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Priory Cottage

Morpeth, Northumberland

Cute and couple-friendly, Priory Cottage lies metres away from historic Brinkburn Abbey, inside a wooded, riverside dell.

Priory Cottage

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Priory Cottage

15% discount on holiday between now and 17th March 2023 (2 night stay minimum).

Priory Cottage

15% festive discount on holidays between 23rd December 2022 - 6th January 2023 (2 night stay minimum).

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Overview

Cute and couple-friendly, Priory Cottage lies metres away from historic Brinkburn Abbey, inside a wooded, riverside dell.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Brinkburn Estate this delightful bolthole offers luxurious peace in deepest Northumberland

Surrounded by greenery and clambering roses, Priory cottage is a peaceful romantic cottage located handily close to its namesake, 12th-century Priory. Once a shed to store the carts of horse-pulled guests visiting the estate, this delightful honey-hued bolthole has been carefully transformed into a comfortable one-bedroom dwelling (one of several other holiday homes on the estate) ideal for a couple’s stay.

Accessed via a stone pathway flanked by abundant borders you’ll step through a pretty glass porch where you can stow away your coats and wellies before heading straight into the open-plan living room which is homely with two sofas – one of which can be converted to a sofa bed on request – draped with warming throws, a log burning stove and dining table. As throughout, soft colours set a relaxing, snug tone here.

Off the sitting room you’ll find a kitchen corner where sugar-white walls enclose a hob and all the essentials needed to rustle up a delicious dinner. A tiled wet-room bathroom with a generous walk-in rainfall shower and heated towel rails completes the ground floor.

Upstairs, under a sloped ceiling with attractive, green-painted rafters, you’ll find the bedroom, where a pine chest of drawers and kingsized bed await. Though small and cosy you’ll find it luxurious with rich linens, snuggly robes – and, if you open the window, the gentle sounds of birdsong and the burbling River Coquet.

Outside the entrance porch is a private patio with two chairs, which is screened from any passers-by by bamboo fencing.

Separated by a private gate, Brinkburn Priory is only a minute’s walk away . Featuring distinctive witches’-hat towers, it was built in 1135 by Augustinian monks delighted at the seclusion of this steep, wooded valley around the snaking Coquet. Centuries later, the now-private residence was painted by Turner before seeing a gothic manor house added.

With the Priory now an English Heritage property, you’ll need to pay (or be a member) to enter and admire its stained-glass windows or William Hill organ. Around the wider, wonderful Brinkburn estate, there’s a gorgeous river trail to walk, plus a designated spot for wild swimmers just upstream from Priory Cottage. 

Ready to explore further? Alnwick Castle and the pretty market town of Rothbury are close, while Coquetdale, the Coquet’s upper section, is a wonderfully wild expanse of open moorland and rocky outcrops extending into the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park. You’re also within 15 miles of Alnmouth’s bay beach, and just an hour’s drive from Hadrian’s Wall.

Priory Cottage can also be booked in conjunction with neighbouring The Stables to sleep 10.

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

Entrace to the open-plan kitchen and living space through lovely glass porch.

Kitchen area contains Slimline dishwasher, small bench top freezer, under bench fridge, four-ring induction hob and electric fan oven, 2 slice toaster, kettle, cafetiere, microwave, washing machine

Sitting room contains two two-seater sofas, coffee table and side table, Smart TV, wood burning stove and dining table with seating for up to four guests.

One of the sofas can be made into a sofa bed on request, creating a studio apartment set up so guests with limited mobility can remain on the ground floor. Please note - this is only available as an alternative set-up from the first floor bedroom and cannot be used to accommodate additional guests.

Ground floor wet room with large walk-in shower with rainfall shower head, basin with drawer below and illuminated mirror above, heated towel rail and WC.

FIRST FLOOR

Bedroom with king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and one hanging hook. Additional hanging space can be found on the ground floor near the sitting room.

Please note – there is a low-sloped ceiling on one side of the bedroom. There is no bedroom door at the top or bottom of the stairs making it an open studio cottage.

OUTSIDE

Courtyard area for the use of guests at Priory Cottage. Please note - this courtyard is overlooked by neighbouring holiday cottage, The Stables. However, there is an additional small area to the side Priory Cottage's front door, with two chairs and bamboo fencing around for privacy. Most guests prefer to use this.

PARKING

A designated parking space sits further up the drive from the property.

BABIES & CHILDREN

A travel cot and highchair are provided on request.

DOGS

Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Wi-Fi is available and is a good speed. Mobile coverage is poor in the cottage and surrounding estate but guests will be able to make Wi-Fi calls instead.

GUEST AMENITIES

Luxury bed linen and towel robes are provided.

HEATING

Underfloor heating within the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided, with extra supplies available to purchase on-site.

GUEST PRIVACY

The Stables holiday home is attached to Priory Cottage.

Please note - The courtyard is overlooked by The Stables. However, there is an additional small area to the side Priory Cottage's front door, with two chairs and bamboo fencing around for privacy.

The property sits in a private area of the estate, however, please note Brinkburn Priory and Manor House is located nearby which is an English Heritage attraction. 

ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION

For guests looking to holiday together, this property can be booked alongside the neighbouring cottage The Stables (sleeps 8).

The Stables and Priory Cottage can be booked as a single unit sleeping 10. 

A further four cottages in a terrace row at the entrance of the estate, Bel House (sleeps 4), Blakey House (sleeps 4), Cuthbert House (sleeps 4), and Mullins House (sleeps 4), are located 0.5 miles away.

Location

The local village of Longframlington (2.8 miles) has a small convenience store and popular local butchers. The village also benefits from The Village Inn and The Granby Inn, both of which serve traditional pub food or head to Running Fox, a delightful artisan bakery coffee shop. 

The attractive town of Rothbury is 4.5 miles away and is home to several independent shops, restaurants and pubs. It has an excellent butchers shop opposite the T-junction as you drive in or try Tulley Delicatessen for a great selection of cheeses.

Morpeth is 11.4 miles away and features a wider range of shops and eateries, including Turkish, Italian and Thai restaurants as well as a range of cosy tearooms. Larger supermarkets can be found in the market town for when you need to stock up on supplies.

You can also find some lovely characterful shopping in the village shops at Longhorsley and Belsay.

Activities

This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border reivers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland and picturesque valleys.

You are welcome to explore Brinkburn Estate during your stay where you will find a tranquil riverside trail as well as Brinknurn Priory and Manor House. Members of English Heritage will be able to visit for free, while non-members will need to purchase a ticket.

Nearby 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.

Further across you will find Clennell Street which follows the ancient drover road where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills, dropping down to the tiny village of Alwinton where you can rest tired legs and enjoy a pie and a pint at the Rose and Thistle pub. Alwinton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so it’s also a perfect spot to indulge in a spot of stargazing.

Alternatively, the Street or ‘clattering path’ is a Roman road where you can walk the Border Ridge and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings, or why not take a ranger-led walk from Harbottle to see the fabled Drake Stone.

If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, head to nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high energy the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.

The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.

For those looking for a more relaxed option, enjoy a pampering treatment at your cottage with Harmony Holistic Mobile Spa.

Also within easy reach are the award-winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.

Finally, the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog-friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for ice cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place. Simply magical!

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Services

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Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Location Rural - 4.5 miles from Rothbury
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday and Monday, with the additional option of Wednesday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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