West Lodge, Milne Graden
This delightful gate lodge on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate provides the perfect excuse to put a busy week behind you and discover a gentler pace.
A charming former gate lodge with wonderful countryside views from the mature garden
Presented in a perfect cottage style, the overall feel is wonderfully peaceful and restful in keeping with the nature of its surroundings.
Formerly the gate lodge for the wider estate, the cottage sits on one level with a cosy sitting room, a large double bedroom with king size bed, and a pretty breakfasting kitchen which leads out to a private east facing garden - perfect for sunny mornings with coffee and croissants.
The sitting room is beautifully balanced with a Farrow & Ball colour scheme in ‘Light Blue’ complemented by Chelsea Textiles curtains in a gentle taupe colourway and a pelmet board upholstered with their ‘Insects and Butterflies’ fabric. This gentle country/coastal theme continues with furnishings in linen, natural jute and the winning look of limed oak.
In the bedroom, designer of choice is Angie Lewin with feature wallpaper in ‘Nature’s Table’ and artwork by Yorkshire artist Emma Lawrenson. An oversized headboard in a biscuit colourway adds a luxury touch, while a peppering of soft furnishings will appeal to doggy lovers everywhere!
Here you can rest, relax and soak up the gentle sounds of nature, wander riverside trails with your four-legged friend, or perhaps stop and indulge in lingering lunches in hidden gems.
Alternatively if you prefer your holidays packed full of activity, there are endless opportunities for exploring, sightseeing or more active pursuits and adventures right across the beautiful Borderlands and the Northumberland coast.
The captivating setting is the reason visitors return to Milne Graden year after year and will prove an irresistible draw for those seeking a relaxed stay in cosy surroundings.
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!
Sitting room with two seater sofa, armchair, TV with Freeview and DVD player, and a selection of books and games.
Kitchen with electric oven, electric hob, Dualit toaster, microwave, fridge / freezer, dishwasher and washing machine with dryer. Small dining table for two.
Bedroom with king size bed with luxury pocket sprung mattress, and a large fitted wardrobe providing ample storage.
Family bathroom with bath with grab handle and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
West Lodge is set in a mature, gated garden with an outside seating area and fabulous countryside views. The seating area faces east and is a wonderful spot for breakfast. A bicycle store is available on site for guests use. Please note, a barbecue is not provided at this cottage and the use of barbecues is not permitted anywhere on the estate.
There is private parking to the rear, front and side of the cottage.
Babies & Children
West Lodge is not suitable for babies or children.
Dogs & Other pets
One dog is welcome with a charge of £25 per dog. A second dog may be considered on request. Dogs must be kept out of the bedroom and off the furniture. Please note the garden is not fully enclosed. Cats are not permitted.
The bed is made up with high quality bed linen, hypoallergenic duvet and feather pillows. A hairdryer is supplied. Toiletries and towels are provided for all guests.
Any requests for additional mid-week housekeeping and linen changes require at least 14 days notification and are subject to additional cost.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available at the property but please note this can be slow and intermittent due to the rural location. Mobile coverage is generally good. There is a landline available which can be used for incoming calls or emergency outgoing calls.
The cottage has oil central heating throughout.
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 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.
Edinburgh is only an hour’s drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick upon Tweed.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.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
“A lovely cottage with the early sun in the back and the evening sun in the front. We like the colours of the interior and the many comforts as well as the welcome presents.”Mr De Vries, September 2022
"Fantastic - was everything we thought it would be - peaceful, relaxing - just beautiful."Miss Stuart, August 2022
"A great stay as always, nice to see the bathroom has been newly painted and a lovely surprise when I found the dishwasher."Mr Kirkham, July 2022
"An excellent stay and the bed was really comfy."Mr & Mrs Kendell, June 2022
"5 stars to Crabtree and Crabtree. We have been kept fully informed about our holiday, you couldn’t have done more. First time staying in the Scottish Borders so we had a lovely week exploring the surrounding area. We enjoyed Floors castle, St Abbs, Berwick upon Tweed and the grounds of Milne Graden. The Lodge was perfect. Beautifully presented on arrival. Lovely decor and great outdoor area. Our dog particularly liked tails on the tweed doggy play area. 5 stars for that, what a great enclosed safe space for our four legged friends. We will certainly book with Crabtree and Crabtree again."Ms Greenbank, June 2022
“Nice stay in beautiful cottage, situated in a peaceful estate and close to more nice areas near the coast.”Martens Party, May 2022
“Wonderful!. We visited the Kelso Office where the staff were lovely and helpful. Love the C & C Chronicles! We’ve booked Tweedside - same time next year.”Kirkham Party, February 2022
"So. We absolutely LOVED West Lodge. It was stunning. Oh my days, I don't think I've ever had such a welcome. The lights were on and the house was lit up. They'd left Classic FM playing, it literally felt like stepping into a home rather than a holiday let. Everything was so comfortable and snuggly. The bed was great, the TV was fabulous, the kitchen was well equipped and everything worked, even the bread knife! The night skies was stunning and I think I was looking at the Northern Lights which made our stay more special than I can say. I must say, Crabree & Crabree have been a great, and very lucky, find. Professional and friendly staff plus all round great customer service."Ms Alexander, January 2022
"An excellent stay and a very comfortable house. Really nice to walk around the grounds and good to see some places left wild."Dr Stannard, September 2021
"Everything was excellent. Comfortable and well-equipped cottage. Friendly help when needed. Spotlessly clean. Thanks for a lovely holiday."Mrs Bryant, September 2021
"Our fourth year at Milne Graden, these places are the best. Love the decor, furniture and little touches. Estate beautifully maintained and the wildlife is great to see and hear. We shall be booking next year."Mr Bee, June 2021
"We enjoyed the quiet solitude of West Lodge. During our stay we witnessed a range of wildlife - pheasant, deer and hare. Lovely peaceful stay."Mr Blackburn, May 2021
"We are so pleased to have found you - a delightful beautifully furnished cottage which we hope to visit again. Access to the park lovely and river walks is such a bonus. Congratulations too on the facilities you offer to dog owners."Mr Elliott, May 2021
"Thank you for the welcome - lights on and music playing on arrival on a wet day was just lovely! A cosy comfortable cottage - great bed and bedding. Beautifully clean."Mr & Mrs Dawson, May 2021
"We had a lovely stay in West Lodge which was comfortable and well appointed. I would stay here again."Mr Holmes, September 2020
“Second year at West Lodge! We love coming to Milne Graden, lovely accommodation, great walks and the River Tweed is stunning. Great holiday!”Mrs Mackenzie, September 2020
"Thank you - we have had a wonderful stay. The cottage is amazing and because you have thought of so many little touches, it feels like a home from home!"Mrs Gardner, August 2020
"We had a very comfortable and relaxing stay at West Lodge. Very sorry to leave but looking forward to our next visit. We appreciate all that was done to make our stay comfortable under difficult circumstances. We look forward to our next visit."Mr & Mrs Clements, July 2020
“We have had another wonderful holiday. We couldn’t ask for any more - lovely views, nice walks. So much to see and somewhere cosy and with everything we could need to return each day.”Mrs Lambert, September 2019
"Beautiful cottage with its recent upgrade. Had a fabulous holiday as always, perfectly located for great walking and wildlife spotting."Mr Kirkham, August 2019
“Really enjoyed our stay at West Lodge. Milne Graden is a beautiful estate, with lots of lovely walks and an amazing stretch of river Tweed. Look forward to returning next year.”Mrs Mackenzie, October 2019
"Brilliant no complaints. Fab area fab accommodation."Mrs Grundy, October 2019
- One dog is welcome with a charge of £25 per dog. 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: 10am
"This is a cottage for peaceful relaxation. My favourite part of the décor is the 'Nature's Table' wallpaper by designer Angie Lewin and fabrics by artist Domenica More-Gordon."Gina, owner of West Lodge