With its fairy-tale sylvan setting and unique art legacy, there’s more to this dainty cottage than first meets the eye.
A tranquil cottage set in expansive country house gardens with an intriguing art connection
Fresh from a top-to-toe refurbishment, the dainty Wood Cottage boasts a fairy-tale setting on the edge of a clearing, cossetted by grand specimen trees. A true romantic’s bolthole, the cottage is set within two acres of parkland, woodland and gardens belonging to the historic Bughtrig house, just a short drive from Coldstream on the shores of the River Tweed.
Stay at the cosy two-bedroom Wood Cottage and you’ll not only have the opportunity to soak up the tranquillity of Bughtrig’s extensive grounds but also the chance to admire some of the eclectic pieces of art that have caught the discerning eye of Bughtrig’s owner, Will Ramsay. A name that will be instantly familiar to those with an interest in art, Ramsay’s beautiful Georgian home and gardens serve as an intriguing cache of artworks collected over the course of his life.
As such, a number of handpicked original artworks are presented in Wood Cottage, ranging from a bold, contemporary abstract painting above the table in the cosy dining room to peaceful watercolours of local landscapes in the fire-warmed sitting room. An oil painting of a stark winter tree in one of the two bedrooms, both snuggled beneath the eaves of the cottage, subtly echoes the shape of an ancient oak in the verdant parkland glimpsed through the window.
By no means constrained to Wood Cottage, guests are free to explore Bughtrig’s celebrated gardens, discovering its intimate hedged gardens; beautifully restored greenhouses, complete with old roses clambering at their feet and contemporary sculptures within; and the 246-foot-long Grass Walk, a lush carpet of lawn flanked by colourful herbaceous borders. Dotted amongst the gardens, which open to the public as part of Scotland’s Open Garden Scheme, are diverse sculptures, including a bronze of Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, who masterminded the naval forces contribution to the Dunkirk evacuation and D-Day landings during World War 2.
In addition to access to the formal gardens, guests staying at Wood Cottage can use the tennis court by prior arrangement with the owners and enjoy a number of superb walks from the doorstep. The pretty village of Leitholm, complete with pub, is about ten minutes’ walk away while the more extensive amenities of the historic town of Coldstream are a ten-minute drive from the cottage.
Sitting room with seating for four guests, Smart TV, open fire with unlimited supply of logs.
Dining room with seating for four guests.
Kitchen with electric double oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, washer / dryer, Tassimo coffee machine, microwave.
Utility room with tall fridge / freezer.
Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC. As with many period properties, the hot water pressure is weak in the kitchen and bath. The shower is pumped and has good pressure.
The rear entrance to the cottage opens into a small boot room with storage for wellies, coats and outdoor kit.
Bedroom one with 4’6” bed, fitted wardrobe and dressing table.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured as 2'6" twins or 5' king double, half-size wardrobe and dressing table. Additional storage is provided in a chest of drawers on the landing.
Large fully-enclosed lawned garden. Outside seating, charcoal drum barbecue and parasol provided.
Secure garage with storage for bicycles, golf clubs and outdoor kit.
There is private parking available to the front and side of the cottage.
Babies & children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
One dog is welcome and a second dog may be considered on request. Dogs must be kept downstairs and off the furniture. Cats are not permitted.
Guest toiletries, luxurious bed linen and towels are provided. A hairdryer is provided in the master bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wood Cottage has fibre broadband and good coverage on most mobile networks.
There is oil heating throughout. There is an open fire in the lounge with an unlimited supply of logs provided.
Wood Cottage sits within the grounds of the owner's property but it is not overlooked.
Use of formal gardens
Guests are welcome to enjoy the owner’s stunning formal gardens during the day. Please note that the gardens are open to the public from 1 June to 1 September. Please click here for further details
Guests have use of the owner’s tennis court between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 11am at weekends. Guests must bring their own balls and rackets. Guests can pre-book court time by signing up on the rota on the court gate.
As well as lunches and evening meals, the village pub serves coffee and cake as well as freshly made takeaway pizzas, or the fish and chip van comes to the village on a Wednesday night and comes highly recommended.
The quaint market town of Coldstream sits just 6 miles from Leitholm where the shopping is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions. The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local designers; or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby.
A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (15 miles),or picturesque Kelso (9 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.
For eating out, the Wheatsheaf at Swinton (3.5 miles) or the Inn at Allanton (9 miles) are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings. Alternatively the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (7 miles) is an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.
For general recreation and walking, The Hirsel Estate and Country Park at Coldstream is a gem of a spot sitting just on the edge of Coldstream with artisan workshops, a small museum, cosy tearoom and lovely waymarked walks around the lake and through estate parkland. In springtime, acres of snowdrops and daffodils blanket the grounds, and The Dundock Path is particularly stunning in late May or early June when the rhododendrons and azaleas burst into glorious colour. The woodland and riverside trails are wonderful in all seasons with an abundance of bird-watching and wildlife spotting opportunities including otters, kingfisher and over 170 different bird species.
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, Thirlestane and Alnwick; 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. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
Children and families
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Ancestral history research
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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
Cooks and chefs
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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
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Beauty and spa treatments
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"We loved our stay at Wood Cottage. The surroundings were idyllic and so peaceful. It was an ideal base to explore the Scottish Borders and Northumberland coast and was so relaxing and comfortable in the evening. The access to the tennis court and the beautiful gardens were a real bonus. We loved finding the sculptures. Highly recommended. We were very impressed by ease of booking, welcome and information provided by Crabtree and Crabtree and will certainly be looking to book another holiday with you again next year. "Ms Buchanan
- One dog is welcome. A second dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible in low season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"For all the joy that comes of roaming Bughtrig’s impressive formal gardens, we love the intimate, low-key nature of Wood Cottage’s private garden."Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree