minutes away and London Kings Cross to Berwick from 3.5 hours by train.
Activities near Coldstream
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
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The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Prices include bed linen, towels, all utilities, logs, pre-arrival and departure cleaning and a welcome hamper.
A 20% deposit is payable at the time of booking. The balance is payable eight weeks prior to the commencement of the booking. A £250 refundable security deposit is payable with balance. Full payment is due for bookings which take place within eight weeks. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer, debit card or credit card. Credit card bookings are subject to a 2% fee to recover the charges made by the card companies.
Christmas and New Year bookings include a decorated tree, festive hamper and drinks tray (including champagne, wine, gin and whisky) in addition to the standard welcome pack.
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