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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.
Boot room / cloakroom with wc and basin ideal for drying outdoor kit and for dogs. A washing machine is also provided.
Fully-equipped handmade dining kitchen with large fridge/freezer, a wine fridge, dishwasher and breakfast table and chairs.
Dining room with seating for 8 guests.
Sitting room with open fire.
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.
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.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Mackay, Dec 15 -"Many thanks for a fantastic weekend in a beautiful property. Our family all had an amazing time. The housekeepers had decorated the house for Christmas, and the dining room had all been set including candles and Christmas crackers. These little touches made the stay even more special. We did in fact meet the housekeeper, as we were leaving on the Monday morning and they couldn't have been nicer, and was keen to know that we had enjoyed our stay. This is our third stay is a Crabtree & Crabtree property and we have been very impressed with the standard of finish of all these beautiful houses. We will most definitely use you again and I am happy to provide a glowing recommendation to all of my family and friends. Thanks once again for a memorable weekend."
Kinsella, Oct 15 -"We had a great time at Abbey House. Thank you for a great week."
Haigherty, Aug 15 -"We had a great stay at Abbey House. It is a lovely building set in a great location. An ideal base for exploring the Borders."
Langridge, July 15 -"We had a lovely stay in Abbey House, the property was just as luxurious as described by Crabtree and Crabtree. The history of the Property was an extra bonus. The enclosed garden was so beautiful, also exactly as described. We will be pleased to stay at a Crabtree and Crabtree property again."
Jackson, May 15 -"We had a wonderful week at Abbey House which is just fabulous. Everything there is first rate. The place was spotlessly clean, the welcome pack excellent. The housekeeper was very helpful and friendly. Many thanks for all of your help."
Dickman, April 15 -"We had a fantastic time at Abbey House. The house itself was super - everything we could have possibly needed. The housekeeper was also very friendly and helpful. Stunning walks from the front door along the Tweed. Truly fab week and thank you to Crabtree & Crabtree for their help and advice. I'm sure we will be in touch again in the near future."
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."