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The Coach House

Chirnside, Scottish Borders (Ref. 2994)


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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Warm & comfy cottage 'cosy' best describes it."

    Be aware of ceiling in bedroom! Agnes did warn us. Cottage lovely & warm, bed v comfy for us. No cafetiere, plastic utensils for non stick pan. Bigger towels would be nice. If you're walkers & need to wash/dry off items there isn't a washing machine or any facility to dry things. No problem for us parking on street v close to cottage. Agnes & Bob were v pleasant and to be fair we didn't ask for any of above.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments about our holiday cottage The Coach House. We are very please that you found it cosy, warm and comfortable. The cafetiere had been accidentally broken by our housekeeper the week before, but she has very kindly replaced it and the property has got it's cafetiere once more. Coach House is not advertised as being equipped with a washing machine, but a launderette can be found in the nearby town of Berwick. However, on your advice, we have now put a clothes airing rack into the property, to facilitate drying of wet or damp clothes. The towels we provide are standard sized hand towels (50cmx85cm) and bath towels (70cm x 130cm) which is industry standard for holiday accommodation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2021

  • "Lovely comfy accommodation it was our 46th wedding Anniversary when the owner ..."

    Lovely comfy accommodation it was our 46th wedding Anniversary when the owner Agnes heard this she gave us two bottles of wine to celebrate thank you for a lovely break

    Reviewed by GwenethAug 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Coach House in Chirnside."

    Accommodation was totally satisfactory. Cosy little cottage with everything we needed. Our hosts were so nice and helpful. We would certainly recommend others to visit the cottage. Perfect place to chill and wind down. would go again!!!

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2021

  • "Too expensive for what it was."

    Apparently pet friendly, but the dog was not allowed in the garden or court yard. Parking was on the street on a first come, first serve basis, battling with local residents. Welcome pack was a pint of milk and 1 dog chew. Facilities were limited and in poor condition. Will not recommend or return. Would not even give a 1star rating.

    Dear Mr Paterson, Thank you for your recent review, we always welcome feedback. Guests are welcome to bring a pet dog entirely free of charge to the Coach House, enabling them to enjoy the companionship of their pet whilst on holiday, and making substantial savings on kennel fees. The Coach House is not offered with a garden and it is clearly stated in the property particulars, which no doubt you saw prior to booking, that pets are required to be kept on a lead and to be exercised and toileted off site at the adjacent park. Your Welcome Pack included milk, tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits, and your Pet Welcome Pack included a water bowl, pet waste bags, a treat, and a towel. The Guest Information Book included information about pubs and other amenities which will accept pets, and local walks. The Coach House is offered with 'on-street' parking only, which is both amply available and free of charge throughout the village. Chirnside is a small, peaceful and friendly place, and I have never seen anyone 'battling' with anyone, let alone over parking. I recall that most days I saw your car parked directly outside our cottage.. The Coach House facilities were exactly as advertised both in text and photos and you did not request any assistance during your stay. If you had, we would have done our best to quickly repair or replace any non-working items. Your frustrations appear to be a general dissatisfaction with what you had booked. Given both your level of frustration with the property, and taking into account it was offered as advertised, I am left intrigued as to what you were expecting to find? Kind Regards Bob and Agnes Property Owner

    Reviewed by ColinJun 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, owners advertise precisely the details of the cottage, cleaned and fogged to high standard for COVID."

    Great area for local walks and open countryside. So glad we booked and our Westie dog had a very chilled stay.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2021

  • "We loved our stay at the Coach House."

    It was helped by some fantastic weather. It was a great base to explore the top of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The village of Churnside is a fabulous location with stunning views. The cottage was perfect for two and the courtyard is bathed in sunshine from early morning until about 4.30pm in the summer, so we had breakfast outside every morning. The cottage had everything we needed, albeit the kitchen was a little dark. As described, the on street parking was absolutely fine and not a problem. The mini co-op was a few doors down, and the village chip shop was no more than 50 yards away. All very convenient. Our hosts were lovely and very welcoming. We would also recommend Berwick Cycles for cycle hire if you are interested! A delightful stay in a delightful cottage.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2021

  • "The coach house is a beautiful, cosy cottage and was exactly as described."

    It was very well equipped and met all our needs. It is very pet friendly and our dog had a great time. The directions given on the email were perfect making it easy to find. There are plenty of excellent walks on the doorstep.The village has great amenities and is a perfect location for exploring the local area. The owners are lovely and welcoming. I would highly recommend the coach house, we had a great stay and hope to return in September.

    Reviewed by KirstyMay 2021

  • "The cottage was clean and cosy and met with basic requirements The bathroom was ..."

    The cottage was clean and cosy and met with basic requirements The bathroom was small but had plenty of hot water agood shower and a lovely deep bath It was situated within easy access to local places of interest and a pub,chip shop and co-op We did have a bit of problem finding it as was not signed in any way but locals were able to help There is no parking inside grounds of cottage but we always managed to get a space just outside We did not find the cottage dog friendly as dog wasn't allowed up on furniture and there was no outside area for dog to go Local to the cottage there is plenty of places to walk the dog but would have been good just to let dog out first thing in morning and last thing at night It clearly shows in photos and informs you in description of the slanted roof in bedroom This however did not stop us banging our heads After a few bumps you start to pay more attention

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2021

  • "Owners were really nice, and it was a pleasure to walk into a nice cosy house."

    . It was perfect for what we needed it for would highly recommend, and will hopefully be back

    Reviewed by KathleenNov 2020

  • "Had a very relaxed holiday in a super cottage with everything i needed."

    very friendly small town with excellent amenities. owners a really lovely couple

    Reviewed by CliffSep 2020

  • "Lovely place , great owners, nice touches like milk in fridge, and a goody bag for the dog."

    ..very clean and comfortable, set in the grounds of the owners house in a quiet village with coop 1 min walk away

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "We loved the property and the location and the owners were very welcoming and helpful."

    The coach house is charming and cosy and was very clean and tidy. We would highly recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by RachellJul 2020

  • "Enjoyed the cottage, very comfortable and in a good location we will return, however, there is a parking problem, being able to park on site would help."

    Thank you for your feedback, we are delighted that you found our cottage comfortable and welcoming. With reference to parking, the Coach House is advertised with parking 'on-street' and this is reflected in the price. There is free parking throughout the village, which is frequently available right outside the Coach House. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BridgitteNov 2019

  • "Visitors should be made aware of the sloping roof in the bedroom meaning you cannot stand at the side of the bed, not the best for oldies."

    Such a shame that with all the vast space of the courtyard there is no off road parking and that there is a lovely garden leading this courtyard that is "out of bounds". A comfortable , clean property but we would not return.

    We appreciate your feedback on your holiday at the Coach House and are glad you found it to be comfortable and clean, however we regret you did not enjoy some aspects of the property. The Coach House is a tasteful conversion of an old building and the bedroom eaves can be clearly seen in the photos. The large courtyard and garden belong to the adjacent property and are therefore not available to Coach House guests. The photos and description summary give a very clear indication of what comes with the property. Thanks once again for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2019

  • "Sadly this accommodation is poorly laid out, the bathroom very small."

    The carpets and furniture tired and grubby. We have stayed in much better from Sykes. However the owner was very pleasant and the location ideal for what we wanted.

    Thank you for your comments, we always appreciate feedback from our guests. We are sorry that you did not find the Coach House to your liking. As clearly shown in the photos it comes with a small bedroom in the eaves of the attic, and a small designer bathroom which includes a full bath with a shower over. The Coach House has bags of character, a great location, and is competitively priced.In addition the carpets have recently been cleaned and the furniture has been upgraded. We appreciate your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2019

  • "The views and the comfort of the cottage to come back too after a day out"

    Reviewed by KennethMay 2019

  • "The Coach House is a very nice cottage in a very nice village it is clean and tidy and very comfortable."

    With it being set on the owners land and the courtyard having double gates makes it a bit more private, saying that, it is said to be pet friendly but the info book has very strict rules about where and what your pet can do, no toileting your dog in the grounds etc I found this a bit off putting and we were supposed to get a doggy welcome pack which wasn’t there.

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2019

  • "Only to where the key should be left on leaving the cottage."

    Reviewed by RaySep 2018

  • "Such a cosy, comfortable cottage so near excellent facilities in the village."

    Co-op open every day to 10pm, lovely fish & chip shop, paper shop, coffee shop & pub. Brilliant to have everything on door step. Amazing views from village, great walks and so many places to visit in easy drive. Loved it!

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2018

  • "We loved The Coach House."

    It was cosy, comfortable and homely, very well equipped and in the perfect place for exploring the beautiful area. We were given a little bit of the properties history from the cottage owner who was very welcoming. Would not hesitate to recommend this cottage to family and friends. Your Company made the booking procedure so easy so will definitely be using you again.

    Reviewed by PatriciaAug 2018

  • "If u want a feel good break with friendly people this is the cottage for you"

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2018

  • "Spent six nights at the Coach house."

    Very pleasant and relaxing, blessed with great weather. Very comfy and clean every thing you need.Good area for touring East Coast and surrounding areas. Very welcoming owners and lovely court yard, well kept gardens. This was first time cottage hire for us and will definitely be back. Margaret and Bob.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2018

  • "The cottage is nice and cosy ideal for two and has every thing you would need ..."

    The cottage is nice and cosy ideal for two and has every thing you would need and is in easy reach of the coastal towns

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2018

  • "Stunning and remarkable views, welcoming locals and a cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by HalimaApr 2017

  • "The only difficulty I experienced during my short break was the availability of suitable car parking."

    Only available was limited roadside parking on a narrow main road, and had to be taken on a first come first served basis. Otherwise, first class.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2017

  • "Perfect location for exploring the border countryside and fantastic dog friendly beaches of Northumberland."

    Relaxing holiday in clean and cosy cottage - would highly recommend

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2016

  • "This is a lovely holiday cottage for two, very comfortable, and perfectly located for the areas we wished to visit."

    The owner and local residents are very friendly and welcoming. Dave & Annie (Sheffield)

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2016

  • "The Coach House is a lovely cottage, it was perfect for the two of us."

    Very comfortable and cosy. The location was great, not to far away from the attractions we wanted to visit.

    Reviewed by Anna MarieJun 2016

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at The Coach House and would recommend it to couples seeking a lovely cottage which is convenient for exploring the many coastal towns and villages, especially Seahouses."

    The owners of the cottage were very helpful and advised us on the best places to visit; we particularly liked Kelso, a town full of interesting family-owned shops and a pub called The Cobbles. We will certainly return to this delightful cottage. Overall, a delightful cottage in a wonderful location.

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2014

  • "Well situated for exploring the village and area."

    Bright and comfortable accommodation with good privacy.

    Reviewed by LeonoraAug 2014

  • "We had a great time."

    Staying at The Coach House was ideal, and central for getting out and about. We went to so many beautiful places, it is hard to pick out just one, all that we can say is that we will be going back in 2014 for a longer period!

    Reviewed by EllenNov 2013

  • "The cottage was warm, cosy and well appointed."

    Well positioned for all local attractions and amenities.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2013

  • "Very warm throughout."

    Well heated during very cold week. Much appreciated.

    Reviewed by MattMar 2013

  • "Central location for many walks and places of interest to visit."

    Lovely comfortable cottage and welcoming helpful hosts. Local residents also friendly and helpful. Ticks all the boxes for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, would happily come back here.

    Reviewed by DoreenOct 2012

  • "The Coach House was situated in a quiet village, great base for visiting the surrounding towns and beaches."

    Also great walks close by. The cottage itself was lovely and the owners very friendly. We are thinking of going back in the near future.

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2012

  • "Nice village with friendly locals, good touring base."

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2012

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and lovely and warm (very important at that time of year) We both liked the location and the friendliness of the owners was very much appreciated."

    Well done would happily go back again.

    Reviewed by MaxineFeb 2012

  • "The property was lovely."

    The village and people were nice and friendly. It was also close to plenty of places to walk to and visit.

    Reviewed by EmmaOct 2011

  • "The property was secure and we felt safe, the accommodation was cosy and well situated within the village."

    The locals were all very friendly.

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2011

  • "Lovely relaxing cottage in an excellent position for exploring."

    Owners were friendly and the villagers were helpful.

    Mrs PassfieldApr 2011

  • "The owners were very welcoming and the cottage was very warm and cosy."

    This was particularly important as the weather was quite cold and blustery. The local people were also very hospitable and friendly. The shop, bank and Church were within a few minutes walk and the view over the countryside was lovely.

    Reviewed by BarbaraApr 2011

  • "A lovely cosy cottage which was extremely comfortable and a welcome retreat."

    The surrounding countryside was stunning and the location was ideal for visiting the Scottish Borders, the Northumbrian coastline, Northumberland National Park and Edinburgh. Lots of information leaflets with suggested activities were available in the cottage. We had a wonderfully relaxing time and would definitely recommend the area, the cottage and Sykes to friends and family.

    Reviewed by LesleyFeb 2011

  • "Ideal location for holidays as very central for Edinburgh and Newcastle."

    Despite the weather conditions the roads were generally passable and local amenities are very good. Village residents are very friendly and we will consider further holidays at Chirnside.

    Reviewed by BrianDec 2010

  • "Nice location, many and varied sites in the vicinity, quiet village, good road network, easy access to A1 for Edinburgh down to Newcastle."

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2010

  • "Lovely greetings from the owners."

    They were very friendly. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by MikeJul 2010

  • "Fantastic location."

    Property ideally situated to explore Northumbria and Scotland. Very good value for money too.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2010

  • "Quiet and secluded yet on the main road of a village."

    The general standard of the accommodation was very high. Owners were always available but did not intrude. Plenty of places of interest within easy reach.

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2009

  • "I think the cottage definitely deserves more than a 2 star rating!"

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2009

  • "The property is ideal for those interested in exploring the countryside and historic places."

    Lovely and beautiful views from across the hills. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JamesJun 2009

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The property

A semi-detached, stone-built cottage, converted from a stable block, on the main street of the village of Chirnside, 9 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Set in the grounds of the owners' home, this welcoming Scottish cottage in the Borders offers warm, cosy accommodation, ideal for a romantic break or for exploring the beaches, cliffs, coastline and history of this quiet, peaceful location.

The area offers walks, fishing, shooting, golf, riding, tennis and birdwatching, while Edinburgh is just over an hour away.

Just a short drive away, Berwick-upon-Tweed provides town walls, border bridges, shops, pubs and restaurants, whilst the glorious Heritage Coastline is within easy driving distance.

A cosy Chirnside cottage, and an excellent base for exploring Northumberland and the Scottish Borders!

This property is next door to Ref. 3663, and together they accommodate 9.


  • One king-size double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Eco-friendly wood pellet central heating
  • Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, TV, DVD, CD/radio, broadband WiFi access available
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Small front patio area with furniture & BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Shop & pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Guests are requested to take their dogs out of the property grounds for toilet duties and to be kept on a lead and supervised in the courtyard area as the location is not secure
  • Note: Open tread staircase to the bedroom in the attic eaves is narrow and twisting and has a sloping ceiling, therefore may not be suitable for the less mobile
  • Note: The large courtyard and garden you see on arrival belongs to the adjacent property. Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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