Tucked away on the edge of the bustling Borders town of Coldstream this charming period house offers guests the best of both worlds.
Relaxed elegance on the edge of the River Tweed
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 Coldstream's pubs and shops are all within a few minutes' walk from the house.
Abbey House has the feel of a wonderful country home, presented to a high standard throughout 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, 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 one car on request. A boot room in the house provides space for drying kit and dogs.
Returning guests looking to book for 2020 can benefit from the 2019 rates - please contact us for more details.
Boot room / cloakroom with WC and basin ideal for drying outdoor kit and for dogs. A washing machine and tumble dryer are also provided.
Fully equipped handmade dining kitchen with large fridge/freezer, microwave, a wine fridge, dishwasher and breakfast table and chairs.
Dining room with seating for 8 guests.
Sitting room with Smart TV, DVD player and open fire.
Master bedroom with super king bed with fabulous river views.
En-suite bathroom with feature bath, separate shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with double bed.
En-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with zip and link beds which can be super king double or twins as required.
En-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom four with zip and link beds which can be super king double or twins as required.
Adjacent bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Fully enclosed garden with outside furniture. A gas barbecue is available for use.
Large garage with rod racks and chest freezer. There is room for one car with prior arrangement only.
Garage parking for one car is available by prior arrangement only. Additional on-street parking is available.
Children & Babies
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
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 downstairs and off the furniture.
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.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
There is Wi-Fi throughout the house. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
Abbey House has oil central heating in addition to the open fire in the lounge. Logs are provided.
Coldstream is a quaint but bustling little town sitting on the north side of the River Tweed right on the Scottish/English Border. It has an incredibly rich past, giving its name to The Coldstream Guards, the oldest serving regiment in British military history, and sits close to Flodden Field, site of the infamous battle of 1513.
Surrounded by superb countryside with wonderful views, yet with Coldstream’s shops, pubs and cafes right on the doorstep, guests to this area get to experience the best of both worlds. The shopping here is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street.
The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local artists and designers, or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby. There is a family butchers, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions, or head to the Cornhill Village Shop (1.5 miles) for scrummy picnic lunches, hampers, local produce and home baking. More extensive shopping and amenities can be found in the picturesque town of Kelso (9 miles) which is also home to the 12th Century Abbey, Floors Castle, the Roxburghe Championship Golf Course and National Hunt Racing.
For eating out, you will receive a cheery welcome at The Besom Inn on the High Street for traditional pub fayre, or The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining. A little further afield, the Allanton Inn at Allanton or the Wheatsheaf at Swinton are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.
Salmon fishing - day rods or weekly lets - can be booked through FishTweed, and permits for brown trout and grayling fishing are available from the newsagents in the town or the Cornhill Village Shop. For golf fans, The Hirsel is an 18 hole, par 70 course in a scenic parkland setting on the outskirts of the town and features wide generous fairways but with some tricky hazards which will both challenge and delight! Visitors are very welcome and golf packages can be tailored to suit all requirements.
The Hirsel Estate and Country Park is a gem of a spot sitting just on the edge of the town with artisan workshops, a small museum, cosy tearoom and lovely waymarked walks around the lake and through estate parkland. In springtime, acres of snowdrops and daffodils blanket the grounds, and The Dundock Path is particularly stunning in late May or early June when the rhododendrons and azaleas burst into glorious colour. The woodland and riverside trails are wonderful in all seasons with an abundance of bird-watching and wildlife spotting opportunities including otters, kingfisher and over 170 different bird species. Visit in autumn and you will be rewarded with sensational colours and the sight of thousands of geese, ducks and gulls making their way to overwinter on The Hirsel Lake. 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 less than an hour's drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and bird-watching. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is also within easy driving distance, just over an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
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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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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!Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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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.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
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"Firstly, I would like to thank Crabtree & Crabtree and the housekeeping staff for the excellent service we received. We all enjoyed staying at the house and felt it was very well equipped."Henderson Family
"We have just returned from a very enjoyable week at Abbey House. The standard of the accommodation was very high, with quality furniture, fittings and bedding, and a well equipped kitchen, plus a plentiful supply of logs for the fire. Even the garden was well kept, with a gardener there during our stay mowing the lawn."Rodwell Family
"I can't honestly think of anything which could have been improved with Crabtree & Crabtree service or the accommodation. We have booked before with you last year and we're again very impressed. We like the areas you cover and the fact some properties are dog friendly. The house was of an excellent standard. They had kindly left a hamper and golden anniversary card for my in-laws which they really appreciated. The kitchen was very well stocked and the property catered for all of our needs. The garden was beautiful and the location was very special. It will be a very memorable 50th anniversary weekend."House Family
"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."Mackay Family
"The property was everything that it promised and more. Good sized rooms, comfortable beds, fantastic views and a perfect place to unwind. It has all the little things that make holidays extra special, well equipped kitchen, open fires , plenty of logs, WiFi and the space in the garden and the house to enjoy time alone and with friends."Hunter family
"On behalf on my family I would like to thank Crabtree & Crabtree for their assistance with our holiday booking. We had an excellent holiday at Abbey House in Coldstream. The house was so comfortable and well equipped. The welcome basket was a lovely touch and really appreciated. We look forward to using Crabtree & Crabtree again."Sproule family
"Booking & following through the whole process was very easy, information was excellent. Abbey House was perfect in every way, we would love to go back sometime & would highly recommend both the house and Crabtree & Crabtree."Hagri family
"Fabulous, tastefully decorated, comfortable, well equipped, and an absolute gem - in fact the best of all the houses we have rented over many years of our golfing week. I'm sure we'll use your company again as I've been most impressed with the friendly and efficient service."Calder family
"We really enjoyed our weekend break at Abbey House. We found that the house was very well equipped and really comfortable and clean. In particular the bathrooms were very much admired and appreciated, including the Arran Aromatic toiletries. I would definitely recommend the house as a good place for a family gathering due to the size and comfort of the house, we loved the log fire and spent time just relaxing in front of it."Wood family
"We had a wonderful week at Abbey House, it suits us perfectly, and is a lovely property, thank you."Mrs Clark & friends
"We had a fabulous stay! The house is amazing. It was warm and comfortable with everything we needed. The rooms were immaculate - as were the gardens. We didn't use the dining room as found the kitchen more cosy. Bedrooms were spacious with fabulous en-suite bathrooms. The welcome pack was such a lovely surprise. We had a totally relaxing three nights. Wish it had been colder so we could have used the fire!! But still, we all loved it and would highly recommend it to friends and family. Thank you again."Robson family
"Firstly, we will certainly book with Crabtree & Crabtree again. It has been easy, great access info and quick responses to the couple of questions we had. We are looking forward to coming back to the Borders or Northumberland next holiday and you do have a lovely range of properties. We adored Abbey House. It was spotless on arrival, looked just as expected from the pictures, and with lovely gardens. The house is so well equipped, and all the rooms were comfortable and spacious. It really made for a wonderful week. Coldstream was a great location, we had some lovely sunshine to enjoy the local countryside and we loved Kelso - the local people were all very friendly everywhere we went. We just didn't want to come home!"Langridge family
"We had a most enjoyable stay in Abbey House, a lovely home beautifully equipped to a very high standard. Housekeeper was most helpful."Gasson family
"Abbey House was just wonderful everything we expected from a luxury rental, from the high class bedding to treats for our dog Oscar, I wouldn’t hesitate to book again or to book another Crabtree & Crabtree property"Bawden Family
- One dog is welcome free of charge, subsequent dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Sunday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The statement copper bath is perfect for long, indulgent soaks."Avril, Crabtree & Crabtree