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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.




The Boat House The Boathouse


Main House

Ground floor

Large kitchen with breakfast table (seating 8), dishwasher, microwave, two electric ovens, 4 ring hob, refrigerator and radio.

Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, additional fridge/freezer and chest freezer.

Large dining room with enormous dining table seating up to 10 guests. The dining room also has an impressive open fire with a pair of stylish throne-like chairs.

Snug with seating for 4 guests and TV with DVD player and Freeview.

Drawing room with plentiful seating, impressive open fire and books and games.

Bedroom one with double bed (5’) with large wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table and stunning views of the River Tweed.

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

First floor

Bedroom two with 4 poster double bed (5’) with large wardrobe, chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.

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

Family bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.

Bedroom three with twin beds (2x 3’), small wardrobe, chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.

Bedroom four with double bed (5’), chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.

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

Annexe
The annexe is located on the first floor above the garage and is separate from the main house. Access is via the steps to the left of the garage. There is no additional cost for the use of the annexe.

Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be set up as a superking double (6’) or twins (2x 3’), chest of drawers and small wardrobe.

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

Guest amenities
Luxurious bed linen and fluffy bath towels and hand towels are provided for each guest. L’Occitane toiletries are provided.

Babies and children
One travel cot and one high chair can be provided on request.

Dogs
Dogs are welcome at The Boathouse. We ask that dogs are kept downstairs, out of the bedrooms and off the furniture.

Garden and grounds
Large, enclosed garden with fabulous views over river, garden furniture and barbecue.

Parking
Private parking for up to 5 cars is provided.

Internet
Wi-Fi is provided.

Mobile Coverage
Mobile signal is very poor in this area. A landline is provided for emergency calls and incoming calls.

Heating
The Boathouse has oil central heating along with underfloor heating in some parts of the house. There are open fires in the dining room and drawing room (logs are provided).

Fishing
Fishing may be available with prior arrangement and extra cost (subject to availability).

Catering
Catering at The Boathouse is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guests’ 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 guests’ first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

at a glance
Bedrooms
5
Bath/Shower Rooms
5
Max No. of Guests
10
Child Friendly
yes
Pet Friendly
yes
Price Per Week
From £1100.00
Nearest Town
Norham
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Guest feedback

Mcadam, June 16 -"We had a wonderful week, it is the most beautiful house and the setting is just fantastic​."

Storey, Apr 16 -"We have loved our stay. You have a lovely house in a fabulous location."

Morrell, Mar 16 -"Really glad we discovered The Boathouse and got to know the area. We hope to be back in the future."

Lambird, Oct 15 -"Just to say we have had a thoroughly enjoyable time at The Boathouse this week. It is such a wonderful spot. Managed four fish as well so that was an added bonus! Many thanks for all you did to make our week go so smoothly."

Hall, Oct 15 -"We all thought it was a great week, thank you. The house is ideal for what we want and all of us enjoy the fishing. Steve, the ghillie works really well for us and Crabtree & Crabtree have been really efficient in finding an extra ghillie, arranging a mid-week clean and answering any queries as they arise. No suggestions at all as to how it could be improved. I arrange the trip for up to 8 others and C&C have made it really easy for me to organise."

Macdougall, July 15 -"This was our second stay at The Boathouse, and we've already booked again for next summer, so as you might guess, we love it there. The house is lovely, and so comfortable, and the location is gorgeous and unimaginably peaceful. We love the Boathouse and we are so grateful to be able to spend two weeks there in the summer."

Benjamin, June 15 -"The Boathouse is one of the loveliest houses we have ever stayed in and the location is stunning. The house was clean and tidy and the welcome hamper was lovely. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable time. There was nothing nicer than sitting in the garden with a glass of wine looking over the river, a beautiful place."