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Crookham Eastfield

Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland

Shaded by the branches of an aged weeping willow, this handsome country house is an enchanting escape set deep in the Northumbrian countryside. 

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Crookham Eastfield

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Overview

Shaded by the branches of an aged weeping willow, this handsome country house is an enchanting escape set deep in the Northumbrian countryside. 

Elevated country style in a supremely beautiful landscape, perfect for gatherings of family or friends.  

Set in a village on the River Till in the north of Northumberland, Crookham Eastfield is a spacious retreat where you can revel in true rural seclusion. Enter through the gabled doorway into the inner hall, accented by a beautiful curved window and archway. On your left lies the forest-green drawing room. Choose between plump sofas warmed by a wood burner framed in neoclassical marble, or the romantic seat in the bay window which overlooks the garden. Returning to the hall you’ll find the formal dining room, with seating for up to 14 guests around its large wooden table, while tucked away at the rear of the house is a cosy snug with golden walls and a well-stocked bookcase – the ideal setting for card games and warming digestifs after dinner. 

At the heart of the home is the country kitchen, with an AGA, island, and welcoming farmhouse table for informal dining. Expansive sash windows fill the room with natural light, making it a particularly lovely spot to gather for a leisurely breakfast in the morning. Also on the ground floor you’ll find a spacious and thoughtfully designed boot room where you can store outdoor gear, with its own separate door leading from the front garden so you can attend to boots and paws after muddy country walks. 

Up the wooden staircase to the first floor you’ll discover all five bedrooms, each styled with their own soothing colour palettes and botanical textiles. The generously proportioned master bedroom features a super king size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a large walk-in shower and bath. Floral and avian motifs abound in the artworks and fabrics of this room, sourced from the Inchyra Sutton Collection and based upon an 18th century print. The second bedroom is decorated with cream walls and pink floral curtains, while the third is styled with an original Pierre Frey fabric, re-purposed from a French château. These bedrooms share a bathroom, clad in blue tiles and fitted with a roomy shower and bath. 

The fourth bedroom continues the botanical theme in its hummingbird fabrics and also benefits from its own en suite bathroom. Through its own ante room lies the fifth bedroom, decorated in soothing green and boasting a king size bed and en suite shower room. Every bedroom enjoys stunning views out across the rolling fields which surround the house, rendering each a peaceful haven in which to retire after days spent out exploring or simply unwinding within the grounds. 

The house is encompassed by verdant gardens, with a picnic bench settled beneath that weeping willow to the front and an expansive enclosed lawn to the rear. Dogs and children will love having such ample space in which to play, while it makes for an equally idyllic place for your whole party to socialise on sunny days. 

A cosy country pub, The Blue Bell Inn, lies within walking distance, while the pub and village shop at Cornhill-on-Tweed are also less than five miles away. An abundance of activities lie on the doorstep of Crookham Eastfield, whether you’d like to explore the dramatic castles on the Northumbrian coastline or head out for hikes along the trails inland. Lying so close to the Scottish Border it’s also in a prime location for fishing parties, with the middle and lower Tweed beats within easy reach. 

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

Access door into large inner hall with settle bench.

Off the hall to the right is a large utility/boot room with bench seat, hanging rail, washing machine, sink. Door to the front garden.

Cloakroom with basin and WC.

Kitchen with larder fridge, separate fridge/freezer (3 drawer), two electric ovens, five burner gas hob, AGA, two full size dishwashers, microwave, island unit, large dresser. Informal dining space with seating for six, but can accommodate up to ten using spare chairs from elsewhere in the property. Door to the enclosed rear garden.

Sitting room/snug with a three seater sofa, two seater sofa, two armchairs, 43" wall-mounted Smart TV, DVD player, Jotul wood burner, bookshelf with a wide selection of books and DVDs. In-built drinks cupboard with fridge and glassware.

Inner hall leading to the front door and garden.

Formal dining room seating up to fourteen guests, wood burning stove, large dresser, double aspect windows with views over the garden.

Drawing room with a three seater sofa, two seater sofa, two armchairs, wood burning stove, Smart TV, (please refer to Wi-Fi section), window seat with games/cards table.

Curved lower hallway with two turn staircase (with handrail) to the bedrooms on the first floor.

FIRST FLOOR

Master bedroom with fixed super king bed, side tables, chest of drawers, armchair, wardrobe with drawers and hanging rail, console, double aspect windows overlooking the garden.

En suite bathroom with walk-in shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), bath with shower mixer tap, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with zip and link bed which can be configured to a super king or a twin, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe with hanging rail and drawers, in-built cupboard with basin.

Family bathroom with bath, large shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom three with zip and link bed which can be configured to a super king or a twin, side tables, chest of drawers, built-in cupboard with storage and hanging rail.

From the first floor landing, there is one step to bedroom four, and seven steps up to bedroom five.

Bedroom four with twin beds, but with zip and link bed option which can be configured to a super king, chest of drawers, chair, hanging hook on door. Extra hanging space outside the adjoining bathroom.

Adjoining bathroom with bath and shower mixer tap, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom five with ante room which may be ideal for a travel cot. This has a deep cupboard with hanging and storage space. Bedroom with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, single window overlooking the garden.

En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.

OUTSIDE

There is a large gravelled semi-courtyard and lawn to the front of the property. This sits off the main driveway and is not enclosed. Picnic bench for alfresco dining.

Enclosed lawned garden to the rear of the property which can be accessed from the kitchen and side of the property. Picnic bench and seating.

Off the rear access and parking area is an outside WC.

PARKING

There is ample private parking to the rear of the property.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.

BABIES & CHILDREN

Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and high chair are available on request. 

DOGS

Three dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog. 

Ideally dogs should be kept to the large boot/utility room, but otherwise limited to the hard-floored areas and kitchen. Dogs are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. A fixed retractable stair gate is installed on the ground floor to prevent dogs from going upstairs. 

The garden to the rear is fully enclosed, but guests must ensure the two gates are closed. There is an outside tap at the corner of the garden by the rear kitchen door.

It is very important to note that the area around the property is farmland with grazing animals, and dogs should be carefully supervised and controlled at all times.

GUEST AMENITIES

High quality bed linen from The White Company is provided. Duvets are feather and down, and pillows are a combination of feather and hypo-allergenic (other options can be accommodated - please enquire). Towels are supplied, along with hand soap and shower/bath wash. A hair dryer is available in each of the bedrooms.

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Wi-Fi is available. Due to the size of the property and the thickness of the walls, connectivity can be variable, but best in the sitting room/snug and kitchen. Streaming may be more limited on multiple devices. Mobile coverage can be variable depending on the network.

HEATING

Oil fired heating, with radiators which are thermostatically controlled. There are wood burners in the sitting room/snug, dining room and drawing room, with a generous supply of logs. 

PRIVACY

Crookham Eastfield is a detached farmhouse in large grounds and is not overlooked. There are a number of unused barns on the top side of the rear access. A working farm sits beyond this, along with a number of farm cottages.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION

For guests looking for a property with a similar style, there are a number of accommodation options under the same ownership. Very nearby is The Smithy Crookham sleeping 2, while Lookout North and Lookout South sit further up the road. Other options include Housedon Haugh sleeping 9+2, The Byre at Reedsford sleeping 4, The Barn at Reedsford sleeping 2, The Dovecot at Reedsford sleeping 2, and Barley Hill Cottage sleeping 4.

Location

Crookham Eastfield sits just 3.5 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed which has an excellent village shop selling a super selection of fresh local produce, including picnic hampers and scrummy home baking. It is also home to the highly regarded Collingwood Arms which has a pub as well as a superb restaurant for lingering lunches or fine evening dining. Alternatively, pop your wellies on and take a fifteen minute stroll over the field and woodland margins to the popular Bluebell Inn for a relaxing drink after supper.

A more extensive range of shops, pubs and cafes can be found in the quaint market town of Coldstream (5 miles) where the shopping is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions. The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local designers; or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby.

A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles), or picturesque Kelso (14 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.

Activities

Crookham Eastfield is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Seven miles in one direction will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with over 400 square miles of stunning landscapes, criss-crossed by over 700 miles of walking, biking and riding trails which follow the routes of ancient cattle drovers, taking in Iron Age stone fortifications and traces of Bronze Age hillforts amidst the tranquil and rugged landscape.

Hop into your walking boots and you can join Northumberland Park Rangers for a guided walk from Wooler where you will learn much about the heritage and wildlife of the area, or follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and enjoy some outstanding vistas along the route as it winds its way to the dune-fringed sands on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For cycling, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks, including long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Wheel Hub.

For families, the Breamish Valley is a popular area with pretty river picnic spots where children can paddle, followed by a walk to the lovely waterfall at Linhope Spout where you may even spot some wild Cheviot goats along the way. Alternatively, a warm welcome awaits you at Ford & Etal Estates (3 miles) which has a super range of family friendly activities with over twenty attractions to explore. Take a ride on Bunty on the very charming 15” gauge steam railway, follow the mouse trail around the Heatherslaw Corn mill or there is fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and a riding centre all nearby. For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of Etal Castle or the local heritage sites of nearby Flodden or Duddo Standing Stones, Northumberland’s equivalent of Stonehenge.

The stunning heritage coastline is just a short half-hour drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.

History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape here, including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach; Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films; or Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.

Fishing is available on the River Till about a ten minute drive and is one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring said to be the best in the country. Trout permits are available, please enquire for further information.

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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

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Walking

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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

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Adventure Sports

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Location Rural - 3.5 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed.
Dogs
  • Three dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible arrangement for 2024. Otherwise Saturday, with a flexible arrangement out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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