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Bracken Lodge

Swarland, Northumberland

A high-spec home set in open farmland with sweeping views to the Northumberland coast.

Bracken Lodge

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Overview

A high-spec home set in open farmland with sweeping views to the Northumberland coast.

An impressive new property in a fabulous location between Northumberland’s coast and hills

Hewn from soft cream stone and enclosed by a generous garden, Bracken Lodge is a seriously high-spec new home with a charming rural setting. Built amidst farmland by the farm’s owners, this property delivers the tranquillity and perks of pastoral life (spring lambs gambol in the pasture by the front of the house and guests are treated to eggs freshly laid by the resident curly hens) together with the luxury of high-spec contemporary living. 

The owners have considered every detail in the build of this sought-after holiday cottage: the expansive kitchen, the undeniable heart of the home, is the epitome of rustic chic with its homely AGA, Shaker cabinetry and timber dining table set against slick black granite worktops and smart bar stools set at the breakfast bar. Double windows and French doors leading to the garden allow light to stream in, while internal doors lead through to an inviting, fire-warmed sitting room with French doors to the garden. Here, a stylish garden dining set affords far-reaching views of the surrounding sheep-dotted pastures that stretch all the way to the coast.

The ground floor of Bracken Lodge further features a games room with a pool table, a utility room, cloakroom and two large bedrooms, which are ideally suited to guests with mobility issues. The two bedrooms are both large and beautifully appointed en suite doubles offering views of the surrounding garden and countryside. 

Another two bedrooms are found on the first floor, each set beneath gently sloping ceilings. The impressive master suite features an expansive en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and freestanding bath as well as its own sitting room while the second bedroom, also an en suite, offers a king size bed and sofa bed. Clearly, the owners of Bracken Lodge love a good bathroom as no expense has been spared on any of the lavish en suites in the cottage.

In addition to the notable quality of Bracken Lodge’s finish, the cottage boasts a winning location between the Northumberland Heritage Coast and Northumberland National Park and Cheviot Hills. Head east for the coastal village of Alnmouth, with its swathes of white sands, links golf course and fabulous Old School Gallery, or head west for the wilds of the Northumberland National Park and Cheviot Hills for fantastic walking and cycling.

Closer to home, there are woodland walks and bike trails to enjoy in Thrunton Wood, friendly wild Cheviot goats to spot in the rugged Simonside Hills and the attractive market town of Rothbury to explore. Quite literally on the doorstep, the village of Swarland is home to a legendary coffee shop, which is particularly popular with families thanks to its large play area, and the acclaimed Cook & Barker Inn. 

Property details

Ground Floor

Access into impressive entrance hall.

Open-plan kitchen and dining area:

Extensively equipped, high spec kitchen with a 2-door electric Aga, electric oven and grill with 4-ring electric hob, large fridge / freezer, Nespresso machine, ample storage, dishwasher and breakfast bar seating for four.

Dining table with seating for eight.

Sitting room with seating for eight guests, wood burner (with large basket of logs provided), Smart TV and Bluetooth speaker.

Games room with pool table.

Cloakroom with basin and WC.

Utility room with washing machine, dryer and drinks fridge.

Bedroom one with king size bed, large cupboards with hanging space and shelving, dressing table and small sofa.

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

Bedroom two with double (4’ 6”) bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

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

First Floor

Bedroom three - large bedroom with super king bed and two wardrobes with hanging space. Double doors lead to a private sitting room with sofa bed, armchair and Smart TV.

En suite bathroom with feature bath, walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC. 

Bedroom four with king size bed, wardrobe with hanging space, and sofa bed, which is available for up to two children, at a charge of £80 per week (£50 for a short break).

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

Outside

Bracken Lodge sits in substantial grounds of about 0.4 of an acre. There is a large garden (which is expected to become fully enclosed by mid-May) to the side of the property and a terraced area leading from the kitchen with outside seating and a gas barbecue.

A further stretch of un-enclosed lawn extends to the rear and far side of the property. In addition, there is a terrace to the front, which provides a sheltered place to sit.

The garden offers fabulous uninterrupted views across pasture to the coast beyond.

Parking

There is ample private parking to the front of the house.

Babies & Children

Babies and children are very welcome and a high chair, booster seat and stair gates are provided. Please note that a travel cot is not provided.

Parents of toddlers should be aware of the first-floor hallway balcony and young children should not be left unattended.

The side garden will be full enclosed by mid-May, however it is important to note that Bracken Lodge sits next to a working farm and as such, there will be large farm vehicles and farm machinery in use nearby. Children should be closely supervised at all times.

Dogs

One well-behaved dog is welcome and must be kept to the ground floor, uncarpeted areas of the property and are not allowed on the furniture.

It is important to note that the property sits on a working farm with livestock in the surrounding fields, so it is essential that dogs are closely supervised and under control at all times.

Guest Amenities

Luxurious bed linen and towels are provided along with Arran Aromatics toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Superfast broadband is provided. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.

Heating

Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. Upstairs is heated by radiators and underfloor heating in the bathrooms.

Guest Privacy

Bracken Lodge sits on the owner’s farm within its own grounds. The owner’s farmhouse is about 100 yards from Bracken Lodge and the owners are on hand should guests have any queries during their stay.

Location

Activities

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

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

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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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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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Reviews

"We had a wonderful time at Bracken Lodge, which was the height of luxury. There was absolutely nothing which could have improved our experience. Our hosts were really friendly and helpful and provided an excellent welcome pack full of goodies. The location was perfect for us - only very slightly off the beaten track and very handy for both Morpeth and Alnwick, as well as the seaside. There is so much to do and see in Northumberland and the village cafe was a a real bonus - it was just a walk away and we visited 3 times, for breakfasts and afternoon tea. The house is very light, spacious, well equipped, peaceful and quiet, and we felt at home straight away. The beds were extremely comfortable and we loved the quality linens and towels.
We genuinely didn't want to go home when it was time to leave and we will try to return soon."

Mr & Mrs Cooke

"We had a fantastic week staying at Bracken lodge. The house was beautiful and we were extremely comfortable and very happy staying there. The welcome package was very much appreciated. The owner's lemon drizzle cake and homemade jam were second to none. It was a real pleasure to meet both owners. We hope to return in the future."

Mrs Kettertingham
Location Rural - 7 miles from Alnwick, 14 miles from Morpeth
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome with a charge of £25.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday during low season.
  • Arrival time: 5pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The outstanding view of countryside and coast on the doorstep of Bracken Lodge
The little things we love...
"There’s a chill-out spot for everyone in this house, whether you’re cooking with company in the kitchen, enjoying some lively fun in the games room, reading a book in the garden or enjoying a quiet drink in the master suite sitting room. "
Helen, owner of Bracken Lodge
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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