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Near Bank Cottage Pet-Friendly Cottage in St. Abbs, Scottish Borders

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

Near Bank Cottage Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
Near Bank Cottage is a stone built, end terrace cottage, which was originally built for lighthouse keepers, is situated in the village of St Abbs on the Scottish borders. This cottage sleeps four people and has two bedrooms, consisting of one double and one twin bedroom, as well as a family shower room. The cottage also has a fitted kitchen and a sitting room with dining area and an open fire. To the outside of this cottage there is off road parking for two cars and a garden with furniture. Near Bank Cottage is close to many places of interest and is perfect for a family holiday.

St. Abbs is a pretty fishing village located just over the border into Scotland on a beautiful stretch of Berwickshire coastline. The village has a delightful harbour and fishermen's cottages scattered on the hillside and the St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve nearby is home to a rich variety of wildlife and is a popular destination for bird watchers. The area also has some beautiful walks, with the Cheviots, Scottish Borders and the stunning coastline all offering opportunities for walking. A safe, sandy beach is located under a mile away in Coldingham. The shops, museum and castle of the historic fortified Border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed are within reach, as well as Holy Island, the seaside villages of Craster, Eyemouth and Seahouses and the picturesque Farne Islands which are all an easy drive away. The lively capital city of Edinburgh is less than 50 miles away, and well worth a visit.

Northumberland is a heady combination of fishing villages, market towns, sandy beaches, magnificent castles and historic Hadrian's Wall, tied together by beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife.

Electric night storage heaters with open fire in sitting room and wall-mounted fan heaters in shower room and kitchen. Electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV. All fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Off road parking for two cars. Recently extended rear garden with garden furniture. One well-behaved dog under strict control welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • By the sea

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May 2011
Quite simply a little bit of heaven on earth. We loved it so much, we came straight back and rebooked for later on in the year - What better recommendation is there?
Ms Tillier
October 2015
Very relaxing, pretty and homely cottage. Everything you could need was provided in the cottage right down to the prepared coal fire. Won't hesitant to come back.
Mrs Cheetham
July 2016
We have stayed here before and return because it is such a lovely, well appointed cottage. The location is great too, especially if you like walking, nature, culture and history. It's always a pleasure to return and see familiar faces at St Abbs.
Mr Taylor
July 2016
We have been using this cottage for four years now and it is always excellent. We will be back again next year.
Mr Thomas
February 2015
Accessible cottage in a beautiful setting, perfectly decorated and dog friendly!
Mr Bett
February 2015
This cottage is a hidden gem. My family and I wanted to get away from all the techno gadgets that kids have today and do a bit of family bonding and it was just perfect! We will definitely be back. Thank you!
Van Mil
August 2015
A lovely cottage, decorated and furnished with great care and taste. The surroundings are beautiful. We had nice walks along the coast, among the sheep.
Mr Taylor
August 2015
Visit this cottage every year, it's turning into a second home. Excellent stay and have booked again for next year already.
Mrs Blackburn
July 2015
The Cottage and location could not have been any better. One of the best Cottages we have ever stayed in.
Mr Savage
December 2014
A home from home and a very relaxing break. Would come back next season.
Mr Collett
June 2014
Peaceful and tranquil, St Abb's is simply beautiful and St Abb's Head walk was literally as you step out the door. We loved this cottage and its location.The cottage is deceptively roomy, has all you could need and is clean, pleasant and cosy.
Mrs York
October 2013
Very comfortable and cosy. Cleanliness of a high standard. Lovely walks from the front door. The coal fire was wonderful.
Mr Minshull
June 2014
Every bit as good as it was last time we stayed there. The location is perfect.
Mr Alcock
August 2014
Near Bank Cottage is in a very peaceful location with lots of wildlife and beautiful coastal scenery nearby. The cottage itself is very comfortable and cosy and we felt at home right away. The garden was a particular bonus as it was quiet (except for the chatter of the many birds that frequented it) and was a great place to sit and admire the countryside view or read a book. The local shop in Coldingham was well stocked and the beach was unspoiled by any man-made promenades, etc.
Mr Taylor
August 2014
This is the second time we have stayed at this Cottage, everyone had a great time. Remembered to take food for the bird table this time and saw everything from sparrows to woodpeckers. Will return again next year and for many more years to come.
Mr Mayes
May 2014
The situation is superb and the cottage had everything we needed. The books and jigsaw puzzles at hand helped make it such an enjoyable holiday.
Mrs Ramage
April 2014
The cottage has a homely feeling whenever you enter the door. The information given was spot on; based in lovely surroundings, couldn't be better.
Mr Collett
June 2015
This was our second stay at this property. Once again lots of wildlife was seen without leaving the house and there were numerous varieties of birds in the back garden. There were excellent walks straight from the doorstep. Just a perfect place for a lazy break, with the opportunities to travel further if the mood takes you. An ideal location for visiting other Scottish Border attractions. Would highly recommend Near Bank Cottage.
Mr Walton
May 2015
The location of Near Bank Cottage is superb; we hardly had to use the car. Whether walking on the Nature Reserve Cliffs, taking a bus into Eyemouth and walking back, or just strolling into St Abbs for a coffee, our stay is always relaxing and reviving. Fred keeps the house very clean and it was a real bonus when he texted us to say we could get in early. As the weather was great we made full use of the garden, which in the evening was the perfect place for post-walk relaxation. The cottage offers everything we need for a successful holiday and we hope that the owners will accept the suggestions below in the same spirit as they are given - to help make a fantastic holiday cottage even better!
Mrs Lockyer
October 2014
Cosy and comfortable cottage, in quiet location but with stunning scenery on the doorstep.
Mrs Pilkington
September 2013
We have stayed in many cottages in Scotland, and this was one of the most comfortable and cosy. It is very well maintained, warm, peaceful and clean. We will go back in the future.
Mr Foreman
October 2013
Very cosy comfortable cottage, very well equipped and the location was excellent.
Mr Hatton
March 2013
It was a lovely cottage ideally situated for easy access to the surrounding areas.
Mrs Luscombe-Smith
October 2013
The cottage was perfect, cosy warm and just the right size. The cottage was in a wonderful situation, easy access for walks and village centre. We just loved it, and will be back!
Mr Katay-fodor
January 2013
Excellent place, very warm house. The house is just a walking distance from seaside. Nice garden. We really enjoyed our holiday.
Mrs Dancer
July 2013
A perfect cottage surrounded by an amazing coastline. We will return.
Mr Ridley
May 2013
The general comfort of the cottage made for a relaxing break.
Mrs Cockburn
April 2013
A very peaceful break with beautiful scenery.
Mrs Wright
August 2013
We had a fantastic holiday. The cottage was well furnished and delightful. The scenery was beautiful, you couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you!
Mr Taylor
July 2013
Was an excellent position for all amenities. Enjoyed the wildlife on the doorstep and the walks. Will return again next year, we have been coming to St Abbs for 11 years this was the best accommodating yet.
Mr Chapman
October 2012
The cottage was really good. The surroundings are outstanding. St Abbs harbour in storm conditions is awesome.
Mrs Ackerman
October 2012
Wonderful cottage in a great location. Our second visit and it wont be our last.
Mrs Cheetham
August 2013
This was our 4th holiday at Near Bank Cottage and as always a pleasure to be able to stay at this wonderful cottage. It is well appointed, comfortable and in a superb location. It is probably the best cottage we have ever had!
Mr Keating
September 2012
Loved everything about the holiday. The Cottage was stunning and the garden lovely. Even the weather was spot on. The local area had many beautiful walks and the visitor's book in The Cottage was full of idea's when we decided to go further afield.
Miss Hall
January 2012
Beautifully appointed property and a fabulous location. We absolutely loved it, especially the open fire.
Mr Green
January 2012
Once again we loved all our walks and the weather was superb. We had a brilliant Christmas.
Mr Lodge
December 2011
Near Bank Cottage was warm, cosy and in a great location.
Miss Lee
November 2011
The cottage was warm and welcoming, lovely garden and an open fire - fuel was included in the price. A good base for walking, and visiting country houses etc. Nice unusual shops in North Berwick and you can walk down to Coldingham beach from the cottage.
Dr Murray-Lyon
May 2012
Location so close to National Trust St Abbs, with wonderful walks.
Mrs Mathie
October 2011
The location of the cottage with its access on to St Abbs Head and proximity to other attractions. It was easy to reach major road networks but the cottage was secluded and restful.
Mrs Sunley
March 2011
The peace! The location of this property is nothing short of excellent. We loved is so much that we came home and immediately booked another week in September! I think that says it all!
Mrs Spurrier
April 2011
The area is stunning and the cottage location is excellent. We really enjoyed the natural beauty.
Mrs Smith
July 2010
Beautiful countryside, lovely cottage, made us feel very comfortable. Rural position but within walking distance of the village.
Mr Lee
February 2010
The area is fantastic and we will visit again through Sykes
Mrs Cruickshank
September 2010
The photographs on the website and in brochure do not do justice to this lovely, well cared for and warm feeling property.
Mr Murray
June 2010
Beautiful area, weather was kind to us and the cottage was superb.
Mrs Swan
May 2010
A comfortable, cosy, well equipped cottage set in a beautiful area. Plenty of walks and bird watching available. Good pubs only a mile away
Mr Clay
November 2010
We were warm and cosy. So many different birds visited the garden. Lovely walks both around the Nature Reserve and along the coastal paths. A real taste of 'living down the lane'!
Mr Berry
April 2010
Great location for a quiet break with a dog who likes to walk! Loved the genuine nature of the cottage and the working farm next door.
Mr Walton
June 2011
This was the fifth time we have stayed at Near Bank Cottage. Each time the owners have upgraded something to make the stay even more pleasurable. This time it was the bathroom. The refit that has provided a shower was inspired! We love the position of the house, the garden, the quiet surroundings - I could go on. This is the ideal place to chill. And if you love wildlife, well... I'd like to specially mention the housekeeper. My wife left some jewellery at the house. As soon as she heard about this, she went back to the house to confirm it was there, and posted the items to us at the first available opportunity. Not only that, but they had been packed with the utmost care and sent Special Delivery to arrive the next day. Great service!
Mrs Mather
July 2011
It was a comfortable character cottage in a superb location with walks from the doorstep. It was delightful to sit out in the garden and enjoy the wonderful rural location.
Mrs Bearder
July 2009
Everything about the holiday was excellent. It was our first time in the area and the scenery was really beautiful. St Abbs was a lovely place to relax and had two good cafes to eat during the day. We found the bus service which was at the end of lane really useful and several times we went to Eyemouth and Burnmouth and walked back along the coastal path and also to the town of Berwick which was a really interesting place. We would love to return to explore further. Altogether a really excellent holiday
Mr Morrow
March 2009
Ideal location to the surrounding areas of interest. Country side and villages at its best. The accommodation is a praise worthy example of the style of that era. People friendly area.
Mr Holt
November 2009
The area was gorgeous. There was a lovely walk from the front door of the cottage. The people we met were very friendly and welcoming, especially the Post Master in the village shop.
Mr Mrs Smith
May 2010
Thank you for a lovely holiday, the cottage was warm and cosy and a perfect location for our Collie dog to get as much exercise as he wished, not only in the garden but all along the cliff tops and the beaches out to Coldingham. We found everything we needed in the cottage and found it very clean and tidy on our arrival. We can definitely recommend the cottage. Also we had a really good meal at the New Inn in Coldingham, good food friendly service. We would recommend it to your guests.
Mrs Stewart
July 2010
A cosy traditional cottage in an excellent setting for walking and relaxing. Fantastic scenery. Lots of history and wildlife. Hardly needed to use the car at all. Secluded garden for relaxing after a days walking. Locals very friendly. The second hand charity bookshop at the Priory Gate raises money for the village and is a real treat for book lovers - I came home with plenty of bargains!
Mr Dews
July 2011
I liked the location. Walking from the door. Very cosy and comfortable. Everything was spot on and made for a very enjoyable holiday.
Mrs Dobson
May 2011
The position of the property, secluded but not too far from amenities and road routes. The area is beautiful to walk in, the coastline amazing, the bird life entrancing and not many people - just what we like. The garden was lovely to sit in at the end of a day's walking.
Mr Green
August 2011
We loved the cottage, stunning scenery and wildlife.
February 2009
The cottage was lovely and comfortable. The lounge was a really nice space to relax in. It was also in an excellent location. More or less everything we needed was there (including a helpfully placed hot water bottle!).
July 2009
The cottage location near the nature reserve was excellent. The inside of the cottage and the lovely garden outside were a delight to return to.
Mrs Ellis
October 2008
Perfect location with country and sea walks from the door.
Mr Mrs Pearson
May 2009
Location was excellent, cottage was cosy, ample parking, garden was a really pretty suntrap.
Mr Brown
May 2009
We had a lovely quiet and relaxing holiday in tranquil surroundings.
Mr Armstrong
September 2009
House was very clean and homely. Very comfortable in the evening with the fire lit. Lovely garden and peaceful area. Loved the whole holiday. Wish it lasted longer. Nice quiet holiday walking the dog(plenty of local walks from the doorstep). Fantastic sandy beach nearby.
Mrs Senior
February 2009
The easy access to the coastal paths: The coal fire, the wildlife in the garden and the general comfort of the cottage!
Mrs Senior
February 2008
High quality accommodation. Excellent value. In February, the coal fire was just magic.
Mr Firth
November 2007
A lovely quiet location with an excellent garden and the open fire.
Mrs Whinn
June 2008
Cottage very warm comfortable, with everything you need.
Mr Nicholson
November 2008
There was nothing wrong with our holiday which is why I rebooked within 24 hours. The area is clearly outstanding with much on offer for both the naturalist, walker or just reader of books.
Mr Wood
November 2007
A fabulous escape. Go there and leave your car waiting, you won't need it!
Mrs Barnard
October 2007
Good property, excellent location.
Mrs Cheetham
August 2008
A lovely cottage, in a beautiful location. Well-equipped and presented to a high standard. Would like to live here!
Mr Walton
June 2008
Third time and looking to book the same week next year - so we must rate the place highly! It's the position of the cottage with all the peace and quiet.
Mrs Cheetham
August 2007
We have had a fantastic holiday in this cottage - perfect for walkers and nature lovers.
Mr Taylor
January 2007
Freedom to come and go. The coal fire and the general situation on the edge of the nature reserve. All the people in the local shops and pubs very friendly and happy to see you. Great walk along the cliffs to Eyemouth.
Mr Moody
September 2007
The cosiness of the cottage, friendly people, beautiful location,open fire, awe inspiring walks, nearness to the sea. We love it. The caretaker is so kind and helpful. A truly magical place.
Mr Mrs Sullivan
May 2007
The cottage was comfortable. The garden was excellent. The location was idyllic with wonderful walks and scenery. St. Abbs and the surrounding area is a lovely part of Britain - we highly recommend it for a peaceful relaxing holiday.
Mr Mrs Armitage
October 2007
Beautiful walks on the doorstep and plenty of interesting places to visit within a short driving distance.
Mrs Potter
June 2006
We had a most enjoyable week and would recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in that area.
Mr Mrs Scott
July 2006
St.Abbs harbour, less than a minute walk away, has stunning views. The Cottage was one of the best we have stayed in, and an excellent location for Scottish borders and North Northumberland. There are good walks from the cottage door. The Tea Garden in St.Abbs harbour was good value for money, the staff friendly and our dog welcomed.
Mrs Gower
September 2006
We had a really wonderful time at Near Bank Cottage. The service provided by you was excellent at every stage. The cottage and it's surroundings could not have been better for us. We have stayed in a lot of cottages over the years but this is the best yet. It was clean and well appointed, since there were only two of us there it was also spacious. The beds were impressive, of a good quality and very clean. In the past the beds and bedding in some cottages(not Sykes) have been uncomfortable and worn. The decor was clean and in keeping with the cottage theme, obviously well maintained from season to season. The walks from the doorstep, the tranquility of the house, garden and surroundings added to our enjoyment of the holiday. Local people were very friendly and helpful. Local produce epecially meat and fish were easy to obtain for home cooking, equally local pubs served real food using these delicious local ingredients. There was reliable local bus service between Berwick and Edinburgh, calling at villages on the way, a good break from driving and parking. To sum up we loved the place. We hope to rebook, possibly for 2007. We will be able to recommend Sykes cottages to family and friends, in fact we have already started to do so!
Mrs Gower
December 2006
The kitchen was well equipped, the bedrooms were very clean and had comfortable beds. An ideal cottage for a very quiet and relaxing break, with many walks from the doorstep.
Mrs Finch
November 2006
An excellent garden - dog proof and child friendly. Nearby Coldingham Sands is a brilliant beach for families - sand, rock pools, safe swimming and surfing.
Mr Taylor
February 2006
The location was marvellous, right on the edge of the nature reserve and backing onto the farmer's fields. Far enough from the town, but also close enough to get essentials. The open coal fire was a delight and much warmer than some of the stove-type burners we have experienced.
Ms Wilkie
October 2006
Very relaxing and peaceful. It was lovely to take a cup of tea out into the garden and sit watching the birds.
Mr Moody
June 2005
A very nice cottage and location. We will be going back next year. Everything you could want for a holiday.
Mrs Sykes
June 2005
An excellent location with easy access to cliff-top walks. The cottage was true to the description and we were particularly struck by the cleanliness - it was one of the best we've stayed in and seemed very welcoming.
Mr Smithson
March 2005
During one of the coldest weeks of the year we very much appreciated the open fire and the well stocked store of good quality coal.
Mrs Johnston
April 2005
We loved the open fire - having lived in Northern Ireland we miss our 'turf' fires! An excellent location for touring around. It was great to hear the sound of the sea.
Mrs Cowen
July 2005
Located at the edge of a nature reserve and close to coastal and inland walks and gardens, the cottage was ideally placed for a peaceful, restful and interesting holiday. It was very comfortable, and well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
Mr Couzens
December 2004
An excellent place to leave the car and walk with amenities all being within walking distance for the able. The cottage is beautiful and decor delightful.
Ms Goodacre
January 2005
Acommodation was very well equipped, clean and cozy with plenty of fuel provided etc. Photo's of the property on the website dont actually do the property justice! Wonderful location for walking and exploring the area with great views from St Abbs and St Abbs Head. Also Coldingham Bay was within easy walking distance and the whole area was extremely clean and appeard well maintained.
Mr Jones
December 2004
The location was superb - lovely walks from the cottage and a lovely beach nearby. Also very quiet which we wanted.
Mr Mrs Hartley
December 2004
Lovely cottage, very nicely furnished.The nearby visitor centre and cafe are very good.Wonderful walks over headland.
Mr Manning
December 2004
Being able to walk out the front door and into a nature reserve is wonderful.
Mrs Winning
December 2004
The location was excellent for walks. Just on the edge of a nature reserve. Lots of very nice places to eat out.
Mr Crichton
December 2004
We stayed in the cottage 5 years ago and have no regrets at returning. The whole area is wonderful if you enjoy peace and quiet and cliff top walks.
Mr Mrs Holt
December 2004
Great to have such a comfortable bed! Beautiful, comfortable clean cottage in a peaceful setting. Stunning scenery. St Abbs harbour; Coldingham Bay - great beach ; cliff-top walk; all within easy walking distance. Wonderful area - wish we could live there all the time.
Mr Ridpath
December 2004
Property very peaceful.
Dr Keeney
December 2004
Great to have coal available. Felt loved professional, would recommend to all, very homely. Great location too.
Mr Collier
December 2004
Lovely location. Plenty of walking in the area.
February 2013
It was Christmast and we had a great time walking and seal watching
January 2014
Everything about this holiday was amazing! The area is utterly beautiful and the situation of the cottage made getting about so easy. The cottage itself was brilliantly equipped, comfortable and cosy. We loved every minute and will come back.
November 2015
In an area of lots of opportunities we made - in our third visit to this cottage in we think 9 years- full use of our break visiting towns, coastal communities etc etc. It is a fair trek from Dorset but frankly its location is superb. It was extremely comfortable and I must say the shower was one of the best and makes my new one at home seem somewhat inadequate
Mr Jarman
December 2004
Location near cliffs and coast
Mr Mrs Keville
December 2004
The childrens play area at St Abbs Information Centre was excellent for our 3 5 year olds and within walking distance.
Ms Thornton
December 2004
Location, location, location. Plenty of walks from cottage - so the commuters can have a rest from driving!
Mr Penny
December 2004
Peaceful and quiet. Good base to see the borders. A good area for walking.
Lynne C
March 2015
A lovely dog-friendly cottage, perfectly equipped and tastefully decorated. So nice to have a roaring coal fire on a chilly night. Cottage is surrounded by wild life and it was an ideal location for some serious chilling with cattle and sheep for neighbours. Just a step away from the coastal walk [which turned out to be a bit hard-core on a windy morning.] Lovely little village of St Abbs is a pretty spot with friendly locals. Next village of Coldingham has a couple of great pubs & is also dog friendly: especially the New Inn. One of the few cottages we would return to.
January 2012
clean, tidy, good facilities,lovely place to stay.
January 2012
A lovely cosy cottage in fantastic location,key collection easily arranged, place home from home. Coldingham beach fantastic.The New Inn really good too
February 2010
Very fine clean I would like visit St. Abbs again
September 2010
The whole experience was lovely. The cottage was spacious and spotlessly clean, and in a lovely position. We spent ages sitting out in the pretty rear garden, and we loved the cattle and sheep trotting past the front door in the mornings! This is a place to relax in, with wonderful countryside and everything you need really. I loved it.
December 2009
An excellent location for walking and relaxing. The house was woderful.
December 2009
We had a wonderful week here. The garden is very private and catches the sun all afternoon. There are a number of walks directly from the door.
December 2009
Lovely cottage, cosy, clean, and well equipped. Beautiful countryside around, excellent walks along the coastal path, pretty harbour. Worth visiting - Paxton House, Dirleton Castle, Cove, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh (take the train from Dunbar).
December 2009
We very much enjoyed our stay and the house was in very good condition and very cosy - it was the second stay there. I am surprised this survey has arrived after so long!
December 2009
My wife and I found the well equipped cottage ideal for our needs. The cottage was clean, warm and comfortable. Situated at the edge of the nature reserve it is peaceful and has walks right from the door. We liked the enclosed garden which was handy for our dog and relaxing in the evening.
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