Retreat, Rest and Revive at Garden House - newly refurbished for Spring 2020.....
A perfect place to escape and get away from it all, the former Head Gardener's residence on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate is situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed.
Enjoy fantastic river views and the gentle twitter of morning bird song
The rooms are simple but beautifully furnished drawing inspiration from the gentle colours of nature. The sitting room has a dash of Nordic elegance with contemporary touches soothed by timeless period pieces and warm tactile finishes.
With nature and botanical inspiration at its heart, enhancements for the 2020 season feature stunning Squirrel & Sunflower wallpaper in a clay/bisque colourway by printmaker and artist of choice Mark Hearld, and original artwork by Lisa Patten.
A large corner sofa set around the warming fireside is an intimate space for chilly days or evening chat, or why not retreat to the kitchen for cosy suppers or afternoon scones and jam!
There's a large boot room with plenty of hanging space for outdoor kit or for drying off the four legged members of the party, along with a newly enhanced downstairs bathroom with large corner shower.
Upstairs are three very lovely bedrooms with soft Farrow & Ball finishes in Slipper Satin and Skimming Stone for the ultimate relaxation. Limited edition fabrics inspired by the flora and fauna of the countryside, again from award winning artists and printmakers Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin are a connecting theme across all Milne Graden cottages.
The family bathroom has been enhanced with the addition of a shower over the bath, making this an ideal property for families and couples alike.
Head outdoors and the large garden is wonderfully secluded, surrounded by mature trees with a private pathway offering direct access down to the river and a network of wonderful walks.
All Milne Graden properties benefit from use of the Tails of the Tweed Dog Park in the estate’s former Victorian kitchen garden. This sits next to Garden House, 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 large corner sofa seating six, an open log fire, flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player with a selection of DVDs.
Kitchen with dining table with seating for six with direct views of the Tweed, fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave and plenty of storage space.
Utility / rod and boot room is accessed directly from the back door, this warm, tiled room is ideal for dogs and storing and drying fishing kit and outdoor clothing. With refrigerator, deep freeze, microwave, washing machine with dryer and Belfast sink.
Family bathroom with large walk in power shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom one with 3' twin beds, side tables, dressing table and storage.
Bedroom two with 4'6" double bed with side tables, dressing table and storage.
Bedroom three - small double with 4'6" double bed with side tables, storage with hanging rail.
Family bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC.
The house sits within a large lawned area leading down to the river and is surrounded by mature woodland with extensive spring planting.
The Tales of the Tweed dog park sits in the walled garden next to Garden House which offers guests easy access.
There is a parking area for at least three cars.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request. Please note that the garden is not fully enclosed at this time and children may need to be closely supervised.
Dogs & Other Pets
A maximum of two dogs (two small or one large) are welcome at Garden House and we would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house. Cats are not permitted.
The Tales of the Tweed dog park can be easily accessed from Garden House from the walled garden.
All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. There is a hairdryer provided in each bedroom. Luxurious towels are provided for all guests.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available at the property which can be slow and intermittent due to the rural location. Mobile signal is generally good depending on provider. There is a landline available which can be used for incoming calls or emergency outgoing calls.
Garden House has oil central heating in addition to the fire in the lounge. Logs are provided.
Access - Important
Access to Garden House is via a track which is steep and rutted in places and care should be taken when driving, particularly during the winter months. Please contact us should you have any concerns.
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.
On the way home, pop in for a pint of local ale at The Black Bull at Etal, Northumberland’s only thatched pub. Or let us arrange for dinner to be delivered to you, light the fire, pour yourself a glass of something nice and relax.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Ancestral history research
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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.Find Out More
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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
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
Beauty and spa treatments
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“Very pleasant and comfortable cottage. Lovely position, gorgeous countryside. Beautifully done.”Weterings family, Sept 2019
"Amazing House. Well looked after and exceptionally clean. We had a fantastic week thanks!"Burt family, July 2019
"I had a lovely week at Garden House with various friends and family at different times. The secluded situation was idyllic both at the house and on the river bank below where we regularly saw a kingfisher and other birdlife. Of course the weather helped, with four beautiful days. We had breakfast outside several times – that’s a real holiday treat!"Burch Family, June 2019
“Wonderful cottage wouldn’t change a thing.”Mrs Poole, June 2019
"We had a wonderful stay and can honestly say we have never ever stayed somewhere for 2 weeks and not wanted to come home. We felt utterly at peace as did the dogs. We loved watching the nesting swallows in the eaves and enjoyed the merry birdsong in the morning. We also had the delights of the late spring blooms especially the forget-me-nots and the blue bells. We look forward to using your services again and maybe we might even stay at this adorable house again."Mahoney family, May 2019
"Wonderful time, beautiful house & surroundings"Blackhall Family, April 2019
"We had a lovely time thanks. It’s a beautiful cottage in a lovely setting, so peaceful. Having the washing machine with it being wet/muddy was invaluable for washing the dogs towels and blankets during the week."Mcaree family, March 2019
"We have had a wonderful week stay, cottage ideal for our holiday, lovely walks and the area. Comfortable beds…thank you."Sharp family, March 2019
"Yes we loved our stay at the cottage, beautiful setting, lovely cosy cottage, comfortable beds, fantastic shower. Lovely and peaceful. Would very much like to return."Mrs Wright, August 2018
"We very much enjoyed another stay at the Milne Graden Estate, the Garden House was tiptop."Mrs Burton, August 2018
"Beautiful, well equipped, stunning setting, so comfortable and lovely welcome cake."Parness family, May 2018
"Fabulous 2nd time at Garden House, the weather has been glorious which has made the week extra special."White family, May 2018
"Thank you so much for having us back! The house and ground are beautifully presented as always. See you in October!"Dixon family, March 2018
“Thank you so much for having us back! The privacy and comfort of Garden House make it one of our favourite places to stay on the estate. It looks magical in the Autumn light! We loved the Neom touches and as always we (reluctantly) leaving refreshed and revived! See you in Spring!”Mrs Dixon, October 2019
"Wonderful - great for Autumn break. Super clean especially kitchen.”Mrs Richardson
"Can't praise the house and garden highly - enough - we have had an excellent holiday and will certainly return."Mrs Lamont, September 2019
- A maximum of two dogs are allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 5pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The house is perfectly located, it's just a one-minute stroll with my dogs down to the River Tweed."Gina, owner of Garden House