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Brambles

Duns, Scottish Borders

Tucked away on the edge of the Lammermuirs with the Southern Upland Way on the doorstep, this two bedroom cottage will appeal to families and friends seeking the cosy comfort of home in an unspoilt country setting.

Brambles

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Overview

Tucked away on the edge of the Lammermuirs with the Southern Upland Way on the doorstep, this two bedroom cottage will appeal to families and friends seeking the cosy comfort of home in an unspoilt country setting.

Unwind and relax in front of the wood burning stove

Offering spacious living accommodation, the warm-toned hues of the sitting room enhanced by a fresh scheme of pretty country ginghams, is an inviting space to unwind and relax in front of the large wood burning stove enjoying the views and calming twitter of birdlife from the pretty rear garden.

The large kitchen is well equipped for holiday living with plenty of space to accommodate the four-legged members of your party, while the two well presented bedrooms can sleep up to five guests comfortably with two double beds and one single bed. Additional sleeping accommodation can be provided for two guests on a sofa bed in the sitting room if required.

Sitting just 13 miles from the heritage coastline, the cottage is ideally placed for exploring both coast and country.

Property details

Ground Floor

Spacious dining kitchen with electric hob and cooker, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. There is a dining table with seating for six.

Sitting room with generous seating set around a large wood burning stove, TV with Freeview and DVD player and Hi-Fi system. French doors lead out the the rear patio and garden area.

Bathroom with large shower unit, double basin, heated towel rail and WC.

First Floor

Bedroom one with fixed king bed, single bed, double wardrobe, chest of drawers and side tables. Velux window with blackout blind.

Bedroom two with fixed king bed, double wardrobe, chest of drawers, side tables. Velux window with blackout blind.

Outside

There is a patio area and terraced garden to the rear of the property. This can be accessed via French doors from both the sitting room and kitchen area. The property enjoys open views across open fields and woodland. A gas barbecue for guest use can be supplied on request. There is a double garage to the rear of the property but please note that this is not available for use by guests. This houses the bio-mass boiler and the owner will require side access to the garage space during the period of any guest stay. The garden is fully enclosed for the safety of dogs and children.

Parking

Ample private parking is available directly to the side of the cottage.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the property and are not permitted on the furniture. An outside tap is provided to clean dogs before access to the property. The garden area is fully enclosed.

Guest amenities

Bed linen, towels and guest toiletries are supplied. Hairdryers are provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Free Wi-Fi is available at the cottage. Please note that there are speed limitations due to the rural location of the cottage. Mobile reception is generally good.

Heating

The property is centrally heated throughout the ground floor. Convection heating in the bedrooms. Large wood burning stove stove to the sitting room with generous initial supply of logs provided.

Guest privacy

The property sits nearby the owner's property set within a large adjoining private garden but is not overlooked. While the owners are on hand and would be pleased to assist guests with any aspect of their stay, they are equally respectful of guest privacy.

Location

The charming market town of Duns is just 4.5 miles from the property offering a good range of small town shopping including a butchers, bakery, country and fishing store, a small co-op supermarket as well as a small selection of local gift and coffee shops. 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 towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso sit 17 miles and 20 miles respectively from the property where you can relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, delicatessens or tea rooms. Alternatively head to the popular market town of Haddington (17 miles) where you will find an excellent selection of grocers, wine shops, florists and butchers sitting alongside charming gift, clothes shops and craft galleries.

 

Activities

There is excellent walking from the house from gentle ambles in the hills or along the river to serious hikes following Scotland's Coast to Coast walk, the Southern Upland Way which sits right on the doorstep. Keen cyclists can enjoy exploring quiet lanes and miles of forest tracks and there are a number of designated routes from low level meanders to high energy treks.

There is internationally-renowned fishing on the Tweed while productive fishing can be found on the River Whiteadder. For trout fishing and sailing, head to the nearby Whiteadder Reservoir nestled in an idyllic spot at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills. Alternatively you will find some good sport and a friendly welcome at Coldingham Loch (15 miles). For shooting, a number of local estates offer high quality walked-up and driven shooting for grouse, pheasant and partridge over a wide range of habitats taking in the picturesque valleys and heather clad hillsides of the area.

For golfing, there is plenty of choice with a fantastic selection of eleven courses to choose from within a 22 mile radius, including the highly regarded 9 hole course at Duns, the sublime Roxburghe Championship Course in Kelso and the 18 hole cliff top links course at Eyemouth.

For the ultimate off-road experience, the Ronnie Dale Driving Centre in nearby Abbey St. Bathans (3.5 miles) offers 4x4 driving adventures for adults under the watchful eye of a personal instructor in 2000 acres of hill and forest terrain, as well as quad bike treks for adults and children around the 500 acre farm estate.

The stunning sandy beaches of the Berwickshire and North Northumberland coastline are just a stone’s throw away. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sands popular for walking, beach rides or surfing, the magnificent views from the cliff tops at St Abbs Head, a designated Nature Reserve and the breeding ground for thousands of seabirds and seals; and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, an overwhelmingly mystical place cut off from the mainland during high tide.

There’s an array of fabulous castles and historic houses to visit across the area. including majestic Floors Castle in Kelso and nearby Manderston a stunning example of an Edwardian country house set in 56 acres of formal gardens. Built with no expense spared, it features every modern convenience of that era, including sumptuous staterooms, opulent detailing, and an incredible silver staircase - the only one in the world. As the film location for a Channel 4 six-part series on life below stairs, its elaborate domestic quarters give a captivating insight into daily life in the Edwardian period.

 

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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

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

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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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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

"The cottage was perfect great size rooms but best of all so peaceful and quiet if you want a relaxing holiday go to this cottage . The owners are on hand and very nice and the cake is to die for !. There is plenty to do in the area walking visiting the castles or sightseeing and the coast. We found it great value and very relaxing. Thank you." 

Andrew & Claire

"It was gorgeous - had a lovely time. Great location and very welcoming hosts. House was cosy and warm. Stunning countryside and walks around. We will certainly recommend to friends and will stay again."

Sarah & Ralph Spencer

"We had a lovely relaxing couple of weeks in Brambles cottage. The property was spotless and extremely spacious and comfortable. It is exactly as it appears on the website. The location is very central for exploring the Scottish Borders and Northumberland and the setting of the cottage perfect with beautiful views. The owners are lovely; the welcome cake, help and advice very much appreciated. We were sad to leave and would definitely return to Brambles in the future."

Mrs Calcutt

"We had an absolutely wonderful time. We thought a week would be enough but was no where near enough. I was going to email you to see if you could pass on our thanks to the owners, as we didn't get chance to say goodbye personally. I wanted to say a personal thanks as we had a wonderful time, the cottage was just out of this world and so was the setting and scenery and the cake was delicious and such a lovely touch, they are really lovely people and hope to be back soon. Thanks for all your help too, you have been great."

Mr & Mrs Leslie

"Lovely, very well-equipped cottage in beautiful surroundings - great walks, peace and fresh air - just perfect."

Ayre family

"Lovely cottage so peaceful and the dogs loved their walks. Fantastic fire! Very welcoming hosts."

Montgomery family

"Lovely, spacious cottage. Wood burner makes it the perfect place to relax on a cold, winters day. Perfect place to relax in a beautiful part of the world."

Atkinson family

"Wow! We couldn't have chosen a nicer cottage - a home from home! The owners are such lovely people. Stunning scenery and fantastic weather. We will definitely be back!!"

Wright family

"Our stay was wonderful, very comfortable and felt like home. The kitchen had every implement needed for cooking and serving. We loved the setting and the quiet. Thank you for a lovely stay."

Nelson family

"My husband, our two Labradors and myself have thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Brambles. The owners are lovely and helpful and when we arrived we even found that they had baked us a cake and there were some lovely flowers on the table. The rooms were much bigger than expected and the kitchen was amazing. It had everything there we could ever wish for. Pie dishes, loads of cutlery, plates, storage containers and masses of space and cupboards. The wood burner in the spacious living room was great and we were allowed to use as much wood as we wanted from the generous owners next door. In the bathroom we found plenty of towels and even some shampoo and shower gel was provided. Comfortable beds in the bedroom and amazing views over the open fields. Extremely dog friendly property and garden with big fields just a stone throw away for superb walks. Could not have wished for anything better or more relaxing. Excellent location. We have been to the Scottish Borders before and booked with Crabtree & Crabtree previously but this is by far the best accommodation we have ever stayed at. We will definitely return next year."

Curson family

"Stylish, comfortable & very clean holiday house, we felt welcome as soon as we walked into the property and were greeted by beautiful fresh flowers & a delicious homemade cake waiting for us. This meant that after a long journey we were able to sit & have the refreshments provided with a slice of cake, so started to relax straight away. The house has been equipped with quality furniture & furnishings & we found the beds & sofas very comfortable. The weather was not good but this did not matter as we had the lovely log burner to relax in front of in the evenings. The area has so many attractions to see & of course beautiful scenery, starting with the views around the house. We met the owners who were friendly & welcoming but very respectful of our privacy. We have a dog so always book holiday cottages so he can accompany us & we have been lucky & stayed in some great houses, but this is our favourite accommodation to date. The combination of the quality of the fixtures, fittings, furniture & furnishings, demonstrate that the owners care about the guests they welcome to Brambles. The house has a lovely relaxing ambience & it is set in such beautiful scenery, we were very sad to leave and hope to return in the future. We wholeheartedly recommend Brambles."

Lazenby family

"Thank you for a lovely relaxing break. We had a lovely time, visiting and walking. Well equipped cottage, loved the fire. Would recommend."

Paterson family

"We had a lovely time at Brambles. The location is so peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. There are some nice walks nearby. Duns is a nice little town with all you need shopping wise. The coast is an easy drive through nice countryside. The views around the cottage are fabulous – you don’t need to go anywhere if you don’t want to! The owners are lovely people and very welcoming."

Bingley family

"We had a wonderful stay in 'Brambles' last week - the cottage was warm and cosy, with everything we needed. The owners could have not have been more welcoming and were even kind enough to offer a tour around their farm! The flowers and cake were a lovely touch and we would be keen to visit again some time. Thank you again to the owners for such a relaxing place to stay."

Rawlings family

"This being our second time at the cottage we have found it just as enjoyable as the first time around. It is a great base for exploring the Borders and Northumberland alike and we had a great time. The cottage itself is gorgeous and ideal for us and our two dogs who just love the big garden and adjoining fields. The owner had baked a lovely Victoria sponge for us and left some flowers as well as toiletries for us. There wasn't anything our hosts hadn't thought about. We will definitely return!"

Curson family

"Brambles was delightful. Perfect location for us, lovely house, good quality furniture, well equipped kitchen - everything we needed. We will return!"

Ms Myers

"We've just returned from a delightfully relaxing (slightly gin filled) sisters weekend at Brambles in the Borders near Duns! The cottage was the cosiest, most comfortable place to stay after a long day out exploring all that there is to do in the Borders. The hosts were lovely and made sure we felt at home! If peace and quiet is what floats your boat, close to local amenities in Duns and with a host of beautiful walks and drives from your doorstep, then I couldn't recommend Brambles highly enough. We didn't really want to leave!"

Ms Forester-Melville
Location Rural - 4.5 miles from Duns.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Relaxing in front of the large wood-burning stove enjoying the views and calming twitter of birdlife from the pretty rear garden. The little things we love...
"Relaxing in front of the large wood-burning stove enjoying the views and calming twitter of birdlife from the pretty rear garden."
Avril, Crabtree & Crabtree