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The Anchorage

Cockburnspath near Dunbar, Scottish Borders (Ref. 929708)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
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39 Customer Review(s)

  • Mrs Harte

    “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.

    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.

    - Mrs Harte, April 2021

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.


  • 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

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About the location


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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