House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Abbey House has been completely renovated throughout over winter 2011 to a very high standard including re-modelling of the existing accommodation to form a larger open-plan kitchen and a boot room / cloakroom. The first floor accommodation now comprises four bedrooms each with en suite or adjacent bathrooms.
Outside, the pretty, mature garden is fully-enclosed offering privacy and a safe environment for children and dogs. There are fabulous views of the Tweed to the Cheviot Hills and Flodden Field beyond.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berwick-upon-Tweed & Heritage Coast 22 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 77 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Boot room / cloakroom with wc and whb ideal for drying outdoor kit and for dogs.
Fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast table and chairs.
Dining room with seating for 8 guests.
Sitting room with open fire.
Master bedroom with fabulous river views. En suite bathroom with feature bath, separate shower, whb and wc.
Bedroom two with double bed. En suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, whb and wc.
Bedroom three with zip and link beds which can be twin or double as required. En suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, whb and wc.
Bedroom four with zip and link beds which can be twin or double as required. Adjacent bathroom with bath with shower over, whb and wc.
Fully-enclosed garden with outside furniture. Large garage with space for two cars, rod racks and chest freezer. Additional on street parking is available.
A maximum of two well-behaved dogs are welcome at Abbey House. Dogs must be kept to the boot room and kitchen.
Catering and housekeeping
A cook is available on request. Homemade meals can also be delivered to the house. Daily housekeeping is available on request at additional cost.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
|Further details outdoors||
Garden and grounds: Large, sheltered, sunny, walled garden with two delightful Regency summer houses, garden furniture and barbecue. Garage parking for two cars and ample additional roadside parking. Shops and pubs five minutes' walk.
Welcome pack provided 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 UKs 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 areas most magnificent countryside including the heritage coast, Cheviot, Lammermuir and Eildon Hills and Kielder Forest, which encompasses the vast Kielder Water, Europes largest man-made lake with an impressive 27 mile shoreline. Famous routes include the fabulous 63-mile long St Cutherberts 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 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 and at Dryborough, which is the burial place of Sir Walter Scott.
Coldstream is the first town over the Scottish Border and once rivalled Gretna Green for runaway marriages. The town has a museum dedicated to the Coldstream Guards as well as a good selection of local shops and pubs. Just outside the town is The Hirsel Country Park, picturesque home of the Douglas-Home family offering lovely woodland and lakeside walks, excellent birdlife and the 18-hole Hirsel Golf Course.
9 miles from Coldstream lies the picturesque town of Kelso with its Flemish-style cobbled square, 12th Century abbey, the majestic Floors Castle and the graceful Tweed bridge (a model for London's Waterloo Bridge). The town has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as the Roxburghe championship golf course and regular National Hunt Racing. For foodies Abbey House is close to two of the area's best restaurants; the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the Wheatsheaf restaurant at Swinton, both noted for their local cuisine.