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The Boathouse Norham

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Catherine Eade from the Daily Mail was a guest at The Boathouse in Norham. Read her full review here.

Alison Gray, the Assistant Editor of The Scotsman was recently a guest at The Boathouse in Norham. Read her full review here.

Nestled in an idyllic position at the end of a no-through lane on the banks of the River Tweed, The Boathouse boasts magnificent views over the river to the hills beyond with not a road in sight. With fabulously cosy accommodation, huge open fires and constant entertainment from the every-changing vista of the river and its inhabitants - ducks, geese, moorhens, herons and a family of otters to name but a few - this is the perfect rural retreat.

The house has been completely renovated and refurbished to a very high standard using earthy paint colours, traditional stone fireplaces, slate floors, pure wool carpets, luxurious fabrics and an interesting mixture of contemporary furnishings alongside some classic antique items. One of the highlights of the renovations is the 26' dining room with a fabulous open fire at one end and stunning views over the river - perfect for atmospheric dinner parties. The annexe adjacent to the house provides a large rod, boot and drying room below, and en suite accommodation overhead for a cook, nanny or additional guests.

Find out more about fishing at The Boathouse.

With fishing on one of the world's greatest salmon rivers a decent roll cast from the bedroom window, The Boathouse is an ideal base for fishing parties. The Boathouse beat which is available to guests at additional cost (subject to availability) extends to about 1,000 yards of single bank fishing and is primarily a salmon beat but has good runs of grilse and sea trout through the summer months. The Boathouse is within easy driving distance of other prime beats including Tillmouth, Lennel, Ladykirk and The Lees. A trout rod, reel and line are provided at the house and with local trout fishing permits costing just £5 a day it is well worth a try to catch fresh trout for supper.

Northumberland is officially England's quietest county and with very little traffic and noise pollution is the perfect place to unwind, relax, enjoy the countryside (be it on two legs, four legs or two wheels) and even indulge in some star gazing- the area's unpolluted skies put on England's best star shows. The house is situated half a mile from the pretty village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins. The village has a local shop, bakery, two pubs, gunsmith and the celebrated Foreman's Butcher, selling a fantastic selection of meats, pies, local cheeses, wines and even fishing flies.

Food fans will be delighted by the wealth of local goodies on offer including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, Craster Kippers and Alnwick IPA to name but a few. Some of the best local produce is served up at two local favourites – the Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed and the nationally-acclaimed Wheatsheaf restaurant at Swinton.

The elegant Georgian town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is eight miles away. The magnificent Elizabethan fortifications which encircle the historic old town are the best preserved in Europe. The town has had an eventful history, changing hands 13 times as England and Scotland waged war over its possession for three centuries - its football team still plays in the Scottish League. Even more bizarrely, an accidental omission from the Treaty of Paris that concluded the Crimean War in 1856, technically left the town still at war with Russia until an agreement was signed between the Mayor of Berwick and a Russian Diplomat in 1966.

The Boathouse is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland's Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding and surfing. The magnificent views from the cliff top walks at St Abb's Head and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

The charming, ancient towns of Duns and Kelso are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick upon Tweed.

Main house

Ground floor: Large, fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast table. Spacious dining room with open fire. Drawing room with open fire. Snug / office with wireless broadband internet connection. Double bedroom (5' bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).

The Boat House

First floor: Double bedroom (5' bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC). Twin bedroom (two 3' beds) with bathroom opposite (bath with shower over, basin and WC). Double bedroom (5' bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).
The Boathouse



Ground floor: Garage parking for two cars. Boot / rod room and drying area.

First floor: Double bedroom with zip and link beds to form one 6' bed or two 3' singles. En-suite bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and WC).

Garden and grounds

Large garden with fabulous views over river, garden furniture and barbecue. Fishing hut. Private parking. Pubs and shops fifteen minutes walk.

Telephone and wireless broadband internet connection. Two electric ovens and 4 ring hob, microwave, refrigerator, deepfreeze, additional fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD player, video player, radio/CD player, stereo system, highchair, travel cot, board games, books, DVDs and videos. Oil central heating throughout and open fires in sitting room and dining room. Bed linen, towels and L'Occitane toiletries provided. Pets welcome. Fishing available by prior arrangement at extra cost (subject to availability).

Catering & housekeeper

The house can be booked on a self-catered, partly catered or fully catered basis. A homemade meal and wine delivery service is also available. The housekeeper is available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.

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Guest feedback

Williams, April 15 -"It was great! Thank you. The whole process, including booking, arrival and the ghillie, were perfect. Would definitely use Crabtree & Crabtree again."

Aspinall, March 15 -"The Boathouse is simply the most fabulous house we’ve ever stayed in. This was our third visit. We absolutely love it. I even made my very first fire (of which I was possibly disproportionately proud). Also we had the pleasure of watching the partial eclipse while we were there – stunning! Thanks again for everything."

Mill, March 15 -"We had a truly wonderful stay at The Boathouse and I cannot thank Crabtree & Crabtree enough for arranging this for us. One of our party had a birthday whilst we were there and it was a treat to have a celebratory dinner in the fantastic dining room! The kitchen is superbly equipped - I needed a gravy boat and found 3 to choose from!! There is such a peaceful and calm atmosphere surrounding the house and we loved the ever changing view of the river - a rarity to have such wonderful views from every single room. The bedrooms and bathrooms are luxurious and we all slept fantastically. We will be back!"

Watson, March 15 -"Thank you for a most enjoyable stay at the The Boathouse, Norham. We all had a truly wonderful weekend in a lovely house in a marvellous setting. We made the most of the surroundings and enjoyed some lovely walks. The welcome pack and flowers were also a really nice touch, much appreciated. Crabtree & Crabtree went 'above and beyond' with the customer service that they extended to us. We look forward to booking again in the near future."

Whitehead, Feb 15 -"We had a really great time. The house was perfect and just as we had expected, so that was all good. We are very keen on that area, so I am sure we will be back!"

Brown, New Year 14/15 -"I can thoroughly understand why The Boathouse is very popular – the setting on the riverbank is amazing and to have seen the otter just on the banks outside the cottage was unreal. The annexe is superb as an extra bedroom with the luxury of double glazing in those high winds we experienced whilst there. The whole house was amazing and so very cosy – the dining room especially lent itself to the New Year celebratory dinner. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the use of the house all week and we would certainly return there."

Southcott, Dec 14 -"We had the most amazing weekend at The Boathouse, a fantastic place for us all to get together and have a lovely weekend. I arranged the weekend as a surprise and needless to say it went down a storm. The Boathouse is just out of this world, with everything you need. Amazing facilities and the best showers!! Will be booking with Crabtree & Crabtree again."

Hall, Oct 14 -
"We all enjoyed it thanks and apart from a shortage of fish there were no issues at all! I think we would find it hard to improve on the house or the location and the service provided by Crabtree & Crabtree was excellent particularly as we had one off requests. We would be keen to book again."

Pollard, Sept 14 -"We had such a great time and everything was excellent. The house was very comfortable and practical and what a magical location! We will definitely come again! 10 out of 10 from us. Thanks for all your help."

Emmet, Aug 14 -"Thank you for all the organisation that went into last week. We all had a lovely time. I feel ready to face the world again after my week by the river!"

Macdougall, Aug 14 -"We loved every moment at The Boathouse in Norham. The house is really lovely. The walking, fishing, and shooting nearby are brilliant and the housekeepers are wonderful - and most important of course, our dogs had the best time!"

Southgate, Aug 14 -"Can't think of a single way in which our week could have been improved. What a difference the 'welcome hamper' makes. We're so used to arriving at villas in France after a long journey to find the house completely bare!"