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Bonalay Cottage

Horndean near Norham, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1033751)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet peaceful location."

    Good base for exploring. Cottage was well equipped, clean and comfortable. Our dealings with Sykes Cottages were simple, efficient and accurate. The cottage owner was pleasant, helpful and accommodating. I recommend this cottage. Fantastic location for walkers, with or without dogs. Only problem was that the nearest pub was too far to walk to and the food there was forgettable!!

    Thank you so much for your lovely review its so nice to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. What a shame that you didn't realise the Pub wasn't in walking distance , it does clearly mention this on Sykes listing of the property that Horndean is a rural Hamlet and the nearest Pub,shop,butcher and bakers is 3.2 miles by car. Regards Julie Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage warm, comfortable and cosy, set in a peaceful location in the Scottish Borders."

    Well located to visit lots of tourist attractions in Northumberland and Scotland, we would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by JoeMar 2022

  • "The cottage was a cosy and comfortable base in which to explore the beautiful countryside."

    The owner was easy to contact and was very helpful.

    Reviewed by PatFeb 2022

  • "Bonalay Cottage is a wonderful, calm, comfortable, peaceful base to explore the beauty of North um rrland and the Scottish Borders."

    In addition, Julie has thought of everything a dog owner could need by providing a bed, towels a d bowels for your furry friend. Thank you Julie for a wonderful stay, we look forward to our next visit to lovely Bonalay Cottage.

    Reviewed by ChirayushJan 2022

  • "Lovely warm and comfortable cottage in a lovely quiet location."

    Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by ShaunJan 2022

  • "We had the most wonderful time at the cottage!"

    It’s beautiful, cosy and was perfect for our New Years break. The bed was so comfortable, and the house had lots of thoughtful things- fresh eggs, biscuits for us and for the dog, an extra bed/towel/blanket bowl etc! The garden was lovely and the walks recommended were excellent- a beautiful beach at Chiswick and the Hirstle estate was lovely (with excellent cakes at the tea room) We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to come back for longer. Couldn’t recommend it enough!

    Delighted that to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at the Cottage and that you would like to return. It is a beautiful area but to see it at its best I recommend you visit late Spring or early Autum. Hope to see you again sometime. Regards Julie Property Owner

    Reviewed by LouiseDec 2021

  • "It was such a lovely home for the weekend away!"

    The bed was the comfiest bed we have slept in when we have been away and we slept for nearly 11 hours one day as we didn't want to get out! A perfect home

    Reviewed by KathrynDec 2021

  • "Bonalay..."

    Was experienced..for a reasonable time during Storm Arwen! No power for quite some time! The lesson...learn to appreciate that which most often we take for granted. Separately... unrelated..I get emails about £40 off next holiday...I've at least two more booked with you...so.... How about it? Also I spoke years ago to your 'chief man' about an automatic reward scheme..not for a holiday booked within the next few weeks... but for during the next year. How about it? I've booked so many holidays with you....and no rewards! How about it? David

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2021

  • "We loved this cottage."

    We had the most relaxed week holiday we have had in a very long time. It had everything we needed, was spotless clean and the bed was so comfortable. Only 15 minutes away from Berwick in the car. We will definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by LynneSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, had very comfortable stay."

    Very quiet location beautiful big garden. Everything was there that we required. Would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage and nicer than the photos show."

    Was very clean and very well stocked - ie: we missed nothing in the kitchen etc. The back garden as well as the front are lovely sun traps and dog safe - ours loved exploring it! Our only niggle, but one may be important for some to know is that the windows do not open, meaning no fresh air upstairs. Its okay downstairs as you can open the front door and back doors for a breeze. It does explain in the handbook why - but for some with allergies might be worth noting. Was lovely to find a dog bed and blanket for our poochie. If you want a relaxing place to stay that is super cozy - it has not one but two fireplaces! Then this is a great place for you. FYI - the beds were so amazing I never wanted to get out of them!!

    Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, due to the lack of income with the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020 we were unable to have the windows replaced in the property. However, now we are back to some sort of normality and business is back, we will be replacing all windows throughout the property in November 2021. Once again, thank you for your comments and we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2021

  • "Bonalay cottage has to be one of the best we have ever stayed in."

    Your listing doesn't do it justice. The owner has gone above and beyond to give everything one needs to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. So many little thoughtful extras that she included that you would not find in most other rentals and the cottage was spotless. We wouldn't hesitate in renting it again should we decide to holiday in the area and we would highly recommend Bonalay to anyone. The owner is very dog friendly. The hamlet is so peaceful and it is the perfect place for anyone wanting to get away from it all. The cottage exceeded our expectations. Well done to the owner.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review,so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Would love to see you again. Julie Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElizabethMay 2021

  • "The cottage is delightful."

    We would like to return!

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "What a wonderful cottage."

    Warm,clean,exceptionally comfy maybe a little more outside lighting in the garden area but perfect in every other way. loved it.xx

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay! Since your departure we have taken a look into the lighting outside and have now installed a solar sensor light which can be turned off manually for those wishing to stargaze in the evenings! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebraOct 2020

  • "One of the best cottages we have stopped at."

    The cottage was very clean. We could relax in the conservatory while keeping an eye on the dog in the garden. All the kitchen equipment you need. The best bit was the bed, it was so comfy you could stop there all day. I would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, really clean, very helpful and friendly owner, comfy beds and a hot shower."

    Location great for exploring Scotland or Northumberland.

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2020

  • "Delightful, well maintained cottage and garden in beautiful surroundings."

    So peaceful!

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2020

  • "Julie was very friendly."

    Met us to explain everything and had lit the fires so the house was very warm and welcoming and also very clean. We had everything we needed for our stay and so did our dog Nell. The house was in a great location for exploring the area and was very comfortable to return to at the end of the day. Quiet location, comfy beds so no trouble sleeping at night. Would definately recommend to anyone considering and we would also be more than happy to return in the future.

    Reviewed by AlexMar 2020

  • "The owner of the cottage met us on arrival."

    She was lovely and very helpful, and she gave us a tour of the cottage and indeed had the open fire and log burner made up for us, which gave us a lovely toasty welcome! We had a fabulous relaxing break in this cosy and peaceful cottage, despite the arrival of storm Dennis! Unfortunately it was too cold to use the conservatory but that wasn't too much of a problem for us. Bonalay is a charming period cottage and perfect for getting away from it all. We would love to come back! I understand that Bonalay is a relatively new holiday cottage, and from our point of view the only things we missed were egg cups (we actually bought a couple from Lindisfarne which we used and brought home), and a radio (we like to listen to Classic fm whilst having breakfast!), although we used a mobile phone for this so not too much of a problem!

    Thank you for your feedback. The owner was on hand to drop off egg cups if she had been made ware that you required them, some will now be left in the property going forward. With reference to no radio, the smart TV has all tv and radio channels, instructions on how to find them are in the welcome folder in the property. We hope this didn't detract from your enjoyment at Bonalay Cottage and the owner looks forward to seeing you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WayneFeb 2020

  • "We had a lovely 3 nights here in February in spite of storm Ciara."

    The cottage is really cosy and very comfortable in a quiet village. Julie went out of her way to make us feel welcome - had the fire and stove going for us on arrival and a packet of shortbread. Called us up now and again to check all was well too. I think in the summer the garden and conservatory will be a big plus which we didn’t really get to use due to time of year. Highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by AlastairFeb 2020

  • "The owner has created one of the best pet friendly holiday cottages we have stayed in."

    Beautifully decorated and furnished. Bonalay cottage was tranquility itself. A home from home. Peaceful yet close to beaches and towns. We love the Borders and this cottage is the most perfect romantic hideaway. We will return. We really did not want to go home. Could have stayed forever. Thank you.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJan 2020

  • "Bonalay Cottage was just what we needed."

    A beautiful cottage which was really well equipped. A really quiet area but a short drive to anything you needed. Close to the beach too. The lady who owned the cottage was amazing and really made sure we felt happy and had everything we needed. Totally recommend this

    Reviewed by Ann-louiseDec 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, both sharing a dressing room
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with coal fire
  • Conservatory
  • Utility room.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove and coal fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars at side of cottage
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio, seating and lawn
  • Enclosed small front lawn and gravel garden
  • One well-behaved dog of Cocker Spaniel size or below welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 3.2 miles, pub within 3 miles
  • Note: Children over12 years old only

The property

Norham 3.2 miles.

Resting just within the Scottish Borders above the River Tweed within the small hamlet of Horndean is this quaint 18th century cottage, Bonalay Cottage, offering a tranquil, rural spot.

Suited to a group or a family of four, this two-bedroom abode contains a traditional and sweet interior style, as well as a great location within reach of Berwick-upon-Tweed and the River Tweed.

Enter through the pretty green front door and come into the country-style kitchen/diner, where a huge red brick fireplace holding a woodburning stove takes centre stage, warming the room wonderfully, amidst the fitted wood kitchen holding all the appliances you could need for a successful self-catered stay.

The dining table provides the perfect spot to gather around for a game of cards on a quiet evening, afterwards tucking into a delicious home-cooked meal.

A traditional coal fire can crackle away within the sitting room as you settle into one of the sofas and switch on the Smart TV for some light evening entertainment, surrounded by thoughtful and pretty décor.

Take pleasure in using the south-facing conservatory to sit with a morning coffee or tea, waking up with the rest of the world as you look out to the large enclosed garden, which is a welcome addition on warm summer days, you can spread out and sunbathe or watch the birds and wildlife.

Completing the ground floor is the bathroom which holds a bath and a power mains fed shower, so you can choose how best to get ready for the day ahead.

Head upstairs past the charming floral wallpaper to find the two bedrooms, including a king-size room and a double room, both enjoying lovely antique furnishings and continuing the quaint cottage styles, with the added benefit of sharing a separate dressing room, which holds a large wardrobe and a mirror, it offers a neat space to store your things and get dressed in the morning.

Cross the border into Norham to pick up any essentials or enjoy a hearty pub lunch, before exploring the ruins of Norham Castle and continuing with a riverside walk.

Head into Berwick-upon-Tweed and discover the winding Elizabethan walls built to keep invading Scots out, head to the beach for a day on the sands, or enjoy a variety of leisure activities on offer in the town.

Take a trip to Paxton House with plenty of grounds and walks for yourself and pets.

Bonalay Cottage makes for a great spot to enjoy a trip to the Scottish Borders.

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

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About the location


Berwick-upon-Tweed 7 miles.

The historic village of Norham is most famous for its splendid Norman Castle ruins overlooking the river tweed, painted by Turner in 1845. The village has an excellent butcher and bakery, a Post Office, grocer, newsagent and two pubs, with an award-winning restaurant at the Wheatsheaf pub at nearby Swinton. Also nearby are two good restaurants in the town of Allanton which are great for fishing and shooting parties as well as the Cross Inn in Paxton. Berwick-upon-Tweed is just 7 miles away, at the northern tip of Northumberland’s beautiful Heritage Coast, boasting many restaurants, cafes, pubs and a nearby links golf course. The Scottish capital of Edinburgh or the town of Newcastle are just 40 minutes by train from Berwick. A superb base for exploring all North Northumberland has to offer.

Note: Children over 12 years old only.
One well-behaved dog of Cocker Spaniel size or below welcome.
Please note: New sash windows have now been installed (not currently shown in photographs)
This property has a Friday changeover day

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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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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