A beautifully-presented period property set around a pretty private courtyard, the Steward’s House comprises the private west wing of an impressive Grade II* listed country house set high on the banks of the River Tweed with superb views down river to the historic Union Bridge which links England and Scotland.
Inside, the spacious accommodation is presented in traditional country house style with interesting antique items and original artworks alongside a contemporary kitchen and bathrooms for guest’s comfort. Downstairs there’s a large sitting room with log fire (logs are provided), wi fi, HD TV with Freeview, DVD player and selection of DVDs and an impressive selection of games and interesting books. The kitchen is extensively equipped and includes ample cookware and cookery books for keen cooks! The cloakroom, utility room and external boot / rod room provide ample storage space for outdoor kit.
Guests also have private use of the superb original wood-panelled billiard room in the opposite wing of the house complete with full size billiard table.
Upstairs the four individually-styled bedrooms are beautifully presented with muted Farrow and Ball paint colours, superb bespoke linen curtains and fabulous cashmere and wool throws. To ensure a restful night’s sleep, the beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows and Arran Arromatics toiletries are provided.
The Steward’s House is set around a pretty, fully-enclosed courtyard for guest’s private use. There is outside furniture and a charcoal barbecue for al fresco dining. Guests are welcome to explore the wider grounds which run down to the river and a network of excellent walks. A particular highlight is a walk to Scotland over the superb Union Bridge, the first of its type in the UK and the oldest of its type still in use, which links England and Scotland. From here one can explore the grounds of Paxton House or walk downstream all the way to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Upstream there’s a fabulous walk to the pretty village of Norham with some superb views along the way.
With direct access to one of the world's greatest salmon rivers on the doorstep, the Steward’s House is a perfect base for fishing parties. Trout fishing is included on the stretch of river below the house. Fly fishing tuition is available. The house sits above the Horncliffe beat on the English side and Tweedhill on the Scottish side but is within easy driving distance of a number of prime bottom and lower Tweed beats. Norham Angling Association permits can be purchased for more extensive trout fishing.
The pretty village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins depicted in Turner’s iconic paintings, has a local shop, bakery, two pubs, a gunsmith and the celebrated Foreman's Butcher selling a fantastic selection of meats, pies, local cheeses, wines and even fishing flies. The fish and chip van on a Thursday night is also not to be missed!
More extensive shopping is available in Berwick-upon-Tweed (8 miles) or just over the border in Coldstream (8 miles). The Steward’s House is also close to two of the area’s best eateries; The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the Allanton Inn which specialise in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer.
The Chainbridge Honey Farm is within easy walking distance for a wander around the vintage museum and sample some fabulous honey. Paxton House is also just down the road and offers a lively events programme as well as housing an important collection of late 18th and early 19th century paintings loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland. Also nearby is the Ford and Etal estate where attractions include Northumberland’s only thatched pub, and the delightful Heatherslaw miniature steam railway.
The Steward’s House is an ideal base for discovering Northumberland's stunning and varied countryside. Explore the Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves. One of our favourites 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, enjoy amazing views from the cliff top walks at St Abb’s Head or take a boat to the Farne Islands to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.
A stone’s throw in the other direction will take you to charming market town of Wooler, gateway to the Cheviot Hills, the rolling blanket of people-free hillsides that slope and swell amidst the 400 square miles of Northumberland’s National Park. Here you will find some fabulous walking and cycling from gentle forays to serious hikes amidst spectacular scenery.
The region’s rich and often bloody history is reflected in the magnificent chain of castles that punctuate the landscape. In addition to Norham Castle, besieged at least 13 times by the Scots, 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 home to the world’s only herd of wild cattle and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart’s School in the Harry Potter films.
The beautiful coastline provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing, sailing or coasteering. The nearby stables at Kimmerston offer tuition and farm hacks as well as beach rides and treks in the Cheviot Hills. There is excellent cycling on quiet country lanes around the village and on dedicated cycle routes including the Tweed Cycle Way and the Coast and Castles cycle route. The area is also a golfer’s paradise with several well-regarded courses nearby including the Championship Qualifying links course at Goswick and the Roxburghe Championship Course outside Kelso. For something a little different, clay pigeon shooting and archery are available locally and beginners are very welcome.
The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Drawing room with open fire (logs are provided), view of garden, HD TV with Freeview, DVD player and a selection of DVD's, extensive library and good selection of board games.
Extensively-equipped kitchen overlooking the courtyard with dining table (seats 8), electric oven, 4 ring electric hob, substantial fridge / freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The kitchen is fully equipped with plenty of good quality china and glasses, cookware and cookery books.
Utility / drying room with washing machine, sink and plenty of storage space.
Hall with hanging space.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
The original wood-panelled billiard room complete with full size billiard table in the opposite wing is available for guest’s private use.
An external rod / boot room just outside the front door is ideal for the storage of outdoor kit.
Guests should be aware that the original stone staircase is steep and through use the stairs have worn unevenly in places, so care should be taken when descending.
Bedroom one overlooking the courtyard with 5’ bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table.
En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom two with 4’6” bed, wardrobe with drawers and hanging space, dressing table and superb view of the River Tweed and the Union Bridge linking England and Scotland!
En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom three with two 4’ twin beds, wardrobe, dressing table and view of the courtyard.
Bedroom four with two 3’ twin beds, wardrobe, dressing table and view of the courtyard.
Bedrooms three and four share a family bathroom with a bath with shower over, basin and WC.
All the bedrooms are well equipped with plenty of storage space. The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is provided in every bedroom. Arran Arromatics toiletries are provided along with luxurious bath sheets and hand towels.
Wi fi and mobile coverage
Wi fi is available. There is adequate mobile coverage on most networks.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Garden and grounds
The Steward’s House is set around a pretty, fully-enclosed courtyard for guest’s private use. There is outside furniture and a charcoal barbecue. Guests are welcome to explore the wider grounds which run down to the river and a network of excellent walks. There is ample private parking adjacent to the house.
A welcome pack of local goodies awaits guests on arrival.
Catering at the Steward’s House is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guest’s stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. 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.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Steward’s House. Owners are requested to keep their dogs to the ground floor uncarpeted areas.
The owners are on hand to help guests get the best from their stay but equally the accommodation is arranged with guests’ privacy in mind. The Steward’s House accommodation faces away from the main house and overlooks the river and the private courtyard which is for guest’s sole use.