Abbey St Bathans Estate
7 miles from Duns
The Abbey St Bathans Estate is a large private country estate nestling quietly between the Lammermuir hills and the Berwickshire coast about 20 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed and 4 miles from the A1 at Grantshouse.
You could almost believe you are in the Highlands when you see the glens patched with native trees and criss-crossed by footpaths along which tenants are free to wander. There is private salmon and trout fishing (permits available by prior arrangement) on the river Whiteadder which flows smoothly past the holiday cottage after rushing through the glen. Close by there is a pretty pond which is delightful to look at but some care may be required with young children.
There is plenty to do in this lovely part of the world, for example horse-riding, bird-watching and scuba-diving at well-known St Abb's Head. There are several good golf courses, an adventure driving school and, last but not least, a lovely sandy beach at nearby Coldingham Bay. In Abbey St Bathans itself there is a very good little restaurant serving excellent snacks and meals.
The choice of places to visit is extensive: Edinburgh is only an hour away by car; the whole of the Scottish Borders, the Northumberland National Park, the coast and its castles – all are on your doorstep.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
Abbey Cottage has been totally renovated and carefully refurbished within its old stone walls. This stylish house offers complete comfort in a delightful setting. It looks out over a courtyard to the grassy banks of the river Whiteadder and the distant trees. At right angles but attached to it, there is a stone outbuilding in which a games room has been created (table-tennis/football, darts).
Heating is by oil-fired central-heating (£15 included), open fire (logs included) and electricity (included). Bed-linen and towels are included. Up to two well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement, but should be kept under supervision in and around the house.
- Spacious Sitting room with open-fire, TV/DVD and Hi-fi.
- Spacious Kitchen/Dining room with microwave with fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing-machine, etc. Tumble-drier in adjoining barn.
- Double-bed room with en-suite bathroom with bath, wc and basin.
- Twin-bed room.
- Room with shower and basin.
- 2nd wc and basin.