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The Coach House, Kingston

North Berwick, East Lothian

Style and comfort converge at this ground-floor three bedroom cottage, ideal for exploring the East Lothian coast.

The Coach House, Kingston

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Overview

Style and comfort converge at this ground-floor three bedroom cottage, ideal for exploring the East Lothian coast.

Fantastic for families, this converted stone coach house is found in the sleepy hamlet of Kingston

Just three miles from North Berwick’s three sandy beaches, the small hamlet of Kingston, is brilliantly-placed to explore the castles, legendary links golf courses, attractive resort towns and renowned restaurants — led by Tom Kitchin’s The Bonnie Badger pub-restaurant in Gullane — that pepper East Lothian’s fantastic coastline.

If you can tear yourself away from the coast and head south, meanwhile, you’ll find a Concorde to inspect at the outdoor National Museum of Flight or one of Scotland’s oldest stone fortresses in the shape of Hailes Castle.

After fun-filled days out, exploring, enjoying bucket and spade days on the beach, or nibbling your way through local fare after a round of golf, The Coach House is a wonderful base to return to: it’s gently stylish, yet never at the expense of cosy comfort.

That’s especially true of the sitting room, which features two sofas, an armchair and an enormous wood basket filled with logs (these are supplied) to fuel the warming wood-burning stove. Full of natural light, which is accentuated by a cool, gridded porthole-shaped mirror, it’s a relaxing spot to relax with a book, or to watch a spot of TV. Similarly bright and cheerful is the open-plan kitchen and dining space. One half of this is given over to a six-person table beside French doors; opposite are platinum-blue cabinets topped by chunky counters.

All three bedrooms can be set up as super-kings or twin beds: handy should a multiple couples or multigenerational family be staying. Each has a TV, plus wooden shelving units that have been upcycled from former pallets; they also feature thick wool blankets – perfect for when the temperature drops - patterned blinds and textured block-printed linen and velvet cushions, which add a sumptuous, tactile edge. The third bedroom usually contains two twin beds, but these can be linked up to form a third super-king bed if preferred. Every sleeping quarter features soft, soothing colours and views over the rear garden. There are two stylish bathrooms; one has a walk-in shower, and the other has a shower over its soaking tub.

Equally ideal for families is the garden: enclosed by stone walls, it includes a large lawn where children or your dog can run about. To one side, there is also a flagstone patio (which can be accessed from the kitchen via French windows) where al fresco meals — a holiday must — can be enjoyed. For those looking for a little more sport to earn their supper, the owner’s tennis court lies close by and can be used by prior arrangement.

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

Access into the main hallway.

Bedroom one (one step up) with zip and link beds which can be converted to a 6' super king or 3' twin beds, in-built side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail, wall-mounted TV with Sky Q box.

Bedroom two (one step up) with 3' twin beds which can convert to a super king. dressing table, hanging rail, wall-mounted TV with Sky Q box.

Bedroom three with zip and link beds which can be converted to a 6' super king or 3' twin beds, in-built side tables, chair, chest of drawers, hanging rail, wall-mounted TV with Sky Q box.

Sitting room with three-seater sofa, two-seater sofa, armchair, wood burning stove, Smart TV.

Kitchen with dining table seating six, electric oven, induction hob, large fridge/freezer (3 drawer freezer), microwave, dishwasher. Large sliding door which leads to the rear enclosed garden.

Family bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and basin.

Utility/boot room with washing machine, separate dryer, sink, bench seat, hanging rail. This leads to:

Bathroom with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

OUTSIDE

There is a large courtyard to the front of the property which is not enclosed. Side lawned garden. Patio and lawned garden to the rear of the property which is enclosed. A barbecue is not provided.

PARKING

Parking for three-four cars in the courtyard directly to the front of the property.

BABIES & CHILDREN

Babies and children are welcome. A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request.

DOGS

One dog is welcome at an additional charge of £25.00. A further dog may be considered on request. Dogs should be contained to the utility/boot room until clean and dry (an outside tap is available). Dogs are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. The rear garden is enclosed by a wall and gate. This directly bounds onto farmland with livestock and horses, therefore dogs should be closely supervised around the area.

GUEST AMENITIES

Bed linen and towels are provided, along with hand soaps and shower/bath wash. The duvets and pillows are feather but hypo-allergenic options can be made available on request. A hairdryer is provided in each of the three bedrooms.

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Wi-Fi is available (download speed approximately 6MB). Mobile reception is variable. EE is very good but more limited on Vodafone.

HEATING

Gas central heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room (logs supplied).

GUEST PRIVACY

The cottage is detached and is not overlooked.

TENNIS COURT

Guests are welcome to use the owner’s tennis court on request, but should bring their own racquets and balls.

Location

The nearest town is North Berwick (2.7 miles) where the shopping is small and friendly with plenty of quality independent traders and fresh, local producers. There are two small supermarkets with a good selection of provisions, along with a butchers shop, fishmonger and bakery. There's also a large Aldi approximately 3 miles away as well as a Tesco superstore which will do home delivery.

There are plenty of places for eating out with everything from sweet cafes and ice cream parlours mixed with characterful restaurants and bars ranging from the small and intimate dining experience of Osteria; regional dishes and cocktails at The Herringbone; or the distinctly rustic outdoor experience of the Lobster Shack!

Alternatively for a comfy nook and a perfectly roasted espresso head to The Steampunk Coffee House based in an old characterful warehouse in the centre of the town. And did we mention cakes? You can enjoy a scrumptious selection here including a rather heavenly pistachio and white chocolate brownie!

For more elegant dining, head to La Potinière at Gullane (4.2 miles) for superb food or the Creel Restaurant at Dunbar (11.3 miles) for delicious seafood and award-winning cuisine. Not to be missed is Tom Kitchin's restaurant 'The Bonnie Badger' at Gullane which is a fabulous 5 star AA restaurant using locally sourced produce washed down with artisan beers and wines from an impressive selection.

Activities

The John Muir Country Park covers some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline, featuring expansive sandy beaches which are a haven for wildlife and birdlife. A gentle stroll from the house will take you to the harbour and the Scottish Seabird Centre where you can watch the rich marine-life and birdlife of the area using powerful webcams and telescopes, including some curious seals and dolphins if you are particularly lucky!

Here you can also take boat trips to some fantastic locations. You can enjoy a seabird catamaran cruise, a three island seabird safari or for nature lovers and photographers, an unforgettable experience on the Bass Rock or Isle of May.

Other favourite spots include the vast glorious beach at Gullane; the dune-fringed sands at Belhaven; or the secluded sands at Seacliff - an enchanting gem with a tiny harbour and wonderful views north towards Tantallon Castle.

For cycling you can join Sustrans 76 which runs all the way down the coast to Berwick-upon -Tweed or you can enjoy some leisurely cycling circuits along traffic free paths and minor roads, taking time to explore the quaint coastal villages of the area.

Bikes can be hired from in Law Cycles North Berwick or Belhaven Bikes in Dunbar, while fatbiketours.co.uk in North Berwick run lessons and guided treks on specially designed ‘fatbikes’ which are a fantastic way to explore the remote sandy bays and ancient clifftop castles of the area on two wheels.

Take the John Muir Way for walking, a scenic route passing through North Berwick and following the line of the East Lothian coast, or take a hike to North Berwick Law where you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views over the town.

For watersports, superb kayaking can be found around the waterways off Dunbar, with thrilling wakeboarding and ringo rides at Foxlake. Surf buffs can enjoy some enjoy some wonderful sport right along the coast and there is a surf school in Dunbar offering lessons in paddleboarding, surfing and coasteering. There are also dive charters from the harbours in North Berwick and Dunbar taking in the stunning nature reserve sites around the Forth, Bass Rock and Isle of May.

For golf, the area is world-famous for its stunning links courses with the North Berwick club right on the doorstep, and Muirfield, Luffness, Gullane all within easy reach.

Next take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh (24.7 miles) where you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket; take a candle-lit tour of the underground vaults of the old city for some fascinating tales of Edinburgh’s darker past; or perhaps partake in a wee dram or a tasting session at the Scotch Whisky Centre where you can learn to nose, swirl and taste like an expert.

Finally a visit to iconic Edinburgh Castle which sits majestically over the city and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, 15th Century gun Mons Meg, and the National War Museum of Scotland. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the city in July and August, don’t miss the vibrant Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival or the Edinburgh Military Tattoo ending with a poignant lone piper lament high on the castle ramparts. Truly spectacular!

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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Fishing

Fishing

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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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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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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Wildlife

Wildlife

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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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

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.

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Walking

Walking

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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Golf

Golf

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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Spas and beauty treatments

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.

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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Nannies and babysitters

Nannies and babysitters

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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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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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Reviews

Location Rural - 2.7 miles from North Berwick
Dogs
  • 1 dog is welcome at a charge of £25. A further dog may be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The bright kitchen with large sliding door leading out to a sunny patio and enclosed garden
THE LITTLE THINGS WE LOVE…
"The large sliding door in the kitchen allows plenty of light to flood in, leading into the rear garden which benefits from sunshine for most of the day."
Anthony, owner of The Coach House
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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