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Cranshaws Manse Cranshaws, Duns

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Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Cranshaws amidst the rich, natural beauty of the Lammermuir Hills, this sublime country home reflects the importance of family and friends with warm sociable spaces where guests can come together and relax. Sitting just 35 miles from Edinburgh and 15 miles from the coast, it is also remarkably accessible and well placed for day trips.

Beautifully presented throughout, this five bedroom property draws inspiration from the gentle colours of nature creating a calm, captivating environment for relaxation, with the added luxury of rural views and wide open spaces where children can run and play in the great outdoors.

Inside, the kitchen is the warming heart of the home with Chalon-style cabinetry balanced with high quality solid oak work surfaces, industrial accents and reclaimed wood. The addition of an Everhot range cooker will keep winter chills at bay with the added appeal of succulent slow food from the Border heartlands.

French doors lead into a large walled lawned garden where you can pick fruit when in season, and for children, the addition of a sand-bunker, swings and slide will offer plenty of happy hours of fun. A separate play-room adjoining the kitchen is a fantastic space to keep an eye on the younger members of the party on wet-weather days, while a separate outbuilding with ping pong table and darts board will keep the older members of the party entertained too.

Throughout this home, the overall feel is wonderfully inviting, using a muted, restful colour palette from Farrow & Ball and natural materials in wool and linen. The property benefits from a large drawing room with open fire and views across the garden and three acre paddock, while a separate sitting room in a deep heritage shade is an ambient space for relaxation or perhaps a wee evening dram in front of the flickering flames of the wood burner.

Upstairs, the stairs split two ways leading into five sumptuous bedrooms with one large family bathroom and one en-suite in the master bedroom.

Local amenities

For groups or special occasions, a number of catering options can be arranged for the period of your stay, including the services of a private cook with part or fully catered services, a homemade meal delivery service, or wine delivery in association with renowned merchants Coney & Barrow.

For parties seeking the freedom of self-catering, Asda’s and Tesco’s both deliver to Cranshaws and the pretty village of Gifford sits 11 miles from the property where you will find two cosy pubs, the Goblin Ha’ restaurant, as well as a charming cafe in the centre of the village, and a small supermarket and post office. Eleven miles in the other direction will take you to Duns which offers a selection of small town shopping set around the charming market square.

More extensive shopping and amenities can be found in Haddington (17 miles) where you will find an excellent selection of grocers, wine shops, florists and butchers sitting alongside charming gift, clothes shops and craft galleries. Relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, delicatessens or tea rooms in the town including Diggory’s or the Peter Potter Gallery with idyllic views over the River Tyne.

Activities and attractions

Cranshaws is an ideal destination for field sports, and a number of local estates offer high quality walked-up and driven shooting for grouse, pheasant and partridge over a wide range of habitats taking in the picturesque valleys and heather clad hillsides of the area.

There is nearby fishing on the River Whiteadder (a tributary of the River Tweed) and a typical pattern sees a run of spring fish from February through to the end of April. From May there is superb sea trout fishing at night with the occasional salmon running throughout the summer. The traditional main run of salmon is at the end of the season with the larger fish entering the river from September onwards.

There are leisurely walking trails directly from the doorstep to more challenging walks in the vast dramatic scenery of the Lammermuir Hills, including the Lauder to Cockburnspath section of the Southern Upland Way. There is a lovely 10 mile hike from Cranshaws which meanders along farm tracks and woodland over the moor to Longformacus taking in the Watch Water Reservoir, or alternatively The Herring Road follows the centuries old trade route travelled by hardy Dunbar fishwives who would carry creels of salted herring all the way from the harbours edge on a 29 mile journey over the Lammermuirs to the market in Lauder.

For the ultimate off-road experience, the Ronnie Dale Driving Centre in nearby Abbey St. Bathans (8.5 miles) offers 4x4 driving adventures for adults under the watchful eye of a personal instructor in 2000 acres of hill and forest terrain, as well as quad bike treks for adults and children around the 500 acre farm estate.

For golfing, there is a nine hole course at Gifford set within a pleasant course of trees and parkland, or try the long established course at Haddington set within the peaceful walled boundary of a former country estate. For something a little more challenging, guests can experience links golf on the coastal courses at North Berwick, Luffness, Gullance, Muirfield, Goswick and Dunbar or head inland to the glorious Roxburghe championship course on the banks of the River Teviot near Kelso.

There is a watersports centre on the Whiteadder Reservoir for sailing while the beautiful sandy beaches at St. Abbs and North Berwick are superb for walking, relaxation or adventure sports. For wildlife, the Seabird Centre at Dunbar or designated nature reserve at nearby St. Abbs are the breeding and nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds, including colourful puffins and inquisitive seals.

For a real taste of Scotland, The Glenkinshie Distillery is 10 miles from Cranshaws where experienced guides will take you on a distillery tour and introduce you to the light, fragrant flavours of lowland malt whisky. The staff here have an excellent reputation and tours can be arranged in different languages if required. Transport can also be arranged for groups who wish to partake in the full tasting experience, or for something truly atmospheric you could even arrange a tasting from the comfort of your holiday home.


The accommodation sits on two floors.

Ground floor

Access porch/boot room - with underfloor heating and hanging space.

Laundry room/utility room - includes a large fridge/freezer, double sink, washing machine and dryer.

Playroom - ideal for younger children, this space is extremely well equipped with a selection of toys, games, books, beanbags and soft flooring.

Kitchen/dining - high quality kitchen with solid oak work surfaces, central island, Everhot range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, Nespresso coffee machine. A large pantry has a microwave and offers plentiful storage. Large dining table with bench seating offering good space for up to 10 guests. French doors to the walled lawned garden with fruit bushes, apple tree and rhubarb plant which guests are welcome to use when in season.

Cloakroom - with basin and WC.

Drawing room - with views across the garden and paddock, two large double sofas, armchairs, open fire with fender.

Sitting room - large sofa, two armchairs, wood burning stove, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, wide selection of books.

First floor

Stairs split two ways leading to three bedrooms on one side and two on the other.

Bedroom one - zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super-king or two 3’ beds as required, side tables, chest of drawers, chair, large built in cupboard, hanging rail.

En-suite bathroom - large shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom two - zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super-king or two 3’ beds as required, chest of drawers, window seat, in-built wardrobe with hanging rail.

Family bathroom - bath, large separate shower unit with rainforest head, heated towel rail, window seat, basin and WC.

Bedroom three - with fixed 6’ super king-size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, chair, wardrobe.

Bedroom four - with fixed 5’ king-size bed bed, side tables, large chest of drawers, chair.

Bedroom five - zip and link beds which can be configured to 5' king size bed or 2'6" twin beds as required, side tables, chest of drawers, chair.

Oil fired heating throughout. Underfloor heating in the access porch/boot room. Open fire in the drawing room and wood burning stove in the sitting room. Generous initial supply of logs provided.

Guest amenities
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Babies and children
The property is well set up for babies and children with two travel cots and two high chairs available on request. This also includes a baby bouncer, play mat, two changing mats, baby bath and bath toys. The games room is very well equipped with toys, books and games. Outdoors there is a large climbing frame with two swings, a slide and a sand bunker in the walled garden.

Strictly two dogs only at a charge of £20 per dog. They must be contained to the porch or utility/laundry room until clean and dry and thereafter kept to the ground floor of the property only.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available but speeds can be slower due the rural location of the property. There is mobile reception on the O2 network and some provision on Vodafone. A landline is provided for reasonable use by guests.

Welcome pack
A guest welcome pack is provided.

Garden and grounds
The property faces out into a large private lawned walled garden which is fully enclosed. There are two separate seating areas with garden furniture, and a charcoal barbecue is provided during the summer months. A fully fenced three acre paddock wraps around the property.

There is plenty of storage for outdoor gear and fishing kit either in the porch/boot room or the laundry/utility room.

Games Room
Adjacent outbuilding with games facilities for rainy days includes a ping pong table, table football and dart board.

There is ample private parking to the front of the property for four to five cars.

No smoking
The property is strictly no smoking.

at a glance
Bath/Shower Rooms
Max No. of Guests
Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
Price Per Week
From £995.00
Nearest Town
Cranshaws, Duns
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"Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay. The house is amazing and the setting is incredible. The perfect place for Christmas. One of the best holidays we've all had in a long time and the snow at the end of the week topped off a perfect stay." - Postma

"Lovely house, loads of space. Our daughter loved the playroom and the treehouse. Thanks for a great holiday!" - Mills

"What a fantastic holiday house! We could not have asked for anything better. House beautiful. Made full use of the beautiful house and grounds. Thank you!" - Steward