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Goose Cottage

Duns, Scottish Borders

A charming cottage named in honour of the local residents who amble around this rural setting.

Goose Cottage

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Overview

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. 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 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.

Property details

Ground floor

Access into a large sitting room with two large sofas, armchair, wood burning stove. 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 burner ceramic hob with warming plate, large fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, Magimix Nespresso coffee machine, wine fridge. 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, Smart wall-mounted TV, wood burning stove.

First floor

Upper hall with two beanbags for children 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 full size 3' bunk beds, with a separate pull-out truckle bed which is ideal for children.

Family bathroom with bath and separate mixer, basin and WC.

Outside

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.

Parking

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.

Dogs

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.

Guest amenities

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.

Heating

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.

Guest privacy

The cottage sits immediately opposite the working farm of the owners. The property is detached however there are two neighbouring properties nearby.

Location

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.

Activities

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

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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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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Gardens

Gardens

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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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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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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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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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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Location Rural - five miles from Duns.
Dogs
  • Two dogs welcome at a charge of £15 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Goose Cottage with sideboard and side lamps lighting the goose artwork above.
The little things we love...
"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
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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