Sitting high above Eyemouth harbour with the most stunning views of the North Sea, this historic and grand family home built for smugglers is brimming with period features, antiques and hidden secrets galore.
Brimming with period features and hidden secrets
Step back in time into the Merchant’s House in Eyemouth, an 18th century grand family home and enjoy a stay in one of the most unique houses in Scotland. Pack your breeches, corsets and hooped petticoats as you will have the run of the top two floors of this beautifully preserved house designed by renowned architect John Adam.
Sip champagne in the beautiful double reception room while watching the seals gliding around the harbour below. Explore the elegant rooms full of original features, antiques and artwork. You will be inspired to dress for dinner or perhaps ring a bell for afternoon tea. Please note, servants are not included! Of course, catering can be arranged but the kitchen provides all mod-cons to satisfy anybody who loves cooking and the fine dining room which seats 10 is one of the highlights of the house. Don’t be fooled that children won’t love this house too, there are free passes to the fascinating museum below and its secret cellars. There is even a perfectly hidden tea chute that runs down through the interior of the house, keeping the precious tea leaves hidden well away from the prying eyes of the dreaded Excise men!
Guests have their own private entrance to the rear of the property.
Superb, spacious sitting room with views across the harbour. TV with Freeview, DVD player, iPod docking station. Please note that the fireplace is decorative only.
Double doors through to the dining room (seats 10) with a view over the harbour.
Compact, well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, large freezer, fridge, double oven, electric hob and microwave. There is a washer dryer on the second floor.
Bedroom one with 5’ king size four poster bed.
Wet room with shower, basin and WC.
The first floor of the Merchant’s House is accessible directly from a lift suitable for wheelchairs and there is a double bedroom and wet room on this floor. Please contact us for further details.
Bedroom two with 4’6” double bed.
Bedroom three with 5’ double bed. This leads directly into the shared bathroom.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Bedroom four with two 3’ twin beds.
Bedroom five with two 3’ twin beds and charming built-in box bed - suitable for an adult.
Family bathroom with freestanding clawfoot bath, basin and WC.
There is no private outside space dedicated to Merchant’s House but guests are welcome to use the lawned area in front of Gunsgreen House with views across the harbour. There is also a grass area above and to the right of the house which provides a lovely spot to sit and admire the views.
Parking for Merchant’s House is in the car park for Gunsgreen House where there is ample space.
Babies & Children
Children are very welcome but guests with small children must be aware that the house has a number of quirky original features, such as the original tea chute, that children may require supervision to enjoy. Two highchairs and one full size wooden cot with bed linen can be provided on request. There is a charge of £10 for the use of the cot.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at Merchant's House for a fee of £15 per dog. Guests must respect that many of the floor coverings are original and dogs must be kept to the non carpeted areas and out of the bedrooms. Dog crates are preferred.
All the bedrooms are spacious with plenty of storage space. The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, with a combination of hypoallergenic and feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests.
Wifi & Mobile Coverage
There is Wi-Fi in the house. Due to the thick walls, the signal does not work all over the house. Generally good coverage on O2, Orange and T-mobile networks but Vodafone coverage is patchy.
Merchant's House has gas central heating with individual thermostatically controlled radiators.
Guests should be aware that Gunsgreen House is open to the public from end of March until end of October, seven days a week from 11am to 5pm - last admission is 4pm. The visitor’s tour is restricted to the ground and lower ground floors and does therefore not come up to the first and second floors on which the Merchant’s Tower is situated. Guests have their own private entrance at the rear of the building with a lift directly to the first floor. Staff at Gunsgreen House are on hand to ensure guests get their best from their stay but equally respect guests’ privacy.
Gunsgreen House Tour
Guests receive a 10% discount on entry tickets for the visitor attraction Gunsgreen House, as part of their stay. Children may visit free of charge. Gunsgreen House is open to the public between April and end of October.
Eyemouth’s High Street has a good range of local shops, including a delicatessen, several fishmongers and an art gallery. A top favourite is supremely fresh fish and chips from Mackays followed by award-winning Giacopazzi’s ice cream. Other excellent eateries nearby include the Craw Inn at Auchencrow and the Allanton Inn at Allanton.
Eyemouth is an ideal base for exploring the miles of deserted golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the stunning Berwickshire and Northumberland coastline. The cliffs at nearby St. Abbs, a designated Nature Reserve, are the prime breeding and nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds and seals are also common. To the south, some of our favourite spots nearby include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding and surfing 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.
Eyemouth has been a fishing port since the 13th Century. Today, as well as being home to a fishing fleet of about 80 boats, the harbour is also the base for a diving school, boat trips around the coast and exhilarating rides in a high-powered RIB. For those who prefer their holidays more relaxed, Eyemouth has a delightful sandy beach for walking, sandcastle building or just relaxing with a book. The stunning East Berwickshire coastline also provides superb walks along the 32 miles from Lamberton to Cockburnspath.
For a little bit of education and history, pay a visit to Gunsgreen House on the opposite side of the harbour, once described as a ‘splendid palace built by a smuggler’! Built in 1753, today it offers the chance to learn more about the life of ‘merchant’ John Nisbet through its interactive tours of the house, museum and cellars. Children can dress up as a smuggler, explore hidden tunnels, hide in barrels and discover the famous ‘tea chute’!
This area is a wonderful source of inspiration for art lovers where you will be drawn to the shifting colours of the seascape and can enjoy happy afternoons browsing pretty local galleries around this area. For those looking to explore their creative side, art classes can be arranged with local artists.
The gentle bay at Coldingham Sands has a lifeguard on duty through the summer season, and a rocky shore at either end provides an ideal spot for dabbling in the rock-pools. The area is much favoured by families and offers lovely golden sands just right for beach-cricket, volleyball or kite-flying. Surfing and bodyboarding is popular here and the St. Vedas Surf Shop nearby can provide rental and instruction. The area has a beach cafe, toilet facilities, and plenty of parking and there is a lovely family-friendly walk over the headland to the pretty fishing village of St. Abbs where thousands of seabirds can be spotted along the way.
For golf fans, Eyemouth’s golf club is just minutes from the house and boasts a sixth hole voted as “Britain’s most extraordinary golf hole.” There are a number of other well-regarded courses nearby including links courses at Goswick and Dunbar.
Eyemouth is an ideal base for exploring the miles of deserted golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the stunning Berwickshire and Northumberland coastline. The cliffs at nearby St. Abbs, a designated Nature Reserve, are the prime breeding and nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds, and seals are also a common sight here.
To the south, some of our favourite spots nearby include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding and surfing 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.
The magnificent city of Edinburgh is a very easy day trip either an hour by car or 45 minutes by train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
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
Children and families
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Historic houses and castles
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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
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Cycling & mountain biking
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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
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
Local food and drink
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Classes at your holiday home
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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
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Spas and beauty treatments
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Ancestral history research
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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
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Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
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"This is a really interesting old house with lots of history. Furnished with lovely antique furniture. It was very warm for us on arrival and contained a very nice hamper and wine. Highly recommended The Heathers seafood restaurant which is just a short walk up the hill behind the house and the gelato shop over the bridge."Ms Linkleter & Party
"Just to say a massive thanks - we have just enjoyed a great short break at the Merchant's house, Eyemouth. Beautiful, historic houses in superb setting, close to good restaurants. Could not have been better. Hopefully look forward to visiting again."Mr Brand
"Our family have just spent four nights at Merchant’s House. The house is beautiful and in a great position overlooking the working harbour at Eyemouth. The house was so thoughtfully equipped with everything required for our comfort and to top it all a lovely basket of goodies. We can highly recommend this property with all its history and great museum."Condie family
"We all loved our time at the Merchant's House in Eyemouth. The accommodation is delightful, full of atmosphere, very comfortable and well equipped. The manager of the museum down below the house, was welcoming and very informative about the house and its history. We came for a combination of study sessions, walks along the coastal path in both directions, etc. It was the third time our class had gotten together for this purpose (the other two were elsewhere) and we all agreed that our stay in the Merchant's House was the best of the lot. Any and all of us would come back in a trice!"Galford family
"From the ease of booking, to the friendliness of everyone involved, we have been impressed with the service offered. We were a group covering three generations, from grandparents to babies, and all were delighted with the accommodation and facilities offered. Our expectations were exceeded in the quality of bedding and towels provided, and we were very touched by the additional little luxuries such as the welcome hamper from Oblo and the Arran Aromatics in every bathroom. The staff we met (the Housekeeper who welcomed us on arrival and the team on duty in the Museum) were very friendly and helpful, checking that we had everything we needed and highlighting the local amenities. I will have no hesitation in recommending Crabtree & Crabtree, and Merchant's House, to family and friends."Reid family
"We had an excellent stay at Merchant’s House. Everyone in our group loved the house and the location. It was perfect for our needs! We used it as a base to go to some other places in the area. We’ll certainly think about booking again if we need a place for a big group."Peskett family
"We really enjoyed our visit to the Merchant's House. It was a lovely place with so much space, antiquity and history, lovely period furniture and with wonderful views over the harbour. The beds were very comfortable and we had everything we needed. Merchant's House was a very fitting place to stay and to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday."Basden family
"We all really enjoyed our stay at Merchant's House! The building was amazing, steeped in history and the children loved the cubby holes and hiding places where the smugglers had stashed their goods. The rooms were lovely and the views across the harbour were stunning! A fantastic weekend was had by all."Wood-Mitchell family
"We all had a fantastic stay at Merchant's House and will definitely be recommending it to friends and family. From the minute we arrived we were well looked after. Tony showed us around and gave an excellent tour of the museum as well. The welcome pack was lovely and the tablet on the pillows delicious. The following day we stayed in Eyemouth. Fish and chips, tablet ice cream, local fishmongers, walks along the front and a brilliant game of hide and seek in the house. All in all a memorable weekend. Thank you."Crocker family
"We very much enjoyed our stay at the Merchant's House. It is a very impressive house! The bedrooms and living area/dining room are fantastic and we all felt very relaxed and comfortable. It was very pleasant and we would all recommend it as being great value for money."Wright family
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Merchant's House in Eyemouth. It is a wonderful old house so nicely renovated and presented. All necessary equipment and the bed linen and towels were of a very high quality. A very friendly welcome from Tony who was most helpful and on hand if we had any queries. Our grandchildren enjoyed all the old hidey holes and tea chute - they found the place fascinating."Turnbull family
"We have had the most special time at Merchant's House, and truly could not fault it. The whole experience was perfect from start to finish and my parents absolutely loved the surprise. A wonderful house in a wonderful location, which we would love to visit again in the future."Watson family
"We had a lovely weekend exploring the house and surrounding beaches. Fun for all ages! The accommodation was spacious with a great living area big enough for the whole group. I would definitely recommend this house."Teig Family
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The beautifully proportioned double reception room with views over Eyemouth harbour and across to the rocks where seals can regularly be seen basking."Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree