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The Haven

Norham, Northumberland

With its charming upside-down layout, this stone built period cottage in the peaceful hamlet of Grindon Rigg, combines cosy country comfort with a lovely loft-like vibe. 

The Haven

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Overview

With its charming upside-down layout, this stone built period cottage combines cosy country comfort with a lovely loft-like vibe. 

Cosy country comfort in the parish of Duddo

The overall feel is warm and welcoming and its position in the peaceful hamlet of Grindon Rigg in the parish of Duddo offers the perfect change of pace for those looking to explore the Northumbrian heritage coast or the rolling Border heartlands. 

On the ground floor, there are two pretty bedrooms with original beams along with high quality mattresses and crisp linens from the White Company which will ease you into a restful sleep. This comprises a master bedroom and one small double bedroom offering complete flexibility for couples or families with zip and link bed options which can be configured to twin or super king as required.

The upper floor leads directly into an inviting loft style living space with an open plan layout divided by a central staircase. Here you can spend long lazy days or evenings enjoying the warmth of the woodburning stove while the kitchen/dining set-up is perfect for relaxed socialising between the two areas.

There is an attractive lawned garden to the front of the cottage with high hedging offering privacy, and a small compact garden to the rear with decking and barbecue. There are superb walking routes in and around this area and the National Cycle Route 68 runs right past the door for those who prefer to enjoy their days on two wheels!

Property details

Ground Floor

Entrance hall leading to two ground floor bedrooms and access into the rear garden.

Bedroom one is the master double bedroom with zip and link beds which can be configured to a super king double or twins as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, and wardrobe.

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to a super king double or twins as required. Side table and chest of drawers.

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

Cupboard with washer/dryer.

First Floor

Open plan living/kitchen/dining space comprising:

Sitting room with two seater sofa, two armchairs, and a wood burning stove. Technology includes a flat screen Freesat TV, DVD player, Bluetooth/USB/DAB docking station.

Kitchen/dining with electric oven, 4 ring electric hob, small integrated dishwasher, fridge with icebox, microwave. Breakfast bar area with four bar stools. Dining space with seating for four.

Outside

There is a small lawned garden to the front and rear of the property, with a decked patio, garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue to the rear. The rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of children. Secure storage for bikes can be provided on request.

Parking

There is private parking for two cars to the front of the cottage.

Guest amenities

Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. Hypoallergenic pillows and duvets are used in both bedrooms. Hairdryers are supplied.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is intermittent with signal best on the Vodafone and Three networks. Reception improves directly outside the cottage.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with initial supply of logs provided.

Guest privacy

The Haven sits in the small hamlet of Grindon Rigg within the parish of Duddo. The property sits in a small private row of converted cottages. While developed to try and ensure guest privacy, the rear garden has a degree of overlooking from the upper floor of a neighbouring property.

Location

There is a village shop, post office and tea room in Etal village (2.5 miles) or the Ford village shop and terrace cafe (4 miles) has a super selection of everyday essentials and will also prepare packed lunches, picnics or welcome packs for your arrival.

The historic village of Norham (3.5 miles) has plenty to offer including a village store, bakery and gunsmith as well as the celebrated Foreman’s Butchers where you will find a fantastic selection of quality produce including locally-sourced meats, pies, cheeses, and fine wines.

There are two pubs in Norham, including the cycle-friendly Mason’s Arms serving real ales and tasty food, and for those who love the traditional British take-away, the fish and chip van on a Thursday night is not to be missed! Alternatively, for fine dining the nearby Tillmouth Park Hotel comes recommended or a short drive will take you to two of the best restaurants in the area - The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed or The Allanton Inn serving some of the finest local produce amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.

More extensive amenities can be found in the Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (8 miles) which has a mix of high street and independent shopping, as well as two large supermarkets, a Marks & Spencers food outlet and a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Activities

The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Twelve miles will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with over 400 square miles of stunning landscapes, criss-crossed by over 700 miles of walking, biking and riding trails which follow the routes of ancient cattle drovers, taking in Iron Age stone fortifications and traces of Bronze Age hillforts amidst the tranquil and rugged landscape.

Hop into your walking boots and you can join Park Rangers for a guided walk from Wooler where you will learn much about the heritage and wildlife of the area, or follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and enjoy some outstanding vistas along the route as it winds its way to the dune-fringed sands on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For cycling, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks, including national cycling route 68 which runs right past the doorstep, or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Hub.

For families, the Breamish Valley is a popular area with pretty river picnic spots where children can paddle, followed by a walk to the lovely waterfall at Linhope Spout where you may even spot some wild Cheviot goats along the way. Alternatively, a warm welcome awaits you at Ford & Etal Estates (3 miles) which has a super range of family friendly activities with over twenty attractions to explore. Children can take a ride on Bunty on the very charming 15” gauge steam railway, follow the mouse trail around the Heatherslaw Corn mill or there is fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and a riding centre nearby.

For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of Etal Castle or the local heritage sites of nearby Flodden or Duddo Standing Stones, Northumberland’s equivalent of Stonehenge.

The stunning heritage coastline is just a short half-hour drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.

History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape here, including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach; Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films; or Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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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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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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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 have had a lovely few days at The Haven. Although the weather not the best, we have explored a little of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island is a must. Cottage beautifully equipped and a home from home feel. The owners are great hosts - homemade bread, yummy! We will be back!"

Mr Porter

"We had a warm welcome from the owners. The bottle of wine, jam, fruit and bread were very much appreciated, as was the introduction to the facilities of The Haven. We found the cottage to be very well located. Quiet for our own relaxing enjoyment but close to the shops and facilities in Berwick and to the visitor attractions of the area. Perhaps our favourite visits were a boat trip to the Farne Islands, the church of St Aidan, St Aidan Beach and Grace Darling Museum. We also managed to see Bamburgh Castle in the same day. A visit to Holy Island was another family favourite, especially splashing through the North Sea as the tide was on the way out. Overall, we enjoyed a lovely holiday at The Haven and would certainly recommend it for a stay to explore and enjoy Northumberland."

Farey family

"My wife and I had a lovely week at The Haven. It would be no exaggeration to say this was probably the best self catering apartment we have ever stayed in. The cottage was equipped with everything you could need and was immaculately presented. We loved the home-made goodies too! Our first thoughts on getting to The Haven were that it was very isolated. However, we soon found that not only were many interesting places to visit nearby but it was ideally placed for the Northumberland coast, The Borders, Alnwick etc. It was great to find the Duddo stones so close by yet quietly isolated on their hillside. We have more to see so hope to return. Thank you for offering this splendid property."

Mr Steele

"The cottage was exactly what we hoped it would be – quiet, comfortable, and really well appointed. We felt that all our needs were catered for! An ideal base to explore the hills and coast. We have many memories to take away and revisit. Thank you."

Alison, William, and Oliver

"We booked very late and accepted we may be disappointed by not getting somewhere nice earlier. Nothing could be further from the truth! The cottage and whole experience had been wonderful. A haven from the hustle and bustle of life and a peaceful, restful cottage that we all loved. Thank you for providing us with the place and space where memories can be made."

McGrother family

"The Haven was just what we needed this week. Beautifully clean, warm and welcoming. From the freshly baked bread and homemade jam to the comfy beds and crackling log fire. Peaceful and relaxing."

Rutherford family

"Thanks for the lovely stay in a cosy and beautiful cottage - we've all loved it and enjoyed having the wood burner and jigsaws to come back to after cold walks in the lovely area. Thanks for all the extra touches especially the wonderful fresh bread."

Cole family

"Very nice cottage, well equipped and peaceful. Really enjoyed our stay. Great views of the local area. We had lovely weather for October. Lovely location for the Scottish Borders. Would definitely recommend Seahouses for walks along the coast and crazy golf, Heatherslaw Railway and flour mill, Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens and bus city tours, Holy Island and Barter Books in Alnwick."

Angrave family

"We've had a lovely, peaceful stay at The Haven. It's the perfect country cottage for a half term getaway. The cottage has everything you need, we loved the log fire. It's the perfect location for exploring this part of the country. We went 'castle crazy' with the walk to Dunstanburgh being our favourite. We also took the train to Edinburgh which is well worth a visit if you've not been before. Would highly recommend both this cottage and Northumberland for a holiday."

Grundy family

"The owners of The Haven left a lovely card for us as well as a basket filled with (amongst other goodies) delicious homemade bread and jam, and a bowl of fresh fruit. The owner welcomed us on arrival, and he swung by again to see us off at the end of our visit.  He also taught us how to build and stoke a fire in the wood-burner.  The cottage was clean, warm, modern, comfortable and perfectly located for exploring the major landmarks on the coast and inland.  It's only a 15 minute walk from the famous Duddo Stones which we hadn't even realised when booking.  It was very hard to leave The Haven."

Ms Freestone

"Excellent cottage, very clean and well appointed. They have thought of everything! Great days out at Bamburgh beach, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Berwick, Eyemouth and Lindesfarne."

Ms Macahon

"We've had a splendid week in this beautifully presented and equipped cottage. We loved the extra touches - jam, fruit, bread, etc! We now know there is so much to see in Northumberland and the Borders, so we will have to come again. The Farne Islands boat tour, and visit to Cragside were highlights for us. Thanks for everything."

Mr Steele

"Second time here - it gets better. Explored even more - didn't know it was possible. Must come again! A very relaxing cottage to come back to when we have "jelly" legs through walking. Another big thank you to the owners."

Goddard family

"We had the most wonderful holiday at The Haven, it was an experience that we will never forget! Having not had a two week break in many years we have benefited enormously and feel deeply refreshed. Thank you for being so friendly and welcoming it meant a lot to us" 

Ms Argrave

"The Haven has been such a wonderful place to stay this week. Thank you for creating such a homely, well-equipped 'haven' based in the middle of such a beautiful location. We've had a great week of exploring, and even managed to dodge most of the rain. Our little girl has loved coming back to the house each evening after a day of exploring. Thank you for all the added extras to make her and our stay more comfortable. The bread and jam on arrival was a wonderful addition too. We've had a lovely week and we hope to be back some time. Many, many thanks."

Harman family

"We have stayed in many cottages but this has got to be one of the best. The smell of freshly baked bread as we walked in the door was lovely. We especially loved the photographs around the cottage. We actually bought two whilst we were here. We would highly recommend a visit to Etal Castle. A beautiful village that has a lovely riverside walk. We had a lovely meal out in Norham. We finished our stay with an amazing visit to Cragside House which is a must see! We feel we have had a much deserved rest here, thank you to the owners for a lovely 'haven'!"

Mellor family

"We've had a wonderful time in your lovely cottage! We had amazing day trips and spent most of our time walking on stunning beaches. We made a trip to Edinburgh and went on a boat trip to the Farne Islands. We were lucky to see some puffins which was our little highlight. Thank you for your tips, the bread and jam and the cosy home that made our stay so enjoyable!"

Möller family

"We have had a lovely long week in this gorgeous area and thoroughly enjoyed staying in The Haven. It has been a really comfortable and peaceful home from home. The owners have obviously put a lot of time and effort into making such a lovely place to stay. Thank you! We would recommend the cliff walks above St Abbs - stunning, gorgeous Bamburgh beaches and on the way south stunning Cragside."

Young family

"We booked very late and accepted we may be dissapointed by not getting somewhere nice earlier. Nothing could be further from the truth! The cottage and whole experience has been wonderful. A haven from the hustle and bustle of life and a peaceful, restful cottage that we all loved. Thank you for providing us with the place and space where memories can be made."

Marflux family

"We booked the Haven for my in-laws and they had a fantastic time. We visited them and the house was pristine, absolutely faultless. The owners had put up a Christmas tree and lots of little extras which was so thoughtful of them. They made fresh bread and even though my in-laws were delayed getting there, they made a fresh loaf the next day for them. We highly recommend the Haven - it lives up to it's name and if you are lucky enough to stay there you will thoroughly enjoy it."

Mr & Mrs Jackson
Location Rural - 3.5 miles from Norham
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Relax, cook and socialise in the first floor open-plan living area. The ceiling beams and wood burner are charming touches. The little things we love...
"Relax, cook and socialise in the first floor open-plan living area. The ceiling beams and wood burner are charming touches."
Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree