How about this place for a room with a view?
A former fishing shiel next to the River Tweed is making waves in the world of tourism following its transformation into a holiday cottage.
Whitesand Shiel has already been named among Britain’s top 20 holiday cottages by The Times and last week it was voted in the top 10 cool places to stay in Northumberland by coolstays.com
The website’s blog says: ‘Ideally located on the banks of the River Tweed, Whitesand Shiel cottage provides a romantic and serene escape for couples – with unrivalled views of the River Tweed and the Border Bridge viaduct’.
The praise and, of course, the publicity, has been welcomed by owners Logan and Karen Brown.
“It’s fantastic to get such accolades,” said Logan. “We’ve had great reviews from our guests and lots of kind comments about the project.”
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.
A tanking system has also been installed to protect the building from floods. It passed its first test this spring when stormwater came rushing down the hillside.
“It’s been a terrific project and one we’ve really enjoyed,” said Logan.
“Without a doubt it’s the location that makes the cottage so appealing.
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“It has that feeling of seclusion and isolation yet, in reality it’s only a 10-minute walk from the train station and the town centre’s shops, pubs and restaurants.
“Its quirkiness is something that visitors love. Guests say they feel like they’re almost on the water and, of course, it’s a great place to stay if you’re a keen birdwatcher. The view from upstairs, looking down the river towards the railway bridge, is really special.”
Last year it was let out for more than 40 weeks of the year .
“We’ve met loads of really interesting people and had quite a lot of repeat visitors already,” said Logan.
Former fishermen have also been along to take a look at how the shiel has been transformed.
“George Mole, who was the skipper there for many years, came down for a look,” said Logan. “He had some great stories about the days when five men were working and living there.
“We’ve tried to be as sympathetic as possible to its history with the renovations so it’s lovely to hear people like what we’ve done.”