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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

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

Christine Kent
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

About Christine Kent

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.

Christine Kent purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Christine Kent chose Duns

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Duns in Scottish Borders

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • One bathroom, bath with over-bath electric shower, wash-hand basin, wc and bidet. Towels provided.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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: and about the local facilities and events from: 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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Berwickshire Country Cottage With Open Coal-Fire, 3 Miles From Duns, Sleeps 5
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews

great peacefull location

  • 5 of 5

had a great time in the boarders. the property has everything you could need and more the owners have gone out of there way to supply a lot of information regards the local area and things to do and where to find shops etc.. great beaches and history right on your door step. we had a great 4 days but there is so much more to do and see here. hopefully we will get back there soon .

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you enjoyed your holiday Anthony, hope to have you back soon.
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Clean and well provided.

  • 4 of 5

The house was clean and well provided. Lots of games, books and DVDs, including for the kids. Neighbour very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a comfortable stay, hope to have you back soon.
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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: 17-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Newcastle Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Duns Golf Club
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Wheatsheaf, Swinton
Nearest Ski
47 Miles
Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Edinburgh
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Eyemouth Beach
Car: necessary


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.


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.


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 & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £70

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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