North Lodge, Milne Graden
Enjoy the calming effect of this charismatic Victorian gate lodge on the edge of the superb Milne Graden Estate, with idyllic riverside trails on the doorstep and just ten miles from the wide sweeping sands of the exceptional Northumberland coast.
A charming gate lodge with superb views
With idyllic riverside trails on the doorstep and just ten miles from the wide sweeping sands of the exceptional Northumberland coast.
Newly refurbished throughout, the sitting room is a celebration of the flora and fauna of the area with colours inspired by the featured work of renowned painter/print maker Angie Lewin through her Saltmarsh Storm II piece and the intricate wallpaper illustrations by Mark Hearld.
Alongside this, limewashed wood and soft sage green is paired carefully with the warmth of natural wool and sisal, while an open fire will bring about some cosy contentment when those lazy days beckon.
The bedroom features a large king size bed, and the artisan feel continues with an oversized headboard in Royal Oak fabric by artist Andrew Davidson and the contemporary work of award winning print maker Emma Lawrenson.
Contrast this with the deep graphite grey of the kitchen, perfectly equipped for two, with exceptional south facing views of The Cheviots, leading directly onto a deck and south facing garden.
North Lodge is surrounded by garden on three sides and a five minute walk will take you down to the River Tweed, from which there is a super network of riverside walks.
All Milne Graden properties benefit from use of the Tails of the Tweed Dog Park in the estate’s former Victorian kitchen garden. Sitting on the route of the mapped walks which run around the estate, this bright, sunny spot is a perfect space for relaxation while your furry friend can play and run freely within the safety of this enclosed space. A range of dog agility obstacles and toys are sure to add some extra fun!
This is a one bedroom gate lodge with the accommodation on the ground floor.
Sitting room with double sofa, armchair, drop leaf table for dining with two chairs, open fire (logs provided), flat screen television with DVD player.
Kitchen with electric oven and ceramic hob, washing machine with dryer, microwave, small fridge with separate ice box.
Bedroom with 5' king size bed, built-in cupboard with hanging space and storage, dressing table.
Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
North Lodge has a garden area on three sides of the cottage. The rear garden has a raised decked area with a table and chairs which is enclosed with a picket fence. The rear garden also enjoys superb views across parkland to the Cheviot Hills beyond. Please note, a barbecue is not provided at this cottage and the use of barbecues is not permitted anywhere on the estate.
There is off-road parking to the side of the cottage.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Dogs & Other Pets
One dog is welcome at North Lodge. Dogs must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedroom. Cats are not permitted.
All bed linen is the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton. Luxurious towels are provided for all guests. A hairdryer is provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good on most networks. There is a landline available which can be used for incoming calls or emergency outgoing calls.
North Lodge has oil central heating in addition to the open fire in the lounge. Logs are provided.
Fishing on site
Head to Norham (4 miles) for a fantastic selection of quality local produce, including meats, pies, and cheeses from Foreman’s, or the Cornhill Village Shop (5 miles) for coffee, cake and scrummy picnic lunches. It is also home to the highly regarded Collingwood Arms for elegant evening dining, or a short drive will take you to the Allanton Inn (6 miles) which has a superb reputation for serving excellent locally sourced food amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.
Alternatively, Coldstream is a quaint but bustling little town with a rich history sitting on the north side of the River Tweed right on the Scottish/English Border. The shopping here is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday essentials, as well as a super art gallery and interiors shop for lifestyle gifts and accessories.
More extensive shopping, restaurants and amenities can be found in the picturesque town of Kelso (12 miles) which is also home to the 12th Century Abbey, Floors Castle, the Roxburghe Championship Golf Course and National Hunt Racing.
The local area is packed with interest. Hike through the Cheviot Hills or stroll across stunning beaches. Go kite-surfing or coastal kayaking. Marvel at the silver staircase at Manderston House. Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, home to thousands of seabirds and a grey seal colony. Or treat yourself to lunch at the Terrace Café at Floors Castle, nominated as one of the top ten cafés in Scotland.
With the Tweed on the doorstep, this is an ideal base for fishing parties. The estate’s own beat which is available to guests at additional cost (subject to availability) extends to about 1.4 miles of single bank fishing. Milne Graden is primarily a salmon beat but has good runs of grilse and sea trout through the summer months. Other prime beats include Tillmouth, Lennel, Ladykirk and The Lees. If you can tear yourself away from the view, the local area has plenty of other delights in store.
From here you can explore a historic landscape, punctuated by imposing castles like Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh and stately mansions at nearby Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstain. Head to the coast for miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves. Some of our favourite spots are the stunning beach at Bamburgh, the magnificent views from the cliffs at St Abb’s Head and the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
On the way home, pop in for a pint of local ale at The Black Bull at Etal, Northumberland’s only thatched pub. Or let us arrange for dinner to be delivered to you, light the fire, pour yourself a glass of something nice and relax.
Edinburgh is only an hour’s drive or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick upon Tweed.
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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
Cycling & mountain biking
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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
Shopping, arts and crafts
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Spas and beauty treatments
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Cooks and Chefs
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Babysitting and Nannies
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"Another most enjoyable stay in your lovely house. Many thanks for the wine, coffee and chocolate.”Campbell, May 2019
"We have loved staying in North Lodge - our 3rd Milne Graden stay (Park End & School House previously) and we are back with the family in October at Hamilton House - that says it all! keep on doing the same thing and we will keep coming back. Many thanks."Ellis family, April 2019
"What a wonderful week, found a gem! It really is restful & reviving. The only bad thing is having to leave!"Mrs Omeara, April 2019
"Of all the MG holiday houses that we have stayed....large and small....we have perhaps enjoyed this the most. Warm, comfy and relaxing with the most attractive 'country style' decor it was a delight. No barking dogs and set alone, it was so peaceful. Wonderful setting....even sat and had morning coffee in the sunshine on the deck. Once again, really well done Milne Graden owners."Mr & Mrs Burn, November 2018
"Well equipped cottage, very cosy, loved the log fire! Lovely setting, very peaceful and relaxing. Would love to return!"Mrs Mccarthy, September 2018
"Another lovely week at Milne Graden! We’ll be back soon.”Mr & Mrs Wright, September 2018
"We have just spent a wonderful week at North Lodge with our dog, Lottie, and cannot speak more highly of the service you and the owners have provided. Please do pass on our thanks to them. Milne Graden is such a special place: we fell in love with it on our first night and loved the walks by the Tweed and the wonderful butchers in Norham!"Mr & Mrs Owen, August 2018
"We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Milne Graden. It was an amazing cottage with a beautiful and inspiring view of the estate house out our kitchen window. We were very lucky to have been around during the summer harvest, which proved mesmerizing to watch. The cottage itself was almost entirely sound-proof and while eating breakfast or dinner on the deck outside we were amazed by how quiet it was. The cottage was well appointed and it became our second home while on vacation in Scotland. The walks around Milne Graden were also lovely and worth the effort after dinner before dusk. The location allowed us to see a vast part of the Scottish Borders in an easy and restful manner. We are now actively planning our return trip and have decided to bring our two sons along for the adventure! Thank you for a lovely and peaceful holiday!"Mr & Mrs Carter, July 2018
"We have had a lovely time in this lovely cottage. Beautiful part of the world. We hope to return."Campbell family, April 2018
"Beautiful cottage, relaxing in front of the log fire was a favourite pastime!"Beel family, March 2018
"We had a wonderful stay - fantastic walk around the estate, great pillows and linen. Helped by glorious weather. Thank you for your hospitality."Mrs Roberts, July 2019
"Wonderful stay at North Lodge, beautifully appointed and with the decking and sunny evenings, what else could we ask for."Mr Kirkham, June 2019
"Loved the area, the estate - great walks and great for dogs, appreciated the doggy bag thank you!"Mrs Howells, July 2019
"We loved our stay at North Loge, it was so lovely and peaceful"Miss Clark, August 2019
"We love North Lodge - smart and clean - perfect. Thank you."Mr Moon, September 2019
"Great stay very relaxing and comfortable. Lovely decor - rooms lovely. We're including Edie our puppy, he had a great time."Mrs Hill, September 2019
“Couldn’t fault anything, lovely cottage - well equipped.”Mrs Green, Sept 2019
“Very enjoyable lovely lodge and a great base to explore from.”Mrs Brown, October 2019
"Very very good. We really enjoyed North Lodge and immediately felt at home - will highly recommend - to the extent that we have booked again for 2020."Sadler Party
"The Lodge was lovely, clean and comfortable. Really enjoyed our stay - so relaxing and peaceful."Preston Party
- One dog is welcome. An additional dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 5pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The countryside setting on the Milne Graden Estate is beautiful throughout every season."Gina, owner of North Lodge