A two bedroom period cottage on a family run working farm, Gamekeeper’s Cottage and the superb Mindrum Estate on which it sits, offer the perfect spot for families and lovers of the great outdoors to get away from it all.
On the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills
This comfortable property is presented in a traditional style with a pretty rear garden providing the perfect spot for al fresco dining during the summer months. The principal accommodation and the garden have views across fields of horses (some of the friendliest we have met!) to the hills beyond.
The stunning Mindrum estate sits in an enviable position on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, the rolling blanket of hillsides that slope and swell amidst the 400 square miles of Northumberland’s National Park. The estate encompasses a diverse range of landscapes including a meandering river valley, ancient wetlands, a celebrated quintessentially English country garden and dramatic rolling hills with magnificent views across the National Park. Guests are encouraged to explore the wider estate and for many, it is having Mindrum’s wonderful and diverse landscapes on the doorstep that will make Gamekeeper’s Cottage stand out.
From the cottage, stiles provide direct access across fields to the Bowmont Water, a pretty river perfect for picnics, paddling and learning to fish. Or enjoy a bracing walk to the upland reaches of the estate where you will be rewarded with magnificent views across rolling Northumbrian countryside towards the heather-clad Cheviot Hills.
Wildlife lovers and photographers will be enthralled by the variety of birdlife that can be seen on the recently re-established ancient Mosses (wetlands) including skylarks, shelducks, plovers, and a wide range of songbirds, waders and waterfowl depending on the season. A range of river life such as kingfishers, dippers and otters can be seen on the Bowmont and the estate is also home to roe deer, hares, and red squirrels. During the spring, young guests in particular will enjoy seeing the new born lambs and calves in the fields around the farm.
Sitting room with wood burning stove with logs supplied, TV with Freeview and DVD, books, games and radio. Dining table (seats 4). A stable door leads to an outside seating area.
Compact, well-equipped kitchen with electric double oven and four ring hob, fridge with freezer compartment, three quarter size dishwasher and microwave. A deep freeze, washing machine and tumble dryer are available in a secure outbuilding opposite the cottage.
Hall / boot room, ideal for outdoor kit.
Bedroom one with 5’ double bed.
Bedroom two with two 3’ twin beds.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
There is a garden in front of the cottage with outside furniture and a barbecue. A former potting shed adjacent to the parking area provides a warm place to sit on a sunny winter’s day. There is ample storage for bicycles, rods, golf clubs and other outdoor kit in a secure building opposite the cottage which also houses the deep freeze. Guests are welcome to explore the wider estate which includes access to the Bowmont Water for fishing and picnic, superb walking, cycling and riding around pasture and woodland and bird watching on the moss.
There is a gravelled parking area to the rear for at least two cars.
Children & Babies
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Dogs & other pets
Up to three well-behaved dogs are welcome at Gamekeeper’s Cottage (depending upon the breed). Owners are requested to keep their dogs out of the carpeted areas. There may be some restrictions on walking dogs at certain times of the year on small areas of the estate to avoid disturbing nesting birds and during the shooting season. Dogs should be kept on a lead when walking through the farm.
Grazing and two loose boxes are available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony. There is a charge of £25 per night, for use of the stables and £5 per day for grazing. The paddock is next to the cottage and the stables are a couple of minute’s walk from the cottage. Guests are asked to supply their own feed and hay but bedding, water and feed buckets can be provided. Full livery is available.
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen with hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. Each bedroom has a chest of drawers and hanging space is provided by door hooks with hangers. Bath and hand towels and guest soaps are provided. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided at Gamekeeper's Cottage. There is limited mobile coverage on most networks. Coverage improves outside the cottage. A landline telephone is provided for reasonable use by guests.
Central heating system throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with an unlimited supply of logs.
Whilst Gamekeeper’s Cottage is a semi-detached property, the adjacent property is a second home which is rarely used. The property sits in a hamlet of farm cottages but the accommodation and garden is arranged so it faces away from the other properties and overlooks open fields of horses. Whilst Mindrum is a working farm, the cottage sits away from the commercial part of the farm and in the immediate vicinity of the cottage are other cottages and grazing fields. The owners live on the estate and are on hand to help guests get the best from their stay.
Despite Mindrum’s rural location, the estate is remarkably accessible with good local amenities close by. The 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. More extensive shopping including a good range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants are available at Kelso and Wooler which are 10 and 12 miles respectively.
Superb walks from the doorstep range from leisurely rambles along the Bowmont Water and surrounding farmland to more challenging hill and moorland treks in the Cheviot Hills. With more than 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways to choose from in the National Park alone, walkers are spoilt for choice. Cyclists are equally well provided for with miles of marked routes and quiet country lanes to explore offering everything from meandering river valley saunters to wild open moorland blasts. Popular routes include the Pennine Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route, both of which run through the National Park.
There is fishing by arrangement for grayling, sea trout and brown trout on the pretty Bowmont Water which runs through the estate. The cottage is only a ten minute drive from the River Till one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring. The lower and bottom beats of the legendary River Tweed are also within easy driving distance. Other field sporting opportunities are available at Mindrum or in the immediate area subject to availability and at additional charge. Please contact us for further details.
The stables at Kimmerston just down the road offer riding in the Cheviot Hills as well as rides on the spectacular sandy beaches on nearby Holy Island. Stabling and grazing is available to guests wishing to bring their own ponies or horses at additional cost.
Some of the cleanest and emptiest beaches in England can be found on Northumberland's spectacular Heritage Coastline, half an hour’s drive from the cottage. One of our favourite spots 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 or take a boat to the Farne Islands to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.
The stunning coastline provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing, sailing or coasteering. For something a little different, gliding is available at nearby Millfield. Clay pigeon shooting and archery are also available locally and beginners are very welcome.
The region’s rich and often bloody history is reflected in the magnificent chain of castles that punctuate the landscape. Those nearby the cottage 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.
Further afield, the magnificent city of Edinburgh is only about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
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"Our first visit to this lovely area for many years and we enjoyed our stay. The cottage was well equipped, nicely updated and acceptably clean, and we appreciated the generous welcome pack. Although on the edge of a group of (what we assume are) estate cottages, the views were extensive. While it was pleasantly remote, shopping at the large Sainsbury store in Kelso was only 15 minutes or so away – and a huge bonus was that the beds were comfortable! We would come again."Mr Savage
"We had yet another great time at Gamekeeper's cottage. It's our second visit to the lovely very peaceful cottage, would recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxing stay in Northumberland."Race family
"So many thanks for great service and a great time was had by all. The Gamekeepers Cottage was wonderful and extremely comfortable in every way. Also the welcome pack of goodies was generous and enormously appreciated, so I would rate and recommend Crabtree & Crabtree with the highest rating there is."Carleton-Paget family
"We had a very lovely stay at the Gamekeepers Cottage. Fabulous scenery and beautiful weather, peace and tranquility. Bliss. Looking forward to our next Crabtree & Crabtree getaway."Clark family
"As usual, our stay was amazing. We love Gamekeepers, seeing the ponies out of the window is fantastic. Everyone at Mindrum is so friendly and helpful if we needed anything. The cottage is great, has everything we need and is a super base for riding, or discovering the hills. It's a really magical place. I'm always so impressed with the Crabtree & Crabtree service. We will definitely be back."Jones family
"We did enjoy our stay. Everything that it said on your web page was true ...which is not always the case! We will definitely be using Crabtree & Crabtree again. Your booking process was smooth too!"Reast family
"I was impressed with the coziness and character of the cottage, not to mention the friendly neighbours and farm workers. The surrounding countryside is beautiful."Redpath family
"Thanks to the owner for all his help and hospitality. He was so kind, my twins and husband love the farm and the gardens, the cottage is beautiful and so clean, we were very comfortable there. I would stay at the cottage again, it was so peaceful and I would rate our stay there 10 out of 10. The most important thing is my twins could easily just play in the garden and we would never need to leave the cottage. Thanks again, booking was so easy and everything was great."Burchell family
- Three dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Take time to get to know the friendly neighbours."Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree