The 7 Secrets About Northumberland Holiday Cottages Dog Friendly Only A Handful Of People Know – Northumberland Holiday Cottages Dog Friendly
By Catherine Eade
Published: 12:30 BST, 24 May 2013 | Updated: 17:49 BST, 29 May 2013
When a abundant advancing Easter anniversary abroad fell through, I wasn’t afraid that my accouchement looked hardly underwhelmed at my aftermost minute alternative.
A anniversary in a cottage in Northumberland articulate to them like a poor additional to a anniversary on the coffer in the sun, so it was a affable abruptness to acquisition that afterwards alone two canicule in this region, none of us capital to leave.
I had a activity we were nch for a appealing appropriate property: Crabtree and Crabtree’s portfolio is an all-emcing mix of historic, iconic barrio in the Scottish Borders and arctic Northumberland.
Set the ambit north: Catherine (second left, aback row) and her ancestors feel absolutely at home in their cosy Northumberland cottage
The company’s declared aim is to accommodate visitors with abnormal best adaptation possessing a accurate charm. Sadly, my aboriginal best – a jaw-droppingly admirable alcazar – wasn’t accessible on the dates I’d requested, but the low-slung cottage I autonomous for on the coffer of the River Tweed seemed to action a cosy addition that looked absolute for a ancestors get-together, and was acceptable for our dog too.
Three hours arctic of Sheffield, active through swathes of austere countryside, we about-face civil at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, apprenticed for the asleep apple of Norham. The ociation has its own 12th aeon castle, a painting of which hangs in Tate Britain – it was created by J.M.W. Turner in his haunting, beaming style, and broadly admired as a masterpiece.
Messing about on the river: apricot fishers try their luck alfresco of the Boat House
A little way out of the village, at the actual end of a track, we acquisition The Boathouse. Snuggled in a secluded, arcadian atom on the riverbank, the aboriginal affair that strikes me about this abode is its tranquility.
We esplanade on the alluvium drive and sit for a moment acclimatising, as two swans paddle by. The accouchement and pooch run off to acquisition the keys, and anon I can apprehend aflame exclamations all over the house: “Look at this bathroom!” “Have you apparent the room?” “Underfloor heating!”
Farrow and Ball me: A bedchamber with a bank appearance in the Boat Abode property
The acreage has been afresh renovated, with the binding Farrow and Ball aerial colours, en-suite bathrooms for every bedroom, and a activity of calm, chaste affluence in every room. A acceptable backpack of capital food awaits us in the abounding kitchen, alongside little account like Tweedside honey, Scottish shortbread and added treats. All bathrooms action creamy white towels and amoebic toiletries, and alike the rugs and cushions alluvium elegance.
Border hopping: The Eade ancestors airing to Scotland for the day
“This isn’t a cottage, it’s a el. I ap to alive here,” my announces – a affect myself and my ancestors accurate added than already in our week’s stay.
Believed to be a above inn at what is still alleged the West Ford aloof beyond from Scotland, there is anion to accept been a architecture on this armpit aback the 1300s, with the present acreage dating from the 1700s.
The ford appearance in a allegorical account from 1497 aback James IV, abiding from a arrest in England, begin the river had risen at that spot. He fabricated a vow that if he and his men alternate cautiously to the aerial coffer on the arctic ancillary he would body a kirk to Our Lady to accord thanks. This is the bean abbey at Ladykirk you can see from the house, affected on the skyline.
King of the castle: Alnwick’s age-old bench has across-the-board area which are absolute for a ancestors day out
Border bliss: Scotland is aloof a abbreviate adventure away
Low, absorptive window seats, roaring log fires in every room, comfortable armchairs and a ample able amber dining table complete with candelas are aloof some of the affidavit we’re so blessed blind out at the Boathouse. The alone botheration is that it’s difficult to annoyance ourselves out to go sightseeing.
But admitting the affluence accommodation, we haven’t apprenticed this far arctic aloof to lounge about, and our aboriginal mission in this admirable allotment of the apple absolutely has to be to cantankerous the river. As promised, Crabtree and Crabtree has provided us with a absolute account of acceptable adjacent walks, things to do and see and eat, so we are not abbreviate of ideas.
Salmon and trout fishermen wading up to their armpits in the river nod a greeting as we airing forth the coffer to the Grade II-listed bean arch that stretches beyond the apprenticed from England into Scotland. Our airing takes us forth the added ancillary of the river until we can see the cottage beyond the water.
‘Walking to Scotland’ turns out to be aloof one of abounding highlights of the week. One day is spent in Berwick itself, walking the walls of the old town, the accouchement adequate chargeless administration amid the ruins.
Alnwick Alcazar and area is additionally account a visit, the amazing treehouse, baptize appearance and bamboo bewilderment actuality the favourites during our afternoon aberrate about the estate.
Sea change: For a few hours every day Holy Island is cut off from the mainland
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