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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Four bedroom Northumbrian cottage, open fires, AGA, big farmhouse kitchen

The Longknowe was a complete ruin when the current owners bought it 20 years ago. After a long association with Northumberland, they knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity because of its location.

They have renovated it completely, effectively building a new house inside the old walls. It is now a comfortable, warm stone cottage in a magnificent Northumbrian setting. It sits on its own in an isolated valley. It makes a wonderful self-catering holiday for summer or winter. It works well as a peaceful retreat for a couple or small family (with a substantial reduction in rental, except in high season) or it was built with the idea of being able to accommodate several generations or 2 families. At all times, however, much or little of the house you book, you have sole occupancy of the site.

Longknowe has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with power showers, a large farmhouse kitchen with an AGA, two small sitting rooms, with folding doors so that it can be made into one room, with open fires. You can rent 2 (Queen sized room with bunks rooms) or 4 bedrooms (plus a double bedroom and a twin room). It also has a modern shepherd's wagon with 2 bunks for summer use. Maximum numbers are 10 in summer (plus babies in cots) and 8 in winter. There is an enclosed paddock that surrounds the house for your use. Longknowe is 7 miles to the nearest shop, 15 miles to the open, sandy beaches of North Northumberland. The Farne Islands are close by. On a clear night the stars shine brilliantly. You can cycle or walk into the hills, on the public footpaths and byways from the front door. We are happy to accept one dog by prior agreement only

The house sits on its own, you do not share the site with anyone else while you are there. The nearest neighbours are about a third of a mile away. The house can be rented in three different ways. You can take all four bedrooms, sleeping up to 8 maximum, and pay the quoted price on the rental rates. You can rent 'half the house', all the public rooms (kitchen and two sitting rooms) plus the queen sized bedroom and the bunk beds, for a substantial reduction at all times, except in high season. No-one else will share the site with you. Lastly in summer, mid-May onwards, you can also rent for an extra £100 per week the Shepherd's Wagon. This is in the backfield. It has two bunks, electricity and is double glazed, but it doesn't have running water, so it is like comfortable camping, and ideal for teenagers. There is also a renovated barn on site, which is not available for use.

More Details

Jo Andrews
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Jo Andrews

We are a family with a long love of Northumberland and a long association with the area which goes back now over five generations.

Jo Andrews purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Jo Andrews chose Mindrum

We bought this house as a complete ruin, roofless, powerless, waterless, only a few walls were half standing. Why? Because we knew we would never get another chance to buy and renovate a house on a site as magnificent as this. The Longknowe sits well within the Northumberland National Park, surrounded on all sides by hills and sheep. There are pictures in the kitchen at the house showing, what it looked like when we bought it. You can see the difference today, effectively we have built a modern, well-insulated house within an old traditional stone shell.

What makes this cottage unique

If you like wild open spaces, fantastic beaches, interesting castles to visit, empty roads, and good local shops staffed by friendly people, then The Longknowe is for you. Curl up in front of the open log fire with a good book, roam the hills, cook on the AGA in a big farmhouse kitchen, birdwatch from the front door, or just sleep well - a few days here is a chance to unwind.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mindrum in Kilham

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , power shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , power shoer
  • Each bathroom has a good power shower with its own hot water supply, full sized baths and heated towel rails. Towels provided on request. The main bathroom has just been completely refitted (see picture).
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , full bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • The house sleeps 8 comfortably. All rooms have good views over open country and hills. There is a queen sized double bed and then next door, full size bunk beds. At the other end of the house there is a L shaped bedroom with two single beds.There is a standard mahogany double bed in the fourth bedroom. We are happy to accommodate up to two extra babies under the age of two. Sheets and blankets or duvets are provided as part of the rental, on request. There is also a modern Shepherds Wagon in the grounds of the house which has electricity, insulation and bunk beds and can be rented in summer for an extra £100 per week.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The kitchen has a two oven AGA and a four plate halogen hob. There is one medium sized fridge and a freezer in the outdoor store. There is a large farmhouse table which seats up to 12. The sitting room can be kept as one large room or divided with ash sliding doors into two smaller sitting rooms. There is comfortable seating for 8. Children are welcome. There are a number of children's toys in the kitchen, a dolls house, an easel, a good selection of card and board games and a box of dress ups for use under the bunk beds. There is a one high chair. In the back hall there are garden chairs for the deck at the back of the house. There is an enclosed and safe garden, and a small paddock that runs round the house. There is a barbeque. There is no TV, but there is CD player with an I-pod dock and selection of music. There are over 200 books and a wide selection of games and puzzles. Happy to accept one well behaved dog by prior agreement, but no cats.


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Comfortable stone farmhouse in magnificent upland setting
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay and were so comfortable and cozy in this lovely farmhouse. The baby lambs were delightful to watch and the pastoral setting very special. The home is beautifully decorated and a dream to live in. I loved cooking on the AGA and couldn't have asked for a more comfortable home. It was a very special place and we were sad to have to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the trouble to write such a great review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and were such great guests. Everyone who works hard to keep this remote farmhouse warm and comfortable will be pleased to see their work is appreciated.
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Fabulous time away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended, thanks so much.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many Thanks and delighted that you had a good time!
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

we as a family (there were 8 of us and 2 dogs) had an amazing experience here, the farmhouse was beautiful and there were some lovely walks too.

we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dan, Thanks for the review it is much appreciated. Glad you all had a good time and that the snow didn't ruin the celebrations!
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Beautiful property in fantastic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week in January for my fathers 70th Birthday. The property is beautiful and great for a family group with a huge kitchen. The weather was a wee bit blustery so the open fire was a huge bonus. The setting is also fantastic, surrounded by rolling hills it was the perfect get away.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the generous review, I'm delighted you had a good time and enjoyed the house.
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  • 4 of 5

Remote, cosy with everything you need. Ran out of hot water on occasion but otherwise lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review which is much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Guests do occasionally drain the hot water tanks, especially if there are large numbers staying, but in the instructions book for the house, it tells you how to use the booster system which, with a couple of taps, will give you more hot water!
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Beautiful place, ideal stay

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay at The Longknowe with so many positives it's hard to remember them all.

The fabulous kitchen with a huge table hosted a wonderful dinner party to celebrate my daughter's 21st. We loved cooking in the kitchen together and sitting round the fires in the sitting rooms. Clear instructions as to how each part of the house worked.

The hunt set off from the field below Longknowe on the second days and it was such a spectacle.

So many places to visit and we climbed Yeavering Bell, and went to Norwood Castle and read and were warm and happy.

Definitely worth a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, and I'm delighted you had such a good time
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Border Arms (end of the Penine Way
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Berwick upon Tweed
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Border Arms
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary

The Longknowe is a warm and comfortable renovated stone cottage sitting in the Northumberland National Park - one of the last great wilderness areas of England. It is close to a number of trails, including the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert's Way. 3 major iron age hill forts are nearby. The valley itself is home to curlew, swallows, otters, badgers, hares and deer. It is about 3 miles from Flodden Field, and its eco-museum, about 15 miles from the coast with Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles within easy reach. It is around 40 minutes from Alnwick Garden and Castle. Hadrians Wall is around 50 miles away and Edinburgh can be reached in under two hours, or in 40 minutes by train from Berwick.The nearest country towns are Wooler and Coldstream, both have good shops with local produce. In the immediate area there is gliding at Milfield and horse riding for all levels. There is a steam railway nearby and a working mill. But most of all Longknowe is a place to enjoy open space and tranquillity, whatever the season.

Other Activities: gliding


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mindrum, Northumberland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning, linen, logs, £150

Changeover day: for weekly rentals Friday is our normal changeover day. Longknowe has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with power showers, a large farmhouse kitchen with an AGA, two small sitting rooms, with folding doors so that it can be made into one room, with open fires. You can rent 2 (Queen sized room with bunks rooms) or 4 bedrooms (plus a double bedroom and a twin room). WE have different prices for these options. It also has a modern shepherd's wagon with 2 bunks for summer use. Maximum numbers are 10 in summer (plus babies under 2 years in cots) and 8 in winter. We don't let to groups larger than this.

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