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Whitesand Shiel

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Whitesand Shiel was last used as a salmon netting station and has been lovingly restored to create a unique and delightfully quirky couple’s retreat in an enviable position on the banks of the River Tweed.

Whitesand Shiel

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Overview

Built in 1734, Whitesand Shiel was last used as a salmon netting station in 1992 and since has been lovingly restored to create a unique and delightfully quirky couple’s retreat in an enviable position on the banks of the River Tweed.

Lovingly restored to create a unique couple's retreat

The cottage boasts magnificent views of the river and Berwick’s famous Royal Bridge, a Grade 1 listed railway viaduct designed by Robert Stephenson and opened in 1850 by Queen Victoria.

Downstairs the open plan living area is a winning combination of earthy colours and organic materials. Wooden floors, sumptuous leather sofas, cosy tweeds, solid oak and pine furniture create a style of understated luxury that blends effortlessly with the surroundings.

Upstairs a superb light-filled, glass-fronted sitting room offers a captivating view and a fabulous spot to sit and watch the river and its many inhabitants including salmon, seals, otter and an extraordinary array of birdlife. The cosy adjacent bedroom comes with exposed beams, a fabulous view through to the sitting room and a very special bespoke bed!

The owner’s passion for the renovation project is reflected in the incredible attention to detail that is a reminder of the building’s history. Former wooden fish crates have been reborn as a coffee table and as a unique headboard draped with original fishing nets. Oars have been transformed into coat hooks and a wooden fishing boat in the garden has been skilfully converted into a sheltered bench!

Property details

Ground floor

Open plan living area comprising:

Fully equipped kitchen with electric cooker with 2 ovens and 4 ring hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, plenty of utensils and good quality china and glasses.

Dining area for 4 guests.

Cosy seating area with wood burner and TV with Sky and DVD player, iPhone docking station.

Utility room with washing machine and additional storage space.

Shower room with walk-in shower with drench shower head, basin and WC.

First floor

Fabulous sitting room with glass wall offering superb view across the river to the Berwick Bridge, books and games.

Bedroom with 4’6” double bed, dressing table and chest of drawers. Hanging space is provided by a door hook and hangers.

Outside

Whitesand Shiel is set within a fully enclosed garden with an outside seating area and charcoal barbecue with superb views across the estuary. A former wooden netting boat has been converted to provide a quirky bench. There is a garden tap and hose.

A lockable shed is available for storage of bicycles and outdoor kit. 

Parking

There is ample parking outside the house.

Babies & Children

Regretfully Whitesand Shiel is not suitable for children and babies.

Dogs

One well-behaved dog is welcome at Whitesand Shiel without charge; a second dog is accepted with a £20 charge. Please note that dogs are not permitted upstairs or on the furniture.

Guest amenities

The beds are made up with good quality bed linen, hypoallergenic duvet and pillows. A hairdryer is provided. Guest toiletries and luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is not available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.

Heating

Heating is provided by electric panel heaters and the wood burning stove. Logs are provided.

Guest privacy

There is a footpath in front of the front of the property which leads into Berwick-upon-Tweed town centre.

Access - Important

Access to Whitesand Shiel is via a concrete track which is usable by all vehicles other than in severe weather conditions. The access road is steep in parts and does involve exiting the vehicle to open the access gate on a steep section. This may be difficult for guests with restricted mobility. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. 

Location

Whitesand Shiel offers guests the best of both worlds; the location is surprisingly peaceful and private and yet Berwick’s shops, pubs and restaurants are just a fifteen minute walk from the front door. Unusually for this part of the world, Whiteand Shiel is one of very few properties where a car is not required. Berwick upon Tweed is on the main East Coast line which also links to the west coast and the station is about a 10 minute walk from the house.

Whitesand Shiel is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland’s Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding, surfing, coasteering and kite surfing. The magnificent views from the cliff top walks at St Abb’s Head and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead. Head to the Farne Islands to see the resident seals and incredible birdlife including Puffins.

The charming, ancient towns of Duns and Kelso are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick upon Tweed.

Activities

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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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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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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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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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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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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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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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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Museums, galleries and culture

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.

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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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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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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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Gardens

Gardens

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.

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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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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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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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Babysitting and Nannies

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.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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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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Reviews

"We had an absolutely brilliant time at this cottage which is furnished extremely well and comfortable. The owners were also very welcoming & helpful."

Nicholson family

"We absolutely loved it. My husband used to work in the Shiel in 1979 and was excited about returning. It is quite a unique renovation in a stunning location. We have already booked to return in a couple on months. Can't wait!"

Humphreys family

"Amazing cottage, perfect place to chill and relax, now back to the real world!"

Sykes family

"A most perfect spot. Really has the 'wow' factor. Stunning location, always changing."

Wright family

"I have been to many places in this country but this one will be hard to beat. I have never said the word 'wow' so many times. You have a truly wonderful place. Everything was perfect. You must be so proud at what you have achieved. So much care and attention to detail has gone into this wonderful place. We will be back without a doubt. One complaint! - we had to leave."

Turnbull family

"Thank you for sharing this wonderful cottage with us. Everything just perfect. Enjoyed meeting all the locals."

Cullum family

"This is the most magical place for watching birds and wildlife. We have kept a bird diary and these are the species we have seen. The wonderful swans gliding by, flocks of lapwings, cormorants, 25 herons on the island, oyster catchers, curlews, redshanks, goosanders, herring gulls, black-headed gulls, great black-backed gulls, Greylag geese, little egrets, crows, rooks, mallards, blackbirds, robins, buzzards and kestrels. Close to the woods at the end of the footpath we saw a jay, song thrush, wood pigeons and a wren. On the river flats, a kingfisher (very special indeed!), a firecrest (also very special). There was a juvenile great tit in the garden and a magpie on the fence. We were also very lucky to see the otter also a deer in the fields behind the woods. Last minute sighting! - On our last day, we saw the otter - on closer inspection it was definitely a seal making its way down river. Sadly we now have to leave this beautiful place."

Wilkie family

"We had a great stay at Whitesand Shiel. The cottage is absolutely superb and was exactly as described in your guide."

Hayne family

"Love this cottage! We had a great week in this perfect setting. Thank you, we hope to be back."

Roberts family

"Wonderful cottage, in this amazing conversion. Every detail covered. We've had a very relaxing week and hope to be back soon. Thank you."

Stow family

Location & property fantastic, amazing views & surroundings, great place to get to anywhere from on foot/by road, owners helpful & attentive, loved Berwick on Tweed - can't really say anymore!"

Townsend family

"Holiday was brilliant. Cottage just what we wanted."

Mr & Mrs Mason

"We had a marvellous four nights at Whitesand Shiel. The property is stunning, very high quality finishes and the views are unbeatable. We are also very appreciative of the Welcome Pack, with many local products. Being able to walk straight from the door was a great plus as we didn't use the car during our stay. The enclosed garden was a big plus for the dog too. We will certainly revisit the property and will happily recommend to family and friends."

Mr & Mrs Deakin
Location Rural - less than a mile from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome free of charge, a second dog is welcome with a charge of £20.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season, with the additional option of Monday during mid season. Flexible arrival day during low season.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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A unique headboard draped with original fishing nets are a gentle reminder of the history of the property. The little things we love...
"A unique headboard draped with original fishing nets are a gentle reminder of the history of the property."
Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree
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