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The Beach House, 4 St Abbs Haven, Coldingham Sands, Berwickshire,
TD14 5NZ

Rarely available on the open market and sitting on the cliffs above Coldingham Bay, this elegant Edwardian house affords simply stunning views over the sandy bay, the rugged coastline and open sea beyond. St Abbs Haven was completed in 1906 for Jane Hay, an influential Scottish social reformer. It later became the St Abbs Haven Hotel for many years and was sympathetically converted into seven unique private residences in 2003. The properties retain much of their character and charm found in the arts and craft movement of the time. The Beach House has arguably the best position at the western edge of the property with breathtaking views of the bay, St Abbs village to the south and the sea and there is a path leading down from the communal gardens to the beach.

1,756 SQFT
163 SQM
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Property Details & Description




Foyer, Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Kitchen, Utility Room, Cloakroom. 


Landing, En-Suite Master Bedroom, Two Further Double Bedrooms, Family Bathroom.


Landing, Two Comfortable Rooms with Multi use purposes. 


Communal Driveway, Allocated Parking, Guest Parking, Garage, Communal Gardens.


Eyemouth 3 miles, Reston Railway Station 3 miles, Berwick Railway Station 11 miles, Edinburgh 46 miles (all distances are approximate).



The property is positioned in a small coastal hamlet at the end of a road that runs along the coastline above Coldingham Bay. Sitting in an elevated spot, the house has wonderful coastal views and looks down onto Coldingham Sands, a sheltered sandy beach with pretty colourful beach huts and has a path leading right down onto the beach. There is beach café and surfing shop within a short walk and a ten-minute walk north along the coastal path brings you in to the village of St Abbs, a lovely harbour community very popular with divers and tourists and used as the setting for New Asgard in a Thor film. There are boat trips from the harbour in the summer and there is a popular café serving fresh fish brought in from the fishing boats. A twenty minute walk from the house brings you into the village of Coldingham, with a shop, two pubs, a butchers, garage and primary school. The property has good access to the A1 trunk road which allows for good road commuting options into Edinburgh and Newcastle. Just to the south is the working harbour town of Eyemouth, which provides further amenities and schooling for all ages. Three miles to the west is the mainline railway station at Reston, with regular services into Edinburgh. Eleven miles to the south is Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s most northerly market town. This offers five national supermarkets, a wide selection of shops, boutiques, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The town also has a theatre with cinema as well as a wide range of leisure clubs and sports facilities. It also has a main line railway station which connects to both Edinburgh and Newcastle in circa 45 minutes and to London Kings Cross in circa 3.5 hours. The Berwickshire and Northumberland coastline is beautiful and is regarded as a wonderful location providing a fantastic outdoor lifestyle, offering great value for money.

General Description


St Abbs Haven was built as a private residence for Jane Hay in 1906, a Scottish social reformer, philanthropist and campaigner. She is fondly remembered in the area as she was instrumental in the creation of the lifeboat station in St Abbs, campaigning for it after witnessing a shipwreck on the rocks of St Abbs in a storm in 1907 with all lives lost. Throughout her time living at property, Jane took in several orphans whom she looked after and educated, including an orphan child who lost his father in the sinking of the RMS Titanic; so the house really did become a haven for many. The house was converted into a hotel later in the twentieth century and operated as such for many years, finally being sympathetically converted into seven individual private residences in 2003. Number four, named The Beach House, has arguably one of the best positions in the property, on the front facing out to sea, with wonderful views over Coldingham Bay, St Abbs and the rugged coastline. 


Steps rise to a smart timber double front door opening into a foyer with a ceramic tiled floor and space to store coats and boots. A charming timber door opens from the foyer into the hall. The ornate door, an original to the house, has a stained-glass harbour scene with the words ‘And he bringeth them unto their desired Haven’. The hall has a sash and casement window, a staircase leading up to the first floor with an understairs cupboard providing storage and having hooks for coats. The modern cloakroom has a WC set within a unit with storage, a hand-basin also set within a vanity unit providing storage and there is a wall-mounted towel radiator. Also off the hall is the utility room, fitted with a range of shaker style floor and wall mounted units with countertops over. There is stainless-steel sink and drainer with a mixer tap and plumbing for a washing machine and space for a dryer. The kitchen dining room is a generous size with three sash and casement windows providing views towards St Abbs. The kitchen is fitted with stylish shaker style units in a grey hue and include pan drawers and larder cupboards. Integral appliances include a Range Master stove with two ovens, a grill, warming drawer and a six-ring hob, an American style fridge and freezer with a filtered water and ice dispenser, a Neff dishwasher and Neff microwave. In the dining area there is a shaker style sideboard that matches the kitchen units. Completing the ground floor accommodation is the sitting room, a good-sized reception room with four sash and casement windows, providing breath-taking views of the sea and coastline. The room has a feature fireplace with a multi-fuel stove, perfect for cosy winter evenings and recessed shelving to one side.


A staircase rises from the hall to the landing. The master bedroom is to the front of the house and enjoys a triple aspect, with a window to both sides and two windows to the front with stunning elevated views over Coldingham Bay. The bedroom has a fitted wardrobe and a range of further fitted cupboards and drawers with a bench seat. The ensuite has a window to with obscure glass and is fitted with a mains shower, a unit housing the WC and hand basin a, a motion activated illuminated vanity mirror and a wall-mounted towel radiator. There are two further spacious double bedrooms, both with views towards St Abbs and the family bathroom, fitted with a contemporary suite comprising a bath with a mains shower over, a fitted vanity unit housing the WC and hand basin, a motion activated illuminated vanity mirror and a wall-mounted towel radiator. 


A spacious attic, accessed via a Ramsay ladder, leads up to a landing giving access to rooms, both with Velux windows and used by the current owners as occasional accommodation.   


St Abbs Haven sits on a large plot with allocated and visitor parking. The Beach House has a private single garage in a block of seven and there are delightful communal gardens that wrap around the property. There is also a path leading down to the beach directly from the gardens. 


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General Remarks & Information

Satellite Navigation


For the benefit of those with satellite navigation the property’s postcode is TD14 5NZ.




(please download the application “what3words” for the exact location)

Fixtures & Fittings


Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price.

Listing and Conservation


This property is not listed and does not fall within the conservation area of Coldingham.



LPG central heating, mains electricity, mains water, mains drainage.

Council Tax


Band E

EPC Rating


Band  E

Local Authority


Scottish Borders Council

Tel: 01835 824000.

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Servitude Rights, Burdens & Wayleaves


The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes whether contained in the title deeds or informally constituted and whether or not referred to above.  

Particulars and Plans


These particulars and plan are believed to be correct but they are in no way guaranteed.  Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation nor in any circumstances give grounds for action at law.



1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contact in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3. Any error, omission or misstatement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.

Important Notice


Rettie South LLP, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:

1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either in writing or by word of mouth.  Any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents or the sellers.  These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate.  The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive and it should not be assumed that the property remains as photographed. Any error, omission or mis-statement shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation or recourse to action at law. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents, including for its current use. Rettie South LLP have not tested any services, equipment or facilities.  Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise and ought to seek their own professional advice.

3. All descriptions or references to condition are given in good faith only. Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure accuracy, please check with us on any points of especial importance to you, especially if intending to travel some distance. No responsibility can be accepted for expenses incurred in inspecting properties   which have been sold or withdrawn. 


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