Played out against a beautiful tree-lined backdrop, Saddler Cottage oozes character and charm, offering a perfect base for enjoying the great outdoors or simply an excuse to indulge in a more relaxed pace, waking to the gentle twitter of bird-song and long heavenly lunches.
One of four cottages set in the old stable area within the private grounds of Tillmouth Park Estate, many features have been incorporated into the renovations with original beams, wood-panelling and large coach house windows, ensuring the property is wonderfully warm and light.
The large, convivial, open-plan living area incorporates the sitting room, dining room and kitchen with an appealing combination of rustic, earthy tones, rich fabrics and natural wood and stone finishes designed to compliment the period style.
The property configuration offers good flexibility for couples' or friends, with two good sized double bedrooms and a generous living space with sumptuous sofas, perfect for curling up in front of the warming flicker of the wood burner with a crisp glass of Chablis.
The cottage overlooks a pretty courtyard garden to the front and an additional walled garden to the side of the house, a delightful sunny spot for a morning coffee or an evening barbecue, while a short 5 minute wander will take you to the nearby hotel for an afternoon cream tea or an evening menu of wonderful seasonal produce.
With the rivers Tweed and Till just a short drive away, the cottage is an ideal base for fishing parties. Rod racks, drying facilities and a deep freeze are provided.
The cottage sits just 3 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed which has an excellent village shop selling a super selection of fresh local produce, including picnic hampers and scrummy home baking.
A more extensive range of shops, pubs and cafes can be found in the quaint market town of Coldstream (5 miles) where the shopping is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions. The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local designers; or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories or the nearby Hirsel Estate.
For dining-out, the Tillmouth Country House Hotel sits just a short five minute walk from the doorstep, or try the Collingwood Arms which has a pub as well as a superb restaurant for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.
A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles), or picturesque Kelso (14 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.
Activities and attractions
From the cottage you can stroll along the beautiful River Till valley, up to the romantic ruins of Twizel Castle or along the banks of the famous River Tweed. Flodden Field is just down the road, site of the infamous battle of 1513 between the Scots and the English. Ride the miniature steam railway at Heatherslaw, and wonder at Paxton House, a spectacular Adam’s brothers mansion said to be the finest example of an 18th century Palladian country house in Britain.
The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Fourteen miles will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with over 400 square miles of stunning landscapes, criss-crossed by over 700 miles of walking, biking and riding trails which follow the routes of ancient cattle drovers, taking in Iron Age stone fortifications and traces of Bronze Age hillforts amidst the tranquil and rugged landscape.
Hop into your walking boots and you can join Northumberland Park Rangers for a guided walk from Wooler where you will learn much about the heritage and wildlife of the area, or follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and enjoy some outstanding vistas along the route as it winds its way to the dune-fringed sands on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For cycling, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks, including long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Wheel Hub.
History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape here, including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach; Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films; or Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.
A warm welcome awaits you at Ford & Etal Estates (3 miles) which has a super range of family friendly activities with over twenty attractions to explore, including the charming 15” gauge steam railway, fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and riding. For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of Etal Castle or the local heritage sites of nearby Flodden or Duddo Standing Stones, Northumberland’s equivalent of Stonehenge.
The stunning heritage coastline is just a short half-hour drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
Fishing is available on the River Till said to be one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring, and on nearby River Tweed.
The cottage sits on one level with a couple of internal steps so may be suitable for less mobile guests.
Entrance hall with hanging space, rod racks and shelving for footwear providing an excellent space for storage of outdoor kit.
Bedroom one with 5' king size bed, chest of drawers, built in wardrobe and dressing table.
Family bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.
Open plan living room and dining area with seating for up to 6 guests, wood burning stove (logs provided), TV with Freeview and DVD player and dining table with seating for 6.
Adjoining kitchen area with oven and 4-ring hob, dishwasher, refrigerator, deep freeze, washing machine with dryer.
Bedroom two with two 3’ twin beds, chest of drawers, dressing table and built in wardrobe.
En suite bathroom with WC, basin and walk-in shower.
Luxurious White Company cotton bed linen and fluffy towels are provided. Guest toiletries are also provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request.
Two dogs are welcome at Saddler Cottage. We ask that dogs are kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. There is a fully enclosed garden to the side of the cottage.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. The mobile signal is network dependent with some functioning within the cottage and others outside.
Garden and grounds
Saddler Cottage is one of four very pretty, period cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. (NB Guests do not have use of the Estate grounds). The cottages are set out in an L shape to make best use of the light and views and have an attractive lawned courtyard to the front which serves as an additional garden area. Saddler Cottage also has a sheltered, fully enclosed walled garden to the side with a table and chairs for four.
There is a gravelled parking area with two guest spaces.