Ideally placed for exploring coast and country, Border Cottage is a charming, period house offering spacious accommodation for 6 guests in the delightful village of Norham with a country pub and excellent village amenities just a gentle stroll away.
Here you can experience fabulous walks from the doorstep with your four legged friend while fishing parties can cast their lines on lower Tweed beats which sit just a stone's throw from the property. For family adventures, the property sits just 10 miles from the stunning heritage coastline where mile upon mile of wide golden sands provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports and active play.
Downstairs the spacious, light-filled sitting room has an open fire and sumptuous sofas, while a cosy snug with wood burner adjoining the dining kitchen is lovely spot to relax after a busy day out-and-about. The kitchen has been newly refurbished throughout with high quality units, including a large range cooker which is certain to appeal to the cooks in party. The dining area with seating for six is an informal space for spending convivial time with family and friends, with French doors leading to a sunny terraced patio for relaxation or an evening barbecue.
The fabulous walled garden is a particular highlight. South facing and with extensive planting, it is a delightful spot to take a little time-out and is fully enclosed providing privacy as well as a safe environment for children and dogs. At the rear of the garden is a gravelled parking area accessed via a track with open fields behind.
There are excellent walks from the doorstep from both the front and rear of the property, with some fantastic riverside trails which run for miles both up and down stream.
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. The Maltings is a vibrant theatre and arts venue for an evening of entertainment, while the Swan Leisure Centre offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment on wet-weather days with fitness facilities, wave pool and flumes. The town is also served by the main East Coast rail line with regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Activities and attractions
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. Fishing on the Whiteadder and Till can also yield some excellent results in the right river conditions.
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 with its child-friendly activity programme, 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.
The property is an ideal base for exploring coast and country with an abundance of family-friendly activities to keep all ages entertained. Pack a picnic and head to the outstanding heritage coastline which offers mile upon mile of golden sands where you can relax and dabble in the rock pools or try your hand at surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, coasteering or kayaking on the many gentle bays and coves with qualified accredited instructors.
Bike or hike on the coastal paths or through the pretty fishing villages of the area, watch soaring windsurfers on the stunning beach at Bamburgh, voted Britain’s top picnic spot in 2013, before heading further down the coast for a little broomstick training at Alnwick Castle! Further inland, Ford & Etal Estates offers a great day out with over 20 family attractions including riding, canoeing, cycling, climbing, and a charming 15” gauge steam railway.
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.
Sitting room with open fire, large TV with Freeview and Blu-Ray DVD player, DVDs, books and games.
Dining kitchen - newly refurbished with a large range cooker with 2 ovens and 6 ring gas hob, large integrated fridge with icebox, dishwasher, washing machine, condensing tumble dryer, microwave and radio. Dining table with seating for 6 guests. French doors lead from the kitchen to a fully enclosed garden offering plenty of space for children and dogs.
Adjoining the kitchen is a cosy snug with deep leather armchairs and a log burner.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Bedroom one with 5’ double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom two with 5’ double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom three with 5’ double bed and chest of drawers.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Free 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
Border Cottage is set in a very pretty, mature, fully-enclosed garden providing privacy as well as space for children and one dog. There is a terraced patio accessed from the kitchen with outside dining area and BBQ. There is private, off road parking for two cars at the top of the garden.
Catering at Border Cottage 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.
One well-behaved dog is welcome. Owners are requested to keep their dog downstairs to the kitchen and snug. There is an outside kennel in the rear garden which guests are welcome to use.
A generous initial supply of logs is provided.
*The last three images show the village setting and the immediate area.