The Berwickshire town of Coldstream is located in the Scottish borders, right by the English border. It lies on the banks of the River Tweed, and is surrounded by rugged countryside. Coldstream has a tumultuous history, which includes the invasion of Scotland by Edward I of England, in 1296. You will find a variety of family-run businesses in the town centre, including a grocery, a post office, and Trotters Family Bakers, which is known for its homemade cakes. Opposite Henderson Park, the Besom Inn is a friendly pub, serving good food and a variety of ales. Exploring the town from your Coldstream holiday cottage, you will pass many interesting buildings, including the toll house, which was a popular destination for runaway marriages. Just outside the town, The Hirsel is a listed stately home set in magnificent grounds. Coldstream Civic Week takes place every August, with a ride to Flodden Fields to honour the dead in the battle of 1513.

The town’s excellent museum is highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Coldstream, with exhibits on the regiment which marched to London in 1660, leading to the restoration of Charles II. Beautiful walks around the lakes, river and woods around the town can be enjoyed. There is a particularly scenic route through ancient woodland in Hirsel Country Park, which is renowned as one of the region’s best spots for bird-watching. On the banks of Leet Water, Hirsel Golf Club is home to a challenging course. 

There is a bridge in Coldstream that crosses the River Tweed into the English county of Northumberland. The village of Cornhill-on-Tweed lies across the water from Coldstream, with its own history of conflicts to delve into. Berwick-upon-Tweed is well worth a visit on self-catering holidays in Coldstream. Located at the mouth of the River Tweed, a 30-minute drive eastward from Coldstream, its historic centre is surrounded by imposing medieval town walls.