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Groom's Cottage

(Ref. 4278)

Chirnside near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scottish Borders Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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61 Customer Reviews

  • "What a lovely little cottage!"

    Loved the area and the fact that there was a little courtyard for my granddaughter and the dog to go out in. We were out most of the day while we were there but it was so nice to come back to a proper home. We cooked a couple of meals and had everything we needed. We loved it and would definitely go back. My only criticism is that on the Vrbo website it didn't make clear the amount of pets allowed, you have to really look for it in the huge write up, it needs to be mentioned at the top in the description!

    Reviewed by Mary-ann4.4Apr 2024

  • "Enjoyed my stay at this cottage, one thing I will say I feel that the cottage needs a little bit of TLC nothing major, main thing would be looking at the window in the kitchen as it seemed like the latch didn't want to open and we didn't want to pull it too hard and break it so didn't use that window."

    I would suggest instructions on how to use the radiators this is my own person opinion as I've always lived in a more modern house with number dials on the side of the radiator so was very confused how to use the radiators but that's nothing against the cottage just me not understanding how to use them.

    Reviewed by Paige4.4Feb 2024

  • "I stayed in the Grooms cottage for a week over Christmas while visiting my daughter who lives close by."

    Very comfortable, well equipped, warm and clean, the welcome package was a nice touch too, thank you Have to be careful cooking in the oven as it would burn things on one side. But turning the food regularly helps with this.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Dec 2023

  • "Great location for family of four and our dog."

    Very comfortable with everything we needed provided. Pubs and shops nearby and a 20 minute drive to Berwick. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Nov 2023

  • "Very good property."

    Good outdoor space my dog loved it.Good parking for cars.Ideally suited for Scotland and Northumbria.Good walking area. Thank you Ken .

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Oct 2023

  • "This cottage is comfortably set up for four adults and a dog and is set in pretty surroundings close to the border towns and coast."

    There are a couple of pubs a co op and a fish and chip shop nearby. My main concern was the cleaning of the property considering the check in and out times. First impressions were a dark courtyard covered in leaves with 2 old wooden chairs and some plant pots with dead plants in them.The front door mat was worn away and the steps were filthy as were the doorways and windows.There was no mat inside the door so we kept walking in leaves and muddy footprints.The house was dusty and had lots of cobwebs,the oven was dirty and the shower needed a good clean.It was also quite cold in the evening as only one heater was working downstairs and didn't give out much heat. Overall the cottage itself is very nice but it needs some care and attention to the little details to make it a more pleasant place to stay.

    Reviewed by Joanna3.4Sep 2023

  • "Everything was clean and comfortable."

    The cottage was well placed for local walks, pubs, shops. We only used the double bed which was very comfortable although the sheets were slightly too small for the very large bed. The kitchen was well equipped and very clean. It was lovely to be provided with coffee, tea, milk and biscuits (my favourite!) on arrival. It was great to have two bathrooms and both shower and bath. Thank you for a lovely holiday although helped by fantastic weather.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Sep 2023

  • "Grooms cottage is a lovely cottage set within well maintained gardens."

    It is a quiet setting with amenities only a short drive away. The cottage itself was clean and comfortable and equipped with everything you would need. The welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk and biscuits was a welcomed gesture after a long journey. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend the cottage if asked.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved our stay at this cottage."

    The grounds were beautiful and perfect for our dog. We appreciated the bbq and the fact that there are two bathrooms.

    Reviewed by Dawn4.1Jul 2023

  • "The Groom's Cottage was a delightful place, very comfortable and totally relaxing in outstanding surroundings."

    The owner was very friendly. Thank you also for the welcome pack. It was lovely to wake up in the morning and the continued bird song, a totally enjoyable stay. We would rate it very highly and would stay again definitely.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "The amenities were adequate but the outside space was disappointing."

    The trees make the cottage gloomy, with little light. The outside furniture is old, pots with no flowers. On the longest day we couldn’t sit outside as the sunshine could not penetrate the unruly trees and bushes. Unbelievably we had to put the fire on. It was however a good location for us to explore all our favourite places in this beautiful part of the world.

    Reviewed by Valerie2.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location"

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was in a very pleasant area but the immediate environs needed some attention."

    The trees on the site would benefit from lopping and felling, to allow more sunshine into the cottages, and the grounds would benefit from more regular maintenance. The cottage itself was adequate - except for the very creaky floorboards! However, as we usually arrive at a holiday cottage with several days' worth of frozen meals, we do not expect to have to defrost the freezer overnight in order to unpack the freezer bag. I would therefore suggest that the weekly housekeeping checklist includes de-icing the freezer and also checking that all the lights work.

    Reviewed by Anthea2.2May 2023

  • "Absolutely superb property and a lovely host Liz."

    We have had an absolutely perfect holiday at Grooms Cottage. The cottage was spotless and very well looked after, there is everything you could ever need, especially in the kitchen. Loads of different pots and pans etc. Even had colour coded chopping boards.. Lounge has 2 nice comfy sofas and a good size TV. Beds were very comfy. Benefits from having both a bath and shower. Enclosed garden outside with a brand new BBQ. Set in further lovely tranquil frounds. We could not find a single fault with the property at all...its fabulous ..and we will certainly return when we can. The location is quite remote and a car is needed to get around the area but we knew that before arriving and was one of the reasons we chose it. It is easy to get to loads of different places such as Edinburgh, North Berwick ( lovely little fishing town), Holy Island, Eyemouth to name a few. Most relaxed holiday we've had in ages... We would highly recommend grooms cottage to anyone. Thank you Liz, we hope to see you again soon.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0May 2023

  • "No hot water every evening that we stayed except for the evening when, the man came to sort it for that night."

    Supplied with hand towels only :(. The toilets had splashes of poop around the bowl. The outer space could have been much tidier and the BBQ was filthy. To be honest a very disapointing stay & will not book again

    I am so sorry that you were disappointed with your stay. If we fell below the standards that we expect to keep I apologize, however there are a couple of points I feel I should make. We clearly state in our welcome pack to let us know if you have any issues. My husband came and sorted the hot water at your request and asked that you let him know if there was an ongoing issue, you did not let him know. If you had let me or my husband know that you had an issue with either cleanliness in the bathrooms, or in the outside space we would have dealt with that immediately and replaced the BBQ. It is disappointing for us and our guests when they are not satisfied, however it is extremely disappointing when guests do not inform us of issues that could be easily rectified. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna2.8Apr 2023

  • "A very clean and comfortable cottage in a great location."

    We enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing week with easy access to all the local tourist attractions. We would definitely recommend Groom's Cottage to future visitors.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Mar 2023

  • "I was away on business so not a holiday for me."

    Sadly the first day I woke up with RSV illnesss so I spent all week at the cottage until I was well enough to travel home. The cottage itself is quiet and comfortable, I would have preferred a better hob to cook on and a spare blanket in the wardrobe would have been welcome. Apart from that there are a coupl of maintenance points that need attention: One of the storage heaters in the lounge area doesn't work at all. The ensuite toilet continues to tricklle water quietly so it looks like an adjustment is needed to reduce water waste.

    Reviewed by Julian3.8Feb 2023

  • "Only things missing was a potato peeler and salt and pepper shackers"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2023

  • "The cottage was excellent, clean and very comfortable The welcoming pack was a nice surprise after a long journey there."

    It’s an ideal spot to explore the Scottish boarder’s .I’d recommend grooms cottage and we can’t wait to go back next year

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Nov 2022

  • "Secluded not far from beaches or dunns or west coast if you wish to been there ..."

    Secluded not far from beaches or dunns or west coast if you wish to been there twice in the last year and will be back owners and there team very helpful we will be back

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2022

  • "Have been using this cottage for a few years now, Cottage is located in a lovely rural setting."

    Always a warm welcome from the owner with a lovely welcome pack. Only disappointment this year was the bed was no where near as comfortable as previous years.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Sep 2022

  • "Creaking floorboards noisy water pipes, cracks in lounge ceiling."

    Poor welcome pack.(1 packet of biscuits tea and coffee. Property needs updating and maintenance. Although we had a nice stay, the property could be so much better with tlc. It's in a lovely surroundings and location.

    Reviewed by David2.8Sep 2022

  • "A lovely break in a delightful quiet setting."

    A well equipped comfortable house in a rural estate. The owners were welcoming and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Close to the coast with Berwick on Tweed, Bamburgh and Alnwick all within an hour’s drive and the Scottish Border towns also within easy reach. Our collie dog Joe gave it ten woofs out of ten!!!

    Reviewed by Bill5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at grooms cottage which was in a great location."

    We thought an inside door mat would be useful especially when it was wet. Thank you once again

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Groom's Cottage."

    Everything was as listed and comfortable. Our only draw back was that normally living in a bungalow and now being well on in life we did find the stairs rather steep but that was not the fault of the owners as the photos showed upstairs.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2022

  • "A totally enjoyable stay."

    Everything was in good order, the cottage is ideal and the location splendid. There are walks along the rivers Tweed and Teviot along many tracks starting from various villages within 20 minutes drive of the cottage. The coastline is also within easy reach and is stunning. An excellent place to enjoy a break.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2022

  • "Just what we wanted I very remote cottage with road links to everywhere We ..."

    Just what we wanted I very remote cottage with road links to everywhere We enjoyed travelling to local areas and slightly further to Edinburgh and then returning to the absolute cosines of the wonderful cottage with all facilities that you would need We would definitely return

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable cottage, clean,quiet and easy to find."

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent holiday the cottage was perfect would definitely recommend and will be back again"

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Apr 2022

  • "A warm , well positioned cottage in a nice setting."

    Well equipped and convenient for exploring the local area. There is an ongoing problem with the hot water pressure , which we were told about on arrival, this requires fixing as it could be a health and safety issue. Who ever is tinkering with it prior to guests arriving is not solving the fault on a permanent basis.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy warm cottage every thing you need is there Owners were really nice and helpful Lovely surroundings easy to reach local areas for great beaches would definitely go back dog had a great time to."

    It was lovely to have you here! Happy new year and best wishes for 2022 Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Dec 2021

  • "A really lovely place to stay."

    It was warm, comfortable and very clean. The owners were really friendly and helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

    It was lovely to meet you, so pleased that you enjoyed your stay Liz Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had our first doggy holiday at The Groom's Cottage."

    The cottage is very dog friendly, clean and with all the facilities you need. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. Liz and Mike were keen to know we were happy and nothing was too much trouble. They came out in the middle of Storm Arwen to make sure every cottage had found the torches, as the power went off. They came back again in the morning to make sure everyone was ok. If you want a relaxing break with plenty to do if you want it, the Allanbank are perfect.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! It would be great to welcome you here again Liz and Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trina5.0Nov 2021

  • "We spent a week in Groom’s cottage in Chirnside."

    Lovely environment and warm well equipped home. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a very quiet place but within easy reach of some great visitor attractions."

    Some people could find the beds a little firm but as long as you don't mind a firm bed it's an excellent place to stay.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Oct 2021

  • "Loved the tranquility yet again!"

    Hosts are extremely welcoming, lovely to arrive after a long drive to a warm house, with tea and cake waiting. Second visit here…didn’t disappoint in anyway.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2021

  • "This a lovely little cottage in tranquil secluded surroundings, beautifully maintained with all mod cons and two bathrooms, one en suite."

    WiFi worked fine and with a fenced front garden and good walks nearby ideal for our Lurcher as well as for us! Lots of great places to visit. We had only 2 nights but managed two sections of the Southern Upland Way, one from Abbey St Bathans and one from Longformacus, plus we visited St Abbs Head and bought a fine piece of sculpture in the craft shop there, featuring local crafts people. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for long or short breaks, with helpful and friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Sep 2021

  • "On arrival we found some lovely cakes, fresh flowers and a few drink making items that our host Liz had put out for us which was lovely after a long drive."

    When we met her later on she was very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The grounds and cottage suited us great for exploring the borders would come again and recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Aug 2021

  • "Our week at Grooms cottage was everything we we wanted, a friendly greeting and a clean cottage."

    We had everything we needed plus some kind extras. Situated on lovely quiet grounds away from the world but everything you need just a little drive away. Recommended

    Reviewed by Dominique5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage is Ideal for people that are looking for peace and quiet."

    Reviewed by Yasmin4.1Oct 2020

  • "My husband our border terrier and myself had a lovely week, plenty of nice walks and drives out and about."

    The cottage was really cosy and warm when we arrived which was lovely as it was pouring with rain, we will be back this was our 7th time.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent time."

    Cottage was great & surrounding area wonderful for walking Only comments would be that wifi was very bad. Most of the time it told me I was connected fine, but there was no internet. It was frustrating knowing the cottage had wifi, but not having it available. Would be easier to actually say there was no wifi which I think would have been easier to cope with. Wanted wifi mainly to check on weather for next day and see opening times of different places to go & visit. Other comment would be that the teapot was in the cupboard and when I went to use it there was a used teabag in. This had obviously not been washed. Info said all crockery would have been washed. In todays climate this is especially important. Overall though an absolutely fabulous holiday & cottage was great

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Aug 2020

  • "The images and description reflects the cottage."

    Lovely place to stay

    Reviewed by Lindsey4.4Aug 2020

  • "Excellent location for visiting the Scottish Borders and the coast of north northumberland."

    Good quality food and pubs within a few miles. Very pleased with our choice.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2020

  • "Cottage was in ideal location ,owners lived across road and made us very welcome."

    Eyemouth , Berwick-upon-Tweed , Coldingham bay , St.Abbs head are all within easy driving distance. No hesitation in recommending this property.

    Reviewed by Terry4.7Jul 2020

  • "We enjoyed the cottage and area very much."

    It was very quiet and rural, just what we were looking for. Everything was lovely. It was clean and comfortable, exactly as it had been described. The hosts were helpful with the Wifi. We appreciated that so much. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Sep 2019

  • "Nice cozy cottage, lovely surroundings, plenty of lovely places to visit fairly close, our 5th time si it can’t be bad."

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Aug 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at Groom's cottage, it was comfortable and very well equipped."

    The grounds the cottage is in are so peaceful and relaxing, and located well for exploring Scotland and the North East. I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2019

  • "Excellent stay in beautiful surroundings."

    The cottage was kitted out with all you need. Very clean and comfotable Liz & Mike the owners were very helpful and extremely friendly.We are already planning to go again.

    Reviewed by Eddie5.0May 2019

  • "Only a small criticism, the tv is far too small for the room."

    Reviewed by Alexander3.4May 2019

  • "We have stayed in The Grooms Cottage and The Gardeners Cottage on different holidays and found both cottages clean and comfortable."

    Mrs Hardy is friendly and very helpful. We certainly hope to stay there in the future.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Nov 2018

  • "Location is ideal for both Scotland and Northumbria."

    The cottage was very warm with electric storage heaters, making for a very cosy November break. Board games were provided which came in handy for the early dark nights. The dog was happy and safe in the small enclosed patio area. Lovely surroundings with the cottage in the middle of a woodland. Autumn leaves with beautiful colours and sheltered from the wind and frost. Lovely place.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2018

  • "We had a lovely week at Grooms cottage, very cosy comfy and warm, this is our 4th time there and we will be back, lovely and peaceful."

    Handy for lots of other places, brilliant.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2018

  • "This cottage was lovely in a beautiful rural setting."

    It was in a very good location with easy access to Berwick-Upon-Tweed and generally very quiet and comfortable. However, annoyingly, while there was a dishwasher, there was a very limited range of crockery, glassware and cutlery, quite a lot of which was chipped. At the same time, there was a wide range of cooking pots etc. There was no brush for the floor and the hoover was unusable so while we attempted cleaning, it was very limited. We felt a little tlc would go a long way.

    Reviewed by Jen3.4Sep 2018

  • "It is a lovely little cottage, the host is friendly, approachable and friendly."

    A perfect base for exploring Scotland

    Reviewed by Nik5.0Aug 2018

  • "Great area."

    Good cottage easy to book and find

    Reviewed by T4.1Aug 2018

  • "Groom Cottage - 2 Adults, 1 Toddler, 1 Dog Extremely friendly and helpful ..."

    Groom Cottage - 2 Adults, 1 Toddler, 1 Dog Extremely friendly and helpful host Cottage has great facilities and in very good condition

    Reviewed by Kevan4.0Dec 2017

  • "Very secluded."


    Reviewed by Carol3.8Jun 2017

  • "It was a great cottage I would love to live there ."

    only one thing wrong not enough places to walk my dog x

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2017

  • "A fab little cottage in a lovely setting."

    Great base for Borders and the coast.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.8Feb 2017

  • "The location of this cottage is lovely, away from all the hassle of every day life and the open weekend at the onsite art gallery was a bonus."

    If you like peace and quiet you will love this place.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be double by prior arrangement) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with small kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Night storage heaters with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, video, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Small, enclosed patio with furniture, access to shared grounds
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: WiFi can be intermittent
  • Christmas is quickly approaching and Groom’s Cottage is a wonderful, warm and welcoming cosy space in which to plan your Christmas Shopping
  • Edinburgh and Newcastle are easily accessible by car and train and both host wonderful Christmas shopping experiences
  • Local towns such as Duns, Kelso, Newton St Boswells, also have hidden gems of boutiques and galleries, perfect for unique gifts
  • You can have the best of both worlds, venture out into the bright lights for the day, and then return to the tranquil peace of the cottage for a relaxing evening
  • Shopping not your thing? Then escape to Groom’s Cottage for a quiet retreat before the Christmas madness begins!

The property

Chirnside 1 mile. An attractive semi-detached property in a courtyard setting, in a rural, tranquil location 1 mile from Chirnside.

This Chirnside cottage offers welcoming accommodation with an open plan living area, and two light and airy bedrooms.

A particular feature of this Chirnside cottage are the large, well established and secluded grounds, complete with small private patio, making this an ideal property for simply relaxing.

This location offers some great walking countryside, rolling hills and coastal paths.

Nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed has a good selection of inns, shops and eating places.

There are splendid golf courses in the vicinity of this Chirnside cottage, and wildlife spectacles nearby such as the Farne Islands, and Bass Rock off the Scottish coast.

Holy Island is just over half an hour's drive.

If you are looking for an outdoor adventure or just some rest and relaxation for all the family, this property will fit the bill.

This Chirnside cottage adjoins Ref 4276, with Ref 4277 across the courtyard, together they accommodate 10.

EPC Rating: Band E

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas