Built in 1734, Whitesand Shiel was last used as a salmon netting station in 1992 and since has been lovingly restored to create a unique and delightfully quirky couple’s retreat in an enviable position on the banks of the River Tweed. The cottage boasts magnificent views of the river and Berwick’s famous Royal Border Bridge, a Grade 1 listed railway viaduct designed by Robert Stephenson and opened in 1850 by Queen Victoria.
Downstairs the open plan living area is a winning combination of earthy colours and organic materials. Wooden floors, sumptuous leather sofas, cosy tweeds, solid oak and pine furniture create a style of understated luxury that blends effortlessly with the surroundings.
Upstairs a superb light-filled, glass-fronted sitting room offers a captivating view and a fabulous spot to sit and watch the river and its many inhabitants including salmon, seals, otter and an extraordinary array of birdlife. The cosy adjacent bedroom comes with exposed beams, a fabulous view through to the sitting room and a very special bespoke bed!
The owner’s passion for the renovation project is reflected in the incredible attention to detail that is a reminder of the building’s history. Former wooden fish crates have been reborn as a coffee table and as a unique headboard draped with original fishing nets. Oars have been transformed into coat hooks and a wooden fishing boat in the garden has been skilfully converted into a sheltered bench!
Continuing with this theme, the owners will happily provide a delicious and locally sourced seafood platter (pictured) by arrangement. The produce provided is weather dependent.
Whitesand Shiel sits in a fully-enclosed garden with views to the river and bridge to the front and to open pasture behind. An outside dining area with a charcoal barbecue and wood fire pit provides the perfect spot for dining al fresco during the warmer months.