A beautifully presented rural hideaway set in a charming garden with superb views over rolling parkland.
A charming cottage set on the edge of the lush Bughtrig Estate
The picture-perfect rural cottage, Lane Cottage sits within an enclosed country garden flanked by mature trees that form part of the woodland, parkland and acclaimed gardens of the two-acre Bughtrig Estate. With the historic Bughtrig house at its heart, the beautifully maintained estate is just a short drive from the town of Coldstream, on the banks of the River Tweed.
Lane Cottage, the former butler’s residence, has benefited from an extensive renovation and now serves as a spacious three-bedroom holiday home. Inspired, perhaps, by the cottage’s verdant surroundings, touches of green are found virtually everywhere in this sophisticated property, from the full-length sage green curtains in the fire warmed sitting room and delicate apple green tones of a bedroom to the topiary plants dotted around the open plan kitchen, dining and living area. The large, light-filled kitchen boasts all-new appliances and a lengthy worktop, which doubles up as a breakfast bar. Together with a circular dining table and inviting sofa, this convivial space leads out to the front garden and invariably forms the heart of the home.
The high-end finish of the ground floor continues upstairs, where three spacious en suite bedrooms are decorated with designer wallpapers and fabrics, and feature sumptuous beds complete with feather and down mattress toppers and smart Carrera marble and travertine bathrooms.
The exquisite interiors can be attributed to the owners of Bughtrig, Will and Natasha Ramsay. A name that will be instantly familiar to those with an interest in art, Ramsay’s beautiful Georgian home and estate serve as an intriguing cache of artworks collected over the course of his life. In addition to designer lamps, vases and pieces of furniture you will, therefore, discover a carefully curated collection of original artworks in Lane Cottage.
Picket gates lead out from the cottage onto estate walks, with guests free to explore Bughtrig’s celebrated gardens, discovering its intimate hedged gardens; beautifully restored greenhouses, complete with old roses clambering at their feet and contemporary sculptures within; and the 246-foot-long Grass Walk, a lush carpet of lawn flanked by colourful herbaceous borders. Dotted amongst the gardens, which open to the public as part of Scotland’s Open Garden Scheme, are diverse sculptures, including a bronze of Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, who masterminded the naval forces contribution to the Dunkirk evacuation and D-Day landings during World War 2.
In addition to access to the formal gardens, guests staying at Lane Cottage can use the tennis court and summer gardens by prior arrangement with the owners and enjoy a number of superb walks from the doorstep. The pretty village of Leitholm, complete with pub, is about ten minutes’ walk away while the more extensive amenities of the historic town of Coldstream are a ten-minute drive from the cottage.
Access through the rear of the property into hallway with hanging space.
Open plan living area comprising:
Kitchen with four-ring electric hob, electric double oven, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge / freezer with reservoir water dispenser, washer / dryer, bar seating.
Seating area with large sofa, armchair and Digital Smart TV. Dining table seating six guests. Door to front lawned garden.
Sitting room with two-seater sofa, two armchairs, chaise and two pouffes. Digital Smart TV, sound dock and board games. Log fire (logs provided).
Downstairs cloakroom with basin and WC.
Stairs lead to the first floor and then split as follows:
To the front of the house:
Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, wardrobe with hanging space and shelving below.
En suite shower room with walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with 2’ 6” twin beds, half-height cupboard with hanging space and shelving below. The beds can be pushed together to form a king size bed and secured with a king size mattress topper, if required. Please note that there is limited space between the foot of the beds and the bathroom wall.
En suite bathroom with marble tiles, full-length bath with handheld shower and button lighting, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
To the rear of the house:
Bedroom two with 5’ king size bed, wardrobe with hanging space and shelving below.
En suite shower room with bath with shower over (fixed rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC. Underfloor heating.
To the front of the house, accessed from the open-plan living space, there is a very attractive fully-enclosed garden with an outside dining table and chairs with parasol. A beech hedge provides shelter and privacy. A barbecue is provided (guests need to supply their own charcoal).
There is an additional lawn that is not enclosed to the rear of the house, along with the parking area.
There is a large shed with a table tennis table, fishing rod hooks suitable for up to two rods, storage space for bikes and any outdoor kit, and logs for the wood burner.
The gardens lead directly into the grounds of the estate and walkways to the formal gardens and tennis court.
There is designated private parking for two cars to the rear of the property. Additional cars can be parked in a grass layby opposite the entrance.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request. Please note that the property has relatively steep stairs and children should be supervised when using them.
One well behaved dog is welcome. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not allowed on the furniture. A dog bowl and towel are provided.
The beds feature high quality linen and feather and down duvets and pillows. Towels are provided along with a hairdryer in each bedroom and luxurious toiletries.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
The house has fibre broadband. Mobile reception is good on most networks.
There is oil heating throughout the property, heated towel rails in the bathrooms and an open fire in the sitting room (logs provided).
Lane Cottage sits on a very quiet estate lane with minimal traffic. The cottage is standalone and very private.
Use of Formal Gardens
Guests are welcome to enjoy the owner’s stunning formal gardens during the day. Please note that the gardens are open to the public from 1 June to 1 September. Please click here for further details
Guests have use of the owner’s tennis court between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 11am at weekends. Guests must bring their own balls and rackets. Guests can pre-book court time by signing up on the rota on the court gate.
As well as lunches and evening meals, the village pub serves coffee and cake as well as freshly made takeaway pizzas, or the fish and chip van comes to the village on a Wednesday night and comes highly recommended.
The quaint market town of Coldstream sits just 6 miles from Leitholm where the shopping is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions. The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local designers; or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby.
A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (15 miles),or picturesque Kelso (9 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.
For eating out, the Wheatsheaf at Swinton (3.5 miles) or the Inn at Allanton (9 miles) are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings. Alternatively the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (7 miles) is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.
For general recreation and walking, The Hirsel Estate and Country Park at Coldstream is a gem of a spot sitting just on the edge of Coldstream with artisan workshops, a small museum, cosy tearoom and lovely waymarked walks around the lake and through estate parkland. In springtime, acres of snowdrops and daffodils blanket the grounds, and The Dundock Path is particularly stunning in late May or early June when the rhododendrons and azaleas burst into glorious colour. The woodland and riverside trails are wonderful in all seasons with an abundance of bird-watching and wildlife spotting opportunities including otters, kingfisher and over 170 different bird species.
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, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick; the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh; and the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstain.
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 very beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
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
Classes at your holiday home
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
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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Beauty and spa treatments
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Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
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- One dog is welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The gardens and grounds of the wider Bughtrig estate are a wonderfully tranquil spot for rest and relaxation."Will and Natasha, owners of Lane Cottage