About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
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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- May 9, 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 Kilham
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.
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Fabulous time away from it all!
Highly recommended, thanks so much.
we as a family (there were 8 of us and 2 dogs) had an amazing experience here, the farmhouse was beautiful and there were some lovely walks too.
we will be back!
Hi Dan, Thanks for the review it is much appreciated. Glad you all had a good time and that the snow didn't ruin the celebrations!
Beautiful property in fantastic surroundings
Stayed for a week in January for my fathers 70th Birthday. The property is beautiful and great for a family group with a huge kitchen. The weather was a wee bit blustery so the open fire was a huge bonus. The setting is also fantastic, surrounded by rolling hills it was the perfect get away.
Many thanks for the generous review, I'm delighted you had a good time and enjoyed the house.
Remote, cosy with everything you need. Ran out of hot water on occasion but otherwise lovely.
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!
Beautiful place, ideal stay
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.
Thanks for the review, and I'm delighted you had such a good time
Gorgeous remote cottage with plenty of room
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.
Thanks Richard, I'm glad that you all enjoyed your time at Longknowe and hope the half marathon went well!
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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.