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Iona Cottage

Duns, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1000362)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    The broadband makes watching streamed Tv impossible and should be rectified as there is clearly a fault on the broadband. We tried to leave the cottage as clean as possible, but the vacuum cleaner that was left for use was not working, meaning we had to leave the carpet without vacuuming it. This is a lovely cottage in a lovely location. We’ve stayed here twice and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2022

  • "Splendid, fully equipped cottage in very quiet area of Scotland."

    The garden was not overlooked and was ideal for sunning ourselves listening to chirping birds. We had to cut the lawn on arrival, but this was of little importance and we had problems getting the Wi-Fi to work but probably because our internet skills are poor. Several small shops and cafes in Duns, bigger ones in Kelso and supermarkets in Berwick.

    Reviewed by TerenceMay 2022

  • "Booking with Sykes was very easy and the operatives were very helpful and an all round excellent service."

    The cottage was comfortable and suited the two of us.and although it was well equipped perhaps the bed mattresses could be upgraded!!! It was in an excellent position for visiting all the places we wanted to see especially St Abbs head. We have used Sykes before and will certainly be using them again.

    mattress replaced October 2021. Thanks for the feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage with easy parking in a quiet street."

    Good for running, walking and days out by car. Best equipped cottage I’ve ever rented.

    Reviewed by MarianneAug 2021

  • "I few more extra mugs and shorter tumbler glasses would have been useful."

    Mugs and tumbler glasses added . Thanks for the feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2021

  • "Cleanliness wasn't the best."

    Broken glass and items left in dishwasher. Chipped bowl. Dead spider and web under sofa throw. Cobwebs in places. Garden very overgrown. However, greeted with a lovely welcome box. Loads of hangers in all wardrobes and great selection of books. No point in having Netflix or prime as it doesn't have the WiFi to load it. Signal was shocking.

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2021

  • "A lovely, homely, country cottage set in a beautiful location."

    Easy travelling distance to explore the Scottish Borders

    Reviewed by ElaineJul 2021

  • "Excellent base for exploring the Scottish Border area ."

    The cottage was spacious, clean and with everything you need for an good holiday . Particularly important to us was the fully enclosed garden area which meant we could relax when letting our dog outside. Very likely to book this accommodation in the future as we still have places in this area we would wish to visit again .

    Reviewed by NeilJun 2021

  • "Lovely spacious cottage with ample bathroom facilities for full occupancy."

    Upstairs twin room is small and cosy but adequate for sleeping in, my grown up daughter and I had this room and it was fine. Quiet location, ideal for exploring the Borders Northumberland and Edinburgh.

    Reviewed by DebbieAug 2020

  • "Amazing stay loved the cottage will definitely book again in the future with out a dout."

    Reviewed by MattyNov 2019

  • "It was warm, quiet and peaceful, very well equipped and well looked after."

    A lovely welcome basket. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2019

  • "We expected, because we've never been disappointed, to have a lovely clean property."

    This property surpassed all expectations. We were left a lovely welcome basket which was greatly appreciated. The property was situated in a lovely part of the borders and was convenient to both Scotland and Northumberland. We could not fault this property at all. Absolutely wonderful.

    Reviewed by GladysSep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful peaceful area."

    Well equipped. Welcome pack much appreciated. Ideally situated for exploration of the Borders. Had a very relaxing break and hope to return. Note access to twin bedroom up a steep narrow stair, not suitable for elderly or very young children.

    Reviewed by RonaSep 2019

  • "We had a really great time."

    Cottage is in a good place for seeing most places Alnwick, holy Island, Edinburgh, all north east and Scottish attractions Bamburgh Castle to name a few. Cottage was spotlessly clean and cosy. Good facilities and welcome basket on arrival. Nice little garden for the summer. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2019



    Reviewed by BrianSep 2019

  • "A couple of disappointments, poor internet and unusable freezer."

    I will also mention, the single bedroom smells damp and musty!

    Reviewed by TeriAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, tastefully decorated and a fully equipped kitchen."

    (unfortunately when we got there someone had not closed the freezer door properly so it was all frozen over and we couldn’t use it) It was very clean. Very easy to find from directions. However, there didn’t seem to be an outside bin or at least we couldn’t find one and there was no information about recycling etc. We would have like some more information on walks that could be taken from the cottage, maybe directions etc. We had a nice time though.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage - we really enjoyed our stay."

    It's a shame the garden isn't better kept, more open and a larger area of grass with a washing line would have been great.

    Reviewed by GordonJul 2019

  • "It appeared that Iona Cottage had only been open for a short time this year as there were only a few entries in the visitors book however we were delighted with the cottage, the fixtures and fittings and location."

    The layout of the rooms is very good and definitely suits families and our two granddaughters loved the twin room in the eves with the on suite facilities. As we are experienced in booking this type of accommodation we woul like to offer the following constructive comments that we are sure would enhance the experience even further. First the frontage of the cottage is very attractive apart from the wooden board and gravel immediately in fron of the steps to the front door. This we believe is a potential trip hazard especially for anyone who has mobility issues. The mattress protector and fitted sheet for the double bed is too small as the kept coming away from the mattress which made sleeping a little uncomfortable and the mattress itself could be of a better quality as you could feel the springs when laying down. The washing machine is a great fixture, especially for anyone staying for more than a few days however there isn't a clothes line in the back garden so this is something that we would recommend is corrected quickly. The Red Book in the dining room needs to have more and clear information about how to operate the White Goods and the central heating making it easier for clients to operate these safely. As the property is rural, which is great, it would help if the owners could provide, in the Red book, information regarding local facilities, such as shops, and things to see and do in the area. Finally we would congratulate the owners on the overall experience and we would recommend the cottage to family and friends. Mr & Mrs Smith, Glenrothes, Fife Finally although it's nice to have a county style rear garden that is dog friendly and saceure the garden does need urgent maintenance to make the space more usable for the stay.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2019

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  • Three bedrooms; 1 x double, 1 x twin with en-suite basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor single bed with an en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with an electric fire
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating and 2 x electric fire
  • Gas hob, electric oven, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, selection of books and games, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Roadside parking
  • Garden with table and chairs
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Pub and shop within 2.4 miles

The property

A pretty, stone-built cottage resting within the peaceful settlement of Gavinton, a few miles away from the border town of Duns.

Iona Cottage is a heart-warming retreat for a family seeking a relaxing break to an area framed by rolling hills, beautiful lochs, historical landmarks and a vast array of attractions to explore.

Upon entering the property, be welcomed into the hallway, where you will find space to kick off your walking boots and hang your rain coats before relaxing into the evening within the charming interior.

Here, there are three bedrooms to choose from, including a ground-floor single bedroom with an en-suite, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom which occupies the eaves of the cottage and has its own en-suite basin and WC.

Stepping through the property, you will find a dining room, where you and your loved ones can gather to enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared within the amply-equipped, galley-style kitchen, which comes with all the essentials you could possibly need to cater for yourself during a week-long break, including a washing machine and a dishwasher.

After dinner, look forward to curling up on the sofa - which rests in front of a warming electric fire - and tune into the Smart TV or admire the well-kept garden from the patio doors.

If you are visiting during the summer months, spend a balmy afternoon within the garden, where a spot of alfresco dining can be enjoyed whilst your canine companion roams the lawn.

If you don’t feel like cooking one evening, venture into the nearby town of Duns, where you will be delighted to find a selection of pubs serving food, as well as restaurants and takeaways to choose from.

Whilst visiting the town, the Jim Clark Museum is worth a visit, as well as the 14th-century grand castle and the Manderston House.

Alternatively, head to the larger town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where you will find further quality amenities and attractions including the museums in Berwick Barracks and The Main Guard, the golf course and the Royal Border Bridge.

Iona Cottage is an idyllic retreat for spending time within the picturesque location.

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About the location


Berwick-upon-Tweed 15 miles.

The small border town of Duns is set in a wide valley known as The Merse and was once the capital of the Scottish Borders, when the current capital, Berwick-upon-Tweed, was under English rule. The town offers a good range of shops, including an award-winning butchers and quality delicatessen, pubs and restaurants, whilst the Jim Clark Museum is open to the public in honour of the famous racing driver who lived in the area. 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, the largest inhabited house in Scotland, Norham Castle situated on the River Tweed, Mellerstain House and Paxton House and Country Park. 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 at Duns and nearby Dunbar whilst fishing for trout and salmon on the Tweed and Whiteadder River is also available with permits available locally. The nearby walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is well worth a visit with weekly markets, town trails and a cinema. A short hop to Eyemouth to feed the resident harbour seals, enjoy award-winning fish and chips or take a boat trip for some coastal exploration. The sights and excitement of Edinburgh are just 45 miles away and numerous other destinations are within a 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, exhilarating North Northumberland regions.