For those with a sense of adventure and a passion for the great outdoors who love the idea of camping but when faced with the reality of a night under canvas crave their home comforts; a tweedy armchair in front of a roaring fire, lashings of hot water and a comfortable bed, The Bothy at Reedsford is the ideal compromise.
A far cry from city life, the cottage lies in a sheltered, sunny spot in the remote and extremely picturesque Bowmont Valley, deep in the foothills of the Cheviot Hills. With stunning views from every aspect, The Bothy is an idyllic rural retreat offering unsophisticated elegance combined with the comfortable feel of a real home and although off the beaten track, visitors are in fact only a short drive from local shops, pubs and other amenities.
The flexible accommodation at The Bothy makes it ideal for a couple or families. For couples, the larger second bedroom at the very end of the cottage can be shut off and a couple can be perfectly self-contained and cosy in the main part of the house. The large second bedroom is ideal as a ‘dorm' for children and during the summer months, two families holidaying together are welcome to set up camp for older children in the garden (see below for details). During the winter months, the large second bedroom at the far end of the cottage provides plenty of space for children to play without disturbing adult-time and a television and DVD player are provided. The garden is fenced so children can play safely and dogs can't wander off and the immediate area offers endless opportunities for families to explore whether on two legs, four legs or two wheels! A neighbouring barn provides a fabulous indoor games / picnic room for wet days complete with a wood burning stove, table football, pool and a full size table tennis table.
Superb walks from the doorstep range from leisurely rambles along the Bowmont Water and surrounding farmland to more challenging hill and moorland treks in the Cheviot Hills. With more than 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways to choose from in the National Park alone, walkers are spoilt for choice. Cyclists are equally well provided for with miles of marked routes and quiet country lanes to explore offering everything from meandering river valley saunters to wild open moorland blasts. Popular routes include the Pennine Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route, both of which run through the National Park.
There can be no better way of enjoying Northumberland's beautiful scenery than from the back of a horse. The stables at Kimmerston just down the road offer riding in the Cheviot Hills as well as rides on the spectacular sandy beaches on nearby Holy Island. The paddock behind the cottage is available to guests wishing to bring their own horses and stabling can usually be arranged with sufficient notice.
History enthusiasts of all ages will be enthralled by the area's rich and often bloody history that has left its imprint on the region, giving rise to a myriad of impressive castles to explore. Including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach, Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films and Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.
Some of the cleanest and emptiest beaches in England can be found on Northumberland's spectacular Heritage Coastline; 25 miles of rocky coves and golden sands that remain almost deserted even during the summer months. The beach at nearby Bamburgh is well worth a visit at any time of the year whether for walking, kite-surfing, or sandcastle building. From nearby Seahouses, take a tour to the Farne Islands, to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.
One of our favourite attractions, popular with old and young alike, is the delightful miniature steam railway which runs from Heatherslaw to Etal. On arrival in Etal, the visitor is well advised to leave the train and spend an hour or two in the village, exploring the ruins of Etal Castle and its museum, visiting the Black Bull Pub, village shop, Tea Room, the Church, the pine furniture makers' showroom, or simply enjoying a walk or picnic beside the river, before catching a later train back to Heatherslaw. Here, on the other side of the bridge from the train station, the working water driven corn mill, café, and visitors centre are also all well worth a visit.
Fishing is available on the Bowmont Water which runs within easy walking distance of The Bothy. The River Till is only a ten minute drive and is one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring said to be the best in the country. Trout permits are available for as little as £5 per day and rods, reels and waders can be hired locally.
For excellent local amenities, The Bothy is 9 miles from the charming ancient market town of Wooler which has a variety of local, independent shops including a butcher and grocer selling a good range of local produce, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The ancient towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Kelso and Duns are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either approximately 1.5 hours by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
The owners also let nearby Barley Hill Cottage and The Smithy a few minute's drive up the road and ideal for larger groups wishing to holiday together.
The accommodation at The Bothy is all one level and sleeps a maximum of six guests in two bedrooms. Over the summer months two families can share the accommodation with children camping in the garden at additional cost. Please contact us for further details. Please note the central heating is via a log burner which is lit prior to arrival during the winter months. Please see below for full details. The system is surprisingly easy to use but please contact us if you have any concerns.
Open plan kitchen, dining area and seating area
Fabulous, handmade, fully-equipped kitchen with range oven with 5 ring gas hob, fridge and dishwasher. Large cupboard for food storage and plenty of additional storage. (Please note that a washing machine, tumble dryer and deepfreeze are also provided elsewhere within the property). The convivial dining area has bench-style seating for many guests.
Charming, cosy seating area with a log burner (logs are provided) sofa and two arm chairs. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, DVD player, i-dock and a selection of board games. Patio doors lead from the seating area to a decked patio with outstanding views across farmland to the hills beyond.
Accessed directly from the main door is a hallway with ample space to hang coats and store boots beneath a bench seat.
Bedroom one with 5' double bed and large, fitted wardrobe.
Family bathroom with bath with handheld shower, whb and WC.
Bedroom two with 6' double bed or two 3' twin beds, 3' single bed with 2'6 truckle bed beneath if required. Television with Freeview and DVD player. Large cupboard for clothes and shoes, and chest of drawers.
En suite shower room with walk-in shower, whb and WC.
Leading from bedroom two is a small entrance hall with additional storage space for outdoor clothing which is accessed directly from the outside thereby giving guests in this bedroom their own private access if required.
Adjacent to the cottage is an outhouse with a sink, deep freeze and tumble dryer. It is lockable and ideal for storing bikes, tack and outdoor equipment.
Garden and grounds
To the rear of the property is a decked patio area which leads to a gravelled seating area with a picnic table and children's swing. Beyond is a fenced lawned area with a paddock beyond with a rope swing. The patio area and garden are south facing and offer superb views over open fields to the hills. The rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of dogs and children.
Beyond the garden is a paddock available to any guests wishing to bring horses with them. With sufficient notice, stabling can also be arranged in the barn adjacent to the paddock.
There is private parking for several cars to the side of the house.
Games / picnic room
A neighbouring barn provides an indoor games room / picnic area with picnic tables, wood burning stove, full size table tennis table, a pool table and table football.
Catering and housekeeping
The Bothy can be let on a pure self-catering basis or treat yourself to a proper rest and book a cook (either full time or for the occasional, special meal) or homemade meals delivered to the house. Alternatively, we offer a food-shopping and wine delivery service. Daily housekeeping is also available. Please contact us for further details.
Facilities for babies
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome at The Bothy. We would ask that owners adhere to the guidelines in the pre-arrival information with regard to dogs.
IMPORTANT - Heating and hot water
Central heating at The Bothy is provided by a log burning stove. During the winter months the stove will be lit in advance so that the cottage is warm on arrival. The system is very efficient providing that logs are added a couple of times a day; each morning the fire needs to be flared up so that it is burning sufficiently for the pump to operate allowing hot water to circulate around the radiators. In the evening, the logs need replenishing before guests go to bed and with the vents closed there is sufficient residual heat to keep the fire alight through the night. If required, additional heating is provided by two oil-filled radiators. An immersion heater provides additional hot water if required. The system is surprisingly easy to use but it is important that guests contact prior to booking if they have any concerns.
IMPORTANT - Landline telephone and mobile telephone reception
Please note there is no mobile telephone reception at The Bothy. There is a landline at the property for guest's use.