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Christmas tree, crackers, cosy by the fire,
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One of the reasons we decided to go here was because of all the very positive reviews we had read about Sue and the cottages, and here's another one as we were also impressed by Sue's hospitality, the lovely and comfortable cottage and the beautiful surroundings.
When reading the visitors' book we noticed that most people have stayed here several times before. The cottages are traditional, but at the same time the wifi connection is excellent, so we could use our iPad sitting in front of the open fire. We didn't know much about the Borders before we went here, but will definitely be back because there is so much to do and see.
Sue's website and the many leaflets and brochures in the cottage are very helpful to find out what is on and what is worth visiting. When we went to Edinburgh Sue gave us the practical tip to park our car on a Park & Ride and then take the bus into town. If you go there, then definitely go to the National Museum which was recently renovated, and which appeals to both children and adults.
We loved our day on Holy Island/Lindisfarne, did some long walks in the hills, bought a heritage pass to visit the castles and abbeys, gained weight because of all the cakes we ate and the dinners in the nearby Fishermen's Arms, etc.
Another reason to go back to the Borders is that everyone is so friendly and helpful. We didn't come across a single unfriendly person during the ten days we were there!
For us Dutch it is very easy to go to: after spending the night on the ferry from IJmuiden to Newcastle.
We stayed in East Cottage over the New Year - just a short stay but perfect in every way, from the warm welcome by Sue, to the tea, cake and mince pies left out ready for us, to the lovely open fire (which got a lot of use!), large warm living room, comfy bedroom and excellent kitchen, pantry and bathroom.
Really cannot recommend this place enough - the location is great for Kelso and Coldstream (both worth a visit and with some great views, food and pubs - try Cobbles in Kelso for their own range of Tempest Brewing Co. beers.
The cottage is warm, spacious (it was bigger than we expected from the picture), immaculately kept and cleaned, well stocked, and ideal for one or two couples or a group of friends. Definitely worth a return visit to explore the area properly - but it's hard to drag yourself away from the cosy comfort!
See Tripadvisor for more Hendersyde reviews.