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Barns Ness Lighthouse Cottage

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Dunbar, Scottish Borders Show on map


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  • 12 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a beautiful property, an amazing place to stay."

    The accommodation is second to none and the location is stunning. We stayed for a long weekend with friends and can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Feb 2024

  • "Fabulous property with great facilities and fully equipped with everything needed for a great stay."

    Thoughtful welcome pack, easy check in. Added bonus of EV charging station for our vehicle. Location perfect.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Jan 2024

  • "Lovely property in a great location."

    Perfect for a getaway with family and friends.

    Reviewed by Ashley4.7Dec 2023

  • "Really nice cottage."

    Had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Karen-anne5.0Dec 2023

  • "Heating remote control broken but still functional."

    No instructions! Bath water not hot enough in either bath. Shower in en suite cold. Only 11 forks for twelve people. Not enough chairs for dining table. 1

    Reviewed by Janis4.1Nov 2023

  • "Wonderful location- peace and quiet for bonfire night!"

    So loved by our dogs as well. Warm and snug with the beach on our doorstep what more could we want? Would have been lovely to look up the tower!

    Reviewed by Rowena5.0Nov 2023

  • "A very special accommodation with magnificent views ."

    Warm and comfy and a great base for exploring . Will definitely be back .

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2023

  • "This rental is really original."

    It is perfect for a stay with a large family. The seaside walks are superb. The charming little towns of Dunbar and especially North Berwick are very close. It is very easy to catch the train to Edinburgh from Dunbar station (10 minutes drive from the lighthouse). It should be noted for the sake of completeness that there are several industries that can be seen from the lighthouse and are relatively close (nuclear power plant and cement plant). But that absolutely did not spoil our unforgettable stay!!

    Reviewed by Pierre5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely family break at Barnes Ness."

    Extended family joined us for a few nights. The kids and dogs loved the proximity to the beach. In fact I think our dogs had a better holiday than we had. The house was comfortable and spacious and all needs catered for. There was enough to do in the surrounding areas to keep everyone entertained but we mostly enjoyed the beach and long walks. I would definitely love to go back.

    Reviewed by Taryn4.7Aug 2023

  • "Wunderschönes Ferienhaus am Leuchtturm direkt am Meer."

    Hier kann man entspannte Tage verbringen und hat eine perfekte Lage für Ausflüge mit dem Auto. Das naheliegende Atomkraftwerk und die Zementfabrik muss man ignorieren, ansonsten wäre es zu perfekt.

    Reviewed by Markus5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous accommodation, we had a wonderful relaxing weekend with our families."

    The cottage had everything we needed and the location is perfect. We look forward to returning very soon.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Thanks for a great stay, beautiful cottage in a beautiful location and all very well kept."

    Reviewed by Lydia4.4Jun 2023

  • "The main issue was being told at 3pm on the day of our stay that the oven had been broken by tie previous occupants."

    It was not fixed during our stay, and the only help offered was that we could look for accommodation elsewhere. For a large group, we had prepared food to be cooked in the oven for ease. It caused us much more work and hassle. We haven’t had an offer of any kind of refund or (at the time) assistance in buying something else to cook, especially as we weee catering for different requirements. The property could have been cleaner. It’s a lovely cottage but much was tired or broken. The main bathroom lock was broken, again a hassle for a big group. The property needs TLC (a loose loilet seat, broken loo roll holder, loose cooker knob, stained seats, saggy mattresses). Given the fee paid, we might have expected better. The location of the cottage is wonderful and we enjoyed being there. If the cottage was either less expensive or better cared for, it would feel like better value for money.

    Reviewed by Jane2.2May 2023

  • "Fantastic location, great for family and friends get to gather."

    Beaches literally on your doorstep. Only thing to watch out for is the potholes in the road for the last 400m

    Reviewed by Fraser3.8Apr 2023

  • "Had a lovely time, plenty of room for everyone."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is an amazing property and my family and I had a wonderful time there."

    I have to say I was put off by the list of rules and regulations that were emailed to me with monotonous regularity. I realise that rules are necessary but I’ve never had them sent to me in such a dictatorial fashion. The cottage was better than it looked on the web page and all the rooms were very clean and well appointed. However the outside toilet became an essential with 3 children could have been cleaner.

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Mar 2023

  • "A superb location, beautifully presented and with everything you need."

    Good attention to detail and great wee outside space regardless of whichever way the wind is blowing! The kitchen is well equipped and great to have 2 fridges and more cooking space for the whole family. Highly recommended and we will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Feb 2023

  • "Even with the unfortunate circumstances of the heating/hot water not working we all had an amazing weekend."

    The owner dropped off heaters so made sure we were still comfortable. The house was absolutely lovely. We had an amazing weekend stay would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely location and facilities as stated."

    Well presented and prepared. Good resources and appliances. Perhaps could have shown how close it was to both cement works and Hunterston nuclear power station. That said a lovely coastal walk to Dunbar.

    Reviewed by Andrzej5.0Dec 2022

  • "Well equipped cottage in a lovely location."

    One or two minor issues: Wobbly leg on dining table and a few of the outside lights were not working. The oven timer also defeated us as it kept trying to switch it off. The internet bandwidth was really limited, likely due to the remoteness of the house, it's probably fair to mention this though. We had a couple of students trying to keep up with University lectures remotely as well as the usual surfing demands.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Nov 2022

  • "We had an excellent week the second time we have visited fantastic."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic location, very comfortable, roomy and we’ll equipped."

    Only issue was the broken tiles in the conservatory and metal grill over the vent in the floor, always a wee bit concerned about the wee ones or dogs cutting their feet. But not enough to stop me booking again All in all had a great time!

    Reviewed by Joe3.8Jul 2022

  • "It’s a unique and magical property and we had a really good few days."

    The house is well-equipped with crockery, cutlery, glasses etc and well set-up for a large party. We did have a few things to pass back to the owner: She was hugely helpful answering queries by text which was very much appreciated. The front doors are difficult to secure and more advice about that in the information booklet would be good. There was only one bath plug. We shared it between the 2 bathrooms so that was OK but not ideal.

    Reviewed by Karin4.1Jul 2022

  • "One more double bed required."

    Also we had an elderly person in the group that struggled with the shower in the bath. So with a handle to help get in the bath or convert one bathroom to include walk in shower. This cottage could be adapted for wheel chair access.

    Reviewed by Pamela3.8Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely loved the lighthouse from the moment we arrived ."

    Stunning location , views , sunrise, sunsets were incredible . Modern , cosy and kitchen very well equipped . I highly recommend this place . Looking forward to book again .

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent location and facilities"

    Reviewed by Isobel5.0Jun 2022

  • "Brilliant, fabulous location, peaceful and quiet ,beaches are amazing clean and sandy ."

    Accommodation was spectacular and unique, it had a homly feel , well equipped.

    Reviewed by June5.0May 2022

  • "Amazing property!"

    Fabulous location, we had the best weeks holiday & hope to return. Property has everything you would need & beds are so comfortable. A real home from home, highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0May 2022

  • "A fabulous stay in a beautiful location."

    We loved the space to celebrate family events we had missed over the past two years. Kitchen was well kitted out and easy for self catering. Rooms were spacious, even with a travel cot. One bit of feedback would be to get black out blinds as it was quite bright to sleep for light sleepers.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic property."

    Exceptionally clean and perfect for what we needed.

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent week thank you in a very nice setting, the only issue was the leaking roof in the en-suite toilet but this was reported when we arrived and I know attempts were made to get it fixed."

    This has not stopped us rebooking for next year in October.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Nov 2021

  • "Authentic..."

    ... Perfect! Absolutely loved our stay at Barns Ness Lighthouse. The location was amazing and the cottage was so cosy and had everything we needed. I couldn't rate this stay highly enough! Will definitely return again.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Nov 2021

  • "Cottages have everything you need although could do with a spruce up for the price increase this year."

    Fantastic location and was great for our group.

    Reviewed by Brian4.1Oct 2021

  • "Amazing location."

    Great for families and dogs. So many points of interest for outdoors people. And whilst a car is needed to get into town it wasn't a bind. The property is fantastic with plenty room and even though there was 12 of us, the 2 conservatories and living room meant it didn't feel you were living on top of each other.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2021

  • "Location and facilities are good."

    The building is old so has some quirks. Everything you need is provided for. Gardens kept tidy although drives off the gates could do with a spruce up. Located on John Muir coastal path link.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2021

  • "Location perfect, remote but close enough to shops etc, right on beach for walks."

    Plenty of space with the extra conservatories. Clean and comfortable. Could possibly do with additional storage in bedrooms and some of the single mattresses could be replaced but other than that cottage had anything you would need and the welcome basket a nice touch. Would definately visit again.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Oct 2020

  • "Absolutely fantastic."

    A perfect hideaway

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bathroom with bath, over shower, basin and WC, 3 x twin and 1 x twin bunk room
  • Bathroom with bath, over shower, basin and WC, cloakroom
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • 2 x conservatories
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric range oven and hob, microwave, fridges, freezer, dishwasher, TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Electric Vehicle Charging point
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, seating and a barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 4 miles, pub within 3.7 miles
  • Note: Property accepts pets at a charge of £30

The property

Barns Ness Lighthouse is a fascinating cottage tucked underneath the actual lighthouse itself, boasting breath-taking views of the far-reaching deep blue sea and the rocky coastal beach.

This Scandinavian style property is a ground floor dwelling, ideal for a large gathering with family or friends to celebrate a big occasion in a gorgeous coastal setting.

Find this cottage down a single-track road and a private gated entry, as you take in this peaceful and remote location.

Get cosy in the sitting room, relaxing with your loved ones on the plush sofas as you decide on a family film to watch in the evening.

Prepare a home-cooked Sunday roast in the sleek kitchen and dining area, equipped with all the amenities needed for a self-catered a stay, there's even a dishwasher if you need some help with the cleaning up, the dining table is the perfect spot for a lively meal-time, seating all twelve guests.

Unwind in the lovely bath-tub found in the family bathroom, choose to soak in a soothing bubble bath or stand up and grab a quick shower, there's also a handy cloakroom round the corner.

When you're ready for a well-deserved rest, take your pick from one of the five delightful bedrooms scattered around the ground floor, fitted with three generous twins, a quirky twin bunk room, and the luxury master double room benefiting from an en-suite bathroom, all rooms are beautifully decorated and offer various views of the surrounding seaside and country.

Read a captivating novel in one of the two conservatories, both containing soft sofas which look out onto the stunning seaside views, with one of them featuring a sofa-bed if you fancy a night looking out to the stars as the sounds of the waves crashing sends you to sleep.

Head outside the conservatory patio doors to relish in a glorious day in the sunshine, eating dinner alfresco on the outdoor seating, there's also an outhouse where you can store bikes, plus it contains a washing machine, dryer and an area with a basin and WC for days spent outdoors.

Take a short drive to the centre of Dunbar where you'll find convenient shops and bars to sip on a traditional Scottish pint.

Dunbar is the infamous birthplace of John Muir, a famous writer, inventor, botanist, geologist, glaciologist, farmer and artist born in 1838, the town boasts a museum dedicated to him, an Alpaca trail, and a beautiful park where you can take a stroll and walk your dogs.

Dunbar is also home to fun attractions including the remains of Dunbar Castle, Victoria Harbour, Dunbar Golf Club, and Belhaven Beach where you can enjoy a glorious day out at the seaside.

Explore the magical Cove Harbour, a hidden gem with beautiful views beside red sandstone cliffs located near Cockburnspath, where you can discover Pease Bay, Berwickshire Coastal Path, and Dunglass Collegiate Church.

Venture over to the thriving city of Edinburgh just a train ride away, filled with plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, pubs, and sight-seeing opportunities such as Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat hills.

Delight in a unique family getaway at Barns Ness Lighthouse, a peaceful coastal dwelling resting in Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £600.

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About the location


Cove 11 miles; Coldingham 20 miles; Berwick-upon-Tweed 29 miles; Edinburgh 32 miles.

The lively coastal town of Dunbar, on the south east coast of Scotland, is ideally situated for touring and exploring the area. Boasting lovely sandy beaches, pubs, restaurants, museums and leisure facilities, there is something to satisfy all tastes. The area of East Lothian offers many attractions for visitors including the John Muir Country Park and Museum and the East Links Family Park in Dunbar, the Seabird Centre at North Berwick Harbour, Tantallon Castle, the Museum of Flight, where you can walk under the wings of Scotland's Concorde, and 19 golf courses, including The Open Championship course at Muirfield. Diving off St Abbs is world famous, and beaches at Cove and Coldingham offer unsurpassed beauty. Nearby Cockburnspath lies on the eastern extremity of the Southern Upland Way, a long distance footpath from the west to east coast of Scotland, and is ideally situated to offer great walking. A short drive or train journey north will take you to Edinburgh, while Berwick-upon-Tweed and Lindisfarne are a short drive south. A great location with plenty to see and do!