For those who would like to escape from the rat race of urban life, The West Wing at Kilham offers a spacious sanctuary surrounded by spectacular views and and access to outstanding countryside. With over 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways to choose from in the National Park alone, guests are spoilt for choice. Cyclists and Runners have miles of amazing marked routes to explore including the Penine Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route. Bikes can be hired in nearby Wooler. For those who enjoy riding there are stables close by at Kimmerston where you can trek from or there is a paddock at Kilham which is available to guests by arrangement for their own horses. History buffs will enjoy the area's rich and bloody history close to the Scottish border. There are impressive castles to visit at Alnwick where Harry Potter fans can join in a game of Quidditch, or see Bamburgh Castle right on the beach or Floors Castle in the old french town of Kelso or brace yourself for the ghosts at Chillingham Castle. Just 20 minutes away there is the spectacular Northumberland Heritage Coastline where guests can learn to kite-surf or enjoy virtually empty long sandy beaches all year around. Boat trips to the Farne Islands, home to colonies of Puffins and Grey Seals operate regularly from Seahouses. The Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh is worth a visit too. There is there is a delightful miniature railway which runs from Heatherslaw mill to Etal where there is the Etal castle ruin to explore and the Black Bull pub for a drink or even a cream tea in the Etal post office Tea room! At Cornhill there is an excellent local shop and the Collingwood Arms offers local hospitality in the bar and restaurant. Wooler is 10 minutes to the south, a charming old world town with antique shops and 2 local butchers. To the north over the river Tweed lies the historic town of Coldstream in Scotland home to the Hirsel Golf club. Guests at the West Wing have a choice of golf clubs in the area including the Roxburgh. There is plenty of private parking space for guests cars.
Kilham House is near Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, England - An Idyllic Rural Retreat With Flexible Accommodation For Large Or Small Parties Who Want To Escape
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About Kathryn Watson
Hugh and Kathryn have really enjoyed welcoming guests to the West Wing at Kilham House for nearly 5 years, they have 3 teenage children, 4 chickens, 2 guinea pigs and a spaniel called Goose! Hugh has his own Property Business and loves Running and Gardening, Kathryn splits her time between family and a Consultancy business and loves books and walking Goose on the beach.
Kathryn Watson purchased this House in 2007
Why Kathryn Watson chose Kilham
After searching for 2 years in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland we found Kilham House. We both loved that it was a large generous house where lots of friends and family could come and stay. The West Wing of the House was large enough to accommodate a holiday let which was in striking distance of Edinburgh and Newcastle, within 30 minutes of fantastic coastline and charming market towns like Kelso, Alnwick, Berwick on Tweed and Wooler as well as being in The Northumberland National Park. The location provides peace and access to miles of hills and lanes to explore on bicycles or under your own steam. There is no light pollution here at all so you can see incredible skies at night too.
What makes this House unique
The West Wing has the benefit of real time up to date information about local events and attractions because the owners are available if required.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
comfy, spacious house in stunning location
This is a really great place to bring a small party - comfy, cosy and spacious, with 5 large bedrooms and lovely grounds, set in a stunning location. Not a place to rely on wifi or phone reception, but all the better for it. Highly recommended.
Lovely house and wonderful gardens!
The house was lovely all the bedrooms were big and spacious perfect for lots of children! The garden was fantastic the kids loved playing football, going on the tyre swings & exploring all the different parts of it! A good location to explore Northumberland and all the amazing castles particularly loved Bamburgh and Alnwick!
A very spacious, well-equipped apartment in a beautiful house
We rented the apartment at Kilham House in mid summer with another family (4 adults, 3 young adults) and had a fabulous week. Huge elegant bedrooms, plenty of excellent bathrooms and a big convivial sitting room with a log burner made it an instant hit with everybody before we'd even explored the very pretty grounds.
We had great weather and made the most of the terrace views, dining out by the firepit and stargazing. Far away from big cities on the edge of the national park, the skies over Kilham were some of the darkest and clearest we'd ever seen in Britain. The apartment is extremely well-equipped to a very high standard with lots of kitchen equipment and, handily for the keen cooks amongst us, plenty of fridge space.
Kilham House sits in lovely, secluded hill country about half an hour's drive from Berwick-on-Tweed and a wonderful stretch of castle-dotted coast. A great area for walkers, artists, photographers, historians, wild swimmers and birders, the roads round there are exceptionally quiet even in mid August which makes exploring by car and nipping across the border to Scotland a breeze.
Our hosts were delightful - they made sure we had everything we could possibly need, urged us to enjoy the grounds, tipped us off about all the best places to swim, showed us where to find the log pile and left us to enjoy ourselves. Perfect. We're already hoping to rent Kilham again.
Thank You for great review and will look forward to seeing you again before too long!
Very spacious and comfortable accommodation
Kilham House was an ideal property for our party of 6 adults and 4 children. There was plenty of space for us all. We enjoyed lots of days out. The coast around Bamburgh is lovely and the castle well worth a visit. The boat trip to the Farnes can also be recommended. A day is hardly long enough to see all the attractions at Alnwick. The children also enjoyed the railway at Etal and the country park at Coldstream (Hirsel) with its craft workshops. A week is not really long enough to see all the area has to offer.
Family get together
The simplest way to start is by saying - what a property!
From the moment you pull up the drive to the time you leave, it never fails to impress. The sweeping views of hills and dales and the gentle bleating of sheep accompanied by the gentle bird song, it is a brilliant place to relax and recharge.
The location is certainly an advantage to explore the area that it is in, centrally located to Coldstream, Kelso, Bamburgh/Holy Island and Alnwick - all are with 20-40 mins drive. So if it is countryside, beaches or castles everything is on your doorstep.
Hugh and Kathryn were great. On hand for any problems, but in the background to let you get on with things. We had some great advice on walking the dogs away from the main tourist areas for a peaceful walk out if needed. The house is full of useful info and O/S maps to help you enjoy your stay. It is beautifully equipped and had enough crockery etc to cater for the largest party (15 for some meals). The younger members of our party were able to enjoy the large gardens and swings without having to worry about where they were.
The room arrangements worked really well, we had it set up as 4 doubles and a twin, everyone had enough room as the rooms are all large, bright and spacious with some extremely comfortable beds and along with the showers, a couple of baths and 4 toilets, no one was waiting long for facilities.
The lounge also seemed Tardis like with some comfortable sofa's, armchairs and floor cushions around a large coffee table giving us some great evenings playing cards and games with all members of the family.
The property also caters for our 4 legged friends, we had 2 dogs with us who slept in the utility room downstairs which was definitely wet dog friendly.
In summary, it is a very beautiful and versatile property that lives up to all expectations and for the larger parties, it has the facilities and equipment to cope with ease. A highly recommended property.
Wonderful Home from Home
We stayed in this lovely 2-floor apartment - one wing oh a huge and wonderful house- overlooking a beautiful garden and fields beyond in the middle of the Northumberland countryide. All the rooms are spacious and furnished with great taste. The apartment is very private and feels more like a whole house. The owners are delightful and left a welcome basket of delicious staples for us. They were on hand to help if asked but otherwise left us to ourselves. it was very much our home for the weekend. A real treat: highly recommended.
Special interest holidays:
We offer catered guided running and fitness holidays from time to time which are for groups who want to eat healthy meals and improve their fitness in a wonderful setting.
The West Wing is a 25 minute drive to Holy Island and other amazing beaches including Bamburgh.
The West Wing is 16 miles from Berwick on Tweed mainline train station and 45 miles from Edinburgh and Newcastle Airports. Use of a car is recommend for our guests.
There are pubs and shops within 5 miles.
All the big supermarkets deliver to The West Wing so you can arrange for your shopping to arrive when you do.