A stylish getaway tucked amongst lush countryside just outside the historic coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
A charming rural bolt-hole set just south of the River Tweed, where it spills into the sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Built from and surrounded by low walls of soft grey stone, the Hiddenhus has stolen our hearts. With its sheltered walled garden, elegant interiors and spacious open-plan living area, it’s the dream bolthole for couples seeking quality time together. Despite its rural setting, Hiddenhus is located just ten minutes’ drive from the vibrant historic city of Berwick-upon-Tweed, further offering guests the very best of town and country.
The house is set entirely on one floor, making it ideal for those with limited mobility and for couples travelling with a baby or toddler. The large, vaulted open-plan living space is flooded with sunlight thanks to two skylights and dual aspect windows, including double windows that open out onto the prettily landscaped garden.
The newly fitted Shaker-style kitchen offers top-notch appliances and bags of workspace, complete with a central island, as well as easy access to the dining table, which has bench seating and chairs for four guests. Coordinating beautifully with the inky blue accent wall in the kitchen, the sitting room area features an inviting blue linen sofa and contemporary leather armchair facing a wood burning stove.
The bedroom features an indulgent super king bed overlooking the garden as well as a slick bathroom with a bath and large shower. For parents travelling with a little one, a pull-out truckle bed is handily tucked beneath the main bed.
Hiddenhus’ sheltered walled garden and gravelled patio complete the perfect property. Not only is the south-west facing garden sheltered and attractively landscaped with mature camelias, magnolias and colourful borders, but the owners have created multiple seating areas in which to enjoy it. From sun loungers and a bench in the garden to a dining table and pair of Lily Relax chairs by a fire pit on the patio, there’s a spot for everything from al fresco breakfasts and elevenses to afternoon tea and sundowners.
Access with window seat and hanging rail.
Open plan living space comprising:
Kitchen with large fridge/freezer, induction hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher. Central island with a selection of cook books. Please note there is no washing machine or dryer.
Dining table with bench seat seating and chairs seating four guests.
Sitting room area with large sofa, armchair, footstool, wood burner with logs supplied. Smart TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs.
Bedroom with zip and link bed with high quality 6000 pocket-sprung mattress, which can be configured as a super king double or twin, as preferred, side tables, chest of drawers, wall-mounted TV. There is a 2'6" pull-out truckle bed which would be perfectly suited to a small child under the age of 7.
Bathroom with bath, large separate walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Large walled garden which is south-west facing with multiple seating areas for taking advantage of the sunshine. This benefits from far-reaching views across the fields to the Cheviots beyond. There is a patio with garden furniture for al fresco dining, bench seating, recliners and Lily Relax garden chairs set around a fire pit (with supply of eco logs provided).
The Hus backs onto the original orchard of the adjoining private school Longridge Towers. This is now used as a sports field so you will sometimes hear children playing and participating in sports in this area. This is visible from the kitchen window only and there is otherwise no overlooking which would affect guest privacy.
Ample parking in the gravelled driveway to the front of the cottage.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and high chair can be made available on request.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted at this property.
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests, along with guest hand soaps and shower/bath wash. There is a hairdryer in the bedroom. The duvet is goose down with feather pillows. It may be possible to provide alternatives on request.
Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage
Fibre broadband is provided. Mobile reception is generally good.
Woodburning stove with unlimited logs supplied and Rionte electric radiators.
The owners live in a property adjacent to Hiddenhus which sits on the access leading into the shared gravelled driveway, however while they are happy to help and assist with any guest requests, they are equally respectful of guest privacy.
The Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (3.5 miles) has a mix of high street and independent shopping, as well as two large supermarkets, a Marks & Spencer food outlet and a good selection of cafés, pubs and restaurants.
You will find a selection of characterful shops on Castlegate including a book shop, an antique centre, a deli and a fantastic vintage shop, as well as ‘Pier Red’ where you can sip a rich espresso whilst browsing artwork and collectibles by popular Northern artists. Also look out for their regular jazz evenings where you can unwind to the smooth, mellow sounds of talented local musicians.
Marygate is the town’s main street where you will find a mix of high street names along with local traders. Other small independent names and quirky shops can be found around the cobbled lanes and closes of the historic old quarter, as well as Hide Hill shops and cafes for a coffee and cake stop. There is a good Antique Centre and gift/interior shops on Bridge Street including one or two great eating spots - Audela for incredible cakes and Gasparo for hearty Italian fayre.
The area has a rich food heritage and there is something to cater for all tastes and budgets here from tasty fish and chips on the promenade to cosy pubs, characterful cafes or bistro restaurants such as The Maltings Kitchen serving tempting light-bites or a pre-theatre dinner.
Alternatively, why not pop the wine in the fridge and arrange for a platter of seafood to be delivered straight to your door by the Berwick Shellfish Company - oysters reared in the clear North Sea beds of Lindisfarne, lightly smoked kippers from traditional local smokehouses, or perhaps some freshly dressed lobster or langoustines - perfect for a romantic evening in!
The historic village of Norham (5 miles) has plenty to offer including a village store, bakery and gunsmith as well as the celebrated Foreman’s Butchers where you will find a fantastic selection of quality produce, including locally sourced meats, pies, cheeses, and fine wines.
There are two pubs in Norham, including the cycle-friendly Mason’s Arms serving real ales and tasty food, and for those who love the traditional British takeaway, the fish and chip van on a Thursday night is not to be missed! Alternatively, for fine dining, the nearby Tillmouth Park Hotel comes recommended, or a short drive will take you to two of the best restaurants in the area - The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed or The Allanton Inn serving some of the finest local produce amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.
Berwick-upon-Tweed offers a good range of unusual, independent shops including galleries, antique and restored furniture shops and quirky gift shops. The town is also well served with pubs, restaurants and cafes. Foodies will be delighted with the supremely fresh fish, excellent local cheeses, Chainbridge Honey and other fine local produce on offer.
Enjoy a wander around the town’s historic Elizabethan Walls, the best preserved in Europe. Walk the Lowry Trail which follows in the footsteps of the great 'matchstick men' painter and allows visitors to experience some of the hidden gems of the town, which Lowry discovered on his many holidays in Berwick from the mid-1930s to the summer before his death in 1976.
Berwick has a thriving arts scene at the centre of which is the charming Maltings Theatre which hosts a packed diary of theatre, cinema, dance and comedy. There are three art galleries, and the Watchtower also hosts a number of events including jazz live from Ronnie Scotts in London. For something a bit different, take a boat trip from Berwick upstream to Paxton House, a superb Adam mansion boasting an impressive collection of art.
Berwick hosts a number of events throughout the year including the Riding of the Bounds in May which follows the ancient tradition of riding the town’s boundaries to guard against the thieving Reivers, the Seaside Festival in August which includes street entertainers, Punch and Judy, live music, and sandcastle competitions. The Food and Beer Festival in September is a mouthwatering opportunity to sample all the region’s superb produce, and the Film and Media Arts Festival, the largest of its type in the region will bring a cultural touch to your stay.
The area has over 26 miles of fantastic beaches just made for lazy picnics. Spittal beach, Cocklawburn, Goswick and Cheswick beaches are all close by. The renowned beach at Bamburgh is only a 20-minute drive from Berwick.
For more action-based activities, windsurfing, kitesurfing and coasteering are available at Budle Bay, Beadnell and Bamburgh, while canoeing can be arranged on the nearby coastal waters or river systems. There are also extensive cycling and mountain biking trails in and around the area, including favourites such as the Coast and Castles route as well as the newly launched Sandstone Way.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is also around a 20-minute drive from Berwick. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, 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.
There is excellent bird-watching both on the coast around the town and also further afield at Bamburgh, St Abb’s Head and the Farne Islands, home to a resident colony of grey seals in addition to an impressive array of birdlife including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and terns.
There are two golf courses close by; Magdalene Fields five minutes from the town offers superb views of the famous Elizabethan walls, the cliffs leading into Scotland and the iconic castles at Bamburgh and Holy Island. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty six miles south of Berwick, Goswick is a highly regarded links course selected as an Open qualifying course. In total there are 34 courses within a 30-mile radius including, in addition to the above, the well-regarded links courses at Bamburgh and Eyemouth and parkland courses at The Hirsel and Roxburghe.
Children and families
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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.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
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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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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!Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
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For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
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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.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
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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.Find Out More
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Beauty and spa treatments
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"Our week at Hiddenhus has been just what the doctor ordered. We are sad to leave but feel “healed” - all fixed and ready to face whatever! Maybe it was the beautiful, comfortable cottage?! Or the enchanting walled garden?! Possibly the view of the hills?! Yes, all these have worked wonders for us, but the best thing about our week here has been the genuine feeling that Sandra & Mark are really welcoming you to feel at home and to have the perfect stay. The attention to all the little details has been touching - from the binoculars to the welcome pack, to the superb information folder complete with walks to take - it has all been done with such kindness. Thank you."Mr & Mrs Harkins
"We have had a lovely week in your super cottage, thank you. The cottage is one of the best we have stayed in, very comfortable with everything you need for a good holiday. The information on places to visit and walks have proved very helpful, as although we have been to Northumberland many times, we have found lots of new places to visit. We have every intention of returning to explore some more."Mr & Mrs Flood
"Many thanks for an excellent stay in your lovely 'Hiddenhus'. The welcome pack was much appreciated as well as the many household items that are provided, which are very thoughtful and make the stay so pleasant. Thank you for a beautifully clean Hus - felt Covid safe and very comfortable. Hope we can return soon."Mr & Mrs Gray
"We had a wonderful time at Hiddenhus - it was so comfortable, well equipped and homely - we would thoroughly recommend it.
The garden was also stunning and all the information available on the area, walks, pubs etc was exceptional - as well as the welcome goodies and things like the parking permits. There was nothing that hadn't been thought of.
An truly great property - we will recommend to friends and hope to return at some point."Mr and Mrs Wilderspin
"We love Hiddenhus! It is beautifully designed and equipped with absolutely everything you might need. Thank you for all the welcoming goodies, much appreciated. There is so much to see and do, a week simply isn’t long enough so we will have to come back! Our highlight was the St Abbs walk, absolutely stunning and topped off with a delicious lunch in the harbour. Thank you!"Mr & Mrs Bradley
"Wow!! What an amazing week at Hiddenhus! The most beautiful cottage and gardens, the attention to detail and everything is so well thought out. Love all the little extras. We didn’t want to go home! Thank you for providing us with such an amazing holiday."
"Had the most amazing week at Hiddenhus just outside Berwick Upon Tweed. We loved the accommodation, spacious for 2 people, set in its own grounds with beautiful gardens. We especially liked the large kitchen as we take our own food and drinks with us and there was lots of space for everything. Other highlights was the large comfortable living area and bedroom."Mrs Nelson
"Hiddenhus was as near perfect a holiday retreat as we could hope to find. The ambience, the furnishings, the information packs, the welcome - just what we needed! We felt ‘at home’, cared for, but never ‘watched’. Our hosts were exemplary. We especially enjoyed our boat trip to Inner Farne (amazing to be so close to puffins), the gardens at Paxton House, and a solitary wander and paddle at Cheswick Sands. We have every intention to return."Mrs Grove
"A beautiful spot. The house and garden are faultless and beautifully designed. We especially loved the high viewing chair in the garden. We have had a wonderful week - not quite long enough so we will have to return for more. We were lucky to go to St. Abbs on a beautifully sunny day and it was stunning. There is a great walk down to the Tweed from the house and Kelso is also very well worth a visit. We will definitely try to return! Thank you so much!"Mr & Mrs Davies
"A wonderful week at Hiddenhus. We can’t fault this wonderful house. Thank you Sandra & Mark for such a lovely place for our week away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. A great walk from St. Abbs and around Holy Island but our favourite walk was around Kelso. The walk back along the river was beautiful. We had a lovely lunch at Atelier in Berwick - thanks for the recommendation! Overall, a wonderful week - so much we still want to see and do that we are already planning our next visit. Thank you."Mr & Mrs Clarke
"What a beautiful sanctuary Hiddenhus turned out to be. Sandra & Mark have created such a restful place to holiday and the attention to detail is so thoughtful and delightful. We loved the closeness to Cheswick beach and walked there many times. A great discovery. Paxton House grounds were magical, a walk full of wild garlic and tumbling waterfalls. We enjoyed the micropub - The Curfew - in Berwick and the tea shop with the second-hand books was perfect for lunch. Loved Holy Island and saw so many seals. We walked the whole island and ate cake in Pilgrims cafe. Wish we could stay longer and enjoy the sunshine in the garden. Thank you so much!"Mr & Mrs Cassidy
"We absolutely loved our stay at Hiddenhus. It is such a lovely place and it definitely did feel like our home away from home. The 'Walks' and 'Area' information books were very helpful - our personal favourite beach was Cheswick Sands. Thanks for making our stay so seamless and memorable. We hope to be back in the future."Ms Horner
"What a beautiful cottage with immaculate gardens. The cottage is comfortable and well-equipped. Details of local sights and walks were fantastic and a real bonus. Will be back for sure in the future."Mr & Mrs Bryson
"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hiddenhus. Our hosts, Sandra and Mark, were extremely well organised and informative. They have equipped the cottage very well, even down to items such as tin foil and sandwich bags. The information folders provided were very useful and really well presented with pictures to help explain everything we needed to know. We enjoyed looking through the recommended walks and thought Mark made a great model! Thank you both, we hope to return in the future."Mr & Mrs Lachlan
"What a wonderful place! Thank you for making us feel so welcome. You have created a fabulous sanctuary. We would love to come back and explore further."Mr & Mrs Madden
- Sorry, dogs are not permitted
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday during low season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The way that Hiddenhus cleverly blends intimacy with a sense of space, traditional stone exteriors with stylish contemporary interiors, with easy access to Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Northumberland coast."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree