Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Cottage has been renovated and furnished to a very high standard throughout to offer spacious accommodation for two guests. A double sofa bed in the sitting room provides accommodation for up to two additional guests if required (there is a small charge). The cottage exudes charm and character, with a predominance of warm, earthy tones, cosy plaids and tweeds in the sitting room and fresh, cottage-style florals in the bedroom. The dining room is reminiscent of a scaled-down version of that at a grand, country house with ‘book-lined' walls, elegant lighting and attractive, panelled doors.
The pretty, sheltered, south-facing garden has fabulous, uninterrupted views over Flodden Field, site of the infamous battle of 1513 between the Scots and the English. To the rear of the garden is a secluded patio area with table and chairs and a barbecue. A particular highlight is the delightful summer house. There is an additional garden area to the front of the house which provides a perfect spot to watch the sunset over the Lammermuir Hills.
Alternatively, for those wanting complete relaxation, with its delightful garden and summerhouse for outdoor living and its enchanting, cosy interior, this is the perfect hideaway at any time of the year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors||
The accommodation comprises one spacious double bedroom with 4' 6" bed, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers. A double sofa bed in the sitting room provides accommodation for up to two additional guests if required (there is a small charge).
Adjacent to the bedroom is a bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and basin.
The charming sitting room has a double sofa and two arm chairs. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including TV with Freeview, DVD player and a selection of books and magazines.
Leading from the sitting room is a superb ‘book-lined' dining room which seats four.
The fully-equipped kitchen is decorated in traditional Shaker style and is equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, double oven with 4 ring hob, microwave and fridge/freezer. There is ample cooking equipment, cutlery and crockery provided.
Situated toward the end of the garden is a charming summerhouse with patio doors, table and chairs and drinks fridge.
Drying / boot room
There is a drying room to the rear of the property which also houses the tumble dryer.
Catering and housekeeping
The Cottage can be let on a pure self-catering basis or treat yourselves to a proper rest and book a cook (either full time or for the occasional, special meal) or homemade meals delivered daily to the house. Alternatively, we offer a food-shopping and wine delivery service. Daily housekeeping is also available. Please contact us for further details.
Facilities for babies
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
|Further details outdoors||
To the rear of the property is a delightful, sheltered, south-facing garden with superb, uninterrupted views across Flodden Field to the hills beyond. At the end of the garden is a patio area with table and chairs and a charcoal barbecue. There is ample parking to the front of the property.
Northern England 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
Cornhill on Tweed
The Cottage is situated in the pretty village of Branxton which has very little passing traffic. Nearby Cornhill-on-Tweed offers an excellent village store and coffee shop and the newly-renovated Collingwood Arms bar and restaurant. Just over the River Tweed in Scotland is the historic town of Coldstream which has a good selection of pubs, cafes and local shops, including a butcher, baker and grocer. The charming, ancient towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either 1¼ hours by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
There are excellent walks leading from the cottage, including routes across Flodden field and the Cheviot Hills. Just a few minute's drive from the cottage, the beautiful Tweed river valley also offers a network of superb walks and dedicated cycle paths or take a short trip to the coast enjoy an invigorating walk or exhilarating horse ride along the 25 miles of stunning sandy beaches.
The local area is also a golfer's paradise with 16 courses within a 30 mile radius including the famous Roxburghe course set amidst 200 acres of beautiful, rolling parkland and the links course at Berwick-upon-Tweed, recently selected as a British Open qualifying course.
The River Tweed has a deserved reputation as one of the world's finest salmon rivers and produces more fish caught to the fly than any other river in Britain. The Cottage is ideally located for anyone fishing the bottom and lower Tweed beats between Berwick and Kelso. There are several prime beats within a ten minute drive from the house including Tillmouth, Lennel and The Lees.
We have an arrangement to offer guests shooting for a variety of game at the nearby Ayton Estate, one of the most outstanding arable shoots in the Scottish Borders. The shoot encompasses some 4,000 acres of arable land and 600 acres of woodland with a release plan of 7,000 pheasants and 2,000 partridge.
Driven pheasants - Renowned for its high pheasants, the shoot produces 100 to 400 bird days with an average price of £24 per bird depending upon the season and total bag.
Duck flighting - The estate offers four flight ponds with plenty of wild duck coming in from the North Sea. An evening’s duck flighting can be arranged for 2 to 10 guns and can be combined with a day’s driven pheasant or rough shooting. Prices vary depending upon the season and number of guns.
Rough shooting - A day’s rough shooting will present challenging shots for woodcock as well as pheasant, partridge, duck, snipe, wood pigeon and ground game. A day can be arranged for 2 to 8 guns. The average price is £140 per gun depending upon the number of guns and whether dogs are required.
Stalking - The Ayton Estate produces some excellent trophy bucks. The prices per beast for roe bucks are £300 up to a bronze, bronze £400, silver £520 and gold £620.
Please contact us for further information, availability and prices.
Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are a golfer’s paradise boasting over 100 courses from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards. We can offer discounted green fees at a number of courses within an hour’s drive of our houses. Please contact us for further information.