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The Scottish Borders consist of 1,800 square miles of unspoilt and tranquil rolling countryside that stretches south of Edinburgh and the Lothians to the English border in Scotland's south east corner. To the east is the magnificent Berwick coastline and to the west is Dumfries and Galloway.

This is an area where visitors can enjoy the very best outdoor activities; learn about the fascinating history and culture of the area by visiting its many historical and cultural sites of interest and simply soak up its untouched and natural beauty.

The Berwickshire coast is perfect for stunning cliff-top walks and the Berwickshire Coastal Path runs from Eyemouth to St. Abbs affording great sea views. This coastline has some very dramatic cliffs and charismatic fishing villages.

St. Abbs is popular with holidaymakers who come here to walk and see the wonderful marine and bird life; the waters in this area provide the perfect conditions for a diverse range of sea life including grey seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds. The St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve is well known for the conservation work it does to maintain the pristine condition of this stretch of coastline.

The River Tweed and Tweed Valley is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with a host of wonderful walking routes and off-road mountain bike trail and includes the 7 stanes mountain bike centre. Keen anglers will of course also know that this area is famous for the quality of its salmon fishing rivers.

The regions border towns include Galashiels, known for its textiles and 19th century architecture, Peebles situated on the River Tweed, a handsome and sophisticated little town with parkland and river side-walks, and Selkirk which has great views of St. Mary's Loch.

Also of interest is Kelso, much favoured by Sir Walter Scott, for its wonderful architecture and cultural past. Close by Scotland's largest inhabited house, Floors Castle, occupies acres of parkland which overlooks the River Tweed. The castle itself houses collections of paintings, furniture and porcelain.

At Melrose, Abbotsford, the former residency of Sir Walter Scott, remains one of the most famous houses in the world. Here there is a visitor centre and family play trail for the children – well worth a visit.

This region has not always been as peaceful as it is today; historically it's been the focal point for many cross border conflicts which can be evidenced by the large number of castles and grand stately homes that can be found throughout the area; it also provides some fascinating days out for visitors!

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Scottish Borders today.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Oak Ref: S4604

In the countryside of the Scottish Borders, and only half a mile from the village of Chirnside, these two stunning lodges are built and furnished to a good standard. Perfectly located for enjoying the woodland walks, wildlife and fishing, which is available free of charge on the River Whiteadder, in season. The nature reserve and coastline of St Abb’s Head are just a few miles away, and at Berwick-on-Tweed, 8 miles, visitors will find a good selection of shops and restaurants. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Northumbrian Heritage Coast, with its unspoilt beaches and castles to explore, are a half hour drive, whilst Edinburgh is an hour away. Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Manderston are among the stately homes within easy reach. Shops and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

Living room with patio doors. Kitchen/dining area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Underfloor oil CH inc. Wi-fi on request. Enclosed garden and furniture. Wheelchair access.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Verandah. Parking. Fishing in season (foc). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£372-£950
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Heated indoor swimming pool
Shared gardens with furniture and play area

This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In the main house. All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

Cot on request. Fridge/freezer.

All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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£233-£695
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Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Rowan House Ref: 9045

Only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, this spacious detached bungalow situated on the edge of the pretty village of West Linton. The enclosed garden is bordered by the shallow Lyne Water. Shopping, restaurants and pubs in the village. Two 18 hole golf courses, Icelandic pony trekking and excellent walking in the Pentland Hills nearby which form the backdrop to the village. A perfect holiday retreat. Mountain biking at Glentress, 12 miles. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Electric cooker. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Payphone. Garden and chairs. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Rear garden borders stream.

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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Catch A Penny Ref: 1922

Lovely views to the sea

This former farmhouse is conveniently close to the A1 for ease of access, yet quietly situated with lovely views to the sea less than 1 mile away. This spacious detached house has been modernised and is furnished and decorated to a good standard and provides an ideal holiday base. Close to sandy beaches, with the fishing town of Eyemouth 3 miles. There are wide views of the sea and coast, moorland walking direct from the house. Historic Berwick 5 miles, border towns half an hours drive, Edinburgh 1 hours drive. Pub ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional folding single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Bed linen included. Washing machine. Freezer. Parking (2 cars).

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£225-£665
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Nestled down a quiet single track in the pretty hamlet of Rumbletonlaw within the Scottish borders, this delightful cottage is surrounded by open countryside. The cosy lounge enjoys a welcoming wood-burning stove and the dining kitchen is well-equipped. The bathroom is also on the ground floor. Both bedrooms are on the first floor and each enjoys long distance views across open farmland where farm animals graze and farm machinery pass by. Countryside views from the lane stretch towards Hume Castle.

Ground Floor: The property has electric heaters and partial under-floor heating and comprises:
Lounge: a south-facing room with wood-burning stove, TV, DVD and radio/CD. Selection of books, toys and games, as well as maps of the local area and suggestions for walks
Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and hob microwave, fridge with ice-box and washing machine; dining table and chairs
Bathroom: with shower over corner bath, WC and wash basin, heated towel rail.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed; electric blanket
Bedroom 2: with single bed and pull-out single bed (for +1); electric blankets

All electricity included. First supply of fuel for stove provided. Bed linen and towels provided. Enclosed patio at rear with 5 steps up to lawned garden area. Bench by south-facing front door. Parking available. Please note: There is an Access statement available fro this property, if required please ring 01228 599 960

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£240-£395
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Watermill House Ref: SZZ

This superb property has been built within the 14th-century shell of an old watermill, which was originally part of Dryburgh Abbey. It boasts a gloriously private and peaceful setting near a path to the river, and the surrounding grounds still show evidence of the noted Japanese Garden which was created here in years gone by. With its own fenced patio, Watermill House has been beautifully furnished and equipped and offers charming spacious accommodation for larger parties. Drawing room with wood-burning stove and French windows to fenced patio. Spacious farmhouse kitchen/dining room. Shower room with toilet. Utility room. Sun room. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Child’s single bedroom (for +1). Bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Travel cot
  • Larder fridge
  • Patio with
    furniture

  • Electricity and NSH by £1 coin meter (first £10 included)
  • Further background ‘Econ 7’ central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Barbecue
  • Salmon fishing by arrangement
  • Trout fishing (April – October) foc
  • Fishing on 1 mile stretch of River Tweed foc
  • Discount golf ‘passports’ available by arrangement
  • Teddy bear playhouse
  • Parking
  • NB: River in grounds

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Ocean View Ref: S4553

Set on the dramatic Berwickshire coastline and only 5 miles from the Northumberland Heritage Coast, these two attractive steading conversions enjoy wonderful sea views and an excellent location for discovering the delights of both beautiful regions. The fishing village of Burnmouth lies just 1 mile distant, and Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild seals, is 3.5 miles and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve’s spectacular clifftop walks are only 7 miles away. Historic Berwick-upon-Tweed (6 miles) offers good shops and restaurants as well as a wealth of places of interest to explore. From here, visitors can take a 45 minute train journey to the magnificent city of Edinburgh. Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens are also all easily accessible. Shop 3.5 miles, pub serving food 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis. No smoking.

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£465-£950
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

Easy access to Border towns

With views over the Moorfoot hills, these spacious, detached holiday cottages (Braehill House 26348 and Braehill Cottage 29434) have been crafted from original farm buildings. Edinburgh is just 16 miles away with particularly easy access using the park & ride. Explore Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the cobbles of the Royal Mile and the thoroughfares of the New Town. Enjoy theatres, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and shops. Fishing and hill walking locally, with golf at Torwoodlee, 14 miles, and mountain bike trails for every level in Glentress Forest, 20 miles. Good access to the Border towns of Melrose and Kelso with their ancient abbeys, historic houses and gardens. Local shopping in Stow, 7 miles, with main shopping in Galashiels, 15 miles. Braehill House (26348) has a timber deck running along the front which can be accessed from each of the main living areas opening with a sliding wall from the dining area, and a sheltered, private, enclosed courtyard garden as well as a swimming pool and games room give endless entertainment, and the very spacious living areas provide both quiet and social spaces. Braehill Cottage (29434) is close to, but private from Braehill House and has a wonderful barbecue hut with comfortable sofas, large screen TV and of course, a barbecue. Fully sheltered from any breezes and giving full benefit of the view, this is a perfect sun downing spot. Spacious and sociable open plan living area with cosy woodburning stove. Sharing only the extensive landscaped garden and children’s play area, 26348 and 29434 may be booked separately, or together provide accommodation for 18 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area with 3 steps and wooden floor/kitchen. Second living room. Utility room. Study. Games room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to galleried seating area. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Second staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, double shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas fire in second living room included. Oil central heating, electric underfloor central heating (in living/dining room/kitchen). Travel cot. High chair. Nine satellite TVs. CD. Electric and gas hobs. Electric ovens. Two dishwashers. Enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Indoor heated, private swimming pool (7m x 4m). Small gym. Games room with pool table, table football, air hockey and juke box.

Both properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared garden and children’s play area. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and 6 steps in shared garden.

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£1160-£3439
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Heated indoor swimming pool
Shared gardens with furniture and play area

This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In Abbey Court. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.

All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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£233-£695
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Clock House Ref: S4568

The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at hand and the beaches of Berwick and Holy Island are also easily accessible. Kelso (6 miles) offers shops, inns and restaurants and is home of Floors Castle and the famous Kelso Horse Races, whilst Edinburgh, with its magnificent castle, museums, galleries and excellent shopping, is only a 35 mile drive. Fly fishing can be arranged locally, several golf courses are nearby and shops and pubs are just 3.5 miles away. Beautifully appointed and very comfortable, these three properties offer a unique holiday opportunity. West Lodge, ref S4166, is a charming 18th-century stone cottage enjoying its own garden with splendid views towards the Cheviots. Clock House, ref S4568, has been beautifully converted to a high standard to form part of the Old Clock House dating from the early 18th century. Adjoining the Clock House is Courtyard Cottage, ref S4569, which has also been lovingly converted to a high standard and boasts three en-suite bedrooms. The courtyard coffee shop serves delicious home cooking on ‘house open’ days - and special occasions, large and small can be catered for by arrangement in the state rooms of Mellerstain House.

Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Freeview TV. D/washer. Parking. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. CD. T/cot. M/wave. Shared access to extensive grounds and gardens. NB: Drops and lake in grounds.

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£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!   The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views; seen from many of the windows of the properties.
Lighthouse Retreat is a ground floor apartment with one step via the storm door and then the accommodation being all on one level.  The rooms are spacious and there is a partial sea view from the lounge.

Ground Floor: The property is heated by electricity and comprises:
One step to entrance then all accommodation on one level
Lounge:  with Freesat TV and partial sea view
Dining room:  a spacious room with table and chairs to seat 8, radio
Kitchen:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washing machine
Bedroom 1:  with double bed
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All electricity included.  Bed linen provided.  . Electric blankets provided. Off road parking for 2 cars.

WAS
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£265-£450
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Luckenburn Ref: CC538027
Nestled in its very own valley deep within the Cheviot Hills in the Scottish Borders, Luckenburn is a former forester’s cottage in a truly wild and unspoilt setting. A bird watcher’s, naturalist’s and walker’s dream, this remote location is simply breathtaking! Surrounded by mile after mile of beautiful rural vistas where the sight and sound of a car is a rarity and there is no TV/broadband reception; Luckenburn will most certainly appeal to those yearning to escape from it all!  The peace and tranquillity is a haven in which to unwind and refresh; grazing sheep, an abundance of wild-life, including deer, badgers and birds of prey providing their own form of magical entertainment.
Yet Luckenburn snuggles in a unique location easily accessible at only 10 miles east of the A68 (within the historic Jedburgh - Hawick - Kelso area), just over the panoramic border into Scotland. Access to it is on a good single track road with the final approach being via a half mile farm track.
This traditional single-level detached cottage oozes style with much care and attention to the finer details and comfort such as under-floor heating and original artwork. The accommodation offers a lovely blend of traditional character with a contemporary twist and careful restoration has ensured many original features have been thoughtfully retained.  These include a superb feature range with open fire, the focal point in the lounge area – idyllic to gaze into watching flames dance after a day exploring the hills. French doors from every room enhance its bright and airy ambience and lead to a raised decked area which stretches the full length of the cottage, providing the perfect relaxing spot to dine alfresco and watch the sun go down over Leithope forest or for young children to play.
Luckenburn provides an idyllic retreat for those seeking sheer seclusion yet is well placed to explore the scenic beauty, fine houses traditions and interesting attractions offered by the border ‘toons’ right across the picture postcard of the Scottish Borders.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has under-floor heating and electric heaters and comprises:
Lounge:  with open fire situated within a stunning feature range, monitor for DVD use with a selection of DVDs, games, radio and sofa bed for occasional extra guest use (additional small charge when booking).
Kitchen /Diner:  with electric oven and hob, larder fridge microwave and feature double Belfast sink
Bedroom 1:  with king-size zip n link bed that can be split into two singles if preferred (please request on booking) with en-suite wet room with shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2:  with king-size zip n link bed that can be split into two singles if preferred (Please request on booking)
Bedroom 3:  with two single beds that can zip n link together to provide king-size if preferred (please request on booking)
Bathroom:  wet room style with cast iron free-standing bath, WC and wash basin
Laundry Link:  with full washing and extensive drying facilities for families or hill walking guests.  Freezer with dedicated ice drawer
Welly Hoos:  covered area with plenty of racks/hooks for fishing gear, mountain bikes and walking boots

All cottage electricity included - small extra charge (honesty mug) for use of Laundry Link appliances.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Travel cot and highchair available.  Landline telephone for incoming calls (honesty mug for outgoing calls). Initial supply of logs provided (more available to purchase).Decked area with patio furniture. BBQ. Clear spring water - first supply of bottled water provided. Access to property via 1/2 mile of track through working farm; waterproof footwear essential for gate opening moments. Off road parking for 4 cars. NB: Burn close by. 

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£300-£630
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