For those who delight in the beautifully retro style of yesteryear, this grade II listed cottage will evoke sweet memories of simpler days and relaxed living. Tweed fishing nearby. Good village amenities and a cosy pub for a fine real ale
Set down a peaceful lane in the pretty village of Norham, this one bedroom cottage oozes character and charm, combining the personality of 50s design with both period and contemporary touches.
Petit but perfectly formed, the cottage opens up into an open plan living and kitchen space which has been carefully designed, mixing selected vintage and retro pieces and artworks with new to create maximum impact.
There is a woodburning stove for cosy nights in or lazy days with a decadent mug of hot chocolate and a good read, while the simple lines of the handcrafted kitchen and original Formica dining table adds a wonderfully kitsch retro vibe.
Upstairs, the theme continues with a comfortable double bedroom and original working shutters, leading to a very smart en-suite bathroom with quality finishes and detailing.
Outside, a short wander will take you to the village pub for good food and a real craft ale while a nearby network of riverside trails will keep you active in the great outdoors.
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 tasty food, 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.
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, 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.
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.
Entrance hall with hanging rail.
Open plan living/kitchen featuring:-
Sitting room area with woodburning stove, 2 seater sofa and armchair, TV with Freeview and DVD player, bluetooth speaker.
Kitchen with single electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with freezer box, integrated dishwasher and washing machine. Dining space with seating for two.
First floor - please note that the stairs up to the first floor are quite steep.
Bedroom with 5’ king size bed, chest of drawers and in-built cupboard with hanging space and storage.
En-suite bathroom with shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. The mobile signal is patchy and improves as you leave the village.
Electric heating throughout the property.
Woodburning stove (initial supply of logs provided).
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are provided.
One large or two small dogs are welcome but the owners’ would request that dogs are clean and dry before access into the property and must be kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas only.
There is a bench seat to the front of the property which is a lovely spot overlooking the ancient church and war memorial, however it should be noted that there is no designated garden space and this is on the street. There is ample on-street parking.
The cottage sits in a quiet lane in the village of Norham.
A welcome pack awaits guests on arrival.
A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.
|£275 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.