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Abbey House Coldstream

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Tucked away on the edge of the bustling Borders town of Coldstream this charming period house offers guests the best of both worlds. The large, attractive, walled garden which surrounds the house is a peaceful, secluded haven with superb views over the Nun's Walk, the River Tweed and out to Flodden Field and the Cheviot Hills beyond. Yet Coldstreams' pubs and shops are all within a few minutes' walk from the house.

Abbey House was completely renovated throughout in 2011 to an extremely high standard including a superb handmade kitchen and four beautifully-presented bedrooms each with their own bathroom. The cosy interior makes the most of the many charming, period features including an original inglenook fireplace and bread oven, Venetian style windows and a restored open fire place in the sitting room. The style is one of relaxed elegance with classic furnishings, cosy fabrics, stripped wood floors in the dining room and drawing room and many interesting antique pieces dotted around the house.

Outside the pretty, sheltered walled garden offers fabulous river views and is fully-enclosed offering privacy and a safe environment for children and dogs. As the sun moves around the garden there are lovely sunny spots for a morning coffee spent watching the fishermen try their luck on the famous Monument Pool below the house or a barbecue on the terrace overlooking the river on a summer's evening.

With prime Lower Tweed beats just a few minutes' drive from the house, (including Tillmouth, Lennel, and The Lees), Abbey House provides an ideal base for fishing parties. Rod racks and a deep freeze are provided in the secure garage which is large enough for two cars. A new boot room in the house provides space for drying kit and dogs.

The house has great historical significance sitting on the site of the former Coldstream Abbey to where the wounded from the battle of Flodden Field were bought 500 years ago this year. A devotional stone is said to exist on the site and the north side of the house is believed to be part of the old chapel.

Coldstream is the first town over the Scottish Border and was once a rival to Gretna Green for runaway marriages. The town has a museum dedicated to the Coldstream Guards as well as a good selection of local shops and pubs. Just outside the town is The Hirsel Country Park, picturesque home of the Douglas-Home family offering lovely woodland and lakeside walks, excellent birdlife and the 18-hole Hirsel Golf Course. For foodies, Abbey House is only a few miles from three of the area's best restaurants; the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed, the Allanton Inn at Allanton and the Wheatsheaf at Swinton.

9 miles from Coldstream lies the picturesque town of Kelso described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland." Today Kelso remains one of the most attractive and unspoilt towns in the Borders, with its Flemish-style cobbled square, 12th Century abbey, the majestic Floors Castle and the graceful Tweed bridge, a model for London's Waterloo Bridge. The town has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as the Roxburghe championship golf course and regular National Hunt Racing.

Abbey House 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 stately mansions at nearby Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstain.

The stunning coast is just a stone's throw away with miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and bird-watching. Edinburgh is within easy driving distance, just over an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Details of the accommodation are set out below.

Ground floor

Boot room / cloakroom with wc and basin ideal for drying outdoor kit and for dogs.

Fully-equipped handmade dining kitchen with breakfast table and chairs.

Dining room with seating for 8 guests.

Sitting room with open fire.

First floor

Master bedroom with fabulous river views. En suite bathroom with feature bath, separate shower, whb and wc.

Bedroom two with double bed. En suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, whb and wc.

Bedroom three with zip and link beds which can be twin or double as required. En suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, whb and wc.

Bedroom four with zip and link beds which can be twin or double as required. Adjacent bathroom with bath with shower over, whb and wc.

The beds are made up with luxurious feather duvets and pillows and White Company Egyptian Cotton bed linen. A White Company bath sheet and hand towel is provided for each guest.

Wi fi

There is wi fi throughout the house.


Fully-enclosed garden with outside furniture. Large garage with space for two cars, rod racks and chest freezer. Additional on street parking is available.


Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Abbey House. One dog is free of charge and any subsequent dogs are charged at £20.00 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the boot room and kitchen.

Catering and housekeeping

A cook is available on request either full time or part time. Homemade meals can also be delivered to the house. Daily housekeeping is available on request at additional cost.

Children's facilities

A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

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Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
Price Per Week
From £1000.00
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Guest feedback

Waddell, Christmas 14 -"We had a really lovely time at Abbey House! I have told so many friends how gorgeous it is and am already looking forward to rebooking."

Clark, Dec 14 -"Accommodation excellent, as was the supply of linen, etc. Would certainly recommend you to friends and family, as help was at hand before and during our stay. Thank you."

Hanna, Nov 14 -"We are not long back from our weekend away at Abbey House, we had an amazing time. The house is stunning & very well equipped. The area is beautiful & we enjoyed some lovely walks. Would definitely recommend this property to friends & family."

Collinson, Sept 14 -"As always we had a fabulous time! Abbey House is great."

Wyldes, Aug 14 -"The house was of a very high standard and we had a really good time. We would also definitely consider renting the property again in the future."

Patoff, Aug 14 -"We really enjoyed the stay at Abbey House! Everything in the house was delightful and even if I were to attempt to be picky I couldn’t think of anything negative or anything that needs to be improved. Poppy our Springer Spaniel enjoyed the local walks. Many thanks for another lovely stay."

Jerham, Aug 14 -"Fantastic week - thank you. We all absolutely loved the house! Beautifully equipped kitchen. We're keen cooks so it got well tested! Great selection of pans and it was lovely to find somewhere with a good selection of crockery and sharp knives. Having two teapots was lovely too. It's a lovely kitchen to work in as there is plenty of room and workspace. We never used the dining room as the kitchen has such a nice feel to it. The garden is to die for. Bedrooms are all fantastic and showers were great. Everyone slept really well. Loved the area and what a treat being there for Civic Week. We had some fantastic walks and generally chilled out for the week. I would definitely recommend Abbey House. We only done half of what we wanted to do in the area so we need a return visit to the region!"

​Obery, July 14 -"We've had a lovely lovely holiday at Abbey House and were reluctant to leave! The house was immaculate. We will definitely be looking to use Crabtree and Crabtree again in the future."

Woodruff, July 14 -"Abbey House is beautiful – great bathrooms & garden. We had such great weather."

Williamson, June 14 –“We had a fantastic weekend at Abbey House. Special thanks to the housekeeper for the birthday card, banner, chocolates and fizz!”

Jefferies, Feb 14 -"Excellent house, well appointed and well equipped. Very comfortable."

McPartlin, New Year 13/14 -"The house was lovely; we had a great time and would definitely go back."