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Jo Andrews

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french

Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting

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

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Overview

Northumberland 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) 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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Jo Andrews (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

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 Northumberland

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.

Reviews

4.9
based on 8 traveler reviews

Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
5

a magical place

  • 5 of 5

We were returnees to Longknowe after a fantastic week in 2013. This time we stayed for two weeks and wished it could have been three ( or four!). the house is cleverly arranged to accommodate a family at either end with the marvellous kitchen/ dining room , alongside sitting rooms, providing a focal point for drinking, chatting, cooking and even table tennis.

The owners are friendly, knowledgeable and have seemingly thought of everything to make your stay a pleasant and hassle free one. There is so much to do in the local area and also the coast is not much more than half an hour away.

Wooler us the nearest town and has a great selection of food shops including a great butcher and deli. There is so much history and beauty around Longknowe; fantastic walking which the kids ( aged 3 to 9) loved No TV but wifi and the enclosed garden is a joy. Many games of cricket and hide and seek ( usually in dressing up clothes) were had and we saw stoats in the garden.

This us a very special place and many thanks to Jo and Paul for making it so

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had a good time, we think The Longknowe is special and it gives us pleasure to share it with families who enjoy it and who help us keep this remote house up and running. Please come back when you can!
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5

A beautiful location, first class accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at Longknowe. The cottage is set in a beautiful location and the instructions from Jo make it easy to find. My friends and I, once again, found the property clean and very well maintained. The facilities in the cottage are first class, especially the log fire, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. I would recommend Longknowe to friends and family. Walking in the surrounding hills is a must and Wooler is not too far away should you need anything. We're all looking forward to our next visit to Longknowe.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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5

A truly wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our Longknowe 'fix' after a year lapsed and was so thankful to return. If you need a get away from it all holiday, in a delightful house, owned by very thoughtful people Longknowe is for you. Expect to travel for eating out and supplies unless you take all with you to enjoy the complete solitude this amazing place offers. We have stayed at Longknowe for some years and this last trip was to introduce our Grandchildren to the joy that is Longknowe - Matilda (2 & 1/2) did not want to go home, nor did we!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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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
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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!
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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
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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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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
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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

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Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jul 15 2016 - Sep 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,145
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 2 2016 - Nov 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
$883
 
 
Low Season
Nov 4 2016 - Dec 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
$622
 
 
High Season
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,014
 
 
Low Season
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$622
 
 
Mid Season
Mar 31 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
$883
 
 
High Season
Jun 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,178
 
 
Mid-Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
$229
$883
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover day: for weekly rentals Friday is our normal changeover day, but if this is a problem, please talk to us.

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Amenities

Northumberland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
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 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.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:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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