Had a lovely few days in St Abbs great location lots to do house was very homely and welcoming with a nice bottle of wine and ginger cake left by the owner ( thankyou). We are planning to return next year as there is so much more we want to see and do.
We had a lovely time at Brierydean in St Abbs. The key collection process was simple and easy and the house was bright and spacious and there was a good supply of crockery and utensils in the kitchen. The dining room is located in the conservatory, which was perfect for our stay in mid-September, but could prove more challenging at colder times of year.
The village itself is a lovely little place (little being the operative word here!). I can recommend Ebbcarrs cafehighly enough. Really friendly staff and my wife loved the lobster there so much we made an extra visit on our last day for more. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1580708-d4134273-Reviews-Ebbcarrs_Cafe-St_Abbs_Scottish_Borders_Scotland.html)
There is a good amount to do for children too. There's a good play park 50 yards from the house and another at the local "Number Four Gallery". It is also a fairly short walk to the beach at Coldingham. The cafe at the beach opens at about 11 and serves cheap and cheerful fair (bacan rolls etc).
If you want soft play, then there is Hurly-Burly at Duns, which is good, but be warned that it is a lengthy drive on windy roads. There is also the East Links Family Park (feeding farm and play park) at Dunbar, but this one is £12 per adult and £6 for a two-year-old, so beware.
The garden at the house was also a hit with our son (two-years-old) and is prettily presented.
As for the quirks, there are a few things with the house that could use some attention. The bathroom ceiling could do with a refresh as there's a bit of mould there (understandable for a well used place). The drawer fronts came off the chest of drawers in the main bedroom (managed to locate a bottle of wood glue and fix it myself) and the mattress in the main bedroom needs to be replaced. It feels like it has collapsed. The plumbing is interesting; not broken or anything, but if you switch any of the taps on in the house then 75% of the time, the shower starts running too! Like I said, interesting.
The house has a lovely fireplace. There was a basket full of newspaper and some kindling and a log. Outside there was a store of more wood, but the rest of the logs hadn't been cut down to size and there were (understandably) no saws or axes around. However, we quite happily popped along to the petrol station at Eyemouth and bought a bag of logs and kindling for our own use.
The owner left a really useful folder of information about things to do in and around the area. There was also a good selection of films in the living room for those in-house days (including some kids films).
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We always enjoy our Holiday's in St Abbs, this now the 3rd holiday cottage that we have stayed in, in St Abbs ( date availability issues) and we would have no problem with booking this cottage again, it is very practical for our needs, they appeared to of just erected a new back garden side fence & gate, that with the gate tied up, was ideal to stop our daughter running off, we enjoyed trips to Holy Island (WARNING! Causeway Road - Check Tide Times) and East Links Family Park, the must do every time walk to St Abbs Head, visiting Coldingham Sands with our daughter, there is also a nice café in the Old School Building and an indoor market is held there on Fridays 10-4, we was also made very welcome by the locals in Eyemouth of 2 x Baby & Toddler Groups that we visited, both on Wednesdays in Local Term Time, the 1st is Little Tykes (3 years max) Community Centre, Albert Rd, TD14 5DE, 10-1130am, cost £ 1.50, after some lunch down the harbour, 2nd is Busy Bees (up to school age) Parish Church Hall, Victoria Rd, TD14 5JD 130-3pm, cost £ donation. Lloyd, Hazel, Iona (aged 3) of Maidstone, Kent & Granny Scotland of Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
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A lovely cozy cottage, tastefully decorated and very practical. The location is spot on, just a 5-minute walk from the Coldingham beach and ideal for coastal walks. The walk to St Abbs head lighthouse is a treat. It is just a pity that the village doesn’t have a pub, but there is a small shop and 3 good cafes.
Five of us between 16 and 74, a dog - and two Christmas guests - spent ten days here over Christmas and New Year. We arrived to find a festive hamper and some lovely decorations giving the house a homely feel. The location is very special, with diverse walks to harbour, beach and cliffs all very close at hand - we enjoyed the wild weather very much, watched the surfers on new year's day and found the villagers very friendly. The house itself has nice, spacious proportions - it was easy to get warm and feel comfortable, store food in the big Smeg and cook to the scale of Christmas dinner. Not the right time of year for using the garden but I think it would be a great place to stay in summer. I especially liked going out at night to listen to the sea and look at the profusion of stars. Although a small village there is a visitor's centre, a lighthouse walk, the coastal path, cafes and a wide beach with huts just ten minutes away, where diving and surfing are popular. All my contact with the owner was friendly and accomodating and we would definitely stay at Brierydean again.