A pretty detached period cottage sitting on the tree-lined Tillmouth Park Estate where you can wander for miles along the beautiful River Till Valley, taking in the romantic ruins of Twizel Castle, or simply sit-back, relax and enjoy a little of the good life!
Keepers Cottage is part of the Courtyard Cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. It’s the perfect spot for privacy, yet ideally placed for exploring coast and country, and a short five minute stroll will take you to the nearby hotel for an evening menu of wonderful seasonal produce.
Inside, the cottage combines cheerful fabrics, wooden floors, exposed beams and original doors and decorative fireplaces. There is a gas stove and a 32" flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player in the lounge area extending into an open plan dining area and kitchen.
Two bright good sized bedrooms (one en-suite) each have their own bathroom, and outside is a lovely south-facing patio garden with views across lush rolling farmland and the distant Cheviot Hills.
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, 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 all on one level therefore may be suitable for less mobile guests.
Small utility - with washing machine and dryer.
Family bathroom with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC. Storage cupboard.
Open plan sitting room/dining/kitchen comprising:
Sitting room - with two double sofas, armchair, gas stove, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, CD and radio docking station.
Kitchen - dining table with seating for 4, electric cooker, hob, microwave, integrated dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment.
Bedroom one - 4'6" double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe, armchair and decorative fireplace.
En-suite bathroom - bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - two 3’ twin beds, side tables, wardrobe, chair and decorative fireplace.
Wi-Fi and mobile reception
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is reasonable with reception best on the Vodafone network.
A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest toiletries are also provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot is available on request.
One well behaved dog is welcome at Keepers Cottage. Another dog may be considered on request. We ask that dogs are kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture.
Garden and grounds
Keepers Cottage is one of four very pretty, period cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. There is small shrubbery/rockery type garden to the front of the property, and a pretty, private garden to the rear which is not overlooked. There is garden furniture available for outside dining. The garden is fully enclosed.
There is space for one car adjacent to the property. Further parking is available on the open gravelled area which adjoins the courtyard.
Storage – there is a garden shed which can be used for the secure storage of bikes and outdoor kit.