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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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) and 8 in winter. 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 backfield. 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.

More Details

Owner
Jo Andrews
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

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.

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 chance 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. 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. Curl 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.

Amenities

Mindrum Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
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 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , full bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • 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.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:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
The kitchen has a two oven AGA and a four plate halogen hob. There is one medium sized fridge 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.

Reviews

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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
5

Beautiful place, ideal stay

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay at The Longknowe with so many positives it's hard to remember them all.

The fabulous kitchen with a huge table hosted a wonderful dinner party to celebrate my daughter's 21st. We loved cooking in the kitchen together and sitting round the fires in the sitting rooms. Clear instructions as to how each part of the house worked.

The hunt set off from the field below Longknowe on the second days and it was such a spectacle.

So many places to visit and we climbed Yeavering Bell, and went to Norwood Castle and read and were warm and happy.

Definitely worth a return visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, and I'm delighted you had such a good time
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4

Fabulous.

  • 4 of 5

Remote, cosy with everything you need. Ran out of hot water on occasion but otherwise lovely.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review which is much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Guests do occasionally drain the hot water tanks, especially if there are large numbers staying, but in the instructions book for the house, it tells you how to use the booster system which, with a couple of taps, will give you more hot water!
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5

Gorgeous remote cottage with plenty of room

  • 5 of 5

Group of six men doing the Wooler 1/2 Marathon, staying for the weekend. Beautiful interior and lovely, large kitchen where we spent most of our time round the kitchen table, warmed by the aga. Lots of equipment.

Great dark skies view of the stars if you are lucky enough.

Local town (Wooler) approx 8 miles away with good pubs/restaurants/shops.

Make sure you bring everything you need - the cottage is remote! Definitely thinking of booking again with a group of friends or family. Ideal for a 'retreat' week and/or weekend. Lots of beautiful countryside on the doorstep.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Richard, I'm glad that you all enjoyed your time at Longknowe and hope the half marathon went well!
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5

Great accommodation in a beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The valley was peaceful with wonderful views all around. There are lots of places to visit in the area too. We caught up with relatives in Berwick. Jasper the dog enjoyed four beach walks too, as did we. It was lovely to come back to the welcome of a cosy kitchen and we enjoyed discovering the many uses of the Aga. The underfloor heating in the bathrooms was a real bonus too!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay........and the underfloor heating in the bathrooms!
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5

Lovely weekend in a beautiful house and location

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely weekend at this cottage. The house was beautiful, the rooms were all a good size and comfy. We had two people staying in the wagon, which they enjoyed. Would thoroughly recommend a stay here. Jo was so helpful in organising our trip and making sure we had what we needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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wonderful peaceful locaton

  • 5 of 5

we visited for a long weekend for a girly catch up.It really was not long enough. The huge kitchen was warm and welcoming with the wonderful aga-- the bedrooms and bathrooms arranged in what we described as the west wing and the east wing -- this allowed for some privacy-- would be really good for a couple of family's where each had their own space. The cottage was lovely so homely, peaceful and just perfect. We have always tried to book cottages with a hot tub but you know what we really did not miss it, did not need at all. Its a great place to catch up with friends and family, to walk , to enjoy peace and tranquility and to just be. Just to finish , the weather was perfect too, something not under the control of Longknowe but just the icing on the cake. Longknowe is somewhere I would recommend to others and would love to visit again.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this review which we appreciate greatly. We work hard to keep the house and the garden in great shape so that they can be enjoyed by visitors, reviews like this make it all worthwhile.
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Map

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

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning, linen, logs, $208.39

Changeover day: for weekly rentals Friday is our normal changeover day. 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). WE have different prices for these options. It also has a modern shepherd's wagon with 2 bunks for summer use. Maximum numbers are 10 in summer (plus babies under 2 years in cots) and 8 in winter. We don't let to groups larger than this.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.