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Saddler Cottage Cornhill-on-Tweed

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Played out against a beautiful tree-lined backdrop, Saddler Cottage oozes character and charm, offering a perfect base for enjoying the great outdoors or simply an excuse to indulge in a more relaxed pace, waking to the gentle twitter of bird-song and long heavenly lunches.

One of four cottages set in the old stable area within the private grounds of Tillmouth Park Estate, many features have been incorporated into the renovations with original beams, wood-panelling and large coach house windows, ensuring the property is wonderfully warm and light.

The large, convivial, open-plan living area incorporates the sitting room, dining room and kitchen with an appealing combination of rustic, earthy tones, rich fabrics and natural wood and stone finishes designed to compliment the period style.

The property configuration offers good flexibility for couples' or friends, with two good sized double bedrooms and a generous living space with sumptuous sofas, perfect for curling up in front of the warming flicker of the wood burner with a crisp glass of Chablis.

The cottage overlooks a pretty courtyard garden to the front and an additional walled garden to the side of the house, a delightful sunny spot for a morning coffee or an evening barbecue, while a short 5 minute wander will take you to the nearby hotel for an afternoon cream tea or an evening menu of wonderful seasonal produce.

With the rivers Tweed and Till just a short drive away, the cottage is an ideal base for fishing parties. Rod racks, drying facilities and a deep freeze are provided.

Local amenities

The cottage sits just 3 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed which has an excellent village shop selling a super selection of fresh local produce, including picnic hampers and scrummy home baking.

A more extensive range of shops, pubs and cafes can be found in the quaint market town of Coldstream (5 miles) where the shopping is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions. The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local designers; or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories or the nearby Hirsel Estate.

For dining-out, the Tillmouth Country House Hotel sits just a short five minute walk from the doorstep, or try the Collingwood Arms which has a pub as well as a superb restaurant for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.

A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles), or picturesque Kelso (14 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.

Activities and attractions

From the cottage you can stroll along the beautiful River Till valley, up to the romantic ruins of Twizel Castle or along the banks of the famous River Tweed. Flodden Field is just down the road, site of the infamous battle of 1513 between the Scots and the English. Ride the miniature steam railway at Heatherslaw, and wonder at Paxton House, a spectacular Adam’s brothers mansion said to be the finest example of an 18th century Palladian country house in Britain.

The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Fourteen 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 Northumberland 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 long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Wheel Hub.

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.

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, including the charming 15” gauge steam railway, fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and riding. 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.

Fishing is available on the River Till said to be one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring, and on nearby River Tweed.


The cottage sits on one level with a couple of internal steps so may be suitable for less mobile guests.

Entrance hall with hanging space, rod racks and shelving for footwear providing an excellent space for storage of outdoor kit.

Bedroom one with 5' king size bed, chest of drawers, built in wardrobe and dressing table.

Family bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.

Open plan living room and dining area with seating for up to 6 guests, wood burning stove (logs provided), TV with Freeview and DVD player and dining table with seating for 6.

Adjoining kitchen area with oven and 4-ring hob, dishwasher, refrigerator, deep freeze, washing machine with dryer.

Bedroom two with two 3’ twin beds, chest of drawers, dressing table and built in wardrobe.

En suite bathroom with WC, basin and walk-in shower.

Guest amenities
Luxurious White Company cotton bed linen and fluffy towels are provided. Guest toiletries are also provided.

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

Two dogs are welcome at Saddler Cottage. We ask that dogs are kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. There is a fully enclosed garden to the side of the cottage.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. The mobile signal is network dependent with some functioning within the cottage and others outside.

Garden and grounds
Saddler Cottage is one of four very pretty, period cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. (NB Guests do not have use of the Estate grounds). The cottages are set out in an L shape to make best use of the light and views and have an attractive lawned courtyard to the front which serves as an additional garden area. Saddler Cottage also has a sheltered, fully enclosed walled garden to the side with a table and chairs for four.

There is a gravelled parking area with two guest spaces.

Catering at Saddler Cottage is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guest’s stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

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Saddler Cottage

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Guest feedback

"I am writing to let you know how much we enjoyed our weekend stay at Saddlers Cottage. The cottage is so cosy and welcoming with everything you could need provided, plus a welcome pint of milk and chocolate cake. The housekeeper does a fantastic job. The place was spotless. We took our dog with us who enjoyed long walks around the area, spotting deer, a heron and even a pheasant who walked up to our window to have a nosy. It is in an ideal location to go to the Northumberland coast or across the border at Coldstream into Scotland. I would definitely recommend a stay either in Saddler Cottage or one of the other cottages surrounding it. We will definitely be using Crabtree & Crabtree for our future cottage stays." - Bowen

"Yet another wonderful time at the cottage, our 3rd year and we will be back next year. The standards are so high and that why we come back year after year." - Marshall

"We had a great week at Saddler Cottage, a beautiful property … so comfortable and well kitted out and a lovely spot. Beds and bed linen great! I have booked with you several times in the past so knew we were booking with the best. However it was the first time my friend had experienced a Crabtree and Crabtree property and she was most impressed! Many thanks for arranging sunshine for us every day … will forgive you for the cool winds! I look forward to booking with you again … hopefully in the not too distant future." - Dawson

"Lovely, peaceful stay here. Perfect for a base to see Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle. We loved listening to the birds. A perfect restful break" - Humpage

"We had another great stay, with a number of highlights this time including; the dawn & dusk chorus, wonderfully unseasonal weather giving us warm sunshine each day & also the clear, sparkling night sky - we didn't need to go anywhere, other than the 1km walk around the driveway route - which looks different each day." - Martin

"Another excellent stay & even more lovely weather - especially on January 1st! We've had a great, relaxing time again." - Martin

"We had a lovely time here at Saddler Cottage and will be coming back next year for our fifth stay!" - Rowe

"Cottage surpassed all our expectations - stylish, tasteful, comfortable, well equipped; great! Attention to detail, including fresh flowers and plants - like staying in a County House Hotel." - Holland

"This is only to say what a wonderful time we all had staying at the cottage recently. I think it is our 4th year there now, and we simply love it. So well appointed, comfortable and perfect for all our needs. We lit the fire one night and ended up opening the door and windows, it was so effective. An excellent cottage, thank you very much." - Hellyer

"Another Crabtree & Crabtree triumph! Had a fabulous week with good weather and fantastic walks with the dogs." - Deas

"We had a lovely time at Saddler Cottage and around Northumberland and the borders. The cottage met our needs very well; we felt relaxed and at home there. The cottage is very well equipped, spacious and comfortable." - McGill

"We enjoyed our stay at Saddler Cottage and our first visit to Northumberland. It is highly likely that we will return." - Wilks

"Fantastic, peaceful, relaxing week. Wonderful cottage. Very comfortable and well equipped. Enjoyed the log fire - nice, warm and cosy." - Pine