A pretty white-washed cottage in the heart of a charming fishing village, from where winding lanes lead to the sheltered cove of Coldingham Sands and the convivial local pub is just a stone’s throw away.
Ideal for dog-lovers, walkers, surfers and Scuba divers with St. Abbs Nature Reserve just 2 miles away.
Lying just off the A1 on the Berwickshire east coast, Crosslea is a traditional three-bedroom cottage brilliantly located for families who relish bucket-and-spade time on the beach or outdoor enthusiasts wishing to make the most of the excellent water sports, walking and wildlife viewing on offer at St Abbs Nature reserve.
On the ground floor of this homely cottage you’ll find a cosy sitting room with squishy leather sofas and a wood burning stove and a Shaker-style eat-in kitchen. Up a few stairs is the snug with TV and bi-folding doors opening out to a small enclosed garden. The adjoining outbuilding is just the place for drying off dogs or storing bikes, dive kit or surf boards.
Upstairs at mid-floor level is a double bedroom and two further bedrooms on the first floor; one a double with en suite and a twin (with additional truckle beds) served by a family bathroom.
To the front of the cottage, there is private parking for two cars.
Sitting room with two large sofas, multi-fuel stove, small flat screen TV with Freeview, selection of DVDs, books and CDs.
Kitchen/dining with electric oven and grill, ceramic hob, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine. Dining space with seating for six. There is a washing machine with dryer in the adjoining outbuilding accessed from the rear garden.
Snug/TV room (6 steps up from kitchen) with two large sofas, large wall-mounted Smart TV, Sonos bluetooth speaker, bi-folding doors to the small enclosed garden.
Small rear porch/utility with hanging rail.
Bedroom one sits six steps up from the ground floor and is rear facing. With 4'6" double bed, side tables, single wardrobe with hanging and drawer space.
Bedroom two with king size bed, chest of drawers, cupboard with hanging rail. Front facing.
En-suite bathroom with corner shower, heated towel rail, small basin and WC.
Bedroom three with twin beds, side tables, large wardrobe with hanging and storage space. Front facing. Two additional truckle beds suitable for children can be made available on request at additional charge.
Family bathroom with shaped bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Small enclosed rear garden which is accessed from the Snug/TV room. With garden furniture and gas barbecue.
Outside store - ideal for drying dogs and the storage of outdoor gear. With washing machine and dryer.
Private parking for two cars directly in front of the cottage.
Children & babies
Travel cot and high chair available on request. Two additional truckle beds can also be made available on request and at additional charge. Guests are welcome to make use of the selection of beach toys which are available.
Two dogs are permitted at Crosslea but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and must be kept off the furniture and out of the sitting room and bedrooms. There is an outside tap for cleaning. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
Bed linen and towels are supplied along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in the two main double bedrooms.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is reasonable.
Heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled. Multi-fuel stove in the sitting room with a good supply of coal and initial supply of kindling.
There is a small enclosed garden to the rear of the property.
The cottage sits opposite The Anchor Inn which is a welcoming spot offering traditional pub fayre.
There are two lively pubs here along with a restaurant and fish and chip shop, as well as a Spar shop for convenience shopping. The Luckenbooth coffee shop sits nearby, alongside the Coldingham Priory Church where you can explore 700 years of fascinating history.
Nearby Northfield Farm is a National Trust for Scotland Nature Centre for a coffee or lunch stop or the harbour at St. Abbs has a cafe and gallery for a delicious crab sandwich and some divine tasty bites!
Eyemouth (3 miles) has a good selection of local services, while a more extensive range of supermarkets and retail facilities can be found in Berwick upon Tweed.
The sheltered sands of Coldingham Bay sit just a few minutes drive from the cottage or an easy twenty minute walk. It has a lifeguard on duty through the summer season, and a rocky shore at either end provides an ideal spot for dabbling in the rock-pools. The area is much favoured by families and offers lovely golden sands just right for beach-cricket, volleyball or kite-flying.
Surfing and bodyboarding is popular here and the St. Vedas Surf School can provide rental and instruction. The area has a beach cafe, toilet facilities, and plenty of parking and a lovely family-friendly walk over the headland to the pretty fishing village of St. Abbs offers the chance to see thousands of seabirds and seals on this stunning stretch of marine reserve coastline. Dive charters also leave the harbour here every day offering some of the best diving in the UK.
Nearby Eyemouth (3 miles) has been a fishing port since the 13th Century. Today, as well as being home to a fishing fleet of about 80 boats, the harbour is also the base for a diving school, boat trips around the coast and exhilarating rides in a high-powered RIB.
For a little bit of education and history, pay a visit to Gunsgreen House on the opposite side of Eyemouth harbour. Built in 1753, today it offers the chance to learn more about the life of ‘merchant’ John Nisbet through its interactive tours of the house, museum and cellars. Children can dress up as a smuggler, explore hidden tunnels, hide in barrels and discover the famous ‘tea chute’!
For golf fans, Eyemouth’s golf club boasts a sixth hole voted as ‘Britain’s most extraordinary golf hole’ (check it out!) and there are a number of other highly regarded courses nearby including links courses at North Berwick, Goswick, Dunbar and Gullane. Fishing can be found at nearby Westloch Farm.
To the south, the tiny, picturesque island of Lindisfarne linked at low tide to the mainland, 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.
To the north, head to Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar for some watery excitement with its wakeboard park and ringo rides, while wildlife enthusiasts and photographers will love the Scottish Seabird Centre and John Muir Country Park. Finally, the magnificent city of Edinburgh is a very easy day trip either an hour by car or 45 minutes by train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Children and families
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
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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
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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
"Dear Crabtree and Crabtree
This is to say that we had a fabulous family holiday recently staying at Crosslea in Coldingham. It was just what we were hoping for: a perfect location, plenty of space, comfortable rooms, a peaceful sunny garden and dog friendly (we were able to take our fourteen year old lurcher). It was a great place for a family rendezvous, and we very much hope to return there in the coming years. We would certainly recommend it. Thank you"Holland Party
"We found Crosslea to be perfect for us in every way, for two adults & two teenagers the layout was excellent, the two sitting rooms with smart TVs a much appreciated feature as was the Wi-Fi. A well equipped kitchen (with sharp knives) an added bonus. The secure walled rear garden a godsend for our 12 month old Jack Russell. Overall we'd give Crosslea an excellent rating as the cottage & location suited all our needs, we would certainly return to Crosslea in the future."Beard family
"Great holiday, thank you. The village community were very friendly and welcoming, especially the post office coffee shop community - loved having an early morning cuppa and chat. Definitely a great area, we were very happy. Thank you as always for such excellent customer support."Ms Williams
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Crosslea and would definitely stay there again. We didn’t even use the main living room because the snug was so cosy and comfortable.
The location was perfect for walking the dog, so easy to access the beach, coastal and creel paths. The booklet in the cottage which detailed local walks was very helpful in that regard."Cole Family
- Two dogs are welcome. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Throw open the snug’s bi-fold doors on sunny days to let the outside flood in."Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree