Overlooking the glorious landscape of Edlingham Vale, this south-facing five bedroom farmhouse is a place where families and friends can retreat and enjoy some together-time amidst the rich tranquil beauty of the Northumbrian countryside.
Overlooking the glorious landscape of the Edlingham Vale.
Surrounded by dramatic landscapes with glorious walks, evocative ruins, the historic town of Alnwick and the Northumberland coastline all within easy reach, Overthwarts Farmhouse is a brilliant base from which to enjoy the abundance of activities and places of interest on offer in the area.
This characterful family home has personality and ambience in spades, its spacious accommodation creating plenty of room to spread out and relax. The drawing room features a marble fireplace with open fire, from which a partially glazed oak door leads to a sunny paved terrace with fantastic views over the viaduct, ancient castle and 11th Century church beyond. A second sitting room is home to an inglenook fireplace and piano, an atmospheric space for an evening sing-song should the mood take your fancy.
The traditional farmhouse kitchen has a contemporary edge, with bespoke units, stainless steel worktops, Falcon range cooker and ten-seater dining table next to the wood burning stove. On the ground floor there is also a utility room with washing machine and dryer, a pantry with freezer and a boot room with door to the garden where outdoor kit can be stored and muddy dogs dried off.
The characterful five bedrooms are served by two family bathrooms; two doubles, single and a children’s bunk room (with additional truckle bed - and rocking horse) on the first floor, and a third double on the ground floor next door to a cloakroom.
Overthwarts exudes a sense of down-to-earth heartiness and its large enclosed garden making it a great for choice for families with or without dogs, while fitting the bill equally well as a peaceful haven for artists and writers seeking inspiration from the spectacular surrounding countryside.
Sitting room with Georgian sofa and original 1950's plywood armchairs, impressive inglenook fireplace and piano.
Large dining kitchen (2 steps down from sitting room) with Falcon range cooker with 5 ring gas hob, two ovens, warming drawer and grill, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge, dining area (seating 8 / 10) with log burner.
Walk-in pantry with sink and deep freeze.
Utility room with sink, washing machine and dryer.
Boot room with door to garden.
Drawing room with Victorian upholstered sofa and armchairs, open fire, small TV with Freeview, Bose sound dock, books and games. Door to patio and front garden.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Bedroom one with 4’6” bed and chest of drawers.
Bedroom two with 5’ bed and chest of drawers.
Bedroom three with 5’ bed and chest of drawers.
Family bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom four with single bed and chest of drawers.
Bedroom five is the children’s room with bunk beds, chest of drawers and additional pull-out, truckle bed if required. Please note use of the truckle bed must be specified at time of booking as otherwise it will not be made up.
Family bathroom with bath with handheld shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
There is a delightful, mature private garden to the front and rear of the property. The rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of children. There is a terrace with an outside dining area.
Parking & Access
There is private parking for 3-4 cars to the front of the property.
Access to the property is via a restricted access/farm road which is uneven in parts. Please contact us if you have any concerns about winter access.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept to the kitchen and boot room/utility areas only. While the rear garden is fully enclosed please note that that there are two field gates which dogs could escape through. The area around the farmhouse is farmland with grazing livestock and care should be taken to ensure that dogs are fully controlled and on leads when walking around the area.
The beds are made up with Egyptian cotton bed linen and finest quality goose down duvets and pillows. Two hairdryers are supplied in the property. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Super-fast fibre broadband is available. Mobile signal is poor in the property but improves directly outside the house.
Overthwarts Farmhouse has oil central heating in addition to the wood burning stove in the kitchen/dining room and the open fire in the drawing room. A generous initial supply of logs are provided.
The parish is served by Alnwick (4.5 miles) and Rothbury (5.5 miles) which have a strong base of independent shops and offer plenty of choice for high quality locally produced food as well as cosy country pubs for eating-out. For provisions, there is an award-winning butcher’s shop in Rothbury, famous for its ‘Cragside cracker’ sausage; the equally renowned Rothbury Bakery for quality pies and freshly baked local produce; or Tully’s deli on the High Street.
In Alnwick you will find an excellent range of amenities and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops. Here you can wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area, including Bari Tea based in the Castle Quarter for a very lovely lunch or a decadent afternoon cream tea! While there, seek out Barter Books - ‘a book heaven’ with thousands of paperbacks, hardbacks and collector’s editions based in a beautiful former railway station.
For provisions, you will find plenty of choice - try award-winning Turnbull’s for fine food and quality meats; The Alnwick Deli for delicious local produce, cheeses, hampers and gifts; or the Alnwick Bakery for home-baked breads, pies and pastries. There is a market every Saturday, a farmer’s market on the last Friday of every month, and a large supermarket nearby for all your holiday essentials.
Explore the local area on foot with a 4.5 mile walk right from the doorstep taking in Lemmington Hall with its 15th century pele tower; the historic 5 arch railway viaduct of 1885; and the fortified remains of Edlingham Castle. Alternatively the Alnwick to Corby Crags circular is a moderate walk of 7.5 miles taking in the exposed rocky landscape and a section of the Devil’s Causeway, a Roman road that once crossed this area. For outdoor sports enthusiasts, there are also some excellent climbing and bouldering routes on Corby Crags with fantastic views across the River Aln Valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond.
Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age.The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.
For country sports, shooting is available on nearby Lemmington Estate which covers 2,500 acres over three valleys running up to the Alnwick moor producing spectacular high and challenging pheasant, partridge and duck shooting. Fishing is available on the River Coquet and on the many lakes and reservoirs around the area.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area, including the magnificent Alnwick Castle and Gardens. For family friendly activities, you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter; test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest; or explore a world of wobbly rope bridges and treetop walkways within the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens.
For something different, why not head to Ingram to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park, or pack your mountain bike, walking boots and climbing kit to experience the endless traffic-free trails and dramatic open landscapes of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills, taking in iron-age hill forts, Hadrian’s Wall and some amazing panoramic vistas along the way.
Set within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the wide golden sands of Embleton are particularly beautiful offering great walking, cycling and wildlife or simply rest and relaxation with a picnic full of foods from the Northumberland heartlands. From here head north and south to explore the pretty coastal villages of Craster and Warkworth, or a little further afield will take you to the spectacular beach at Bamburgh or the very lovely Sugar Sands accessed from the village of Longhoughton.
For those seeking high energy adventures, the area is popular for surfing and kite surfing and there are a number of accredited surf and watersports schools up and down the coast for those looking to try something new in a relaxed teaching environment.
Children and families
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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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.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
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
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
Classes at your holiday home
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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
Ancestral history research
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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
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
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"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Overthwarts Farmhouse. The fabulous views aside, the kitchen in particular was fantastic with great space, THAT fridge and the pantry! Seating for 10 around the table was a real bonus as we could all sit together."Lawson Johnston family
"We had a fantastic time and we wouldn’t hesitate in going back."Chadwick
"We had a fabulous time, loved the house and everything about it, and would like very much to return."Cohen family
"We had a lovely time at Overthwarts. The whole family really enjoyed it. We’re looking forward to our next booking with Crabtree & Crabtree."Mr Orr
"Loved the beaches and the forests. Alnwick is a lovely small town and the book shop and chocolate spa were amazing. So much more to see."Summers family
"Lovely house, great views, we have all had a wonderful time as a family enjoying the space and time to talk, eat and be merry celebrating my husband's 60th birthday. Memories to treasure forever, the grandkids didn't want to leave."Hughes family
"Eight of us here for a special weekend to mark one of us turning 50. What a perfect place; this old house, so full of beautiful things; fires to sit round, opening our hearts; a gorgeous kitchen to prepare feast in while singing; walks through the fields and by the sea; views of early Spring; good books to peruse; a piano to play and a home that felt peaceful even through the wild windy nights. We hope to be back!"Wagstaffe family
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Gather around the piano for a good old sing-song after supper and create precious family memories."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree