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Garden House

Coldstream , Scottish Borders

A perfect place to escape and get away from it all, the former Head Gardener's residence on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate is situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed.

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Retreat, Rest and Revive at Garden House...

A perfect place to escape and get away from it all, the former Head Gardener's residence on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate is situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed.

Enjoy fantastic river views and the gentle twitter of morning bird song

The rooms are simple but beautifully furnished drawing inspiration from the gentle colours of nature. The sitting room has a dash of Nordic elegance with contemporary touches soothed by timeless period pieces and warm tactile finishes.

With nature and botanical inspiration at its heart, recent enhancements feature stunning Squirrel & Sunflower wallpaper in a clay/bisque colourway by printmaker and artist of choice Mark Hearld, and original artwork by Lisa Patten. 

A large corner sofa set around the warming fireside is an intimate space for chilly days or evening chat, or why not retreat to the kitchen for cosy suppers or afternoon scones and jam!

There's a large boot room with plenty of hanging space for outdoor kit or for drying off the four legged members of the party, along with a newly enhanced downstairs bathroom with large corner shower. 

Upstairs are three very lovely bedrooms with soft Farrow & Ball finishes in Slipper Satin and Skimming Stone for the ultimate relaxation. Limited edition fabrics inspired by the flora and fauna of the countryside, again from award winning artists and printmakers Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin are a connecting theme across all Milne Graden cottages.

The family bathroom has been enhanced with the addition of a shower over the bath, making this an ideal property for families and couples alike.

Head outdoors and the large garden is wonderfully secluded, surrounded by mature trees with a private pathway offering direct access down to the river and a network of wonderful walks.

Dog Park

All Milne Graden properties benefit from use of the Tails of the Tweed Dog Park in the estate’s former Victorian kitchen garden. This sits next to Garden House, on the route of the mapped walks which run around the estate. This bright, sunny spot is a perfect space for relaxation while your furry friend can play and run freely within the safety of this enclosed space.  A range of dog agility obstacles and toys are sure to add some extra fun!

Property details

Ground floor

Sitting room with large corner sofa seating six, an open log fire (ample supply of logs provided), TV with Freeview and DVD player with a selection of DVDs.

Kitchen with dining table with seating for six with direct views of the Tweed, fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave and plenty of storage space.

Utility / rod and boot room is accessed directly from the back door, this warm, tiled room is ideal for dogs and storing and drying fishing kit and outdoor clothing. With refrigerator, deep freeze, microwave, washing machine with dryer and Belfast sink.

Family bathroom with large walk in power shower, basin and WC. 

First floor

Bedroom one with 3' twin beds that can be configured as a super king double upon request, side tables, dressing table and storage.

Bedroom two with 4'6" double bed with side tables, dressing table and storage.

Bedroom three - small double with 4'6" double bed with side tables, storage with hanging rail. 

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


The house sits within a large lawned area leading down to the river and is surrounded by mature woodland with extensive spring planting. Please note, a barbecue is not provided at this cottage and the use of barbecues is not permitted anywhere on the estate.

The Tales of the Tweed dog park sits in the walled garden next to Garden House which offers guests easy access.


There is a parking area for at least three cars.


For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging points here.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. Please note that the garden is not fully enclosed at this time and children may need to be closely supervised.

Dogs & Other Pets

A maximum of two dogs (two small or one large) are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog. We would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house. Cats are not permitted.

The Tales of the Tweed dog park can be easily accessed from Garden House from the walled garden.

Guest amenities

All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. There is a hairdryer provided in each bedroom. Towels are provided for all guests.

Any requests for additional mid-week housekeeping and linen changes require at least 14 days notification and are subject to additional cost.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available at the property but please note this can be slow and intermittent due to the rural location. Mobile signal is generally good depending on provider. There is a landline available which can be used for incoming calls or emergency outgoing calls. 


Garden House has oil central heating in addition to the fire in the lounge. An ample supply of logs is provided. Additional logs can be purchased from local service stations in Coldstream or Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Access - Important

Access to Garden House is via a track which is steep and rutted in places and care should be taken when driving, particularly during the winter months. Please contact us should you have any concerns.

Fishing on site

Salmon fishing is available on the Milne Graden Beat on the River Tweed. This is organised through FBR Seed.
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Trout fishing is organised through Coldstream & District Angling Association.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together, there are also seven other properties on the Milne Graden Estate - Hamilton House sleeping 6, School House sleeping 6, Swan's Nest sleeping 4, Tweedside sleeping 4, Park End sleeping 2, West Lodge sleeping 2 and North Lodge sleeping 2.


Scottish short-term lets licence number: Pending

The current EPC rating for this property is band G, a copy of the certificate can be found here.


Head to Norham (4 miles) for a fantastic selection of quality local produce, including meats, pies, and cheeses from Foreman’s, or the Cornhill Village Shop (5 miles) for coffee, cake and scrummy picnic lunches. It is also home to the highly regarded Collingwood Arms for elegant evening dining, or a short drive will take you to the Allanton Inn (6 miles) which has a superb reputation for serving excellent locally sourced food amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.

Alternatively, Coldstream is a quaint but bustling little town with a rich history sitting on the north side of the River Tweed right on the Scottish/English Border. The shopping here is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday essentials, as well as a super art gallery and interiors shop for lifestyle gifts and accessories.

More extensive shopping, restaurants and amenities can be found in the picturesque town of Kelso (12 miles) which is also home to the 12th Century Abbey, Floors Castle, the Roxburghe Championship Golf Course, and National Hunt Racing. 


The local area is packed with interest. Hike through the Cheviot Hills or stroll across stunning beaches. Go kite-surfing or coastal kayaking. Marvel at the silver staircase at Manderston House. Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, home to thousands of seabirds and a grey seal colony. Or treat yourself to lunch at the Terrace Café at Floors Castle, nominated as one of the top ten cafés in Scotland.

With the Tweed on the doorstep, this is an ideal base for fishing parties. The estate’s own beat which is available to guests at additional cost (subject to availability) extends to about 1.4 miles of single bank fishing. Milne Graden is primarily a salmon beat but has good runs of grilse and sea trout through the summer months. Other prime beats include Tillmouth, Lennel, Ladykirk and The Lees. If you can tear yourself away from the view, the local area has plenty of other delights in store.

From here you can explore a historic landscape, punctuated by imposing castles like 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. Head to the coast for miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves. Some of our favourite spots are the stunning beach at Bamburgh, the magnificent views from the cliffs at St Abb’s Head and the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne.​

On the way home, pop in for a pint of local ale at The Black Bull at Etal, Northumberland’s only thatched pub. Or let us arrange for dinner to be delivered to you, light the fire, pour yourself a glass of something nice and relax.

Edinburgh is only an hour’s drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick upon Tweed.


C&C experiences

C&C experiences

We invite you to enjoy the most coveted and exclusive local experiences available in the North of England and the South of Scotland on your next Crabtree & Crabtree adventure.

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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.

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

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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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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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Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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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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“Wonderful holiday, lovely house in a perfect location. Just the best place - thank you.”

Clarke - September 2023

Thank you very much for one of the best holidays with our two dogs. Garden House was perfection in its position - quiet, surrounded by nature and trees. We watched the House Martin nests in the eaves and the fledglings are just about ready to leave the nest. The house furnishing and equipment were amazing - we wanted for nothing - and neither did our very happy dogs. The welcome pack was a lovely surprise and set the tone for the next week.

The area was new to us but we were so impressed that we are seriously contemplating moving to Northumbria or the Borders. We visited the beautiful beach at Bamburgh and then had an excellent dinner at The Olde Ship Inn at Seahouses. We walked around Holy Island and had a lovely pub lunch lunch at The Masons Arms in Norham.

The walks in the Cheviots were memorable and we ate at the Collingwood Arms in Cornhill - the food there is very good indeed so we went back for a second time. Very friendly staff and they were very welcoming of our dogs too.

We had a Scottish day and walked from Eyemouth to St Abbs Head and return - a very scenic 12 miles including lunch at the St Abbs harbour cafe and an impromptu display from Minke whales and dolphins splashing in the clear waters. Dinner was fish and chips at Eyemouth harbour on our return.

We will certainly sing Crabtree & Crabtree praises to friends and family and I am sure that we will return very soon. 

Many thanks for everything.

Mr & Mrs Collins - JULY 2023

“Excellent. We came earlier this year. Very impressed with the wild flowers in the dog park - a feast for the senses

Brunton - JULY 2023

"A lovely house in a beautiful setting. We have had a really relaxing stay. Thank you also for the groceries and cake. Very welcoming!"

Mr & Mrs Gray

"We really enjoyed the quick walk to the river and the scenery around the estate is so beautiful. Beds were really comfortable and we loved the log fire. We enjoyed the dominoes, monopoly, cards and jigsaw."

Leeson Family, February 2023

"Another lovely stay on your beautiful estate. It would be impolite not to mention the lemon drizzle cake - perfection!"

Burton family, August 2022

"We have had really relaxing and wonderful week. This is the nicest cottage we’ve stayed in. Thank you!"

Ms Woods, July 2022

"I would like to thank you all at Crabtree & Crabtree and at Milne Graden for sorting out all our queries so promptly and efficiently with special thanks to Gina for coming to the rescue with her dongle!

We have had a great time and really loved the peace and tranquillity of the estate, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the delights of Kelso, Melrose and St Boswells.

What a great facility the dog park is - surprisingly unused during our stay. We have no dog but enjoyed walking through in the evenings to spot hares and to listen to the song thrush, who’s song was amplified beautifully by the old walls. Quite magical.

We will return and look forward to the Crabtree & Crabtree experience again soon."

Turner Party, June 2022

“Just when we needed peach and quiet. Comfortable accommodation to escape to. Splendid grounds to walk around.  We’ll miss our evening walk on the river. Will hopefully be back next June!. Thank you for sharing this lovely house.”


“Absolutely loved the house and estate. Incredibly comfortable and brilliant for the dogs.”

Winning Party, June 2022

“Lovely - amazing weather and good cottage in great setting.”

Herriot Party, March 2022

"We really appreciated the peace and tranquillity provided by Garden House. A very pretty cottage in the perfect location for the dog too. A nice touch was the plentiful supply of logs. Thank you."

Mrs Lewis, September 2021

"Clean and very good state of repair. Exceeded expectations. Very cosy, good quality bedding and very comfy bed - overall excellent."

Mr Hahm, September 2021

"Lovely cottage, very clean, look forward to coming back in August next year."

Mr Lilley, Setpember 2021

"Wonderful beautiful house, really well-equipped and in a wonderful spot. Thank you for the lovely flowers."

Sunderland Family, July 2021

"What a fantastic cottage, we have loved every minute of our stay. Thank you for sharing. It has enabled us to relax and recharge the batteries."

Williams Family, June 2021

"A haven of blissful serenity and peaceful splendour. Our second visit to Garden House was again perfect."

Tyler-Graham Family, June 2021

“Lovely stay at Garden House again, lovely upgrade to the house. Booked again for May 2021.”

White family, September 2020

"Everything was just an absolute pleasure; the house, the setting, the dog area, we just loved it. If we get a chance we would love to come back to Milne Graden, we were blown away by the beauty and tranquility of the estate and we thought the standard of accommodation was wonderful. Thank you to everyone involved."

Ms Motherwell, July 2020

"Lovely cottage in idyllic surroundings. Bunty our poodle loved Tails of the Tweed!"

Mrs Casey, July 2020

“Thank you so much for having us back! The privacy and comfort of Garden House make it one of our favourite places to stay on the estate. It looks magical in the Autumn light! We loved the Neom touches and as always we (reluctantly) leaving refreshed and revived! See you in Spring!”

Mrs Dixon, October 2019

“Very pleasant and comfortable cottage. Lovely position, gorgeous countryside. Beautifully done.”

Weterings family, September 2019

"Can't praise the house and garden highly - enough - we have had an excellent holiday and will certainly return."

Mrs Lamont, September 2019

"This is a really treat! We have really enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Garden House and its lovely garden. Comfortable and relaxing. Thank you for making us feel welcome - and for the tea, coffee, milk and lemon drizzle cake. It really has been a fantastic place to stay and we are sad to leave but hope to return. Thank you again for all you do."

Mr Clements, July 2022


Location On the private Milne Graden Estate - 3.5 miles from Norham, and 5 miles from Coldstream.
  • A maximum of two dogs are allowed with a charge of £25 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Garden House with views over the River Tweed, Milne Graden Estate, Coldstream.
The little things we love...
"The house is perfectly located, it's just a one-minute stroll with my dogs down to the River Tweed."
Gina, owner of Garden House
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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