A charming cottage named in honour of the local residents who amble around this rural setting.
Set on a working farm near the banks of Whiteadder River, this country cottage offers comfort and elegance in equal measure
Built from traditional stone and set on a working farm, complete with white geese pottering around the garden, Goose Cottage is the epitome of rural charm. Yet it also boasts elegant, spacious interiors and fabulous contemporary bathrooms, making it the perfect option for families without compromise on sophisticated design.
Guests reach Goose Cottage by following a long, tree-lined road flanked by farmland. Stepping into this homely stone cottage, they first discover the welcoming sitting room, whose restrained colour palette places the focus on a pretty portrait of a white goose and the wood-burning stove set beneath a custom-made Lime timber mantel, repurposed from a wind-felled tree on the farm. A separate snug, which also features a wood burner and large L-shaped leather sofa, is the perfect spot for relaxed family evenings, or for settling the children in front of the television while the adults enjoy the peace of the elegant sitting room.
A large kitchen with inky blue units and an electric range cooker shares a light-filled room with the dining area, which features a rustic-chic wooden dining table for six and leads out into the enclosed garden for easy al fresco dining. The garden bounds onto the surrounding farmland and the owners of Goose Cottage will happily show guests around their working farm, introducing them to the resident horses, lambs and chickens, not forgetting those curious white geese of course!
The ground floor, which is warmed entirely by underfloor heating, further boasts an impressive wet room, encased in stone tiles with a rainforest shower and separate basin and loo.
Moving upstairs, there’s a stylish family bathroom with crisp white tiles and slate grey units and three bedrooms. Each set under the cottage’s sloping eaves, there’s a master bedroom with a king-size bed, a pretty twin bedroom, and a children’s bedroom with a bunk bed and pull-out truckle bed. Youngsters will love the delightful children’s reading nook and play area on the hallway here, complete with a fur rug and bean bags.
Ideally placed to explore the nearby towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso, Goose Cottage also offers plenty in the way of doorstep entertainment. There’s the farm to explore (although please note children must be supervised when adventuring outside of the enclosed garden); strolls, fishing and picnics on the banks of Whiteadder river; and country walks and bicycle rides starting from the farm.
Access into a large sitting room with two large sofas, armchair, wood burner (with supply of logs provided). Please note there is a TV in the second sitting room/snug which also sits on the ground floor. If a TV in the principal sitting room is essential to your stay, please contact us.
Inner hall with bench seat and hanging rail.
Kitchen with dining area seating six guests, Belling electric range cooker with grill, double oven and warming drawer, five-ring ceramic hob with warming plate, large fridge / freezer, washer / dryer, dishwasher, microwave, Magimix Nespresso coffee machine, wine fridge. Access door to the rear enclosed garden.
Large ground floor wet room with rainforest head shower and separate mixer, basin and WC.
Snug with corner sofa, wall-mounted Smart TV, wood burner (with supply of logs provided).
Upper hall with two beanbags for children, play tent and a small selection of games and toys.
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail with hangers.
Bedroom two with 3' twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail with hangers.
Bedroom three with children's bunk beds, with a separate pull-out truckle bed (only suitable for children).
Family bathroom with bath and separate shower tap mixer, basin and WC.
There is a large enclosed lawned garden with patio area. This bounds onto farmland and a working farm. This has garden furniture and a fire pit. A gas barbecue is available.
There is ample parking in the driveway for 2-3 cars.
Babies & Children
A full size cot is available, along with a high chair. Upper and lower stair gates can be made available on request.
The garden is enclosed, however it is important to note that Goose Cottage sits on a working farm and as such, there will be large farm vehicles and farm machinery in use in the immediate area. Children should be closely supervised at all times.
There are plenty of farm and baby animals, including geese, chickens and horses to be seen through the course of the year and the owners would be delighted to arrange a farm tour on request when timing permits.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a charge of £15 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the uncarpeted areas of the property and are not permitted on the soft furnishings or upstairs in the bedrooms.
The garden is enclosed with the five bar fencing which is secured with chicken wire, however it is important to note that Goose Cottage sits on a working farm with farm animals and livestock directly outside the cottage and in the adjoining fields. It is essential that dogs are closely supervised and under control at all times.
All bed linen and towels are provided. The duvets are duck down and the pilllows are hypoallergenic. The owners can accommodate other requirements on request. Hairdryers are provided in the two main bedrooms. Hand soap and bath/shower wash is supplied.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
W-Fi is available at speeds of around 20MB. Mobile reception is generally good with O2 and Vodafone offering the best coverage.
The ground floor benefits from underfloor heating throughout, with central heating through the first floor. There are wood burning stoves in the sitting room and the snug - logs supplied.
The cottage sits immediately opposite the working farm of the owners. The property is detached however there are two neighbouring properties nearby.
The charming market town of Duns is just 5 miles from the property, offering a good range of small-town shopping including a butcher, bakery, country and fishing store, a small Co-op supermarket, as well as a small selection of local gift and coffee shops. The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns has been recently revamped and is dedicated to the life and career of racing driver Jim Clark. The museum includes a unique collection of 100 trophies and memorabilia.
The Riverside Bakehouse & Cafe, in the rural hamlet of Abbey St Bathans (9 miles), make handcrafted, small batches of slowly fermented sourdough bread and a wide variety of delicious seasonal cakes and pastries, to be enjoyed in their cafe or at home. There are lovely walks in this area too so it's the perfect place to stop for lunch or a coffee and cake afterward.
The historic town of Kelso sits 20 miles from the property, where you can relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, delicatessens or tea rooms, while in Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles), you'll find a selection of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencer food outlet. There's also a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants, including the very popular Maltings Kitchen with adjoining arts and theatre venue. Head to the quayside and you can purchase lobster, scallops or wild Scottish salmon fresh from the day’s catches from the Berwick Shellfish Company or order direct to have a perfect seafood platter delivered to your holiday home.
For eating out, the Inn at Allanton (3 miles) or the Wheatsheaf Hotel at Swinton (9 miles) are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings. Alternatively, for a perfect pint and lovely ambient surroundings, the newly refurbished Cross Inn at Paxton (9 miles) is developing a super reputation for its excellent local menu and friendly atmosphere, or why not try the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed (15 miles), which is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.
There is excellent walking from the house from gentle ambles in the hills or along the river to serious hikes following Scotland's Coast to Coast walk, the Southern Upland Way which sits right on the doorstep. Keen cyclists can enjoy exploring quiet lanes and miles of forest tracks and there are a number of designated routes from low-level meanders to high-energy treks.
There is internationally-renowned fishing on the Tweed while productive fishing can be found on the River Whiteadder. For trout fishing and sailing, head to the nearby Whiteadder Reservoir nestled in an idyllic spot at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills. Alternatively, you will find some good sport and a friendly welcome at Coldingham Loch (13 miles). For shooting, 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.
For golf, there is plenty of choice with a fantastic selection of eleven courses to choose from within a 22-mile radius, including the highly regarded 9 hole course at Duns, the sublime Roxburghe Championship Course in Kelso, and the 18 hole cliff top links course at Eyemouth.
For the ultimate off-road experience, the Ronnie Dale Driving Centre in nearby Abbey St Bathans (9 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. Afterwards, stop by the Riverside Bakehouse for a delicious lunch or to pick up freshly baked sourdough bread, seasonal cakes or pastries to enjoy back in the comfort of the cottage.
The stunning sandy beaches of the East Lothian, Berwickshire and North Northumberland coastline are all within easy striking distance, within 30-40 mins drive. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, with miles of pristine sands popular for walking, beach rides or surfing; the magnificent views from the cliff tops at St Abbs Head, a designated Nature Reserve and the breeding ground for thousands of seabirds and seals; and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, an overwhelmingly mystical place cut off from the mainland during high tide.
There’s an array of fabulous castles and historic houses to visit across the area. including majestic Floors Castle in Kelso and nearby Manderston 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.
Children and families
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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.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
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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
Cooks and chefs
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Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.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
Nannies and babysitters
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
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Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
"We arrived at the beautiful Goose Cottage to be greeted by warming log fires and homemade apple cake, which made you instantly unwind. The cottage, set in stunning countryside, is just perfect. With much thought gone into every little detail. We explored the surrounding area, like Floors Castle (lovely lunch in the walled garden) and Coldingham Bay (picture perfect with amazing views). Then returned to the cottage for evenings spent walking along the river and having a chat with our farmyard friends. Thank you very much to the owners who made us feel very welcome — We had a very enjoyable holiday and it was a pleasure to stay in such a beautiful place. Hope to return very soon."Wright family
"For eight years, our dog is 8 years old now, so in May and September we have been visiting cottages throughout the UK, but favour the Highlands and none have been so thoughtfully prepared as Goose Cottage. One brings a box of necessities from loo roll through salt and pepper... No need at Goose Cottage, it's all there and waiting as well as lit fires (inside and out), very nice music, delicious cake and marmalade. The owners are really working extra hard to make this place a slice of heaven, with surprise after surprise throughout the property. The freedom of the farm was a further bonus, the walk to the beech trees and the riverwalk made our holiday. The time passed way too quickly. I wish you continued success and look forward to other interesting, exciting and involving rentals in the future."Mr Cross
"Thank you, the cottage is absolutely beautiful and the owners very lovely"Forster Party
"We'd like to thank the owners of Goose Cottage for the most wonderful stay last week. We had a superb holiday and appreciated the thought and care that has gone into the property. The owner took time to speak with us upon arrival and departure, and in the middle of our stay to direct us towards the lovely river walk. This was much appreciated given how busy the farm was with the harvest. The cottage is the perfect place for toddlers - our son didn't actually want to leave, even to explore the wider area. The wendy house and train set were particular hits. We, as tired parents, loved being able to relax in luxury, and pop the prosecco that had been left in front of the fire pit. We really hope to be back!"Ms Meehan
"Our second visit to Goose Cottage was even better than the first. We have had a fantastic week and the girls have loved spending time with the lambs and especially the horses. The house is just as perfect as we remembered with amazing hosts - I'm sure we'll be back for a third stay!"Murray family
"Thank you so much for the most wonderful week at Goose Cottage. From the delicious French Apple Cake and fizz on arrival to the sumptuous furnishings and decor. It was such a treat to stay in such an amazing home. We had an incredibly relaxing time with lots of lovely walks, exploring new places, and evenings in front of the stove. Thank you again, we will be back."Crook Family and Albert the Cockapoo
"We are having the most amazing week at Goose Cottage in Duns. We are in love with the house and the surrounding countryside. We are here with our dog and there are no shortage of walks and places to explore. Everything we could possibly need is within the four walls of Goose Cottage and the owners have been so welcoming. When we arrived the stove was lit, there was music playing and a homemade French Apple Cake awaited us in the kitchen. Just incredible. We will definitely be back again."Thomson Family
What a fantastic holiday cottage and great hosts!
House was beautifully set up when we arrived (very late)
We thoroughly enjoyed the cake!
Thanks very much for making this a great place to stay.
We hope to be back soon!!Birch Family
"We were very impressed by the standard of accommodation and the effort that the owners had put into making us feel welcome. There was even a freshly baked cake for us on arrival, as well as treats for our dog. The cottage is extremely well designed, furnished and fitted with and equipped to the highest standard. Much thought has gone into providing everything you could think of (and more!) We would love to visit again soon. A thoroughly relaxing break in lovely surroundings and the perfect hosts. Highly recommended!"Hill Family
"Such a lovely warm welcome on arrival and the cottage is perfect. We have loved being in the middle of a busy farm with such a hard-working and friendly family. We have travelled the area north and south enjoying such a lovely part of the country; Floors Castle and tearoom, Bamburgh and the Northumberland Coast, Edinburgh by train and the Water of Leith, Paxton for lunch - so much more to see, so we will be back. Thank you!"Schofield Family
"We had a great time staying in Goose Cottage. Great property, beautiful styled and we really appreciated all the extra touches (and cakes!) The kids had a great time playing with all the toys and books and very much enjoyed the garden and geese We’d love to come back when the kids are a bit older and will certainly look to rebook with you. Thanks again!"Wilkinson Family
"We had a fantastic time at Goose Cottage. It was a beautiful house and so well equipped! It looked gorgeous in the photos but was possibly even better in real life. We made full use of all the facilities and managed to use both wood burners and the fire pit during our stay! It was great to stay on a working farm and feel part of rural life for a week but the teenagers also appreciated the excellent WiFi. The owners were brilliant hosts, giving us a tour of the farm (seeing sheep shearing was a highlight) recommending their favourite pubs and even sourcing some excellent local produce for us from neighbouring farms. We had such a lovely time and were so sad to leave on Friday. I would recommend a stay in this cracking house to anyone and we would love to return someday."Hayward Family
"Thank you for a fantastic stay! Goose Cottage had everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. Our girls loved all of the animals, especially the horses and we really appreciated the farm tour. Looking forward to returning again in the future!"Murray Family
"Goose Cottage was better than we could have asked for. Beautifully presented with everything you ever need and so much more. Thank you for a wonderful holiday, we hope to return one day."Murfitt Family
"We have really enjoyed our stay at Goose Cottage. We arrived late at night and we were made to feel at home straight away by the welcoming lamps lit and the smell of fresh flowers. The attention to detail around the cottage is outstanding. Thank you for being brilliant hosts! We are all going to miss our walks down to the river as well as watching and listening to all of the animals on the farm."Forsyth Family
"We had a fantastic holiday based out of Goose Cottage. Without doubt the best cottage we have ever had the pleasure of stopping in and fantastic hosts."Mr Mccallion
- Two dogs welcome at a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Our white geese were the naming inspiration for our cottage and you will see them happily wandering around the farmyard, including baby goslings during the spring time."Mark and Fe, owners of Goose Cottage