A perfect escape from it all, this quintessential country cottage with south-facing garden and pretty summerhouse is a welcoming home from home.
Perfect for country pursuits or coastal exploring
Set in the pretty village of Branxton surrounded by wonderfully scenic countryside, relaxation will come easily here, yet ideally placed for exploring coast and country or more active outdoor adventures.
With its white picket fence, pretty cottage garden and charming period exterior, guests can expect a lovely first impression. Step inside and the sitting room exudes character and warmth with a predominance of warm, earthy tones and Harris Tweed furnishings contrasted with buttery soft leather and a cosy wood burner.
The kitchen captures the essence of cottage living with bespoke hand built cabinetry balanced beautifully with an iconic wallpaper pattern from Victorian designer William Morris and hand-made artisan tiles. Soft grey tones in Pigeon and Cromarty from Farrow & Ball respect the integrity of the property yet offer a fresh, modern feel.
The main bedroom sits to the rear of the property with fresh cottage-style florals, while a small second bedroom with characterful book panelled wall sits off the sitting room and means there’s flexibility for friends and families too.
The cottage has a pretty, sheltered, south-facing garden and the summerhouse will be a joy for those lovely balmy evenings with a glass of wine or simply hiding away with a good book.
Head over the doorstep, and a short wander will take you down to Flodden Field, site of the infamous battle of 1513 between the Scots and the English.
Kitchen with slimline dishwasher, cooker with grill, oven and 4 ring ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with icebox, Tassimo Vivy2 coffee machine. Small dining space with seating for four. Washing machine and dryer in an outside utility room.
Sitting room with double sofa, two armchairs and a wood burning stove. Small TV with Freeview, DVD player, Wii, CD/digital radio, Bluetooth docking station and a selection of DVDs, CDs, and books.
Bedroom one with 5' king size bed, built-in wardrobes and dressing table. Sits to the rear of the cottage towards the garden.
Bedroom two - small double room with 3' twin beds with zip and link system which can be converted to super king if required, side table, hanging space neatly hidden behind part of the panelled book lined wall. Front facing.
Bathroom with bath and electric shower over, basin and WC.
To the rear of the property is a south facing garden. At the end of the garden is a patio area with table, chairs, barbecue and charming summerhouse with patio doors, table and chairs.
There is an outside utility room to the rear of the cottage which has a washing machine and a separate dryer.
There is parking on the street in front of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome at The Cottage. There is a charge of £20 per pet. We ask that dogs are kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms.
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests. A hairdryer is also supplied.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available at The Cottage. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
The Cottage has oil central heating. Wood burning stove in the sitting room - with initial supply of logs. There are electric radiators in all rooms.
Branxton itself is a quiet spot, perfect for a rural idyll with hardly any passing traffic. The newly-opened Blue Bell Inn which offers excellent food is about 1.5 miles outside of the village, and The Red Lion at Milfield just down the road is also well worth a visit. Nearby Cornhill-on-Tweed offers a superb village store and coffee shop in addition to the popular Collingwood Arms bar and restaurant. Just over the River Tweed in Scotland is the historic town of Coldstream which has a good selection of pubs, cafes and local shops, including a butcher, baker and grocer. The charming, ancient towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso are also nearby.
There are excellent walks leading from the cottage, including routes across Flodden field and the Cheviot Hills. Just a few minute's drive from the cottage, the beautiful Tweed river valley also offers a network of beautiful walks and dedicated cycle paths. Or take a short trip to the coast and enjoy an invigorating walk or exhilarating horse ride along the 25 miles of stunning sandy beaches.
The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Seven miles in one direction will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with over 400 square miles of stunning landscapes, criss-crossed by over 700 miles of walking, biking and riding trails which follow the routes of ancient cattle drovers, taking in Iron Age stone fortifications and traces of Bronze Age hillforts amidst the tranquil and rugged landscape.
Hop into your walking boots and you can join Northumberland Park Rangers for a guided walk from Wooler where you will learn much about the heritage and wildlife of the area, or follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and enjoy some outstanding vistas along the route as it winds its way to the dune-fringed sands on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For cycling, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks, including long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Wheel Hub.
For families, the Breamish Valley is a popular area with pretty river picnic spots where children can paddle, followed by a walk to the lovely waterfall at Linhope Spout where you may even spot some wild Cheviot goats along the way. Alternatively, a warm welcome awaits you at Ford & Etal Estates (3 miles) which has a super range of family friendly activities with over twenty attractions to explore. Take a ride on Bunty on the very charming 15” gauge steam railway, follow the mouse trail around the Heatherslaw Corn mill or there is fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and a riding centre all nearby. For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of EtalCastle or the local heritage sites of nearby Flodden or Duddo Standing Stones, Northumberland’s equivalent of Stonehenge.
The stunning heritage coastline is just a short half-hour drive away 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. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape here, including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach; Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films; or Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.
Fishing is available on the River Till about 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.
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
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
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
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.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
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
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
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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.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
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
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...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
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
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.Find Out More
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
Cooks and Chefs
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Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
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
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
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"We enjoyed our stay at The Cottage so much. Everything was made with love. The interior, the little welcome basket, the very good information, the very good tasting sherry :-) and so much more. Thank you very much for all this. When we come to the Scottish Borders again we will book with Crabtree & Crabtee again. Your service is excellent and the team are very, very friendly."Bachstein family
"Thank you, we had a fantastic holiday. The Cottage was nice and the weather great, what more could we ask for? You might see us back looking for next year."Moore family
"We had a fabulous holiday - The Cottage was just perfect. Can't recommend Crabtree & Crabtree highly enough. We have stayed in Northumberland many times, but this was by far the best holiday, accommodation and service we have encountered."Calladene family
"I just wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful stay at The Cottage. It was the perfect place for a relaxing, quiet and cosy getaway. I loved everything about the cottage and the location. I had been wanting to stay at this particular cottage ever since I read about it in CN Traveller magazine but didn't have the opportunity until now. I was delighted see that it was a C&C property having previously rented with yourselves and knowing what high standard properties you have. Please pass on my thanks and compliments to the owners. The Cottage was lacking for nothing and the welcome basket was extremely thoughtful right down to the doggy treats! Please let them know that I thought the garden looked wonderful, even at this time of year! It was great having access to a drying room for muddy boots and dog. The log burner was marvellous to use at this chilly time of year. It worked so efficiently I didn't need to have the central heating on out with the timed settings. The only downside was that I found it very hard to leave the cosy comforts of the living room to venture further afield! All in all, a perfect stay. 10 out of 10 from me. Whenever the opportunity arises I always recommend C&C to family and friends. Apart from the outstanding quality of the accommodations on offer and their locations, I particularly love the fact that, apart from peak holiday times, there is generally no specific arrival day so for short breaks you can more or less choose what day you arrive and leave. That is quite rare for rental properties. It just makes planning a break so much easier. It is also marvellous that if you want to bring your dog you have a good choice of dog friendly properties which is another good reason for recommending your company. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity I get to take a break - and trying out another C&C property!"Silver family
"We had a very enjoyable few days at the cottage. We found that it had everything we needed and was just as it looked on the website. Ted (the dog) enjoyed his treats and the garden!"Houghton-Tallamy
"We had a lovely holiday at The Cottage which is very well fitted out with a really secluded and attractive garden."Nicholson family
"Just to let you know we had a wonderful time and the cottage was delightful. Please thank the owners again for their kindness in allowing us to holiday Sunday to Sunday. There was so much to do and nowhere near enough time so I'm sure we'll be back and will definitely use Crabtree & Crabtree!"McCarthy family
"The Cottage is a lovely small but perfectly formed place to stay. It is extremely well equipped, warm and very comfortable. The garden is a pleasant spot to sit in and the summer house really does enable guests to get the most out of the outside space in cooler weather and the evening. The wood burner is easy to use and there is a plentiful supply of wood. The village is extremely quiet and we only saw a few dog walkers (very friendly) and children( also friendly). The proximity to Flodden is wonderful and we really enjoyed a walk around the whole site learning about the fateful battle. The whole area is just brimming with history, one day we did a spectacular walk around ‘Hotspurs’ Humbleton Hill in the National Park, one of hundreds of fought over sites. We walked some of the coast and enjoyed walking over in Holy Island and loved our visit to Cragside. So The Cottage is perfectly located for both countryside and coast and a great place to kick off our boots and rest our weary feet at the end of every day."Mr & Mrs Benjamin
"Beautiful cottage & location. Will definitely book again in future. Also booking with your good selves was problem free and much appreciated."Mr Millar
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Cottage. It was very comfortable, quiet, cosy and welcoming. It is situated in a lovely little village which was ideal for walking with the dog and for visits to local attractions. We met some lovely people from the village when out walking the dog who were happy to chat and advise us on things to see and do. The cottage catered for all our needs and we really appreciated the welcome pack, even a couple of doggie cakes for Dylan our dog."Mr David Webb
"I loved the cottage. It was just perfect for me, the things I dread in a holiday property were totally absent.
It was bliss and even the fire worked properly with a fabulous supply of kindling and logs. I prefer to a fire to central heating so really appreciated this.
This was a new area to me and will be back to explore more.
And Crabtree service 5 star as always, rarely book with any other holiday company now."Mrs Mackay
"Lovely little cottage well situated to explore north Northumberland."Balfour Family
"What an enchanting cottage! It is snug and tucked-away and cosy, but also clean, modern and with every possible amenity. We spent a lovely ten days here, going out to enjoy the scenery and the coast during the day and coming back home to spend our time in front of the fire in the evenings. Highly recommended!"Mr Trafford
- Two dogs are welcome. There is a charge of £20 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season. More flexible arrangements considered on request.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing in the charming summerhouse on a warm summer evening."Avril, Crabtree & Crabtree