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Whitehall West Lodge

Duns, Scottish Borders

A fabulous and beautifully presented property with superb, far-reaching views over the Cheviot Hills and the rivers Whiteadder and Blackadder.

Whitehall West Lodge

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Overview

A fabulous, delightfully quirky and beautifully presented property with superb, far-reaching views over the Cheviot Hills and the rivers Whiteadder and Blackadder.

Delightfully quirky and beautifully presented

The overall feel is very much of a unique home that has evolved over the years bursting with character and interesting pieces at every turn. Original artwork, unusual objets d’art and pieces collected on the owners’ travels grace the rooms including an impressive collection of spheres which appear in many guises throughout the house. Attractive antique furniture sits alongside bespoke contemporary pieces, bold rugs and cosy plaid throws.

There is ample space for families and large groups with a huge, light-filled open plan living area, a pretty breakfast room, a cosy snug and a TV room / playroom.

There is plenty of wet weather entertainment with two TV rooms, a piano and sheet music for budding musicians, a state-of-the-art sound system in the main living area, a PlayStation 2 and an extensive DVD library, books and board games.

The individually-styled bedrooms – two king, one twin and two single - are beautifully presented in muted, restful tones with splashes of colour from pretty fabrics, cosy tweed blankets, eye-catching original artwork and delightful quirky touches such as the original French railway signs rescued during the war.

Outside is a pretty, mature garden with plenty of lawn for children to play. A west facing terrace with outside seating and barbecue is a delightful spot for watching the sun set over the hills whilst dining al fresco in the summer months.

Property details

Ground floor

Living area with large open plan living area with cosy seating area with state of the art wood burner, sophisticated sound system, books and games.

Dining area - seats 12. Patio doors to garden.

Kitchen with Belfast sink, double electric ovens, electric and gas hobs, integral microwave, fridge and dishwasher. There is a large fridge / freezer, washing machine and dryer in the utility room/boot room.

Breakfast room seats 8.

Snug/TV room with Freesat TV, DVD player and wood burner.

Playroom with piano, guitar and sheet music, TV, PS2 with games, French doors to the garden.

Cloakroom with WC and basin.

Boot room/utility room with large fridge/freezer, washing machine and dryer.

Garage/games room with table tennis table, secure storage for bicycles, and other outdoor kit. Two sets of golf clubs are available on request for guests to use.

Bedroom five with 3’ single bed. Hanging space is provided by hooks on the back of the door.

First floor

Bedroom one with 5’ bed, extensive fitted wardrobes and cupboards.

En-suite with shower room with underfloor heating, walk-in power shower, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with 5’ bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe.

Bedroom three with two 3’ twin beds, fitted wardrobe and cupboards.

Bedroom four with 3’ single bed and hanging space provided by hooks on back of the door.

Family bathroom with bath with power shower over, basin and WC.

A good quality temporary bed is available on request for an additional guest. This can be placed in bedroom five, or bedroom three. There is a fee of £35 for 1 to 4 nights and £50 for 5 nights or more.

Outside

Whitehall West Lodge is set in a delightful, mature garden with plenty of lawn for children to play, however please note that the garden is unfenced therefore young children and pets may require supervision. Please contact us if you have any concerns. There is a terrace with an outside dining area and a charcoal barbecue.

Parking

There is ample private, off road parking for 3 - 4 cars.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. The garden is not enclosed.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome. Owners are requested to keep their dogs downstairs and out of the bedrooms. The garden is not enclosed.

Guest amenities

The beds are made up with excellent quality Egyptian cotton bed linen and feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Complimentary guest toiletries are also provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

BT Wi-Fi is available throughout the house. There is adequate mobile coverage on most networks.

Heating

There is central heating throughout. Two wood burning stoves with a generous supply of logs is provided.

Location

The rural setting is peaceful and yet the house is within walking distance of Chirnside and Allanton both of which have excellent pubs. There is also a small Co-op supermarket in Chirnside and fine dining at Chirnside Hall just outside the village.

The charming market town of Duns is just 6 miles from the property offering a good range of small town shopping including a butchers, bakery, country and fishing store, a supermarket as well as a small selection of local gift and coffee shops. The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns has been recently revamped and is dedicated to the life and career of racing driver Jim Clark. The museum includes a unique collection of 100 trophies and memorabilia.

The historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is 10 miles away including 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 Inn at Allanton (0.5 miles) or the Wheatsheaf at Swinton (6 miles) or 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 is developing a super reputation for its excellent local menu and friendly atmosphere. A little further afield, the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (12 miles) is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.

Activities

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.

 

Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"Had a wonderful few days at the fantastic Whitehall West Lodge. A fabulous property for a family with every amenity you could require. Warm, welcoming and spotlessly clean with the most comfortable beds to sink into at the end of a busy day exploring. Would thoroughly recommend a visit."

Mrs McCreadie & Family

"Enjoyed our stay at this wonderful very well equipped 5 star house. Plenty of space to chill out. Dogs loved the surrounding area for their walks."

Bowman and Smith Family

"We absolutely loved Whitehall Lodge it had absolutely everything!!!! It was immaculate, so well equipped, homely, cosy just great. Even after 3 weeks I didn’t want to leave."

Jennie Waddell

"Our stay was fantastic, please thank Alistair for the wonderful hospitality. We would happily stay there again if we had the chance."

P Caton

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Whitehall West Lodge. It was a superb and extremely well equipped house in a great location with great walks on our doorstep. The owners could not have been more helpful and welcoming. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property or to make a return trip."

Fisher family

"This is now our 3rd holiday with Crabtree and Crabtree and will most certainly not be our last! As always, the holiday accommodation did not in any way disappoint! It was absolutely superb! The owners were so very helpful. The house is stunning! All the fascinating objets d’art! I have never seen such a variety of decorative balls! Really beautifully presented! Immaculately clean! Incredibly comfortable sofas! Very warm house, amazing wood burner and a fantastic supply of wonderful, dry logs too! Delighted to find the Nespresso machine and the very generous supply of capsules! Hugely appreciated! The beds, duvets, sheets, towels- all so comfortable and snuggly! Can’t beat Egyptian cotton! The kitchen was so well stocked too! The choice of books and walking guide books was really welcoming! We wanted for nothing. Even the weather didn’t affect our stay! A truly relaxing, very happy family holiday! Can’t recommend Whitehall West enough!!!! Or C&C!"

Wing family

"Absolutely loved our time here. We are repeat guests of Crabtree & Crabtree and can say this was the cleanest of all - spotless! Thank you."

Nixon family

"Beautiful home. We've had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday here, memories we'll keep forever. Thank you for all of the little touches."

Gray family

"Our third wonderful year in this great house that gives you the biggest hug. Special memories with our newest grandson. Thank you once again for creating a special place for us all to be."

Butchard family

"Thanks for a lovely stay in your wonderful home. We've had loads of great days out and lazy evenings relaxing. Great atmosphere and homely feeling. Beds very comfy and kitchen well equipped and a pleasure to cook in."

Cook family

"Thank you for allowing us to spend a wonderful week in your fabulous home. The welcome pack was much appreciated. Beds very luxurious! Overall a very special, comfortable, warm home."

Tipper family

"We've all had a great week in this grand, sociable house. Fantastic rooms containing many interesting artifacts, keeping us all intrigued around a roaring fire until it was time to retire to our luxurious beds. Thank you!"

Lee family

"We have enjoyed our stay in your wonderful house with all the very interesting things we found in it. We have both had a brilliant time visiting so many lovely places and great weather. Thank you so much, would love to visit again soon."

Deacon family

"Absolutely love, love this house! So comfy and everything you need has been provided. Super welcome pack and nice touches. Had a lovely week exploring the area, so relaxing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home."

Hill family

"Thank you, we have had an amazing couple of weeks in this beautiful house, where everything has been thought of and included."

Hunter family

"This house is nothing like a home from home, its BETTER than home! Better mattresses, better bed linen, better towels, better cushions & throws and better appliances (to name but a few things). Didn't want to go home! The owner was very helpful and welcoming. Beautiful house, lovely relaxing break. Would definitely recommend. 5 stars."

Graham family

"We found the property very, very comfortable, spacious and tastefully furnished. Indeed, everything for our comfort had been provided. The house was faultlessly spotless and provided for a great holiday for two families and three generations!"

White family

"Delighted to say we had a fantastic week long stay at Whitehall West Lodge. The cottage was beautiful, very spacious, in excellent condition throughout and in a fantastic location on the edge of a private estate on the outskirts of Chirnside. This offered easy access to local amenities (2mins drive to Chirnside and a short 10 min commute to Berwick Upon-Tweed) and access to beautiful off-road walks for us and our dogs directly from the property. Thank you again to the owner and the extended Crabtree & Crabtree family."

O'Brien family

"We all had a fantastic holiday last week in Whitehall West Lodge. The occasion was a family birthday and my wife and I celebrated along with our three grown up children and their wives / husbands. The house was great for our group with great communal space for entertaining but also plenty of space to have individual time. The personal family details in the house added to the experience and we enjoyed the owners music collection and reading their books. We would have no hesitation in recommending Whitehall West Lodge to anyone looking for a beautiful, restful family holiday."

Dodds Family

"We did indeed have a wonderful time at Whitehall West Lodge. The house is very comfortable, stylish and interesting. It is extremely well equipped, really a home from home in terms of having everything you need whether it be for cooking, entertaining the kids or relaxing. The house was perfect for a family like ours. The kids absolutely loved the table tennis table, the only downside being I must now try and buy one for our home. We played cricket in the garden in the evening and on the one rainy afternoon we all enjoyed counting the house's ball collection. There are lots of interesting houses and castles to visit in the local area and we enjoyed a day at the seaside at Spittal. Great holiday and the owner was friendly and helpful, we will definitely return."

Baker Family
Location Less than a mile from Allanton village - 6 miles from Duns.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"Enjoy together time in the multitude of homely living areas around the house."
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