Garden House, Coldstream, Scottish Borders
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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.
The area is internationally renowned for its fishing and field sports, offering first class shooting and stalking and some of the finest fishing in the world on the River Tweed, the most prolific salmon river in the European Union. The area is also a golfer's paradise boasting over 100 courses from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards. 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. 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.
- Sleeps - 6
- Bedrooms - 3 (2 doubles, 1 twin)
- Bathrooms - 2, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room
- Washing machine with dryer
- Log fire
- Sky television, DVD player with DVDs
- Wireless Broadband internet connection
- Large, secluded, peaceful garden
- Parking for 3 cars
- Cot and high chair available
- Pets welcome
- Coldstream - 4 miles
- Airports - Edinburgh 52 miles: Newcastle 72 miles
- Station - Berwick-upon-Tweed 11 miles
- Several excellent pubs and restaurants within a 5 mile radius
- Fishing River Tweed on the doorstep! Private fishing subject to availability
- Walking network of riverside walks lead from the house
- Golf - 16 courses within a 30 mile radius
- Beaches 11 miles
- Horse-riding 5 miles
- Kelso races 13 miles
- Floors Castle 13 miles
- Lindisfarne Castle & Holy Island 22 miles
- Edinburgh 52 miles (easy day trip, approx 1 hrs drive or 45 mins by train from nearby Berwick)
A charming period house situated in an idyllic position overlooking the River Tweed with outstanding, uninterrupted views over the river to open countryside beyond. The house has recently been fully renovated throughout to offer an exceptionally high standard of accommodation for up to six guests with period interiors complemented by modern amenities. The large, secluded, peaceful garden leads directly down to the river Tweed and is a delightful spot to sit and observe the river and its many in habitants including otters, herons and kingfishers.
The accommodation comprises three bedrooms; two doubles (both with 4' 6 beds) and one twin (with two 3' beds). All have fabulous views of the river or the surrounding estate.
The bedrooms are decorated in neutral tones to the highest standard and comfort throughout.
All have plenty of storage space with a wardrobe or chest of drawers. All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. There is a family bathroom on the first floor with a bath with handheld shower, basin and WC in addition to a ground floor shower room with large walk-in power shower, basin and WC. Luxurious towels are provided for all guests.
The sitting room has an open log fire, Sky television, DVD player with a house selection of DVDs, and pay telephone. Wireless Broadband internet is also available at the property. The kitchen has dining space for six guests and direct views of The Tweed. 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 and plenty of storage space.
There is a refrigerator, deepfreeze, washing machine with dryer and Belfast sink in the adjoining utility room.
The utility room is accessed directly from the back door and is a warm, tiled room ideal for dogs and storing and drying fishing kit and outdoor clothing. The house sits within a large lawned area leading down to the river and is surrounded by mature woodland, flowers and shrubs. Garden House is accessed via a track leading to a gravelled area with parking for at least three cars.
Directions will be available at the time of booking
All heating and logs for the fire are included in the rental price. 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen is provided along with towels. 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.
Cost and availability.
The cottage is rented out year round.
Change over day is Sunday. Arrival time 4pm, departure time 10am.
Short breaks are available out with peak times.
Late-availability discounts offered as applicable.
Catering and Housekeeping.
Catering at Garden 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 guests' stay at additional cost.
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Garden House, Coldstream, Berwickshire