We were looking for a large house to accommodate two families over Christmas. Set in the heart of historic Berwick-Upon-Tweed and brimming over with character, this rental ticked ever box. Apart from one day at Holy Island / Lindisfarne and one day trip to Bamburgh, our entire stay focused on Berwick with it's array of quaint shops, bars and restaurants and countless short walks with stunning vistas.
The owner couldn't have been more courteous and helpful - enabling us to make the most of our midwinter break.
A group of 8 of us stayed here for a week at the end of October, and it was absolutely perfect. The location is amazing, being sited within the old town walls and everything Berwick has to offer within walking distance. The living space in the house was wonderful, it's a real tardis! And the fact that everyone had their own bathroom was a luxury and made life in the mornings much easier. Edinburgh is only 45 mins away on the train, and a short drive away are the Farne Islands, the impressive Bamburgh Castle and the lovely town of Seahouses. A Treasure Trail helped us explore Berwick to the full. All in all a great holiday, that I would thoroughly recommend and love to repeat!
We have returned for the first time to a property and it was well worth it. This property is superb for the larger parties as it has 5 beds all en suite and a ground floor loo. The location is excellent for local access and for a little further afield. It is a little quirky yet homely and comfortable. If you are wondering about renting it, I thoroughly recommend you do.
Two years ago, we started planning a family reunion in Berwick for a week. So, 15 months ago, we found the only rental property in Berwick that sleeps 10 and we made the reservation. The owner, Chris Allen, although he lives 140 miles away from Berwick, was most responsive. We were concerned that there was only one hairdryer for 5 females in the group, so he added a couple more. One night when a circuit breaker tripped, within minutes Chris replied to my text and I was able to locate and reset the breaker (in an old house -there are several well-hidden breakers!!).
The bedrooms were ideal, especially the attic bedroom which was immediately claimed by our two granddaughters who loved the private staircase to their room. The huge dining room table was also a hit seating 10.
One of our party is a professional chef who was easily able to cater a 3-course meal for 6, including wine finding plenty of cooking pots and pans and an abundance of glassware, plates and cutlery.
The location is superb and the athletic members of the group would run around the historic walls and out along the pier for their pre-breakfast exercise. Fords, the local bakery, is just a few yards away and opens at 7am so you can purchase traditional Scottish bread rolls. There is a good old-fashioned butcher nearby where we bought excellent lamb.
Berwick is an ideal center for exploring the many stately mansions in the Borders, Alnwick Castle of Harry Potter fame is 40 mins drive away, Edinburgh is 58 miles away with high speed train service available if you want to avoid the parking hassle! The grandkids enjoyed the simple pleasures of building sandcastles at Spittal beach or catching crabs at Cocklawburn beach. The Berwickshire Coastal path goes through Berwick and the pretty Scottish towns of Eyemouth and St Abbs are only 8 miles away.
There is a comprehensive folder of local attractions and restaurant recommendations and we found the Queen's Head pub within easy walking distance to be an excellent choice for evening meals.
This is a beautifully kept property and ideal for a large group visiting the Borders.
This lovely property is in a perfect location. The road is very quiet at night and the town, beach and train station are all a short walk away. Berwick itself has some great restaurants. We were also able to visit both Edinburgh and Newcastle by train as they were about 45 minutes away (book in advance if you go).
There is free parking in all car parks in Berwick as well as on street parking with the provided permit for one car. Be aware that the street is very narrow particularly at the top when it's only wide enough for one car.
There was plenty of room for everyone to sit in the living and dining rooms (there were 8 adults) and all of the bedrooms were lovely, although a couple were missing wardrobes and the back room couldn't get a WiFi signal. En-suite bathrooms were great for such a large group of us.
The kitchen was really well equipped so we were able to cook large group meals on several nights.
There was a great selection of board games in one of the bedrooms and DVDs in the living room that we took advantage of.
The house was very homely and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone.
Beautiful period property, in a street full of diverse period properties, in a town brimming over with history, a short walk from the beach, the shops and the said history. If its necessary to leave then a short drive will lead you to several other activities. It really is in a perfect location. This property ticked all our boxes, the only downside really being lack of outside space, but again a short walk leads you to the ample grassed walls of Berwick and then the rockpools, so not a problem really.
We all would like to return as a week was not really long enough, and in 24yrs we have never returned anywhere.
A fabulous spacious house in a great location. The five en-suite bathrooms were just the ticket for a large group. We brought two families together for a wedding and the large dining room was fantastic as everyone could get round the table together to eat. The décor is very high standard and is homely and relaxing. The house is very well equipped, especially the kitchen. We enjoyed the games that were there, and flew the kite from the shed on the beach. Our dog loved the beach and led us there every day! The beach, restaurants and shops are just on the doorstep. I would thoroughly recommend this lovely property to anyone.
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