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Berwickshire Country Cottage With Open Coal-Fire, 3 Miles From Duns, Sleeps 5

Overview

Property

Updated: 17-Oct-2016
3 bedroom country cottage with large kitchen, coal-fired central heating, overlooking Berwickshire countryside

One of a row of six former farm-cottages, modernised and extended to provide a convenient base for exploring this unspoilt region of Scotland. Within easy reach of the castles and country houses of the Scottish Borders and the Berwickshire coastline, with the fishing village of Eyemouth and the walled border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, 12 miles away. The property is 3 miles south of Duns, 9 miles north of Coldstream and just 1 hour by car from Edinburgh. There is off-road parking for 2 cars.

The lounge with open coal fire (fire-guard provided) has a TV and DVD player, books and games for children, as well as maps and walking guides of the area. The large kitchen has a cooker, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, washing machine and tumble dryer. The extending dining table will seat 6 comfortably and can also be used for table-tennis (equipment provided). There is even a kite for windy days!

Our 3 bedrooms (1 with double bed, 1 with twin beds and a cot, 1 with a single bed) look out onto fields and hedgerows. The bathroom is on the first floor and has an over-bath electric shower.

Outside there is a small garden with picnic table for sunny days.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I own the cottage jointly with my husband Andrew. We are a professional couple who enjoy travelling and exploring the countryside, especially the Scottish Borders - a beautiful area. We've owned this cottage since 1993 and have enjoyed many holidays here with our two children, who are now in their twenties.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Perfect cottage for kids and adults alike. It's beautiful here - so glad we came." The Wallace Family, Oakboro, USA.



"Couldn't be better! The children loved it and so did we. Area beautiful and so many places to visit. We made a great choice - thanks!" The Patterson Family, Stranraer, Scotland.
Jul 2012
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10 Reviews

4.8
based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

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5

Comfortable home-from-home in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Kimmerghame Mains cottage provides spacious and comfortable accommodation for four adults. The kitchen is roomy and well-equipped; the living room contains an excellent range of books, maps and guides and the two main bedrooms both provided an excellent night's sleep.

We were particularly keen on exploring the Borders region and found this to be a perfectly situated cottage for this purpose, being handy for Edinburgh, Berwick-upon-Tweed and the attractive Borders towns and countryside. Duns provides a handy nearby shopping area, there is an excellent Inn nearby - the Allanton Inn - and we particularly enjoyed visits to the Chain Bridge Honey Farm and Paxton House, both of which we would highly recommend.

The owner of the property, Christine Kent, was extremely helpful throughout the booking process and had taken the trouble to replace a 'sticking lock' on the front door before our arrival.

All in all this was a first rate experience. We would highly recommend the property to others and would be keen to return for a longer visit ourselves as we were only able to visit a fraction of the places we had ear-marked beforehand.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

great stay.............

  • 5 of 5

Stayed with wife and 2 kids, really enjoyed the stay, the owner is very helpful and accommodating, neighbors are nice, facility in the house are really nice, the rooms are spacious and comfortable. the only thing negative I can say is that they don`t have Wifi. despite of that it was a great place to stay and will stay there again if I visit Scotland again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

What a lovely base from which to explore the borders and beyond

  • 5 of 5

This is a really lovely cottage.

The property is spacious with a really large family kitchen - we ate all our meals and spent a good deal of the rest of our stay around the kitchen table. It is well kitted out with all the utensils that you might need to cater for a hungry family.

The rooms are well proportioned and comfortable and the facilities are clean and in good condition.

There was plenty to do in the cottage with lots of games - including table tennis and a play station.

It was wonderful to throw the curtains open on a morning and be greeted by a glorious country view.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Family Holiday packed with things to do!

  • 5 of 5

5 stars!

The communication with the owner was second to none. We got off to a slightly confused start, but soon had it all sorted! Thank you for your patience.

The cottage is ideally situated in a quiet location. Well placed to get to Edinburgh and the border towns such as Coldstream and Melrose. We would particularly recommend Coldingham Bay, Eyemouth and St Abbs. The beach at Coldingham is stunning and rock pooling is a must. Probably one of the most relaxed beaches I've ever been on...dogs allowed, BBQs allowed. Everyone was happy. RNLI lifeguard til 6pm too. Some big waves so the kids did body boarding whilst the youngest one pottered about in the less fierce waves in the sheltered part of the beach.

Norham Castle worth a visit (free!) couple it with a visit to the honey farm (free!) and have cream tea on the double decker bus

Paxton House (pre book to get a discount) huge grounds, leading to the river and an adventure playground with zipwire!

Heavy Horse Centre (free!) gorgeous picnic area with stunning views - also dog friendly!

Eyemouth - Smugglers House. Not free but worth a visit with children as they are actively encouraged to look behind panels and into the nooks and crannies (Unlike a National Trust building!)

Holy Island - check the tide times! We went Geocaching and walked all over the Island then found the fudge shop!

The cottage itself is a home from home. We normally go well stocked with books and games for the children...completely unnecessary here. Books for all ages and games galore. Painting sets, crayons - There was even a kite!

The photos do not do the cottage justice...its a lot bigger than you think! The childrens bedroom was massive.

I would recommend this cottage for anyone wanting a holiday away from it all. Yeah sure it could use a little bit of a facelift, but if you only use it as a base that doesn't really matter too much.

Once thing to remember - you have to pay for your electricity in a honesty book. Remember to have some cash handy at the end of your stay..its 15 minute drive to the cashpoint!

Thank you for a wonderful border break. Hope to be back again soon!

The Bainbridge Family x

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A quiet countryside location, well placed for good access to borders attractions

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights in early July, managing to hit Games weekend in the nearby town of Duns. This was a memorable start to what was a great relaxing break with our six year old. The property is very comfortable and has many board games to keep children amused.

The description of the property is accurate and it was both clean and well-maintained. The owner was very accommodating and provided lots and lots of information about a wide range of activities available in the local area - many of which we had no idea about prior to our visit.

I would heartily recommend this property for shorter or longer breaks for those looking for an escape from it all (no Wi-Fi access helped us a lot with this!)

Loved our visit to Holy Island and had good food with superb views at the Barn at Beal after, which fitted in well with the times of the tides for the causeway. Paxton House made for a gentle day out when we weren't looking to roam too far.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very well equipped and perfect for family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 5 adults and 1 baby and had a lovely time at the cottage. The owner has thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and lots of help and guides to nearby walks and attractions. Would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachael. I do try to make families with young children feel welcome. I have just bought a new harness for the high chair and also upgraded my table tennis equipment, so I hope you will be able to come back to try them out. I'm glad the guide "Out and about from our cottage" was helpful too. Looking forward to welcoming you back.
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Location

From the Owner

We wanted to have a cottage in the countryside where we could take our children on holiday. We chose the Scottish Borders because the people round here are so friendly, the countryside is beautiful and there is a very distinct Scottish character to the locality. If you come to visit you may be lucky enough to see a red deer in the woods nearby, or a kingfisher on the River Blackadder, or perhaps the swallows that sometimes nest above our front door.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh Airport at 52 Miles Nearest Barpub : Duns at 3 Miles Nearest Ferry : Newcastle Ferry at 75 Miles Nearest Golf : Duns Golf Club at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Berwick at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Wheatsheaf, Swinton at 3 Miles Nearest Ski : Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Edinburgh at 47 Miles Nearest Beach : Eyemouth Beach at 15 Miles Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

12 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed, 15 miles from Eyemouth on the Berwickshire coast, 18 miles from St Abb's Head, which is a local diving centre. Our favourite beach for digging sandcastles and flying kites is Cocklawburn Beach, near Scremerston (just south of Berwick) - wonderful sand-dunes and unspoilt beach. Try the ice-creams (and toilets!) at Pot-a-Doodle-Do nearby. Also good is Coldingham Beach near St Abb's.

Travel:

Newcastle Airport to the south (75 miles) and Edinburgh Airport to the north (about 50 miles). Car hire would be essential if arriving by plane.

Distances:

3 miles south of the Border town of Duns, 12 miles west of Berwick-upon-Tweed, 9 miles north of Coldstream. 23 miles from Melrose. Alnwick Castle is 40 miles away, and Holy Island (with Lindisfarne Castle) is 22 miles away. Just 1 hour by car from Edinburgh - approximately 40 miles. Please take care on the local roads as there is a 60 mile per hour speed limit, with lots of speed cameras!

Further Details:

Good selection of shops, restaurants, take-aways and banks in Duns, with a large Co-operative supermarket which is open quite late. Two of our favourite places to eat are The Wheatsheaf at Swinton (3 miles south of the cottage) and Allanton Inn, in Allanton village (7 miles east). Also good is the Cross Inn at Paxton. Try the local beer from Bellhaven Brewery. Paxton House is a local independent country house that is well worth a visit, just 9 miles away and close to Berwick, sign-posted from the A1.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2016
1 Dec 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£190
for 3 nights
From
£40
£350
 
 
Xmas/New Year 2016/17
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£350
for 4 nights
From
£70
£560
 
 
Spring 2017
5 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£235
for 3 nights
From
£55
£525
 
 
Easter 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£265
for 3 nights
From
£65
 
 
Summer 2017
1 May 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£295
for 3 nights
From
£75
 
 
Autumn 2017
10 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£265
for 3 nights
From
£65
 
 
Winter 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£235
for 3 nights
From
£55
 
 
Christmas 2017 & New Year 2018
16 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£495
for 5 nights
From
£85
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£265
for 3 nights
From
£65
 

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping £70

Booking Notes:
To confirm cost and availability please contact the owners, Andrew and Christine Kent. A cheque for a non-returnable deposit of 30% of the booking price will confirm the booking, with the balance being due 3 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover days. Arrival times after 4pm please, and departure time by 10.30am. Thank you.

Notes on prices:
For Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014 the full weekly price will be charged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

We feel totally relaxed while staying here! We like to go for walks in the countryside nearby, eg. beside the River Tweed from Paxton House to the Chain Bridge and Honey Farm, along the coastal path between Eyemouth and St Abbs, around St Abb's Head to see the guillemots and cormorants nesting in season. Our favourite walk is from the front door and around the Kimmerghame Estate, walking beside the River Blackadder where I once saw a kingfisher. Eyemouth swimming pool is where my children leant to swim. Don't forget to visit Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, near Jedburgh, with it's wooden games and adventure playground. In the evenings we enjoy sitting beside the open fire, playing scrabble, monopoly or chess, or if it's sunny having a barbecue and chatting with our neighbours.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • One bathroom, bath with over-bath electric shower, wash-hand basin, wc and bidet. Towels provided.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 + cot (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with a double ("queen-size") bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds and a large cot, Bedroom 3 with a single bed.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • The local town of Duns has a good selection of small shops and a large Co-operative supermaket. There are several pubs and eating places, including a chinese takeaway and a fish and chip shop. Duns has a long and rich history. Find out more at: http://www.dunsehistorysociety.co.uk/index.shtml and about the local facilities and events from: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/duns-p242451 Notes on accommodation: The cottage is non-smoking and we ask guests to respect this. Thank you. We do not allow cats into the property. There is a small open garden with picnic-table. Off-road parking space for up to 2 cars. Towels and bed-linen are included. The property is cleaned before each let. A dishwasher, washing machine and tumble-dryer are provided for guests' use.

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