Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
No 2 Sunnyside is everything a cottage should be, petit and perfectly formed, furnished in classic rustic style with a cosy open fire. The ground floor has been opened up to make best use of the space. Upstairs the bedrooms are compact but comfortable with fitted wardrobes built into the eaves. The ground floor bathroom boasts the best vista of any bathroom we know.
Outside guests can enjoy amazing 180 degree views of the river from the garden. (Look out for the odd deer, otter, kingfisher and the occasional leaping salmon.)
With the Tweed on the doorstep, this 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 include Tillmouth, Lennel, Ladykirk and The Lees. A trout rod, reel and line are provided at the house and with local trout fishing permits costing just £5 a day it is well worth a try to catch your own supper.
If you can tear yourself away from the view, the local area has plenty of other delights in store.
From here you can explore a historic landscape, punctuated by imposing castles like Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh and stately mansions at nearby Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstain.
Head to the coast for miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves. Some of our favourite spots are the stunning beach at Bamburgh, the magnificent views from the cliffs at St Abb's Head and the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
And for foodies the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the Wheatsheaf restaurant at Swinton, are both noted for their local cuisine.
Just down the road, the attractive village of Norham has a local shop, bakery, butcher, two pubs and a gunsmith. You'll find more extensive local shopping at Coldstream, four miles away. Nearby, Kelso offers some intriguing, independent shops - a fabulous deli and butcher, excellent fish monger, woollen shops, country sports shops and an art gallery to name but a few. There's also a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants often with live music. Edinburgh is only an hour's drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick upon Tweed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berwick 17 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 93 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||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation comprises two bedrooms; one with a double bed (4' 6") and one with two twin beds (3'). Both have built-in storage space. There is a cloakroom on the first floor and a ground floor bathroom (bath with shower over, WC and basin).
The convivial, open-plan ground floor offers a cosy seating area with open fire, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel electric oven and hob, dishwasher and refrigerator with freezer compartment. Wireless broadband internet connection is provided along with Sky television.
There is a utility / boot room adjacent to the kitchen with a washing machine with dryer.
Guests receive a complimentary welcome hamper on arrival which includes fresh coffee, tea, fresh orange juice, milk, fruit cake, cereal, eggs, bacon, bread, butter and marmalade. During the Christmas and New Year period a drinks tray is provided consisting of whisky, Gordons Gin, 2 bottles Claret, 2 bottles of white wine and mixers.
Catering and housekeeping
Catering at No 2 Sunnyside 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.
One small dog is welcome at No 2 Sunnyside. We would ask that dogs 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 with access to the river. There is a gravelled area with parking for two cars.
Welcome pack available on arrival
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.
For further information see: www.visitnorthumbria.com and www.visitscottishborders.com
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.
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