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Church House

Foulden, Scottish Borders

A listed 18th century former Manse oozing character.

Church House

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Church House

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Overview

A listed 18th century former Manse oozing character.

A charming house with plenty of space inside and out to get-together with family and friends

A handsome former Minister’s residence, Church House sits just over the Scottish Border with fabulous views across rolling Berwickshire farmland to the Cheviot Hills beyond.

Inside, a deliberately uncluttered aesthetic allows the house’s delightful original features to take centre stage; stripped wood floors, a sweeping staircase with a patina worn over time, working shutters and open fireplaces, the dining room fire surround with glimpses of its original paint colour which became the inspiration for the room.

The owners have a passion for collecting and repurposing antique and vintage pieces that fit seamlessly with the historical nature of this much-loved family home. Antique pieces collected over time include original Victorian beds, Georgian and Victorian furniture, colourful rugs and vintage textiles. Original and local artwork is set against a rich colour palette reminiscent of that used to great effect by the Dutch Masters.  

Outside, the south-facing garden is a sheltered suntrap during the summer months and provides plenty of space for garden games.

Church House is exceptionally well-placed for exploring the many attractions of both Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, including the chain of impressive castles that are a reminder of the borderlands’ more turbulent past. Berwickshire and Northumberland’s stunning coastline of unspoilt beaches and rugged coves are within very easy reach to the east. Alternatively, head west for a hike in the Lammermuir Hills, a genuinely wild part of the UK away from the humdrum of everyday life. Seven miles to the east is Berwick-upon-Tweed - famous for its impressive Elizabethan Walls - or head west, further up the Tweed Valley to the charming Border towns of Kelso and Melrose. There are renowned links and inland golf courses close by, along with myriad opportunities for walking and cycling along designated routes. The Georgian splendour of Edinburgh is easily accessible via a pretty 40-minute train journey from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Property details

Ground floor

Sitting room with open fire (with supply of logs provided), two generous sofas, two armchairs, desk, TV with Freeview, DVD player, extensive DVD library, Bluetooth stereo, books and board games.  

Dining room with dining space for up to ten guests. Please note the table is better suited to comfortable dining for eight guests. Please also note that the fireplace is decorative only.

Kitchen with two-oven oil AGA, electric double oven with four-ring gas hob, dishwasher, small fridge, Krups Nespresso machine, pulley clothes airer, central island with bar seating and additional bench seat. Well-equipped with ample crockery, cookware and cookery books. 

Walk-in pantry with large fridge, half-size chest freezer and plenty of space for food storage.

Utility / boot room with pair of original sinks, commercial washing machine, separate dryer and domestic washing machine. Space for storage and drying of outdoor kit.

Cloakroom with basin and WC.

First Floor

Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, hanging rail, chest of drawers and desk.

Bedroom two with 5’ king size bed, two chests of drawers and fitted wardrobe.

Bedroom three with 4’6" double bed with cupboard with hanging space and drawers.

Bedroom four with 2’6" twin beds and an additional day bed, two chests of drawers and hanging rail. Please note due to the size of the beds, they are best suited to children or teenagers.

Bathroom one with bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bathroom two with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Second Floor

Please note that the stairs leading to the second-floor attic rooms are relatively steep and are accessed directly from a small landing. Please contact us if you have any concerns over the suitability of this floor for children or less mobile members of your party.

Bedroom five with 4’6" double bed and hooks which provide hanging space along with a small cabinet for storage.  

Leading from the bedroom is a small vestibule that can be used for storage of luggage or can provide space for a travel cot.

Bedroom six with 2’6" single bed and built-in wardrobe. Please note that due to the size of this bed, it is best suited to children or teenagers.

Bathroom three with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

Church House sits in a large, fully enclosed garden. The front gates can be closed to prevent dogs or children from accessing the road. Please note that large dogs may be able to jump the fence into the fields adjacent to the property so supervision may be required.

To the front of the house is a gravelled parking area. Behind the house is a large lawned area with outside dining furniture. Beyond this are further grounds that guests are welcome to explore, but please note that this area of the garden, which includes the former kitchen garden, is currently awaiting restoration. The grounds extend to just over an acre.

Parking

There is ample parking in front of the house.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and high chair are available on request. 

Dogs

Three dogs are welcome. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not allowed on the furniture. Dogs must be clean and dry before entering the principal rooms on the ground floor.

Guest amenities

Luxurious bed linen and towels are provided for all guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in bedrooms one and two.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Fibre broadband is provided. Mobile coverage is good on most networks but generally improves outside.

Heating

The house has oil central heating throughout in addition to an open log fire in the sitting room (with supply of logs provided). Please note that the fire in the dining room is for decoration only.

Guest Privacy

Church House sits adjacent to the village church where there are services held on the first Sunday morning of every month and occasionally at other times. The house sits within its own grounds of just over an acre, and while the property is set back from the road, there is some traffic noise from the road running through the village.

Location

Church House offers guests the best of both worlds; the rural village location is peaceful and quiet, and yet Berwick-upon-Tweed’s shops, pubs and restaurants are just a short ten-minute drive away. It is wonderful throughout any season and provides an excellent base to explore the wider Scottish Borders and Northumberland area.

The village of Foulden itself does not have any amenities, however as Berwick-upon-Tweed is just ten minutes by car, it is easy to pick up provisions from one of the many supermarkets located on the outskirts of town.

You will find a selection of characterful shops on Castlegate, including a book shop, an antique centre, a deli and a fantastic vintage shop, as well as ‘Pier Red’ where you can sip a rich espresso whilst browsing art works and collectibles by popular Northern artists. Also look out for their regular jazz evenings where you can unwind to the smooth, mellow sounds of talented local musicians.

On Marygate, the town’s main street, you will find a mix of high street names along with local traders. Other small independent names and quirky shops can be found around the cobbled lanes and closes of the historic old quarter, as well as Hide Hill shops and cafes for a coffee and cake stop. There is a good Antique Centre and gift/interior shops on Bridge Street including one or two great eating spots - Audela, Gasparro's, Atelier and The Mule on Rouge to name a few.

The area has a rich food heritage and there is something to cater for all tastes and budgets here from tasty fish and chips on the promenade to cosy pubs, characterful cafes or bistro restaurants such as The Maltings Kitchen or The Queen's Head serving tempting light-bites or a pre-theatre dinner.

Alternatively, why not pop the wine in the fridge and arrange for a platter of seafood to be delivered straight to your door by the Berwick Shellfish Company - oysters reared in the clear North Sea beds of Lindisfarne, lightly smoked kippers from traditional local smokehouses, or perhaps some freshly dressed lobster or langoustines.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is also on the main East Coast line, perfect for a day trip to East Lothian or the city of Edinburgh.

Activities

There is an array of fabulous castles and historic houses to visit across the area, including majestic Floors Castle in Kelso and Manderston House in Duns - a stunning example of an Edwardian country house set in 56 acres of formal gardens. Built with no expense spared, it features every modern convenience of that era, including sumptuous staterooms, opulent detailing, and an incredible silver staircase - the only one in the world. As the film location for a Channel 4 six-part series on life below stairs, its elaborate domestic quarters give a captivating insight into daily life in the Edwardian period.

On the doorstep is the Foulden Tithe Barn, constructed to store the ten per cent of agricultural produce which was historically required to be given to the church, and is a rare example of a tithe building, with attractive arched openings and bags of character.

Throughout the spring and summer months, book a cut your own flower session at nearby Mill Pond Flower Farm in Foulden, where a wonderful array of flowers are grown on-site, and create your own bouquet or flower display. 

Visit the charming market town of Duns, which offers a range of small-town shopping as well as The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, which is dedicated to the life and career of racing driver Jim Clark and showcases a unique collection of 100 trophies and memorabilia. Kelso remains one of the most attractive and unspoilt towns in the Borders, famous for its Flemish-style cobbled square which plays host to a monthly Farmers' Market. The town is home to a diverse mix of independent shops, a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants, and is host to regular National Hunt race meetings for a great day out.

Head to Berwick-upon-Tweed for a good range of unusual, independent shops including galleries, antique and restored furniture shops and quirky gift shops. The town is also well served with pubs, restaurants and cafes. Foodies will be delighted with the supremely fresh fish, excellent local cheeses, Chainbridge Honey and other fine local produce on offer.

Enjoy a wander around the town’s historic Elizabethan Walls, the best preserved in Europe. Walk the Lowry Trail which follows in the footsteps of the great 'matchstick men' painter and allows visitors to experience some of the hidden gems of the town, which Lowry discovered on his many holidays in Berwick from the mid-1930's to the summer before his death in 1976.

Berwick has a thriving arts scene at the centre of which is the charming Maltings Theatre which hosts a packed diary of theatre, cinema, dance, comedy and music. There are also a number of galleries in the town, including the Watchtower which hosts a diverse number of events, guest artists and musicians. For something a bit different, take a boat trip from Berwick upstream to Paxton House, a superb Adam mansion which is home to the largest private gallery of any country home in Scotland with an extensive collection of paintings dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, many of which have been loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland.

Berwick hosts a number of events throughout the year including the Riding of the Bounds in May which follows the ancient tradition of riding the town’s boundaries to guard against the thieving Reivers, the Seaside Festival in August which includes street entertainers, Punch and Judy, live music, and sandcastle competitions. The Food and Beer Festival in September is a mouthwatering opportunity to sample all the region’s superb produce, and the Film and Media Arts Festival, the largest of its type in the region will bring a cultural touch to your stay.

The area has over 26 miles of fantastic beaches just made for lazy picnics and outdoor adventures. Spittal beach is popular with families with wide golden sands, an attractive promenade and fun splash park, while Cocklawburn, Goswick and Cheswick beaches all sit close by. The stunning beach at Bamburgh is a also a must-visit, sitting just a short 20-minute drive from Berwick.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is also around a 20-minute drive from Berwick, only accessible by a causeway at low tide. A designated National Nature Reserve, this tiny, picturesque island is often described as ‘The Jewel of the Northumberland Coast’. It is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

There is excellent bird watching on the Tweed estuary around the town and also further afield at St Abb’s Head and the Farne Islands - home to a resident colony of grey seals in addition to an impressive array of birdlife including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and terns.

There are two golf courses close by; Magdalene Fields offers superb views of the famous Elizabethan walls, the cliffs leading into Scotland and the iconic castles at Bamburgh and Holy Island. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty six miles south of Berwick, Goswick is a highly-regarded links course selected as an Open qualifying course.

For a day out in the city, Berwick-upon-Tweed train station is about a 10-minute drive from Foulden, offering an easy day trip to the magnificent sights of Edinburgh, just 45 minutes journey by train.

Children and families

Children and families

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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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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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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Reviews

"Our week at Church House was exceptionally happy and will be memorable for all the best reasons. The house and grounds are exceptionally beautiful and have been restored with imagination, care and attention to detail. Each day began with sunlight creating flickering patterns on beautifully coloured walls, filtering through the original astragals. The evening brought pools of warm lamplight, candles illuminating fireplaces and the hum of conversation and laughter around the circular dining table. All practical needs are met in abundance, and vast sofas, warm beds and dark starry skies meant that our group of family and close friends could relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is easily accessible for supplies and rail connections, the renowned Barter Books is a short day trip away, and the vast skies and coastline of Northumberland and Berwickshire are unfailing sources of inspiration and delight. The owners could not have been more thoughtful or helpful, which made us feel welcome in their home. We left Church House planning our next visit and even thinking about moving to the vicinity. It really is the perfect holiday house and we felt fortunate to be there."

Ms Colwell
Location Rural - 7 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Dogs
  • Three dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible arrival out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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