With its charming upside-down layout, this stone built period cottage combines cosy country comfort with a lovely loft-like vibe. The overall feel is warm and welcoming and its position in the peaceful hamlet of Grindon Rigg in the parish of Duddo offers the perfect change of pace for those looking to explore the Northumbrian heritage coast or the rolling Border heartlands.
On the ground floor, there are two pretty bedrooms with original beams along with high quality mattresses and crisp linens from the White Company which will ease you into a restful sleep. This comprises a master bedroom and one small double bedroom offering complete flexibility for couples or families with zip and link bed options which can be configured to twin or super king as required.
The upper floor leads directly into an inviting loft style living space with an open plan layout divided by a central staircase. Here you can spend long lazy days or evenings enjoying the warmth of the woodburning stove while the kitchen/dining set-up is perfect for relaxed socialising between the two areas.
There is an attractive lawned garden to the front of the cottage with high hedging offering privacy, and a small compact garden to the rear with decking and barbecue. There are superb walking routes in and around this area and the National Cycle Route 68 runs right past the door for those who prefer to enjoy their days on two wheels!
There is a village shop, post office and tea room in Etal village (2.5 miles) or the Ford village shop and terrace cafe (4 miles) has a super selection of everyday essentials and will also prepare packed lunches, picnics or welcome packs for your arrival.
The historic village of Norham (3.5 miles) has plenty to offer including a village store, bakery and gunsmith as well as the celebrated Foreman’s Butchers where you will find a fantastic selection of quality produce including locally-sourced meats, pies, cheeses, and fine wines.
There are two pubs in Norham, including the cycle-friendly Mason’s Arms serving real ales and tasty food, and for those who love the traditional British take-away, the fish and chip van on a Thursday night is not to be missed! Alternatively, for fine dining the nearby Tillmouth Park Hotel comes recommended or a short drive will take you to two of the best restaurants in the area - The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed or The Allanton Inn serving some of the finest local produce amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.
More extensive amenities can be found in the Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (8 miles) which has a mix of high street and independent shopping, as well as two large supermarkets, a Marks & Spencers food outlet and a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Activities & attractions
The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Twelve miles will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with over 400 square miles of stunning landscapes, criss-crossed by over 700 miles of walking, biking and riding trails which follow the routes of ancient cattle drovers, taking in Iron Age stone fortifications and traces of Bronze Age hillforts amidst the tranquil and rugged landscape.
Hop into your walking boots and you can join Park Rangers for a guided walk from Wooler where you will learn much about the heritage and wildlife of the area, or follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and enjoy some outstanding vistas along the route as it winds its way to the dune-fringed sands on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For cycling, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks, including national cycling route 68 which runs right past the doorstep, or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Hub.
For families, the Breamish Valley is a popular area with pretty river picnic spots where children can paddle, followed by a walk to the lovely waterfall at Linhope Spout where you may even spot some wild Cheviot goats along the way. Alternatively, a warm welcome awaits you at Ford & Etal Estates (3 miles) which has a super range of family friendly activities with over twenty attractions to explore. Children can take a ride on Bunty on the very charming 15” gauge steam railway, follow the mouse trail around the Heatherslaw Corn mill or there is fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and a riding centre nearby.
For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of Etal Castle or the local heritage sites of nearby Flodden or Duddo Standing Stones, Northumberland’s equivalent of Stonehenge.
The stunning heritage coastline is just a short half-hour drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape here, including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach; Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films; or Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.
The main living accommodation sits on the first floor with the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor.
Entrance hall leading to two ground floor bedrooms and access into the rear garden.
Bedroom one - master double bedroom with 6’ super king bed with a zip and link system which can be configured to twin as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, and wardrobe.
Bedroom two - small sunny double bedroom with 3’ twin beds, with a zip and link system which can be configured to 6‘ super king as required. Side table and chest of drawers.
Family bathroom - bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Cupboard - with washer/dryer.
Open plan living/kitchen/dining space comprising:
Sitting room - with two seater sofa, two armchairs, and a woodburning stove. Technology includes a flatscreen Freesat TV, DVD player, Bluetooth/USB/DAB docking station.
Kitchen/dining - with electric oven, four ring electric hob, small integrated dishwasher, fridge with ice box, microwave. There is a washer/dryer on the ground floor. Breakfast bar area with four bar stools. Dining space with seating for four.
Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with luxury Elsyl guest toiletries. Hypoallergenic pillows and duvets are used in both bedrooms. Hairdryers are supplied.
A small welcome pack awaits guests on arrival.
Central heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled.
Woodburning stove in the sitting room - initial supply of logs provided.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is intermittent with signal best on the Vodafone and Three networks. Reception improves directly outside the cottage.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request along with a stair gate. The small rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of children.
Dogs are not permitted at this property.
Garden and grounds
There is a small lawned garden to the front and rear of the property, with a decked patio, garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue to the rear. The rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of children. Secure storage for bikes can be provided on request. There is private parking for two cars to the front of the cottage.
The Haven sits in the small hamlet of Grindon Rigg within the parish of Duddo. The property sits in a small private row of converted cottages. While developed to try and ensure guest privacy, the rear garden has a degree of overlooking from the upper floor of a neighbouring property.
The property is strictly no smoking.