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Iona 10 Palace Street East

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Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a fantastic stay at Iona, the property is full of character and charm."

    The place is spotlessly clean, comfortable and has everything you need. The area is really quiet and is only 100 yards from the walls on the mouth of the river tweed. If we come back to berwick, and I'm sure we will, we will definitely look to come back to this wonderful property

    Dear Philip Thank-you for your great feedback.We are very happy that you had an excellent week here and you found Iona clean and comfortable which is so important to us. We hope you will return to enjoy Berwick again soon. Peter and Maureen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Dec 2023

  • "The holiday house exceeded our expectations in many ways."

    It is set in the old quarter of Berwick, an unspoilt quiet spot just steps away from the wall walk, from where we could see the Northern Lights. The interior decor is good. It's cosy and there's everything you need for a week's stay. There's a permit for parking and plenty of free car parks in the vicinity. The owners make every effort to please. We had no problems finding a range of activities, from walking at St Abb's Head (where we saw a beach of seals!), visiting local cultural venues, visiting the Tapestry of Scotland to taking a train into Edinburgh for exhibitions.

    Dear Janet Thank-you so very much for your feedback! We are delighted you had a wonderful week exploring Berwick and the surrounding area; We always endeavour to ensure you have a comfortable stay and glad it exceeded your expectations; our Housekeeper is excellent, taking so much pride in keeping Iona absolutely spotless. I shall pass on your feedback, thank-you again. We look forward to welcoming you back anytime in the future. With very best wishes to you and all the family. Maureen and Peter Edit Property Owner

    Reviewed by J5.0Nov 2023

  • "Situated in a quiet but convenient location in beautiful Berwick, Iona is lovely, well equipped house and spotlessly clean."

    This was my third visit to Berwick and the nicest accommodation I have stayed in. Thank you Maureen & Peter.

    Dear Vera Thank-you so very much for your feedback! We are delighted you had a wonderful week in Iona and especially your comment about it being the nicest accommodation you have stayed at. Our Housekeeper is excellent taking so much pride in keeping Iona absolutely spotless. I shall pass on your feedback, thank-you again. We look forward to welcoming you back anytime in the future. With very best wishes to you and all the family. Maureen and Peter Edit Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vera4.4Oct 2023

  • "Iona was the best holiday property we have ever stayed in."

    We loved it. It was quiet, comfortable and spotless. Everything was absolutely first -rate. So much thought had obviously gone in to providing top quality accommodation. We had a wonderful week exploring Berwick and its environs and would love to return. Thank you Peter and Maureen.

    Dear Sheila Thank-you so very much for your feedback! We are delighted you had a wonderful week exploring Berwick and the surrounding area; it certainly has so much to offer. We always strive to ensure you have a comfortable stay; our Housekeeper is first class taking so much pride in keeping Iona absolutely spotless. I shall pass on your feedback, thank-you again. We look forward to welcoming you back anytime in the future. With very best wishes to you and all the family. Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really great home from home ."

    We enjoyed Berwick and environs very much. Only mild boggle were the sodas not being that comfortable. In summary we would come again! Also owner Maureen gave us a tip on a good show at the the Edinburgh Fringe, "Out of the Blue" which we took in and loved- thanks Maureen !!

    Dear Callum Thank-you so much for your lovely feedback; delighted that you felt our cottage was really great and home from home! Not too sure what your 'mild boggle' meant however great that you would come again to 'Iona.' Really pleased that you were able to make it to see Out of the Blue at the Edinburgh Fringe and loved the show! They are amazing and perform every year. Hope to see you again in our beautiful town. Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Callum4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had a weeks stay at Iona which we found excellent."

    The property is in a quiet part of town but very near the centre of things so perfect for us. The cottage is comfortable and wecoming .It's a spacious property which we enjoyed too.

    Dear Jenny Thank-you for your lovely feedback.We are very happy that you had an excellent week here and you found Iona welcoming and comfortable which is so important to us. We hope you will return to enjoy this historic town again soon. Peter and Maureen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jun 2023

  • "The owner was very helpful and we had a perfect holiday here"

    Dear Steve Delighted that you had a perfect holiday at Iona. Hope to welcome you back again in the future. Peter and Maureen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay in a beautiful well maintained property."

    Very central for eateries/shops and local buses. Comfortable furniture and beds brilliant kitchen everything we would need in a holiday property was there. A lot of thought has gone into this accommodation a big thank you to the owners Mr & Mrs Elliot

    Dear Joan We are delighted that you had a lovely stay in Iona. Thank-you for your wonderful feedback; it is very much appreciated and reassuring to know that we met your needs with regards comfort and kitchen provision. We hope that you will return sometime to further explore our historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland. Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan5.0May 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with our family group."

    The house was ideally situated within the town and only a few minutes from the shops and the sea. All the rooms were spacious and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you needed if cooking on the premises. The house catered for all our needs. Well done.

    Dear Christine, Thank-you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so pleased that our house catered for all your needs during your holiday. It is always reassuring to hear that our kitchen is equipped with everything you require when cooking - we like to think it is home from home. We hope that you will return to Berwick in the future to explore more of our historic town and Northumberland. Best wishes Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2022

  • "Iona was an extremely comfortable house."

    It was warm, welcoming, clean and well-equipped. The location was ideal for the town centre and access to the walls, as well as being very quiet. It fulfilled all our needs splendidly. Highly recommended!

    Dear Julia Many thanks for your lovely comments regarding your stay in Iona. We are delighted that our home fulfilled all your needs to a high standard and hope that you will return to Berwick in the future to explore more of this historic town and Northumberland. Best wishes Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great holiday enjoyed by all the family."

    The house is spotless and well equipped for self catering. Joked with owner as we arrived for the heatwave-have renamed house from Iona 10 to Tenerife 30 . The weather ensured we got out all week to enjoy the historic town of Berwick-The house is perfectly situated for dining out, I particularly would recommend the Limoncello, Foxtons and Magna Indian, all 5 minutes walk away. My favourite part of house was my comfortable bed as I slept like a log with all the activities we did. No hesitation recommending Iona and Berwick for anyone wishing to holiday in this area

    Dear Thomas Many thanks for your lovely feedback Delighted you enjoyed your holiday in Iona - good to hear that you slept very well; all of our mattresses are of excellent quality to aide restful sleep. Your recommendations of restaurants is also well-received and ,as you note, only a very short walk away. We passed your comments to our Housekeeper who was delighted too with your reference to Iona being 'spotless - it is a Team effort, we are so fortunate to have them! Best wishes Peter and Maureen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Aug 2022

  • "'Iona' was an exceptionally beautiful house, with lots of historical interest, full of antique furniture, and yet supplied with modern conveniences!"

    We all loved it, and my teenage son is already asking to return another year. (I think he enjoyed the luxury of a huge bed and a second television set!) There is plentiful parking outside and a parking permit is provided for the duration of your stay. I should add that we didn't feel the need to use our car at all while we were in Berwick-upon-Tweed: we walked around the local area and otherwise used trains and buses, which were much more frequent than where we live. (NB I would very strongly recommend bus rather than car for Lindisfarne! The car park there was jam-packed when we visited mid-week - and the bus timetable is specially adapted to fit in with the tides.) Berwick itself was a great place to stay, and although it has some of the mainstream supermarkets (Aldi, Morrison's, etc), it also has a number of charming, independent shops. We loved 'The Green Shop', which specialises in organic/fairtrade goods, and the fabulous 'Slightly Foxed' bookshop, while the things for sale in Jennie's Wool Studio made me wish I knitted more ... The owners are lovely and very helpful - they answered my queries rapidly, and provided milk, tea, coffee and biscuits in the property.

    Dear Helen Thank-you so very much for your lovely feedback regarding both our property, Iona, and Berwick itself. I agree Berwick is a great place to stay with so much on offer for visitors. The Independent shops offer an eclectic mix of interesting crafts, art and antique shops to name but a few; the Green shop is truly amazing and the bookshop as you mention. Jennie's wool studio is definitely worth a visit or two for those who enjoy woolen crafts. Delighted your teenage son enjoyed his stay too and we hope you do return soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2022

  • "Excellent venue and standard of accommodation was first class."

    We were a golfing party playing in and around the area. Perfectly placed for such a venture with evening hospitality available within walking distance. Also played tennis on the local courts and made very welcome at the bowls club !

    Hi Richard Thank-you so much for your lovely review. Glad you enjoyed your golfing holiday in Berwick. The local tennis courts are so handy nearby and usually have good availability too. I can imagine the locals made you very welcome at the bowls club, such friendly people there. Hope you return again soon. Best wishes, Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2022

  • "Property was fantastic very equipped lots of steps, which was as described but we hadn't realised that both bathrooms were in the lower half of property, our fault I'm sure."

    Property temperature was set too low 11.5 meant the Property was just too cold we have all returned with colds. Berwick was very interesting town defences very impressive, we saw the annual curfew run, the first for 2 years thx to covid. Berwick is in need of a good clean up, town appeared a little unloved by the locals but some nice coffee shops and restaurants. Our landlords were very easy to speak withband the personal touch in the days leading up to our break were a lovely touch. 8.5/10 great break overall

    Hi Nick Many thanks for your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you had a ‘great break’ giving 8.5/10 for our cottage, Iona. However, we were very sorry to read that you were unable to operate the heating system – it is a Nest and you just need to turn the dial to raise the temperature; it is not ‘set’ at any given temperature ie the fact that it was 11.5 degs means the previous guests had just turned the heating right down. We would have been very happy to talk you through this if you had contacted us; Peter and I enjoy having contact with guests if they have queries or are requesting recommendations as I mentioned prior to your holiday. We were also sad to read your comments as to the cleanliness of the town; the locals take great pride in their historic town, however during the summer months we do have tourists feeding sea gulls which is an issue in all coastal towns; but daily attention is given by the local council. There is a myriad of wonderful independent shops and cafes in Berwick with stunning walks, including the Elizabethan fortifications, which are all kept in immaculate condition; it does sound like you were able to enjoy these during your stay and we hope that you will return one day in the future. Best wishes Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Jul 2022

  • "Very comfortable and well appointed 'home from home' in an excellent location."

    Hi David Many thanks for your feedback, it is very much appreciated. We are so glad you enjoyed our Cottage and it's location in the heart of the old town. Best wishes Maureen and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "A very relaxing and comfortable stay at Iona Cottage."

    Genuine friendly and helpful communication from Peter and Maureen throughout our holiday. Everything at the cottage was to hand and we needed for nothing, will hopefully return as soon as we can....

    Many thanks for your lovely comments; we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent property, ideal for our needs"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jan 2022

  • "House in great location, easy to walk to town or around the city walls."

    Beds very comfortable and the whole house very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2021

  • "Plenty space for everyone."

    Slight issue getting clothes dry. Perhaps a pulley in the back door corridor ?

    Reviewed by R J5.0Aug 2021

  • "A lovely house which is well equipped and in a good central location."

    Reviewed by Catherine Anne3.8Jul 2021

  • "Lovely large family home with no faults and a well equipped kitchen."

    The only downside is that if you want a walk into town, the shops can be far away. I would recommend doing an online for shop when you arrive. The area was very quiet and the property is definitely a home from home. It was nice to have a separate dining room with the sitting room upstairs. The bedrooms were comfortable and everything was in place to ensure a safe stay with the current government guidelines due to Covid 19.

    Many thanks for your lovely comments, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay in Iona. Just to clarify, the local shops: the Butchers, Bakers, Stationer's, Pharmacy, Organic store and many, many more, are 2 minutes walk from Iona. The supermarkets however are situated a 3-5 minute drive from the property.' Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0May 2021

  • "A lovely house."

    Three generations had a most enjoyable week getting to know the area.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Aug 2020

  • "I was reassured that all measures were in place to protect us from COVID and delighted that these measures didn’t compromise the quality of the accommodation."

    Really friendly and helpful owner. We had a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Glenda5.0Aug 2020

  • "The house was amazing and very well equipped."

    We all really loved it. Berwick is a fabulous town, beautiful with lovely walks and picturesque landscapes. Would readily recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2019

  • "Great location as very central, near river and sea and very near the walls."

    Property was lovely, classic design with modern kitchen. Would only have been improved if there had been a garden or area to sit outside at the property but as it is a town house this was not really a possibility. Would recommend especially for 2 families sharing.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Sep 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely house, in a great location."

    Spotlessly clean, cosy, and comfortable. Plenty of space for our family group, with two reception rooms and a spacious kitchen. Berwick is a lovely place, we enjoyed walking along the walls and the view across the sea. Lots of history. Good selection of shops, tearooms and restaurants nearby, also supermarkets to get food and essentials to enjoy in the house. We visited beautiful beaches at nearby Seahouses, Eyemouth, Burnmouth, Newton- on-sea, there are numerous along the stunning coastline. Also many castles to visit in this area. Very peaceful place to stay, in a quiet little square with a grassed area to sit for a while. Lovely memories of a special holiday.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for our requirements - clean, spacious, quiet, well-equipped and close to the town."

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely place to stay in a great location , Iona is fully equipped for eight people to stay, in comfort and with plenty of space."

    There are no issues with parking close by, and there is even free parking opposite the green. Berwick makes a great base for Edinburgh, Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle and so many other historic places of interest in the boarders. There is plenty to do in and round the town, including boat trips, fishing and with plenty of lovely beaches you will be stuck for choice. With many good local restaurants & Cafes in town you have plenty of options to stay in or dine out.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2019

  • "Berwick on Tweed is a lovely historic town with beautiful walks on town walls, beaches and aling the river."

    "Iona" is in good position for both town with its many cafes and coast. The house kitchen is very well equipped and the chairs and beds were very comfy. Couldn't have asked for more really

    Reviewed by Dolores5.0Apr 2019

  • "The house had everything that we needed (and more)."

    It was very homely and comfortable and perfectly situated. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2019

  • "This is a stunning house, it has everything and more you could possibly need to make the stay like home from home."

    We had an amazing time, we will certainly be booking again.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Mar 2019

  • "A lovely property, spacious and clean."

    Ideally located - close to Berwick town centre but just far enough away to be quiet. I would certainly consider visiting Berwick again and stay in this property.

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Nov 2018

  • "We re-booked this house because it had been so pleasant to stay in last time."

    It is a really lovely place to stay with excellent facilities, a real home from home

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2018

  • "As the Duns Trophy Golfing Party the location was perfect for access to golf courses both in Scotland on the east coast and in Northumberland/Borders."

    Importantly though, Berwick upon Tweed was a treasure trove of places to eat and drink after a day on the links and the property was ideal for a party of six ; particularly with two bathrooms. Overall a most enjoyable time and we will return. PS: the views from the fortress ramparts are stunning ! and so close the house for an early morning strole

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2018

  • "All worked out as planed"

    Reviewed by B4.4Jun 2018

  • "Excellent roomy accommodation – good facilities."

    Particularly good for storing cycles as there is a totally secure and enclosed back yard – as well as additional lockable storage space within that and an private passageway. Excellent communications with owner.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2018

  • "House was great."

    Fantastic location and clean. Owners very helpful. Does sleep 8 but one room is very small and person sleeping on inside has to crawl over the other to get in and out of bed. Room would be more suited to bunks.

    Reviewed by Roger4.7May 2018

  • "We had a lovely week staying in this beautiful, well-presented and clean house."

    It is located in a lovely quiet spot in the centre of town and the parking was excellent. The owners were extremely thoughtful and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2017

  • "Had a lovely time staying at this property, it was very comfortable, clean and well equipped."

    The location was so easy to get to restaurants pubs and shops aswell as to the museums, theatre in town etc. Also so close to the town walls for walls and views. Parking near the property was easy. It is also a quiet location. There's lots to do around the area and beyond and suits lots of different interests.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2017

  • "Very comfortable well-equipped house."

    Large comfortable rooms with modern kitchen and bathrooms. Really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend to anyone else. Excellent value for money.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double (one accessed from one side only), 1 x second floor double, 1 x second floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, electric shower over, hand-held shower, basin and WC, ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Utility room which leads into a passageway with its own door leading out into the street and at the opposite end, a door leading into a small enclosed yard with a large, lockable shed
  • Dining room
  • First floor sitting room.
  • • Gas central heating • Range with double gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, second TV, DVD and radio. • Fuel and power inc. in rent • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent • Roadside parking with permit provided on a first come, first served basis • Alternative parking in nearby free car park (2 mins walk – timer clock supplied in house) • Enclosed small rear yard with secure storage for bicycles • Sorry, no pets and no smoking • Shops and pubs 2 mins walk • Coast 2 mins walk • Note: The bathroom is on a half landing between the ground and first floor • Note: Children over the age of 8 only. Please Note: This property is for Holiday Makers only
  • No work based bookings are permitted
  • Please Note: This property accepts bookings with a minimum of 3 nights.

The property

Iona is a stunning three-storey period townhouse located in the quiet, old historic part of Berwick within the Elizabethan Walled Defences.

It boasts many original features and has been furnished to a high standard with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture.

The property is an ideal base for families, friends, ramblers, golfers and cyclists to explore the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty with many places of interest including Bamburgh, Alnwick and Lindisfarne.

Off the entrance hall there is a large dining room with a dual-aspect bay window giving the room a light and airy feel.

There is also a comfortable sofa and armchair to watch TV or sit and chat.

The large, beautiful kitchen is extremely well-equipped and features sleek granite worktops and a solid oak central island with Butler sink and breakfast bar with stools.

The modern shower room off the hallway features a walk-in shower cubicle.

The striking staircase leads you to the bathroom which includes a shower over the bath.

The sitting room boasts a stunning bay window looking over a small green and the old historic Governor’s house.

The room itself has the original exposed polished floor boards as well as beautiful roman blinds and curtains made by a local interior designer.

There is also a large master bedroom with a king-sized bed and a double bedroom, both with original sash windows.

Both bedrooms, and the double bedroom on the second floor, are fitted with luxury pillow top mattresses for extra comfort.

The staircase leads you to the second floor, here you will find a large double bedroom with an antique hexagonal table and stools set into the bay window.

There is also a delightful twin room with two bay windows giving views over the small green opposite and the surrounding historic buildings.

Iona is close to the magnificent Elizabethan walls over which you look onto the river estuary and sea.

A further stroll around the Walls will take you onto the quayside of the River Tweed where you can sit at the Lowry café and enjoy the views.

There is a myriad of charming shops, restaurants and art galleries dotted throughout the little streets of Berwick.

A characterful cottage in an ideal location for exploring this astounding Northumberland location. Importantly, Iona is within easy walking distance of the railway station.

A brisk walk to the station will be around 10 to 15 mins however if one is carrying suitcases it would be advisable to get a taxi.

The cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle are around 40mins travelling time by train. There are 4 local beaches around Berwick, 2 of which are in walking distance in Berwick and 2 are in Spittal which is best accessed by car (3-4 mins) or local bus.

There is a lovely promenade at Spittal and seaside features for children. Safety: Mains operated smoke/fire detectors are installed in property.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Alnwick 35 miles; Holy Island 10 miles; Edinburgh 56 miles.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a coastal town positioned at the most northerly tip of Northumberland, offering four sandy beaches, riverside walks and abundant cycling trails for visitors to enjoy. Stroll the circular walk atop the town's Elizabethan walls, and capture the spectacular views across the River Tweed estuary and Berwick's three bridges, including the famous Royal Border Bridge. Brush up on your history by visiting the local museums, enjoy sun-filled days at the beach and be inspired by the exhibitions in the town's superb galleries. The nearby town of Duns offers an award-winning butchers and a quality delicatessen, as well as pubs and restaurants, whilst the Jim Clark Museum and the Jim Clark Rally draw racing enthusiasts from all over the world. Duns Castle is well worth a visit, a romantic castle in a beautiful, natural setting, with well-marked woodland and lakeside walks through the estate.
Venture on a short trip up to Eyemouth to feed the resident harbour seals and enjoy the award-winning fish and chips, or take a boat trip for some coastal exploration. This is a great base for exploring the beautiful Scottish Border region together with the picturesque coast and countryside of Northumberland.

Note: Children over the age of 8 only.
Please Note: This property is for Holiday Makers only. No work based bookings are permitted.
Please Note: This property accepts bookings with a minimum of 3 nights.