A superb barn conversion on the edge of the Northumberland National Park with fabulous views. Ideal for families, groups and lovers of the great outdoors to get away from it all. Fishing, walking, cycling and riding. Dogs welcome. Wifi.
An impressive conversion of a barn and former shepherd’s cottage, the accommodation at Fernie is light and bright with fabulous views from every room. The open plan living areas are ideal for large groups with a spacious kitchen and mezzanine level sitting room, more formal drawing room and separate dining room. Original exposed beams, working fireplaces, unusual antique items and interesting artwork and objets d’art add to the charm and character.
Fernie’s extensive outside space offers a choice of places to relax and enjoy the views and for children to play. To the front of the house is a south facing courtyard garden with outside seating area, barbecue and fish pond - perfect for that morning cup of coffee or cocktails in the evening with stunning views of the Cheviot Hills. To the rear of the house is a secluded walled garden, planted in traditional cottage style which provides an idyllic spot for relaxing with a good book, while a large flat lawn provides the ideal setting for games or football. There are also two paddocks to the rear of the house for guests wishing to bring their own ponies and horses.
Fernie sits on the stunning Mindrum estate, an enviable position on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, the rolling blanket of hillsides that slope and swell amidst the Northumberland’s National Park. Guests are welcome to explore the estate grounds and there is fabulous walking right from the doorstep.
Activities & Attractions
With more than 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways to choose from in the National Park alone, walkers and riders are spoilt for choice. Cycling enthusiasts are equally well provided for with miles of marked routes and quiet country lanes to explore offering everything from meandering river valley saunters to wild moorland blasts. Popular routes include the Pennine Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route, both of which run through the National Park.
The Bowmont Water is a pretty river, perfect for picnics, paddling and learning to fish, and naturalists and photographers will be enthralled by the variety of birdlife and wildlife that can be seen across the area, including kingfishers, otters, roe deer and red squirrels. The stables at Kimmerston just down the road offer hill rides and beach rides, while clay pigeon shooting and archery is also available locally. For something a little different, gliding is available at nearby Millfield.
There is fishing by arrangement for grayling, sea trout and brown trout on the pretty Bowmont Water which runs through the estate, and the cottage is only a ten minute drive from the River Till with an impressive sea trout run each spring. The lower and bottom beats of the legendary River Tweed are also within easy driving distance. Other field sporting opportunities are available at Mindrum or in the immediate area subject to availability and at additional charge. Please contact us for further details.
Despite Mindrum’s rural location, the estate is remarkably accessible with good local amenities close by. The cottage is 11 miles from Cornhill on Tweed which offers an excellent village shop, and the Collingwood Arms has an excellent restaurant specialising in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer. More extensive shopping including a good range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants can be found at Kelso and Wooler which are 21 and 23 miles respectively.
Just a half hour’s drive from the cottage you will find some of the cleanest and emptiest beaches in England on Northumberland's spectacular Heritage Coastline, providing the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kitesurfing, sailing, sailing or coasteering. One of our favourite spots is Bamburgh Beach, with miles of pristine sand nestled behind huge sand dunes. At low tide take a trip across the causeway to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne, or take a boat to the Farne Islands to see the resident colonies of grey seals and impressive array of birdlife including puffins.
The region’s rich and dramatic history is reflected in the magnificent chain of castles that punctuate the landscape. Those nearby include dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, Chillingham, reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in England, and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart’s School in the Harry Potter films.
Further afield, the magnificent city of Edinburgh is only about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Fernie’s well-presented accommodation comprises the following:
Large farmhouse kitchen with stunning views of the hills and double French doors onto the south facing courtyard garden. The extensively-equipped kitchen includes a 4 oven Aga, 2 gas hobs and an electric oven, a full size fridge, freezer, dishwasher, kitchen island and a large breakfast table. Leading from the kitchen is a large larder with plenty of space for storage of food. NB a chest freezer is provided in the back kitchen.
Guests have a choice of relaxing in the drawing room with a large open fire, TV with Freeview and DVD, and built in drinks cabinet complete with fridge, or the mezzanine level sitting room both of which are accessed from the kitchen and offer comfortable seating and superb views.
Below the mezzanine and leading off the kitchen is a spacious dining room comfortably eating 12 to 14 people with built in cupboards for storage of the dinner service.
There are 5 principal bedrooms and an additional children’s bedroom:
The Master bedroom has two 3’ beds, (not zip and link) a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite bathroom with both a shower and bath.
Bedroom 2 has two 3' beds and access to the bathroom is via the master bedroom.
Bedroom 3 has two 3’ beds and shares en suite bathroom with Bedroom 4.
Bedroom 4 has a 5’ bed, chest of drawers and shares en suite bathroom with Bedroom 3.
Bedroom 5 has two 3’ beds and built in wardrobes.
Bedroom 6 has 4’6” bed and chest of drawers.
Opposite bedrooms 5 and 6 is a shower room with WC and basin, and a family bathroom with a bath.
The entrance hall has two small rooms leading off it; one with a WC and basin, the other is a cloakroom.
Extensive back kitchens running parallel to Bedrooms 3 to 6 provide ample storage space for outdoor kit, including a drying room, washing machine, chest freezer, Belfast sink plus a hanging area for coats and boots.
A five minute drive from Fernie, the Mindrum Estate also offers charming Gamekeeper’s Cottage which provides additional accommodation for up to four guests. The dining room at Fernie can accommodate up to 16 guests allowing both parties to dine together.
Gardens and grounds
Fernie’s extensive grounds include three interconnecting garden areas; a sunny south facing courtyard garden, a walled garden and a large flat lawn surrounded by paddocks and a woodland margin walk.
There is a gravelled parking area to the side of the house for at least two cars and additional parking in front of the house. There are various outbuildings providing ample storage of bicycles, rods, golf clubs and other outdoor kit.
Access and privacy
Fernie is situated in a fabulous secluded position accessed by a mile long farm track (care should be taken during the winter months and please contact us if you have any concerns).
Wi fi and mobile coverage
Wi fi is provided. There is patchy mobile coverage on most networks. A landline is availble for the considerate use of guests.
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen with feather duvets and pillows. Each bedroom has storage provided by a wardrobe or a chest of drawers with hanging space provided by door hooks with hangers. Bath and hand towels and guest soaps are provided. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request. Guests with small children must be aware that there is a small, shallow fish pond in the courtyard garden at the front of the house.
A welcome pack of basic provisions is provided on arrival.
Heating and hot water
Fernie’s efficient heating and hot water system is generated by eco-friendly solar and wind power.
Up to three well-behaved dogs are welcome at Fernie (depending upon the breed). Owners are requested to keep their dogs out of the carpeted areas. In the garden, there is a secure dog run with an indoor and outdoor area plus an old fashioned dog bed.
There may be some restrictions on walking dogs at certain times of the year on small areas of the estate to avoid disturbing nesting birds and during the shooting season.
Grazing and stables are available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony at additional cost. There is fabulous riding in the area on marked bridle paths and the quiet country roads which surround the estate.
Catering at Fernie is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or part or fully catered options are available including a homemade meals and wine delivery service.
The owner’s nanny is available to babysit with prior notice at additional cost. Please contact us for further details.
|Fernie||£1,350 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.