Near Bank Cottage

St Abbs near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scotland (Ref. 801)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
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  • Pets


The property

Originally built for the lighthouse keepers of St Abbs, this delightful traditional end-terrace stone-built cottage is a very special retreat for the nature lover, being in a wonderful position beside St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve and surrounded by beautiful countryside. There is access to the nature reserve directly from the cottage and St Abbs village is a short half mile walk or drive away. The cottage provides comfortable, cosy accommodation and is a great base for walking, cycling or touring this lovely area of Berwickshire. The A1 is just 4 miles away, giving excellent access to the Scottish Borders and the Northumberland Coast. Boat trips and fishing are also available locally.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Well-equipped fitted kitchen with pantry. Cosy sitting room with dining area and open fire.


Electric night storage heaters with open fire in sitting room and wall-mounted fan heaters in shower room and kitchen. Electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV. All fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Off road parking for two cars. Recently extended rear garden with garden furniture. One well-behaved dog under strict control welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Guest Reviews


    • “Charming cottage”
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    • “In an area of lots of opportunities we made - in our third visit to this cottage in we think 9 years- full use of our break visiting towns, coastal communities etc etc. It is a fair trek from Dorset but frankly its location is superb. It was extremely comfortable and I must say the shower was one of the best and makes my new one at home seem somewhat inadequate”

    R N, Dorset, United Kingdom, November 2015

    • “Cosy cottage, excellent base for walking”
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    • “A lovely dog-friendly cottage, perfectly equipped and tastefully decorated. So nice to have a roaring coal fire on a chilly night. Cottage is surrounded by wild life and it was an ideal location for some serious chilling with cattle and sheep for neighbours. Just a step away from the coastal walk [which turned out to be a bit hard-core on a windy morning.] Lovely little village of St Abbs is a pretty spot with friendly locals. Next village of Coldingham has a couple of great pubs & is also dog friendly: especially the New Inn. One of the few cottages we would return to.”

    Lynne C, Newcastle, United Kingdom, March 2015

    • “Wonderful holiday!”
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    • “Everything about this holiday was amazing! The area is utterly beautiful and the situation of the cottage made getting about so easy. The cottage itself was brilliantly equipped, comfortable and cosy. We loved every minute and will come back.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Inverness, January 2014

    • “Great place to stay would recommend to anyone”
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    • “A lovely cosy cottage in fantastic location,key collection easily arranged, place home from home. Coldingham beach fantastic.The New Inn really good too”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Co Durham, January 2012

    • “wonderful and peaceful”
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    • “clean, tidy, good facilities,lovely place to stay.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Derby, January 2012

    • “What a find!”
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    • “Quite simply a little bit of heaven on earth. We loved it so much, we came straight back and rebooked for later on in the year - What better recommendation is there?”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Huddersfield, May 2011

    • “A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting”
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    • “The whole experience was lovely. The cottage was spacious and spotlessly clean, and in a lovely position. We spent ages sitting out in the pretty rear garden, and we loved the cattle and sheep trotting past the front door in the mornings! This is a place to relax in, with wonderful countryside and everything you need really. I loved it.”

    Fiona, West Yorkshire, September 2010

    • “very beautiful”
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    • “Very fine clean I would like visit St. Abbs again”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Parbubice Czech Republic, February 2010

    • “st abbs”
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    • “An excellent location for walking and relaxing. The house was woderful.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leicester, December 2009

    • “A very cosy cottage with beautiful walks from the doorstep and a”
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    • “We had a wonderful week here. The garden is very private and catches the sun all afternoon. There are a number of walks directly from the door.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Rotherham, December 2009

    • “Near Bank Cottage St Abbs”
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    • “Lovely cottage, cosy, clean, and well equipped. Beautiful countryside around, excellent walks along the coastal path, pretty harbour. Worth visiting - Paxton House, Dirleton Castle, Cove, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh (take the train from Dunbar).”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Clitheroe, December 2009

    • “Very pleasant stay at ST ABBS”
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    • “We very much enjoyed our stay and the house was in very good condition and very cosy - it was the second stay there. I am surprised this survey has arrived after so long!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Dorset, December 2009

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    • “Very relaxing, pretty and homely cottage. Everything you could need was provided in the cottage right down to the prepared coal fire. Won't hesitant to come back.”

    Ms Tillier, Dunfermline, October 2015

    • “A lovely cottage, decorated and furnished with great care and taste. The surroundings are beautiful. We had nice walks along the coast, among the sheep.”

    Van Mil, Oostvoorne, July 2015

    • “Visit this cottage every year, it's turning into a second home. Excellent stay and have booked again for next year already.”

    Mr Taylor, Rotherham, July 2015

    • “The Cottage and location could not have been any better. One of the best Cottages we have ever stayed in.”

    Mrs Blackburn, Barnsley, June 2015

    • “This was our second stay at this property. Once again lots of wildlife was seen without leaving the house and there were numerous varieties of birds in the back garden. There were excellent walks straight from the doorstep. Just a perfect place for a lazy break, with the opportunities to travel further if the mood takes you. An ideal location for visiting other Scottish Border attractions. Would highly recommend Near Bank Cottage.”

    Mr Collett, Newton Aycliffe, June 2015

    • “The location of Near Bank Cottage is superb; we hardly had to use the car. Whether walking on the Nature Reserve Cliffs, taking a bus into Eyemouth and walking back, or just strolling into St Abbs for a coffee, our stay is always relaxing and reviving. Fred keeps the house very clean and it was a real bonus when he texted us to say we could get in early. As the weather was great we made full use of the garden, which in the evening was the perfect place for post-walk relaxation. The cottage offers everything we need for a successful holiday and we hope that the owners will accept the suggestions below in the same spirit as they are given - to help make a fantastic holiday cottage even better!”

    Mr Walton, Leeds, May 2015

    • “Accessible cottage in a beautiful setting, perfectly decorated and dog friendly!”

    Mr Thomas, Newcastle Upon Tyne, February 2015

    • “This cottage is a hidden gem. My family and I wanted to get away from all the techno gadgets that kids have today and do a bit of family bonding and it was just perfect! We will definitely be back. Thank you!”

    Mr Bett, Bathgate, February 2015

    • “A home from home and a very relaxing break. Would come back next season.”

    Mr Savage, Ayr, November 2014

    • “Cosy and comfortable cottage, in quiet location but with stunning scenery on the doorstep.”

    Mrs Lockyer, Morpeth, September 2014

    • “Near Bank Cottage is in a very peaceful location with lots of wildlife and beautiful coastal scenery nearby. The cottage itself is very comfortable and cosy and we felt at home right away. The garden was a particular bonus as it was quiet (except for the chatter of the many birds that frequented it) and was a great place to sit and admire the countryside view or read a book. The local shop in Coldingham was well stocked and the beach was unspoiled by any man-made promenades, etc.”

    Mr Alcock, Letchworth Garden City, July 2014

    • “This is the second time we have stayed at this Cottage, everyone had a great time. Remembered to take food for the bird table this time and saw everything from sparrows to woodpeckers. Will return again next year and for many more years to come.”

    Mr Taylor, Rotherham, July 2014

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About the location


Berwick-upon-Tweed 11 miles; Edinburgh 49 miles.

Just over the Border into Scotland, St Abbs is a picturesque fishing village with a delightful harbour and fishermen's cottages hugging the hillside, situated on a beautiful stretch of Berwickshire coastline. Diving can be enjoyed from the harbour, while the nearby St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve has a rich variety of wildlife and is a paradise for birdwatchers! An ideal location for walks - the Cheviots, Scottish Borders and the spectacular coastline all offer excellent walking. There is a safe, sandy beach 3 miles away in nearby Coldingham, which is very popular with surfers. The historic fortified Border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with shops, a museum and a castle, is nearby, and is well worth a visit. Holy Island, the Farne Islands, the attractive seaside villages of Craster, Eyemouth and Seahouses, and Edinburgh, capital city of Scotland, are all within touring distance.