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Blakey & Cuthbert House

Morpeth, Northumberland

Monks chose Brinkburn for its beauty and peace – why not do the same?

Blakey & Cuthbert House

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Blakey & Cuthbert House

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Overview

Monks chose Brinkburn for its beauty and peace – why not do the same?

These two combined properties let families or friends relax in spacious surroundings each evening after days spent exploring

Blakey and Cuthbert House are the central pair of a cute, creeper-covered terrace at the entrance to Northumberland’s riverside Brinkburn Estate – famed for its gorgeous 12th-century priory. Adjoining one another, they can seamlessly form a single property when required courtesy of an interconnecting door and garden gates.

Large groups or families will spend ample space for socialising or relaxing, having explored this fascinating, beautiful corner of rural Northumberland.

Cuthbert House is likely to be the social hub. Its downstairs is also particularly open-plan, making it easy to spend time together while never feeling cramped. To one side is a sitting room featuring two sofas facing a Smart TV, then a dining room (ask us if you’d like a larger dining table installed here so everyone can dine together) and finally a kitchen combining appliances galore with a built-in breakfast bar and its four counter stools.

Blakey House, meanwhile, has its own snug sitting area and Smart TV – where kids could watch their favourite shows before supper or bed – along with an additional dining table and kitchen.

Across the two cottages, there are four bathrooms and four bedrooms in total. Those bedrooms all have super-king-sized beds, all four of which can easily be set up as twin singles instead. As well as chests of drawers and luxury robes, every sleeping quarter has a restful, Scandi-style palette of white, slate and pine. Rainfall showers await in all bathrooms, plus a deep bathtub per property.

Each house has its own sun-trap garden on whose lawns dogs or kids might gad about. Outdoor seating is provided, enabling meals in the fresh air, and there are fine views over fields. A gate leads through the fence dividing these two gardens, as does another at the front, adding to the ease and ensuring that you can also maximise the outdoor space when taking both properties.

Brinkburn Priory is a two-minute drive or ten-minute walk away, secluded on a snaking, steep-sided bend of the River Coquet. Featuring distinctive witches’-hat towers, it was built in 1135 by Augustinian monks delighted at the seclusion of this wooded valley. Centuries later, the now-private residence was painted by Turner before seeing a gothic manor house added.

Around the wider Brinkburn estate, there’s a designated spot for wild swimmers and a gorgeous circular trail to walk along the Coquet. Access to that is offered by a meadow-crossing path from the houses’ back gardens.

Ready to explore further? Alnwick Castle and the pretty market town of Rothbury are close, while Coquetdale, the Coquet’s upper section, is a wonderfully wild expanse of open moorland and rocky outcrops extending into the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park.

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

An internal door located in the living room of Blakey House and the hallway of Cuthbert House connects the two properties.

Blakey House:

Access from the front doorway into the porch.

Kitchen with electric oven, 4-ring induction hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, cafetiere, large table with 4 chairs. Utility cupboard with mop and bucket and hoover. 

Small utility area with washer/dryer combi, iron and ironing board.

Living room contains a large two-seater sofa and two armchairs, coffee table, side table, shelves with books and board games, modern wood burning stove and Smart TV.

Cuthbert House:

Access from the front doorway into the porch.

Small hallway with hanging hooks and a washer/dryer combi. 

Open plan sitting room and kitchen with good social space. This space is larger than in Blakey House, and guests can request to have dining furniture from both properties to be set up in this room if they wish to dine together.

Sitting area contains two two-seater sofas, large dining table with seating for four guests, wood burning stove and Smart TV.

Kitchen contains fan-oven and 4-ring induction hob, integrated fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, two-slice toaster, integrated dishwasher, ample storage space and island with sink and built-in breakfast bar with four stools.

FIRST FLOOR

Blakey House:

Bedroom one can be configured as a super king or twins. Bedroom contains bedside tables with lamps, decorative feature fireplace, tall chest of drawers and hanging hooks on the back of the door.

En-suite with large rainfall shower and additional attachment, basin with mirror above, and WC.

Bedroom two can be configured as a super king or twins. Bedroom contains bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe and dressing table with chair and mirror.

En-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead and additional attachment. Heated towel rail, basin with illuminated mirror above, cabinet for storage and WC.

Cuthbert House:

Bedroom one can be configured as either a super king size or twins, with bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, hanging hooks on the wall, chair and decorative feature fireplace.

En-suite shower room, with rainfall shower head and additional attachment, WC, and sink with mirror and shelf space.

Bedroom two can be configured as either a super king size or twins with bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, shaker hooks for hanging space, and chair. Window offers views over field behind the cottages.

Family bathroom with a large bath with handheld shower attachment, separate walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead and additional attachment, heated towel rail, WC, and sink with illuminated mirrored cabinet above.

OUTSIDE

The properties benefit from south-facing lawned gardens with outdoor dining tables and seating for guests.

The gardens offer views out over the field behind the row of cottages with gated access to the field from the garden.

There is also a gate in the garden fence separating the properties and at the front there is a pretty potted plant area and again a gate separating Cuthbert House and Blakey House, so guests can come and go as they please. 

PARKING

A designated parking space sits opposite the front of both cottages.

BABIES & CHILDREN

A travel cot and highchair are provided on request.

DOGS

Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.

GUEST AMENITIES

Luxury bed linen and towel robes are provided.

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Wi-Fi is available and is a good speed. Mobile coverage is poor in the cottage and surrounding estate but guests will be able to make Wi-Fi calls instead.

HEATING

Central heating throughout the two properties. Wood burning stove in both sitting rooms. Initial supply of logs provided, with extra supplies available to purchase on-site.

GUEST PRIVACY

Cuthbert House sits in the middle of a terrace row of four cottages at the entrance of the estate. The garden is enclosed but visible to the neighbouring property.

Cuthbert House also shares an access gate in the front and rear garden with Blakey House, as well as an internal access door. These access points will only be usable if both properties are booked as a single unit.

The estate office sits opposite the property and staff may occasionally be seen passing. 

ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION

For guests looking to holiday together, this property can be booked alongside the other two cottages in the row, Bel House (sleeps 4), and Mullins House (sleeps 4). 

Blakey House and Cuthbert House can also be booked individually sleeping 4 each.

A further two properties, The Stables (sleeps 8) and Priory Cottage (sleeps 2), are located 0.5 miles away on the Estate. 

The Stables & Priory Cottage can be booked as a single unit sleeping 10. 

Location

The local village of Longframlington (2.8 miles) has a small convenience store and popular local butchers. The village also benefits from The Village Inn and The Granby Inn, both of which serve traditional pub food or head to Running Fox, a delightful artisan bakery coffee shop. 

The attractive town of Rothbury is 4.5 miles away and is home to several independent shops, restaurants and pubs. It has an excellent butchers shop opposite the T-junction as you drive in or try Tulley Delicatessen for a great selection of cheeses.

Morpeth is 11.4 miles away and features a wider range of shops and eateries, including Turkish, Italian and Thai restaurants as well as a range of cosy tearooms. Larger supermarkets can be found in the market town for when you need to stock up on supplies.

You can also find some lovely characterful shopping in the village shops at Longhorsley and Belsay.

Activities

This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border reivers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland and picturesque valleys.

You are welcome to explore Brinkburn Estate during your stay where you will find a tranquil riverside trail as well as Brinknurn Priory and Manor House. Members of English Heritage will be able to visit for free, while non-members will need to purchase a ticket.

Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.

Further across you will find Clennell Street which follows the ancient drover road where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills, dropping down to the tiny village of Alwinton where you can rest tired legs and enjoy a pie and a pint at the Rose and Thistle pub. Alwinton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so it’s also a perfect spot to indulge in a spot of stargazing.

Alternatively, the Street or ‘clattering path’ is a Roman road where you can walk the Border Ridge and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings, or why not take a ranger-led walk from Harbottle to see the fabled Drake Stone.

If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, head to nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high energy the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.

The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.

For those looking for a more relaxed option, enjoy a pampering treatment at your cottage with Harmony Holistic Mobile Spa.

Also within easy reach are the award-winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.

Finally, the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog-friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for ice cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place. Simply magical!

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Location Rural - 4.5 miles from Rothbury
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday and Monday, with the additional option of Wednesday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"The positioning right in the middle of Northumberland means both the stunning National Park and vast coastline are within easy reach from the Brinkburn Estate."
Kat, Crabtree & Crabtree
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