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Brockmill Farmhouse

Beal, Northumberland

A substantial, impeccably renovated family home on the Northumberland coast, close to the mysterious Holy Island of Lindisfarne

 

Brockmill Farmhouse

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Overview

A substantial, impeccably renovated family home on the Northumberland coast, close to the mysterious Holy Island of Lindisfarne

A cinema room, a games room, a bar and a big garden all await at this handsomely-renovated farmhouse — meaning boredom most certainly does not!

When gathering at Brockmill Farmhouse for a coastal escape, large parties of families or friends will also find luxury, amenities aplenty, style and space, so much space.

Once serving as the mill farm for the now ruined Haggerston Castle, this 18th-century house has recently undergone extensive renovation. Taking great care to retain the original character of this handsome home, original features including sash windows with snug-fitting wooden shutters, high ceilings and large stone inglenook fireplaces have been meticulously restored and now sit alongside upmarket furnishings, and stylish paintwork. Homely and grand they strike the perfect – and hard to achieve – balance between cosy, contemporary and traditional.

The numerous areas in which guests may gather or — and we’re thinking of space-loving teenagers here — segregate have also undergone extensive renovation. That includes a devoted cinema room, fitted with blackout blinds, a 75-inch, surround-sound Smart TV and even LED ceiling lights; a bar area where you can clink cocktails on stool chairs; and a games room whose full-size snooker table, console-supporting TV, foosball and dartboard options all vie for attention.

Also on the ground floor is a large dining kitchen (seating 14), featuring numerous appliances – such as a rangemaster electric cooker, American-style fridge-freezer, built-in wine cooler and Nespresso machine – where family and friends will no doubt congregate to rustle up something for supper over a bottle of wine. Though you may prefer to enjoy your evening aperitif in the large, light-filled sitting room, where bi-fold doors open out onto the garden. Completing the ground floor, there’s a warm utility room where dogs can sleep and a cosy, stove-heated snug for reading or card-playing.

You’ll find all of the bedrooms upstairs. A dozen steep steps lead from the sitting room to two super-king-sized chambers that can also feature twin single beds on request; these share a lovely family shower room. Another, shallower staircase connects the entrance hall to a pair of characterful super-king rooms (one with en-suite shower room) which can each have a child’s daybed added on request, a two-bunk room and a big bathroom whose slipper tub allows for sumptuous soaks. Accessed via low-ceilinged steps and featuring two super-king or twin bedrooms, the second floor suits adults or teens keen on some seclusion. In total, 14 adults and two additional children can be accommodated.

Brockmill Farmhouse is just as impressive on the outside, with its large, south-facing lawn garden offering giant chess, giant Jenga and croquet. There’s also a pretty patio, edged with rose bushes around two large tables and a barbecue, which is a lovely spot for al-fresco dining on sunny days.

The Garden is enclosed whenever the farm gate and iron driveway gate are shut. And while occasional cars may pass by, bound for the neighbouring cottages and farm or a five-pitch caravan site, you should expect ample doses of rural quiet amid this picturesque coastal corner. As such, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for passing deer, hares or barn owls in the surrounding fields.

With Holy Island and its transient causeway on the doorstep, it’s a short five-minute drive or 35-minute walk across to Lindisfarne, although you’ll need to pay attention to the ever-changing tides. Also close by is the excellent Barn at Beal restaurant, while Cheswick Sands beach and bewitching Bamburgh Castle are less than ten miles away.

Property details

Ground floor

Entrance from front garden into front porch and entrance hallway.

Kitchen with Rangemaster electric cooker with three ovens and grill, six-ring electric ceramic hob, double Belfast sink with mixer tap and pressure spray tap feature. Full size American-style fridge freezer with ice maker, integrated dishwasher, built-in wine cooler, microwave, Nespresso machine with initial supply of pods provided. Dining area with large extendable table seating 14 guests plus three additional chairs for children, decorative fireplace and large Smart TV.

Cloakroom with WC.

Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, double Belfast sink with spray tap, bench seating and ample storage space. Door leading to the rear porch with access out to the gravel courtyard.

Snug with large, south-facing sash windows overlooking the patio garden, wood-burning stove set in an impressive stone inglenook fireplace (initial supply of logs provided), three-seater sofa, armchair, side tables and playing cards table. 

Sitting room with two four-seater sofas, 55 inch Smart TV, side tables, antique dresser and wood-burning stove set in large stone inglenook fireplace (initial supply of logs provided). Large bi-fold doors lead out to patio area.

Cinema room with long, curved feature sofa seating eight guests with two end seats reclining and one lounger chair, 75 inch Smart TV with surround sound system, blackout blinds and doors and coloured LED cinema ceiling and lamps for full cinema experience. Small porch leading to rear gravelled courtyard area and games room.

Bar with high table and bar stool chairs for six guests, second bar with an additional two bar stool chairs, integrated fridge with freezer compartment, built-in wine cooler and integrated slimline dishwasher, large sink with mixer tap. French doors leading out to patio and lawn garden.

First floor - accessed via main staircase in entrance hall

Bedroom one with fixed super king bed, bedside tables, dressing table with mirror above and chair, bench seat at the foot of the bed, tall chest of drawers, full-length mirror, decorative feature fireplace, large south-facing sash window with original shutters overlooking the garden. A day bed for one child can be provided on request.

Bedroom two with fixed super king bed, bedside tables, dressing table with mirror above and stool, bench seat at the foot of the bed, armchair, large double wardrobe with shelf storage, full-length mirror, decorative feature fireplace, large south-facing sash window with original shutters overlooking the garden. A day bed for one child can be provided on request.

En suite shower room with rainfall shower head and additional attachment, WC, heated towel rail and basin with illuminated mirror and cupboard storage.

Bedroom three with full-length bunk bed (3/4 size double on bottom and 3' single bed on top) sleeping a maximum of two adults or two children, drawer storage beneath the bed, hanging rail, decorative fireplace and north-facing sash window with original shutters.

Family bathroom with large slipper bath with hand-held shower attachment, large walk-in shower with rainfall shower head and additional attachment, heated towel rail, WC, basin, illuminated mirror with Bluetooth connectivity, cupboard storage and window seat.

Second floor

Staircase with a further 17 steps and reduced ceiling height when reaching second floor.

Bedroom four with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6’ super king or 3’ twin, bedside tables, hanging rail, dressing table with stool, full-length mirror, Velux window, sloped ceiling and exposed wood beams.

Bedroom five with with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6’ super king or 3’ twin, bedside tables, hanging rail, full-length mirror, chest of drawers with mirror, two Velux windows and sloped ceiling.

Family shower room with feature Cloudburst shower head and additional attachment, heated towel rail, Velux window, WC and basin with illuminated mirror. and cupboard storage.

First floor - accessed via staircase in sitting room

Staircase is steep with 12 steps.

Landing with full-length mirror.

Family bathroom with large shower with rainfall showerhead and additional attachment, full-length heated towel rail, WC and basin with illuminated mirror above and cupboard storage below.

Bedroom six with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6’ super king or 3’ twin, bedside tables, chest of drawers with mirror, high ceiling with exposed beams and large south-facing windows with original shutters.

Bedroom seven with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6’ super king or 3’ twin, bedside tables, chest of drawers, wall mirror, high ceiling with exposed beams and north-facing window with original shutters.

Games room

The games room is located at the back of the house, accessed via the porch leading from the cinema room and contains a full-size snooker table with suspended pendant lights above, 3-way games table with foosball, mini pool and air hockey, dart board, games table and a piano. There is a 55 inch TV (not Smart TV) where you are welcome to connect your own game consoles. The games room has a four-seater sofa and a lounge chair. Bi-fold doors lead out to the gravel patio area. 

Please note, although the games room is attached to the main house, there is no internal access.

There is an external cloakroom with WC by the games room.

Outside

Pretty patio area with rose bushes and shrubbery, dining table with seating for six guests in the front patio and a second dining table with seating for eight guests towards the lawn area. Lawn games including giant chessboard, giant Jenga and croquet. 

A Weber Master-touch charcoal barbecue is available for guest use (charcoal not provided). 

The garden is enclosed when the gates are closed. The gravel area to the rear where the games room is located is also enclosed when the gates are closed.

Parking

There is space for six cars on the driveway and in front of the property.

Babies & Children

One travel cot and two highchairs are available on request. Four pressure-fit stairgates can be provided on request.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog. We ask that dogs sleep in the utility room and porch area which is a warm space with hard flooring.

Guest amenities

Bed linen, towels and ultra-fine, hypoallergenic microfibre duvets and pillows are provided. Notes of Northumberland guest toiletries are provided. There is a hairdryer in each bedroom.
The house it fitted with emergency lighting for additional safety on the staircases throughout. 

Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage

Superfast Fibre broadband is available throughout the house and there is good 4G signal.

Heating

Central heating throughout the house which is thermostatically controlled with five different zones through the house. Wood burning stoves in the snug and sitting room with initial supply of logs provided. Additional bags of logs are available to purchase - more information is provided in the property. The fireplaces in the kitchen and bedrooms are decorative only.

Guest privacy

Brockmill Farmhouse is detached and not overlooked.

The country road leading up to the house is only used for Brockmill Farmhouse and the neighbouring cottages and farm, and the caravan site further up the road. There may be cars passing by the driveway and farm vehicles may also pass by please take extra care on the road particularly during harvest time. We ask that you do not access any fields with livestock in them.

Location

Brockmill Farmhouse sits in Northumberland's Coastal AONB, next to many close visitor attractions with local services nearby, including The Barn at Beal for lingering lunches savouring the catch-of-the-day or informal dining and a craft beer at The Bothy bar (please check seasonal opening times).

You can get ‘corner shop’ provisions from the Londis Lindisfarne Service Station on the A1 (1 mile), or 7 miles will take you to the village of Belford which offers a range of local amenities including the Sunnyhills Farm Shop which sells fabulous local produce as well as serving excellent coffee and tasty food. Food fans will be delighted by the wealth of local goodies on offer here including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, and Craster Kippers to name but a few.

More extensive amenities can be found in the Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (9 miles) which has a mix of high street and independent shopping, as well as two large supermarkets, a Marks & Spencers food outlet and a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is also served by the main East Coast rail line with regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle for a city day out.

Activities

The whole area is bursting with things to do, dotted by a trail of castles and fortifications interspersed with pretty seaside villages all the way up and down the coast.

Sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers will be captivated by the vast variety of wildlife and birdlife right on the doorstep. This is a spectacular stretch for migrant and wading birds, and in the evening, you can wrap up and head outside to experience big sky views and some amazing sunsets.

For walking and relaxation, the beaches on this stretch of Northumberland coastline are an absolute delight. Cross the causeway to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to trace the legend of St. Cuthbert, often described as ‘The Jewel of the Northumberland Coast’. It 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.

Nearby Cheswick and Goswick offer vast, deserted stretches of golden sands where you can wander to your heart's content, or head to Bamburgh (12 miles) with its glorious curves of white sandy beach backed by the dramatic outline of Bamburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop.

For cycling, this area has plenty to offer with an abundance of trails and waymarked routes suitable for all ages and abilities from family routes, leisure routes, and mountain biking trails with everything from easy coastal stretches to high energy treks along the course of the Sandstone Way.

Take a boat trip from Seahouses to the outstanding Farne Islands nature reserve and seabird sanctuary; head to Craster to sample their legendary oak smoked kippers; or head inland to experience the medieval splendour of Alnwick Castle with its fantastic child-friendly activity programme inspired by the wizardly magic and broomstick antics of Harry Potter. 

Walk the outstanding Elizabethan walls of the Old Town in Berwick-upon-Tweed taking in ancient bastions, watchtowers and gun batteries whilst enjoying stunning views of the coast and Tweed estuary, before stopping off for a tasty bag of fish and chips.

For a city day out, Berwick Station offers an easy day trip to the magnificent sights of Edinburgh, just 45 minutes journey by train.

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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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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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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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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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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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

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

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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Nannies and babysitters

Nannies and babysitters

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter 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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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

"Privileged to be the first guests at this amazing house.

 

From the 'Wow' as we walked through the front door, Brockmill Farmhouse exuded luxury and comfort at every turn.

 

We loved the fabulous, well equipped kitchen and the living room with adjoining patio for breakfast.  The cows watching over the wall as we ate, were reflective of the idyllic, peaceful, surroundings that the house occupies.

 

The cinema room was well used and the games room an attraction for any snooker fan.  

 

The bedrooms were all beautifully furnished with sumptuous bedding and linens on very comfy beds. The bathrooms were also real luxury.

 

Although we have been to Northumberland numerous times we fell in love with this new area.  The beaches of Alnmouth, Low Newton, Embleton and Budle Bay were all revisited, but this time we added a trip to North Berwick and several morning visits to the beautiful, deserted beach at Godwin. A real find !!

 

The Jolly Fisherman at Craster, lived up to its reputation and the Whittling House at Alnmouth was fabulous.  Both need advance booking though so don't delay. We also enjoyed a meal at the Black Bull in Lowick..

 

If visiting Craster make sure you pop into Mick Oxley's gallery.  Mick is so talented and his paintings of the Northumberland Coast are stunning.

 

Other small but memorable wins were the Cruffins at the Bostock Bakery in North Berwick and the Vegan Gelato at Pilgrims on Holy Island. We also loved Scott's Deli in Alnmouth.

 

All in all, a fabulous holiday in a stunning location.  

 

We were lucky to meet the owners on our first day and will forever be delighted that for a short time we could share the love and attention to detail, they have poured into this beautiful house."

 

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Location Rural - 9 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed. 4 miles to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 5pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The stunning coastal view near Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Little Things We Love...
"With a spacious sun-trap garden, games room, cinema room and ample social space through the house, we hope to have created the perfect base for a family holiday – whatever time of year you visit"
Helen & Stuart, owners of Brockmill Farmhouse
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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