|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Formerly the school for the magnificent Milne Graden Estate, School House has been lovingly renovated throughout to create a highly unusual and beautifully-presented holiday home. The stunning interior is reminiscent of a traditional sporting lodge, the epitome of understated luxury with a predominance of natural wood, slate and stone finishings and cosy wool and linen fabrics. A particular highlight is the magnificent former school room, which provides a fabulous, convivial, open-plan living area with a mezzanine level bedroom overhead.
Outside, a lawned seating area to the rear of the property is a perfect spot for breakfast or an evening drink with fabulous views down to the river and not a road in sight. A nearby path leads to the river and a network of superb riverside walks. The river is a haven for wildlife including deer, otter and kingfishers.
Tucked at the end of a private estate road, School House is part of a secluded hamlet of superb properties comprising Hamilton House and No 1 and No 2 Sunnyside. The properties can be hired collectively for larger groups wishing to holiday together but maintain a degree of privacy. The dining room at School House has been designed to accommodate larger groups of up to 20 guests if required.
With fishing on one of the world's greatest salmon rivers so close by, School 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. School House is within easy driving distance of other prime beats including Tillmouth, Lennel, Ladykirk and The Lees. A trout rod, reel and line are provided on request and with local trout fishing permits costing just £5 a day it is well worth a try to catch fresh trout for supper.
Fishing is by no means the only activity for which the local area is renowned. Think of the Scottish Borders and think of big spaces: heather-clad hills, hundreds of square miles of forests and woodland, lochs and rivers and 1,200 miles of quiet country roads providing a real paradise for cyclists, riders and walkers alike. Golfers are equally well catered for with an impressive variety of courses nearby from the championship course at Roxburghe and Cardrona to classic links courses at Bamburgh and Goswick. The almost-deserted sandy beaches dotted along the stunning coastline are popular for walking, riding, kite-surfing and sea-kayaking.
If you take a more relaxed approach to your holiday, immerse yourself in the rich and turbulent history of the area with a visit to nearby Flodden Field, site of the infamous battle of 1513 between the Scots and the English or one of the many spectacular local castles, including dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, impressive Thirlestane 'one of the seven great houses of Scotland' and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart’s School in the Harry Potter films.
For a yet more relaxed approach, School House is well-placed for some gentle pottering in the charming Borders towns of Coldstream, Duns and Kelso or the local village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins and the celebrated Foreman's Butchers. If you feel peckish, the well-regarded Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and Allanton Inn are both within a few miles of the house. Edinburgh is also within an easy day trip distance, about an hour’s drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The accommodation sits on two floors and comprises
Open-plan living area
The cosy seating area includes an open log fire (logs provided), a sumptuous corner sofa, armchair, large flat-screen television and docking station.The dining area is arranged to seat 6 guests as standard.
The compact kitchen is located at one end of the main reception room. It is fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and new ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, four-slice Dualit toaster.
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. A small sink and washing machine with dryer are provided along with a chest freezer.
Bathroom one - sitting directly below the mezzanine bedroom, with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom one - ground floor bedroom with 5' king size bed, chest of drawers, dressing table, built-in storage with hanging space.
Bathroom two - ground floor bathroom with bath and hand-held shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - mezzanine level bedroom accessed from the living area with a separate door for privacy, 5' king-size bed, fantastic window seat, dressing table, hanging space, wall mounted flat screen TV.
Bedroom three - with 5' king-size bed, dressing table, built-in wardrobe with hanging space.
Bathroom three - first floor bathroom adjacent bedroom three, with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton with hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious towels are provided for all guests. Detachable grab rails for the bathrooms are available on request.
Open log fire in the sitting room and underfloor heating in the open plan living/dining area. Electric heating throughout.
A small complimentary welcome pack awaits guests on arrival.
Children and babies
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is provided and mobile reception is generally good.
A maximum of two well-behaved dogs are welcome at School House. We would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house. Cats are unfortunately not permitted.
Garden and grounds
To the rear of the house is a lawned garden and a graveled area with parking for at least three cars. Please note that the garden is not fully enclosed. Guests also have use of the communal courtyard area in front of the house with a path leading directly to the river.
Catering and housekeeping
Catering 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 on request at additional cost.
School House may be available at a discounted rate if only one bedroom is used. Please enquire for more details.
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