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Border Cottage

Norham, Northumberland

Ideally placed for exploring coast and country, Border Cottage is a charming house offering spacious accommodation in the delightful village of Norham with a country pub and village amenities just a stroll away.

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Overview

Ideally placed for exploring coast and country, Border Cottage is a charming, period house offering spacious accommodation for 6 guests in the delightful village of Norham with a country pub and excellent village amenities just a gentle stroll away.

A tranquil south-facing garden and the village pub nearby

Ideally placed for exploring coast and country, Border Cottage is a charming, period house offering spacious accommodation for 6 guests in the delightful village of Norham with a country pub and excellent village amenities just a gentle stroll away.

Here you can experience fabulous walks from the doorstep with your four legged friend while fishing parties can cast their lines on lower Tweed beats which sit just a stone's throw from the property. For family adventures, the property sits just 10 miles from the stunning heritage coastline where mile upon mile of wide golden sands provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports and active play.

Downstairs the spacious, light-filled sitting room has an open fire and sumptuous sofas, while a cosy snug with wood burner adjoining the dining kitchen is lovely spot to relax after a busy day out-and-about. The kitchen has been newly refurbished throughout with high quality units, including a large range cooker which is certain to appeal to the cooks in party. The dining area with seating for six is an informal space for spending convivial time with family and friends, with French doors leading to a sunny terraced patio for relaxation or an evening barbecue.

The fabulous walled garden is a particular highlight. South facing and with extensive planting, it is a delightful spot to take a little time-out and is fully enclosed providing privacy as well as a safe environment for children and dogs.

Property details

Ground floor

Sitting room with open fire, large TV with Freeview and Blu-ray DVD player, DVDs, books and games.

Dining kitchen is newly refurbished with a large range cooker with 2 ovens and 6 ring gas hob, large integrated fridge with icebox, dishwasher, washing machine, condensing tumble dryer, microwave and radio. Dining table with seating for 6 guests. French doors lead from the kitchen to a fully enclosed garden offering plenty of space for children and dogs.

Adjoining the kitchen is a cosy snug with deep leather armchairs and a log burner.

Cloakroom with WC and basin.

First floor

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

Bedroom two with 5’ double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

Bedroom three with 5’ double bed and chest of drawers.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.

Outside

Border Cottage is set in a very pretty, mature, fully enclosed garden providing privacy as well as space for children and one dog. There is a terraced patio accessed from the kitchen with outside dining area and barbecue. 

Parking

There is private, off-road parking for two cars at the top of the garden to the rear of the property. There is additional on-street parking at the front of the property.

Children & Babies

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

One well-behaved dog is welcome with a charge of £25. Owners are requested to keep their dog downstairs to the kitchen and snug. There is an outside kennel in the rear garden which guests are welcome to use.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are provided for all guests. An initial supply of logs is provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage

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

Heating

Border Cottage has oil central heating in addition to the open fire in the drawing room and the wood burning stove in the snug. An initial supply of logs are provided.

Location

The property sits in the pretty village of Norham just a stone’s throw from the River Tweed and the border with Scotland. It has good local amenities 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, fine wines and even fishing tackle!

There are two pubs in the village, including the dog-friendly and 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. A short drive (6 miles) 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 (6.5 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. The Maltings is a vibrant theatre and arts venue for an evening of entertainment, while the Swan Leisure Centre offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment on wet-weather days with fitness facilities, wave pool and flumes. The town is also served by the main East Coast rail line with regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Activities

The proximity of the property to the River Tweed means that some of the finest salmon fishing can be found right on the doorstep. The Pedwell Beat lies immediately above and below Norham Bridge with the outstanding ruins of Norham Castle forming the historic backdrop of the lower pools on this productive 1.5 mile stretch. The Ladykirk, Canny and Gliddeyhaugh beats all sit nearby with other prime bottom and lower Tweed beats within easy driving distance. The lower Tweed also has good stocks of wild brown trout and grayling with fly fishing on approximately 2 miles of both banks at Ladykirk and Norham from £10 per day. Fishing on the Whiteadder and Till can also yield some excellent results in the right river conditions.

Guests can enjoy some wonderful walks directly from the house on peaceful riverside trails along the Anglo-Scottish border, taking in the ruins of Norham Castle famously depicted in the iconic paintings of J M W Turner as early as 1797. Upstream the Norham Bridge and Milne Graden Walk is a scenic loop of 6.5 miles, or a leisurely walk downstream will take you to the superb Union Chain Bridge which spans the Tweed, once the longest wrought-iron suspension bridge in the world and now the oldest of its type still in use today.

From here you can explore the beautiful house and gardens of Paxton House with its child-friendly activity programme, or visit the attractions of the nearby Chain Bridge Honey Farm. You can take a fun boat trip from the jetty at Paxton House to Berwick with stunning views across the estuary, or walk and wander the perfectly preserved fortifications of the historic old town before exploring the rich architecture and seascapes which inspired the paintings of the great artist L S Lowry on his many visits to the area.

The property is an ideal base for exploring coast and country with an abundance of family-friendly activities to keep all ages entertained. Pack a picnic and head to the outstanding heritage coastline which offers mile upon mile of golden sands where you can relax and dabble in the rock pools or try your hand at surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, coasteering or kayaking on the many gentle bays and coves with qualified accredited instructors.

Bike or hike on the coastal paths or through the pretty fishing villages of the area, watch soaring windsurfers on the stunning beach at Bamburgh, voted Britain’s top picnic spot in 2013, before heading further down the coast for a little broomstick training at Alnwick Castle! Further inland, Ford & Etal Estates offers a great day out with over 20 family attractions including riding, canoeing, cycling, climbing, and a charming 15” gauge steam railway.

Serious walkers and cyclists can link into a number of long distance routes including St. Cuthbert’s Way, the Berwickshire Coastal Path or the Sandstone Way where you will experience breathtaking scenery, exceptional nature reserves, spectacular castles and grand stately homes as you pass on through. Alternatively the vast open spaces and heather-clad hillsides of the Northumberland National Park provides endless trails, iconic landmarks and big sky views, giving way to forests and rolling Parklands with plenty of cosy pubs and picturesque villages for a much deserved rest stop at the end of a busy day.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

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

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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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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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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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Reviews

"We had an excellent holiday and were very pleased with the accommodation and the service provided. It was one of the best cottages we have had: lovely secluded but sunny garden, excellent village location, very well furnished and maintained house, comfortable beds. Glad to recommend."

Scott family

"We all had a wonderful holiday, the cottage was perfect in every way from location to facilities in the cottage. We would definitely book again with Crabtree & Crabtree."

Birks family

"We had a very relaxing week in Border Cottage - a delightful property in a charming little village."

Shorthouse family

"I stayed at Border Cottage last week and I must say we had a fantastic time and the cottage was exactly what we wanted. It has been finished to a high standard and we were thoroughly comfortable during our stay."

Willis family

"We had a lovely time, many thanks. The house is just wonderful and has everything that you would want during your stay. We will definitely bear you in mind when booking again in the area." 

Fowle family

"Just to say what a wonderful stay we had at Border Cottage. The accommodation was excellent and we loved the garden. Such a friendly village, with its, butchers, bakers and general store, not to mention the pub across the road, which we frequented a few times for meals. The location suited us perfectly with walks from the door, we could not believe how picturesque the walk by the Tweed was, we would also recommend a visit to the castle and the village church. The surrounding area is so unspoilt and we enjoyed touring around and visiting many of your recommendations both inland and on the coast. Thanks you once again, Crabtree & Crabtree were very helpful we and would thoroughly recommend Border Cottage."

Dale family

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Border Cottage it was clean, comfortable and overall well equipped. The cottage is situated in a wonderful village and the amenities (especially the butchers shop) are excellent. We enjoyed lovely walks from the village and the church with its fascinating history is well worth a visit. Directions/key collection/arrival arrangements were all straight forward. We have booked cottages before through Crabtree & Crabtree and would be happy to use them again."

Hinchcliffe family

"Thank you, we had a great time at Border Cottage helped enormously by perfect weather which meant we spent almost the whole time out and about or in the beautiful garden. The house was cosy and well-equipped. We did try to book up again before we left but unfortunately we were too late for this year... we will certainly keep it in mind for another trip."

Laing family

"We had a fantastic week thanks and the property is lovely, well equipped and clean. We will definitely book it again."

Mr Hammond

"Border cottage was absolutely fantastic and was the most comfortable and well equipped cottage I have stayed in.The attention to detail was outstanding and every thing we needed was there. I had taken things along with me that I wouldn’t have expected to find, but they were already in place.

In short ,Border Cottage was everything we could have expected and more.

The service I received from yourselves was very professional and reassuring and all the details you provided were concise and clear.

I would not hesitate to recommend both yourselves and Border Cottage, and would definitely use your services again."

Mr Fearnley

"The cottage was perfect. Very spacious and clean. Really well equipped and a lovely garden. A lot of attention to detail, very nicely furnished. Village excellent with plenty of amenities. Easy booking process and good communication."

Mrs Eagles

"We had an absolutely lovely time in Norham. What a gem of a village and location generally. I am so missing my walk along the Tweed; through the flowers that hummed with bees; to Mr Turner’s painting; up to the village’s own superb derelict castle and back through the ancient churchyard. Not to mention the roads, which were almost devoid of cars. The Mason’s Arms and the Thursday chippy van were excellent. We went to Coldstream, Berwick, Bamburgh and Alnwick. Loved everywhere and we hope to return to the Borders many times. Even the view from Tesco car park in Berwick was stunning. Border cottage and it’s garden was also lovely. We lived in the snug and kitchen. We are now looking to follow the design in our own house.  Generally all the cottage’s facilities we’re excellent."

Pennington family
Location In the village of Norham.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome with a charge of £25.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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