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The Anchorage

Cockburnspath near Dunbar, Scottish Borders (Ref. 929708)

4.8

Excellent

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic house right by the sea."

    Stunning views. Easy to travel to places of interest. Cheap train from Dunbar station into Edinburg

    Many thanks for the very positive feedback - glad you enjoyed the Anchorage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2021

  • "Fabulous house 2nd time we have stayed love it!"

    Very glad you have enjoyed the Anchorage twice. Thank you for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2021

  • "Wonderful house, amazing views and had everything we needed."

    Reviewed by BeckyJul 2021

  • "Lovely holiday cottage with amazing seaview."

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2021

  • "Wow. View's, cleanliness, comfort, space, amenities, scenic local walks."

    Ideal for our Family Bubble to safely spend quality time together after lock down in the city. Phew! just what we needed! Thank you owners Hugh and Tracey.

    Reviewed by ClareApr 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at The Anchorage."

    This a lovely property with exceptional views out to sea. The property is well equipped and the lounge is bigger than it looks in the pictures on the web site. We found plenty of walks and places to visit in the area without being in contact with many people during these difficult times.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2020

  • "The setting of The Anchorage was ideal,local beaches could be walked to and were varied."

    The views were amazing,we saw a pod of dolphins one day. The arrangements by Sykes due to Covid were excellent.

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2020

  • "This is a very spacious house in a lovely setting."

    It is very well equipped athough it would have been nice to have seen it in pre Covid conditions with all the ornaments etc in place. The views at the rear of the property are spectacular and we enjoyed watching all the fishing and cargo boats going past as well as the wildlife. I would not hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by GillianAug 2020

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location ,overlooking the sea ,a little ..."

    The cottage is in a beautiful location ,overlooking the sea ,a little unfortunate that Scotland was still in near lockdown ,we managed to get an online shop from Tesco which was very helpful as this cottage didn't provide any bare essentials like milk and bread which in previous experiences many cottages do Loved the break though ,definitely recommend

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2020

  • "Lovely house ,lovely views,lovely weather,( for march)."

    Very interesting house.

    Reviewed by ColinMar 2020

  • "The Anchorage was a fantastic property which had beautiful views of the coast and was conveniently located right by the A1."

    Everything you need is there, including a lot of books, dvds, games, puzzles and a well equipped kitchen. There are even 4 bathrooms (two are ensuites) which meant that everyone in our party had their own bathroom. We enjoyed having breakfast at the kitchen table with the amazing view over the sea every day. You can walk down to a stony beach by coming out of the cottage and turning right (about a 5 minute walk) but a nicer beach is 5 minutes drive to Pease bay or 15 minutes drive to Coldingham Bay. Overall we had a fantastic stay and would highly recommend Th Anchorage.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2019

  • "This property is exceptional."

    Beautifully situated. Fabulous sea views. Fabulous furnishing and décor with quirky fixtures and fittings. Very comfortable. Very well equipped. Lots of little extras. The owners have made it a home from home and we felt privileged to share their lovely home. Unfortunately, the weather was not so kind for our visit, but we still enjoyed our stay. Would love to return for longer and maybe some better weather!

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely, very warm and cosy, with beautiful views of the sea and coastline."

    It was very well equipped. There are walks straight out from the front door. We all wished we could have stayed there longer.

    Reviewed by MaryNov 2019

  • "Fantastic holiday, beautiful settings and scenery - could not recommend The Anchorage enough - truly brilliant - will definitely be going back!"

    Reviewed by LisaOct 2019

  • "The anchorage was an excellent choice for my family and I - party of 8 including young children and a baby."

    Exceeded my expectations in all areas as a beautiful home with every luxury which we all enjoyed. The views of the sea were a highlight for all of us. Within easy reach of a number of coastal beauty spots; St Abbs, North Berwick and only an hour from Edinburgh for a day out at the galleries and shops

    Reviewed by JaniceSep 2019

  • "The cottage was fantastic over looking the sea."

    a small train away for Edinburgh. I couldn’t recommend it enough

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2019

  • "Lovely house lovely location lovely places to visit we will be back"

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2019

  • "Beautiful property with amazing sea views, lovely area had a really relaxing stay."

    Reviewed by DeanJun 2019

  • "The property itself was very comfortable however cleanliness not as I would have expected from a property of this rating - carpets in particular and a pretty run down pool table - damaged table and cues WiB no tips In addition i suspect there was a ‘premium ‘ rental included for use of the on site swimming pool."

    We arrived on Friday evening only to find that that our party of 7 adults was allocated a 1 hour slot each day with the first session being at 8.30 am on Saturday morning So for a long weekend of say 72 hours only 2 sessions were allocated No idea if any of the guests on the site used the pool during our stay or if the pool was empty at any time - no way of being able to flex or choose times

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "The location of this cottage is amazing."

    Such a beautiful spot with amazing views and trails to explore. We spent many hours beachcombing and waking the trails! The only small issue we had was the lack of hot water. Just be prepared and aware that everyone needs to take a short shower and wait in between for hot water. Other than that, it was perfect!! We will certainly be back!!

    Reviewed by BobbieMar 2019

  • "The Anchorage was a dream to stay in."

    The house was absolutely immaculate and had more than enough facilities such as kitchen equipment, towels, linen etc. The views and surrounding areas are beautiful and exactly what we, as a family, needed for our week long break. We will definitely be revisiting.

    Reviewed by GarethFeb 2019

  • "We had a lovely Christmas break at the Anchorage, it was ideal for a large group feeling like we all had lots of space but cosy at the same time."

    The sea views were beautiful and it was so nice to have our own piece of beach right on the doorstep. The location near the A1 was so convenient for exploring the coastline and we were able to discover lots of lovely towns nearby.

    Reviewed by FayeDec 2018

  • "A fabulous place to stay for an early family Christmas get together."

    Great open fire with magnificent views over the sea.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2018

  • "The Anchorage is a fabulous house which is warm, comfortable and spacious with the most amazing sea views."

    There are lovely places to walk to and visit nearby.

    Reviewed by JenniferOct 2018

  • "This is our second visit to The Anchorage and we just love it!"

    The house is beautiful with stunning views that just take your breath away every time you look outside! Location is great for a wee walk to the cove, short drive to Dunbar and another short drive to an absolutely stunning beach at Limetree Walk! Felt like I was at the beaches way up north where we usually holiday as a family! Fantastic Holiday! Definitely would return. Thanks

    Reviewed by KellySep 2018

  • "A really lovely, comfortable house."

    The views were spectacular. Would highly recommend this property

    Reviewed by TimSep 2018

  • "The house was really lovely and in a beautiful and very peaceful location."

    The ever changing sea view from the sofa was amazing! The house had everything you needed and more. There were fantastic dog walks from the door and lots of lovely places to visit nearby. We would love to return!

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2018

  • "Garden a lot smaller than pictures suggested."

    Light bulbs out in hall and porch. John Muir walk was down the road through forest walks and then down to beach, further away and rough terrain not all of our party made it.House itself was okay a bit dusty beds comfy and a nice house.

    Reviewed by ScottJul 2018

  • "After having a good look at it on your website, the cottage met all my expectations and I have no complaints."

    The location and views from most of the windows were amazing and overall the cottage was comfortable and pleasant to stay in. We all agreed that we would return in the future. Many thanks !

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2018

  • "The cottage was really excellent for a pre Christmas family gathering."

    A minor suggestion would be to improve the standard of the kitchen knives if only for them to be sharp. Also there was not a proper carving fork that I could find. This is very picky I know but as the chef.... To be able to sit and look out over the north sea with the sun coming up was fantastic as were the dark sky opportunities. The shops in Dunbar were extremely helpful and the staff welcoming. The grandchildren's reaction to the views from their bedroom of the sea was,' This is awesome.' A very good Christmas break and the road transport links are very easy.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2017

  • "The Anchorage is a superb property, extremely well equipped, beautifully presented and offers wonderful views."

    The location of the property provides easy access to walks and is within an easy drive of some dog friendly bays, small towns and places of interest. I can't recommend the Anchorage enough and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by LyndaNov 2017

  • "Great property with fantastic views."

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2017

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    Stunning views and gorgeous house. Would highly recommend staying here, we had a wonderful week and will be back. Thank you!

    Reviewed by BethSep 2017

  • "A superb house with wonderful views There were 5 adults and 2 small children and ..."

    A superb house with wonderful views There were 5 adults and 2 small children and the house was suitable for us all We would definitely book it again

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2017

  • "The Anchorage is a very well renovated cottage right on the sea."

    We loved just watching the sea and sky change from the comfort of the lounge and sun room. We were also fortunate with the weather - lots of sunshine. The renovation work has been done to a high standard and the cottage has everything you need to self cater. Brilliant cooker. Beds are comfortable, with good pillows and quality towels and bedding. All in all our part of three would return without a second thought.

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2017

  • "The Anchorage is a fantastic home away from home the views are simply breathtaking!"

    Being so close to the A1 there are no limits to where you can go exploring Stirling and Edinburgh only a short drive away and Fantastic Castle's, we bought a Historic Scotland Pass which was great value for money as we went to all of the Castle's in the area (which there is a lot of!) There's also a free Castle Hailes Castle which is only a 10-15 min drive from the property, the Anchorage had everything you needed for a nice relaxing break.

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2017

  • "A delightful house in a stunning location!"

    The facilities, including a large well-equipped kitchen, four bedrooms with plentiful bathrooms, a lounge and a conservatory both with wood-burning fires, and a patio overlooking the sea, are excellent. We visited in January and the house was always warm. Our arrival was greeted with 'welcome' party provisions. There were interesting books and DVDs in the shelves. We loved it!

    Reviewed by SusanJan 2017

  • "Very spacious, great space for a large family and very homely."

    Loved our New Year stay and the views of the sea are amazing.

    Reviewed by RachelDec 2016

  • "Beautiful house, fantastic views and very peaceful."

    We had a lovely Christmas week here and would definitely come back. Superb.

    Reviewed by RosalindDec 2016

  • "We had an absolutely amazing time at the Anchorage."

    The views out to see were just incredible, watching the moon rising in the snug conservatory with fire on a wind belting was a real treat. Fabulous walks to Cove and local gorges and woodland, not to mention the beach. Anyone looking should not be put off by local infrastructure, you don't notice it. We will be back!

    Reviewed by ClaireNov 2016

  • "Fantastic house in great location."

    Reviewed by AlanNov 2016

  • "The house and location right on the sea were perfect."

    The contact with the owners prior to our visit was smooth and they went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our week, even getting games and buckets and spades together for our young daughters. We arrived to fresh flowers, milk in fridge, as well as delicous treats for the children and adults- including a very much appreciated bottle of prosecco! The house was essentially spotless and a joy to spend time in. Many a coffee was enjoyed outside wrapped up warm, (October) enjoying the fabulous uninterrupted views. Can't wait to return. Would highly recommend The Anchorage.

    Reviewed by SimonOct 2016

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The property

Cockburnspath 1 mile.

A lovely detached holiday home with stunning sea views, situated a mile away from the village of Cockburnspath and eight miles south of Dunbar on Scotland’s beautiful North Sea coast.

The Anchorage will accommodate up to eight people over three floors and its superb dramatic clifftop location gives fantastic cliff and sea views.

The ground floor has a dining room, a fitted kitchen with access to the rear decked area, a spacious sitting room with, not only amazing coastal views, but also an open fire, ideal on those cooler days.

There is also a sun room which can be enjoyed throughout the year thanks to the woodburning stove.

The first floor has three bedrooms, a double with an en-suite, boasting a lovely freestanding bath, a second double and a 2’ 6” twin.

The second floor has a further double bedroom with an en-suite shower room and a balcony opening up onto stunning views along the coast and out to swirling sea beyond.

The garden has a decked area and is the perfect place to drink in the atmosphere and relax with a good book.

A short walk brings you down onto the stony beach below and there are additional coastal walks within this beautiful part of Scotland, including the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s longest official Long Distance Path, terminating here at the village of Cockburnspath.

Alternatively, for a different, but no less beautiful, backdrop, head inland and explore some lovely Borders scenery including the Lammermuir Hills, attractive towns and historic abbeys.

Just north of Dunbar is spectacular Belhaven Bay with its famous beach or should you fancy and day in Edinburgh, there is a regular service from Dunbar.

Golfers are well-provided for with an array of championship and public courses including Muirfield and Gullane nearby and there’s diving, surfing and cycling opportunities in abundance.

With beautiful coastline, great walks and access to superb scenery at your fingertips, there is something for everyone at The Anchorage, whatever the season.

Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x first floor double with en-suite freestanding bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x first floor double, 1 x first floor 2’ 6” twin, 1 x second floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Sun room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with open fire and woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire and stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars with further parking in layby opposite on a first come, first served basis
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed front lawned garden with enclosed rear decked area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 2 miles
  • Note: Mobile phone reception at the property is variable
  • Note: There is a low wall to the rear with fencing and a steep drop, care to be taken and children and pets to be supervised
  • Note: Reduced head height on the stairs to the second floor and in the second floor bedroom and en-suite
  • Note: There are small steps to access each room on the ground floor and changes of levels on the first floor
  • Note: Check-in 4pm

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location

COCKBURNSPATH

Cove 1 mile; Dunbar 8 miles; Coldingham 10 miles

Cockburnspath is a small, beautiful and untouched village, situated just inland of the North Sea coast. A perfectly serene base for surfers, cyclists and walkers, the breathtakingly-beautiful beach at Pease Bay is less than two miles away and the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s longest official Long Distance Path, terminates here at the village’s thistle-covered cross. An ideal starting point for those wishing to tour both the East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, the village centres on the market place around which it has developed over time, originally dating back to the 1500s. Also dating back to the 16th century is the parish church, St Helens, with an interesting and unusual circular tower at its west end. There’s a village shop where you can pick up supplies, as well as a Post Office, whilst the hamlet of Cove is just a mile away and boasts a picturesque harbour. Ideally placed for visiting the local towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Dunbar, North Berwick and Eyemouth as well as the villages of Coldingham, St. Abbs and Burnmouth with their small harbours and Nature Reserves, Cockburnspath is a great base for a touring holiday. As well as a selection of pubs, there is a regular main line train service running from Dunbar, just 8 miles away, giving easy access to Edinburgh, with its impressive shops and history. A little further afield lie the castles of Northumberland, including Bamburgh, Holy Island, Chillingham and the famous Alnwick Castle and Gardens. There are also many links golf courses in the area as well as surfing at Thornton Loch and diving at St Abbs. This is a superb location with plenty to see and do.

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