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A very pretty stone cottage set in a peaceful location with far-reaching views over farmland to the hills beyond. The perfect couples' retreat, the cottage offers well-presented, spacious accommodation in a super location at the end of a private road on the Swinton Hill Estate.

Here you can unwind and listen to the gentle sounds of nature taking in fresh country air or head out and explore the stunning Northumberland coast or the rolling Border heartlands. Alternatively for those who prefer their leisure time on two wheels, two complimentary bikes are available for guest use on request.

Inside, the sunny open-plan living space is the convivial heart of the house. On warm days, French doors let the fresh Borders air in, or simply relax mind, body and soul in front of the dancing flames of the wood burning stove for those lazy days or cosy evenings when the seasons change and the days grow shorter.

The smart kitchen is well equipped with plenty of thoughtful extras which make this a real home-from-home. The bedroom is warm and comfortable with crisp linens and pretty cottage detailing to ease you into a lovely sleep after a day in the great outdoors.

Outside the seating area is a super spot for an evening drink watching the sun set over the distant hills with little to interrupt the moment and an overall sense of peace-perfect-peace.

Local amenities

Local amenities are provided in Norham (4 miles) which has a village store, bakery and gunsmith as well as the celebrated Foreman’s Butchers where you will find a fantastic selection of quality produce including locally-sourced meats, pies, cheeses, fine wines and even fishing tackle! There are two pubs in Norham, including the dog-friendly and cycle-friendly Mason’s Arms serving real ales and pub grub.

The charming towns of Duns, Kelso are both within a 20 minute drive and provide excellent amenities in addition to a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shopping. Alternatively the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is 12 miles and includes a Marks & Spencers food outlet, and a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants, including the very popular Maltings Kitchen with adjoining arts and theatre venue. Head to the quayside and you can purchase lobster, scallops or wild Scottish salmon fresh from the day’s catches from the Berwick Shellfish Company or order direct to have a perfect seafood platter delivered to your holiday home.

For eating out, the Wheatsheaf at Swinton (1 mile) or the Inn at Allanton (6 miles) are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings. Alternatively for a perfect pint and lovely ambient surroundings, the newly refurbished Cross Inn at Paxton (8 miles) is developing a super reputation for its excellent local menu and friendly atmosphere, or why not try the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (10 miles) which is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.

Activities and attractions

For sightseeing, the property is an ideal base for exploring the wider area with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history, punctuated by imposing castles, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, and Thirlestane; 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 heritage coastline is just a short twenty minute drive with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops.

Birdwatchers, walkers and photographers will delight in the stunning cliffs and coves of the Berwickshire coastline where you will spot thousands of seabirds and seals around the St. Abbs Nature Reserve or cross the causeway at low tide to the very beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne where you will experience nature at its very best.

There are some wonderful walks around the area, and more serious walkers and cyclists can link into a number of long distance routes including the Berwickshire Coastal Path, or St.Cuthberts Way which take in the spectacular scenery and rich wildlife of the area but which all have easier stretches and shorter routes for those seeking a more leisurely pace.

Walk for miles on the stunning sandy beaches around Bamburgh or simply enjoy the simple pleasures of a picnic watching kite surfers soar across the bay on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.

There is excellent walking and cycling from the cottage and a riding stables nearby. With easy access to the River Tweed, The Bothy is an ideal base for fishing parties and rod racks are provided. Golfers are also well provided for with 16 courses within a 30 mile radius, ranging from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards.

The accommodation at The Bothy is all on one level and comprises:

Well-equipped kitchen with oven and four ring hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, washing machine and small television. Please note there is no dishwasher. Glazed doors lead to the open-plan living area.

Spacious sitting / dining room with French doors to the garden. Cosy seating area with log burner for the cooler months (logs are provided), two double sofas, TV with Freeview and DVD player, iDock, books and games. Dining table for 6 guests.

Bedroom with 5' bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.

Guest Amenities
Excellent quality bed linen and luxurious White Company towels are provided for all guests.

Central heating throughout.

High speed Wi-Fi (fibre optic broadband) is provided.

Garden and grounds
To the front of the property is a small seating area (part lawn and part terrace) with lovely views across open farmland to the hills beyond. Rod racks are provided. A charcoal kettle barbecue is available for guest use.

There is private parking for two cars to the side of the cottage but under cover parking is available if desired.

The cottage is detached and is not overlooked.

Two bicycles are available for guest use on request.

Catering and housekeeping
Homemade meal delivery, local produce delivery and cooks are available. Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys will also deliver. Daily housekeeping is available. Please contact us for further details.

Two dogs are welcome at The Bothy. Dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms or on the furniture.

Smoking is strictly not permitted.

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"Just a short note to say what a lovely, warm and cosy new year break we had at The Bothy, Swinton Hill. The cottage was modern, but cosy, with lots of character. The owners were very welcoming, and very helpful. The welcome tray that was left was beautiful with homemade bread, marmalade and chutney, yum. Our two doggies also enjoyed the walking in the area and along the sandy beaches nearby, with a visit to the dog friendly pub on the way home. Another fab time was had." - Nash

"Had a lovely week in the Bothy, thank you. The owner was most helpful. My daughter & grandson had a lovely couple of days with us. The weather was mixed, but we had a super time exploring the area. It really is beautiful." - Keeling

"We would like to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the Bothy at Swinton Hill. We could not have wished for anywhere nicer, lovely location and cottage beautifully restored and very well equipped. Will definitely recommend to any friends or family thinking of travelling up to the Scottish Borders." - Walter

"We had a lovely week at The Bothy. The owners were very helpful and welcoming. The cottage is beautifully clean and comfortable and no problems at all. Crabtree & Crabtree is a delight to deal with. I have no doubt we will book again with you and very possibly The Bothy sometime in the future." - Bennett

"I enjoyed a lovely few days at The Bothy. It's a lovely light & cosy cottage. Especially cosy on the night & day of storm Angus ! Also great for managing the dogs inside. Really appreciated being able to walk the dogs off lead on field margins. All together a fab cottage." - Robertson

"Really lovely place and owners couldn't have been more helpful. Would fully recommend both them and Crabtree & Crabtree (friendly, knowledgeable and efficient)." - Griffiths

"We have just returned from a stay at The Bothy at Swinton Hill. The cottage is fab and the location tranquil. The hosts are friendly and helpful. The gifts on arrival of butter, jams, milk and bread plus tea and coffee was appreciated. Open aspects and a fine location to tour the likes of Kelso, Duns and Coldstream et al." - Lees

"We had a great time, lovely cottage, great location and very friendly thoughtful owners. Looking forward to booking our next cottage." - Brown

"We popped into the Crabtree & Crabtree office and I expressed how fabulous the whole experience was at The Bothy. Absolutely nothing could be improved. All so thoughtfully done with extras and delightful hosts. A perfect experience." - McColgan

"This cottage is in excellent condition and very comfortable. We were made to feel very welcome. A great place to stay to explore the unspoilt Berwickshire (and beyond) countryside. If you are looking for a comfortable quiet spotless cottage to stay in you are going to be hard pushed to find anything better." - Maxwell