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The Gate House

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

A charming, Grade II* listed period cottage with a pretty, fully enclosed garden with the River Tweed and the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast on the doorstep and distant views of the Cheviot Hills.

The Gate House

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Overview

A charming, Grade II listed period cottage with a pretty, fully enclosed garden with the River Tweed and the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast on the doorstep and distant views of the Cheviot Hills.

A charming period cottage with a pretty interior

Inside, the pretty interior is presented in contemporary cottage style with interesting antique items and original artworks alongside Farrow and Ball paint colours, designer linen fabrics and a contemporary kitchen and bathroom. There’s a log fire (logs are provided), Wi-Fi, TV with Freeview, DVD player and selection of DVDs and an impressive selection of games and interesting books for relaxing in the cooler months. The kitchen is compact but well equipped and includes ample cookware and cookery books for keen cooks! The boiler room and large shed are useful for the storage of outdoor kit.

Guests have use of the superb original wood-panelled billiard room in the owner’s house complete with a full size billiard table along with air hockey and table football. This is shared with another holiday cottage in the grounds on a first come, first served basis.

The two individually-styled bedrooms are beautifully presented with muted paint colours, superb bespoke linen curtains and fabulous cashmere and wool throws. To ensure a restful night’s sleep, good quality beds with pocket sprung memory foam mattresses are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows and toiletries are provided.

The Gate House sits in a pretty, fully-enclosed garden overlooking paddocks. Guests are welcome to explore the wider grounds which run down to the river and a network of excellent walks. A particular highlight is the short walk to Scotland over the superb Union Bridge, the first of its type in the UK and the oldest of its type still in use, which links England and Scotland. From here one can explore the grounds of Paxton House or walk downstream all the way to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Upstream there’s a fabulous walk to the pretty village of Norham with some superb views along the way.

Property details

Ground Floor

Sitting room and dining area with open fire with logs provided, TV with Freeview, DVD player and a selection of DVD's, local area books and good selection of board games. Dining table seats 4.

Compact but well-equipped kitchen with electric oven, 4 ring electric hob, fridge with icebox, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. The kitchen is fully equipped with good quality china and glasses, cookware and cookery books. Door to garden.

Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin as required, wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC.

Outside

The Gate House has a pretty, fully enclosed garden to the rear with outside seating area. Guests are welcome to explore the wider grounds which run down to the river and a network of excellent walks.

A large secure shed adjacent to the cottage is ideal for the storage of outdoor kit.

The original wood-panelled billiard room complete with a full size billiard table along with air hockey and table football in the main house is available for guest’s use. Please note this wing of the house is undergoing renovation and the room is not presented to the same standard as the rest of the accommodation. The billiard room is shared with the guests at The Steward's House on a first come, first served basis. 

Parking

There is private parking for two / three cars adjacent to the cottage.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at the The Gate House. Owners are requested to dry their dogs before allowing them into the sitting room. Dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms.

Guest amenities

The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is provided in both bedrooms. Guest toiletries are provided along with luxurious bath sheets and hand towels.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. There is adequate mobile coverage on most networks.

Heating

The property has oil central heating in addition to the open fire in the lounge.

Fishing on site

Trout fishing is included on the stretch of river below the main house. Norham Angling Association permits can be purchased for more extensive trout fishing.

The house sits above the Horncliffe beat on the English side and Tweedhill on the Scottish side but is within easy driving distance of a number of prime bottom and lower Tweed beats.

Guest privacy

The Gate House is a standalone property which sits at the end of the drive to the main house.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together this cottage can be booked alongside Steward's House, sleeping 8. The properties are a short distance from each other.

Location

The pretty village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins depicted in Turner’s iconic paintings, has a local shop, bakery, two pubs, a gunsmith and the celebrated Foreman's Butcher selling a fantastic selection of meats, pies, local cheeses, wines and even fishing flies. The fish and chip van on a Thursday night is also not to be missed!

More extensive shopping is available in Berwick-upon-Tweed (8 miles) or just over the border in Coldstream (8 miles). The Steward’s House is also close to two of the area’s best eateries; The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the Allanton Inn which specialise in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer.

The Chainbridge Honey Farm is a few minutes’ walk down the road for a wander around the vintage museum and sample some fabulous honey. Paxton House is also just down the road and offers a lively events programme as well as housing an important collection of late 18th and early 19th century paintings loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland. Also nearby is the Ford and Etal estate where attractions include Northumberland’s only thatched pub, and the delightful Heatherslaw miniature steam railway.

Activities

The Chainbridge Honey Farm is a few minutes’ walk down the road for a wander around the vintage museum and sample some fabulous honey. Paxton House is also just down the road and offers a lively events programme as well as housing an important collection of late 18th and early 19th century paintings loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland. Also nearby is the Ford and Etal estate where attractions include Northumberland’s only thatched pub, and the delightful Heatherslaw miniature steam railway.

The Gate House is an ideal base for discovering Northumberland's stunning and varied countryside. Explore the Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves. One of our favourites is Cheswick Beach, often deserted even during the summer months and Bamburgh Beach, with miles of pristine sand nestled behind huge sand dunes. At low tide take a trip across the causeway to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne, enjoy amazing views from the cliff top walks at St Abb’s Head or take a boat to the Farne Islands to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.

A stone’s throw in the other direction will take you to charming market town of Wooler, gateway to the Cheviot Hills, the rolling blanket of people-free hillsides that slope and swell amidst the 400 square miles of Northumberland’s National Park. Here you will find some fabulous walking and cycling from gentle forays to serious hikes amidst spectacular scenery.

The region’s rich and often bloody history is reflected in the magnificent chain of castles that punctuate the landscape. In addition to Norham Castle, besieged at least 13 times by the Scots, those nearby include dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, Chillingham, reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in England and home to the world’s only herd of wild cattle and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart’s School in the Harry Potter films.

The beautiful coastline provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing, sailing or coasteering. The nearby stables at Kimmerston offer tuition and farm hacks as well as beach rides and treks in the Cheviot Hills. There is excellent cycling on quiet country lanes around the village and on dedicated cycle routes including the Tweed Cycle Way and the Coast and Castles cycle route. The area is also a golfer’s paradise with several well-regarded courses nearby including the Championship Qualifying links course at Goswick and the Roxburghe Championship Course outside Kelso. For something a little different, clay pigeon shooting and archery are available locally and beginners are very welcome.

The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

 

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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

"Wonderful period property with everything you could want for a comfortable stay. Open log fire perfect for a cosy winter break, heating on for our arrival so lovely & cosy. Lovely comfortable beds & good kitchen & bathroom facilities with nice toiletries & welcome pack. Selection of DVDs & games nice touch. Safe enclosed garden great for the dogs. Great location with river, lovely beaches & plenty of facilities all within a few minutes drive."

Ms Kirkwood

"We had a lovely time at The Gate House and really enjoyed our time at the property. The garden was perfect for our 3 dogs to have a good play/run around and the local pub was very welcoming with lots of friendly locals. It is the perfect location to explore Northumberland and the Borders and all the beauty this part of the country has got to offer. We also enjoyed a couple of hours at the Honey Bee farm which was very interesting and allowed us to buy some little gifts for friends and family back home. What a wonderful location, cottage and village. Would love to return one day soon."

Mr & Mrs Curson

"The house was lovely, beds as promised comfortable and the estate was great for walking. Perfect."

Ms Raven

"We had a lovely week at The Gate House.  My husband says that the ideal basics of a great holiday cottage are 1. a comfortable bed, 2 lots of hot water so a shower or bath is easy and 3 a real fire. The Gate House had all those - though we didn't need the real fire. The bed was one of the best we have slept in and we have stayed in many holiday cottages. We loved being able to walk from the cottage easily with our dog, and the garden being safely enclosed meant we could let her out easily. We were also charmed by the welcome pack.  We loved the area and if all your cottages are as good as this we will most certainly be booking with you again."

Mr & Mrs Nixon

"It is a lovely place to stay and ideal for my dog too! I have never come across such a well equipped kitchen before which was much appreciated. There are a host of travel guides and information books on the area, together with plenty of books and games for those rainy days in! The beds and bedding were superb. Again I have not stayed anywhere where they have been so comfortable. The cottage was spotlessly clean. I appreciated the welcome pack and the flowers on the table and the information pack you provide is excellent and informative, so thank you for that. The setting of The Gate House, in terms of the large garden, the rural tranquility, the access through the grounds to the river and it’s easy access to the Northumbria and Scottish coastline and countryside makes it an ideal place in which to both reside and explore. It is a place that I would recommend  to others and would be happy to return to."

Ms Howard

"Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at The Gate House. Everything was perfect! I have to commend the Gate House housekeeper too  - the place looked clean, fresh and lovely on arrival and the goodies were very yummy indeed.  Everything was provided. Coffee, milk, tea, logs, washing tablets etc and even down to there being a spare M&S hand wash under the sink. So much provided. The cosy quilts and towels all good quality. Honestly, it spoils us for the next cottage!  That M&S hand wash was lovely and even had a little bow on it. All just so lovely. There was an enclosed lawned garden for our dog which she enjoyed so much. Apart from the cottage, the area is so nice.  So many places to visit - so much to do! The walk from the cottage down by the Tweed is very pretty too.  This is our second time at The Gate House and it seemed even better this time than the last! A very special cottage and one we hope we will be able to return to. Please thank the owners for letting us stay and for all that they provide - it was very much appreciated. I think you're the best holiday cottage company - your standards are so reliable.  I know if I book a C&C cottage - I won't be disappointed!"

Mrs Stephenson

"We had a lovely holiday at The Gate House. The holiday was very relaxed, the cottage was in a wonderful rural setting and was very comfortable and quiet and the walks around the vicinity were stunning. The owner, who we met on one of our walks, was really helpful in terms of places to visit and the fact we could walk anywhere around the grounds. We feel very refreshed and ready to face the world again."

Catterill family

"We had a very enjoyable stay at The Gate House and can understand why there were so many good reviews. It provided very comfortable accommodation for the week and we would certainly recommend it to our friends."

Kelly family

"We have enjoyed enormously our week in the Gate House. It is beautifully furnished and very well equipped. Although the weather has been quite cold for mid-March, the open wood fire, with an endless supply of logs, offered just the cheery comfort needed after our days out. The position of the Gate House is ideal for exploring the Border Country, and we regularly switched between Berwickshire and Northumberland to find the best weather for our cycling days out. We hope to be back soon, and a huge thank you to all at Crabtree & Crabtree."

Clarke family

"On behalf of both my husband and I, I would like to say how much we enjoyed staying at The Gate House at Horncliffe. The lodge was extremely comfortable, well equipped and a charming place to come back to. We will certainly use Crabtree & Crabtree again and thank you for your all assistance and efficient working methods."

Lynch family

"We very much enjoyed our week at The Gate House. The cottage was lovely and beautifully presented. The welcome box of goodies was a real treat. With 2 dogs we particularly enjoyed the freedom to walk through the grounds of the main house and down to the river. Walks long the river banks were lovely. All in all, and excellent holiday, made even better by the excellent documentation and help from Crabtree & Crabtree."

Firth family

"Just to say that we very much enjoyed our week at The Gate House. Although the weather was very cold, the log fire really helped to boost the heating system. The ' welcome basket' was simply bursting with goodies and MOST generous and thoughtful. In all, a delightful, traditional cottage in a charming setting."

Burn family

"Lovely friendly and welcoming cottage in peaceful setting, ideal for the lovely walks and exploring the beautiful countryside and the coastline with its fabulous beaches"

Mr Muirhead

"Was a lovely cottage and clean.  We enjoyed our stay very much and the dogs had an absolute ball."

Mrs Lemon

"Just wanted to say what a lovely time we had at the Gate House. Hope to book it again next year."

Ms Barlow

"Loved it, have now stayed more than once. Perfect if you have dogs, the garden was ideal and the welcome pack was great. Loved it will book again."

Ms Yorkston

"We had an absolutely fabulous holiday at The Gate House and cannot speak more highly of it and the most helpful, lovely owners. The beds were astonishingly comfortable, the house filled with all the thoughtful things that make a stay feel like home from home and we didn't want to leave. It was so well positioned for exploring the area with tons of great walks from the door or easy drives to nearby attractions. The property suited us down to the ground with lovely rooms, open fire, and brilliant back garden, completely enclosed and secure for the dog. Perfect. We'll definitely think of booking again."

Ms Latham

"We had a lovely holiday at The Gate House. Nice dark skies. The tawny owl was around for three nights and a woodpecker in full working mode every day. The local walks are fabulous and we saw a grey seal on the river Tweed whilst walking over the chain bridge."

Dagley family

"My wife and I can say that we had a wonderful time at the Gate House, Horncliffe. We knew a little of the area but perhaps more so further south towards Bamburgh and further down to Seahouses. We were not disappointed with Berwick and everything lived up to our expectations. The Gate House was warm, clean and welcoming and finished to a very high standard even down to the quality of the bedding ! It’s the little things that make for a good holiday and this property did not disappoint in any way shape or form. My wife and I would like to extend our gratitude and thanks for making our valuable time away so worthwhile. Many thanks once again and we look forward to another stay in the Gate House in the future."

Mr & Mrs Bell
Location Rural - 4 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The contemporary cottage style with interesting antique items and original artworks. The little things we love...
"The contemporary cottage style with interesting antique items and original artworks."
Robbie, owner of The Gate House