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The Heritage Cottage

Swinton, Scottish Borders

Combine cosy country with the fresh shades of summer in this peaceful rural hideaway, on an organic, nature friendly site, set amidst the rich rolling landscape of the Berwickshire countryside. Now with a handy EV charging point.

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Combine cosy country with the fresh shades of summer in this peaceful rural hideaway, on an organic, nature-friendly site, set amidst the rich rolling landscape of the Berwickshire countryside. For some, the tranquil setting will be the real draw, while its location will be equally suited to those looking to take advantage of more active exploring across the Scottish Borders and the Northumberland coast.

A perfect setting for exploring coast and country

Ideal for two guests or four, this is a real home-from-home with plenty of lovely touches which are sure to strike a chord, including a warm welcome and a hamper of local produce to ease you into holiday mode.

First impression is one of lovely period charm with views across open farmland towards the Cheviot Hills and an abundance of wildlife spotting opportunities right from the cottage garden. French doors lead into an inviting open plan living space with two bedrooms positioned on either side. The overall feel is warm and inviting combining a scheme of duck egg blue along with sunny yellows and pretty florals.

A cosy wood burner is perfect for relaxation, while artworks of Lindisfarne Castle and bird life celebrate the works of local artists and their close connection with the nearby heritage coastline. Indoor entertainment includes a flat screen TV with complimentary Netflix, use of an i-pad, Google smart speaker as well as a super selection of books. The kitchen is compact but ideal for holiday living and a Nespresso machine is certain to give any coffee lovers out there that all important start to the day!

The cottage is ideally-positioned for exploring the Borders and North Northumberland including the National Park and the stunning coastline which is only a 20 minute drive from the cottage. Edinburgh is an easy day trip; just over an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed. The cottage has access to an EV charging point on site.

Property details

Ground floor

Open-plan living area comprising:

Sitting room with multi-fuel stove with unlimited supply of logs Digital TV, DVD player, selection of books and games and French doors to garden.

Kitchen with electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with ice compartment, microwave.

Bedroom one with 4'6" double bed and fitted wardrobe.

Bedroom two with twin 3’ beds.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.


Heritage Cottage has its own small, gravelled garden with patio, barbecue and furniture for outside dining. The garden looks out onto open fields and it is fully enclosed.

Storage for bicycles and other outdoor kit is available on request.


There is parking for one car adjacent to the cottage. Parking for a second car can be made by prior arrangement.

Electric Vehicle Charging

An EV charging point with a type two connector is available on site for guests bringing an electric car. Please note this has shared use with the owners.

An honesty box is available for donations towards the cost of charging your EV vehicle.

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 highchair and travel cot can be made available on request.


Two small/medium-sized dogs are welcome. Dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms and must be kept off the furniture.

Guest amenities

The beds are made up with good quality bed linen, feather duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest hand soaps are provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.


Heritage Cottage has gas central heating in additional to the multi-fuel stove - unlimited supply of logs.

Guest privacy

Heritage Cottage sits to the rear of the owner’s house and the two properties share a drive. The main accommodation of the cottage faces away from the owner’s property and there are open fields to three sides of the cottage. The owners are on hand to help guests to get the best from their stay but equally are respectful of guests’ privacy.


Scottish short-term lets licence number: SB00075F

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


The charming market town of Duns is just 7.5 miles from the property offering a good range of small town shopping including a butchers, 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 historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is 10.5 miles away including a Marks & Spencers food outlet, and 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 Wheatsheaf at Swinton (3 miles) or the Inn at Allanton (2 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 is developing a super reputation for its excellent local menu and friendly atmosphere. A little further afield, the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (10 miles) is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.


For sightseeing, the property is an ideal base for exploring the wider area with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history, punctuated by imposing castles and grand stately homes. Take time to visit the captivating castles of Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, and Thirlestane; the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh; and the stunning homes and gardens of nearby Paxton and Mellerstain.

For walking and cycling, there is plenty to offer from easy country rambles and riverside trails, while more serious walkers and cyclists can link into a number of long distance routes in the Cheviot Hills or Berwickshire Coastal path.

Fishing is available on the River Whiteadder which sits just a stone’s throw from the cottage and permits can be purchased locally in Duns. Equally lower Tweed fishing beats are a short drive from the cottage, including Norham which is just 5 miles.

For golf enthusiasts, Duns Golf Club is a scenic upland course situated just a ten minute drive from the property. A further 16 courses are within a 30 mile radius, including the renowned Roxburghe Championship course near Kelso and the very pretty Hirsel course at Coldstream.

The stunning heritage coastline is just a short twenty minute drive with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops.

Birdwatchers, walkers and photographers will delight in the stunning cliffs and coves of the Berwickshire coastline where you will spot thousands of seabirds and seals around the St. Abbs Nature Reserve or cross the causeway at low tide to the beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne where you will experience nature at its very best.

Finally why not take a drive to Bamburgh where you can walk for miles on stunning sandy beaches or simply enjoy the simple pleasures of a picnic watching kite surfers soar across the bay on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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"Heritage Cottage is simply fantastic! Perfect size for two adults and two dogs. The hosts were most gracious from the outset, greeting us on arrival, showing us round and making sure the log burner was roaring away making the place lovely & cosy. The welcome pack was the best we've experienced with the homemade flapjacks and bottle of single malt to enjoy a particular highlight! Nearby fields and woodland gave the dogs a nice mile round trip to start each day off too. Even with the sunshine we were unusually blessed with at this time of year it wasn't quite warm enough to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace but that'll keep for next time, and I'm sure there will be. Thanks again."

Mr Scorer

"Heritage Cottage was wonderful up to every last detail. Our hosts couldn’t have been more helpful.

I would certainly recommend Heritage Cottage to our friends.  A 10 from us."

Koning Party

"Firstly what a wonderful time we had during our stay at Heritage Cottage. I cannot thank the owners enough for letting us stay in their cottage and for all the little touches. They both certainly go the extra mile. We have rented many properties home and abroad and they are in our top three. 

I also want to thank the staff at Crabtree and Crabtree. Excellent  service and advice. Your company is one I would definitely use and recommend in the future."

Beswick/Halford Family

"Just wanted to say what a beautiful stay we had at Heritage Cottage and the owners were fantastic hosts. The cottage is stunning. Spotless and home from home in a stunning location. One of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in."

Togus Family

"Heritage Cottage was fantastic! An idyllic spot, comfortably furnished with wonderful views over surrounding countryside, attentive hosts and beautifully fitted out. The welcome pack was extremely generous as were the owners with their time in discussing plans for outings. It's one of the best places we've stayed in and would be keen to return. First class!"

Anderson Family

"We received a very warm welcome from Simon and Karen who ensured we were quickly settled in knowing everything we needed to know about the area and the wonderfully comfortable cottage. We felt immediately at home and The Heritage is definitely the best Crabtree & Crabtree cottage we have stayed in. Thank you to Simon and Karen for all the small finishing touches which really do make so much of a difference to your holiday and for an outstanding welcome basket. The cottage is located in a beautiful area with lots of places to explore and we will be back. If you are wanting to explore the Scottish Borders or Northumberland this cottage would be a perfect base to do so."

Mr & Mrs Ford

"Heritage Cottage was a wonderful place to stay. Lots of care and attention from Simon and Karen to give their visitors a wonderfully comfortable stay. Highly recommend it."

Runham Family

"We had a great time at the cottage. Lovely cosy and comfortable. Lovely owners and thanks to Simon and Karen for making us so welcome and providing a lovely hamper on our arrival.  Cottage is in a fantastic location perfect for relaxing and exploring the wonderful borders countryside and coast.  Plus Northumberland of course. Highly recommended"

Mr Brown

“We had a wonderfully relaxing time in this lovely cottage The cottage is very cosy and very comfortable. The owners are very friendly, made us feel very welcome and looked after us very well. The area is also beautiful and very peaceful”

Mr P Aldam

"We had a very relaxing break at Heritage Cottage and we were blessed with good weather. The cottage was very cosy. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The Scottish Borders are very beautiful so we hope to return one day."

Mr Wilman & family

"A lovely cottage and fabulous beach days. A very cosy holiday, we loved the brownies, flapjack. Many thanks to the owners."

Roberts family

"We've all been warm and comfortable, thanks to the owners regular supply of logs. Thank you both for the generous welcome pack, with tasty flapjacks. For those who like views and soltitude, we had a great run over the Lammermuirs in snow covered conditions but sunny weather - the views of the Cheviots were fantastic! Thank you for making us feel welcome!"

Thompson family

"We've had a fabulous stay in this beautiful cottage - what a gem! The owners have made us feel so welcome - gorgeous welcome hamper, the most delicious homemade flapjacks! Back to reality tomorrow, but feeling refreshed and recharged."

Watt family

"We've enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this cottage. It's so well equipped and so comfortable. Welcoem was lovely and we appreciated the fabulous homemade brownies and flapjack."

Hayes family

"It was an excellent property. All the finishing touches like the welcome basket, whiskey, coffee machine, extra fire wood etc were very much appreciated. The owners were lovely and very welcoming. We would definitely book return."

Munday family

"We had a fantastic time at Heritage Cottage which was everything we hoped for and more. Everything else was perfect. All in all a fantastic cottage in a lovely area."

Housby family

"We loved the cottage, it was quite cosy for the 4 of us but it was great. The cottage was lovely and warm and the stove was great in the evenings. The welcome tray was a nice touch also."

Macdonald family

"Just to say we had a fabulous week in Heritage Cottage. The owners were so welcoming in every way. The cottage was so comfortable and warm. All the little extras were very appreciated and a wonderful welcome basket much enjoyed. A stunning location too for those that like the quiet and a beautiful autumn countryside. This is a hidden gem! Sad to leave!

Mrs Richardson

"We had an enjoyable week at Heritage Cottage. Having never visited the Scottish Borders before, it really does feel like another country. We welcomed the peace and quiet and the fact that minor roads were often completely empty - except for us! As for the property, we found it perfect for our needs. It was clean and well-equipped, with a beautiful outlook onto fields and the Cheviots beyond. Above all, the owners were welcoming and willing to help and advise if and when required. We would not hesitate to use Crabtree & Crabtree again if staying in the area."

Mr & Mrs Lavender

"Beautiful cottage, peaceful location and well placed to visit so many places! The very generous welcome basket was much appreciated."

Mr & Mrs Ashley

"We've had a lovely week with beautiful weather. What a lovely, peaceful cottage. Thank you for your kindness - much appreciated."

Mr & Mrs Mackenzie

"Wonderful hosts. Thank you so much for the generous hospitality and attention to every detail. Beautiful cottage, clean and extremely comfortable. Our stay, though too short, has been wonderful. Peace perfect peace. Thank you for being so kind. Your welcome hamper was very generous indeed. The flapjack was the best we've ever tasted!"

Ms Wheelhouse

"Thank you for a lovely stay. We've had a great week so much to do and see in the area and a fantastic base. We loved watching the birds in the garden. This is a great cottage, we've felt at home and everything provided that we needed and more. Kelso worth a visit and a highlight was Fast Castle just north of St Abbs - off the beaten track but worth seeking it out."

Burton family

"A long drive up but worth it. Delightful little cottage with everything you need. Quiet, comfortable, light and warm - particularly with the benefit of the log burner in the evenings. Delightful, warm and friendly welcome and lovely hamper. Cannot fault!"

Thornton James family

"We have had a wonderful, peaceful stay. The cottage is excellent. Everything we needed and more. Great place to explore the coast and inland. We'd be happy to return and see all the things we still haven't visited - thanks again! An extra thank you for the thoughtful additions to the hamper to make it gluten free - we really appreciate your kindness!"

Mr & Mrs Wilkin


Location Close to the small, rural village of Whitsome - 3 miles from Swinton or Allanton.
  • Two small/medium-sized dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 10.30am
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Heritage Cottage with multi-fuel stove and a plentiful supply of logs
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"The unlimited supply of logs means you can enjoy toasty days in front of the wood burner - perfect for those weekend out-of-season escapes."
Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree
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