Melville Cottage, Coldingham, Berwickshire, TD14 5NH
A charming double-fronted detached Georgian stone cottage situated in the heart of this most desirable coastal village with lovely views of the historic Priory. Positioned on a generous plot with extensive gardens and off-street parking, this attractive period family home offers spacious and beautifully presented accommodation over two floors with elegant décor throughout. The property would make an ideal family home or fabulous holiday home or let. Coldingham offers a wonderful sandy beach and coastal walks and has a village shop, two public houses, a butchers and excellent primary and secondary schooling. The village also has easy access to the A1 and a mainline railway station in nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed with regular services to Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.
Property Details & Description
Ground Floor: Entrance Vestibule, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen-Dining room, Pantry, Rear Hall, Cloakroom.
First Floor: Landing, Master Bedroom with En-Suite, Two Further Double Bedrooms (one with adjoining WC and Hand Basin), Family Bathroom.
Outside: Large Private Driveway, Ample Off-Street Parking, Landscaped Gardens and Grounds, Two Stone Outbuildings.
Berwick-upon-Tweed Mainline Rail Station 5 miles, Edinburgh 52 miles, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 69 miles (all distances are approximate).
Melville Cottage is positioned in the heart of the historic coastal village of Coldingham, famous for its wonderful sandy bay, colourful beach huts and walking trails along the rugged coastline. The village is very popular with residents and visitors alike and has plenty of amenities including two public houses, a village shop with post office, a doctor's surgery, an active village hall, a primary school, catchment to an excellent secondary school, a general store and a good local butcher. Coldingham Bay and nearby St Abbs, which are within a fifteen-minute walk away, are renowned for their beautiful sandy beaches and dramatic coastal walks, and the area has been designated AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
Further down the coast road towards Berwick upon Tweed is the pretty working harbour town of Eyemouth which offers further amenities including a range of local shops, supermarket, professional services, public houses, restaurants and banks. Eyemouth has schooling for all ages including the well-respected Eyemouth High School. The town offers a good selection of sports clubs, a sandy beach and Eyemouth Golf Club is also very well regarded. A lot of the industry in Eyemouth is based around the working harbour with its fishing fleet, this in turn offers the town a charm and character not found anywhere else.
A short drive away is Berwick-upon-Tweed, famous for its historic Elizabethan walls and stunning period architecture. Berwick has a wider selection of amenities and is well serviced with local and national shops, five supermarkets and schooling for all ages including a private school at Longridge Towers. Berwick also has a selection of leisure and sports clubs, banks, public houses, restaurants, galleries and The Maltings Theatre and cinema which offers shows, films, musicals and opera.
The property is well positioned with access onto the A1 trunk road for commuting both north and south to Edinburgh and into England respectively, whilst there are two mainline railway stations in Berwick-upon-Tweed to the south or Dunbar to the north. There is also an efficient bus services that operates regular services to many of the nearby towns and villages, not to mention Edinburgh and Newcastle.
The local area around Melville Cottage offers many country and sporting pursuits including hill walking in the Cheviots, salmon, trout or sea fishing, horse riding, diving and shooting. The area is also famous for its golf courses with Eyemouth, Dunbar and Goswick all within a short drive.
Despite its proximity to both Edinburgh and Newcastle, this part of the world is sparsely populated with much of the area given over to agriculture and therefore offers a quality of life that is becoming increasingly rare.
Melville Cottage was built at the beginning of the nineteenth century, towards the end of the Georgian era and is a handsome stone-built double fronted detached property under a slate roof. The cottage was sympathetically extended to create a wonderful period family home and the generous gardens and grounds make the property one of the most desirable in the village. Internally the cottage is beautifully presented with elegant neutral décor throughout and still retains many period features which include open fireplaces, original timber doors and ironmongery and high ceilings. Externally a large sweeping drive provides ample off-street parking and garden offers a selection of areas in which to relax and entertain, including a raised area with views over the babbling burn and Coldingham Priory. There are two stone outbuildings and plenty of scope to erect further outbuildings or a garage, subject to planning.
The front door opens into a hall with stairs rising to the first floor and giving access to the two front reception rooms. The sitting room has wooden sash and casement double glazed windows to the front and side with timber panelling and a feature multi-fuel stove on a slate hearth with the original stone surround and a timber mantle. The drawing room is a lovely bright formal reception room with a wooden sash and casement double glazed window to the front, one to the side with a pretty window seat and French doors opening into the garden. The focal point of the room is the fireplace with a multi-fuel stove sitting on a slate hearth with the original stone surround and an exposed brick and stone chimney breast. To one side of the chimney breast is a charming stained-glass window. The heart of the cottage is the large open-plan kitchen and dining room, with views over the garden and grounds and across the village. The space is flooded with light with two windows to the side and two windows to the rear. The kitchen is fitted with a range of floor and wall mounted units with counters over and a ceramic sink and drainer with mixer tap. Integral appliances include a double electric cooker with electric hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. The kitchen also benefits from a pantry. The dining area can easily accommodate a large farmhouse table and would be perfect for entertaining family and friends. Off the kitchen is a rear hall giving access into the garden and a cloak room.
On the first floor a light and bright landing provides access to three double bedrooms and a bathroom and has a Velux window and a light well. The master bedroom is to the rear of the cottage and is a lovely dual-aspect room with two windows overlooking the garden and one to the side with views over the Priory and village. The bedroom has a fitted double wardrobe and an en-suite with a roof window and comprising a corner electric shower, WC, hand basin with vanity cupboard over and a chrome wall-mounted towel radiator. There are two further double bedrooms, both to the front of the cottage. The slightly larger of the two has a sash and casement window to the front and a Velux to the rear. The room has a fitted wardrobe and an adjacent WC and hand basin along with a chrome towel radiator. This has the potential to add a shower to create a full en-suite. The room also has a linen cupboard that also gives access to the roof space. The third double bedroom has wooden sash and casement double glazed windows to the front and side with views over the village and has a fitted wardrobe. Completing the first-floor accommodation is the family bathroom which has a window to the side of the cottage and comprises a large soaker tub with a ceramic tiled surround, a mixer tap and a mains rainforest shower head above, WC, hand basin with a vanity and mirror above with recessed spot lighting a chrome wall-mounted towel radiator.
The cottage benefits from generous landscaped gardens and grounds to the front, side and rear. Immediate to the front of the cottage a timber gate opens to a path leading up to the front door, with a low garden wall and raised flower beds. There is an area of formal lawn to the side of the cottage and a tarmacadam driveway that sweeps up the side and rear of the property with wrought-iron gates and fencing. The driveway provides ample parking for several vehicles. The French doors from the drawing room lead out onto a pretty courtyard and a path leads up through a large tiered garden with areas of lawn, planted with a variety of ornamental and fruit trees. There is a timber summerhouse, a garden shed and two stone outbuildings in the grounds, ideal for a potting shed or workshop and a raised area with wrought-iron railings affords a lovely view over the burn running through the village. There is also scope to create a garage within the grounds subject to planning permission.
For the benefit of those with satellite navigation the property’s postcode is TD14 5NH.
Oil central heating (boiler serviced August 2021)
Mains electricity, water and drainage.
Scottish Borders Council
Tel: 01835 824000.
Council Tax Band:
Band is C.
Energy Efficiency Rating:
Band E (42)
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