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House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Nestled in an idyllic position at the end of a no-through lane on the banks of the River Tweed, The Boathouse boasts magnificent views over the river to the hills beyond with not a road in sight. With private fishing on the doorstep, fabulously cosy accommodation, huge open fires and constant entertainment from the every-changing vista of the river and its inhabitants - ducks, geese, moorhens, herons and a family of otters to name but a few - this is the perfect rural retreat.
The house has been completely renovated and refurbished to a very high standard using earthy Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth paint colours, traditional stone fireplaces, slate floors, pure wool carpets, luxurious fabrics from Mulberry and Anta and an interesting mixture of contemporary furnishings alongside some classic antique items. Each bedroom has its own bathroom (four en-suite bedrooms and one bedroom with bathroom opposite). One of the highlights of the renovations is the 26' dining room with a fabulous open fire at one end and stunning views over the river - perfect for atmospheric dinner parties.
With fishing on one of the world's greatest salmon rivers a decent roll cast from the bedroom window, the property is an ideal base for fishing parties, and the Boathouse beat is available to guests at additional cost, subject to availability.
Northumberland is officially England's quietest county and with very little traffic and noise pollution is the perfect place to unwind, relax, enjoy the countryside and even indulge in a spot of star gazing - the area's unpolluted skies put on England's best star shows. The house is situated half a mile from the pretty village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins. The village has a local shop, bakery, two pubs, gunsmith and the celebrated Foreman's Butcher, selling a fantastic selection of meats, pies, local cheeses, wines and even fishing flies!
Food fans will be delighted by the wealth of local goodies on offer including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, and Craster Kippers to name but a few. Some of the best local produce is served up at two local favourites – the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the nationally-acclaimed Wheatsheaf restaurant at Swinton.
The Boathouse is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland's Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding and surfing. The magnificent views from the cliff top walks at St Abb's Head and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berwick-upon-Tweed & Heritage Coast 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||800 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 84 km, Nearest railway: Berwick-upon-Tweed 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Ground floor: Large, fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast table. Spacious dining room with open fire. Drawing room with open fire. Snug / office with wireless broadband internet connection. Double bedroom (5' bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).
First floor: Double bedroom (5' bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC). Twin bedroom (two 3' beds) with bathroom opposite (bath with shower over, basin and WC). Double bedroom (5' bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).
Ground floor: Garage parking for two cars. Boot / rod room and drying area.
First floor: Double bedroom with zip and link beds to form one 6' bed or two 3' singles. En-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).
Telephone and wireless broadband internet connection. Electric oven and 4 ring hob, microwave, refrigerator, deepfreeze, additional fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Wi Fi, TV with Freeview, DVD player, video player, radio/CD player, stereo system, highchair, travel cot, board games, books, DVDs and videos. Oil central heating throughout and open fires in sitting room and dining room. Bed linen, towels and L'Occitane toiletries provided. Pets welcome. Fishing available by prior arrangement at extra cost (subject to availability).
Catering & housekeeper
The house can be booked on a self-catered, partly catered or fully catered basis. A homemade meal and wine delivery service is also available. The housekeeper will meet guests on arrival and is available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.
|Further details outdoors|
Large garden with fabulous views over river, garden furniture and barbecue. Fishing hut. Private parking. Pubs and shops fifteen minutes walk.
Welcome hamper - Guests receive a complimentary welcome hamper of locally-produced goodies on arrival.
Fishing - Trout and salmon fishing is available at additional cost. A ghillie is included in the price and he can provide tuition if required.
The Northumberland region
The Border Country, comprising North Northumberland and the Southern Scottish Borders, is a place of magnificent wide sky scenery, with vast expanses of untouched countryside ranging from rolling hills and rugged, windswept moorland, to gentle valleys and the 25 miles of protected golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the Heritage coastline. Even in the summer months, the sparkling clean beaches remain almost deserted.
The local area is internationally renowned for its fishing and field sports, offering first class shooting and some of the finest salmon fishing in Europe on the famous River Tweed.
Offshore, there is a thriving water sports scene, with excellent sailing and some of the UK's best windsurfing and surfing at stunning spots such as Coldingham and Beadnell Bay, as well as first-class diving at St. Abbs. Dotted along the coast are picturesque fishing villages such as Alnmouth, Beadnell, and Craster offering wonderful seafood including smoked kippers, crab sandwiches and supremely fresh fish and chips. From the pretty village of Seahouses take a boat to the Farne Islands, home to a large colony of grey seals and 21 species of birds, including puffins.
For outdoor sports enthusiasts the region offers hundreds of miles of dedicated footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways. The routes take in some of the most magnificent countryside including the heritage coast, Cheviot, Lammermuir and Eildon Hills and Kielder Forest, which encompasses the vast Kielder Water, Europe's largest man-made lake with an impressive 27 mile shoreline. Famous routes include the fabulous 63-mile long St Cuthberts Way following the trail of early Christianity from Melrose to Holy Island, The Pennine Way, The Southern Upland Way and Borders Abbey Way. The 7stanes biking centres at Newcastleton, Innerleithen and Glentress offer some fantastic sport from family friendly trails to adrenaline charged black runs, while golf enthusiasts can choose from over 60 courses across the area from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards.
Our region has an incredibly rich and turbulent history and its legacy is a landscape of magnificent castles, grand stately homes and the fragments of ruined abbeys and fortifications scattered right across the area. Some of the most spectacular are the magnificent chain of castles, including dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, impressive Thirlestane "one of the seven great houses of Scotland" and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
The region also boasts a number of important houses including Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, Manderston, the location for Channel 4's 'The Edwardian Country House' and award-winning Paxton, reputed to be the finest example of an eighteenth-century Palladian country house in Scotland.
At low tide, drive across the causeway to the famous religious retreat of Holy Island, or Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island is home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead. Similarly impressive ecclesiastical splendours are the majestic abbey ruins at Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh.
The elegant Georgian town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is eight miles away. The magnificent Elizabethan fortifications which encircle the historic old town are the best preserved in Europe. The town has had an eventful history, changing hands 13 times as England and Scotland waged war over its possession for three centuries. Berwick also marks the beginning of the Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves that remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
Just over the Scottish Border is the picturesque town of Kelso described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland." Today Kelso remains one of the most attractive and unspoilt towns in the Borders, with its Flemish-style cobbled square, 12th Century abbey, the majestic Floors Castle and the graceful Tweed bridge, a model for London's Waterloo Bridge. The town has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as the Roxburghe championship golf course and regular National Hunt Racing.
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