Coldstream, Scottish Borders
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This delightful cottage, set on the banks of the famous River Tweed is located in the historic centre of the Border Town of Coldstream.
The cottage has an open plan lounge / dining room with a fully equipped kitchen looks across to the river. There are two comfortable sofas so that guests can watch the wall mounted Smart TV. Lots of maps and information are provided so that walks and visits can be planned. There is an electric wood burner style stove to give a warm light and extra heat if necessary while relaxing.
Being larger than the other family owned properties owned by Border Holiday Homes it can sleep four people and is pet friendly.
The large antique dining table, seating six, is set ready for Dinner for two or more guests. The attractive lighting over table ensures a romantic Dinner. The kitchen is fully equipped, of course, and has a full oven and hob, a dishwasher, fridge and separate freezer. Microwave, toaster and all crockery and utensils are to found together with cleaning items, film, foil, kitchen towels and store cupboard provisions. A typical Welcome Basket will include home made jam or honey, local beer or fruit juice and local free range eggs and more, and will be included in the price
From the entrance hall where coats guests can leave coats and boots there is a downstairs cloakroom toilet.
The staircase, finished with oak flooring goes up to the first floor to the two bedrooms. Again there are stunning views to the Tweed and the rolling farmland.
The master bedroom has a modern king size four poster bed, is very spacious and has a wall mounted Smart TV. It has a very stylish, fully tiled ensuite wet room with underfloor heating. There is a shaver point and an illuminated shaving mirror, heated towel rail and lots of towels. Hairdryer is provided. The bedroom has oak flooring and attractive rugs.
Located in a cleverly designed cupboard in the bathroom area is a useful washing machine and combination tumble dryer. Antique doors have been reused and refurbished throughout when possible.
The second bedroom is smaller and but also has a king size bed. It, too, has a fully tiled ensuite wet room with underfloor heating. This is accessed through a smart designer glass sliding door. The wet room has a walk in shower, toilet and has a modern inset basin and storage cupboards with more mirrored cupboards above. There is a neat designer, heated towel rail to keep the towels warm Razor point and hairdryer are provided. Both bathrooms come with handmade organic soap made specially for Border Holiday Homes from essential oils. Lots of towels are included for guest use. The bedroom has an attractive designer radiator and smart over bed lighting. The oak flooring is complemented with rugs. Small hanging space is provided for clothes and there is more storage under the newly created window seat and in the underbed drawers. The bedroom also looks over the Tweed.
The whole house has double glazing and is centrally heated. EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) Rating D.
There is no dedicated parking, but parking is usually available close to the cottage or in the market square.
EV Charging Point – There is a useful charging point on the car park at Henderson Park on the main street, opposite to the Besom pub. A footpath (called Gas Lane) next to the park comes down to beside the cottage and is only 250.yards walk down to Rosybank.
Coldstream and Surroundings
The Border town of Coldstream is known for its connections with the famous Coldstream Guards. Just 100 yards from the cottage is the interesting Coldstream Museum . From the cottage looking downstream guests will spot the historic monument and the graceful Telford bridge that links Cornhill in England and Coldstream in Scotland. It is only 100 yards along the riverside walk to the beautiful Henderson park which has spectacular riverside views too.
The town has a traditional High street with a range of shops including an artisan baker, craft butcher, vets, pharmacy and several pubs, restaurants and take away shops. One interesting shop sells lots of Guards and army memorabilia. Coldstream boasts a lovely parkland golf course which welcomes visitors for lunch or to play. The Hirsel Country Park is a short walk from Rosybank and was once the home of the prime minister Alex Douglas Home. There is an easy walk around the lake and also a selection of craft shops, pottery and tea room next to the Hirsel car park.
The abbey town of Kelso is a short drive away and is the home of Floors Castle https://www.floorscastle.com/visit-us/gardens-and-grounds . Take time to walk around the town square and enjoy the range of shops. If you like horse racing then Kelso Racecourse has the reputation of being the UK’s friendliest course. Melrose, too, has a ruined Cistercian Abbey and is part of the Abbeys Way Walk , a 64 mile circular walk or cycle ride.
For details of each section go to https://www.bordersabbeysway.com
The river Tweed attracts fishermen from around the world. Just ask for more information about fishing in the area
Further Afield in England
Take a trip to the villages of Ford and Etal where you can take a steam train trip on the narrow gauge railway , see the historic Ford Castle and admire the fabulous murals on the ceiling of Lady Waterford Hall. Nearby take time to visit the Heavy Horse Centre at Milfield.
New visitors to will want to visit the historic city and beaches of Berwick upon Tweed and then travel along the coast to the Holy Island of Lindsifarne which can only be reached by tidal causeway. Traveling further south the coastal town of Bamburgh has the imposing castle and bird centre and the newest attraction the Bamburgh Ossuary
Exploring the Northumberland National Park by foot, cycle or public transport via the quiet country lanes will take in amazing scenery. Make a visit to Alnwick Castle and the seaside villages of Alnmouth and Seahouses, famous for visits by boat to Farne Island, seals and the puffins. Cragside house and gardens , home of William Armstrong, is another full day out as you see many household early innovationse and a pioneering hydro electricity scheme
Further Afield – Scotand
Rosybank has an ideal location on the border of two nations. Scotland, with the capital city of Edinburgh is only one hour away by car. Pop into the town of Kelso with its range of small family owned shops or enjoy the Sunday market on the very active racecourse. Floors Castle, is a stately home that overlooks the Tweed is open daily. Melrose and the other Border Abbeys are fascinating for those interested in early Christianity and the links with Cuthbert, Aiden and Oswald. The apple garden in the centre of the town has an amazing collection of rare apple trees. Melrose also hosts the very popular annual Borders Book Fair in June.
Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott is a charming house near Galashiels. Take the road past the Queens View to the house for an amazing view across the Borders
Other country houses close to Coldstream are Thirlstane, Manderston, Mellerstain and Duns Castle Park.
The coast line of Berwickshire has many beaches but Coldingham Bay attracts many surfers year round. Eyemouth harbour has a thriving fishing fleet, so buy fish and chips when visiting the town
For a fascinating day out further afield why not take a boat trip on the Falkirk wheel and then visit the spectacular Kelpies installation.
A visit to Stirling is possible by car or train so that you can find out more about Scotland’s fascinating history, Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.