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Hideaway Cabin by the Sea - in the Scottish Borders

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Vernon's review of The hideaway cottage by the sea
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Hideaway Cottage by the Sea - sleeps 4

Cosy, comfortable hideaway cottage by the sea in a beautiful, small, private cove in the Scottish Borders.

We feel like covert runaways as we pile our holiday gear into a wheelbarrow at the entrance to the ancient smugglers' tunnel that cuts through the rocky hillside to the small cove and harbour on the other side. The wheelbarrow is piled high as we have a few things in mind, depending on what the weather may bring: wetsuits and snorkels, fishing tackle, paints and pencils, books, bikinis and binoculars wobble precariously and the beam from our torch bounces off the rocky sides of the tunnel as our footsteps echo about us.

As we step out into the bright sunshine we are greeted by a sight that is even more lovely than I'd hoped for. Cove Harbour is just as it has been for hundreds of years - a quiet, quaint, unspoilt cove, with sandy beach, rocky headlands, an old stone harbour with a few fishing boats moored and wonderful sea, sea, sea. We turn and look landwards and there is our hideaway cottage, the Blue Cabin, sitting just on the edge of the beach and living up to its name in a cheerful, holiday shade of cornflower blue.

It's somewhere to simply relax away from the hustle and bustle and see what each day might bring, somewhere quiet, in a beautiful spot, where we could enjoy our surroundings and from where we wouldn't have to stir unless we wanted to. We have found exactly that here at the Blue Cabin by the Sea: a perfect hideaway cottage for a perfectly relaxing holiday.

Summer holidays have been enjoyed at the Blue Cabin for a long time - it was built in the nineteenth century - but new owners architect Benjamin Tindall and sculptor Jill Watson have recently made it cosy enough to stay in all year round and converted it into a uniquely special place to stay, with their new, bright colours (local fishing boats are traditionally painted bright blue) and quirky carving, unusual antique furniture and fasciniating artwork. We feel as though we are staying on a luxurious boat: everything is made of wood; we climb into cosy cabin beds with handy lockers for storing our things; the well equipped galley kitchen is neat but with everything we need.

On warm, sunny days we have been lucky enough to sit and soak in the sunshine, swim and snorkel in the clear water, watch the waves and wander along the cliffs and paths nearby. We've spotted seals, seabirds galore and even done a spot of amateur painting, inspired by the excellent collection of artwork hung in the cabin (and painted in the guest book!). Wet days and cooler evenings have seen us snuggled in the Orkney chairs near a glowing stove, reading through the very well stocked library.

The guest book made excellent reading too, filled with tales of escapades, delicious meals cooked in the galley (the fisherman often have freshly caught crab or lobster), intriguing drawings, wistful farewells and promises to return.

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Further details about this accommodation

Only accessible through a rock-cut smuggling tunnel and across a beach by foot, or by sea, a holiday at the Blue Cabin by the Sea offers exceptional comfort throughout the year.

The Blue Cabin by the Sea sleeps up to four people, with two bedrooms, one double and one twin with bunkbeds, shower-room with shave point (bedding & towels are included), a fully equipped kitchen and a living room of exceptional character with wi-fi and tv.
The Blue Cabin is cosy: it has electric heating and fuel is supplied for the stove.

Our top 5 things to see and do while staying at The Blue Cabin by the Sea
Enjoy the Harbour Enjoy the Cabin; you may not need to leave the harbour. Sit on the terrace and look down on the beach and watch children play. Observe the ever-changing weather, fishing boats, ships at sea and the stars at night. Make sand castles, paddle in the rockpools, explore the shoreline and sea caves. Observe the resident birds and wildlife. Fish off the piers and in good weather swim in the harbour.
Draw and Paint Take inspiration from The Glasgow Boys who frequented the area and the harbour in the 1880s and substituted sunflowers with cabbages. Appreciate the Cabin’s collection of drawings, paintings and artistic fittings. Take inspiration from the clouds, rocks, boats and people enjoying the beach and capture the spirit of the place.

Read and write Many writers have stayed in the Cabin, finding its peace and solitude ideal for working. Its library relates to the harbour and the area, feeding the imagination. You are surrounded by Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Bride of Lammermoor’ country. Read about the building of the harbour. Light the stove and snuggle down with a good book.
Go back in time Explore the deep deans and bridges of Bilsdean, Pease Dene, Tower Dean and Dunglass Dean and discover why the area was the most treacherous section of the ancient post road between London and Edinburgh. Explore the cliff-top coastal paths, interlaced with hidden artworks commemorating the 1881 fishing disaster. See the remains of wrecks and smuggling lairs.
See the origins of time and science Visit Siccar Point, where James Hutton’s examination of the rocks first revealed the ‘depth of time’ leading to Darwin and the modern scientific method. Observe the junction of Old Red and Carboniferous sandstones within the harbour, as well as evidence of how Scotland was connected to Greenland.