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Croft House

Great Tosson, Rothbury, Northumberland

Far removed from the hustle and bustle, this wonderful country home has natural character and warmth with breathtaking views across the rich rolling landscape of the Coquet Valley.

Croft House

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Overview

Far removed from the hustle and bustle, this wonderful country home has natural character and warmth with breathtaking views across the rich rolling landscape of the Coquet Valley and fantastic walking and cycling in the nearby Simonside hills.

A true home-from-home with breathtaking views and only 4 miles from Cragside House

Relaxation will come easily here, and for families and friends there is no better way to spend the day than life in the great outdoors, but with a super games room to keep children entertained too!

Set in the very quaint hamlet of Great Tosson, just 2 miles from Rothbury this period property in natural Northumbrian stone is set out over three levels and benefits from four bedrooms sleeping seven guests.

The sitting room and dining room both benefit from sunny, open aspects where you can soak up glorious skies and spectacular sunsets, with the added benefit of a roaring fire for those winter days.

Any cooks in the party are sure to love the versatility of the Everhot range cooker, while the wonderfully tactile solid elm furniture by designer Tim Stead will bring extra pleasure in getting friends round the table together.

The lower ground floor has a snug/games room leading into the garden which benefits from far reaching views, along with a separate shower room. The four bedrooms (three doubles and one single) sit on the first floor with crisp, fresh finishes and a separate family bathroom.

The lawned garden offers complete privacy with fantastic views over the Coquet Valley. This is enclosed for the safety of children and dogs, and there is plenty of secure storage in the adjoining garage for bikes, walking boots, wellies and outdoor gear.

There is an abundance of hiking and biking trails from the doorstep, and Croft House sits only 4 miles from Cragside House which offers plenty of fun family activities through the course of the year set within stunning gardens and grounds.

Property details

Lower Ground Floor

Games room with small double sofa, TV, small pine table with four stools - ideal for small children. Three way games table which can be set up for pool, table football or air hockey. Good selection of toys and games. A single sliding glazed door leads into an enclosed lawned garden.

Bathroom two with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Ground floor

Access - access door leading into the porch/bootroom and large inner hall.

Sitting room with plenty of seating capacity including two double sofas and one three seater sofa. Wood burning stove with initial supply of logs, flat screen TV with DVD player, good selection of books, DVDs and games.

Kitchen with high quality granite work surfaces, Everhot range cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge. Good selection of cook books. There is a washing machine, dryer, chest freezer and separate drinks fridge in an adjoining utility room.

Dining room with dining table in solid elm with seating for 8 guests.

First floor

Bedroom one with fixed 5' king size bed, side tables, wardrobe with drawer space.

Bedroom two with 3’ single bed, chest of drawers and hanging rail.

Bedroom three with fixed 3’ twin beds, side tables, wardrobe with hanging space,

Bedroom four with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or two 3’ beds as required, side tables, built-in wardrobe with hanging and storage space.

Bathroom one with large shower unit, bath, basin and WC.

Outside

The lower ground floor of the property leads out into a large enclosed lawned garden with garden furniture and charcoal barbecue provided in summer.

The property benefits from a large garage which can be accessed from the kitchen and is ideal for drying-off dogs and for the storage of bikes and outdoor kit.

Parking

There is private parking for two cars directly in front of the house.

Babies & Children

A highchair and travel cot can be provided on request.

Dogs

One dog is welcome at a cost of £20. Your dog should be clean and dry before access into the property and is not permitted in the bedrooms. Drying space is available in the adjoining garage. The garden is enclosed but there is a wooden fence running to the right which may not be sufficient to contain a smaller dog. Since the surrounding area is farmland with livestock, it is very important to ensure your dog is closely supervised, and on leads when out walking in this area.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. Two hairdryers are provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is reasonable.

Heating

Oil fired central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with initial supply of logs provided.

Location

You will find a good range of shops, quaint tea rooms and restaurants in the nearest town of Rothbury (2 miles) including Tomlinsons cafe and bunkhouse where you can enjoy a hearty breakfast before hiring bikes for a day of active adventures. A wider selection of amenities, including large supermarkets can be found a little further afield in Alnwick (14 miles) or Morpeth (16 miles).

The small village of Thropton also boasts two good pubs - The Three Wheat Heads and the Cross Keys serving excellent bar and restaurant menus and can be reached easily by car (4 miles) or a twenty-five minute direct walk over the fields - ideal for working up an appetite or perhaps working off the odd extra pudding!

The Tree House Restaurant in Alnwick is a top choice for eating-out in a highly unique setting, or try the Cook and Barker Inn at Newton on the Moor (14 miles) for a lovely atmospheric dining experience. Robson’s Smokehouse at Craster is also a must-visit for its legendary smoked kipper and crab.

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, picturesque valleys and rolling hills.

For walking, there are four circular walks in the immediate Rothbury and Coquetdale area ranging in distance from 5-11 miles, including Whitton Hillhead, a gentle walk with panoramic views; Harbottle Crags with its abundant wildlife and views of the Cheviot Hills; Simonside with breathtaking views over rich Northumberland countryside; or Windy Gyle which follows ‘the street’ or ‘clattering path’, an old drovers road where you can walk the Border ridge and and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings.

If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, Upper Coquetdale is a super area for biking involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, including the Reivers Cycle route for something a little more high energy.

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 gardening enthusiasts, Croft House is only 4 miles from the National Trust gardens of Cragside House, famous for its magnificent display of rhododendrons and azaleas from the end of May to mid June. Croft House is also situated 13 miles from Wallington Hall with a beautiful walled garden and cut flower border well worth a visit in June. Alnwick Gardens, 16 miles from Croft House, has the world’s largest collection of cherry blossom trees outside of Japan, creating a magnificent display from the end of April to early May

History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or 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.

For something different, the Northumberland National Park is a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so why not head to nearby Ingram or Alwinton to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of this area. A little further afield will also take you the Kielder Observatory (38 miles) where powerful telescopes offer a truly star-studded show and you may even be lucky enough to see a passing comet or a stunning meteor shower. The observatory sits in the Kielder Water and Forest Park, home to the largest man-made lake in northern Europe, with something to keep everyone entertained, including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers.

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 with its amazing dog friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, 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.

 

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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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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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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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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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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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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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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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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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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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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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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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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Reviews

"Beautiful house and amazing views.  Reinforces our desire to live in this area.  Thank you for the welcome pack!  We have been to Northumberland many times but this is probably the nicest property we have stayed in.  We can recommend the Three Wheat Heads in Thropton for food and Morpeth is lovely for a wander and a coffee.  Nice to see Alnwick Gardens in full bloom.  Thank you!"

The Brindle Family

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Croft House.  The views to wake up to each day are second to none.  Thank you for the welcome goodies.  We visited Cragside, Wallington, Dunstanburgh Castle, Belsay, Hadrians Wall and a few other places.  It has been a truly wonderful stay.  We shall be back to stay again. Thank you."

The Stageman Family

"We had a wonderful week at Croft House and wished we’d booked for longer. We look forward to renting from you again."

Stephenson family

"We had a lovely stay. The property and location were excellent, and the owner and housekeeper were friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend it."

Mr Hopkins

"Fantastic house, everything you may ever need. This was a very special holiday for us as it was my baby Grandson’s first holiday. Beautiful views. Will definitely be booking again. Recommend the Village Bakery."

King family

"Thank you for the lovely welcome gifts and allowing us to stay at Croft House. We REALLY enjoyed our stay in Northumberland - it's our new favourite place - so much to do, we'll have to return to enjoy it all over again! We loved the view and the cosiness of the property, the games room provided a nightly tournament, fun and laughter. We're already planning to return to Croft House - thank you again for a relaxing family holiday, just what we all needed! Sad to be leaving, but we'll be back for sure!"

Whitney-Lang family

"Beautiful location. Going to miss waking up to the gorgeous view every morning. The owners have thought of everything, we wanted for nothing. Our family had such a relaxing holiday. We will certainly miss the very cosy fire and the Everhot oven. Hopefully we will manage another stay in the future."

Smith family

"We were delighted by our stay at Croft House. The spectacular views to the north were a highlight of every day and we were grateful to the housekeepers, who were very attentive to our questions."

Boughton family

"The house was really lovely. On arrival the bottle of wine was a nice touch. The house was well-equipped and in a beautiful location. It was perfect for what we wanted, a comfortable base within easy reach of lots of interesting tourist spots. We were warm and cosy at Croft House. It's with some regret that we didn't use the very cosy looking wood burner in the front room but it simply wasn't cold enough, so we mustn't grumble about that. We did much of our catering at the house and found the kitchen well equipped, not taking too long how to work the Everlast cooker. We would definitely stay at Croft House in the future and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends."

Luck family

"We've hugely enjoyed our week in this very well-appointed and well cared for house. It's hard to imagine a more relaxing and beautiful location with such stunning views. We much appreciated all the welcome goodies which greeted us on arrival. We visited Cragside, Wallington and Warkworth. We hope to come here again!"

Smith family

"We had a fabulous weekend at Croft House - blessed by the weather of course but the House was really comfortable, light and easy to be in - Top class toiletries and best welcome basket to date! The house is perfectly placed - with an amazing view from the back to the fields and river - an easy 2 drive to Rothbury and we walked straight from the house up to the Simonside Crags one day. We rescued a lamb, went to the beach at Alnmouth, the gardens at Alnwick at cherry blossom time and had fish and chips at Amble. Perfect."

Smith family

"Thank you for a lovely birthday weekend in a fabulous location."

Parnell & Watson families

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Croft House and hope to return in the near future. The views are stunning and we have been fortunate enough to enjoy excellent weather for the time of year! The treats on arrival were most welcome and the property has everything needed to enjoy busy days out and cosy evenings in. Thank you from all of us."

Amson family

"Back here for another year to celebrate Christmas & New Year and the house has been faultless. The whole set up here is highly fabulous and allows for all adult family members to share each other’s company and have space in the second sitting room for quiet time, games & jigsaws.

We didn’t venture far, as we had car trouble in the second week, but were well supported by the housekeeping team who helped with lifts to stations for various members. Priceless!

Cragside was worth a visit and Alnmouth for a day out, but mainly did local walks, all a delight.

Thanks so much. This house has created some precious family memories"

Dunlop & Price Families

"We had a fabulous stay at Croft House! Amazing dog walks close by, lovely goodies on arrival and very clean! Best cottage we have stayed at. A perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving! Will be back! Thank you!"

Mr Lowrey

"Thank you again for a wonderful stay at Croft House – our second time in 2 years.  We hope to return again soon.  The welcome gifts were much appreciated and enjoyed."

Whitney-Lang family
Location In the hamlet of Great Tosson - 2 miles from Rothbury.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome with a charge of £20.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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