House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Formerly the school for the magnificent Milne Graden Estate, the School House has been lovingly renovated throughout to create an unusual and beautifully-presented holiday home. The stunning interior is reminiscent of a traditional sporting lodge, the epitome of understated luxury with a predominance of natural wood, slate and stone finishings and cosy wool and linen fabrics. A particular highlight is the magnificent former school room, which provides a fabulous open-plan living area with a mezzanine level bedroom overhead.
Outside, a lawned seating area to the rear of the property is a perfect spot for breakfast or an evening drink with fabulous views down the river and not a road in sight. A nearby path leads to the river and a network of superb riverside walks which is a haven for wildlife including deer, otter and kingfishers.
A special touch is the complimentary welcome pack awaiting guests on arrival and includes homemade lemon drizzle cake, homemade granola, organic milk, dry cured bacon, free range eggs, vine tomatoes, fresh bread, as well as tea and coffee presented in your own jute shopping bag.
Tucked at the end of a private estate road, School House is part of a secluded hamlet of superb properties on the banks of the River Tweed. With fishing on one of the world's greatest salmon rivers so close by, it is an ideal base for fishing parties, and the estate's own beat is available to guests at additional cost, subject to availability. A trout rod, reel and line are also provided at the house and with local trout fishing permits costing just £5 a day it's well worth a try to catch supper!
Think of the Scottish Borders and think of big spaces: heather-clad hills, hundreds of square miles of forests and woodland, lochs and rivers and hundreds of miles of quiet country roads and waymarked routes just made for cycling, riding and walking. Golfers are no less well catered for with over 60 courses across the wider area, including the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe or classic links courses at Bamburgh and Goswick. The almost-deserted sandy beaches dotted along the stunning coastline are popular for walking, riding, kite-surfing and sea-kayaking, or immerse yourself in the rich and turbulent history of the area with an abundance of castles, grand stately homes and historic sites to explore.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berwick 18 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport 94 km, Nearest railway: Berwick upon Tweed 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation comprises three double bedrooms (with 5' beds) one mezzanine level bedroom (NB this bedroom has an open-plan entrance looking down to the living area below, however the room is partially-partitioned for privacy), one ground floor bedroom and one first floor bedroom. The bedrooms are all decorated in neutral tones to the highest standard and comfort throughout. All have plenty of storage space with wardrobes and dressing tables. All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. We offer a late-availability option for couples to book the mezzanine bedroom and downstairs accommodation at a reduced rate.
Bath and shower rooms
The first floor, mezzanine level bedroom has a shower room on the ground floor (large walk-in shower, WC and basin). The first floor bedroom has an adjacent shower room with small walk-in shower, WC and basin. The third bedroom, on the ground floor has an adjacent bathroom (bath with handheld shower attachment, WC and basin). Luxurious towels are provided for all guests.
Open-plan living area
A superb room with fabulous views of the river. The cosy seating area includes an open log fire (logs provided), two sumptuous leather sofas, large flat-screen television with Sky television and wireless broadband internet connection. The dining area is arranged to seat 6 guests as standard, but can accommodate up to 20 guests including seating, cutlery, crockery and glassware.
The kitchen is located at one end of the main reception room and can be screened to provide privacy if guests wish to book a cook. It is fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and hob, dishwasher, refrigerator and deepfreeze.
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 small sink and washing machine with dryer are provided.
Guests receive a complimentary welcome pack of lovely local provisions on arrival.
Catering and housekeeping
Catering at School 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. The housekeeper will meet guests on arrival and facilities are available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
A maximum of two well-behaved dogs are welcome at School House. We would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house.
Milne Graden Estate has adopted an eco-friendly policy. All bath and shower toiletries and household products are eco-friendly and biodegradable with extra facilities for recycling.
|Further details outdoors|
To the rear of the house is a lawned garden and a gravelled area with parking for at least three cars. Guests also have use of the communal courtyard area in front of the house with a path leading directly to the river.
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 over 25 miles of protected golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the stunning 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 some of the finest salmon fishing in Europe on the famous River Tweed.
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, as well as first-class diving at St. Abbs. Dotted along the coast are picturesque fishing villages such as 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 hundreds of miles of dedicated footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways. The routes take in some of the most magnificent countryside including the heritage coast, Cheviot, Lammermuir and Eildon Hills and Kielder Forest, which encompasses the vast Kielder Water, Europe's largest man-made lake with an impressive 27 mile shoreline. Famous routes include the fabulous 63-mile long St Cuthberts Way following the trail of early Christianity from Melrose to Holy Island, The Pennine Way, The Southern Upland Way and Borders Abbey Way. The 7stanes biking centres at Newcastleton, Innerleithen and Glentress offer some fantastic sport from family friendly trails to adrenaline charged black runs, while golf enthusiasts can choose from over 60 courses across the area from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards.
Our region has an incredibly rich and turbulent history and its legacy is a landscape of magnificent castles, grand stately homes and the fragments of ruined abbeys and fortifications scattered right across the area. 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 Hogwarts 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, Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh.
Schoolhouse is approximately 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, including the charming Hirsel Country Estate and Golf Course. Or visit the picturesque town of 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.
The 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.
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