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Self-Catering Coldingham

The Old Coach House Coastal Cottage in Coldingham, Scottish Borders

From: €691 weekly Guests 6 Rooms 3 Bathroom 1

The Old Coach House Coastal Cottage Self-Catering

Holiday home
The Old Coach House is a semi-detached conversion on the Press Castle Estate, three miles from Coldingham. The cottage has a ground floor double room and a ground floor wet room, along with a first floor king-size double and a first floor king-size double with free-standing bath and balcony. Downstairs is a light and airy sitting room with open fire, a beautiful kitchen and a dining room. Outside is ample off road parking and a rear garden with furniture. The Old Coach House makes a welcoming and stylish base from which to explore this beautiful and historic area.

Nestled in the rolling farmland of Coldingham Bay, the village of Coldingham itself enjoys great views over the sheltered golden beaches of the Berwickshire coastline. With excellent local surfing and canoeing facilities, the settlement also offers a wide choice of local shops, pubs and restaurants. Only three miles away is the sleepy fishing village of St. Abbs, a picturesque location with a well-known nature reserve, renowned for its large variety of birds and marine life. Fishing and diving excursions can be purchased here and SCUBA divers come from all over the world to explore the local waters. For those who would rather spend their time on dry land, the area also has a wide selection of riding, golfing and walking opportunities, as well as the shops and attractions of the nearby Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

From the lush green farmlands of the Borders to the ruggedness of the Highlands, the Scots are proud of their land and identity. Scotland also has some of Britain's best beaches with glorious stretches of clean sand over which to roam.

Underfloor heating with open fire. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, surround sound, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Ample off road parking. Shared front courtyard. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Sorry, no smoking and no pets. Shop and pub 2 miles. Note: The AGA in the kitchen is not available for use. Please note: there are no black out blinds and no blinds in the Velux windows as the property is designed to feel light and airy.

Vacation Rental Amenities

  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Rural location
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Self-Catering Reviews

Mr Durrans
August 2020
We all enjoyed the break thoroughly.. No complaints from anyone as we all knew what to expect from the description of the facilities. Coach house was excellent with plenty of space for all, all adults in party, to have some lone time. Everyone we met at the property were all very helpful and friendly.
Mr Durrans, August 2020
August 2020
The Old Coach Exceeded our hopes after a crazy few months.. Thoughtfully presented by an owner who has managed to balance their own personality with key requirements for letting, we fell in love with the house and surrounding grounds. The use of fauna to create a magical centre piece in the lounge and balcony area added a sense of us staying somewhere special!! Our kids loved playing on the lawn behind (the aerobe at the top of the centuries old tree was thrown up by mum
Mr Drabble, August 2020
August 2020
I stayed here in August with my young family and elderly parents.. In entering the property it definitely has the wow factor in a beautiful location with what looks like a high end property. I stay away a lot with work and use Air BnB regularly where owners rent out where they live. This has exactly the same feel where the owner has just left and you are staying in their house. There is a big difference to this when you are expecting a cottage experience which should be catered to the holiday let market. As I said, the house looks very appealing in lovely setting but the Aga which looks good, has been turned off. A very expensive ornament. The Smeg fridge is very temperamental but as soon as we contacted the owner, he was all over it and willing to get someone out to see it but luckily it started working again. The fire is the centre piece and one night we used it but it just smoked the whole house out. It wasn’t windy so not sure if it’s just badly designed and again for show. We have an open fire and log burner at home and know how to use them but we didn’t use it again. The big issues for me were the lack of blinds in the velux windows upstairs. Yes I wanted to look at the stars from the bed but this was impossible as we had to bluetac black bin bags to every window to get to sleep and not have two kids up at 5am. If there were blinds then we could have looked at the stars as it was intended for. Even without the kids, no blinds is just poor. As everyone says, it needs an upstairs toilet, no question. The wooden floors are very noisy so attempting the toilet in the middle of the night just wakes everyone up. The one that really baffles me is the lack of any WiFi. Yes you are in the middle of no where and can say that you want to switch off but that’s a personal choice. For me, it wasn’t about being off our phones but more about planning what we were going to and keeping in touch with elderly family. This I couldn’t do with no phone reception, mobile signal or WiFi. Instead I had to go a few miles on my bike to do this. There was no garden furniture apart from a wooden bench in the courtyard, something to sit on, on the grass may be nice. This is a lovely house but it’s not a holiday cottage. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good holiday but I would expect so much more after spending over £1100.
Mr Matthews, August 2020
October 2019
V nice cottage, lovely location..
Ms Ashmead, October 2019
October 2019
Relaxing , calm , peaceful place to be , we stayed in the house most of the time .... Relaxing , calm , peaceful place to be , we stayed in the house most of the time as it was so cosy ,there’s great walks right outside the front door , loads of movies it watch , great kitchen very sociable , heating was a problem but it was fixed statutorily away , no WiFi but it was great to not be on our phones all the time , over all a great getaway , will be back hopefully for Christmas The Robson family xo
Mr Olvhoj
April 2019
Lovely property in lovely setting.. Sofas have seen better days. Staircase is a bit difficult for people with even slight mobility problems who may also find the one toilet downstairs a problem through the night. Could use some new oven ware.
Mrs Horner
March 2019
We have just returned from a lovely break.. The cottage is set in a quite and relaxing location and perfect for exploring the Scottish Borders. However, there are a few points (some may seem picky) that we would like to point out: . It took 2 days for the cottage to warm up ( not ideal when you have a family. . An upstairs toilet would be more convenient - again with a family not the best situation. . The water system run's from a tank, this is fine but would of been nice to be told. Again as a family hot water was in need. . Some tears in the leather on the sofas and bar stools. . Cleanliness I gave a 4/5 due to the number of cobwebs. . Curtains/black out blinds would be better. . Ants - I know this is not the owners fault it's nature but we had a few Ants coming from the wet room. Just something to bear in mind for summer!
Mrs Mckay
June 2018
A wow factor house! Such a relaxing beautiful location! Plenty of things to see and do..maybe a hairdryer would be handy though and softer mattress in the master bedroom ? Loved sitting on the balcony and we enjoyed not having WiFi or phone signal..it made things even more relaxing! We didn't want to leave!
Mr Sheen
June 2018
This property was once a delightful very well appointed property, however now it is in urgent need of refurbishment and failed to live up to our expectations..
Mrs Schellingerhout
April 2018
A beautifull house in a beautifull country.. . There is one thing what could be better. The most courtains are going doing but not up. The system is broken and that's not handy. But above all we enjoyed our stay.
Mr Jones
February 2018
Location and house is fantastic
Mr Parkinson
October 2017
Excellent cottage in lovely secluded location.. Would definitely consider booking again when next going to this area.
Anna D
September 2017
Loved it here, just what we needed, a lovely relaxing beautiful house. We were not bothered by the one bathroom as we only have one at home for a family of 5. Additional bath was a lovely luxury. My parents joined us for a couple of night but ended up staying 3 nights. Perfect and I would highly recommend.
Anna D
September 2017
Great cottage.. It could do with an upstairs bathroom and wi-fi. But a great experience overall
Mr Sarang
June 2017
It was an excellent all round package.. Great value for money . Will recommend to family and friends.
May 2017
Our family stayed for 2 nights at this fantastic converted coach house. The whole set up in the 3 bedroom facility was nothing short of exceptional. The whole house was spotlessly clean and tidy, with great character. The surrounding grounds were private, which offered piece and quiet, with stunning views from the master bedroom balcony. The beautiful beach is only 3 miles from the property via Coldingham village. The whole experience was one we will remember for a long time :).
May 2017
The house is beautiful, incredibly bright and comfortable.. We were not always lucky with the weather (we went inFeb), we managed to be exploring around most of the time, but it was a pleasure to go back to such a nice house!
Mrs Thompson Fearnley
October 2016
The cottage/barn conversion is beautiful, set in amazing grounds, out of the way in a very peaceful location.. The interior layout of the property is very nice indeed but it does have one or two flaws. Some of the furniture and kitchen worktops are looking a little jaded. The open fire place is a lovely feature and the gallery landing stunning with the main bedroom overlooking sheep grazing in a field through the patio doors which lead to a small balcony. The roll top bath is a lovely feature, in this very spacious room but lacks any degree of intimacy. The whole house has been laid out for immediate impact but not practicality. For example, despite the fact that there are two large bedrooms upstairs, there are no toilet facilities. I feel the property would be much improved if an enclosed toilet was installed. This could easily be achieved at the corner of the landing at the top of the stairs. I would not recommend staying here with a young family, the staircase is curved and rather slippy underfoot. Care is needed in coming down them and although they look lovely, ultimately they would not be practical when children are present. The lack of a larger window in the living room area did not make the best use of the wonderful views and if you are a lady the gallery landing windows might proof difficult to look out of because of their height, which is a shame as the design of the place is pretty much perfect but the aspects could have been improved upon. The kitchen is large and comfortable with three lots of cooking facilities (electric oven included). I found this to be more than adequate and wondered why people writing reviews on this property (via trip advisor) could have complained about having no cooking facilities? (The arga looked great but I did not want the complication of having to know how to work it without spending more time there). The kitchen is well stocked but the counter tops in the central reservation are worn and need to be replaced now. A couple of the kitchen stools upholstery were damaged with rips in them which had been taped over and there were rips in the settees in the main living room. The aspect looking out towards the woods from the dining room window where you could watch rabbits playing out on the lawn was my favourite viewpoint but the property did not make the best use of views from the living room (as previously stated). All in all, we all really enjoyed our stay at the property and assurances from Sykes about the accommodation were gratefully received and accurate. The barn conversion is in an amazing location, be prepared for a drive into the property, however it is not far from the A1 and so can easily be found and the directions supplied were very good. The collecting of keys was a little fiddly which could easily be rectified. My biggest complaint was the arrival of the cleaners on the day of departure - we were late arriving (around 7pm) so I did not honestly think that we would feel practically pushed out of the accommodation at 10am on the following Saturday morning! The time of departure is off I am afraid, we had a busy but enjoyable week staying there but did not expect the cleaning staff to show up at the premises before 10am. My autistic son was in the shower when they arrived and he felt rushed - this did not leave us with a positive outcome, which was a shame. All in all I think this accommodation is very good indeed, however, there is room for improvement to make it perfect which would not cost a fortune. Better furnishings is a must. An improvement of having a toilet installed upstairs also a must. Having 11am at least as a set time to leave is also a must. Sykes must ensure departure time is later rather than sooner and that the cleaners do not show up prior to departure time as it makes paying! guests feel rather uncomfortable and unnecessarily rushed.
John N
September 2016
This is a lovely place to stay, let's get that down straight away. My wife and I stayed here for a week with my daughter, son-in-law and their new baby (12 weeks old). It was a great stay and I really enjoyed it. But. There were a few issues with the property. The Aga is out of commission and it looks unused for months. I'm guessing that "high winds" is a feeble excuse and the real reason is "don't like cleaning it". The dishwasher packed up on us on day 1 so it was hand washing from then on. There are rips in the furniture (at least 3). The extra toilet across the courtyard is pretty basic and has a very interesting drainage system - it discharges all over your feet. The location, at Press Castle (not a castle BTW), is fine and there is some nice woodland to walk in. You are, however, miles from civilisation and there is no public transport. Too far to walk to Coldingham unless you are quite fit. The shops in Eyemouth (about 7 miles away) are better. There is precious little phone signal at the property (I'm with Vodaphone but it was poor with other networks too) and there is no internet. Great if you are after some solitude. Not great for the 21st Century. As I said first up, we enjoyed our stay here but I would be surprised if we ever return.
Gemma A
September 2016
This is a really lovely cottage and in terms of location and space it would score much higher but I have to agree with some of the other comments on practicality especially as a family. The living space and gardens are great ! The wet room was a big hit too - really nicely done out and great shower. Blinds upstairs would help when in summer the children are trying to sleep - I would imagine this would also help the issue with heat (although not a major problem for us this holiday I can imagine in height of summer would be a problem!). A toilet upstairs would be useful again especially for children I felt the need to leave light on as didn't want my daughter coming down spiral stairs in dark to use the loo at night- but this was the only reason this was an issue for us. I also agree that a welcome pack or at least bin liners and washing up liquid should be available for guests. More information as a welcome pack would also be appreciated such as local shops, facilities etc especially as no wifi available.. This makes the need for more local tourist info more important and easy and cheap enough to provide. However, we loved the cottage and really enjoyed our stay here just a few tweaks this would be a great find!! Also better directions to the cottage would be good - the sign from road says press main not press castle which was a bit confusing at first!
July 2016
We regularly use Sykes cottages and found the old coach house on there. The pictures gave the house a bit of a wow factor we booked for our July holiday. The location is good in press castle it's very pretty. The kitchen looks nice , it's a bit tatty two of the bar stools have rips in them. The aga is mentioned as one of the main features. We have an Aga and this one has not been turned on for years. The owners had decided it couldn't be turned on due to weather conditions! The kitchen is well stocked but some of the pans were not clean. We would have appreciated a dish cloth, washing up liquid and a dishwashers tablet to at least get us started but none of these things were left. The open lounge looks good but on closer inspection it was dirty and dusty with plants everywhere. The sofa had a tear in it. The main bedroom has a roll top bath and when we put our daughter in she asked what the squeaking noise was. There was a colony of bats under the floorboard who were very loud. There is hundreds of bat dropping outside. We found this very off putting and were concerns with a 5 week old baby and a toddler. We phoned the owner and left a message and got no response. At night there were about 30 bats swarming around. The owner clearly knew about this problem as they were well established and we felt let down that we hadn't been told. The upstairs bedrooms have no curtains making it difficult to get a child to sleep. There is a hammock in the main bedroom with a sign saying dor decoration only. The place is not practical and staged to look good but not very functional or easy to keep clean. We all slept in the downstairs room and there was a constant noise all night quite loud from the boiler next door we had to put up with it. The shower room was good again not even a bar of soap to wash hands. The mezzanine floor looked good but it has around 8 lightbulbs not working and was very very hot with all the glass. We phoned Sykes at 10pm and the customer service was excellent they tried to find us alternative accommodation. We moved out the following morning it was only then the owner tried to contact us. Fortunately we got a full refund and were lucky to find our own accommodation. I hope Sykes review this property the bats can't be removed till August. I would not stay here again.
May 2016
Stayed at this property last week. The house definitely has a wow factor on first inspection with a beautiful kitchen, dining room, living room, large wet room downstairs and free standing bath in the master bedroom upstairs. The ground floor has a beautiful stone floor with underfloor heating throughout. Furnishings were also of good quality and the property felt very much like someone's home with art work on walls and large plants all over the living areas. However there are several points of criticism of the property which did detract from the enjoyment of the stay. Firstly the lack of a second WC upstairs in the property was impractical if the house had its full quota of 6 people.The solution offered by the owner was use of a small WC in the utility room tower across the courtyard outside (he was offering this solution due to previous comments by guests) I do not consider this a practical solution especially in the dark ! Due to the steep staircase the journey to the WC downstairs in the night time was inconvenient to say the least. We were lucky to have very sunny weather for our stay, however this meant that the upstairs bedrooms and main living room were very hot due to the partial glass roof. Even opening doors and windows it took some time to be bearable. Lack of any means of darkening bedrooms with curtains or blinds meant that some of the party had difficulty sleeping. The property has no wi-fi access and is in an poor reception area for mobile 3G/4G and mobile telephone. This was extremely inconvenient when trying to access tourist information or keep in touch with family members etc and I feel in the 21st century that guests should expect this facility in any rental. It would have been welcoming if the owner had provided at least a pint of milk to make a cup of tea/coffee on arrival but this was not done. The AGA was switched off (previous guests have had same experience) and the owners note beside the AGA gave the feeling that he was not really wanting guests to use it anyway. Toilet roll, was obviously rationed! and bin bags and dishwasher tablets were not available ( this is not expected in this day and age - and I have rented many properties) Lastly to make us feel really welcome !! the owner had left a typed message in the kitchen which stated that although he felt guest's feedback was " interesting" he had "no intention of ever making an enclosed ensuite with WC upstairs, so save my time and your time by not bothering suggesting this ------ and just get over it ! "(quote) This comment was unpleasant and rude and angered all of our party !! I think the owner should rethink this one.
Mrs Hemsley
March 2016
The location is perfect for peace and quiet, there were lovely walks and gardens right outside the door. We went with three generations and the grandchildren had a great time as it was one big exploration and playing in the stream was a highlight for them. Thank you for a great break.
Mrs Robinson
November 2015
A very peaceful and quiet holiday. Even though The Old Coach House is situated in the countryside, it was in an area which was very accessible to visitor attractions near by. We had a lovely weeks holiday. The house is of a very high standard and has a very impressive sound system... loved it.
Mrs Craven
September 2015
The Old Coach House was the perfect holiday retreat and we would not change a thing! Particularly loved the open fire and free standing bath!
Miss Dalton
May 2015
I loved the setting which was a very safe place for my autistic son and we loved the wet room. We loved the landing and as we had some lovely sunny days it was a lovely area to sit.
Miss Young
March 2015
We were very taken with the property and were sad to be leaving. We personally loved the music system throughout the house and the variety of CD's were a great touch. House had everything we needed and more and the landscape was also very nice. Would definitely consider coming again..
Mr Armstrong
December 2014
The internal layout and location of The Coach house was fantastic. I celebrated a landmark birthday, could not have been any better!
Miss Amadi
November 2014
The accommodation was excellent, I couldn't fault it in any way. We felt so relaxed and at home.
Mrs Constable
November 2014
A great cottage with large well appointed rooms and lovely furnishings, loved the real log fire. Lots of CDs, DVDs and books. The area was lovely and quiet, with easy access to towns and attractions. Would definitely return.
November 2014
The house was simply stunning and had everything we needed. From the large kitchen and the lovely dining room to the lovely bedrooms, especially the master wtih its free-standing bath. The stairs were a bit tricky for my one year old but we just put something in front of them to stop him from climbing them, as he did manage to get on them a couple of times and fell onto the hard floor. Nice quiet location but close to lots of places to venture out to. We visited Berwick-upon-Tweed, St Abbs and Coldingham Bay. Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would recommend to others.
Mrs Milne
October 2014
The layout and arrangement of property was perfect. Lovely location and surroundings.
Mrs Collins
September 2014
Stunning house. Loved the gorgeous kitchen and the roll top bath in the room. Very enjoyable stay here.
Mrs Stray
August 2014
Lovely house in a quiet country location. Very comfortable. It felt like staying in someone's much loved home rather than a holiday rental.
Mr Moore
July 2014
The House was beautiful and in a great setting. We found it very relaxing, in a lovely area and the people were very nice. This house is a little hidden gem, the owners have made a very nice job of creating a luxury feel. Very reasonably priced, we would certainly return here and recommend this property. A few notes of interest; great CD collection at property, check out little bakery in Eyemouth and make sure you visit Alnwick town and castle.
Mrs Malthouse
April 2014
The cottage and its setting were beautiful. The cottage itself felt like a home from home, very well equipped and tastefully decorated. The facilities were great. The whole family (3 generations) loved it and will defiantly be booking again in the future. The owner was very pleasant and accommodating.
Mr Hughes
April 2014
The cottage was superbly equipped, including speakers in every room - the volume can be individually selected. The owners provided a significant number of CDs for the guest to use, the position, although reasonably close to the A1, had no traffic noise. This is by far the best cottage I have ever stayed in and is superb value for money.
Mr Charnock
March 2014
The location of the accommodation was excellent. Walks and the local beach are just a 10 minute drive.
Mr Wojcik
January 2014
We had a great time, house is really well designed and user friendly. Underfloor heating regulated in each room, and massive open fire in living room. Beautiful AGA oven in the big bright well equipped kitchen is like a cherry on the top of cake. This house is an inspiration and it is the dream house for us now.
Mrs Lynas
November 2013
Peaceful converted barn. Beautiful plants over a stunning gallery area, and probably the best log fire ever! Nice big comfortable beds and down duvets. We had a lady in a wheelchair who managed really well in the downstairs bedroom and wet suite. Stunning views from the master bedroom and lovely balcony. We all enjoyed the peaceful location.
November 2013
We stayed in November to carry out business in Dunbar. Lovely and peaceful and warm once we worked out the heating . The galleried area is beautiful with lots of large plants the lighting is good with a large window up to the stars. We were amazed this property only had One toilet for up to 6 guests ?? Not great . This is situated in the wet room on the ground floor with the only shower which was awkward for anyone needing the loo. The master bedroom has a delightful free standing bath and hand basin and NO toilet with loads of un used space . This is a delightful sleeping space with large comfy beds and down duvets for cold nights, there is a balcony for warm summer evenings . Anyone who relies on email or internet be aware there is no wifi in this property or anywhere much in the area, we travelled almost to Edinburgh to pick up 3G connection . Ok if you dont need it . The kitchen area has an aga which was not in use in November and when cooking the oven constantly set smoke alarms off . We were a party of 5 ladies , one in a wheelchair who thoroughly enjoyed our stay and switched off in front of a delightful log fire each night, this place just needs a few tweaks to make it absolutely perfect ! Maybe a welcome pack for late arrivers as the local shop is 3 miles away ?
November 2013
We stayed in November to carry out business in Dunbar. Lovely and peaceful and warm once we worked out the heating . The galleried area is beautiful with lots of large plants the lighting is good with a large window up to the stars. We were amazed this property only had One toilet for up to 6 guests ?? Not great . This is situated in the wet room on the ground floor with the only shower which was awkward for anyone needing the loo. The master bedroom has a delightful free standing bath and hand basin and no toilet with loads of un used space . This is a delightful sleeping space with large comfy beds and down duvets for cold nights, there is a balcony for warm summer evenings . Anyone who relies on email or internet be aware there is no wifi in this property or anywhere much in the area, we travelled almost to Edinburgh to pick up 3G connection . Ok if you dont need it . The kitchen area has an aga which was not in use in November and when cooking the oven constantly set smoke alarms off . We were a party of 5 ladies , one in a wheelchair who thoroughly enjoyed our stay and switched off in front of a delightful log fire each night, this place just needs a few tweaks to make it absolutely perfect ! Maybe a welcome pack for late arrivers as the local shop is 3 miles away ?
Mr Ireland
October 2013
Great location, away from the hustle and bustle, but not far from the A1 and Edinburgh. Great house, lovely grounds.
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