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Steward's House has been named by The Resident magazine as one of the best stately homes for hire in the UK. See the article here.
A beautifully-presented period property set around a pretty private courtyard, the Steward’s House comprises the private west wing of an impressive Grade II* listed country house set high on the banks of the River Tweed with superb views down river to the historic Union Bridge which links England and Scotland.
Inside, the spacious accommodation is presented in traditional country house style with interesting antique items and original artworks alongside a contemporary kitchen and bathrooms for guest’s comfort. Downstairs there’s a large sitting room with log fire (logs are provided), wi fi, HD TV with Freeview, DVD player and selection of DVDs and an impressive selection of games and interesting books. The kitchen is extensively equipped and includes ample cookware and cookery books for keen cooks! The cloakroom, utility room and external boot / rod room provide ample storage space for outdoor kit.
Guests also have use of the superb original wood-panelled billiard room in the opposite wing of the house complete with full size billiard table.
Upstairs the four individually-styled bedrooms are beautifully presented with muted Farrow and Ball paint colours, superb bespoke linen curtains and fabulous cashmere and wool throws. To ensure a restful night’s sleep, the beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows and Arran Arromatics toiletries are provided.
The Steward’s House is set around a pretty, fully-enclosed courtyard for guest’s private use. There is outside furniture and a charcoal barbecue for al fresco dining. Guests are welcome to explore the wider grounds which run down to the river and a network of excellent walks. A particular highlight is a walk to Scotland over the superb Union Bridge, the first of its type in the UK and the oldest of its type still in use, which links England and Scotland. From here one can explore the grounds of Paxton House or walk downstream all the way to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Upstream there’s a fabulous walk to the pretty village of Norham with some superb views along the way.
With direct access to one of the world's greatest salmon rivers on the doorstep, the Steward’s House is a perfect base for fishing parties. Trout fishing is included on the stretch of river below the house. Fly fishing tuition is available. The house sits above the Horncliffe beat on the English side and Tweedhill on the Scottish side but is within easy driving distance of a number of prime bottom and lower Tweed beats. Norham Angling Association permits can be purchased for more extensive trout fishing.
The pretty village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins depicted in Turner’s iconic paintings, has a local shop, bakery, two pubs, a gunsmith and the celebrated Foreman's Butcher selling a fantastic selection of meats, pies, local cheeses, wines and even fishing flies. The fish and chip van on a Thursday night is also not to be missed! More extensive shopping is available in Berwick-upon-Tweed (8 miles) or just over the border in Coldstream (8 miles). The Steward’s House is also close to two of the area’s best eateries; The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the Allanton Inn which specialise in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer.
The Chainbridge Honey Farm is within easy walking distance for a wander around the vintage museum and sample some fabulous honey. Paxton House is also just down the road and offers a lively events programme as well as housing an important collection of late 18th and early 19th century paintings loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland. Also nearby is the Ford and Etal estate where attractions include Northumberland’s only thatched pub, and the delightful Heatherslaw miniature steam railway.
The Steward’s House is an ideal base for discovering Northumberland's stunning and varied countryside. Explore the Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves. One of our favourites is Bamburgh Beach, with miles of pristine sand nestled behind huge sand dunes. At low tide take a trip across the causeway to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne, enjoy amazing views from the cliff top walks at St Abb’s Head or take a boat to the Farne Islands to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.
A stone’s throw in the other direction will take you to charming market town of Wooler, gateway to the Cheviot Hills, the rolling blanket of people-free hillsides that slope and swell amidst the 400 square miles of Northumberland’s National Park. Here you will find some fabulous walking and cycling from gentle forays to serious hikes amidst spectacular scenery.
The region’s rich and often bloody history is reflected in the magnificent chain of castles that punctuate the landscape. In addition to Norham Castle, besieged at least 13 times by the Scots, those nearby include dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, Chillingham, reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in England and home to the world’s only herd of wild cattle and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart’s School in the Harry Potter films.
The beautiful coastline provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing, sailing or coasteering. The nearby stables at Kimmerston offer tuition and farm hacks as well as beach rides and treks in the Cheviot Hills. There is excellent cycling on quiet country lanes around the village and on dedicated cycle routes including the Tweed Cycle Way and the Coast and Castles cycle route. The area is also a golfer’s paradise with several well-regarded courses nearby including the Championship Qualifying links course at Goswick and the Roxburghe Championship Course outside Kelso. For something a little different, clay pigeon shooting and archery are available locally and beginners are very welcome.
The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Drawing room with open fire (logs are provided), view of garden, HD TV with Freeview, DVD player and a selection of DVD's, extensive library and good selection of board games.
Extensively-equipped kitchen overlooking the courtyard with dining table (seats 8), electric oven, 4 ring electric hob, substantial fridge / freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The kitchen is fully equipped with plenty of good quality china and glasses, cookware and cookery books.
Utility / drying room with washing machine, sink and plenty of storage space.
Hall with hanging space.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
The original wood-panelled billiard room complete with full size billiard table in the opposite wing is available for guest’s use. This is shared with the guests at The Gate House on a first come, first served basis.
An external rod / boot room just outside the front door is ideal for the storage of outdoor kit.
Bedroom one overlooking the courtyard with 5’ bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table.
En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom two with 4’6” bed, wardrobe with drawers and hanging space, dressing table and superb view of the River Tweed and the Union Bridge linking England and Scotland!
En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom three with two 4’ twin beds, wardrobe, dressing table and view of the courtyard.
Bedroom four with two 3’ twin beds, wardrobe, dressing table and view of the courtyard.
Bedrooms three and four share a family bathroom with a bath with shower over, basin and WC.
All the bedrooms are well equipped with plenty of storage space. The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is provided in every bedroom. Arran Arromatics toiletries are provided along with luxurious bath sheets and hand towels.
Wi fi and mobile coverage
Wi fi is available. There is adequate mobile coverage on most networks.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Garden and grounds
The Steward’s House is set around a pretty, fully-enclosed courtyard for guest’s private use. There is outside furniture and a charcoal barbecue. Guests are welcome to explore the wider grounds which run down to the river and a network of excellent walks. There is ample private parking adjacent to the house.
The Steward's House can be booked in conjunction with The Gate House which sits within the grounds and sleeps four guests. The two properties are a few minutes' walk from one another.
A welcome pack of local goodies awaits guests on arrival.
Catering at the Steward’s House 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.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Steward’s House. Owners are requested to keep their dogs to the ground floor uncarpeted areas.
The owners are on hand to help guests get the best from their stay but equally the accommodation is arranged with guests’ privacy in mind. The Steward’s House accommodation faces away from the main house and overlooks the river and the private courtyard which is for guest’s sole use.
Wright, Sept 15 -"We had a lovely stay at Steward's House and was a great location for a surprise 60th birthday, the house was great for a family gathering. The house and grounds were lovely, the kitchen and generally the whole house was very well equipped and the beds were very comfy. To be honest there is not anything I can think of to improve the service as it was very friendly, efficient and provided everything we needed to know and more. I would certainly use Crabtree & Crabtree again and recommend you."
Green, Sept 15 -"We LOVED Steward’s House - perfect place to stay, nice owner, wonderful location, convenient for the fishing - better than we could have hoped for. As I said before, the whole booking process was very clear and you guys at C&C were a pleasure to deal with. Hopefully we’ll return some time in the not-too-distant future. Thanks for all your help!"
Knight, Aug 15 -"Had a fabulous sunny stay in the lovely Steward's House. Got shown round by the owner, who couldn’t have been more helpful or friendly. Loved the extra touches, like the welcome pack, bread, milk, butter, and especially the dog biscuits. We had the full eight people staying and it still felt spacious and roomy. Apart from the house itself, there were beautiful walks along the Tweed close by and some great coastline within easy reach. Would definitely recommend to families."
Richards, Aug 15 -"My family and I would like to commend Crabtree & Crabtree and the owners on the service and accommodation standard. The family were all awestruck with the size of the home, and even though we were in the wing, the impression of the drive and grounds more than surpassed all our expectations. The owner was very helpful and we would like to thank him for the welcome pack we found on our arrival and it was a shame we had to leave after 7 days. We will recommend Crabtree & Crabtree service and the properties you look after and hope to use your services on our next venture up North."
Clegg, June 15 -"I really can't think of anything more you could have done. You pretty much thought of everything. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay."
Wishlade, Feb 15 -"I could not fault the house or the way it was furnished/equipped. Crabtree & Crabtree service was excellent and we found the owners lovely."
Ghose, Jan 15 -"I thought Steward's House was fantastic! Everyone commented on how well presented it was and it was a great touch having a few basic supplies in the fridge and some tea and coffee. I would gladly book another property with Crabtree & Crabtree."
Cunningham, Christmas 14 -"We had a wonderful time away at Christmas, it was a stunning location and a very lovely place to stay with all the lovely touches, down to the festive welcome pack. Crabtree & Crabtree been very helpful from the very beginning and we would certainly use you again knowing the standard of accommodation and the customer care that is offered. Thank you for all your help."
Mills, Nov 14 -"Stewards House was an absolutely amazing weekend. My friends were completely shocked at how beautiful it was. It totally catered for our every need. We enjoyed walks into Scotland and the honey farm and bus cafe were a wonderful treat! The welcome hamper was a very kind thought too. A beautiful house and a beautiful weekend. Would recommend and return tomorrow!"
Ellis, Nov 14 -"We loved our stay - it's a brilliant house and it was perfect for catching up with friends for Edinburgh, London and Yorkshire. We appreciated the milk, coffee, biscuits and bread - something not many places do. I spoke to the owner a couple of times and he was very friendly and helpful. The directions were spot on. A great experience."
McIvor, Nov 14 -"We have just returned from our stay at Steward's House and had a wonderful break. We all (6 of us) thought the property was excellent. It was very well appointed throughout, spotlessly clean with little touches that raised it well above normal holiday accommodation e.g the quality of the linens and toiletries and especially pleasing was the best welcome pack we have encountered. The access to a snooker table was a nice bonus and overall we couldn’t fault it and are already discussing when we can return – what more can I say!! In respect of Crabtree & Crabtree this was the first time we had booked using this company and I enjoyed excellent service throughout – the attitude and manner of the staff was exemplary."