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Whittadder Lodge

Chirnside, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1003209)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Apart from a few niggly defects the holiday over the Christmas week was excellent."

    The property had all we expected and required for the festive period. We brought to Sykes attention during our stay that it was impossible to remove the key from the front door after locking. The wifi had previously been reported as near to non existent, but we found that changing the lead for our phone charger the wifi worked satisfactorily. Other Comments: The property could be enhanced by some over-due maintenance: The door to the patio from the bedroom has a warped frame and cannot be secured by the secondary catch on the trailing edge of the door. This leaves a considerable draft gap 5 -6 mm over at least half the height of the door, not good in windy and below freezing conditions. We appreciate that the whole area was still suffering from the effects of storm Arwen but would have expected the leaves to have been cleared from the paths and bin area. Floor tiles in both bathrooms had cracks which is possibly a defect from construction. The heating controls are very complicated for short term letting.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2021

  • "We had a fabulous few days, and have already booked for next year."

    Only recommendations , would be to have part of the verandah covered, so you can still sit out even if it's raining, install a pathway from the side gate around to the verandah and lastly, a hot tub would be a bonus. Would definitely recommend this lodge, especially if you just want to sit back, relax and recharge, listen to the sounds of nature, and see amazing dark skies.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2021

  • "This is a spacious cottage in a pretty and secluded spot."

    It is adequately equipped. To even mention internet in the description is a joke. It lasts just seconds before failing. We had cold water only on the 2nd morning. It was fixed but then failed again the same evening. Sykes were quick to respond….. you need to report concerns through them as no other contact details are provided. A mirror in close proximity to a socket would allow convenient use of a hairdryer…… and if you do use one routinely, pack it as none is provided! In terms of value for money……well over £800 for the week, this does not stand well against other properties we have used. Finally….. and just a small point I know, but we had to go out and buy toilet rolls as what was provided lasted only 5 days. I have rented many cottages over the years and this is the first time such a purchase has been necessary!

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2021

  • "Lovely spot great walks from the door , lovely cabin a few areas outside need some maintenance but did not cause any issues."

    Would be lovely to have a more direct route down to the river.

    Reviewed by JoeAug 2021

  • "This holiday lodge was perfect for us."

    The idyllic location was made better by the clean lodge and the massive beautiful garden. The kitchen had all the crockery and utensils we needed and a lovely touch was the welcome box. There is so much to do in the area. The only one very minor improvement could be if they fitted a heated towel rail or similar as we found it tricky to dry things when the weather was wet outside as the whole place has underfloor heating. Not a major issue as we had sunshine most of the week though! Thanks.

    Reviewed by HannahJul 2021

  • "The directions to get to the accommodation need to be improved."

    But once found, the location was nice and remote. The fenced garden was great for the dog. Plenty of walks nearby. The lodge was nice and spacious. However, the heating needs to be reduced to a more suitable temperature. It was too hot. Easier to increase with temperature boost, than to try and cool the lodge down. Kitchen could be better equipped. WiFi is non existent.

    Reviewed by AmandaNov 2020

  • "Lovely lodge and location let down by poor maintenance."

    Should not have listing for WiFi as practically non existent. Toilet seat broken, surely cleaners should have reported it, paw prints on bedsheet on double bed, dishwasher broken and dirty. Arrival 4.30 departure 9.30 plenty of time to deep clean and fix problems

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2020

  • "Firstly I have to say the directions to the property are inadequate as there are notable landmarks that could be used."

    Also, the flag marked on the map is incorrectly placed which is quite misleading. Thé property is in a lovely setting and, in the main, met our expectations. However, there areas for improvement particularly given that the cottage is quite expensive to rent. Given the extra time allocated for cleaning one would expect this to be optimum but this was not the case and we noted areas that had been skipped - the top of the fridge had not been cleaned for a long time, windows left uncleaned. In the main furnishings were adequate but we found the settees really uncomfortable and difficult to relax in, more like waiting-room furniture. Thé Wi-fi was so poor that it really ought not to be listed as one of the facilities. The TV is listed as ‘new’ but has only basic functions and channels, not really adequate for today’s TV viewing.

    Thank you for your feedback An additional postcode is used to bring the guest closer to the property its the same postcode i use for my laundry unit which is on the same road to the lodge. There is also a large road side sign indicating where the property is. I am sorry but the price is decided by sykes I am surprised by your comments on cleanliness it may be that the top of the fridge had been missed. The windows are cleaned every 2 weeks but we are surrounded by trees so can get dirty in-between times. The tv is new but not advertised as smart tv All the furniture is 2 years old including the sofas. WIFI is mentioned its slow on sykes and in property. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanSep 2020

  • "Whiteadder Lodge was clean and a good level of accommodation but let down by not having WiFi and a smart TV as listed."

    The heating was also set too high at 26 deg C and we were uncomfortably hot for a day until it cooled down after turning it down to 5 deg C. The lodge is in a lovely area with good walks from the door.

    Thank you for your feedback we have never had complaints that the heating is too hot. The heating is very easily turned down but if left on when guests go out and its a warm day the property will get very hot but with several patio doors in the property It should not take long to cool down. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by ThomasSep 2020

  • "The internet connection was fleeting at best and totally failed for last 3 days."

    No hot water for first 2 days. Position of tv lead to cricked neck.

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry there was an issue with the boiler this was working by the following day after you arrived. There was still heating provided. The wifi is mentioned as being slow. With regards to the TV we believe is is in an ideal position so this may be preference. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by BarsbySep 2020

  • "Beautiful location."

    Accommodation great and suitable for our needs. Lovely welcome pack. Could do with towel rails and somewhere to hang wet outdoor coats. And missing an essential wine bottle opener

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2020

  • "Lovely, comfortable, spacious lodge and beautiful surroundings meant that we should have loved staying there."

    However, too many little niggles mean we will not be back. Despite being closed for a number of months due to covid and being first to use since reopening, the lodge was not cleaned to the standards we would have expected. Shower heads in the en suite bathroom were very dirty, shower mats were old and discoloured so we didn’t use. We cleaned the lodge before unpacking. A number of easy to fix things would have made our stay more comfortable. The lack of towel rails, toilet roll holders and soap dishes in shower made living in the lodge difficult. There were no mirrors in the bedrooms so drying hair was difficult. The biggest complaint for us was the practically non existent WiFi or 3/4G. Whilst we understand it was a remote location, we were unable to properly plan our day trips away. We left the lodge a day early.

    Reviewed by GillianJul 2020

  • "The lodge was clean and warm and had everything we needed for a 4 night stay."

    We couldn't have asked for a better setting, and we will miss waking up to the peace and quiet and lovely view of the river. It was an ideal base for exploring Northumberland. Our family dogs loved having the garden to run around in, which is fenced off and secure with a large deck with furniture ideal for sitting out in good weather. The only minor point I would suggest for the owner is to have a mirror near a plug point for hairdrying/straightening, as the only mirror is in the bathroom. We would definitely consider staying here again.

    Reviewed by JaneFeb 2020

  • "Great location, lovely and peaceful."

    Property warm and cosy in a cold and wet October. Clean and tidy with all facilities required. Would definitely recommend and would consider returning in the future. Minor criticism is that TV is not a Smart TV, just freeview and WiFi is a bit hit and miss. Overall very happy with property and had a fantastic week, thank you.

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2019

  • "Only 2 minor comments - the bathroom shower was too powerful and we weren't able to reduce the power because the water made a noise and suggest rubber mats on the inside of the patio doors to stop any possibility of slipping on the wooden floor."

    Reviewed by StuartAug 2019

  • "Well equipped but both bathroom showers did not work properly unless on full blast."

    The heating system we could not phantom out so was overly hot all the time. Would have appreciated a welcome information pack. Also towels of very poor quality would suggest bath sheets. Furniture in 1st bedroom is un practical. Lots of good points lovely and spacious welcome food hamper was a dream. Garden is beautiful. Owners immediately fixed bedroom curtain rail. Would love to come again if problems are addressed

    Reviewed by AlexandraJul 2019

  • "The lodgewas better than expected."

    It is in an ideal location for exploring the borders; and its very peaceful with lovely views. We had a great time and have already booked again for next year; and can't wait to return One thing I would say is that it could do with better signs as wasn't that easy to find. The stone with name on is not that clear.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful lodge!"

    Our family stayed for Easter weekend and had the most amazing time. We were blown away by the quality of the lodge, the views and the really helpful manager. The grounds were very interesting for our children and the lodge is dog friendly. The rooms were comfortable with lovely bedding. The lounge area was open plan and the space was really appealing. The only tiny improvement is the pressure of the shower in the main bathroom which was ferocious! (it's a tiny issue but when you have small kids it was quite messy!) genuinely loved this holiday home. Thanks so much for a fantastic holiday, we would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by VickieApr 2019

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  • Three bedrooms; 1 x double with an en-suite, with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin bedrooms
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with sitting area, dining area and kitchen area
  • Oil central heating
  • Dishwasher, washing machine, electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, New 40" TV and WiFi (which can very poor/intermittent)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear enclosed garden with patio area and lawn area
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Pub within 1.2 miles and a shop within 1.6 miles
  • Please note: due to the poor WiFi connection, guests may want to arrange for their own data package for their stay
  • Note: This property accepts a minimum of 4 night bookings

The property

Nestled away within an enchanting woodland location is the wonderfully presented cottage, Whittadder Lodge.

This contemporary property offers an outstanding base for a family looking to explore the picturesque border of Scotland with ample things to do to keep you busy.

After a day exploring the River Whiteadder, the coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed or multiple activities the area houses, you can look forward to unwinding of an evening within a space offering a sense of home-from-home.

The single-storey accommodation comes with three well-presented bedrooms, comprising of two twin bedrooms and a double with an en-suite shower room, each offering delightful spaces to wake up to each morning.

Spend a sociable evening within the brightly-decorated living room, where you will find all the necessities for a week-long break with your loved ones.

Certain to entice any budding chefs is the stylish kitchen area, where you will be able to prepare all of your evening meals before gathering the family around the dining table to tuck into your delicious home-cooked meal.

As the evening grows darker you can sink into the plush sofas to catch up on your favourite TV shows on the Smart TV.

During the warmer months, step outside to enjoy a refreshing beverage on the decked area while your canine companions stretch their legs within the spacious lawn area.

If you don’t feel like cooking one evening, a leisurely stroll will bring you to the local dog-friendly pub which offers an inviting atmosphere and a hearty dining menu to match, in addition to a local shop for picking up any necessities.

To keep you busy whilst staying here, venture out to the county town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, which offers a wealth of historical landmarks to explore, a golf course and a sandy beach for a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun.

Alternatively, visit the impressive 14th century castle within Duns, complete with plentiful walks for you to enjoy.

Whittadder Lodge promises a splendid getaway for a family looking to explore this corner of Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1037154 and 1003210, together sleeping 18 people.

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About the location


Duns 6 miles; Berwick-upon-Tweed 9 miles.

The village of Chirnside occupies an elevated position overlooking the River Whiteadder and offers stunning views across the magnificent Cheviot and Lammermuir Hills. A number of interesting landmarks depict the village's long history, including a 16th Century dovecot and a beautiful parish church, believed to date back to the 12th Century. Each summer, the Jim Clark Rally, the only 'closed roads' race on mainland Britain, takes place in and around the Borders as a memorial to the village’s home born champion. Just 9 miles away lies the charming, coastal town of Berwick, boasting quaint, narrow streets enclosed within Elizabethan walls, excellent shopping and dining facilities and an interesting arts centre. The local area affords fantastic fishing, golf, walking and riding opportunities and the nearby resorts of Eyemouth, Coldingham and Spittal offer soft, sandy beaches, ideal for a relaxing afternoon. A brilliant location for exploring historic Edinburgh, the stunning Northumberland coastline, and the attractions of Holy Island, Paxton House, Manderson, Bamburgh and Alnwick Castle. Chirnside is a great holiday location all year round.

Please note, due to the property's location Wi-Fi can be intermittent.
Note: This property accepts a minimum of 4 night bookings