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The Retreat, Abbey St Bathans Estate

Near Duns, Scottish Borders

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The Abbey St Bathans Estate is a large private country Estate serenely tucked away between the Lammermuir Hills and the Berwickshire Coast some 20 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed and 4 miles from the A1 road at Grantshouse.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

Scenically like a little bit of The Highlands in The Lowlands there are glens with native woodlands laced with quiet footpaths which tenants can wander at will and the River Whiteadder offers private salmon and trout fishing (permits available by prior arrangement) as it meanders past the house or rushes through the glen.

The Retreat has been completely refurbished within its old stone walls. It is an elegant home affording maximum comfort and a charming ambience, and it faces across a courtyard to the grassy banks of the River Whiteadder and the trees beyond. It is semi-detached (at right-angles) from a stone barn with the owner's house situated on the other side of the adjacent stream.

The interior affords a taste of gracious, traditional country living on a manageable scale. The sitting room has rather the feel of a drawing room, being spacious and comfortably furnished, with a traditional fireplace and lovely open fire. This colour scheme is continued in the neatly designed and spacious dining kitchen, which is brightly lit and very appealing.

Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, and both of which are attractively presented, with plenty of room. The double room has en suite facilities and there is even enough space for an additional single bed alongside the double without any sense of being cramped. There is also a shower room and a separate WC.

Outside, there is a large grass meadow leading to a pond that is very picturesque, but some care may be required with young children. The River Whitadder lies beyond with open hills on the other side of the river.

Map & Local

There is horse riding, bird watching and scuba-diving at famous St Abb's Head, golf on many courses; an Adventure Driving School and a fine sandy beach at Coldingham Bay nearby - plus an excellent small restaurant for both snacks and meals.

The Southern Upland Way runs close to the cottage on its way to the sea at Cockburnspath and joining it for the final stage makes a great day’s walking. There is more of the same on offer to the north in the Lammermuir Hills. In this direction too, golfers will find almost too much choice among the superb courses on the coast, Dirleton, Gullane, Luffness and even Muirfield itself. There is historical interest too, in the form of Dirleton and Tantallon Castles, near North Berwick.

North Berwick is a popular holiday resort and features the Scottish Seabird Centre, where visitors can see, live on camera, the amazing seabird colonies on the Bass Rock just offshore or take a boat trip out to the Rock to see it all first hand. Just a little inland is the Museum of Flight (aircraft this time, not birds) at East Fortune.

Edinburgh is just over one hour's drive and with all of the Scottish Border country, plus Northumberland's National Park, coast and castles within easy radius, there is almost too great a choice of places to visit!

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Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD and HiFi
Kitchen/dining room with microwave, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine (tumble dryer in adjoining outbuilding).


Double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin
Twin bedroom
Shower room with wash basin
WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (first £15 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and open fire (1 bag of logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
25 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 £695.00
01 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 £650.00
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £695.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £750.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £650.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £595.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £650.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £595.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £695.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £695.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £595.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £595.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £650.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 POA
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 POA
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 POA
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 POA
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 POA
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 POA
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 POA
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 POA
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 POA
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 POA
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking, please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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