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Croft House Great Tosson, Rothbury

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Far removed from the hustle and bustle, this wonderful country home has natural character and warmth with breathtaking views across the rich rolling landscape of the Coquet Valley and fantastic walking and cycling in the nearby Simonside hills.

Relaxation will come easily here, and for families and friends there is no better way to spend the day than life in the great outdoors, but with a super games room to keep children entertained too!

Set in the very quaint hamlet of Great Tosson, just 2 miles from Rothbury this period property in natural stone is set out over three levels and benefits from four bedrooms sleeping seven guests.

The sitting room and dining room both benefit from sunny, open aspects where you can soak up glorious skies and spectacular sunsets, with the added benefit of a roaring fire for those winter days. Any cooks in the party are sure to love the versatility of the Everhot range cooker, while the wonderfully tactile solid elm furniture by designer Tim Stead will bring extra pleasure in getting friends round the table together.

The lower ground floor has a separate sitting room/games room leading into the garden which is ideal for children, along with a smart shower room. The four bedrooms (three doubles and one single) sit on the first floor with crisp, fresh finishes and a separate family bathroom.

The lawned garden offers complete privacy and is enclosed for the safety of children and dogs, and there is plenty of secure storage in the adjoining garage for bikes and outdoor gear.

Local amenities

You will find a good range of shops, quaint tea rooms and restaurants in the nearest town of Rothbury (2 miles) including Tomlinsons cafe and bunkhouse where you can enjoy a hearty breakfast before hiring bikes for a day of active adventures. A wider selection of amenities, including large supermarkets can be found a little further afield in Alnwick (14 miles) or Morpeth (16 miles).

The small village of Thropton also boasts two good pubs - The Three Wheat Heads and the Cross Keys serving excellent bar and restaurant menus and can be reached easily by car (4 miles) or a twenty-five minute direct walk over the fields - ideal for working up an appetite or perhaps working off the odd extra pudding!

The Tree House Restaurant in Alnwick is a top choice for eating-out in a highly unique setting, or try the Cook and Barker Inn at Newton on the Moor (14 miles) for a lovely atmospheric dining experience. Robson’s Smokehouse at Craster is also a must-visit for its legendary smoked kipper and crab.

Activities and attractions

This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border Reivers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland, picturesque valleys and rolling hills.

For walking, there are four circular walks in the immediate Rothbury and Coquetdale area ranging in distance from 5-11 miles, including Whitton Hillhead, a gentle walk with panoramic views; Harbottle Crags with its abundant wildlife and views of the Cheviot Hills; Simonside with breathtaking views over rich Northumberland countryside; or Windy Gyle which follows ‘the street’ or ‘clattering path’, an old drovers road where you can walk the Border ridge and and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings.

If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, Upper Coquetdale is a super area for biking involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, including the Reivers Cycle route for something a little more high energy.

The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside, and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.

History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or nearby Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.

For something different, the Northumberland National Park is a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so why not head to nearby Ingram or Alwinton to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of this area. A little further afield will also take you the Kielder Observatory (38 miles) where powerful telescopes offer a truly star-studded show and you may even be lucky enough to see a passing comet or a stunning meteor shower. The observatory sits in the Kielder Water and Forest Park, home to the largest man-made lake in northern Europe, with something to keep everyone entertained, including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers.

Also within easy reach are the award winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.

Finally the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh with its amazing dog friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place.



Accommodation

The accommodation sits on three floors with the lower ground floor level leading into the garden.

Ground floor

Access - access door leading into the porch/bootroom and large inner hall.

Sitting room - with plenty of seating capacity including two double sofas and one three seater sofa. Woodburning stove with initial supply of logs, flat screen TV with DVD player, good selection of books, DVDs and games.

Kitchen - high quality granite work surfaces, Everhot range cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge. Good selection of cook books. There is a washing machine, dryer, chest freezer and separate drinks fridge in an adjoining utility room.

Dining room - dining table in solid elm with seating for 8 guests.

First floor

Bedroom one - with fixed 5' king size bed, side tables, wardrobe with drawer space.

Bedroom two - 3’ single bed, chest of drawers and hanging rail.

Bedroom three - with fixed 3’ twin beds, side tables, wardrobe with hanging space,

Bedroom four - zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super-king or two 3’ beds as required, side tables, in built wardrobe with hanging and storage space.

Bathroom one - large shower unit, bath, basin and WC.

Lower ground floor

Games room - with small double sofa, TV, small pine table with four stools - ideal for small children. Three way games table which can be set up for pool, table football or air hockey. Good selection of toys and games. A single sliding glazed door leads into an enclosed lawned garden.

Bathroom two - shower room, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Heating
Oil fired central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room - initial supply of logs provided.

Guest amenities
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. Two hairdryers are provided.

Babies and children
A high chair and travel cot can be provided on request.

Dogs
One dog is welcome at a cost of £20. Your dog should be clean and dry before access into the property and is not permitted in the bedrooms. Drying space is available in the adjoining garage. The garden is enclosed but there is a wooden fence running to the right which may not be sufficient to contain a smaller dog. Since the surrounding area is farmland with livestock, it is very important to ensure your dog is closely supervised, and on leads when out walking in this area.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is reasonable.

Welcome pack
A guest welcome pack is provided.

Garden and grounds
The lower ground floor of the property leads out into a large enclosed lawned garden with garden furniture and charcoal BBQ provided in summer.

Storage
The property benefits from a large garage which can be accessed from the kitchen and is ideal for drying-off dogs and for the storage of bikes and outdoor kit.

Parking
There is private parking for two cars directly in front of the house.

No smoking
The property is strictly no smoking.

at a glance
Bedrooms
4
Bath/Shower Rooms
2
Max No. of Guests
7
Child Friendly
yes
Pet Friendly
yes
Price Per Week
From £550.00
Nearest Town
Great Tosson, Rothbury
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"The house was really lovely. On arrival the bottle of wine was a nice touch. The house was well-equipped and in a beautiful location. It was perfect for what we wanted, a comfortable base within easy reach of lots of interesting tourist spots. We were warm and cosy at Croft House. It's with some regret that we didn't use the very cosy looking wood burner in the front room but it simply wasn't cold enough, so we mustn't grumble about that. We did much of our catering at the house and found the kitchen well equipped, not taking too long how to work the Everlast cooker. We would definitely stay at Croft House in the future and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends." - Luck