For those looking for dramatic unspoilt scenery and fresh country air, why not gather up your dog, walking boots and bike and head to the tiny hamlet of Kilham on the northern edge of the Northumberland National Park.
Peace, quiet and fresh country air.
Surrounded by mile-upon-mile of meandering valleys and heathery high peaks, the area has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts, or those who simply want to throw another log on the wood burner and settle down with a good book.
Dating right back to the 13th Century, Kilham stands on the south bank of the Bowmont Water, and the cottage and the adjacent smithy form part of the rich fabric of its hill-farming history.
The cottage enjoys a large enclosed lawned garden to the front and rear, and for those who like to start the day with a burst of activity, the Kilham Hill walking trail sits right on the doorstep where a bracing 3.5 mile loop leads to breathtaking views over the National Park before heading back for a hearty breakfast.
Inside, the compact kitchen is equipped with all modern conveniences, including washing and drying facilities, while a super selection of cook books may entice you to rustle-up one or two new recipes!
There's a separate dining room with farmhouse style table and seating for four guests, and both rooms benefit from underfloor heating for a lovely warming touch.
The sitting room has a large wood burner and buttery leather sofas from Laura Ashley when some relaxation time beckons, and the leaded window detailing adds a pretty cottage feel. Technology includes a Freesat flat screen TV, an Emma Bridgewater DAB radio and a Sony bluetooth beatbox speaker.
The cottage benefits from two bright, sunny ground floor bedrooms - one with king size bed and one with twin beds, each presented in crisp linens and soft pastel shades.
Sitting room with wood burning stove (logs supplied), two double Laura Ashley sofas, Flatscreen TV with Freesat, DVD player, Sony bluetooth beatbox speaker with dock, selection of books, games and DVD’s. Emma Bridgewater DAB radio.
Kitchen with double electric oven, four ring electric hob, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine and dryer. Selection of cookbooks.
Small utility/drying cupboard with hanging rail, drying pulley and storage for boots and shoes.
Dining room with country style table and seating for four.
Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, side tables, wardrobe with drawer below, dressing table.
Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds, side table, chest of drawers, chair.
Bathroom with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The cottage has a front lawned garden and a large lawned rear garden which is enclosed by hedging and five bar fencing. Garden furniture is provided.
Parents with young children should note that there is a small pond in the garden and supervision will be required.
The adjacent old smithy building offers plenty of storage for bicycles and outdoor kit.
There is off-road parking for two cars to the front of the cottage. Guest are also welcome to park on the hard-standing area at the rear which can be accessed via a five bar gate behind the adjacent Smithy.
Babies & children
A highchair, travel cot and child gate can be made available on request. It is important to note that there is a small shallow pond in the garden therefore younger children will require careful supervision. Please contact us should you require further information.
One dog is permitted at a charge of £15. Dogs must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms. Further dogs will be considered on request.
The beds are made up with high quality 400 thread count bed linen. There is the option of feather or hypo-allergenic duvets on request. Pillows are hypo-allergenic. A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Towels and guest toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available but guests should note that speeds will be slower due to the rural location of the property. There is no mobile reception within the immediate vicinity of the cottage. A landline is provided for emergency calls and reasonable use by guests.
Oil central heating throughout the property. Wood burner in the sitting room - logs supplied. Underfloor heating in the kitchen and dining room.
The cottage sits in a hamlet of cottages in a very peaceful location on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. Mature planting and a five bar fence provides screening from the neighbouring cottage.
The Red Lion in Milfield (4 miles) offers the best of any good pub, with fine real ales and home cooked food serving quality locally sourced ingredients. Eight miles will take you to 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 fabulous Milan Restaurant.
Cornhill-on-Tweed (5 miles) offers an outstanding village shop and is home to the Collingwood Arms, with a brasserie and restaurant serving a high quality menu of seasonal local produce.
Kelso (13 miles) offers the best of a Border market town, with a good range of independent shops, together with a Sainsbury's superstore. It is also home to the magnificent Floors Castle and garden centre, home of the Terrace Café, nominated as one of the top ten cafés in Scotland.
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.
For families, the Breamish Valley is a popular area with pretty river picnic spots where children can paddle and embark on a minnow hunt, and you can be assured a warm welcome at Ford & Etal Estates (7 miles) which has a super range of child friendly activities with over 20 attractions to explore, including a 15” gauge steam railway, fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and riding centre. Alternatively why not head to Alnwick Castle (22 miles), film location for Harry Potter and enjoy a spot of broomstick training!
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
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
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
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
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.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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...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
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
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
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.Find Out More
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
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.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
"We found the cottage thanks to your excellent directions and have had a most satisfactory stay. We found the cottage to be excellently provided for: we could not not have asked for more. The owners are clearly concerned that their guests have a pleasant and enjoyable stay in their property. They are a credit to the cottage letting business. Full marks to them and your company."Mr Vallance
"We had a lovely stay at Kilham Cottage. We felt thoroughly looked after and particularly enjoyed the wood burner."Mr & Mrs Carr
"Lovely Cottage - really well thought out and equipped. Despite some very wet days we really enjoyed our stay, it was good to come back to somewhere warm and comfortable! We've had some great walks, seen hares and several wild goats up on Yeavering Bell. Beautiful area, we would like to return. Thank You!"Ms Martin
"Lovely comfortable cottage, plenty of rest and relaxation, long walks with Freddie our dog. Its an area we've not stayed in before, stunningly beautiful."Mr & Mrs Bland
"Beautiful cottage, blissfully quiet cottage, beautifully presented and spotlessly clean!! Kitchen equipped to a very high standard. Bedding top class hotel standard. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Will see you again in the near future. Thank you."Mrs Harrison
"Ditto to all that has been said before. We have absolutely loved our stay at Kilham Cottage. We have also been very lucky with the weather and walks. Seen deer on our walks, buzzards, sandmartins, hares and plenty of rare alpine plants and flowers. Can't wait to come back! Thank you for a brilliant holiday!"Oulton family
- One dog is welcome at a charge of £15, Additional dogs may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Waking to the gentle sounds of nature in the pretty cottage style bedrooms."Emma, owner of Kilham Cottage