Set in an idyllic position nestled amidst the foothills of the Cheviot Hills, the cottages at Crookhouse comprising College Cottage, adjoining Bowmont Cottage (sleeps 4+1) and neighbouring Crookhouse Mill (sleeps 8) offer outstanding, far reaching views over the Cheviots and the Northumberland National Park.
Inside, College Cottage offers comfortable accommodation for up to seven guests with two en suite double bedrooms on the first floor one with an additional single bed. On the ground floor a double bedroom and adjacent wet rooms are ideal for less mobile guests. A spacious open plan living area incorporates the kitchen, seating area with wood burning stove and dining area in the sun room to one end offering fabulous views over the hills. The two cottages have a lockable interlinking door which is ideal for two families holidaying together accommodating up to 12 guests. Both cottages have patio doors from the open plan living area onto terraces where guests can enjoy a barbecue whilst admiring the incredible sunsets.
For many it is the magical setting, breathtaking views and wealth of stunning countryside to explore from the doorstep that make these cottages stand out. Set at the end of a private road on the Lanton Estate, the setting is incredibly peaceful and the perfect place to unwind, relax and 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.
Fabulous walks from the doorstep range from leisurely rambles along the Bowmont Water and surrounding farmland to 600 miles of designated hill and moorland routes in the Cheviot Hills. The St Cuthbert’s Way and thePennine Way are also nearby.
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. The Cheviots offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and the Pennine Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route both run through the National Park.
Dogs and horses are welcome at Crookhouse and stabling is available. The local bridle paths provide access to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of Northumberland. The stables at Kimmerston just down the road also offer riding in the Cheviot Hills as well as rides on the spectacular sandy beaches on nearby Holy Island.
There is low key fishing on the River Glen which runs through the estate. For more serious fishing, the cottage is only a fifteen drive from the River Till one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring. The lower and bottom beats of the legendary River Tweed are also within easy driving distance. Walked up and driven shooting is also available on the Lanton Estate and on neighbouring estates. Please contact us for further details.
Golf fans are no less well provided for with golf courses nearby including links courses at Bamburgh and Goswick, parkland courses at Wooler and Belford and the Roxburghe Championship Golf Course just outside Kelso.
Despite Lanton’s rural location there are good local amenities nearby. The estate is seven miles from the pretty town of Wooler which offers a good range of independent shops including two excellent butchers, a very good delicatessen, several pubs and cafes and the Milan Restaurant. Cornhill on Tweed is eight miles from the estate and offers an excellent village shop selling pies and delicious local goodies and the Collingwood Arms which has a lively bar and restaurant specialising in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer. More extensive shopping including a good range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants are available at Kelso 14 miles away.
Some of the cleanest and emptiest beaches in England can be found on Northumberland's spectacular Heritage Coastline nearby. One of our favourite spots is Bamburgh Beach, with miles of pristine sand nestled behind huge sand dunes. At low tide take a trip across the causeway to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne or take a boat to the Farne Islands to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.
The stunning coastline provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing, sailing or coasteering. For something a little different, gliding is available at nearby Millfield. Clay pigeon shooting and archery are also available locally and beginners are very welcome.
Also nearby is the Ford and Etal estate where one can have a wander around the ruins of Etal Castle or enjoy a pint at Northumberland’s only thatched pub before taking the delightful miniature steam railway which runs to Heatherslaw to explore the corn mill and buy some delicious Heatherslaw biscuits.
The region’s rich and often bloody history is reflected in the magnificent chain of castles that punctuate the landscape. Those nearby the cottage include dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, Chillingham, reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in England and home to the world’s only herd of wild cattle and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart’s School in the Harry Potter films.
Further afield, the magnificent city of Edinburgh is only about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Utility / boot room with drying facilities, Belfast sink, washing machine, dryer and deep freeze.
Open plan kitchen / sun room with breakfast bar, dining area for eight, wood burning stove and fabulous views. The kitchen is fully-equipped with fridge, integrated dishwasher, double electric oven/grill with four ring ceramic hob and microwave.
There is a lockable interconnecting door to the adjacent Bowmont Cottage. The two cottages can be booked together for larger groups of up to 12 guests. Neighbouring Crookhouse Mill sleeps a further 8 guests.
Door to terrace with table, chairs and charcoal barbeque for outside dining.
Sitting room with wood burner (logs provided), TV with Sky and DVD player, iPod dock, books, games and DVDs.
Bedroom one with 5’ double bed, cupboard with hanging space, and chest of drawers.
Wet room with walk in shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 6’ bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with 6' zip and link beds (can be 2 singles or super king size double) and 3’ single bed, built-in wardrobe, and chest of drawers.
Adjacent bathroom with freestanding roll top bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. There is no mobile coverage and a landline is provided for emergency and reasonable use by guests.
The beds are made up with Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Bath and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest soap is also provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Garden and grounds
College Cottage has a paved terrace to the front of the cottage for outside dining beyond which a lawned area runs to a fence with open fields beyond. A small charcoal barbecue is available for guest use. The cottages are situated up a long private track and traffic is therefore very limited. Guests are welcome to explore the Lanton Estate on which the cottages sit. There is ample private parking close to the cottage. Sheds are available for the storage of bicycles and other outdoor kit.
Access – important!
College Cottage is accessed via a private estate road which becomes a predominantly hard-covered track. The track involves a number of cattle grids, is steep in places and is unsuitable for very low slung cars. During icy and snowy conditions 4WD vehicles are essential. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
A welcome pack is provided on arrival.
College Cottage can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout your stay for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for the first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Majestic and Corney & Barrow. Food delivery is also available via
2 dogs are welcome (3 by prior agreement) and are allowed in the non-carpeted areas of the cottage. Kennels are available for working dogs.
Heating and logs
College Cottage has full oil-fired central heating and logs for the wood burning stove is included.
College Cottage is part of a hamlet of properties at Crookhouse. College Cottage is attached to Bowmont Cottage and is the higher of the two cottages (see images). Crookhouse Mill (sleeps 8) sits to the rear of College and Bowmont. The other buildings are not in regular use.