With two reception rooms, real fires and a delightful fully enclosed lawned garden, Belvedere offers gentle country comfort with all the charm of village life. Dogs welcome.
Set over three floors, this period property has plenty of space to relax and enjoy good company with family or friends, while its location just a stone’s throw from the River Tweed is sure to appeal to the fishing members of your party or those seeking miles of scenic walking trails.
On the ground floor, the property benefits from a sitting room with cosy woodburner leading into a spacious new kitchen with superb roof lantern which floods the overall space with warmth and light. There is a dining space with seating for six leading out to a private patio and large lawned garden where you can bring the outside in, or make the most of lazy afternoons soaking up those heavenly sunshine moments.
A drawing room to the front of the property benefits from lovely period detailing, an open fire and quality furnishings presented in a traditional style, offering a grown-up space for some after-dinner chat with a cheeky wee dram or a crisp G&T perhaps!
On the first floor are two well presented bedrooms - one with double bed, and one which can be configured to twin or superking as required. There is a large contemporary en-suite bathroom, while a further family bathroom offers good flexibility for families or couples‘ sharing. On the second floor, a third bedroom with twin beds, en-suite shower room and a huge beanbag provides a great space for the younger members of the party to hide out.
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 pub grub, 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, includingThe Maltings, a vibrant theatre and arts venue for an evening of entertainment. The town is also served by the main East Coast rail line with regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle, with regular buses running through the village connecting to Berwick upon Tweed or Galashiels to make train connections.
Activities and attractions
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.
For sightseeing, the property is an ideal base for exploring the wider area with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history, punctuated by imposing castles, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, and Thirlestane; the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh; and the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstain.
The stunning heritage coastline is just a short fifteen 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. Birdwatchers, walkers and photographers will delight in the stunning cliffs and coves of the Berwickshire coastline where you will spot thousands of seabirds and seals around the St. Abbs Nature Reserve or cross the causeway at low tide to the very beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne where you will experience nature at its very best. Further down the coast, the stunning beach at Bamburgh is a perfect place to take a picnic where you can walk for mile upon mile on white sandy beaches or watch soaring wind surfers and kite surfers across the bay.
The property is an ideal base for exploring 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, 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.
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.
The property sits on three floors.
Entrance hallway leading to:
Drawing room with two double sofas, large armchair, and an open fire. There is a Smart TV along with a selection of books and games.
Sitting room - with double sofa, two armchairs, woodburning stove, and a Smart TV.
Kitchen - with dishwasher, electric double oven with grill, ceramic hob, integrated microwave, fridge/freezer, four-slice toaster, blender and Roberts DAB radio. Small rear porch with washing machine, dryer and hanging space.
Dining area - with table and seating for 8 guests. French doors lead out to the patio and a large lawned garden.
Guest cloakroom - with WC.
Bedroom one - rear facing with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ superking or 3’ twin as preferred, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers, cupboard with hanging space.
En-suite bathroom - large shower with rain forest head, heated towel rail, large basin and WC.
Bedroom two - front facing with 4’6 double bed, side tables, dressing table and extensive wardrobe space.
Family Bathroom - with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three - rear facing with 3’ twin beds, chest of drawers, large beanbag.
En-suite bathroom with corner shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The beds are made up with high quality bed linen, and a hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries.
A guest welcome pack is provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and must then be kept to the kitchen and adjoining sitting room only. Under no circumstances are they permitted in the drawing room or upstairs in the bedrooms, nor should they be left in the property or garden without their owners.
Heating - throughout the property, with a woodburning stove in the sitting room and an open fire in the drawing room. A generous supply of logs is provided.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. There is no mobile reception in the property but this improves outdoors. A landline is provided for emergency calls and incoming calls only.
Garden and grounds
There is an attractive lawned garden to the rear of the house which is fully enclosed for the safety of children and dogs. This can be accessed from the kitchen and dining area. There is a small patio area with garden furniture, and a lockable shed provides secure storage for fishing rods, bikes, golf clubs and outdoor gear.
Belvedere sits in a row of period properties which sits beyond the main village green. The garden to the rear offers good levels of privacy with very limited overlooking from the properties which sit at either side.
There is on-street parking to the front of the property, or private parking which can be accessed via a side lane and a gated courtyard to the rear.
The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guests’ stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is popular for guests’ first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow. Please contact Crabtree & Crabtree for details.
The property is strictly no smoking.
|Belvedere Holiday Home||£525 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.