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Charlies Cottage

(Ref. 958246)

Swinton, Scottish Borders Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable, spacious cottage with lots of character."

    Well placed to tour the Borders area. Owner and local contact very helpful & considerate - best we've come across in 35 years of UK holiday rentals. Recomend this property for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely place and definitely will be back ."

    The dogs loved the garden and you could tell the owner has dogs . We felt very safe with the gates in the back garden. Friendly, welcoming , clean and very well equipped kitchen. Thanks so much x

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jun 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage was spacious, clean and well equipped in quiet location."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2024

  • "An excellent cottage, well placed for visiting many sites."

    The owner was very helpful, even checking if it was ok for the gardener to call (we were out that day).

    Reviewed by E3.8May 2024

  • "This was our first holiday with our new puppy, and we loved it."

    The garden was completely enclosed and safe, as stated in the description. The cottage was clean and comfortable. We had a wonderful time there, and hope to return some time in the future. There is a hotel a short walk into the village centre, decent food, with lovely and friendly staff. A great place to stay for either a quiet break, or for exploring the Scottish Borders. The owner of the property was so helpful and friendly. Great cottage!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2024

  • "All very good, will return."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0May 2024

  • "Charlie’s Cottage is probably our favourite holiday destination."

    We love the area. The house is cosy & comfortable, very peaceful & the garden is perfect for our dogs, who spent every evening sleeping by the wood burner. We’ve already booked the same week next year. Amanda was a great host, always at the end of the phone for any queries, friendly & approachable.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Charlie's Cottage, It has everything you could need."

    Very secure for dogs and children, garden spacious and on a nice day very enjoyable. We saw a review of the cottage before we went saying the heaters were inadequate, we do not agree with this at all. There is no heating in the hall and kitchen so if you keep the doors closed it actually gets warm and cozy, we had mixed weather and never needed to use the fire, the heaters were enough. The owner has tried to give you everything you could need, extra blankets, electric blankets on beds, starter pack for the fire etc. We would quite happily stay at Charlies cottage again in the future.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2024

  • "Perfect stay, the house is lovely and cozy, very clean and well equipped."

    It has a big enclosed garden which was perfect for our dog. The town has a lovely Hotel and pub close by and lots of things to do around the area like visiting castles, walks to old settlements and even Jim Clark's motorsport museum.

    Reviewed by Cristina5.0Mar 2024

  • "Charlies cottage was a little disappointing, it was very cold and found the storage heaters were inadequate, we had to have the log burner on every day and wasn't cheap to run."

    Outdoors was in need of maintenance and stairs to the garden were full of dead leaves making it very slippy. The shower was not powerful enough and hot water only lasted a few minutes,one of us couldn't use the bath or shower as no safety handles and being elderly made it unsafe. A lot of dust and cobwebs in the lounge area. The area in general was not for us as there was not a lot for us to see or do.

    Reviewed by Sandra3.8Mar 2024

  • "A charming little cottage."

    Ideally situated for all that the Borders have to offer. Charlie's is a cute cottage with all you need for getaway. Brilliant to have the enclosed garden for the dogs and plenty of gates to keep the kids and dogs safe. The host was really responsive to our messages and provided just the right level of details in her communications. We enjoyed our short stay at Charlie's very much.

    Reviewed by Naomi4.1Feb 2024

  • "Lots of things we liked about the cottage, the log fire, well equipped kitchen, spacious rooms, good shower, good bedding and towels."

    Useful heated blankets on the beds. Good sized dog friendly garden. Good communication with owner. Washing machine and dishwasher. An interesting quirky cottage. Very friendly area to stay. Somethings to be aware of :- no heating in the kitchen or hall, this meant these rooms were very cold, also Struggled to get hot water out of the taps.

    Reviewed by Catherine3.8Jan 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, great to relax and enjoy the area."

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay."

    The garden was a real plus. We would recommend to other dog owners and would stay again if in the area.

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Oct 2023

  • "We had a great time at charlies cottage, lots to see and do within short driving distances."

    the cottage had everything you could need. amanda the owner was in touch with us via email and left a lovely welcome gift for us which was a kind gesture. thanks amanda for letting us use your lovely cottage. would we use charlies cottage again, yes we would.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely quirky little cottage, so peaceful and just what we as a busy family needed for some rest and relaxation"

    Reviewed by Dawn4.1Oct 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay in Charlie’s cottage."

    A really well equipped, clean, cosy, comfortable property. Beautiful secure, gated gardens that the dog loved exploring. Easy to access other nearby towns and visitor attractions such as Coldstream, Duns and Berwick to mention just a few. A very peaceful, restful break and we would definitely like to stay at this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Charlies cottage, it was comfortable and had all we needed."

    We did have a couple of issues ,the bathroom radiator was not working which meant we couldnt get the towels dry. Also the ouside area had a dog poo left in it which we removed . Also there was a patch of moss on the area which was slippy when it rained. .We felt that it should have been power washed .

    Reviewed by Trevor3.8Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and welcoming."

    Good location to explore the Borders from can recommend it.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2023

  • "Cottage was very clean , very comfortable everything you needed was in the cottage , its animal friendly but you wouldnt know animals had been there , got lovely email off owner of what was around & about plus in cottage plenty of leaflets telling you about things goin on round & about which we made use of a lot of them would recomend this cottage ."

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such lovely feedback. Thrilled that you all enjoyed yourselves and that you got to see some of the wonderful countryside and attractions of the area. We’d love to see you back again. Amanda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had the most peaceful, relaxing time at Charlie's Cottage."

    Our dog, Pogo absolutely loved her time in the garden. Safe and plenty of room for her to run about. Loved the whole house so much. We could of happily moved in. The kitchen was incredible, everything you needed was in that kitchen. We slept and ate well. Sad to leave this beautiful place. We will be back to Charlie's cottage. Pure bliss.

    Reviewed by Sonia Rose5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage has everything you need great garden for people with family and ..."

    Lovely cottage has everything you need great garden for people with family and pets comfy beds for a good night's sleep after a hard days sightseeing there is a lovely pub a couple of hundred yards along the road which is pet friendly the owner can't do enough for you i would highly recommend 5 stars we will definitely be back regards william

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, so glad you all had a good time. Can’t wait to have you back again. Amanda Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, stayed here during a family emergency."

    Amanda the owner of the cottage was great and allowed us to have our dogs with us, and liaised with us during our stay. Cottage was very clean, tidy and felt like home. Everything you need and in driving distance of Duns only 4 miles away where there are many shops ie co-op bakery, take always, chip shops Vet and if you have any car problems I highly recommend Adam Green motors in Duns he’s also a good friend, he came to the rescue when a nail puncture the tyre. Nothing not to like about this lovely cottage and great value for money, only negative wish we could have stayed longer. Huge thank you to Sykes Cottages for their very speedy professional help the day we arrived under family emergency, they delivered can’t thank them enough for their super service. Will certainly look you up again. Jacqueline Williams Ironbridge Shropshire

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jul 2023

  • "Nice location for day trips in the area."

    Nice cottage

    Reviewed by Thys2.8Jul 2023

  • "Excellent cottage for dog owners, totally secure large garden, dog bowls and other necessities provided."

    The cottage was very well set up with nearly everything you need for a great stay. Unfortunately I had expected there would be a hairdryer but there isn’t. The main bedroom needs blackout blinds behind curtains as there is a street light directly outside the window and the TV reception is often poor. We didn’t let any of this ruin a fabulous getaway in a lovely quirky cottage. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Georgina3.8Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was beautiful."

    Secluded, lovely private enclosed garden for the dogs. Only issue was the heating. Some teething problems with new heaters programming. Also we wanted to each have a bath we had to boil extra water. Otherwise the perfect retreat.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was very nice, but the sofa was a bit uncomfortable."

    The garden was overgrown at the front. The grass in the orchard, the gardener has only cut half the grass. The long grass, if you have a dog and it went to the toilet was very hard to find and clean up. As for the other grass, all the cuttings was left and carried into the property.

    Reviewed by Kenneth3.8May 2023

  • "Good property with everything you need."

    Really dog friendly with secure spaces to sniff and explore! Lovely part of the country, we enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Apr 2023

  • "I was to find no central heating and no running hot water but there was two ..."

    I was to find no central heating and no running hot water but there was two electric heaters one in the toilet and the other in the double bedroom and to portable heaters in the living room alongside the log burner which was fantastic the heat from was brilliant but otherwise the the cottage was lovely and forgot all the bed's Hadd electric blankets

    Hi, the village is off-grid so the heating is by thermostatic and oil-filled electric radiators with the log burner in the living room and all beds have electric blankets as you noted. Hot water is provided by the immersion heater which together with the switch is found in the kitchen. This is turned on prior to your arrival so that you have a supply of hot water ready to use. Neither myself nor my local contact were made aware of any problems with the hot water during your week's stay so that any problem could be investigated and resolved. I'm glad you enjoyed other aspects of the cottage and thank you for the review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James4.7Mar 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay cottage was very clean and well equipped in kitchen ."

    Front room had a mobile oil filled radiator for size of room it was inadequate plus side there was a log burner which we used that what was was what made room toastie only a very small amount left as a starter pack for burner not enough for one nights fire could be more generous.pearsons at Dunn's have a good selection of logs .owner was helpful lots of places to visit over enjoyed our break

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.4Jan 2023

  • "Just returned from Charlie’s cottage was an amazing week really enjoyed our ..."

    Just returned from Charlie’s cottage was an amazing week really enjoyed our stay fabulous cottage with everything you need cosy to the log fire was brilliant on the cold winters nights,ideally situated to Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Nov 2022

  • "We were very pleased with the cottage ,everything you need for self catering ..."

    We were very pleased with the cottage ,everything you need for self catering holiday ,nice and warm though we didnt use log fire it was all there to light up if needed

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "A charming and cosy cottage well equipped for an enjoyable stay."

    The owner and her team were welcoming, friendly and helpful in making our stay memorable. The cottage is well located for enjoying the beautiful countryside and the local amenities. As well as having easy access to local beaches and river walks the dogs enjoyed the yard and garden. We will definitely return to this delightful cottage. Matt and Eileen.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Oct 2022

  • "Charlie's cottage was lovely, our dog particularly enjoyed the enclosed garden/orchard the fruit from which was so sweet and juicy."

    The cottage itself was well equipped, although the heating took a bit of getting used to, but the log burner in the lounge made it cosy; a great place to be on the couple of cold, wet days we had. We are both in our 70's and we would really have appreciated a hand grip in the bath/shower. The owners are to be complimented upon the wonderful library of books, particularly on Scottish history and fly-fishing. It was amazing to think that part of the cottage was built around the time of the Jacobite Rebellion , thankfully the more up-to-date extension gave the cottage many of the modern necessities we expect today, such as running water, electricity the like. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Charlie's Cottage and would love to re-visit it again.

    Reviewed by Richard Brian4.1Sep 2022

  • "Was a brilliant base in a friendly village."

    Lovely and clean , needed a log fire in evening as radiator in room didn’t work but didn’t matter as was cosy with log burner. Front door hard to close my wife couldn’t do it but was only niggle . Lovely safe garden for dogs . Definitely be returning excellent value for money with a comfortable bed so slept well.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Sep 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Thermostatic electric radiators in living room, bedroom 1 and bathroom
  • Electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Private driveway for 1 large car or 2 medium cars, along with on-street parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with large lawn and patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles

The property

This lovely two-bedroom detached cottage in Swinton, Scottish Borders is the perfect place for families or friends to come and enjoy their time away.

The property has a large garden and a woodburning stove so you can enjoy the wonderful outdoors inside as well as feeling connected to nature.

It is also very dog-friendly so you can bring your four-legged friends along with you while you enjoy your time here!

Step inside to the entrance hallway, where you can kick off your walking boots, ready to explore your rural location.

The living/dining room is perfect for relaxing as well as enjoying mealtimes together with its plush sofa, chair, smart TV, and 4-seater dining table.

After a long day out, you can come back and curl up with a cup of tea while watching your favourite shows.

Moving through the property, locate the kitchen, home to an electric oven, hob, microwave, as well as a washing machine and dishwasher to do the cleaning up for you.

Head outside onto the garden with an enclosed area, a large lawn, and a patio furnished with outdoor seating, so you can kick back with a cold beverage.

As the evening winds to a close, retire inside and find the family bathroom to soothe your muscles in a hot bath or take a quick wash in the shower.

When sleep calls, there is a king-size bedroom that is a pleasant space containing bedside lamps for reading and the second bedroom is a well-kept twin room, perfect for young children.

In the morning, prepare for the day ahead with a home-cooked breakfast, courtesy of the kitchen appliances before getting better acquainted with your location.

Sporting links are well catered for whether its fishing on the Tweed River, the many local golf courses, the stunning walks in the countryside and on the coastal paths, boat trips on the river or out to sea, or horse riding from trekking to trail riding.

Venture a short distance south to Coldstream on the banks of the border River Tweed, with an array of independent shops, a garage, museum of The Coldstream Guards, pubs, and restaurants, as well as a public golf course and the Hirsel estate, with beautiful walks, café, and craft shops.

Easy trips south also include Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Northumberland National Park, the vibrant city life of Newcastle and the excitement of Gateshead Quays and Millennium Bridge.

Jump in the car to explore the Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed where you can visit several attractions including the beaches, Berwick Boat Trips, Berwick Castle and Ramparts, The Lowry Trail, find atmospheric pubs and lively Foxtons Wine bar and Restaurant as well as The Magna Tandoori.

Head north and the local town of Duns provides a range of shops and amenities, while under 50 miles away with easy rail or road links is Edinburgh city with its history, architecture, shopping, and outstanding festival!

Well worth a visit!

Although Swinton is tiny, please remember it is a rural village that has passing traffic and during harvesting will carry farm traffic that is an essential part of the production of food cycle.

For a memorable getaway, whisk your loved ones to Charlies Cottage.

EPC Rating: Band G

EPC Rating: Band G

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: SC-00760-F

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About the location


Coldstream 5 miles; Duns 7 miles; Berwick-upon-Tweed 12 miles; Kelso 13 miles.

The village of Swinton has been a centre for rural activities since the 11th century, but was laid out as it is seen now in the 18th century. It is just 5 miles north of the town of Coldstream, which lies on the banks of one of the best salmon rivers in the country. 7 miles away, Duns was once the main town in the area, and has much history to offer. There are castles and stately homes throughout the Scottish Borders, and much to see and do including golf, fishing and walking. Just a short drive away is the east coast of Scotland with its beautiful beaches, while vibrant Edinburgh can be reached in one hour’s drive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas