1 Bridge Street, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HT
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Sitting right on the edge of the harbour with heavenly sea views, you could be forgiven for spending your days doing nothing more than watching the comings and goings of life in this bustling little port.
From relaxed lobster lunches with a crisp Prosecco to the incredible wildlife experiences and boat trips from the Scottish Seabird Centre next door, its location in one of the most popular seaside towns on the East Lothian coast will make it an incredibly appealing holiday choice. Here, golden beaches straddle the harbour left and right, perfect for easy, breezy coastal living and gentle early morning wanders watching the day break over the horizon.
Formally a grain store established in the early 19th century, the apartment combines the character of the original building with a fresh stylish interior. Inside guests can expect a lovely open plan vibe with fantastic sea views from the main living space and principal bedrooms.
The overall look is cool, calm and contemporary, combining lovely coastal touches along with soft, warm throws when you want to cosy-up on cooler days, while a stone wall in original red sandstone provides character and warmth to the space. A high quality kitchen is generously equipped for the cook’s in the party, including a relaxed breakfast bar space for that first coffee and a fresh croissant.
The three bedrooms continue the fresh coastal theme with light, bright interiors, sea views and two well presented bathrooms.
The shopping here in North Berwick is small and friendly with plenty of quality independent traders and fresh, local producers. There are two small supermarkets with a good selection of provisions, along with a butchers shop, fishmonger and bakery. There's also a large Tesco approximately a mile away which will do home delivery.
There are plenty of places for eating out with everything from sweet cafes mixed with characterful restaurants and bars ranging from the small and intimate dining experience of Osteria to the distinctly rustic outdoor experience of the Lobster Shack!
Alternatively for a comfy nook and a perfectly roasted espresso head to The Steampunk Coffee House based in an old characterful warehouse in the centre of the town. And did we mention cakes? You can enjoy a scrumptious selection here including a rather heavenly pistachio and white chocolate brownie!
Activities and attractions
The John Muir Country Park covers some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline, featuring expansive sandy beaches which are a haven for wildlife and birdlife. A gentle stroll from the apartment will take you to the The Scottish Seabird Centre where you can watch the rich marine-life and birdlife of the area using powerful webcams and telescopes, including some curious seals and dolphins if you are particularly lucky!
Here you can also take boat trips to some fantastic locations. You can enjoy a seabird catamaran cruise, a three island seabird safari or for nature lovers and photographers, an unforgettable experience on the Bass Rock or Isle of May.
Other favourite spots include the vast glorious beach at Gullane; the dune-fringed sands at Belhaven; or the secluded sands at Seacliff - an enchanting gem with a tiny harbour and wonderful views north towards Tantallon Castle.
For cycling you can join Sustrans 76 which runs all the way down the coast to Berwick upon Tweed or you can enjoy some leisurely cycling circuits along traffic free paths and minor roads, taking time to explore the quaint coastal villages of the area.
Bikes can be hired from in Law Cycles North Berwick or Belhaven Bikes in Dunbar, while fatbiketours.co.uk in North Berwick run lessons and guided treks on specially designed ‘fatbikes’ which are a fantastic way to explore the remote sandy bays and ancient clifftop castles of the area on two wheels.
Take the John Muir Way for walking, a scenic route passing through North Berwick and following the line of the East Lothian coast, or take a hike to North Berwick Law where you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views over the town.
For watersports, superb kayaking can be found around the waterways off Dunbar, with thrilling wakeboarding and ringo rides at Foxlake. Surf buffs can enjoy some enjoy some wonderful sport right along the coast and there is a surf school in Dunbar offering lessons in paddleboarding, surfing and coasteering. There are also dive charters from the harbours in North Berwick and Dunbar taking in the stunning nature reserve sites around the Forth, Bass Rock and Isle of May.
For golf, the area is world-famous for its stunning links courses with the North Berwick club right on the doorstep, and Muirfield, Luffness, Gullane all within easy reach.
Next take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh (25 miles) where you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket; take a candle-lit tour of the underground vaults of the old city for some fascinating tales of Edinburgh’s darker past; or perhaps partake in a wee dram or a tasting session at the Scotch Whisky Centre where you can learn to nose, swirl and taste like an expert.
Finally a visit to iconic Edinburgh Castle which sits majestically over the city and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, 15th Century gun Mons Meg, and the National War Museum of Scotland. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the city in July and August, don’t miss the vibrant Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival or the Edinburgh Military Tattoo ending with a poignant lone piper lament high on the castle ramparts. Truly spectacular!
The property sits on the first floor of a converted granary building. The living accommodation sits across one floor with a large open-plan sitting room/dining/kitchen.
Sitting room - two large sofas and armchairs, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, books and games. Electric real flame effect stove.
Dining area - with seating for six.
Kitchen - with high quality units which are extensively equipped with good quality crockery, glassware and cookware. Single electric oven and four ring electric hob, integrated microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, condenser tumble dryer. Breakfast bar - seats 3
Bedroom one - with fixed 5’ king size bed, chest of drawers, large fitted wardrobe. Sea views.
Bedroom two - with fixed 5’ king size bed, large fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, sea views.
Bedroom three - with 3’ twin beds, chest of drawers, large fitted wardrobe. With sea view when the tide is in and beach view.
Bathroom one - bath with shower over, underfloor heating, basin and WC.
Bathroom two - with shower unit, underfloor heating, basin and WC.
Electric heating throughout. Electric real flame effect stove in the sitting room.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. Hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is provided.
Babies and children
The property is not felt to be suitable for children under the age of 2 years old.
Dogs are not permitted.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available with good speeds. Mobile reception is reasonable depending on your provider. Vodafone is better than EE.
Garden and grounds
There is no private garden space.
The apartment sits on the first floor with no lift access. Access is by 3 sets of approximately 7 steps.
There is private parking for one car close to the main access door. There are a number of free and paying public car parks nearby but it is important to note that parking in this area can get very busy, particularly during the summer months, and there are parking restrictions along the harbour front.
The apartment sits in a converted building of 12 other apartments.
The property is strictly no smoking.