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The Lookout

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland (Ref. 931252)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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    Mrs Mcclean

    “Fantastic location.”

    Lovely house.

    Lovely house. This beautiful cottage met all of our expectations and more. Could not wish for a more cosy place to stay.

Features

  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

The property

This outstanding spacious cottage, built around 1740-50s by the Admiralty as a lookout point to view the sea traffic before the pier and lighthouse were built in the 1800s, boasts stunning views over the estuary, the town of Berwick and out to the North Sea, and is set on the other side of the River Tweed to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

As well as offering historical maritime interest, The Lookout is a lovely two bedroom cottage that is ideal for couples and families who love a sea view thanks to its elevated position, giving clear and unfettered views out across the River Tweed estuary and out to the open sea.

A large flock of mute swans live on the estuary and otters have made a comeback to the river, while from the cottage it is possible to watch the varied water birds.

Offering superb, comfortably rustic accommodation, with all rooms pleasingly and well-proportioned and fabulous views from all rooms, The Lookout has a charming sitting room with large sofas, antique maps and prints and a flat screen TV and a large well-equipped kitchen/diner, both rooms benefiting from a multi-fuel stove, both set in large inglenook fireplaces.

The kitchen is the heart of the cottage, with a Belfast sink, a quarry tiled floor and colourful rugs, an ideal place for you to gather round and enjoy some tasty family meals.

Old iron ship nails are still embedded in the beams and both rooms downstairs have exposed wooden beams which add to the character of the cottage.

Upstairs the larger double bedroom, with two windows, has a super king-size bed, that can be turned into a twin room, a fitted wardrobe with shelves and a wall-mounted flat screen TV.

The second bedroom has a double bed and an antique carved double-size wardrobe with plenty of room for clothing.

The family bathroom is in the centre of the two bedrooms and has a full-length bath with a power shower over it.

The garden to the front of the cottage has attractive garden furniture and is an ideal place to sit out on the lawn and take in the glorious views of the sea and the town of Berwick.

There is a lawn, a colourful flower bed and a small terrace in front of the house, allowing guests to take their breakfast in the morning and watch the rise of the sun over the sea's horizon.

A small barbecue is at the end of the cottage.

Bicycles can be stored in a shed at the end of the cottage.

The views at night with the twinkling lights of the town and moonlight reflected on the water are truly lovely.

A 10 minute walk brings you to Spittal Beach, at just under a mile in length, with glorious golden sands and an Art Deco amusement pavilion that is open for snacks for many months of the year.

Golden, unspoilt beaches, for which Northumberland is famous for, are only a 15 minute car journey away and are ideal for dog walkers.

A short 15 minute walk will take you to the centre of Berwick-upon-Tweed, across the medieval bridge, with its Elizabethan fortified walls, where you will find magnificent coastal views and easy access to the town beach.

Why not take some time to soak up the atmosphere of Berwick’s turbulent history, or take a walk to discover the magnificent border bridge, bustling shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés?

Steeped in history, the battlefields of Flodden and Halidon Hill are just a short drive away, as are the many castles and golden beaches of the Heritage Coast.

Lindisfarne and Holy Island are just 10 miles down the coast and quickly reached by car.

If you fancy leaving the car behind, the East Coast mainline trains run a fast, frequent service, 50 minutes up to Edinburgh, the world-class culturally rich city and a slightly shorter journey down to bustling Newcastle upon Tyne.

An ideal cottage for that long awaited coastal break.

Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with TV (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, power shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area, walk-in pantry and multi-fuel stove
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove.
  • Gas central heating with multi-fuel stoves
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, radio, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking in lane next to cottage
  • Front patio with furniture and BBQ on request
  • Bike storage
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk (0.5 miles)
  • Beach 10 mins walk
  • Note: No children under 10 for insurance purposes
  • Note: check in time is 4pm
  • Note: Access to the property is via a shared access pathway
  • There are a series of gradual low steps (11 in all) going past the front of the neighbour's house with a continuous hand rail to the gate of The Lookout.

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About the location

BERWICK-UPON-TWEED

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

The small border town of Duns is set in a wide valley known as The Merse and has been the capital of Berwickshire over the centuries since the ancient capital, Berwick-upon-Tweed was conceded to the English in 1492.

The town offers a good range of shops, including an award-winning butchers and a quality delicatessen, pubs and restaurants, whilst the Jim Clark Museum and the Jim Clark Rally draw racing enthusiasts from all over the world.

Duns Castle sits within a nature reserve with well-marked woodland lakeside walks through the castle estate.

There are many castles and historic houses scattered throughout the surrounding area including Manderston House, home of Lord Palmer, Floors Castle and Gardens, home of the Duke of Roxburgh and the largest inhabited house in Scotland, Mellerstain House and Paxton House and Country Park.

Across the Tweed in North Northumberland there are the delights of Norham Castle and Ford and Etal Estates.

A short drive to the east coast offers the opportunity to explore the dog friendly beaches at Coldingham or for the more adventurous why not learn to surf at the local surf school.

Widely acclaimed golfing is available all over the Scottish Lowlands, most locally at Duns, Eyemouth, Coldstream and Melrose.

Permits are available locally for fishing for trout and salmon on the Tweed, Teviot and Whiteadder.

The nearby walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is well worth a visit with a weekly market, town trains and a cinema.

A short hop to Eyemouth to feed the resident harbour seals and enjoy the award-winning fish and chips of take a boat trip for some coastal exploration.

The sights and excitement of Edinburgh are within easy reach by car and train as are the many border abbey and mill towns such as Kelso, Melrose and Galashiels.

There are numerous other destinations within short driving distance of this fantastic location providing a great base at any time of the year for exploring the beautiful Scottish Border region and the picturesque, exhillarating North Northumberland regions. .

Region Information

Note: No children under 10 for insurance purposes.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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