School House, Milne Graden
Formerly the school for the magnificent Milne Graden Estate, School House has been lovingly renovated throughout to create a beautifully-presented holiday home set high on the banks of the River Tweed.
Enjoy the peaceful riverside setting for a relaxing indulgence
The stunning interior is the epitome of understated luxury with a predominance of natural wood, quality furnishings and heritage colours. A particular highlight is the magnificent former school room which provides a fabulous, convivial, open-plan living area with a mezzanine level bedroom overhead.
Outside, a lawned seating area to the rear of the property is a perfect spot for breakfast or an evening drink with fabulous views down to the river and not a road in sight. A nearby path leads to the river and a network of superb riverside walks. The river is a haven for wildlife including deer, otter and kingfishers.
Tucked at the end of a private estate road, School House is part of a secluded hamlet of superb properties comprising Hamilton House, Tweedside and Swan's Nest. The properties can be hired collectively for larger groups wishing to holiday together but maintain a degree of privacy.
All Milne Graden properties benefit from use of the Tails of the Tweed Dog Park in the estate’s former Victorian kitchen garden. Sitting 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!
Open-plan living area with open log fire with logs provided, a sumptuous corner sofa, armchair, large flat screen television and docking station.The dining area is arranged to seat 6 guests as standard.
The compact kitchen is located at one end of the main reception room. It is fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and new ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Utility/boot room is accessed directly from the back door, ideal for dogs and storing and drying fishing kit and outdoor clothing. A small sink and washing machine with dryer are provided along with a chest freezer.
Family bathroom with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom one with 5' king size bed, chest of drawers, dressing table, built-in storage with hanging space.
Family bathroom with bath and handheld shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with 5' king-size bed, dressing table, built-in wardrobe with hanging space.
Family bathroom with with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
First Floor - Mezzanine Level
Bedroom two with 5' king size bed, fantastic window seat, dressing table, hanging space, wall mounted flat screen TV.
To the rear of the house is a lawned garden which is enclosed with a picket fence. Guests also have use of the communal courtyard area in front of the house with a path leading directly to the river. Please note, a barbecue is not provided at this cottage and the use of barbecues is not permitted anywhere on the estate.
There is a graveled area with parking for at least three cars.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Dogs & Other pets
Three dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog. We would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house. Cats are not permitted.
All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton with hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious towels are provided for all guests.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided and mobile reception is generally good. There is a landline available which can be used for incoming calls or emergency outgoing calls.
Open log fire in the sitting room and underfloor heating in the open plan living/dining area. Electric heating throughout.
Fishing on site
School House sits in a hamlet with three other properties - Hamilton House sleeping 6, Swan's Nest sleeping 4 and Tweedside sleeping 4. School House is detached.
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.
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Babysitting and Nannies
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“This is our 5th stay with & as always we’ve had the peace and quiet of beautiful surroundings.”Gwatkin family, May 2019
"Beautiful location/wonderful house/very clean. Some nice design touches. We really enjoyed our stay."Frazer family, May 2019
"We had a great stay at School House. As ever, the standard of the cottage was very high and we were very pleased with the service."Peill family, April 2019
"We loved our stay in the School House, the cottage was warm and comfortable and matched in the main your description. Lovely location and a great safe garden for us to enjoy."Mr Rooney, September 2018
"Just to let you know that we had a wonderful time at the School House this last week. My boys loved the house so much they wanted to live there! We visited many local and regional attractions including Glentress, Coldingham, Norham Castle, Holy Island and Berwick. So much more to see and do so we will definitely come back!"Ms Groves & family, August 2018
"This is our second time at School House and we are returning in September to one of the cottages next door. We run our own business and Milne Graden is a total escape with amazing views and exceptional accommodation. A real gem!"Gwatkin family, May 2018
"The magic of Milne Graden weaved it’s spell yet again. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing this beautiful estate! Looking forward to the return...”Foulds family, May 2018
"I have just been at the School House and I just had to email you and say what a most beautiful property it was and in such an idyllic setting. I had just come out of hospital and I couldn’t have been in a better place to recuperate. The peace and tranquillity and not forgetting the woodland/riverside walks. The bonus was I was able to take my little dog, whom I had been separated from during my hospital stay, which made it all the more special. Your properties and the standard of them, are second to none and I will be telling my friends all about Crabtree & Crabtree. I wanted to thank you myself, the stay has certainly helped build me up ready for surgery. Thank you so much, I am truly grateful."Ms Woodcock & friends, May 2018
"Fabulous - We'll be back!"Webber Family, April 2019
"Lovely well equipped cottage, very quiet."Ms Sly, August 2019
"We have had a fantastic week, the weather has been very kind. Too many nice places to mention. Walks from the cottage are amazing. We will be back next year."Wright Family, October 2019
"I felt very privileged to be able to stay here as its so beautiful. I loved waking up early and walking down by the river and I wish I could live here - thank you!"Mrs whitehead, July 2020
"Lovely - beautiful house."Mr Martin, August 2020
"Can't fault the place."Mrs Tierney-Kenyons, August 2020
- Three dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 5pm
- Departure time: 10am
"With the double height ceiling we knew we needed statement lighting. We chose beautiful bronze Original BTC lanterns which are the perfect addition."Gina, owner of School House