“Perfection in the Borders!”
Located just outside Duns, the Lodge is in the middle of rolling hills and countryside. We couldn't have asked for more. We would definitely recommend this cottage and the Borders as a holiday destination. ...
Located just outside Duns, the Lodge is in the middle of rolling hills and countryside. We couldn't have asked for more. We would definitely recommend this cottage and the Borders as a holiday destination. We used the Lodge as a base for relaxing, running and dog-walking plus the tourist attractions (The Southern Upland Way is on the doorstep). Nearby Duns Castle has a nature reserve too that you can walk around. The two dogs really enjoyed playing in the vast garden too. The Borders and Northumberland are very dog-friendly! Many cafes and shops let dogs in. Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh, North Berwick and Berwick-Upon-Tweed are close by. The roads were so quiet to get there. Perfect market towns with galleries and good butchers, cheese shops and cafes. We also visited Alnwick Castle and Gardens and Craster for a birthday day-out and meal. Although about an hour away it was worth the trip (Craster Seafood Restaurant). The castle was great for our Harry Potter mad son (and husband). The beaches of Coldingham and Bamburgh were perfect for sandcastle building and rock pooling. The lodge itself was spotless and high-end. We loved the decor and the facilities. Andrea and Stu had wonderful communication via email, welcome call and wine and cake. We enjoyed reading the email with lots of information about dog-friendly places to visit which proved useful. The gardens were brilliant to sit in and watch the wildlife. So quiet and relaxing. We saw a variety of birds, including evidence of owls... On a run, deer, stoats and birds of prey were spotted. Fortunately, we ran out of time to do some of the things on our wishlist, so we will have to come back one day!!
“Whitchester Lodge is a beautiful 100 year old, superbly equipped and maintained property in a lovely quiet location near to the town of Duns.”
The owner clearly take a great pride in what they do and are to be complimented regarding the comprehensive information that was provided prior to our arrival - over and above that supplied by Sykes. One of the best properties we have stayed at. The owner does require a 'good housekeeping bond' payment of £125 (September 2018 rate) prior to arrival which was reimbursed within 24 hours of vacating the property with no damage or additional cleaning requirements arising. There is are no mobile network connections in the immediate area but a landline telephone is available for contacting the owner and for 'essential calls'. Wifi is provided and is reliable.
“Excellent, quality accommodation”
Lovely, comfortable property. Very dog friendly with a gorgeous, enclosed garden. Great walks nearby. Would recommend.
“By far the best holiday cottage we have stayed in truly top grade”
“The property was extremely well equipped with everything we needed, even a snow shovel which really was a life saver.”
The rural nature of Whitchester Gamekeeper Lodge was a real plus for walks out. A blanket of snow arrived part way through our stay which brought about some challenges when leaving for home. We were given help and guidance in order to get home safely. The owners were extremely thoughtful and went above and beyond. Thank you does not seem enough for all Andrea and Stu did to help us during our stay.
“Whitchester Lodge is by far the best property we have had the pleasure to stay in during our frequent visits to this area.”
Its location is so ideally situated for its breathtaking scenery, wildlife and lovely walks. Andrea and Stu, the owners, were absolutely brilliant. Just wish we had found this property years ago! Highly recommended.
“Lovely place to get away from the rat race.”
...lovely countryside, lovely friendly people in villages nearby. The lodge was lovely and tastefully decorated and the garden was excellent for the dogs.
“Stunning Inside and Out - Pet Friendly - Lovely People”
We enjoyed a week at Whitchester Gamekeeper Lodge 4th - 11th December 2017. The house is lovely and decorated for Christmas, the gardens are beautiful and the main thing for us is it was pet friendly. The garden was fully enclosed and our furry family loved it. Angela and Stu are lovely people and nothing was too much trouble :-) Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home. 5 Star accommodation I can't imagine anyone would be disappointed upon arrival. Kelso was our favourite place to visit. Thanks again. Julie & Tony Brown
“Great communication from owner.”
Plenty of information about the property and the area around available at the lodge. Had everything we needed plus many unexpected extras. Made for a fantastic Christmas stay.
“Great house and tastefully furnished to the highest standards.”
Key holder was extremely helpful and communicated excellently via mail. I would go as far as to say the interior is what you would expect from a 5 star hotel, let alone a cottage. Garden was great for dog, fully enclosed and immaculate. Bedrooms were spotless, and again, beautifully furnished. Our dog has done a review of the property on his website (yes he has a website) from a dog`s perspective, so let your dog have a look :) http://groznydog.blogspot.co.uk/ Would recommend to anyone, with or without a dog, that wishes to get away for a super quality break.
“The epitome of comfort and attention to detail.”
So welcoming, The most beautiful and well equipped cottage I have stayed in.
“Generous hospitality at its best!”
When you discover something bordering on your idea of perfection it's hard to find words without sounding trite or cliched. The Lodge expereince was outstanding from start to finish. Information and communication from Andrea was exceptional and enabled us to make the most of every day; the recommendations in the guest information file got us off to a fantastic start; thank you so much for those! The greatest compliment we can pay is for us to say that Whitchester Gamekeeper's Lodge reflects generous hospitality at it's very best. Exquisite decoration throughout and attention to every little detail meant that we could relax right from the start. We had a truly brilliant time. Thank you hardly seems adequate but it comes from the heart. I'm certain we will be back!
“Could not have been better If you want to relax than this is the place.”
“The cottage was beautifully presented and extremely well equipped.”
Cakes and drinks were provided on arrival and communication with the owner was exceptional.
“One word - fabulous!”
Wow. We have run out of superlatives to describe this gem of a house - everything about it, from the warm and inviting log fire glowing on our arrival, to the impressively thorough attention to detail (even hot water bottles if needed!) enabled us to have a truly fabulous holiday over New Year. This is our 14th year of self catering new year trips, and without doubt, our best ever. The warmth, luxury and comfort of the gorgeous gatehouse (mirroring the warmth of the lovely owner, Andrea) were a treat for the body and soul. It is private, yet comfortably close to all amenities, and is a fantastic base for exploring the lovely Scottish Borders and Northumberland. We cannot recommend the house highly enough, would come back in a heartbeat, and will look back on a truly magical new year. Thank you, Andrea, you have an amazing house, and are a lovely host.
- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Duns 6 miles.
Whitchester Lodge is a stunning, Grade B listed Victorian former gate lodge to Ellemford Estate, built in 1897 and set in a beautiful garden with open views of the surrounding Lammermuir Hills.
As you glide through the fabulous original gates and behold Winchester Lodge you will swiftly realise, that this is not your average holiday cottage.
The building itself is simply stunning and has been lovingly renovated; this is the ideal base for families and friends wanting a break together in a delightful location.
Whitchester Gamekeeper Lodge has three charming bedrooms, one with a woodburning stove for extra romance, all tastefully furnished with luxury furniture and beautiful window dressings.
The whole cottage boasts calming Farrow and Ball colours, original wooden flooring and mullioned sash windows.
The elegant sitting room has a warming woodburning stove and sumptuous sofas that invite you to curl up and chill out.
The polished modern kitchen has sleek granite worktops, slate flooring and a range of units to suit the most discerning chef.
From here you access the light and airy sun room which is the perfect place for the party to gather for a hearty breakfast or a glorious Sunday roast.
Outside a large garden gives plenty of room for children and pets to play or why not just relax and soak up the tranquil country atmosphere of the beautiful Scottish Borders?
Situated amongst the Lammermuir Hills the location of this Duns cottage is excellent for walking, riding or cycling, with countless footpaths and bridleways from the doorstep.
With Edinburgh and the Heritage Coastline an easy drive away, this Duns cottage is in the perfect location for a relaxing Borders break.
Note: This property can be booked with Ref 946703, together they sleep 7.
Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with woodburning stove, 1 x double, 1 x single. Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen. Walk-in pantry. Utility. Sitting room with woodburning stove. Sun room with dining area (seats 6).
- Oil fired central heating with woodburning stoves
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, WiFi, landline phone (for emergency use only), selection of books
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Highchair and baby bath on request
- Off road parking for 2 cars
- Enclosed lawned garden to rear with furniture
- Two well-behaved dogs welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles
- Note: There is a stream in the adjacent paddock, children and pets to be supervised
- Note: Children over 6 years only
- Note: Check-in 4pm
- Note: No mobile signal at this property
Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £125.
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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.
Note: Children over 6 years only.
This property offers the following short breaks:
- Last minute
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