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The Boat House

Belford, Northumberland

Created with romance in mind, this beautiful former boat house is a hideaway for two that will capture your heart while you relax overlooking your own private lake on the Middleton Hall Estate.

The Boat House

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Overview

Created with romance in mind, this beautiful former boat house is a hideaway for two that will capture your heart while you relax overlooking your own private lake on the Middleton Hall Estate.

Sure to float your boat...

The Boat House is a gorgeous timber-framed building offering contemporary living in a secluded lakeside setting where your only neighbours are a family of otters, ducks, moorhens and the occasional roe deer. 

Lovingly restored by the present owners, this charming property boasts exposed beams, wooden floors, cosy comfortable furnishings and a wonderful airy open plan setting so you can soak up the stunning views of the lake.  Even from your bed.

The Boat House is on the magnificent Middleton Estate, a country estate of over 30 acres of woodland and walled Victorian gardens so there are plenty of woodland walks right on the doorstep if you want to explore. There is also a private rowing boat to while away an hour or so on the water watching the local wildlife close-up. Then later, savour  a glass of Sancerre or two as you barbecue beside the lake as the sun sets. Now all you  need is… time. time to cosy up with someone special and bask in the silence and seclusion of this utterly charming setting.  

Property details

Ground Floor

Ground floor storage room with washer/dryer and space to store bicycles and outdoor clothing.

First floor

The accommodation is all on the first floor accessed via an external staircase and is open plan other than the bathroom.

Sleeping area with 5' king size bed, bedside tables and optional screen. 

Bathroom with freestanding roll top bath with handheld shower, basin and WC.

Seating area with sofa and arm chair, flat screen TV with Blu-ray, DVD player and Freeview. iPod docking station and CD player. There is also a telephone with honesty box.

Dining area to seat four.

Well equipped kitchen area with electric double oven and 4-ring hob, microwave and dishwasher.

Outside

Patio doors lead to a decked seating area on the first floor level in addition to a fabulous lower decked area set over the lake with outside seating and barbecue.

The rowing boat when used is entirely at guests' own risk. Life jackets are provided. Rental of The Boat House includes fishing rights to the lake on a catch and release basis. Rods are not provided but can be hired from a local tackle shop.

Parking

Guests have use of a dedicated parking space which is about a 50 yard walk down shallow decked steps to The Boat House. This path is fully lit at night.

Children & Babies

Unfortunately, the property is not suitable for children and babies.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted at The Boat House.

Guest amentities

Luxurious white towels, Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and guest toiletries are provided.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good on most networks. 

Heating

There is oil central heating throughout.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together, there are four other holiday cottages on the same estate - The Folly sleeping 2, Lake Cottage sleeping 6, Middleton Hall Coach House sleeping 10 and Middleton Hall sleeping 20+4.

Location

The Boat House is close to the pretty village of Belford with a golf course, an excellent farm shop, coffee shop and a couple of restaurants. Food fans will be delighted by the wealth of local goodies on offer including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, Craster Kippers and Alnwick IPA to name but a few.

Activities

The Middleton Hall Estate sits in a rural position six miles from the stunning beach at Bamburgh. Nestled behind huge sand dunes overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle, the mile upon mile of pristine sands are perfect for walking, riding and sandcastle building.

Northumberland’s magnificent coastline, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is also renowned for its watersports so whether your interests are walking, kite surfing, sailing, coasteering, abseiling, riding through the surf or just relaxing with a good book, there is a fantastic choice of beaches in the area from lesser-known gems which remain almost deserted even in the summer months to the better known beaches such as Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

For golf fanatics, there are a number of excellent courses nearby including the well known links courses at Dunstanburgh, Goswick, a British open qualifier course and Bamburgh, said to be one of the most scenic in the country. There is fabulous walking, riding and cycling in the nearby Cheviot Hills and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy trout fishing at nearby Chatton or salmon fishing on the Till or legendary Tweed is within a 30 minute drive.

There are no less than 10 castles close by and a wonderful selection of gardens including those at nearby Howick Hall, rated as one of the top five coastal gardens in the country. For rainy day activities, the spa at nearby Doxford Hall is perfect for some rest and relaxation or visit Barter Books, one of the UK's largest second hand bookshops located in Alnwick's magnificent old Victorian railway station with a model railway linking the book columns.

 

Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"We loved The Boat House. It was so quiet, despite being near the other accommodation at Middleton Hall. It was a surprise for my husband's birthday and he loved it!"

Mr & Mrs Brown

"We loved The Boat House and its secluded location on the lake. We thought it was very well equipped and furnished to a high standard. The afternoon tea was lovely and we appreciated the vegetarian options."

Mr & Mrs Cockton

"The Boat House was amazing and all arrangements went to plan wonderfully. No complaints at all. Thank you for great service throughout."

Ferguson family

"The Boat House was great and thank you for making it easy for us to book etc. The accommodation was 100 x better than expected and we couldn't of asked for anything else. We just relaxed and went on a few walks. Hopefully will be booking another short break so thank you again for everything."

Russell family

"We have had a really lovely weekend at The Boat House, we couldn’t have enjoyed it more, such a fabulous place. It was spotless and we were met with a lovely unexpected treat of a bottle of prosecco and an afternoon tea. We were just blown away by how beautiful it was. I couldn’t really say anything to improve our experience to be honest."

Carson family

"We had a fabulous holiday, thank you. The location of the property was spectacular and The Boat House was very comfortable. The plates of cakes and sandwiches and bottle of bubbly on arrival were a lovely touch and got the holiday off to a very relaxing start. We would love to return in the future and explore more of the area."

Hallett family

"In our opinion, The Boat House is one of the best places that we have stayed in. Northumberland is a beautiful county, and very underestimated, could even contemplate moving to the area."

Bamforth family
Location Within the grounds of Middleton Hall, near Belford.
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Spend hours watching the ever-changing vista of the lake and its many inhabitants including ducks, moorhens, a family of otters and roe deer. The little things we love...
"Spend hours watching the ever-changing vista of the lake and its many inhabitants including ducks, moorhens, a family of otters and roe deer."
Avril, Crabtree & Crabtree