For those seeking leisurely river walks along with friendly pubs, cafes and lovely shopping on the doorstep, Coldstream Coach House may be the ideal holiday choice. Set off the Market Square overlooking the Leet Water, this comfortable conversion is well placed for fishing parties looking to fish lower and middle Tweed or those looking to explore both coast and country.
Accessed via a shared private courtyard, the coach house benefits from a sunny open aspect with french doors leading out to a super raised patio where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the area looking across the river to the Cheviot Hills beyond. A side gate leads into a fully enclosed garden to keep the four-legged member of your party happy or a two minute wander will take you onto the riverside for a leisurely after-dinner stroll.
Designed for relaxation and comfort, the sitting room is set out in a companionable layout with a mix of modern and period touches, along with some super artworks which reflect the creative flair of the owner. A dining space for six offers space for friendly get-togethers or informal suppers, leading into a small but well equipped kitchen which has all the essentials for holiday living.
Upstairs there is a family bathroom and three bedrooms (two double and one single with truckle) all warmly appointed with rich linens to inject a little colour and personality.
Coldstream is a quaint but bustling little town sitting on the north side of the River Tweed right on the Scottish/English Border. It has an incredibly rich past, giving its name to The Coldstream Guards, the oldest serving regiment in British military history, and sits close to Flodden Field, site of the infamous battle of 1513.
Surrounded by superb countryside with wonderful views, yet with Coldstream’s shops, pubs and cafes right on the doorstep, guests to this area get to experience the best of both worlds. The shopping here is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street.
The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local artists and designers, or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby. There is a family butchers, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions, or head to the Cornhill Village Shop (1.5 miles) for scrummy picnic lunches, hampers, local produce and home baking. More extensive shopping and amenities can be found in the picturesque town of Kelso (9 miles) which is also home to the 12th Century Abbey, Floors Castle, the Roxburghe Championship Golf Course and National Hunt Racing.
For eating out, you will receive a cheery welcome at The Besom Inn on the High Street for traditional pub fayre, or The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining. A little further afield, the Allanton Inn at Allanton or the Wheatsheaf at Swinton are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.
Activities and attractions
For general recreation and walking, The Hirsel Estate and Country Park is a gem of a spot sitting just on the edge of the town with artisan workshops, a small museum, cosy tearoom and lovely waymarked walks around the lake and through estate parkland. In springtime, acres of snowdrops and daffodils blanket the grounds, and The Dundock Path is particularly stunning in late May or early June when the rhododendrons and azaleas burst into glorious colour. The woodland and riverside trails are wonderful in all seasons with an abundance of bird-watching and wildlife spotting opportunities including otters, kingfisher and over 170 different bird species. Visit in autumn and you will be rewarded with sensational colours and the sight of thousands of geese, ducks and gulls making their way to overwinter on The Hirsel Lake.
There are eight other designated walking routes around the area ranging in length from 1.5 miles to 11 miles, taking in town features such as the Coldstream Museum, Henderson Gardens, Flodden Memorial and panoramic viewpoints over the River Tweed. For those seeking high energy treks or mountain biking, a short drive of 6.5 miles will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park where you can experience the endless traffic-free trails and dramatic landscape of the Cheviot Hills.
With prime Lower Tweed beats just a few minutes' drive from the house, including Birgham, The Lees, Learmouth, Tillmouth and Lennel, the property is an ideal base for fishing parties. Salmon fishing - day rods or weekly lets - can be booked through FishTweed, and permits for brown trout and grayling fishing are available from the newsagents in the town or the Cornhill Village Shop. For golf fans, The Hirsel is an 18 hole, par 70 course in a scenic parkland setting on the outskirts of the town and features wide generous fairways but with some tricky hazards which will both challenge and delight! Visitors are very welcome and golf packages can be tailored to suit all requirements.
For sightseeing, the property is an ideal base for exploring the Tweed Valley, with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history and punctuated by imposing castles, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh and the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstain.
The stunning Northumberland coast is just a twenty minute drive with miles of pristine sandy beaches perfect for rest or play. With plenty of family-friendly activities, including horse-riding, body-boarding, canoeing, surfing or a simple game of beach cricket, there really is something for everyone. Edinburgh is within easy driving distance, just over an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The property is accessed via a shared private courtyard with the accommodation on two floors.
Entrance hall with hanging space.
Bathroom - with WC and basin.
Open plan living/dining space comprising:
Sitting room - with deep comfortable sofa and armchairs, flatscreen TV with Freeview, Bluray DVD and a selection of games, books and DVDs. French doors lead out to a raised enclosed patio.
Dining space with formal seating for four and a reclaimed church pew extending the seating capacity to six.
Kitchen - with electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, microwave, washer/dryer, radio/CD player with a selection of CDs. Please note there is no dishwasher.
Bedroom one - bright, sunny double bedroom with Velux window, 4’6” double bed, side tables, chest of drawers.
Family bathroom - bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - with 4’6” double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, two large in-built wardrobes with hanging and storage space.
Bedroom three - small single bedroom with 3’ single bed with a pull-out truckle which extends out and up to create a double unit.
Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps. Hypoallergenic pillows and duvets are used in each of the bedrooms. Hairdryers are supplied.
A small welcome pack awaits guests on arrival.
Gas central heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is very good with 4G capacity.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
One well behaved dog is welcome but must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the ground floor only.
French doors from the living area lead out to a raised enclosed patio with garden furniture and seating from six. A side gate allows access into a sloped lawned garden which is fully enclosed.
There is private parking for two cars in a shared courtyard to the rear, or alternatively on-street parking on Leet Street. Please note that the private parking is accessed via a narrow side lane which can be more restrictive for large vehicles.
The property sits in a small private courtyard which is shared with a neighbouring cottage next door. The patio and garden area is not overlooked offering good levels of privacy.
Coach House is strictly no smoking.
*Please note that the last three image show images of Coldstream and its immediate area and do not represent the views directly from the property.