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The Boathouse

Norham, Northumberland

Nestled in an idyllic position at the end of a no-through lane on the banks of the River Tweed, The Boathouse boasts magnificent views over the river to the hills beyond with not a road in sight.

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Overview

Nestled in an idyllic position at the end of a no-through lane on the banks of the River Tweed, The Boathouse boasts magnificent views over the river to the hills beyond with not a road in sight.

On the banks of the River Tweed

With fabulously cosy accommodation, huge open fires and constant entertainment from the every-changing vista of the river and its inhabitants - ducks, geese, moorhens, herons and a family of otters to name but a few - this is the perfect rural retreat.

The house is well presented with earthy paint colours, traditional stone fireplaces, slate floors, pure wool carpets, luxurious fabrics and an interesting mixture of contemporary furnishings alongside some classic antique items. One of the highlights of the renovations is the 26' dining room with a fabulous open fire at one end and stunning views over the river - perfect for atmospheric dinner parties.

The house is situated half a mile from the pretty village of Norham, a finalist for England's Favourite Village Award and famous for its imposing Norman castle ruins. The village has a local shop, bakery, two pubs, gunsmith and the celebrated Foreman's Butcher, selling a fantastic selection of meats, pies, local cheeses, wines and even fishing flies.

With fishing on one of the world's greatest salmon rivers a decent roll cast from the bedroom window, The Boathouse is an ideal base for fishing parties.  Fishing on the Boathouse beat in front of the house can be arranged at additional cost. 

Property details

Ground Floor

Large kitchen with breakfast table (seating 8), dishwasher, microwave, two electric ovens, 4 ring hob, refrigerator and radio.

Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, additional fridge/freezer and chest freezer.

Large dining room with enormous dining table seating up to 10 guests. The dining room also has an impressive open fire with a pair of stylish throne like chairs.

Snug with seating for 4 guests and Smart TV with DVD player.

Drawing room with plentiful seating, impressive open fire and books and games.

Bedroom one with king size bed with large wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table and stunning views of the River Tweed.

En-suite bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.

First Floor

Bedroom two with 4 poster king size bed with large wardrobe, chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.

En-suite bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.

Family bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.

Bedroom three with 3' twin beds, small wardrobe, chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.

Bedroom four with king size bed, chest of drawers and stunning views of the River Tweed.

En-suite bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.

First Floor - Annexe

The annexe is located on the first floor above the garage and is separate from the main house. Access is via the steps to the left of the garage. There is no additional cost for the use of the annexe.

Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twins as required, chest of drawers and small wardrobe.

En-suite bathroom with WC, basin and bath with shower over.

Outside

Large, enclosed garden with fabulous views over river, garden furniture and charcoal barbecue.

Parking

Private parking for up to 5 cars is provided.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.

Dogs

Three dogs are welcome at The Boathouse. We ask that dogs are kept downstairs, out of the bedrooms and off the furniture.

Guest amenities

Luxurious bed linen and fluffy bath towels and hand towels are provided for each guest. Guest toiletries are provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Fast fibre optic broadband is provided. Mobile signal is very poor in this area. A landline is provided for emergency calls and incoming calls.

Heating

The Boathouse has oil central heating along with underfloor heating in some parts of the house. There are open fires in the dining room and drawing room, logs are provided.

Fishing

Salmon fishing is available (subject to availability) on the The Boathouse & Canny beat on the River Tweed through Crabtree & Crabtree. Please email us to find out more.

Trout fishing is available through Ladykirk & Norham Angling Association.

Guest privacy

Please note that guests who are fishing the beat in front of the house have access to the outside loo and garage to the side of the property. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Location

The elegant Georgian town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is eight miles away. The magnificent Elizabethan fortifications which encircle the historic old town are the best preserved in Europe. The town has had an eventful history, changing hands 13 times as England and Scotland waged war over its possession for three centuries - its football team still plays in the Scottish League. Even more bizarrely, an accidental omission from the Treaty of Paris that concluded the Crimean War in 1856, technically left the town still at war with Russia until an agreement was signed between the Mayor of Berwick and a Russian Diplomat in 1966.

The Boathouse is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland's Heritage coastline, 25 miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding and surfing. The magnificent views from the cliff top walks at St Abb's Head and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

The charming, ancient towns of Duns and Kelso are also nearby and Edinburgh is an easy day trip either about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick upon Tweed.

Activities

Guests can enjoy some wonderful walks directly from the house on peaceful riverside trails along the Anglo-Scottish border, taking in the ruins of Norham Castle famously depicted in the iconic paintings of J M W Turner as early as 1797. Upstream the Norham Bridge and Milne Graden Walk is a scenic loop of 6.5 miles, or a leisurely walk downstream will take you to the superb Union Chain Bridge which spans the Tweed, once the longest wrought-iron suspension bridge in the world and now the oldest of its type still in use today.

From here you can explore the beautiful house and gardens of Paxton House with its child-friendly activity programme, or visit the attractions of the nearby Chain Bridge Honey Farm. You can take a fun boat trip from the jetty at Paxton House to Berwick with stunning views across the estuary, or walk and wander the perfectly preserved fortifications of the historic old town before exploring the rich architecture and seascapes which inspired the paintings of the great artist L S Lowry on his many visits to the area.

For sightseeing, the property is an ideal base for exploring the wider area with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history, punctuated by imposing castles, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, and Thirlestane; the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh; and the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Paxton, Manderston and Mellerstain.

The stunning heritage coastline is just a short fifteen minute drive 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. Birdwatchers, walkers and photographers will delight in the stunning cliffs and coves of the Berwickshire coastline where you will spot thousands of seabirds and seals around the St. Abbs Nature Reserve or cross the causeway at low tide to the very beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne where you will experience nature at its very best. Further down the coast, the stunning beach at Bamburgh is a perfect place to take a picnic where you can walk for mile upon mile on white sandy beaches or watch soaring wind surfers and kite surfers across the bay.

The property is an ideal base for exploring with an abundance of family-friendly activities to keep all ages entertained. Pack a picnic and head to the outstanding heritage coastline which offers mile upon mile of golden sands where you can relax and dabble in the rock pools or try your hand at surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, coasteering or kayaking on the many gentle bays and coves with qualified accredited instructors.

Bike or hike on the coastal paths or through the pretty fishing villages, watch soaring windsurfers on the stunning beach at Bamburgh, voted Britain’s top picnic spot in 2013, before heading further down the coast for a little broomstick training at Alnwick Castle! Further inland, Ford & Etal Estates offers a great day out with over 20 family attractions including riding, canoeing, cycling, climbing, and a charming 15” gauge steam railway.

Serious walkers and cyclists can link into a number of long distance routes including St. Cuthbert’s Way, the Berwickshire Coastal Path or the Sandstone Way where you will experience breathtaking scenery, exceptional nature reserves, spectacular castles and grand stately homes as you pass on through. Alternatively the vast open spaces and heather-clad hillsides of the Northumberland National Park provides endless trails, iconic landmarks and big sky views, giving way to forests and rolling Parklands with plenty of cosy pubs and picturesque villages for a much deserved rest stop at the end of a busy day.

 

Fishing

Fishing

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.

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Historic houses and castles

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.

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Children and families

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.

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Walking

Walking

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.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Local food and drink

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.

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Cycling & mountain biking

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.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

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.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

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.

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Museums, galleries and culture

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.

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Gardens

Gardens

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.

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Golf

Golf

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.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

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.

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Spas and beauty treatments

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.

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Ancestral history research

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.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

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.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

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.

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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 Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"We loved it…an amazing place to stay for kids, dogs and adults! Hopefully we will be back!"

Sherwood family

"We all had a wonderful time location was perfect house was spacious and well equipped. Great time was had by all."

Gilbert family

"We had a really wonderful holiday at The Boathouse. It was beautifully decorated and had fantastic views. We thought the layout of the rooms worked really well. We hope to come back!"

Buckley family

"Our experience at The Boathouse was lovely – a beautiful house, well equipped with great bed linen."

Mr Craven

"We really enjoyed our second stay at The Boathouse, it was very relaxing and even the rain couldn't spoil our weekend. We found the place to be very well equipped and inviting."

Armitage family

"We had a wonderful stay at The Boathouse, to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. Everything at The Boathouse; the fixtures, fittings and décor added to the experience. We will certainly recommend your property and service,thanks to all concerned for helping to make it a memorable holiday."

Deakin family

"Another heavenly stay at the Boathouse, as always! Huge thanks for another wonderful two weeks in Norham."

Macdougall family

"We had a wonderful time at The Boathouse, the house is lovely and just what we wanted for a family celebration. I would have no hesitation in recommending both Crabtree & Crabtree service and the venue, thank you very much."

Cosens family

"We were very pleased with our stay at The Boathouse and hopefully at some point would like to return there. Everything was lovely and clean, bedding, etc. We were very happy and it's a wonderful location."

Marrin family

"We had a wonderful week, it is the most beautiful house and the setting is just fantastic​."

McAdam family

"We have loved our stay. You have a lovely house in a fabulous location."

Storey family

"Really glad we discovered The Boathouse and got to know the area. We hope to be back in the future."

Morrell family

"We had a lovely stay at the Boathouse. It is such a beautiful house and fits all our guests so elegantly! Dining room is so beautiful and beds so comfy!" 

McAdam Family

"We were a family of ten. I have been before but my two sons and their families had not. Everyone thought it was wonderful, the house, location and stunning countryside. It is an amazing place and even though the weather was not the best, we found lots to do and would definitely like to come back again."

Groundwater family

"Had a wonderful week at The Boathouse. We had a 10 month old grandson with us which was brilliant. House was fantastic as ever."

Maguire family

"We had a great time and really enjoyed staying in The Boathouse. Thanks also for organising the fantastic late March weather!! Best wishes and thanks from all 10 of us."

Langmead family

"We had a fabulous time in The Boathouse. It was our second time but with family rather than friends this time. Everything about the house was just perfect."

Blackburn family

"The stay there was exceptionally wonderful. Such a beautiful location and the house felt like a real home. This was enforced by finding a brilliantly stocked herb cupboard in which I left a small offering. Such an easy thing to do but always seems so generous to find pepper and salt and other spices etc. Also logs, matches and firelighters. Thank you a real privilege to stay there."

Bowden family

"We had a fantastic week at The Boathouse – absolutely perfect location and lovely, well-equipped house."

Thomas family
Location Rural - less than a mile from the village of Norham.
Dogs
  • Three dogs are welcome. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Sunday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Every living space and bedroom benefits from incredible views over the River Tweed. If you are lucky, you might spot one of the cheeky otters! The little things we love...
"Every living space and bedroom benefits from incredible views over the River Tweed. If you are lucky, you might spot one of the cheeky otters!"
Geoffrey, owner of The Boathouse