Jo Andrews

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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COMFORTABLE STONE FARMHOUSE IN MAGNIFICENT UPLAND SETTING

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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.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome

Jo Andrews

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2008
Speaks french, english
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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

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.

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.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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4.8
based on 5 traveler reviews

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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
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+44 (0)207 267 7298
Mindrum Northumberland Country & National Park
Haarlem
5

AUTUMN CHILL

  • 5 of 5
We have stayed at the Longknowe again and it was fantastic! The weather quite different from last time, in very early spring (every day the weather and the light differs) You never get bored in this wonderful secluded country cottage. We have been baking scones, pies, bread (which did not succeed very well though) and other great meals in this superb country kitchen. The log fire provided a lot of cosy warmth during the chilly autumn nights.
Unfortunately the fox had feasted on the chicken last year, so this time we were not able to endeavour the tasty eggs from neighbouring farmers wife Tessa. We had to do with the supermarkets eggs.The local butcher Johnson provided us with the best lamb stew we have ever had, I wish I had products like this in my home town. We love to come again Jo! Best regards, Robert, Marja, Sytse, Emma, Hans, Elly and border collie Flora.
  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Robert, Marja and family, especially Flora, its a pleasure to have you all and thank you for taking the trouble to write this review. Eggs can be had at the end of the road, including goose eggs, duck eggs, guinea fowl eggs, and hens eggs of all colours and sizes from Joan on the left as you go down the hill into Kilham. Next time you come ask her! We look forward to having you back when you are able to come. I am at the house at the moment, its freezing outside, the fire is stoked up and the stars are shining brightly. I am getting the sledges ready for Christmas!
business
Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p400349
+44 (0)207 267 7298
Mindrum Northumberland Country & National Park
Haarlem
5

WONDERFUL WINTER RETREAT IN THE CHEVIOTT HILLS

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful house in such a secluded and magnificent area! We enjoyed the spacious rooms, the great family kitchen with all amenities you may wish. We had a great week and fantastic weather.The garden is outstanding for dogs, as they can wander around,frrely within the fenced garden, without disturbing the sheep too much..
The neighbouring farm provided for the best free range eggs we have ever tasted.
We have booked again for this autumn and are very much looking forward to staying at the Longknowe again.
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind words. Its lovely to know that our guests appreciate the house as much as we do it makes the work we put into it all worthwhile, looking forward to seeing you again, and we have a new bathroom!
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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p400349
+44 (0)207 267 7298
Mindrum Northumberland Country & National Park
Preston Lancs UK
5

A SUPERB COTTAGE

  • 5 of 5
The Longknowe was everything we hoped for and the website listing was comprehensive and accurate.

Set in a remote valley in one of England's quietest areas this superbly renovated detached cottage was lovely and warm on cold November nights.

The Cheviots provide superb walking especially if you are happy to have the hills pretty much to yourselves - apart from the sheep and the wildlife that is! Similarly, the roads in the area were so quiet that cycling was a joy.

Wooler provided all necessities and Berwick was a lovely drive/cycle away, and, of course, the fantastic beaches at Bamburgh are close at hand.

All in all a splendid 'away-from-it-all' retreat.
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p400349
+44 (0)207 267 7298
Mindrum Northumberland Country & National Park
London
5

BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IN AN EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at the Longknowe for a family reunion of eight adults aged between 20 and 64 and we were all completely delighted by it. It is an old Northumbrian farmstead that has been tastefully converted and restored (without ever being twee) to provide the perfect country getaway. The accommodation is spacious, the kitchen enormous and with two sitting rooms it easily absorbs a large group and the layout makes it ideal for two families.

Although the location is remote, you are surrounded by a working farm and in Spring it was an absolute delight to watch the lambs in the fields and even have a display of "One Man and his Dog(s)" whilst drinking our early morning cup of coffee on the terrace at 7.30. (Yes, it was warm enough for that in May!)

Highly recommended for anyone wanting an escape to the country, and even if the weather is bad it would be no hardship to spend a day in the cottage reading or playing board games. But best of all is the wonderful countryside and walking on your doorstep.
  • Submitted: May 20, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p400349
+44 (0)207 267 7298
Mindrum Northumberland Country & National Park
Yorkshire
4

THE LONGKNOWE

  • 4 of 5
Spent 2 weeks in Autumn 2008 at this lovely property and would recommend to those who require almost complete tranquillity bar the farm animals and wild life which are an assett, if you don't mind having to travel 6 miles to get provisions or eat out then the Longknowe can provide the ideal place to chill out, walk and enjoy unspoilt countryside
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2008
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Edinburgh
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Newcastle
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Berwick upon Tweed
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
A697
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Cocklawburn
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Border Arms (end of the Penine Way
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Wooler
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Border Arms
Car: necessary

The Longknowe is a warm and comfortable renovated stone cottage sitting in the Northumberland National Park - one of the last great wilderness areas of England. It is close to a number of trails, including the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert's Way. 3 major iron age hill forts are nearby. The valley itself is home to curlew, swallows, otters, badgers, hares and deer. It is about 3 miles from Flodden Field, and its eco-museum, about 15 miles from the coast with Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles within easy reach. It is around 40 minutes from Alnwick Garden and Castle. Hadrians Wall is around 50 miles away and Edinburgh can be reached in under two hours, or in 40 minutes by train from Berwick.The nearest country towns are Wooler and Coldstream, both have good shops with local produce. In the immediate area there is gliding at Milfield and horse riding for all levels. There is a steam railway nearby and a working mill. But most of all Longknowe is a place to enjoy open space and tranquillity, whatever the season.

Other Activities: gliding

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Availability & Rates

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Mindrum Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jul 6 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
£800
 
 
Mid Season
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
£200
From
£200
£570
 
extra night: £50    
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 night minimum stay
£175
From
£175
£450
 
extra night: £50    

Notes

  • Half the house, ie all the reception rooms, the Queen sized bedroom, the bunk room and one bathroom can be rented during low and mid season with a substantial reduction in the rent. During low season half the house costs £350 a week, during mid season £450 a week. You have sole occupancy of the site at all times. For short breaks in low season the house costs £100 a night for up to four people in two bedrooms, or £175 for up to eight, in mid season it costs £150 a night for up to four and £200 a night for up to 8.

    The Shepherds Wagon with two extra bunks costs £100 per week or £50 for two nights.

    Over Easter week and summer half term (the late May bank holiday) we will only take a week long bookings. In High season we only accept full house bookings for full weeks.

    A deposit of one third the rental is required before a booking can be accepted. The remaining two thirds is required to clear the bank one month before the rental begins.
  • 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, Flodden is around 3 miles from Longknowe and there will be extensive commorations of the battle during the year. For more information see www.flodden1513.com

Amenities

Mindrum Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Broadband Access
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , power shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , power shoer
  • Each bathroom has a good power shower with its own hot water supply, full sized baths and heated towel rails. Towels provided on request. The main bathroom has just been completely refitted (see picture).
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , full bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , one 2ft 6ins wide
  • The house sleeps 8 comfortably. All rooms have good views over open country and hills. There is a queen sized double bed and then next door, full size bunk beds. At the other end of the house there is a L shaped bedroom with two single beds, one of which is 2ft 6ins wide the other 3ft wide. There is a standard mahogany double bed in the fourth bedroom. We are happy to accommodate up to two extra babies under the age of two. Sheets and blankets or duvets are provided as part of the rental, on request. There is also a modern Shepherds Wagon in the grounds of the house which has electricity, insulation and bunk beds and can be rented in summer for an extra £100 per week.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • Radio
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
The kitchen has a two oven AGA and a four plate halogen hob. There are two under-counter fridges and a freezer in the outdoor store. There is a large farmhouse table which seats up to 12. The sitting room can be kept as one large room or divided with ash sliding doors into two smaller sitting rooms. There is comfortable seating for 8. Children are welcome. There are a number of children's toys in the kitchen, a dolls house, an easel, a good selection of card and board games and a box of dress ups for use under the bunk beds. There is a one high chair. In the back hall there are garden chairs for the deck at the back of the house. There is an enclosed and safe garden, and a small paddock that runs round the house. There is a barbeque. There is no TV, but there is CD player with an I-pod dock and selection of music. There are over 200 books and a wide selection of games and puzzles. Happy to accept one well behaved dog by prior agreement, but no cats.