|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The former Head Gardener's residence on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate, Garden House is situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed. This really is a place to get away from it all. No road or building in sight other than the romantic ruins of Twizel Castle with only the occasional deer, heron and otter for neighbours. The rooms are simple but beautifully furnished, with all mod-cons such as wifi. The large garden is totally secluded, surrounded by mature trees with a private pathway leading down to the river and a network of wonderful walks.
The local area is packed with interest. Hike through the Cheviot Hills or stroll across stunning beaches. Go kite-surfing or coastal kayaking. Marvel at the silver staircase at Manderston House. Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, home to thousands of seabirds and a grey seal colony. Or treat yourself to lunch at the Terrace Café at Floors Castle, nominated as one of the top ten cafés in Scotland.
With the Tweed on your doorstep Garden 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 £5 a day it is well worth a try to catch your own supper. A trout rod and tackle are available on request.
Garden 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.
Garden 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.
Garden House sleeps 6 comprising a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children. Due to the size of the house, it is not suitable for a house of 6 adults.
The sitting room has a large corner sofa seating six, an open log fire, flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player with a selection of DVDs.
Kitchen - dining table with seating for six has direct views of the Tweed. It is fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave and plenty of storage space. There is a refrigerator, deep freeze, microwave, washing machine with dryer and Belfast sink in the adjoining utility room.
Utility / rod and 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. With refrigerator, deep freeze, microwave, washing machine with dryer and Belfast sink.
Bathroom one - ground floor shower room with large walk-in power shower, basin and WC. Detachable grab rails are available on request.
Bedroom one - zip and link bed which can be configured to 3' twin or super king as required, side tables, dressing table and storage. River views.
Bedroom two - 4'6" double bed with side tables, storage with hanging rail. River views.
Bedroom three - 4'6" double bed with side tables, dressing table and storage. River views
Bathroom two - bath with handheld shower, basin and WC. Detachable grab rails are available on request.
All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. There is a hairdryer provided in each bedroom. Luxurious towels are provided for all guests.
A small complimentary welcome pack awaits guests on arrival.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
A maximum of two dogs (two small or one large) are welcome at Garden House and we would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house. Cats are unfortunately not permitted.?
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available at the property. Mobile signal is generally good.
Garden and grounds
Garden House is accessed via a track (unsuitable for low slung vehicles) leading to a gravelled area with parking for at least three cars. The house sits within a large lawned area leading down to the river and is surrounded by mature woodland with extensive spring planting.
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. Daily housekeeping is available at additional cost.
Clean, modern and comfortable. Very well equipped and maintained. Beautiful view of river tweed with peaceful riverside walks. Good base for exploring historical sites and Coast. Lots to do within 30 minutes driving. Would definitely recommend.