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West Lodge, Milne Graden

Coldstream , Scottish Borders

Newly refurbished, this delightful gate lodge on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate provides the perfect excuse to put a busy week behind you and discover a gentler pace.

West Lodge, Milne Graden

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Overview

Newly refurbished, this delightful gate lodge on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate provides the perfect excuse to put a busy week behind you and discover a gentler pace.

Retreat, Rest & Revive

Presented in a perfect cottage style, the overall feel is wonderfully peaceful and restful in keeping with the nature of its surroundings.

Formerly the gate lodge for the wider estate, the cottage sits on one level with a cosy sitting room, a large double bedroom with king size bed, and a pretty breakfasting kitchen which leads out to a private east facing garden - perfect for sunny mornings with coffee and croissants.

The sitting room is beautifully balanced with a Farrow & Ball colour scheme in ‘Light Blue’ complemented by Chelsea Textiles curtains in a gentle taupe colourway and a pelmet board upholstered with their ‘Insects and Butterflies’ fabric. This gentle country/coastal theme continues with furnishings in linen, natural jute and the winning look of limed oak.

In the bedroom, designer of choice is Angie Lewin with feature wallpaper in ‘Nature’s Table’ and artwork by Yorkshire artist Emma Lawrenson.  An oversized headboard in a biscuit colourway adds a luxury touch, while a peppering of soft furnishings will appeal to doggy lovers everywhere!

Here you can rest, relax and soak up the gentle sounds of nature, wander riverside trails with your four-legged friend, or perhaps stop and indulge in lingering lunches in hidden gems.

Alternatively if you prefer your holidays packed full of activity, there are endless opportunities for exploring, sightseeing or more active pursuits and adventures right across the beautiful Borderlands and the Northumberland coast.

The captivating setting is the reason visitors return to Milne Graden year after year and will prove an irresistible draw for those seeking a relaxed stay in cosy surroundings.

Dog Park

All Milne Graden properties benefit from use of the Tails of the Tweed Dog Park in the estate’s former Victorian kitchen garden. Sitting 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!

Property details

Ground floor

Sitting room with two seater sofa, armchair, TV with Freeview and DVD player, and a selection of books and games.

Kitchen with electric oven, electric hob, Dualit toaster, microwave, fridge / freezer and washing machine with dryer. Small dining table for two.

Bedroom with king size bed with luxury pocket sprung mattress, and a large fitted wardrobe providing ample storage.

Family bathroom with bath with grab handle and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

West Lodge is set in a mature, gated garden with an outside seating area and fabulous countryside views. The seating area faces east and is a wonderful spot for breakfast.

Parking

There is private parking to the rear, front and side of the cottage.

Babies & Children

West Lodge is not suitable for babies or children.

Dogs & Other pets

One well-behaved dog is welcome at West Lodge. Dogs must be kept out of the bedroom and off the furniture. Cats are not permitted.

Guest amenities

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

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

There is Wi-Fi at the cottage. Mobile coverage is generally good. There is a landline available which can be used for incoming calls or emergency outgoing calls. 

Heating

The cottage has oil central heating throughout.

Fishing on site

Salmon fishing is available on the Milne Graden Beat on the River Tweed. This is organised through Seed & Co.
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Trout fishing is organised through Coldstream & District Angling Association.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together, there are five other properties on the Milne Graden Estate - Hamilton House sleeping 6, School House sleeping 6, Garden House sleeping 4+2, Tweedside sleeping 4 and North Lodge sleeping 2.

Location

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. 

Activities

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.

Edinburgh is only an hour’s drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick upon Tweed.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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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 enjoyed a lovely break at West Lodge, which we found very comfortable. We would definitely book with you again."

Mrs Heery, April 2019

"The Lodge was excellent thank you. Lovely welcome pack and nice tweaks and decoration since our last stay made an already great cottage even better. Nice work by the owners. Looking forward to our next visit."

Mr Hopkins, April 2019

"This is our 4th visit to Milne Graden needless to say ‘There is no place like it to escape the trappings of life’ Hence why we will continue to visit. Many thanks for getting it right!"

Ms Gwatkin, October 2018

"We absolutely loved our visit - the cottage was stunning and the walks idyllic! Jasper our spaniel had a wonderful time too, the perfect spot for a true ‘get-away’ - we can’t wait to come back. P.S. the cake was delicious."

Hughes, October 2018

"Lovely decor. Clean - a home from home and by far the nicest dog friendly accommodation we’ve stayed in."

Macree, September 2018

"A really super stay. Thank you for the doggy park - a great new addition. We’ll certainly book for next year - 3 in a row!!"

Ms Phillips, August 2018

“Beautiful house in stunning surroundings. The cottage was fully equipped for all our needs. Enjoyed the walks through the grounds. Thank you for our Doggy Bag - Baxter our dalmatian thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Cusick family, July 2018

"Lovely, well decorated cottage. Beautiful setting. Fantastic walks around the estate. Delicious cake! Thank you."

Mr & Mrs Liddell, May 2018

"Beautiful location. The Lodge was inviting, comfortable and it was welcoming to have the treats on arrival."

Ms Aldred, May 2018

"Absolutely perfect! Loved the wild bits of garden. Will definitely book again."

Ms Kennedy, May 2018

"It was so nice to enter a warm welcoming house, heating on, radio and some light. we always look forward when out and about to coming back and relaxing after a day of cycling. Excellent."

Mr Ayres, March 2018

"We had a lovely stay, thank you; one of our favourite places, could not fault it."

Mr & Mrs Hopkins, March 2018

"Excellent - second time here and it didnt disappoint - everything you need for a lovely relaxing stay - comfortable, well equipped and stylish.  We had a very enjoyable time - thank you!"

Mr & Mrs Lowrey, March 2018

"Excellent, thank you!"

Mr Newman, April 2019
Location On the private Milne Graden Estate - 3.5 miles from Norham, and 5 miles from Coldstream.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome. An additional dog may be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 5pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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This is a cottage for peaceful relaxation. My favourite part of the décor is the 'Nature's Table' wallpaper by designer Angie Lewin  and fabrics by artist Domenica More-Gordon. The little things we love...
"This is a cottage for peaceful relaxation. My favourite part of the décor is the 'Nature's Table' wallpaper by designer Angie Lewin and fabrics by artist Domenica More-Gordon."
Gina, owner of West Lodge