South Lodge, Twizell Estate
This early 19th Century charismatic gate lodge sits in a fantastic spot on the edge of the Twizell Estate in the pretty village of Warenford, perfect for cosy country delights but just 5 miles from the glorious white sands of Bamburgh.
Acres of woodland and parkland offer endless possibilities
Set in extensive private grounds, Twizell Estate has an illustrious history, once belonging to the eminent botanist and ornithologist Prideaux John Selby, who famously hosted John J Audubon at Twizell. South Lodge forms part of the existing estate within 500 acres of private land, with stunning walking and wildlife from the doorstep, most notably the estate's precious red squirrels.
Benefiting from four bedrooms sleeping six, this delightful property has been sensitively restored throughout by the owner. First and foremost, it has the warm feeling of home, with attention to all the little things which help to make a holiday stay a memorable one.
Enjoy the warmth of the electric AGA and perhaps whip up a cake or two, leading into the cosy ambience of the open plan snug and dining room where you can turn the lights down low and enjoy some relaxed chat around the fireside, yet equally well set up for formal dining too. Original artworks of the local area along with antiques, including a kist from the original mansion house are lovely features here.
Fallow & Ball colours are used throughout the property along with paint from the Little Green Paint Company, their rich pigment balanced with high quality fabrics and wallpapers from Mulberry, Colefax & Fowler and Sanderson. The addition of Crystal chandeliers bounce shafts of light beautifully and are a statement piece to each room.
A more formal sitting room offers space for some grown-up time with deep, comfortable sofas in rich blue velvet adding extra comfort. This leads into a ground floor bedroom with single bed, its deep colour scheme and tweed accents inspired from the family archives.
Upstairs, are two generously appointed double bedrooms with sumptuous memory foam mattresses and quality duck and goose down duvets. Enormous window seats are the perfect spot to start the day watching the sunrise or the comings and goings of the local wildlife, including Wilma the local peacock!
The first double room features an ornate mahogany four poster bed surrounded by romantic rose and floral wall detailing, delicately hand-painted by a local artist. The second has been finished in a French style with elegant bed and soothing colour scheme. For the children in the party, two tiny doors from either bedroom open up into a perfect hideaway, ideal for play time or for some hide and seek.
Off the upper hallway, leads down into the second bathroom (bathroom one on the ground floor) and a further single bedroom.
Outdoors, the property sits in an enclosed south-facing private garden, with a patio to the rear and an upper level seating area offering vast views across the fields and a fire pit for some atmospheric star-gazing. This extends into wider woodland and parkland with designated walks in the immediate area. For those who prefer life on two wheels, there are private hardcore tracks which cyclists can use on the estate, as well as routes all the way down to the coast.
Shooting, fishing, sporting and other outdoor activities offer endless possibilities, along with catering, picnic lunches, special events and celebrations. A private tour of the wider Estate, including four-wheel drive tours, can also be arranged directly with the owner.
Access into inner hall with hanging space, utility area with belfast sink and storage.
Bathroom one sits just off the main access hall with large shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and Victorian style WC. Underfloor heating.
Open plan kitchen, snug and dining room (underfloor heating in the kitchen and snug) comprising:
Kitchen with electric AGA, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, combi grill/microwave. Pantry cupboard with good storage space. A combined washing machine/dryer sits in a separate external outhouse.
Snug with two sofas and a wall mounted Smart TV with integrated DVD player. Surround sound music system with speakers through the ground floor.
Dining room with seating for six guests. Wood burner with hot plate for cooking/boiling, wide selection of games books and magazines.
A front door between the dining room and sitting room leads to the front south-facing lawned garden.
Sitting room with large comfortable sofas and armchairs, wall mounted Smart TV with DVD player, decorative fireplace.
Bedroom one - ground floor bedroom with 3' single bed, side table, dressing table.
Bedroom two with king size four poster bed with high quality memory foam mattress, side tables, dressing table, cupboard with generous storage and hanging space. A tiny door in the window recess gives way to a hideaway play den for children. Large window seat overlooking the garden.
Bedroom three with French style king size bed, side tables, dressing table, cupboard with generous storage and hanging space, small Smart TV and integrated DVD, large window seat to the front of the property.
There are three steps down from the upper landing to bathroom two and bedroom four.
Bathroom two with cast iron roll top bath, basin, WC, underfloor heating.
Bedroom four with 3' single bed, side tables, small Smart TV with integrated TV, window seat.
The property sits in an enclosed south-facing lawned garden to the front, with an enclosed paved patio to the rear and an upper level seating area with fire pit.
This extends into wider woodland and parkland with designated walks in the immediate area. A private tour of the Estate can be arranged directly with the owner to see more extensive and private areas of the Estate.
There is secure access to the front of the property with electric gate.
There is ample private parking directly to the side of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request and the owner will make every endeavour to accommodate any requests for other child friendly items. Please do ask.
Two dogs are permitted at a charge of £15 per dog. Dogs should be clean before access into the property - an outside tap is available - and should be contained to the utility room until dry. Thereafter they are permitted in the open plan kitchen and dining area but are not permitted in the sitting room, upstairs or on the furniture.
Bed linen and towels are provided along with high quality guest toiletries. The beds are made up with duck and goose down duvets and pillows but hypoallergenic can be provided on request. The mattresses are high quality memory foam. A hairdryer is available in each of the bedrooms.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is generally good.
Heating throughout the property, with underfloor heating in the bathrooms as well as the kitchen and snug. Electric AGA in the kitchen. Wood burning stove in the dining room with generous initial supply of logs.
The property is detached, accessed by a secure access gate and is not overlooked. The property sits on the edge of the small, pretty village of Warenford of the east side of the A1.
South Lodge sits on the edge of the village of Warenford, close to Belford (4.5 miles) and Bamburgh (5 miles), and has a village pub called The White Swan which is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The pretty village of Belford offers a good range of local amenities including a Co-op supermarket open 7 days a week until 10pm, and the excellent Sunnyhills Farm Shop which sells a wealth of local goodies including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, and Craster Kippers to name but a few.
There are also a number of excellent local pubs in Chatton and Bamburgh, including the Potted Lobster and Mizen Head in Bamburgh which come particularly recommended for their seafood and warm, friendly atmosphere. A little further afield, the delightful Ship Inn at Low Newton is famous for their crab dishes and microbrewery.
Inland, the charming village of Wooler (11 miles) offers good local amenities, including small independent shopping, cafes and restaurants, including the highly regarded Milan Restaurant reviewed by renowned food critic AA Gill. For provisions, it has a bakery, a high quality butchers shop as well as ‘The Good Life’, a wonderful deli selling cheeses, cured meats and health foods.
The stunning heritage coast is just a ten minute drive 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 waiting to be explored. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just enjoy 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 - Bamburgh, Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Warkworth and Chillingham to name but a few..
Sitting in on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, South Lodge is ideally placed for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors. The outstanding countryside around the property offers gentle walks in scenic surroundings and the wider area enjoys a large number of designated walking routes, including more challenging hikes amidst the dramatic scenery of the National Park.
Wooler is at the heart of one of the richest archaeological landscapes in North-west Europe and spectacular Iron Age hillforts and settlements rim the Cheviots, while the enigmatic prehistoric cup & ring markings abound across the rock surfaces in this area. Alternatively follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert, or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place
For cycling and mountain biking, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks including trails for family-friendly recreation. For more challenging terrain, you can join long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway, or try the Sandstone Way which meanders down the coast and has shorter sections for those with just an hour or two to spare.
For family friendly activities, head to Alnwick Castle where you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure. Children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter; test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest; or explore a world of wobbly rope bridges and treetop walkways within the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens.
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"We had a fabulous stay at South Lodge and were privileged to be the first guests. Everything about the cottage was beautiful, pristine, well thought out and planned. The owners were so helpful, they did everything to make our stay special. We very much appreciated the goodies that were left for us - down to the dog treats set out in the shape of our dog’s name. The weather was particularly good and we were able to have some great walks around the countryside/estate, visit the coast as well as the towns of Alnwick and Berwick, just a short drive away. The local pub was very handy being only a couple of minutes walk away. It was a warm and friendly pub, which served very good food and drink. It was a real shame to come home! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the cottage and as always the excellent service from Crabtree & Crabtree. We hope to visit again - in fact we will definitely be back!!"Ellwood family
"Thank you for organising our stay at South Lodge. We had a wonderful time and loved the house - the owners left us some generous goodies and even gave me a birthday card on my birthday. It was extremely comfortable and perfect for our small family gathering with dogs. We enjoyed our walks on the beach, exploring castles and ate at The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh which was delicious. When we return to Northumberland we will certainly book with Crabtree & Crabtree again."Lawton family
"We had a great time at South Lodge. Many little unexpected treats to welcome us and the house was very well presented and equipped, also and importantly really comfortable accommodation."Mr and Mrs Pontifex
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The electric AGA in pistachio adds a cosy touch - perfect for rustling up a home cooked casserole."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree