Housedon Haugh at Reedsford
A large, elegantly restored rural house complete with unbroken country views and a glorious riverside setting.
The ideal spot for close friends and family to enjoy a relaxed rural getaway in style
Located at the end of a small road that takes you deep into the lush folds of Northumbrian countryside, on the bend of the Bowmont Water river, Housedon Haugh boasts a definitively rural setting. The house itself, a handsome farmhouse that has been sensitively restored quite literally stone by soft blonde stone, is a masterclass in modern rustic design, mixing select pieces of antique furniture and paintings with vibrant textiles and Scandi-inspired painted wooden window frames and furnishings. This combination of rural and contemporary, homely and sophisticated, results in a warm, light and supremely comfortable country retreat.
Accommodating up to eleven guests in six bedrooms, Housedon Haugh is a sizeable property. The main entrance door leads into a large boot room with flagstone floors and inky blue painted timber panelling – unpeel dirty clothes and wash off muddy paws in the adjoining utility room, which houses a washer and dryer. A dainty cloakroom with statement Manual Canovas wallpaper also leads off from this hallway.
Entering the large country-style kitchen, the hallway flagstones give way to warm timber floors and a soft palette of sage green, cream and grey blue. A rustic wooden island and dining table make this a delightful space in which to cook and relax – those indulging in the former will particularly appreciate the Rangemaster oven with five burner hob and separate pantry with a large Fisher & Paykel refrigerator.
An open plan living space and dining area leads off from the kitchen: flooded with light from five dual aspect windows and a half-glazed door leading out to the garden, this fantastic space is at once elegant and homely thanks to its blend of antique furnishings, gilt-framed paintings, roaring wood burner and pleasingly mismatched sofas.
We love the earthy red Farrow & Ball colour the owners have chosen to paint the timber staircase that leads from this space up to the first floor, where you’ll find four inviting bedrooms. These include a small single room; a double bedroom (with zip and link beds that can be configured as a twin) with an en-suite bathroom complete with rolltop bath and a corner shower; and a generous double room with en-suite shower room that leads directly into a further bedroom with a small sofa and TV.
The generous proportions of the original farmhouse are complemented by a sleek timber ground floor side extension, which houses two further bedrooms ideally suited to those seeking stair-free access. A master bedroom with a sliding patio door affords sweeping views across rolling countryside and features an en-suite bathroom with a rolltop bath while the second bedroom boasts a king size bed and adjacent bathroom with walk-in shower.
Outdoors, a large partially walled patio area offers ample space for outdoor dining and relaxation with hard-to-beat panoramic views of the Bowmont Valley and its mile upon mile of countryside to explore on foot or two wheels. Last but by no means least, a fire pit and bench placed on the banks of Bowmont Water offer the perfect spot for quiet countryside contemplation away from the bustle of the main house.
Access into a large boot room with bench seating and hanging rail. With underfloor heating. Ideal for dogs.
Utility room with sink, under counter fridge (no ice box), washing machine and separate dryer.
Small cloakroom with WC and basin.
Kitchen with large island unit and two stools, Rangemaster oven with two ovens and separate grill, six-burner gas hob, two dishwashers. Breakfast table with four chairs. Separate pantry with Fisher & Paykel large double fridge with a separate freezer drawer, microwave.
Open plan sitting room/dining room comprising dining area with seating for 10 guests, two sofas, armchair, wood burning stove, Smart TV.
Bedroom one - with king size bed, side tables, in-built cupboard with hanging rail and storage.
Adjacent accessible shower room - with shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - with super king bed with zip and link option which can be configured to twin, side tables, chest of drawers, large in-built cupboard with hanging rail and storage. Sliding doors leading out to the garden with vast views across the hillside.
En-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three - with super king bed which can be configured to twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, large wardrobe with drawers.
En-suite bathroom - with roll-top bath, heated towel rail, corner shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom four - small single bedroom with 3' single bed and side table.
Bedroom five which leads directly into bedroom six (ideal for families) comprises:
Bedroom five - with fixed super king bed, side tables, chest of drawers.
Bedroom six - with 3' twin beds, console table, two large in-built cupboards with hanging and storage space, small sofa with TV.
Shared shower room - with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Patio area to the front of the property with garden and dining furniture. Benefits from far-reaching views across the Bowmont Valley. There is a Weber charcoal barbecue available (charcoal not provided).
Once the access gate to the property is shut, the garden is fully enclosed with pocket farm fencing.
Gavelled area to the side and rear with ample private parking for 3-4 cars.
Babies & children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request. A fixed retractable stair gate is installed on the ground floor.
Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
Dogs should be kept to the boot room until clean and dry and thereafter, should be kept to the ground floor and 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.
Once the access gate to the property is closed, the garden is fully enclosed with pocket farm fencing.
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.
Towels and hand soap are provided. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Good Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is more limited.
Underloor heating throughout the ground floor. Upstairs there are radiators in each of the rooms which are thermostatically controlled. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with generous supply of logs.
There is a games room with pool table in the barns to the rear of Housedon Haugh which guests are welcome to use.
Offering complete privacy, the property is detached and sits in a rural location which is not overlooked. There may be an occasional farm vehicle passing by or access by maintenance.
For guests looking for a property with a similar style, The Barn at Reedsford sleeping 2, The Byre at Reedsford sleeping 4, The Bothy at Reedsford sleeping 4+2, Barley Hill Cottage sleeping 4, The Smithy Crookham sleeping 2, No. 9 sleeping 4, Lookout North and Lookout South both sleeping 4 share the same owner.
Despite Housedon Haugh’s rural location there are good local amenities nearby. The estate is eight miles from the pretty town of Wooler which offers a good range of independent shops including two excellent butchers, a very good delicatessen, several pubs and cafes and the highly rated Milan Restaurant.
Cornhill on Tweed is seven miles from the estate and offers an excellent village shop selling pies and delicious local goodies, and the Collingwood Arms which has a super bar and restaurant specialising in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer. More extensive shopping including a good range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants can be found in Kelso 14 miles away.
Sitting in the foothills of the Cheviots on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, the cottage is ideally placed for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors. The outstanding countryside around the property offers fantastic walking in scenic surroundings, and the wider area enjoys a number of designated walking routes, including more challenging hikes amidst the dramatic scenery of the National Park. St. Cuthbert’s Way passes through Wooler, the 62 mile walk from Melrose Abbey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, or enjoy walks to Linhope Spout and Routing Linn with their fantastic waterfall picnic spots and super wildlife spotting opportunities.
For cycling and mountain biking, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks including trails for family-friendly recreation, with bike hire available locally. For more challenging terrain, you can join long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway, the cycle challenges of the Wooler Wheel Hub, or excursions which take in historical sites such as the Flodden Trail or St. Cuthbert’s Cave.
Horse riding is available locally at nearby Kimmerston, and fishing is available on the River Till or Wooler Water. Both have good runs of sea-trout and salmon throughout the season as well as good numbers of grayling and brown trout.
For golf enthusiasts, Wooler has its own 9 hole course with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside whilst Goswick, Bamburgh and the Roxburghe championship course are all within easy driving distance. For something a little different, gliding can be arranged through the Borders Gliding Club at Milfield where you can soar effortlessly on a rising thermal amidst the spectacular scenery of the National Park.
The stunning heritage coast is just a half-hour drive 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 waiting to be explored. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just enjoy the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
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
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
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
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.Find Out More
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
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Cooks and chefs
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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.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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Beauty and spa treatments
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"We just wanted to say the house was brilliant, a great space for a family group. It looked so welcoming with the Chrismas tree sparkling as we drove up. Beds were comfortable and bedding fabulous. Love having a kitchen with 2 dishwashers as made it so easy and great that there was plenty of dishwasher tablets and items such as foil and salt and pepper which are often not there but things you forget. Lovely property, just a shame for us that it's not closer as I'm sure we'd book regularly."Madden family
"We have had a fab week. The house is very comfortable, well appointed and just the ticket for family gatherings."Ms Bennison
"OMGoodness where do I start? We had the most exceptional week in The Bothy, The Byre and Housedon Haugh. Ten girls in ten bedrooms for a week of Northumberland hiking - our 13th annual hike.
We breakfasted together in the big house, made picnics in the large kitchen, and then set off for hikes around Bamburgh, Alnwick, Craster, Holy Island, College Valley, Ford & Etal and The Tweed and visited all the local castles.
At night we had dinner at the big house and sat around the fire. With sheep, cows and bluebell woods on the doorstep, it was sublime. Comfortable beds, beautiful linen, nice towels, lovely art, stunning furniture and immaculate finish to every aspect of the houses, it was utter perfection.
Thank you for organising it for us, and please thank the owners for letting us use their stunning houses."Pollock Party
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible during low season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Balmy summer evenings around the wood burner under a dark, starry Northumberland sky."Corinne, Owner of Housedon Haugh