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Stunning Garden Beach Cottage in Character Building. Free Wifi and Pet Friendly

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Front door of cottage looking toward the seafront and beach


Last updated: 04/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Delightful apartment for 2/3 only 75 yards from the sandy beach of Spittal

The Space
This home from home is well appointed with beautiful furnishings (complimentary WiFi, smart TV, dishwasher, washer/dryer etc) and guests can enjoy the private garden and BBQ. This property comes fully furnished including all bedding and towels. Guests are provided with a complimentary seasonal Welcome Basket of local produce (home-made jam, yummy shortbread, local beer etc). The open plan living and kitchen area is furnished with a brand new leather sofa-bed and armchair as well as an oak dining table and four chairs. The bedroom is cosy with a super-comfy pillow-top double-bed and ample storage for all your possessions. The bathroom has separate bath-tub and shower as well as sink, vanity unit and WC and we even provide you with some locally made organic soap
Guest Access
Guests enjoy private and exclusive use of the apartment. The property is a holiday cottage and has been furnished with the needs of discerning travellers in mind

Interaction with Guests
We aim to meet all guests personally; however if we are unable to do so we can leave keys in a coded entry box at the flat so that you can arrive at your convenience. We live about 15 minutes away so in the unlikely event that there are any problems we're always nearby to assist you. We offer complimentary collection for Guests arriving by train at Berwick by prior arrangement

The Neighborhood
The apartment sits just one block back from the beautiful beach at Spittal along a pedestrian lane. Its a wonderful place for a stroll and if you're feeling very brave a dip in the bracing waters of the North Sea! The apartment is in a largely residential area but there are some great pubs to enjoy only a short walk away.

Spittal / Berwick upon Tweed is a historic border town which has retained its individuality and charm with its age-old street market, quaint family run shops and boutiques and authentic pubs and ale-houses. There are many lovely restaurants offering wonderful locally sourced produce including cheeses, game and shellfish. Enjoy exploring the Elizabethan walls or follow in the footsteps of the artist L.S. Lowry and amble along the Lowry Trail. Conveniently located for exploring both the stunning North Northumbrian coastline of Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Seahouses and the Farne Islands Seal Colony as well as the dramatic cliffs and beaches of St Abb's Head Nature Reserve and the old fishing port of Eyemouth. In the immediate area you can also catch some surf at nearby Coldingham beach or don your scuba (email hidden) Abb's Head marine reserve. Try your hand at salmon and trout fly-fishing on the world famous waters of the River Tweed. Visit one of the many great country houses nearby (Paxton House, Manderston House) or perhaps explore the ruined remains of the great border Abbeys at Kelso and Jedburgh. Whatever your pastime be it golf, cycling, off-roading, mountain biking you'll find lots to do.

Getting around
Whilst there is no private parking, on street parking is readily available with no parking charges to pay. Berwick upon Tweed enjoys fantastic direct rail links (London 3.5 hours); Edinburgh (45 mins) and Newcastle (50 mins) and a taxi from the train station will cost $7. There is also an extensive and affordable network of local buses for exploring the local area. For guests wishing to hire a car we will be happy to assist you in arranging this with a local company.

Other Things to Note
We'd be thrilled to assist you with booking local activities and providing suggestions for these - please just ask, we'd really love to help you plan your trip!

Please note that accommodation is provided in one double bed in the bedroom and one double-sofa-bed in the living area. There is ample space for a travel cot (not provided) in the bedroom for those travelling with infants.

We are proud that Old Templars Cottage has been independently rated Gold Four Star by VisitEngland for 2014

This flat is suitable for the less mobile (one small step to front door, small step into shower, lever taps).

House Rules
Guests can bring one well-behaved dog but we do ask that it be kept off furniture and out of the bedroom. As you would expect the flat is a 100% smoke-free environment but feel free to smoke in the private garden area. We ask that you respect the property as you would your own home and leave it clean and tidy when you leave. The No.1 house rule however is to enjoy your stay and relax!


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/15/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 48 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The property will be best enjoyed by older renters and we therefore restrict use to those over the age of 21...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Two well behaved dogs are welcome. The property is not suitable for multiple larger doggies: sorry....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The cottage is suitable for those with limited mobility as there is only one small step to the front door, and similarly one small step into the shower enclosure. The property also has lever taps....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1


  • The bedroom is well appointed with a super-comfy pillow top mattress and your choice of duvet or sheets/blankets. The bedroom has a wall-mounted LED TV; perfect for watching your favourite shows in bed. The bedroom has ample storage provided with a built in closet as well as drawers and cupboard space. There is also an armchair, and oak dressing table. The room is a good size and there is a space a for a travel crib for those traveling with an infant....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • This is a large bathroom by UK standards and is equipped with a separate tub as well as a large shower enclosure with a great power shower. There is plenty of hot water on demand as the cottage has gas-central heating. There is also a funky high-tec 'hands-free' illuminated mirror and a heated towel rail which ensures that the room is always comfortably heated....moreless


  • Books:

    A selection of local maps and guidebooks, and brochures is provided...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    100's of channels provided via basic cable / Freeview...moreless

  • Television:

    32' SMART TV in the living area with basic cable; 23' LED TV in the bedroom with basic cable...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    The cottage sits about 50 metres from the beautiful beach and promenade at Spittal ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The open plan living area features a dedicated dining area with feature lighting over the oak dining table...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The cottage has gas-central heating with radiators in every room so whatever the weather is like outside, it will always be warm inside. The cottage is also fully fitted with double-glazing....moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed complimentary WIFI provided for your convenience. In addition, the living area features a SMART TV which is web-enabled so you can access facebook, Netflix etc ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living area is furnished with a two-seater leather sofa and matching armchair. The sofa converts to a small double-bed....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is no dedicated parking provided however there is ample FREE on-street parking immediately outside. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    The cottage has a combined washer/dryer for all your laundry needs...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French press and stove-top kettle provided...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All supplied...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is modern and shiny and fully equipped with everything you'll need for a great vacation. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic pantry items are provided for your convenience: tea/coffee, sugar, salt and pepper as well as free range eggs. In addition, we provide a complimentary seasonal Welcome Basket of local produce ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    As a coastal area there are numerous boating options: let us know what your interests are and we'll be happy to give you suggestions...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The garden area is paved and planted with lovely plants and flowers. Its south facing so it can be a real sun-trap. Dining table & 3 chairs are provided plus a bench to seat 2....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are numerous golf courses in the surrounding area: we'll be happy to arrange Tee times for you....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill provided...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis and Squash courts are available for rental at the nearby Swan Centre, about 15 minutes walk from the cottage...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Scuba equipment can be rented from the Scuba centre in St Abbs Head; surf boards can be rented from St Veda's Surf School in Coldingham Bay...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
daffodil Time
Mar 3 - May 4, 2017
3 night min stay
bluebell Time
May 5 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
High Summer
Jun 30 - Jul 13, 2017
3 night min stay
Jul 14 - Aug 24, 2017
7 night min stay

Autumn Sun
Aug 25 - Sep 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Autumn Colours
Sep 29 - Oct 19, 2017
3 night min stay
Oct 20 - Dec 21, 2017
3 night min stay
Dec 22 - Jan 4, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$589 $2,134

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Second pet by arrangemen $32.34
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/15/2017
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66 Miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh Airport
75 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Blenheim Hotel
68 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Port of Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Magdelene Fields Golf Course
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Berwick upon Tweed
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A1, junction for B6354
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Salmon, East Ord
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
Spittal Beach

Car: Recommended

Northumberland Coastal path passes along the promenade on the way to Holy Island or fifteen minutes drive to the tidal causeway. Many stately homes and gardens within 30 minutes drive - Paxton House, Manderston, Alnwick Gardens, Bamburgh Castle. Visit the Farne Islands and see puffins and many birds.

A visit to Berwick would not be complete without a walk around the Elizabethan Walls or following the L.S. Lowry artist trailaround both sides of the town and river.

There are beautiful beaches such as Coldingham beach and diving in a marine conservation area around St. Abbs Head.

Visit the Trophy room in Duns, 13 miles away and see the prizes won by World Rally Driver, Jim Clark

If time allows there are many trains to Scotland's capital, Edinburgh and the journey time is only 40 minutes


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: We have been involved in tourism for many year and have owned award winning hotels and self catering properties. We aim for a high standard so achieve the coveted Gold award for our two English properties in Berwick We love holidays, eating out, convcerts and music and walking along the beautiful coastline

Why the Owner Chose Spittal, Northumberland, UK:
Located in a quiet area of Berwick, called Spittal, close to the beach and the apartment has been awarded the highest standard by Visit Englan, GOLD. You can bring one pet at no charge and a second pet for a small charge. There are excellent walks along the coast and there is a good local bus service from the nearby general store.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The town has great communications as there are frequent train services to Edinburgh Stirling and the North and York, London and the South. You can have a super holiday and leave the car behind or bring the bikes and enjoy the many cycle trails, like the new Sandstone Way and leave the cycles in the lockable courtyard area. Local buses connect with Holy Island and the Alnwick Gardens and the coastal fishing villages

Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/15/2017

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  • Front door of cottage looking toward the seafront and beach

    Front door of cottage looking toward the seafront and beach

  • Welcome basket contains local, seasonal produce

    Welcome basket contains local, seasonal produce

VRBO #602879

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 15, 2017

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