The Bothy at Reedsford
For those with a sense of adventure and a passion for the great outdoors who love the idea of camping but when faced with the reality of a night under canvas crave their home comforts; a tweedy armchair in front of a roaring fire, lashings of hot water and a comfortable bed, The Bothy at Reedsford is the ideal compromise.
Deep in the foothills of the Cheviot hills
A far cry from city life, the cottage lies in a sheltered, sunny spot in the remote and extremely picturesque Bowmont Valley, deep in the foothills of the Cheviot Hills. With stunning views from every aspect, The Bothy is an idyllic rural retreat offering unsophisticated elegance combined with the comfortable feel of a real home and although off the beaten track, visitors are in fact only a short drive from local shops, pubs and other amenities.
The flexible accommodation at The Bothy makes it ideal for a couple or families. For couples, the larger second bedroom at the very end of the cottage can be shut off and a couple can be perfectly self-contained and cosy in the main part of the house. The large second bedroom is ideal as a ‘dorm' for children.
During the winter months, the large second bedroom at the far end of the cottage provides plenty of space for children to play without disturbing adult-time and a television and DVD player are provided. The garden is fenced so children can play safely and dogs can't wander off and the immediate area offers endless opportunities for families to explore whether on two legs, four legs or two wheels! A neighbouring barn provides a fabulous indoor games / picnic room for wet days complete with a wood burning stove, table football, pool and a full size table tennis table.
Open-plan kitchen, dining area and seating area:
Fabulous, handmade, fully equipped kitchen with range oven with 5 ring gas hob, fridge and dishwasher. Large cupboard for food storage and plenty of additional storage. Please note that a washing machine, tumble dryer and deep freeze are also provided elsewhere within the property. The convivial dining area has bench-style seating for many guests.
Charming, cosy seating area with a wood burner with logs provided, sofa and two arm chairs. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, DVD player, iDock and a selection of board games. Patio doors lead from the seating area to a decked patio with outstanding views across farmland to the hills beyond.
Accessed directly from the main door is a hallway with ample space to hang coats and store boots beneath a bench seat.
Bedroom one with 5' double bed and large, fitted wardrobe.
Family bathroom with bath with handheld shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6' super king or 3' twin beds as required. Television with Freeview and DVD player. Large cupboard for clothes and shoes, and chest of drawers. Leading from bedroom two is a small entrance hall with additional storage space for outdoor kit. There is a door leading outside.
An additional 3' single bed with pull out truckle bed (sleeping 2 children) are available with a charge of £50.00. Please ensure you state at time of booking if you require the additional beds or it will not be made up for your stay.
En-suite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC.
To the rear of the property is a decked patio area which leads to a gravelled seating area with a picnic table and children's swing. Beyond is a fenced lawned area with a paddock beyond with a rope swing. The patio area and garden are south facing and offer superb views over open fields to the hills. The rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of dogs and children. A charcoal kettle barbecue is available for guest use.
A neighbouring barn provides an indoor games room / picnic area with picnic tables, wood burning stove, full size table tennis table, a pool table and table football.
Adjacent to the cottage is an outhouse with a sink, deep freeze and tumble dryer. It is lockable and ideal for storing bikes, tack and outdoor equipment.
There is private parking for several cars to the side of the house.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Dogs & Other Pets
Two dogs are welcome at The Bothy. We ask that dogs are kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms. We also ask that dogs are clean before entering the property.
Beyond the garden is a paddock available to any guests wishing to bring horses with them. With sufficient notice, stabling can also be arranged in the barn adjacent to the paddock.
Bed linen and towels are provided for all guests.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided in the open-plan kitchen, dining and seating area, however due to its rural location, it is important to note that the signal can be slow and intermittent and due to the thickness of the walls the signal may not reach other rooms of the property. Please note that there is no mobile telephone reception at The Bothy. There is a landline at the property for considerate use by guests.
Heating - Important
Central heating at The Bothy is provided by a log burning stove. During the winter months the stove will be lit in advance so that the cottage is warm on arrival. The system is very efficient providing that logs are added a couple of times a day; each morning the fire needs to be flared up so that it is burning sufficiently for the pump to operate allowing hot water to circulate around the radiators. In the evening, the logs need replenishing before guests go to bed and with the vents closed there is sufficient residual heat to keep the fire alight through the night. If required, additional heating is provided by two oil-filled radiators. An immersion heater provides additional hot water if required. The system is surprisingly easy to use. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Fishing on site
Fishing is available on the Bowmont Water which runs within easy walking distance of The Bothy. The River Till is only 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.
Despite Reedsford’s rural location there are good local amenities nearby. The estate is 9 miles from the pretty town of Wooler which offers a good range of independent shops including two excellent butchers, a very good delicatessen, several pubs and cafes and the highly rated Milan Restaurant.
Cornhill on Tweed is 7 miles from the estate and offers an excellent village shop selling pies and delicious local goodies, and the Collingwood Arms which has a super bar and restaurant specialising in dishes prepared using the wealth of local produce on offer. More extensive shopping including a good range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants can be found in Kelso 14 miles away.
Superb walks from the doorstep range from leisurely rambles along the Bowmont Water and surrounding farmland to more challenging hill and moorland treks in the Cheviot Hills. With more than 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways to choose from in the National Park alone, walkers are spoilt for choice. Cyclists are equally well provided for with miles of marked routes and quiet country lanes to explore offering everything from meandering river valley saunters to wild open moorland blasts. Popular routes include the Pennine Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route, both of which run through the National Park.
There can be no better way of enjoying Northumberland's beautiful scenery than from the back of a horse. The stables at Kimmerston just down the road offer riding in the Cheviot Hills as well as rides on the spectacular sandy beaches on nearby Holy Island. The paddock behind the cottage is available to guests wishing to bring their own horses and stabling can usually be arranged with sufficient notice.
History enthusiasts of all ages will be enthralled by the area's rich and often bloody history that has left its imprint on the region, giving rise to a myriad of impressive castles to explore. Including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach, Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films and Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.
Some of the cleanest and emptiest beaches in England can be found on Northumberland's spectacular Heritage Coastline; 25 miles of rocky coves and golden sands that remain almost deserted even during the summer months. The beach at nearby Bamburgh is well worth a visit at any time of the year whether for walking, kite-surfing, or sandcastle building. From nearby Seahouses, take a tour to the Farne Islands, to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.
One of our favourite attractions, popular with old and young alike, is the delightful miniature steam railway which runs from Heatherslaw to Etal. On arrival in Etal, the visitor is well advised to leave the train and spend an hour or two in the village, exploring the ruins of Etal Castle and its museum, visiting the Black Bull Pub, village shop, Tea Room, the Church, the pine furniture makers' showroom, or simply enjoying a walk or picnic beside the river, before catching a later train back to Heatherslaw. Here, on the other side of the bridge from the train station, the working water driven corn mill, café, and visitors centre are also all well worth a visit.
Fishing is available on the Bowmont Water which runs within easy walking distance of The Bothy. The River Till is only 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.
Edinburgh is an easy day trip either approximately 1.5 hours by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
Children and families
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Historic houses and castles
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Local food and drink
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Shopping, arts and crafts
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Museums, galleries and culture
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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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"We had a wonderful week at The Bothy at Reedsford. The weather was kind and it was our first time in that part of the country and the cottage was an excellent base. We would very much like to return there next year! It was especially good to have the enclosed garden where our dog could safely play."Hurst family
"I just had to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay and how good it was to stay in such a well catered for cottage – especially with two bouncy standard poodles that were completely safe to play around in the garden. Quality of linen and furnishings were really good and so many thoughtful extras that do make a stay so much better. We would certainly stay in one of Crabtree & Crabtree's cottages again!"Hall family
"We were very happy with everything at The Bothy, and much appreciated the effort the owners put into making a welcoming arrival. We were all warm and comfortable and will book one of the cottages in the near future for our next break!"Hendry family
"We had a great week at the Bothy, it's in a beautiful setting, very relaxing and there is so much to explore. We found your website very helpful with where to visit etc. The Bothy is lovely and spacious, bedrooms great and the log burner."Peter family
"We had a fantastic week, we really couldn't have asked for more. The welcome pack was full of delicious goodies & the bottle of wine in the fridge was a lovely touch. The games room was much improved (unfortunately my pool skills hadn't!) Everything was clean & tidy, a real home from home and we'll be back!"Longworth family
"We loved our week at the Bothy. The cottage was very well presented and spotlessly clean. The information in the cottage, and the directions, were very clear. We had a great week in Northumberland. Thanks."Mr Golightly & family
"We had a pleasant stay though a quick stay, just up for the Great North Run. We very much enjoyed the lovely cake and flapjack that were left for us so if you could pass on our thanks for the welcome pack."Mrs Johnson-Speak
"The cottage was wonderful, the whole family really enjoyed themselves staying there, the dog enjoyed the freedom, the boys enjoyed the games room and we loved the peace and quiet. The cottage was absolutely spotless and equipped to a high standard and very comfortable, even the limited broadband and no mobile signal was welcome. Thanks again. Hope to return."Mr Pearson
"Great cottage in a lovely setting, a real home from home. Games room was a bonus and kept us busy for hours. Great place for walking and relaxing. You won’t be disappointed."The Robinson Family
"We had a wonderful few days at The Bothy at Reedsford and it really did exceed our expectations. We asked Crabtree & Crabtree if they could find us a remote secluded cottage in beautiful countryside with amazing views, where we could bring our pet cat to share the adventure. They didn't disappoint! The accommodation was first class. A real home from home in which we immediately felt comfortable and relaxed. Outside of the cottage was a safe environment for our cat to explore. We were very impressed with Crabtree & Crabtree and the service they provided. The whole process was simple and straightforward. We wouldn't hesitate to use them again. Thanks."Brearley family
"A wonderfully presented property, which was extremely well equipped and in an idyllic position. Exceptional quality and it was lovely to meet Corrine who is obviously passionate about her guests having a memorable holiday. We would definitely book The Bothy again but would also like to try The Byre."Karen & Steve Sharpe
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"I think of this as a party house. Ideal for larger groups, with the games room close by to keep the youngsters entertained and just a short walk to the river for an evening cast."Corinne, owner of The Bothy