Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Cranshaws amidst the rich, natural beauty of the Lammermuir Hills, this sublime country home reflects the importance of family and friends with warm sociable spaces where guests can come together and relax.
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Sitting just 35 miles from Edinburgh and 15 miles from the coast, it is also remarkably accessible and well placed for day trips.
Beautifully presented throughout, this five bedroom property draws inspiration from the gentle colours of nature creating a calm, captivating environment for relaxation, with the added luxury of rural views and wide open spaces where children can run and play in the great outdoors.
Inside, the kitchen is the warming heart of the home with Chalon-style cabinetry balanced with high quality solid oak work surfaces, industrial accents and reclaimed wood. The addition of an Everhot range cooker will keep winter chills at bay with the added appeal of succulent slow food from the Border heartlands.
French doors lead into a large walled lawned garden where you can pick fruit when in season, and for children, the addition of a sand-bunker, swings and slide will offer plenty of happy hours of fun. A separate play-room adjoining the kitchen is a fantastic space to keep an eye on the younger members of the party on wet-weather days, while a separate outbuilding with ping pong table and darts board will keep the older members of the party entertained too.
Throughout this home, the overall feel is wonderfully inviting, using a muted, restful colour palette from Farrow & Ball and natural materials in wool and linen. The property benefits from a large drawing room with open fire and views across the garden and three acre paddock, while a separate sitting room in a deep heritage shade is an ambient space for relaxation or perhaps a wee evening dram in front of the flickering flames of the wood burner.
Upstairs, the stairs split two ways leading into five sumptuous bedrooms with one large family bathroom and one en-suite in the master bedroom.
Access porch/boot room with underfloor heating and hanging space.
Laundry room/utility room includes a large fridge/freezer, double sink, washing machine and dryer.
Playroom, ideal for younger children, this space is extremely well equipped with a selection of toys, games, books, beanbags and soft flooring.
Kitchen/dining with high quality kitchen with solid oak work surfaces, central island, Everhot range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, Lavazza pod coffee machine. A large pantry has a microwave and offers plentiful storage. Large dining table with bench seating offering good space for up to 10 guests. French doors to the walled lawned garden with fruit bushes, apple tree and rhubarb plant which guests are welcome to use when in season.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Drawing room with views across the garden and paddock, two large double sofas, armchairs, open fire with fender.
Sitting room large sofa, two armchairs, wood burning stove, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, wide selection of books.
Stairs split two ways leading to three bedrooms on one side and two on the other.
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or two 3’ beds as required, side tables, chest of drawers, chair, large built in cupboard, hanging rail.
En-suite bathroom with large shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or two 3’ beds as required, chest of drawers, chair, window seat, built-in wardrobe with hanging rail.
Family bathroom with bath, large separate shower unit with rainforest head, heated towel rail, window seat, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with fixed 6’ super king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, chair, wardrobe.
Bedroom four with fixed 5’ king size bed bed, side tables, large chest of drawers, chair.
Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be configured to 5' king size bed or 2'6" twin beds as required, side tables, chest of drawers, chair.
The property faces out into a large private lawned walled garden which is fully enclosed. There are two separate seating areas with garden furniture, and a charcoal barbecue is provided during the summer months. A fully fenced three acre paddock wraps around the property.
Adjacent outbuilding with games facilities for rainy days includes a ping pong table and dart board.
There is ample private parking to the front of the property for four to five cars
Babies & Children
The property is well set up for babies and children with two travel cots and two highchairs available on request, in addition to a changing table. The games room is very well equipped with toys, books and games. Outdoors there is a large climbing frame with two swings, a slide and a sand bunker in the walled garden.
Two dogs are permitted at a charge of £20 per dog but they must be contained to the porch or utility room until clean and dry and thereafter kept to the ground floor of the property only.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available but speeds can be slower due the rural location of the property. There is mobile reception on the O2 network and some provision on Vodafone. A landline is provided for reasonable use by guests.
Oil fired heating throughout. Underfloor heating in the access porch/boot room. Open fire in the drawing room and wood burning stove in the sitting room. Generous initial supply of logs provided.
For groups or special occasions, a number of catering options can be arranged for the period of your stay, including the services of a private cook with part or fully catered services, a homemade meal delivery service, or wine delivery in association with renowned merchants Coney & Barrow.
For parties seeking the freedom of self-catering, Asda and Tesco both deliver to Cranshaws and the pretty village of Gifford sits 11 miles from the property where you will find a cosy pub, the Goblin Ha’ restaurant, as well as a charming cafe in the centre of the village, and a small supermarket and post office. Eleven miles in the other direction will take you to Duns which offers a selection of small town shopping set around the charming market square.
More extensive shopping and amenities can be found in Haddington (17 miles) where you will find an excellent selection of grocers, wine shops, florists and butchers sitting alongside charming gift, clothes shops and craft galleries. Relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, delicatessens or tea rooms in the town including Diggory’s or the Peter Potter Gallery with idyllic views over the River Tyne.
Cranshaws is an ideal destination for field sports, and a number of local estates offer high quality walked-up and driven shooting for grouse, pheasant and partridge over a wide range of habitats taking in the picturesque valleys and heather clad hillsides of the area.
There is nearby fishing on the River Whiteadder (a tributary of the River Tweed) and a typical pattern sees a run of spring fish from February through to the end of April. From May there is superb sea trout fishing at night with the occasional salmon running throughout the summer. The traditional main run of salmon is at the end of the season with the larger fish entering the river from September onwards.
There are leisurely walking trails directly from the doorstep to more challenging walks in the vast dramatic scenery of the Lammermuir Hills, including the Lauder to Cockburnspath section of the Southern Upland Way. There is a lovely 10 mile hike from Cranshaws which meanders along farm tracks and woodland over the moor to Longformacus taking in the Watch Water Reservoir, or alternatively The Herring Road follows the centuries old trade route travelled by hardy Dunbar fishwives who would carry creels of salted herring all the way from the harbours edge on a 29 mile journey over the Lammermuirs to the market in Lauder.
For the ultimate off-road experience, the Ronnie Dale Driving Centre in nearby Abbey St. Bathans (8.5 miles) offers 4x4 driving adventures for adults under the watchful eye of a personal instructor in 2000 acres of hill and forest terrain, as well as quad bike treks for adults and children around the 500 acre farm estate.
For golfing, there is a nine hole course at Gifford set within a pleasant course of trees and parkland, or try the long established course at Haddington set within the peaceful walled boundary of a former country estate. For something a little more challenging, guests can experience links golf on the coastal courses at North Berwick, Luffness, Gullance, Muirfield, Goswick and Dunbar or head inland to the glorious Roxburghe championship course on the banks of the River Teviot near Kelso.
There is a watersports centre on the Whiteadder Reservoir for sailing while the beautiful sandy beaches at St. Abbs and North Berwick are superb for walking, relaxation or adventure sports. For wildlife, the Seabird Centre at Dunbar or designated nature reserve at nearby St. Abbs are the breeding and nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds, including colourful puffins and inquisitive seals.
For a real taste of Scotland, The Glenkinshie Distillery is 10 miles from Cranshaws where experienced guides will take you on a distillery tour and introduce you to the light, fragrant flavours of lowland malt whisky. The staff here have an excellent reputation and tours can be arranged in different languages if required. Transport can also be arranged for groups who wish to partake in the full tasting experience, or for something truly atmospheric you could even arrange a tasting from the comfort of your holiday home.
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
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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.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
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
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
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.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
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
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
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...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
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
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
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
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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
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
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"What a fantastic holiday house! We could not have asked for anything better. House beautiful. Made full use of the beautiful house and grounds. Thank you!"Steward family
"Lovely house, loads of space. Our daughter loved the playroom and the treehouse. Thanks for a great holiday!"Mills family
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay. The house is amazing and the setting is incredible. The perfect place for Christmas. One of the best holidays we've all had in a long time and the snow at the end of the week topped off a perfect stay."Postma family
"It's rare to find a luxury holiday home that also works well for children and dogs, but Cranshaws really delivers on this. We've spent an excellent half term holiday here, with plenty of space for our extended family get-together. The garden was perfect for sledging and snowman building; the kitchen ideal to come back to and warm up. The range makes an ideal glove warmer. The house had everything we needed, and is decorated to such a high standard. We've all LOVED our stay here."
"What a beautiful house. We've loved staying here and have enjoyed the indoor and outside space - the games room has been a big hit with the kids! The snow has been a lot of fun - we have brought sledges. The wood burning stove has definitely been very well used this week!"Hein family
"We spent a lovely week in a very fine house. The rooms were like hotel rooms with magnificent beds, lots of room in cupboards, good lights and with extra’s you only find in the best hotels. We also spent most of our time in the well equipped kitchen. It is quite certain that for our visit next year we will think of Crabtree & Crabtree!"Mr Schulte & friends
"Beautiful house and garden. Glorious weather! Children loved the playroom & garden and were reluctant to leave, as were the adults!"Gillespie family
"A most enjoyable week spent in this lovely house with a family of six. We were blessed with beautiful weather and explored this delightful part of the country."Jackson family
"Beautiful house, idyllic surroundings, we had a great week. Grandchildren loved the garden and play areas, we loved the countryside so a great week was had by all."Ausobsky family
"A wonderful family weekend away for a 40th birthday!! Perfect accommodation, beautifully presented and we were all blessed with amazing sunshine for an autumnal break - enjoying the perfect garden!"Reid family
"Yet again great few days, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Hope to be back to see the Manse in the spring."Ausobsky family
"We had an amazing family holiday home! What a fabulous house with lots of places to explore. Our two children aged 2 and 4 loved the stay as did my 83 and 92 year old grandparents. Thank you so much."Provan family
"We have fallen in love with Cranshaws Manse! Beautiful home, interiors just gorgeous - we all now want to go home and redo our own!! Stunning setting and a wonderful house to escape to. Thank you, we'd love to come back. Children in heaven on the monkey bars and in the playroom."Millar family
"We have had a fabulous week here in Cranshaws, we really don't want to leave. The house is wonderfully equipped with everything you could ever need, from DVD's to cover all tastes. The garden space is perfect, we enjoyed watching the birds devour the nuts and it was especially exciting to see a spotted woodpecker having his fill! We followed two of the walks from the book - Priestlaw Hill and Ellemford Bridge circuit and can highly recommend them both. We also spent a lovely day exploring the beach at Dunbar - well worth a visit. Thank you for making our stay so memorable."Downham family
"Just to say our stay over Christmas was fabulous. Such a beautiful property and it really was perfect. I’ve attached various photographs we took and we had lovely weather....We also loved the area and are thinking of booking a house for next Christmas as it worked so well."Fenton family
"I would like to commend you on your excellent portfolio of holiday accommodation. I have used your company numerous times and have never been disappointed with your service or with the exceptionally high standard of holiday homes you provide The ones we've stayed in have always been faultless. Thank you. As for Cranshaws Manse! What can I say? Truly a magnificent house. Equipped to perfection and with high quality being paramount. The time passed too fast and not one of us wanted to leave."Wood family
"We had a lovely time at Cranshaws, particularly as the weather picked up towards the end of the week. We walked up Spartleton (the directions in the pack were excellent), had a super day walking along the cliffs at St Abbs. And on the final day we went to North Berwick which was an absolute treat. The cottage itself was great and we had an Olympiad of darts and bar football in the games room."Mr Breen & party
- Strictly two dogs only are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"A fabulous place for families. The sweet playroom, outdoor climbing frame and sandpit are great for little ones."Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree