The Bothy at Swinton Hill
A very pretty stone cottage set in a peaceful location with far-reaching views over farmland to the hills beyond.
Perfect couples' retreat in a super location
The perfect couples' retreat, the cottage offers well-presented, spacious accommodation in a super location at the end of a private road on the Swinton Hill Estate.
Here you can unwind and listen to the gentle sounds of nature taking in fresh country air or head out and explore the stunning Northumberland coast or the rolling Border heartlands. Alternatively for those who prefer their leisure time on two wheels, two complimentary bikes are available for guest use on request.
Inside, the sunny open-plan living space is the convivial heart of the house. On warm days, French doors let the fresh Borders air in, or simply relax mind, body and soul in front of the dancing flames of the wood burning stove for those lazy days or cosy evenings when the seasons change and the days grow shorter.
The smart kitchen is well equipped with plenty of thoughtful extras which make this a real home-from-home. The bedroom is warm and comfortable with crisp linens and pretty cottage detailing to ease you into a lovely sleep after a day in the great outdoors.
Outside the seating area is a super spot for an evening drink watching the sun set over the distant hills with little to interrupt the moment and an overall sense of peace-perfect-peace.
Well equipped kitchen with oven and 4 ring hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, washing machine and small television. Please note there is no dishwasher. Glazed doors lead to the open-plan living area.
Spacious sitting / dining room with French doors to the garden. Cosy seating area with log burner with logs provided, two double sofas, TV with Freeview and DVD player, iDock, books and games. Dining table for 6 guests.
Bedroom with 5' king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
To the front of the property is a small seating area that is part lawn and part terrace with lovely views across open farmland to the hills beyond. Rod racks are provided. A charcoal kettle barbecue is available for guest use.
There is private parking for two cars to the side of the cottage but under cover parking is available if desired.
Babies & Children
Babies and children are welcome but a travel cot and highchair are not provided.
Two dogs are welcome at The Bothy. Dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms or on the furniture.
Excellent quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for all guests. Two bicycles are available for guest use on request.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
High speed fibre optic broadband is provided. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
There is central heating throughout.
The cottage is detached and is not overlooked. The owners property sits at the end of the lane. The owners are respectful of guest privacy and on hand to help with guest queries.
Local amenities are provided in Norham (4 miles) which has a village store, bakery and gunsmith as well as the celebrated Foreman’s Butchers where you will find a fantastic selection of quality produce including locally-sourced meats, pies, cheeses, fine wines and even fishing tackle! There are two pubs in Norham, including the dog-friendly and cycle-friendly Mason’s Arms serving real ales and pub grub.
The charming towns of Duns, Kelso are both within a 20 minute drive and provide excellent amenities in addition to a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shopping. 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 12 miles away and includes 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 (1 mile) or the Inn at Allanton (6 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 (8 miles) is developing a super reputation for its excellent local menu and friendly atmosphere, or why not try the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (10 miles) which 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, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, and Thirlestane; 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 where you will experience nature at its very best.
There are some wonderful walks around the area, and more serious walkers and cyclists can link into a number of long distance routes including the Berwickshire Coastal Path, or St.Cuthberts Way which take in the spectacular scenery and rich wildlife of the area but which all have easier stretches and shorter routes for those seeking a more leisurely pace.
Walk for miles on the stunning sandy beaches around Bamburgh 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.
There is excellent walking and cycling from the cottage and a riding stables nearby. With easy access to the River Tweed, The Bothy is an ideal base for fishing parties and rod racks are provided. Golfers are also well provided for with 16 courses within a 30 mile radius, ranging from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.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
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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
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
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.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
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"Yes, the Bothy was wonderful. Location was ideal, privacy level perfect. It was nice to know that the owners were nearby if I needed them. Speaking to the owner, he mentioned that he and his wife had lived in the cottage for 5 days to test it out. Quite clearly it was time well spent as the cottage was very well equipped and I don’t recall being short of anything. The owner recommended a superb walk at College Valley which was all the better thanks to the glorious sunshine on the day. Lovely hosts and a definite for the revisit list."Ms Myers
"The Bothy was perfect, as always. My family were enchanted by the house itself and loved the beauty and peace of the surroundings. It was an oasis of calm for them. Please thank the owners very much for being so thoughtful and accommodating."Ms Thomas
"Great holiday, weather and walking, fabulous quiet place to stay, Caroline & Andrew most generous with the yummy goodies they left us, too many to list! Would certainly recommend and hopefully we will be going back."Elaine, Harry & Basil
"Just a short note to say what a lovely, warm and cosy new year break we had at The Bothy, Swinton Hill. The cottage was modern, but cosy, with lots of character. The owners were very welcoming, and very helpful. The welcome tray that was left was beautiful with homemade bread, marmalade and chutney, yum. Our two doggies also enjoyed the walking in the area and along the sandy beaches nearby, with a visit to the dog friendly pub on the way home. Another fab time was had."Nash family
"Had a lovely week in the Bothy, thank you. The owner was most helpful. My daughter & grandson had a lovely couple of days with us. The weather was mixed, but we had a super time exploring the area. It really is beautiful."Keeling family
"We would like to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the Bothy at Swinton Hill. We could not have wished for anywhere nicer, lovely location and cottage beautifully restored and very well equipped. Will definitely recommend to any friends or family thinking of travelling up to the Scottish Borders."Walter family
"I enjoyed a lovely few days at The Bothy. It's a lovely light & cosy cottage. Especially cosy on the night & day of storm Angus ! Also great for managing the dogs inside. Really appreciated being able to walk the dogs off lead on field margins. All together a fab cottage."Robertson family
"We had a lovely week at The Bothy. The owners were very helpful and welcoming. The cottage is beautifully clean and comfortable and no problems at all. Crabtree & Crabtree is a delight to deal with. I have no doubt we will book again with you and very possibly The Bothy sometime in the future."Bennett family
"Really lovely place and owners couldn't have been more helpful. Would fully recommend both them and Crabtree & Crabtree who were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient."Griffiths family
"We have just returned from a stay at The Bothy at Swinton Hill. The cottage is fab and the location tranquil. The hosts are friendly and helpful. The gifts on arrival of butter, jams, milk and bread plus tea and coffee was appreciated. Open aspects and a fine location to tour the likes of Kelso, Duns and Coldstream et al."Lees family
"We had a great time, lovely cottage, great location and very friendly thoughtful owners. Looking forward to booking our next cottage."Brown family
"What a beautiful cottage this is! So comfortable and well thought out with many small kindnesses that made it feel instantly welcoming and homely. We had a great stay, it’s super with a dog as the field walks from the door are straightforward and safe. We would definitely recommend it."Mr & Mrs Stubbing
"Ideal for a short break in the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside away from it all..."Mr Turnbull
"The owner is an excellent host and ensured the cottage lights were on and it was cosy for our New Years Eve arrival. Beautifully located cottage, great dog walks and wonderful winter sunrises."Mrs Hume
"Probably the best cottage we have ever stayed in!"Mr & Mrs Turnbull
"The Bothy is beautifully decorated and furnished in a contemporary style.It is very spacious and comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed our week there. The owners are extremely helpful and welcoming."Mrs & Mr Mack
"We enjoyed our week immensely thank you. A very comfortable place to stay. Mind you the weather helped a lot too. If all your properties are of the same standard we shall be booking again."Mr & Mrs Watson
"We had a lovely stay at The Bothy, everything was provided to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable.
The addition of afternoon tea provisions for our arrival was well received.
The Bothy is well placed for exploring the surrounding area, we were particularly keen to visit the town of Coldstream, as my husband is a veteran of the Coldstream Guards. Holy Island and Berwick were also good days out.
The booking service provided by yourselves was excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to use your services or stay at The Bothy again in the future."Ms Setchell
"The Bothy was simply the best holiday accommodation we've ever experienced - over our 50 years together. It excels in every criteria."Mr & Mrs Elliott
"We love The Bothy! It’s a great place to stay. Beautiful surroundings, good walks on the doorstep and friendly, welcoming owners. It’s also very well situated, within easy reach of Coldstream, Melrose, Kelso and beyond. The Bothy itself is comfortable, well equipped and finished to a very high standard. We have stayed in a lot of holiday properties and this is one of the best!"Ms Potts
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
- Arrival time: 3pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The garden is the perfect place to sit and admire the lovely views across open farmland to the hills beyond."Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree