Old stone buildings injected with a new style, the Lookout Cottages will fill the gap for those looking for the warmth and character of the country with some perfectly modern twists.
A plum spot to relax, unwind and enjoy the view
The Till Valley in the rural landscape of North Northumberland is an uplifting space where rolling farmland gives way to pretty villages, country pubs and meandering riverside trails.
Perfect for short breaks or longer stays, each cottage sleeps four guests giving complete flexibility for couples, families or larger groups who like the privacy of their own space but who wish to holiday together.
Subtly different, each reflects our love of open plan living, offering layouts which are spacious and sociable and bring a fresh new twist to country cottage. Subtle neutrals balanced with heritage shades and fresh ticking fabrics give a cohesive feel, while cosy relaxation spaces set around wood burners give way to light, contemporary kitchens, each enhanced by a powder grey picture window which brings the sunshine in.
Lookout North benefits from two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite), while Lookout South is a two bedroom, one bathroom cottage. Both benefit from a good-sized boot room which are perfect for wellies, outdoor kit and muddy dogs, leading out to private enclosed outdoor spaces with far reaching views and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities.
Half an hour in one direction will take you the golden beaches of the Northumberland coast or cross the Border into Scotland where market towns, castles and grand stately homes form the rich historical tapestry of the area.
Entrance hallway with hanging space, bench seat and storage space for outdoor kit.
Open-plan kitchen with microwave, integrated under-counter fridge, freezer with three drawers, dishwasher, washer/dryer, hob and double oven. Island breakfast bar with seating for two. Two chairs overlooking the views.
Sitting room with double sofa, two armchairs, Smart TV and wood burning stove. Dining table with seating for 6. Access door to the rear.
Large hallway with cupboard and access door to the rear.
Bedroom one with with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6' super king bed or 3' twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, built-in wardrobe with hanging rail.
En suite bathroom with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, illuminated mirror, WC and basin.
Family bathroom with bath and hand-held shower unit, heated towel rail, illuminated mirror, WC and basin.
Bedroom two (3 steps down from hallway) with king size bed, original decorative fireplace, chest of drawers, side table, chair and built-in wardrobe with hanging rail.
There is a gravelled patio to the front of the property which is fully enclosed and will also have outdoor furniture in due course.
There is parking for two cars to the side of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome. A third dog is welcome with a charge of £25. Dogs must be clean and dry before entering the property and are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms.
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.
High quality White Company bed linen is provided. Towels and hand soap are provided. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi available. Mobile coverage is good with most networks receiving 4G coverage.
There is oil fired underfloor heating throughout the house with the exception of bedroom two. There is a radiator in bedroom two. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with logs provided.
Lookout North is semi-detached and adjoins Lookout South. Guests should be aware that the cottages sit on a country road which is predominately used for local access by other traffic. Children and dogs should be supervised in this area. The road is to the rear of the property. The garden is located at the front of the property.
The cottage sits just 4.5 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 (6 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 (15 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.
The cottage 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 for as little as £5 per day and rods, reels and waders can be hired locally.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“A fantastically equipped cottage in a brilliant location with lots of places to visit. Cottage was very stylishly furnished and the welcome pack was lovely. Would most definitely recommend!”Mrs McLean
"Just an amazing property with some many refined touches, loved it. The views were also amazing, perhaps the weather could have been better but a really relaxing week. Definitely would book Lookout North again."Ms Marshall
"I had a wonderful stay at Lookout North, my partner and I both agreed that it is one of the best properties we've stayed in. We enjoyed it so much that another stay has already been booked! The location is great; rural yet close enough to local amenities should you need an emergency tub of ice cream when there's a sudden hot day. Easy to get to so many places on scenic country roads. Really superb kitchen, very comfortable sitting room and bedrooms, all excellent quality. Decor very much to our taste and so felt like a home from home to us."Ms Harnett
- Two dogs are welcome. A third dog is welcome with a charge of £25.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible short breaks. Friday arrival not possible from April to October.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The changing colours gently flooding the open plan living space with light."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree