The Dovecot is a substantial four bedroom barn conversion with character and charm in abundance set amidst the spectacular countryside close to the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland’s National Park. Drawing on its heritage as an old farm building, the property has been sympathetically redeveloped to create an extremely comfortable holiday home which remains faithful to its rural setting.
The property is set within the grounds of the Turvelaws Farmhouse overlooking the tennis court and garden with views towards the Cheviot Hills. Sleeping up to 10 people it is an ideal space for family get togethers or spending special time with friends. The property is extremely well presented striking a perfect balance between old and new, comfortable and contemporary. Wooden floors and beams complement the property’s period feel while modern touches are both stylish and practical. A cosy wood burning stove surrounded by an enormous sofa provides a convivial entertaining space, perfect for relaxed conversation along with the odd glass of wine!
Children particularly will enjoy the games room with TV, bean bags, books and games, and it’s highly likely that young and old alike will embark on some super-competitive ping pong matches on the table tennis table also located there. The outdoor tennis court is available for guests’ use and a qualified tennis coach can be arranged if desired.
The Dovecot has a pretty garden with outside dining area and barbecue. To the front of the property is a courtyard area with seating which is shared with guests from The Smithy opposite.
The property is fully fitted with state-of-the-art ecofriendly technology including an air source heat system with underfloor heating and therma-fleece insulation, ensuring that guests are kept warm even on the chilliest of days.
The property can also be let in conjunction with The Smithy (sleeps 2) and Topsy Turvey (sleeps 4 but set a short distance away) and is ideal for larger parties wishing to holiday together.
Activities and Attractions
The property is set close to a working farm and is just half-a-mile from the attractive market town of Wooler which offers a good range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, including the super ‘Breeze’ art gallery which incidentally serves a fine coffee and light lunch! The highly regarded ‘Gear for Girls’ outdoor/sportswear retailer is based on the main street (you may have spotted them on-line), and ‘The Good Life Shop’ is a wonderful deli selling cheeses, cured meats and health foods. More extensive shopping is available in the historic towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick and Kelso which are all within an easy half-hour drive.
The property is perfectly placed for exploring the wider area, and its position at the foot of the Cheviot Hills makes it a superb spot for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors. The outstanding countryside around Turvelaws Farm offers gentle walks in scenic surroundings, however more challenging hiking can be found amidst the stunning scenery of the National Park. St. Cuthbert’s Way passes through this area, the 62 mile walk from Melrose Abbey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, or enjoy nearby walks to Linhope Spout and Routin Linn with their fantastic waterfall picnic spots. For cycling and mountain biking, there are extensive routes and trails nearby for family-friendly recreation, including bike hire available locally. For more challenging terrain, the Pennine Cycleway passes just outside the door making it an ideal stop-off for those embarking on the full route - an ideal retreat for resting tired legs at the end of the day.
Horse riding is available locally at nearby Kimmerston, and fishing is available on the River Till or Wooler Water. Both have good runs of sea-trout and salmon throughout the season as well as good numbers of grayling and brown trout. For golf enthusiasts, Wooler has its own 9 hole course with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside whilst Goswick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Alnmouth are all within easy driving distance. For something a little different, gliding can be arranged through the Borders Gliding Club or perhaps take a trip in a Hot Air Balloon - incredible experiences never forgotten.
The cottage lies within half an hour's drive of Northumberland's magnificent coastline, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just perfect for rest or play. One of our favourite spots is Bamburgh Beach with miles of pristine sand, nestled behind huge sand dunes and overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle. Finally why not head home via The Barn at Beal, a restaurant and coffee shop in a spectacular location overlooking the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and sample some of the finest local produce on offer there.
Large open plan living/dining room with large eight seater sofa, log burner, TV, DVD and CD player.
Spacious fully equipped kitchen with doors to patio and private garden. Dining table seats eight comfortably.
Large games room with table tennis table, books, games, bean bags, TV and DVD player. Comfortable sofa bed suitable for children.
Utility area with doors to outdoor covered storage - ideal for outdoor kit and bikes.
3 bedrooms (1x 5' double and 2x zip and link thus 6' double or twin option) each with en suite bathrooms (2 with large walk-in showers and no bath, 1 with shower over bath).
1 double bedroom (4' 6') with en suite shower.
Large private garden fully enclosed for the safety of children and dogs.
Air source underfloor heating available throughout property
Bed linen and towels included.
Hair dryer in each bedroom.
A small welcome pack of basic provisions is supplied.
Guest information pack included.
Charcoal barbecue (charcoal not supplied).
A tennis court with ball machine is available for guests use but own racquets are required. A LTA Licensed CCA Tennis Coach is available for private booking.
A travel cot and high chair are available.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at an additional cost of £25 per dog.
The property can be let on a self-catering basis, or part or fully catered options can be arranged including a pre-arrival shop if desired or a homemade meal delivery service.
The property sits close to a working farm and is set within a courtyard alongside ‘The Smithy’ in the grounds of the main Farmhouse. The owners live nearby and are extremely happy to help guests with any questions or information regarding local amenities and activities.