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Well House Branxton

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Well House is a warm and welcoming country cottage with bags of personality sitting in an extremely pretty village setting in the historic parish of Branxton on the England-Scotland border. Its location on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and just a half hour from the stunning heritage coastline will prove a draw for families and groups looking to spend some together-time exploring the wider area.

Inside, the spacious hallway creates a welcoming first impression with original oak beams, exposed brickwork, reclaimed church pews and characterful touches setting the scene for the rest of the house. The sitting room has a lovely vintage feel with an eclectic mix of rich tweeds, country florals and aged leather and wood for relaxed evenings around the huge inglenook fireplace.

The bright sunny kitchen with its artful touches is a super hub to the house and a sociable space to enjoy some happy banter over relaxed dinners and a good glass of wine. During warmer days, French doors open out into a private enclosed garden for long lazy lunches during the summer months, and where children can play safely and dogs can chase the odd stick or two!

The three bedrooms (one ground floor) are presented with pretty throws and soft linens while characterful deep window recesses, exposed beams and wood panelled walls just add to its cosy country charm.

There are super walks from the doorstep including a short meander to the site of one of Britain's most momentous medieval conflicts on the Flodden Battlefield of 1513 where you can walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought there and understand its rich historical significance.

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. It is also home to the highly regarded Collingwood Arms which has a pub as well as a superb restaurant for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.

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 before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby.

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

The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Seven miles in one direction 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.

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. 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 all 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.

Fishing is available on the River Till about a ten minute drive and is one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring said to be the best in the country. Trout permits are available for as little as £5 per day and rods, reels and waders can be hired locally.


Ground floor

Small entrance porch for outdoor gear leading to a spacious lower hallway with stairs to the upper floor of the property. The hall leads into a large kitchen/dining area which extends along the rear of the property.

The kitchen is presented in a shaker style and features an integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher, ceramic hob, electric oven, toaster, and microwave. There is a dining table with formal seating for six with scope to extend this to eight if required. French doors lead into an enclosed rear garden.

Beamed sitting room with ample seating set around an impressive inglenook fireplace and a large woodburning stove (initial supply of logs provided). Flat screen TV with integrated DVD player, and a good selection of books for use by guests.

Bedroom 1 - the sitting room leads to a ground floor double bedroom with a view to the rear garden. With zip and link beds which can be configured to superking or twin as required. Two side cabinets and large wardrobe.

Ground floor bathroom sits to the right of the lower entrance hall with shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Utility/boot room with washing machine and dryer.

First floor

Bedroom 2 - Double bedroom with king size bed and views to the rear garden. Large wardrobe. En-suite-bathroom with rainforest shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 3 - Double bedroom with twin beds and a small child’s truckle bed. Hanging cupboard, chest of drawers, views to rear garden.

Family bathroom - with bath, hand-held shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Flat screen TV and integrated TV in the living room.
CD player/docking station/radio.
Wii games player.

Wi-Fi and mobile signal
Wi-Fi throughout the property. Mobile signal is generally poor with variable signal on the Vodafone network.

Oil central heating throughout - thermostatically controlled
Wood burning stove in the sitting room (initial supply of logs provided)

There is parking for two cars on the verge at the end of the gravel driveway. Please note there is a small distance between the parking space and the front door.

The cottage is semi-detached and is situated down a private access lane next to Branxton Church. A side gate to the church may very occasionally be used otherwise there is no passing traffic. The cottage is not overlooked by any neighbouring properties.

There is a open garden to the front of the cottage and a private, enclosed garden to the rear. There is garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue stack.

Guest amenities
Bed linen and towels included.
Feather duvets and pillows.
Toiletries provided.
Hairdryer supplied.

Catering can be arranged as part of your stay, including a homemade meal and wine delivery service.

Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request. The rear garden is enclosed for the safety of children.

One well-behaved dog is welcome at an additional cost of £20 - but must be kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house.

No smoking
Strictly no smoking throughout the property.
at a glance
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Max No. of Guests
Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
Price Per Week
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"Superb property with lovely touches, perfectly hosted the special weekend for grandma's birthday. Thank you." - Du Toit

"We had a wonderful time and Well House was just perfect. We really appreciated the extra details such as the lovely hamper and all the Christmas decorations. This was the second Crabtree & Crabtree property we had rented and we are already thinking about where next." - Martin

"We had a fabulous family weekend at the house. We all thought that the house was welcoming, cosy and had everything we needed for our stay. Our party age range was from 10 months to 84 years so it was both child friendly and oap friendly! Thank you for the excellent service from your office, much appreciated!" - Wilson

"We had a lovely stay at Well House thank you. One of the best cottages we have stayed in. Brilliantly equipped in the kitchen and really nicely decorated throughout. Excellent service received from Crabtree & Crabtree and would definitely use again." - Furness

"We had a wonderful time at Well House. The cottage is beautiful and in a stunning setting; a perfect place to explore the lovely Northumberland coast and Scottish Borders. We loved everything at Well House, the cosy log burner, the hamper with lots of treats, the comfortable beds and beautiful decor. A special thank you to the housekeepers and the owners for thinking of everything we might need on our family holiday; and thank you to Crabtree & Crabtree for the seamless booking process. This is one of a number of Crabtree & Crabtree properties we've stayed in and we've wanted to live in them all! We will be booking again soon!" - Spence

"Just wanted to pass on that we had such a wonderful stay at Well House. Such a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location to explore and just sit in front of the fire with a glass of wine! Every little detail in the house was perfect and it was so well equipped. We go away as a family at least once a year to a cottage and would definitely stay here again and as always Crabtree & Crabtree were faultless." - Thomas

"We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the property. Loved the décor, very comfortable beds and house extremely well equipped (even plastic picnic items provided which we used). Couldn’t fault it really. We would go there again." - Hollins

"We loved our stay at Well House! Everything we could possibly need was in the property! Thank you for the lovely hamper when we arrived. We will definitely be booking through Crabtree & Crabtree again." - Greig

"We had an excellent stay at Well House. Very clean, warm and lovely bed linen and towels. The instructions, response to emails, admin was excellent." - Bourne

"We were very happy with the whole experience of renting and staying in Well House. We found nothing to fault and felt 'at home' within minutes of entering the property. It is one of the very best of many dozens of cottages with have rented over the years, in the UK and Abroad. We would definitely recommend both the cottage and Crabtree & Crabtree to anyone and will rent any future Northumberland cottages through the company." - Harris

"We really enjoyed our stay and everything was great. We loved the house and the fantastic welcome hamper. It was clean and welcoming. Great to have proper feather duvets and pillows and great to have two double rooms with single beds so everyone had their own beds." - Safarik