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WHITESAND SHIEL - a perfect couple's retreat with magnificent river views

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1 bedroom, bed sheets
TV, fireplace, books
TV, fireplace, books

Overview of WHITESAND SHIEL - a perfect couple's retreat with magnificent river views

WHITESAND SHIEL - a perfect couple's retreat with magnificent river views

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire apartment

1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 2

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill
  • Fireplace

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationRoyal Tweed Bridge4 min drive
  • Popular LocationThe Maltings Theatre and Cinema7 min drive
  • Popular LocationOld Bridge7 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire apartment to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

WHITESAND SHIEL - a perfect couple's retreat with magnificent river views

Family-friendly apartments in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Built in 1734, Whitesand Shiel was last used as a salmon netting station in 1992 and since has been lovingly restored to create a unique and delightfully quirky couple’s retreat in an enviable position on the banks of the River Tweed.

Lovingly restored to create a unique couple's retreat
The cottage boasts magnificent views of the river and Berwick’s famous Royal Bridge, a Grade 1 listed railway viaduct designed by Robert Stephenson and opened in 1850 by Queen Victoria.

Downstairs the open plan living area is a winning combination of earthy colours and organic materials. Wooden floors, sumptuous leather sofas, cosy tweeds, solid oak and pine furniture create a style of understated luxury that blends effortlessly with the surroundings.

Upstairs a superb light-filled, glass-fronted sitting room offers a captivating view and a fabulous spot to sit and watch the river and its many inhabitants including salmon, seals, otter and an extraordinary array of birdlife. The cosy adjacent bedroom comes with exposed beams, a fabulous view through to the sitting room and a very special bespoke bed!

The owner’s passion for the renovation project is reflected in the incredible attention to detail that is a reminder of the building’s history. Former wooden fish crates have been reborn as a coffee table and as a unique headboard draped with original fishing nets. Oars have been transformed into coat hooks and a wooden fishing boat in the garden has been skilfully converted into a sheltered bench!

Open plan living area comprising:

Fully equipped kitchen with electric cooker with 2 ovens and 4 ring hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, plenty of utensils and good quality china and glasses.

Dining area for 4 guests.

Cosy seating area with wood burner and TV with Sky and DVD player, iPhone docking station.

Utility room with washing machine and additional storage space.

Shower room with walk-in shower with drench shower head, basin and WC.

Fabulous sitting room with glass wall offering superb view across the river to the Berwick Bridge, books and games.

Bedroom with 4’6” double bed, dressing table and chest of drawers. Hanging space is provided by a door hook and hangers.

Whitesand Shiel is set within a fully enclosed garden with an outside seating area and charcoal barbecue with superb views across the estuary. A former wooden netting boat has been converted to provide a quirky bench. There is a garden tap and hose.

A lockable shed is available for storage of bicycles and outdoor kit.

There is ample parking outside the house.

Regretfully Whitesand Shiel is not suitable for children and babies.

One well-behaved dog is welcome at Whitesand Shiel without charge; a second dog is accepted with a £20 charge. Please note that dogs are not permitted upstairs or on the furniture.

The beds are made up with good quality bed linen, hypoallergenic duvet and pillows. A hairdryer is provided. Guest toiletries and luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests.

Wi-Fi is not available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.

Heating is provided by electric panel heaters and the wood burning stove. Logs are provided.

There is a footpath in front of the front of the property which leads into Berwick-upon-Tweed town centre.

Access to Whitesand Shiel is via a concrete track which is usable by all vehicles other than in severe weather conditions. The access road is steep in parts and does involve exiting the vehicle to open the access gate on a steep section. This may be difficult for guests with restricted mobility. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.
Guest accommodation at this apartment offers fireplaces and a hairdryer. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a shower.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Crabtree & Crabtree

Property amenities

Parking and transport

  • Car not required


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • Books
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Barbecue
  • Garden


  • Washing machine


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • In a rural location
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Golf nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Fishing nearby


  • Sleeps 2

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

We should mention

A car is not required for transport to and from this property

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About this area


Located in Berwick-upon-Tweed, this apartment is in a rural area. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Northumberland Coast and Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, while The Maltings Theatre and Cinema and Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard are cultural highlights. Travelling with kids? Consider Chain Bridge Honey Farm, or check out an event or a game at Shielfield Park. Discover the area's water adventures with sailing, surfing/boogie boarding and fishing nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with horse riding.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Royal Tweed Bridge - 4 min drive
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Hall - 7 min drive
  • The Maltings Theatre and Cinema - 7 min drive
  • Old Bridge - 7 min drive
  • Shielfield Park - 9 min drive

Getting around

  • Berwick-Upon-Tweed Station - 16 min walk


  • The Castle - 16 min walk
  • The Leaping Salmon - 20 min walk
  • Thistle Do Nicely - 3 min drive
  • Lazeez Grill House - 4 min drive
  • Cafe Crema - 4 min drive

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5/5 Excellent

A weekend treat
Wonderful attention to detail within a perfect setting and wildlife aplenty.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect Situation & Property Required - Found 100% at Whitesand Shiel
My partner and I together with our Scottish Terrier Max had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. The property was in an excellent location for walking, bird watching, resting and relaxing. And to my delight seeing the Flying Scotsman steam over the viaduct. It was clean, set up to a very high standard with an amazing shower and a super comfy bed. There was food in the fridge and a bottle of wine to help the first night relaxing process begin. We did not want to leave. The owners were great and very friendly, nothing was too much trouble. And we would recommend this property to our friends and family and we hope to stay there again in the future as there is plenty more for us to see and do in the area.

5/5 Excellent

Absolutely 5* conversion. Everything has been thought of for comfort and luxury and practicality.
Amazing property, in amazing surroundings. Fantastic hosts. Thanks Kim & Stephen Brown