Catherine Eade from the Daily Mail was a guest at The Boathouse in Norham
Alison Gray, the Assistant Editor of The Scotsman was recently a guest at The Boathouse in Norham.
Nestled in an idyllic position at the end of a no-through lane on the banks of the River Tweed, The Boathouse boasts magnificent views over the river to the hills beyond with not a road in sight. With fabulously cosy accommodation, huge open fires and constant entertainment from the every-changing vista of the river and its inhabitants - ducks, geese, moorhens, herons and a family of otters to name but a few - this is the perfect rural retreat.
The house has been completely renovated and refurbished to a very high standard using earthy paint colours, traditional stone fireplaces, slate floors, pure wool carpets, luxurious fabrics and an interesting mixture of contemporary furnishings alongside some classic antique items. One of the highlights of the renovations is the 26' dining room with a fabulous open fire at one end and stunning views over the river - perfect for atmospheric dinner parties. The annexe adjacent to the house provides a large rod, boot and drying room below, and en suite accommodation overhead for a cook, nanny or additional guests.
With fishing on one of the world's greatest salmon rivers a decent roll cast from the bedroom window, The Boathouse is an ideal base for fishing parties. The Boathouse beat which is available to guests at additional cost (subject to availability) extends to about 1,000 yards of single bank fishing and is primarily a salmon beat but has good runs of grilse and sea trout through the summer months. The Boathouse is within easy driving distance of other prime beats including Tillmouth, Lennel, Ladykirk and The Lees. A trout rod, reel and line are provided at the house and with local trout fishing permits. It is well worth a try to catch fresh trout for supper.
Northumberland is officially England's quietest county and with very little traffic and noise pollution is the perfect place to unwind, relax, enjoy the countryside (be it on two legs, four legs or two wheels) and even indulge in some star gazing- the area's unpolluted skies put on England's best star shows. The house is situated half a mile from the pretty village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins. The village has a local shop, bakery, two pubs, gunsmith and the celebrated Foreman's Butcher, selling a fantastic selection of meats, pies, local cheeses, wines and even fishing flies.
Food fans will be delighted by the wealth of local goodies on offer including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, Craster Kippers and Alnwick IPA to name but a few. Some of the best local produce is served up at two local favourites : The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the nationally-acclaimed Wheatsheaf restaurant at Swinton.
The elegant Georgian town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is eight miles away. The magnificent Elizabethan fortifications which encircle the historic old town are the best preserved in Europe. The town has had an eventful history, changing hands 13 times as England and Scotland waged war over its possession for three centuries - its football team still plays in the Scottish League. Even more bizarrely, an accidental omission from the Treaty of Paris that concluded the Crimean War in 1856, technically left the town still at war with Russia until an agreement was signed between the Mayor of Berwick and a Russian Diplomat in 1966.
The Boathouse is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland's Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding and surfing. The magnificent views from the cliff top walks at St Abb's Head and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.
The charming, ancient towns of Duns and Kelso are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick upon Tweed.
Ground floor: Large, fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast table. Spacious dining room with open fire. Drawing room with open fire. Snug / office with wireless broadband internet connection. Double bedroom (5' bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).
Bedroom two with 4 poster double bed (5’) with large wardrobe, chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.
En suite bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.
Family bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.
Bedroom three with twin beds (2x 3’), small wardrobe, chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.
Bedroom four with double bed (5’), chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.
En suite bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.
Ground floor: Garage parking for two cars. Boot / rod room and drying area.
First floor: Double bedroom with zip and link beds to form one 6' bed or two 3' singles. En-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).
Garden and grounds
Large garden with fabulous views over river, garden furniture and barbecue. Fishing hut. Private parking. Pubs and shops fifteen minutes walk.
Telephone and wireless broadband internet connection. Two electric ovens and 4 ring hob, microwave, refrigerator, deep-freeze, additional fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD player, video player, radio/CD player, stereo system, highchair, travel cot, board games, books, DVDs and videos. Oil central heating throughout and open fires in sitting room and dining room. Bed linen, towels and L'Occitane toiletries provided. Pets welcome. Fishing available by prior arrangement at extra cost (subject to availability).
Catering & housekeeper
The house can be booked on a self-catered, partly catered or fully catered basis. A homemade meal and wine delivery service is also available. The housekeeper is available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.