Imagine waking up to the sunrise over Holy Island! Longstone View is a luxurious 4 bedroom house located on the waterfront with spectacular far reaching sea views,and large terraced garden complete with medieval watch tower.
The period property is spread over three light-filled floors with picture windows offering panoramic views over the mouth of the River Tweed and Northumbrian coastline. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and marine reserve, literally, on your doorstep. LS Lowry was so impressed that he drew The Lighthouse, and The Sea, right outside!
A chef-designed super modern kitchen has views through the skylights to Berwick's medieval walls, French doors leading onto a deck and garden, and a bathroom. Upstairs are two further stylish bathrooms with exposed sandstone walls. High speed Wi Fi is included.
The whole ground floor is open plan with a breakfast nook leading to the kitchen through to a more formal dining area and on into a comfortable lounge with leather sofas, designer glass coffee table and fireplace mounted 32" flat screen Freeview TV. Sea views are everywhere you look, and the dining room can be closed off from the living space by a pair of Edwardian part-glazed doors.
The master bedroom, with en suite shower room, has a queen-sized bed where you can sit and watch for seals, ships and swans through two large windows. A pair of quality binoculars are provided to identify some of the other myriad birdlife, and occasional otter.
Bedrooms two and three have comfortable double beds with garden and sea views, while bed four can be used as an office with sea facing desk and single bed. Fluffy duvets, pillows and linen are included. All rooms in the house have period fireplaces, except bed four.
Character features, as well as Art Nouveau fireplaces, include high corniced ceilings, working window shutters and original doors. It's all kept warm by a modern central heating and hot water system.
Longstone View is an ideal base to explore the wild Northumbrian countryside, coastline and castles - especially Harry Potter's favourite at Alnwick, where there's also a world renowned garden. The Scottish border is only two miles away and Edinburgh, Melrose Abbey, Kelso Races and any number of sea, salmon and trout fishing opportunities are all within easy reach.
Dine al fresco in the garden, sunbathe on the loungers, play boules on the terrace or simply watch for brightly coloured fishing boats. Take a few minutes stroll to Little Beach with its lovely soft sand, the pier and lighthouse or up to the clifftop golf course and tennis courts.
Walk into the historic Georgian market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed to catch a film, as well as one of the country's top comedians, and eat Italian, Indian, Chinese or local seafood. A slightly longer walk will take you around the town on top of its unique Elizabethan walls complete with cannon emplacements, guard house and gunpowder store!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berwick upon Tweed 300 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh or Newcastle 70 km, Nearest railway: Berwick upon Tweed 500 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Enjoy at Longstone View:
* A professional chef's kitchen with 5-ring gas cooker
* Formal dining area & breakfast nook
* Both family bathroom with bath & shower and an en suite shower room
* Fully renovated with new kitchen & bathrooms
* See the sunrise from your bed
* 3 double beds and 1 single bed in four bedrooms - ideal for families.
* Spacious interior spread over three floors so space for all!
|Further details outdoors|
* Enjoy a large terraced garden complete with lounge chairs & BBQ
* Longstone View is directly on the River Tweed & North Sea.
* Rear of the house overlooks the medieval town walls including the Blackwatch Tower, which is part of the garden.
* A short stroll from a sandy beach and clifftop walks.
25% of rental fee due at time of booking. Balance due 2 weeks prior to arrival. Cancellation by either party can be done up to 30 days prior to arrival date.
Payment by bank transfer, PayPal or cheque only.
£100 housekeeping deposit required and refunded within one week of departure if no breakages have occurred.
Cleaning/linen/towels/heating/WiFi included in price.
Dramatic garden has many uneven steps and would not be suitable for young children or mobility impaired.
The rugged former Kingdom of Northumbria is a wild outpost like nowhere else you've ever been. The Scots and the English have been fighting over it for centuries, though these days it's more of a verbal battle. A varied coastline of empty golden sandy beaches, dramatic clifftops and rock pools contrasts with open moorland, mountains and a world famous river where you can watch salmon leap.
There are more castles to explore up here than anywhere else in the country, the most famous probably being Alnwick Castle & Gardens where Harry Potter was filmed, along with magnificent stately homes at Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstein.
Venture a little further down the coast to Seahouses where you can board a boat to the Farne Islands to see thousands of puffins, razorbills and terns along with grey seals and their wide-eyed pups. Alternatively, there's the National Sea Bird Centre in North Berwick.
Travel inland and visit picturesque villages such as Ford and Etal, which are connected by a single-track steam train and has the only thatched pub in Northumberland, or you could walk one of the many famous English/Scots battlefields.
The Cheviot Hills, which often stay snow-capped into April, offer varying levels of walking and biking trails taking you to rocky outcrops, valleys and waterfalls.
If you want to stay close to home, Longstone View is right on the edge of An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and marine reserve, making for a bird watcher's paradise. Curlews, sanderlings, oyster catchers, bar tailed godwits, red throated divers, redshanks, eiders and up to 200 mute swans can all be spotted with our binoculars.
Otherwise, you could pop over to Cocklawburn Beach and look for fossils, though the very occasional dog walker is the only other person you're likely to meet. Watching the sun rise over Holy Island castle from the comfort of your bed, isn't too bad a way to start the day.
Travel a couple of miles up the A1 into Scotland where you can buy langostines or crab claws straight off the boats at Eyemouth, or take a walk along the spectacular cliffs at St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve, where there's also a harbour with boats out to some world class dive sites.
Coldingham Beach is a real family favourite, though, of course, not too many, with its rock pools and brightly coloured beachhuts. Or go horse riding through the surf at Goswick.
Berwick is on the main East Coast train line and you can be in Edinburgh, or Newcastle, in under an hour where you can visit the famous Fringe and festival during the summer.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is an historic walled Georgian market town sitting on the banks of The Tweed, where it meets the North Sea. The town has changed hands between the Scots and the English thirteen times, and has even been at war with Russia!
The beauty and importance of its Georgian buildings, along with the dramatic medieval and Elizabethan walls, have encouraged English Heritage to list most of the town. Longstone View lies in the historic heart.
People say Berwick feels like an island, being surrounded on three sides by water. There are certainly several hidden sandy beaches, a lighthouse and lots of lush green parks.
There are all the shops you'd expect from Post Office to supermarkets and banks, as well as a host of independent stores and art galleries on Bridge Street. The skyline is dominated by a Georgian clocktower and Cromwellien church.
For the active there's a clifftop golf course, cricket pitch and tennis courts, along with any number of river and seaside walks.
We are a Citislow town and hold a major food festival every year on the parade ground of the firt purpose built barracks in the country, which also houses a museum. The Green Festival features local arts and crafts along with bands and archery, while the Film Festival is now internationally recognised.
A local cinema/ theatre hosts top flight comediens, including Jack Dee and Lee Evans, dramas and first run films. It also has lots of productions for children.
Last, but certainly not least, the Barrels is as good a proper old fashioned pub as you'll find anywhere!