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Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower

Gunsgreen House Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth TD14 5SD Scotland
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Gunsgreen House is a visitor attraction in Eyemouth, Scottish Borders. The Smuggling museum and historical house are open to the public from 1st April-31st October Thurs-Mon 11am-5pm.We also provide two self-catering accommodation properties:The Merchant's House- private rent of the top two floors of Gunsgreen House, sleeping up to 11Nisbet's Tower- the old dovecote for Gunsgreen House, now a cosy holiday cottage for 2The house also puts on events throughout the year, as well as hosting private functions, weddings and corporate events and working with schools.
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mich31 wrote a review Sept 2021
Lindale, United Kingdom159 contributions62 helpful votes
We love this place we stayed the year before. It’s got everything you need and our dog loves it too. The place is very clean with a large bedroom and bathroom. The views are great to sit outside with your own private area. The WiFi works well and the bottle of Prosecco on arrival was a lovely touch.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Smani N wrote a review Sept 2019
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had to be determined to visit as bridge to museum is closed and all the advertising signs still say to cross the bridge. was worth the effort though. felt we more about the area and history when we had been
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SafariGirl100 wrote a review Aug 2019
Banbury, United Kingdom427 contributions124 helpful votes
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We were a family of 10 with 3 generations and this was the best option in the area to fit us in. Everyone loved it - plenty of space and there is no denying that this house commands the best views in Eyemouth - it stands out wherever you look and I loved opening the shutters to see Seals every morning in the harbour and seeing the fisherman at work. Pro’s: * HUGE space, large lounge, nice dining area. * Great location - the red-bridge was down so we had to walk around to get to town but no big deal * Harbour walk behind the house is very pretty - walk through the fishing area to the paths behind on the clifs. * Historic and quirky - unique actually - never stayed anywhere like it! TEEMING with history and totally facinating. * The museum below was very good and tied it all together as a package for us to know the history of the house * We had a few bumps in the night but dont think it is haunted although it is a bit creepy being so large. * Kids LOVED it - in fact we all enjoyed the discovery of each room and secret panels and hatches - every room has something cool in it. It makes you feel like a kid discovering places. * Views of the harbour are splendid. * Well equipped kitchen and dining room - TV had amazon * Washing machine, dishwasher and iron were in the upstairs hall cupboard. * The bathroom on 1st floor with the shower was very good - excellent shower - but the other bathroom was just a bath so not very practical for a large family. The bathroom downstairs was grim so we didn't use it except as a WC. They need to work on that! * Dining table is lovely and big. We used it a lot just to sit and play games etc. * The best hatches and tea chute etc are all in the house upstairs so staying here meant we saw much more of the house than museum visitors. * WI-fi worked (oddly the code for upstairs worked throughout the house so try both). Con’s: * Dining table chairs are not comfortable, seats need re-doing / I know they are old but they have no padding so take a cushion if sensitive or skinny! It is a great sized table though and a nice room. ** Board games were rubbish - bring your own. They had some good reading books though. ** Bed mattresses are terrible - especially the Twin rooms - one felt like it was filled with straw! They need to upgrade urgently on those. ** The downstairs bathroom is horrible - like a hospital shower - no wonder they dont show a photo of it. Also floods. Basically use as a lav but better to use shower upstairs. I actually got locked in the downstairs loo - the lock is very stiff - tell kids NOT to lock the door! * Only one hairdryer in the whole place which we struggled to find, but there was an iron and board and washing machine and dishwasher. * Kitchen is tiny - but we ate out every day. (Recommend HEATHERS restaurant on the golf course, 5 minute up the hill - stunning views and the best scampi and fish ever). * It was clean but felt a bit run-down, more shabby than luxury but it is a VERY old house, and the rug in the lounge is 17th century! Id say they took the photos on a sunny day and make it look nicer - there were no fresh flowers in the rooms and it felt a bit dark to be honest but still lovely and you have to take into account the context of the age of the place! * The radiators didnt work in all the bedrooms so if going in winter maybe take hot water bottles. But the rest of the house was warm - cant be easy or cheap heating it due to size. * Bathroom logistics can be a problem in a large group since only one bathroom had a decent shower. * The museum is open downstairs to public and you can hear them an see them on the stairs below. It is separated only by a rope to your apartment which is not great for security if you have valuables in the lounge etc. Nothing to really stop people coming up but I doubt it happens since they dont get much museum traffic. Overall we loved it here - totally unique and if you love history and quirky places and the kids or adults like the idea of the fun of it then you will love it here too. Just keep in mind it is not really a luxury place - but still very special and in many ways luxury relates to the historical items around the house which are usually only in museums. The hand woven rugs were stunning! Please stay here and support it - but we hope they have improved the mattresses next time we visit!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Martyn W wrote a review Aug 2019
Chesterfield, United Kingdom9 contributions20 helpful votes
Brilliant time for adults and children, very informative and interactive. Would highly recommend. Looking for the rats scattered about kept our 4 year old busy, other things to do for older children in a handy little quiz book.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andrew W wrote a review Aug 2019
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom23 contributions27 helpful votes
Best kept secret of all . Magical smugglers house located overlooking the harbour at Eyemouth. Excellent facilities from 4 poster beds to well equipped bathrooms all with a welcoming feel at an incredibly reasonable price . Coastal walks breathtaking anc local restaurants overflowing with sumptuous fish dishes.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lilian W wrote a review Jul 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom121 contributions66 helpful votes
Looking for a holiday let in which to celebrate my 70th with family and was fortunate to find Gunsgreen. The weekend was perfect despite the lack of the normal pedestrian bridge directly into the town which was under repair. As recompense we had inadvertently booked the weekend of the Herring Queen festival and there was a carnival atmosphere. The accommodation is warm and homely with beautiful period furniture and immaculately clean comfy beds. I am loathe to add any negatives but be aware that the kitchen is small when catering for a large number but has everything you'd need. Must try Nesbit's tower for a more low key visit (when the bridge is repaired!) I cannot recommend this too highly, how often do you get the chance to stay in an 18th century mansion in such a wonderful location?
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Response from gunsgreen, Manager at Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower
Responded 24 Jul 2019
Many thanks for your kind review. You can book the Tower on line, plan ahead because it is very popular!
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watermelon01 wrote a review Jun 2019
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Had a family trip here and we all loved the house. There was 11 of us and there was room for everyone for eating, relaxing, socialising and sleeping. Plenty of cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils etc. Each room was well laid out and there are 3 bathrooms. In a perfect location for the town and with beautiful views of the harbour.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Responded 24 Jul 2019
Many thanks for your kind review we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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Whereveryougan wrote a review May 2019
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom43 contributions57 helpful votes
My family and I had a fantastic weekend at Merchant’s House. Eleven of us enjoyed the splendour and spaciousness without feeling ‘on top of each other’. The history of the house fascinated my grandchildren who enjoyed exploring and finding the secret trapdoors. A visit downstairs to the museum told the full story. The manager, Tony, was brilliant, looking after us exceptionally well. I highly recommend the accommodation and we all look forward to returning in the future.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 24 Jul 2019
Many thanks for your kind review and I am pleased the children had so much fun. Thanks also for the personal mention.
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Charlotte wrote a review Apr 2019
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On Saturday 9 July 2011 I brought more than 30 members of my local history society to visit Gunsgreen House. We were very warmly welcomed and were given a wonderful tour of the whole house. Today (20 April) the visit was quite the reverse. The young man at the pay desk was not very communicative and would benefit from some training in customer care. We visited with our son and had told him about all the places where smuggled goods had been hidden. Unfortunately we were unable to see them beause these were on the two upper floors now closed to the public because they are rented out to paying guests. We were therefore only able to view half the house. Had we known this we would not have wasted time and diesel travelling from Northumberland. We did not consider the entry charge to be good value for money.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from gunsgreen, Manager at Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower
Responded 25 Apr 2019
Hello Charlotte We are sorry that you felt disappointed by your recent visit to Gunsgreen House. As you may be aware from your previous visit the house is run by a local charitable trust. In order to keep the house maintained and the museum open the top two floors have been used for self catering holiday accommodation since 2009. If the accommodation is available we can sometimes make special arrangements for history society groups to see the holiday accommodation as part of an extended tour. Although it is not the same as actually seeing the rooms on the top floors we do have a number of videos which show the accommodation floors and a video explaining the location of the famous tea chute. We do hope your son found the secret tunnel and the hidey hole on the staircase and manged to post his tea bag down the tea chute. Did he find the dressing up cupboard? Also included in the children's admission is a free activity book with lots of challenges for them to complete. If you would like a refund on your entry please contact us.
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worldlywide wrote a review Oct 2018
Bolton, United Kingdom257 contributions158 helpful votes
We stayed here for a week in August, a party of 6 adults and 3 kids 5,9 and 13. You can see the house from some distance away, and as you drive up it is a pretty impressive prospect to be staying there. There is free parking just to the side and a small lift which helps with taking in all the things you need for a week in a rented place. The rental is actually just the top two floors of the house, with the other floors open to the public during certain hours of the day as a smugglers museum. Access from the museum to the upper floors is alarmed, and once the museum is closed the access down from the top two floors is also alarmed and on a police response alarm, so no sneaking downstairs in the night! On the first floor of the accommodation, there is a large living area, dining table, kitchen, shower room and one bedroom. The second floor houses a large bathroom, utility room with washing machine, ironing board & iron, and a further 3 bedrooms, one of which has an en suite bathroom. The accommodation is pretty good although while it is in keeping with the period of the house, for the more discerning visitors (not us!)some of it could be described as a little more shabby than chic. The only bit of feedback I would have about the layout of the place would be that given the size of the house and the number of people it sleeps, the kitchen area was disproportionately small. It was, however well equipped with everything you would need for a self catering week away, with more than enough plates, glasses etc. One improvement would be the addition of another small fridge as often when staying for a week you bring a lot of food! The views of the harbour are spectacular, and it's enough just to sit and watch the activity as the boats come in and out. There are also seals which can be seen from the windows of the house and you can hear them playing early in the morning. It's a beautiful place to relax and take some time out of the normal day to day pace of life that can become all consuming at times. There's plenty of things to do in the local area and with a number of other things to see a short drive away you can definitely fill a week. We also did a rib ride around the harbour which was really informative and a great way to see the pretty towns and villages from a different perspective. Highly recommended as a place to stay and an area to visit.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Which popular attractions are close to Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower?
Nearby attractions include Eyemouth Harbour (0.1 miles), Widows And Bairns (0.1 miles), and Gunsgreen House (0.1 miles).
Is parking available at Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower?
Conveniently located restaurants include Waterfront Cafe, The Rialto, and Oblo.
Is Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Eyemouth.
Are there any historical sites close to Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Eyemouth Disaster (0.2 miles) and Fast Castle (2.9 miles).
Is Gunsgreen House and Nesbit's Tower accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.