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Barley Hill Cottage

Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland

A quintessential rural retreat with “a view to die for” over the rolling farmland of the Bowmont Valley to the neighbouring hills of the Northumberland National Park.

Barley Hill Cottage

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Barley Hill

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Overview

Barley Hill Cottage is the quintessential rural retreat with “a view to die for” over the rolling farmland of the Bowmont Valley to the neighbouring hills of the Northumberland National Park.

Sit back and enjoy the magnificent rural surroundings

The cottage is incredibly light being south facing and the area at the front of the cottage is a fabulous place to sit and have lunch or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening while the setting sun lights up the valley and hills with breathtaking beauty. Equally fabulous views are on offer from the raised garden at the rear of the property.

The beautifully presented interior has been decorated in a simple, rustic style in warm, earthy tones in keeping with the surroundings. The Chalon-style kitchen is handmade by a local craftsman and merges seamlessly with attractive antiques and state of the art beds with ultra-comfortable mattresses and sumptuous White Company linen and towels.

Barley Hill Cottage is well placed for exploring many of Northumberland's natural hidden gems. On its door step in one direction lie 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 extensive rambles amidst spectacular scenery.

Property details

Ground floor

Small entrance hall with an adjacent cloakroom with basin, WC, and small storage cupboard.

Kitchen - the beautiful, handmade, Chalon style kitchen is fully equipped with double gas oven with 4 ring gas hob, fridge with ice compartment and dishwasher. There is ample storage with a handmade welsh dresser for storage of glassware and crockery and an additional pantry cupboard in the hall. There is an additional chest freezer in the storage room outside.

Dining - the dining area has a table and chairs for 4 guests, while the charming cosy seating area has a log burner for the cooler months with logs are provided and two double sofas. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, CD player with iDock and a selection of books and magazines.

Utility/boot room with washing machine. The room houses the boiler and hot water tank, is ideal for drying outdoor kit and also as serves as an excellent sleeping quarters for dogs. 

Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6' super king double or 3' twins as required, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers. 

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

Bedroom two with 5' double bed and chest of drawers.

En-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.

Outside

To the front of the property is a gravelled patio garden with outside seating area boasting outstanding views across the Northumberland National Park. There is an additional gravelled patio area to the rear of the property with a charcoal barbecue in addition to a raised garden area with fabulous views to the hills. The garden is fully enclosed at the front and rear for the safety of dogs and children. External rod racks are also provided. An outside shed houses a freezer, and can be used for storage of bicycles or other items.

Parking

There is private parking for two cars to the side of the house.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. Guests with small children should be aware that there is a low wall linking the rear garden to the patio area with an unfenced drop of approximately 4 feet at the highest point.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome at Barley Hill Cottage. We ask that dogs are kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms. We also ask that dogs are clean before entering the property. Guests with dogs must follow the footpaths, and have dogs on a lead in the vicinity of livestock. As this is a shooting area, access to the woods with dogs is not permitted and guests must ensure pheasants are not disturbed by their pets.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. 

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is expected to be in place at the start of 2020 but the exact date yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for further details if this is essential to your stay

Mobile reception at Barley Hill Cottage is limited, however the reception improves if one walks a little way up the hill behind the cottage.

Heating & Electricity - Important!

Hot water is provided by solar panels, backed up as necessary by an oil fired boiler which also provides central heating. The entire building is insulated to a high standard, so heat loss is kept to a minimum.

Due to the rural location of Barley Hill Cottage, and the owner's understandable decision not to ruin the view with overhead power cables, electricity in the cottage comes from a cleverly designed private power supply system, incorporating a generator, batteries and inverter. This provides a standard (230 V AC) supply, capable of delivering all the normal lighting and power requirements of the building. As in any normal house, power is available 24 hours a day, though the diesel generator only runs for a limited number of hours each day to top up the batteries. The generator is almost silent, can barely be heard from inside the house, and is only faintly audible when sitting in the garden outside. It is designed to be as economical as possible, and so as to preserve absolute silence, does not run at night. In order to keep the running hours of the generator to a minimum, guests are encouraged to be especially careful not to use electricity unnecessarily. If heavy loads are to be used (for example washing machine, or dishwasher) it is best to ensure this is done during the generator's daily running periods. This will actually minimise both fuel usage, and the time for which the generator runs. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.

Additional Accommodation

If you are looking for a property in a similar style, The Smithy, Crookham sleeping 2, The Bothy at Reedsford sleeping 4+2, The Barn at Reedsford sleeping 2, The Byre at Reedsford sleeping 4 and No. 9 sleeping 4 share the same owner.

Location

Barley Hill Cottage is 5 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed which offers an excellent village shop selling pies and delicious local goodies and the Collingwood Arms which has a lively bar and restaurant specialising in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer. Also nearby is the charming ancient market town of Wooler which has a variety of local, independent shops including a butcher and grocer selling a good range of local produce, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The ancient towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Kelso and Duns are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either approximately 1.5 hours by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.

Activities

Barley Hill Cottage is well placed for exploring many of Northumberland's natural hidden gems. On its door step in one direction lie 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 extensive rambles amidst spectacular scenery.

In another direction is the contrasting lower lying land of the River Till valley with its tiny picturesque villages and scattered farm settlements. This is home to “Ford and Etal Estates”, which hosts an award winning range of small rural businesses, visitor attractions and activities. The various venues are linked by equally lovely walks, rides or drives through attractive well kept rural countryside.

One of our favourite attractions, popular with old and young alike, is the delightful miniature steam railway which runs from Heatherslaw to Etal. On arrival in Etal, the visitor is well advised to leave the train and spend an hour or two in the village, exploring the ruins of Etal Castle and its museum, visiting the Black Bull Pub, village shop, Tea Room, the Church, the pine furniture makers' showroom, or simply enjoying a walk or picnic beside the river, before catching a later train back to Heatherslaw. Here, on the other side of the bridge from the train station, the working water driven corn mill, café, and visitors centre are also all well worth a visit.

If you fancy exploring the local area on four feet rather than two, the local stables at Kimmerston offers fabulous guided rides both on the coastal beaches or up into the Cheviot Hills.

History enthusiasts will be amazed at the sheer number and density of sites of historic and cultural heritage that the area has to offer. These include stunning examples of early rock art and stone circles, Norman castles, Churches of every period, and many fascinating nineteenth century agricultural and industrial buildings.

Very close to Barley Hill cottage is Flodden Field, site of the infamous battle of 1513 between the Scots and the English. Here a “battlefield trail” can be followed on foot, pausing to study several well placed illustrated information boards which tell the story of how the events of that terrible day unfolded.

The cottage lies within half an hour's drive of Northumberland's magnificent coastline, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether for walking, kite-surfing, riding, sandcastle-building, dune-surfing or just relaxing, the stunning beaches are well worth a visit. One of our favourite spots is Bamburgh Beach, with miles of pristine sand, nestled behind huge sand dunes and overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle. Head home via The Barn at Beal, a restaurant and coffee shop in a spectacular location overlooking Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.

For fishing fanatics, the legendary River Tweed is only a 10 minute drive from the cottage or the River Till is closer still 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. For fishing parties, the cottage offers rod racks and a drying room.

 

Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"We had a fabulous time thank you - Barley Hill never disappoints and we did some wonderful walks.  Thank you for arranging everything and we look forward to another trip next year if possible."

Diggins Party

"We had a lovely Christmas, arrived to the surprise of Christmas tree and decorations and a very generous hamper. Most grateful for unlimited log supply and excellent central heating. Lovely furnishings and gorgeous bed and quality bedding."

Winterson Family

"Had a lovely stay in a lovely property, the views are stunning."

Dr Farmer

"We enjoyed our stay at Barley Hill, a very comfortable time. Particularly appreciated the excellent bed linen, top quality. Also the well stocked logs and kindling. All in all an extremely well thought out and well equipped cottage."

Mr Law

"We had a lovely time at Barley Hill thank you and such a lovely place to spend our honeymoon!  The cottage is delightful and so peaceful, breathtaking views, well equipped and just a lovely all round place to spend a couple of weeks.  We enjoyed our stay there last year too and wanted to return as it was just perfect."

Mr & Mrs Woods
"Thank you - we really enjoyed our week at Barley Hill Cottage - it was exactly the holiday we wanted! The cottage was very clean and well equipped and the welcome pack was a treat! We shall definitely book again with Crabtree and Crabtree." Stowe family

"We thoroughly enjoyed out stay at Barley in particular how clean and well equipped the cottage was. The views were amazing and were able to do lots of exploring! Thanks again for a wonderful stay, we shall definitely look to book through Crabtree & Crabtree again in the future."

Cluett family

"We much enjoyed our stay in Barley Cottage last week – what a view!"

Gardiner family

"Although I have only used Crabtree & Crabtree twice it is by far the best holiday agency. All of your properties appear to be of the highest standards. Well done and keep up the good work."

Vickers family

"The property was extremely well equipped and idyllic in its location - we will most likely go back again this summer."

Watt family

"We have all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Barley Hill Cottage the standard and comfort and attention to detail was exceptional."

Brown family

"I cannot think of anything you could do to improve Barley Hill Cottage, it was perfect. We had a lovely weekend break. We enjoyed it so much we booked another week in October."

Jackson family

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Barley Hill Cottage and found it to be very well equipped and really comfortable. The directions were excellent so we easily found the cottage and I must say that the views are absolutely stunning, particularly as we had snow during our stay. The weather was cold, so the abundant supply of wood for the log burner was very welcome and kept us warm and cosy. It was also lovely to have the welcome pack which went down well."

Robinson family

"Thank you for you email we had the most lovely stay at Barley Hill. It was a lovely cottage and so well appointed we will definitely be back!"

Mrs & Mr Whitefield
Location Rural - 6 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi expected to be in place at the start of 2020.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible during low season.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Easy to say but views to die for. A chilled glass of wine outside on a summers evening gazing out over the Cheviot hills – peace and tranquillity personified. The little things we love...
"Easy to say but views to die for. A chilled glass of wine outside on a summers evening gazing out over the Cheviot hills – peace and tranquillity personified."
Corinne, owner