Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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A classic, stone, Borders house perched high on the banks of the River Tweed with magnificent river views. The well-presented, elegant interior is decorated in a traditional, country house style. A particular highlight is the cosy drawing room with open fire and double doors leading to a patio seating area with superb river views.
From the large garden you can while away the hours watching the river and its inhabitants including deer, otter and a wide variety of birds. A nearby path leads to the river and a network of walks.
With the river so close by, Hamilton 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. A trout rod, reel and line are available on request and with local trout fishing permits costing just £10 a day it is well worth a try to catch your own supper.
Tucked at the end of a private estate road, Hamilton House is part of a secluded hamlet of superb properties comprising School House and No 1 and No 2 Sunnyside. The properties can be hired collectively and are ideal for larger groups wishing to holiday together but maintain a degree of privacy.
The immediate local area offers a wealth of things to see and do. Follow the river to nearby Kelso for a visit to the majestic Floors Castle followed by a cream tea in the award-winning café. Visit the evocative abbey ruins at Dryburgh and Melrose. Head up into the Cheviot Hills to experience Northumberland's wide sky scenery, or to the coast for stunning, deserted sandy beaches, punctuated by a chain of impressive castles including Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Alnwick.
Feeling energetic? Walk, ride and cycle on miles of dedicated routes and quiet country lanes. Kite-surf and sea-kayak on the coast. And of course there's fishing, shooting and golf right on the doorstep.
Hamilton 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 attractive village of Norham is three miles away, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins. The village has a local shop, bakery, butcher, a pub and a gunsmith. More extensive local shopping is available at nearby Coldstream four miles away. Or make a visit to 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.
Edinburgh is an easy day trip distance from the house, about an hour's drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick upon Tweed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 84 km, Nearest railway: Berwick upon Tweed 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|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, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors||
The accommodation comprises three double bedrooms (with 4' 6" beds). All three bedrooms have fabulous views of the river and plenty of storage space with wardrobes and dressing tables. All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Bath and shower rooms
The ground floor bedroom has an en-suite bathroom (bath with handheld shower attachment, WC and basin). One first floor bedroom has an en-suite shower room with large shower, WC and basin. The third bedroom has an adjacent bathroom (bath with handheld shower attachment, WC and basin). Luxurious towels are provided for all guests. Detachable bath and shower grab rails are available on request.
The sitting room commands fabulous views of the river and has direct access to the garden. There is an open log fire, Sky television and Wi Fi.
Situated between the kitchen and sitting room is the dining room with seating for 6 guests. This room also has superb river views and an open fire.
The kitchen has dining space for six guests. 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, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine with dryer and plenty of storage space.
Utility / 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.
Garden and grounds
To the front of the house is a large, lawned garden leading down to the river. There is a gravelled area with parking for at least three cars.
Guests receive a complimentary welcome pack on arrival which includes tea, coffee, milk, orange juice, homemade cake, cereal, fresh farmhouse loaf, butter, conserve, dry cured bacon, free range eggs, baked beans and fresh tomatoes.
Catering and housekeeping
Catering at Hamilton 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.
One dog is welcome at Hamilton House. Dogs must be kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house.
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.
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, 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 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.
Hamilton 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.
Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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.