Mindrum Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Four bedroom Northumbrian cottage, open fires, AGA, big farmhouse kitchen
The Longknowe was a complete ruin when the current owners bought it 20 years ago. After a long association with Northumberland they knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity because of its location.
They have renovated it completely, effectively building a new house inside the old walls. It is now a comfortable, warm stone cottage in a magnificent Northumbrian setting. It sits on its own in an isolated valley. It makes a wonderful self catering holiday for summer or winter. It works well as a peaceful retreat for a couple or small family (with a substantial reduction in rental, except in high season) or it was built with the idea of being able to accommodate several generations or 2 families. At all times, however much or little of the house you book, you have sole occupancy of the site.
Longknowe has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with power showers, a large farmhouse kitchen with an AGA, two small sitting rooms, with folding doors so that it can be made into one room, with open fires. You can rent 2 (Queen sized room with bunks rooms) or 4 bedrooms (plus a double bedroom and a twin room). It also has a modern shepherd's wagon with 2 bunks for summer use. Maximum numbers are 10 in summer (plus babies in cots). There is an enclosed paddock that surrounds the house for your use. Longknowe is 7 miles to the nearest shop, 15 miles to the open, sandy beaches of North Northumberland. The Farne Islands are close by. On a clear night the stars shine brilliantly. You can cycle or walk into the hills, on the public footpaths and byways from the front door. We are happy to accept one dog by prior agreement only
The house sits on its own, you do not share the site with anyone else while you are there. The nearest neighbours are about a third of a mile away. The house can be rented in three different ways. You can take all four bedrooms, sleeping up to 8 maximum, and pay the quoted price on the rental rates. You can rent 'half the house', all the public rooms (kitchen and two sitting rooms) plus the queen sized bedroom and the bunk beds, for a substantial reduction at all times, except in high season. No-one else will share the site with you. Lastly in summer, mid May onwards, you can also rent for an extra £100 per week the Shepherd's Wagon. This is in the back field. It has two bunks, electricity and is double glazed, but it doesn't have running water, so it is like comfortable camping, and ideal for teenagers. There is also a renovated barn on site, which is not available for use.
- pets considered
- non smoking only
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
About Jo Andrews
We are a family with a long love of Northumberland and a long association with the area which goes back now over five generations. Since holidays were invented (sometime in the mid 19th century) this is where my family have been coming, forst from Newcastle and now we are spread all over the world, but still choose to come back here when we can
Jo Andrews purchased this cottage in 1990
Why Jo Andrews chose Mindrum
We bought this house as a complete ruin, roofless, powerless, waterless, only a few walls were half standing. Why? Because we knew we would never get another opportunity to buy and renovate a house on a site as magnificent as this. The Longknowe sits well within the Northumberland National Park, surrounded on all sides by hills and sheep. Everyone thought we were mad or thought that we had taken on far too much. But after twenty years of enjoying The Longknowe, they have admitted we weren't! There are pictures in the kitchen at the house showing, what it looked like when we bought it. You can see the difference today, effectively we have built a modern, well insulated house within an old traditional stone shell.
What makes this cottage unique
If you like wild open spaces, fantastic beaches, interesting castles to visit, empty roads, and good local shops staffed by friendly people, then The Longknowe is for you. Cuddle up in front of the open log fire with a good book, roam the hills, cook on the AGA in a big farmhouse kitchen, birdwatch from the front door, or just sleep well - a few days here is a chance to unwind.