Swan's Nest, Milne Graden
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this two bedroom cottage with superb river views along the banks of the River Tweed.
A perfect place to escape the crowds and take life at a more relaxed pace
For a little of the good life in the very best of country settings, this two bedroom cottage on the glorious Milne Graden Estate offers the ultimate relaxation.
A perfect fit for two or four, with a doggy friend welcome too, Swan’s Nest benefits from magnificent views along the banks of the River Tweed, right on the border of Scotland and Northumberland.
The open-plan interior has a simple elegance featuring charming ginghams, wool and tweeds in a soft rococo blue and chateaux grey, including the homely feel of an open fire for one of life's simple pleasures. Two cosy, tranquil bedrooms on the first floor complete the picture.
A small enclosed garden to the rear will be a huge plus for dog-friendly stays, while the front aspect of the cottage enjoys fabulous views over the river and surrounding countryside. The garden and river are a rich haven for wildlife including deer, otter and birdlife.
All Milne Graden properties benefit from the 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!
Rear access with pantry cupboard with fridge/freezer.
Open-plan ground floor with:
Kitchen – fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer and microwave. Dining space for four.
Sitting room area with large sofa, two armchairs, open fire (ample supply of logs provided), wall-mounted TV.
Bathroom with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Stairs with handrail – this has a turn with a steep section which may present a difficulty for guests with restricted mobility. Please check with us if you have any concerns.
Bedroom one with zip and link bed, which can be configured to 3' twin beds or a super king double, as required. Side table, dressing table, cupboard space. Velux window with black-out blind.
Bedroom two with 4'6" double bed, with side table and built-in storage cupboard. Velux window with black-out blind.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Swan’s Nest is a semi-detached cottage with a large open garden to the front leading down to the River Tweed with a small lawned garden to the rear.
The garden to the rear is enclosed with a picket fence. Please note, a barbecue is not provided at this cottage and the use of barbecues is not permitted anywhere on the estate.
There is designated private parking for two cars on the gravelled parking area to the rear.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Dogs & other pets
One dog is welcome with a charge of £25. A second dog may be considered on request. We would ask that dogs are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the cottage. Cats are not permitted.
All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. There is a hairdryer provided in each bedroom. Towels are provided for all guests.
Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available but it should be noted that this is a rural area, which can affect speed and capacity. Mobile reception is generally good.
Swan's Nest has electric radiators in addition to the log fire in the sitting room. An ample supply of logs is provided. Additional logs can be purchased from local service stations in Coldstream or Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Fishing on site
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 an 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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Museums, galleries and culture
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Babysitting and nannies
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“We had a lovely relaxing stay. We even saw a couple of resident swans in the field - very apt.”Finlayson Party, February 2022
"We had a fantastic stay at Swan’s Nest and so aptly named as two swans came to greet us in the field behind the cottage. We even thought there was a low flying aircraft when one of the swans flew past the kitchen window. It was quite an amazing sight against the stormy sky! We had 3 storms during our stay - Dudley, Eunice and Franklin!! Quite something. However, we were cosy throughout and the roaring log fire helped to keep the chills at bay. The dogs managed a few trips to the Tails of the Tweed dog park and they had an absolute ball in the safe space. We had a lovely stay at Swans Nest and can’t thank the owners, their team and the staff at Crabtree and Crabtree enough. A rare, restful and peaceful retreat."Mrs Finlayson
"Absolutely loved it. The perfect spot for relaxation, great walks and exploring."Mr & Mrs Tyler
"Fantastic cottage by the river - had such a lovely week in fabulous surroundings. Location superb - the cottage had all facilities needed. Hoping to return next year."Mr & Mrs Ferguson, May 2021
"We absolutely loved the cottage, location and the idyllic walks along the river. The way the interiors have been furnished is really well thought out. We are going to book for next year for a week."Mr King, May 2021
- One dog is welcome with a charge of £25. A second dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 9am
"The calming simplicity of the interior, inspired by the botanical artworks of our artist of choice, Emma Lawrenson."Gina, owner of Swan's Nest