A pretty two bedroom period cottage on a family run working farm, Gamekeeper’s Cottage and the superb Mindrum Estate on which it sits, offers the perfect spot for families and lovers of the great outdoors to get away from it all.
Gamekeeper’s Cottage is light and airy and offers comfortable accommodation presented in a traditional style in keeping with the property. A pretty rear garden with outside seating provides the perfect spot for al fresco dining during the summer months. The principal accommodation and the garden have views across fields of horses to the hills beyond.
The stunning Mindrum estate sits in an enviable position on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills. The estate encompasses a diverse range of landscapes including a meandering river valley, ancient wetlands, a celebrated quintessentially English country garden and dramatic rolling hills with magnificent views across the National Park. Guests are encouraged to explore the wider estate and for many, it is having Mindrum’s wonderful and diverse landscapes on the doorstep that will make Gamekeeper’s Cottage stand out.
Activities & Attractions
Guests are welcome to explore the wider estate which includes access to the Bowmont Water for fishing and picnic, superb walking, cycling and riding around pasture and woodland. Or enjoy a bracing walk to the upland reaches of the estate where you will be rewarded with magnificent views across rolling Northumbrian countryside towards the heather-clad Cheviot Hills. With hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways to choose from in the National Park alone, you will be spoilt for choice. Wildlife lovers and photographers will be enthralled by the variety of bird-life that can be seen on the recently re-established ancient Mosses (wetlands), and by the diverse range of other species in and around the estate.
Riding on the estate can be arranged and the stables at Kimmerston just down the road offer hacks in the Cheviot Hills or on the spectacular sandy beaches on nearby Holy Island. 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. The lower and bottom beats of the legendary River Tweed are also within easy driving distance. For something a little different, gliding is available at nearby Millfield, and clay pigeon shooting and archery are available locally.
Despite Mindrum’s rural location, the estate is remarkably accessible with good local amenities close by. The cottage is 5 miles from Cornhill on Tweed which offers an excellent village shop, and the Collingwood Arms which has a lively bar and restaurant specialising in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer. More extensive shopping can be found in Kelso and Wooler which are 10 and 12 miles respectively. Half an hour’s drive will take you to Northumberland's spectacular Heritage Coastline where you can try your hand at kite surfing, sailing or coasteering, and one of our favourite spots Bamburgh Beach offers miles of pristine sand perfect for rest or play.
The accommodation is all on one floor and may also suit elderly and mobility-impaired guests.
Sitting room with log burner (logs supplied), TV with Freeview, books, games and radio. Dining table (seats 4). A stable door leads to an outside seating area.
Compact, well-equipped kitchen with electric double oven and four ring hob, fridge with freezer compartment, three quarter size dishwasher and microwave. A deepfreeze is available in a secure outbuilding opposite the cottage.
Hall / boot room ideal for outdoor kit.
Bedroom one with 5’ double bed.
Bedroom two with two 3’ twin beds.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
Important note – heating and hot water at Gamekeeper’s Cottage
Central heating at Gamekeeper’s Cottage is provided by a log burning stove. An unlimited supply of logs is provided. During the winter months the stove will be lit in advance so that the cottage is warm on arrival. The system is very efficient providing that logs are added a couple of times a day.
There is limited mobile coverage on most networks. Coverage improves outside the cottage.
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen with hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. Each bedroom has a chest of drawers and hanging space is provided by door hooks with hangers. Bath and hand towels and guest soaps are provided. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom.
Please note there is currently no washing machine at the cottage although there will be a machine in place for 2014. The owners will launder guests’ clothes with a 24 hour turn around for a small charge.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Garden and grounds
There is a garden to the front of the cottage with outside furniture and a barbecue, and a parking area for two cars. A former potting shed adjacent to the parking area provides a warm place to sit on a sunny winter’s day. There is ample storage for bicycles and other outdoor kit in a secure building opposite the cottage which also houses a deepfreeze.
A welcome pack of basic provisions is provided on arrival.
Catering at Gamekeeper’s Cottage is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or part or fully catered options can be arranged, including a homemade meal and wine delivery service.
The owner’s nanny is available to babysit with prior notice at additional cost.
Up to three well-behaved dogs are welcome at Gamekeeper’s Cottage (depending upon breed), but they must be kept out of the carpeted areas. There may be some restrictions on walking dogs at certain times of the year on small areas of the estate, and they should be kept on a lead when walking through the farm.
Grazing and two loose boxes are available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony. There is a charge of £25 per night, per stable and £5 per day for grazing. Full livery is available.
Whilst Gamekeeper’s Cottage is a semi-detached property, the adjacent property is a second home which is rarely used. The property sits in a hamlet of farm cottages but the accommodation and garden is arranged so it faces away from the other properties and overlooks open fields of horses. The owners live on the estate and are on hand to help guests get the best from their stay.
|Gamekeeper's Cottage||£325 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.