The Dovecot is a substantial four bedroom barn conversion with character and charm in abundance set amidst the spectacular countryside close to the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland’s National Park.
Four bedroom barn conversion close to Northumberland's National Park
Drawing on its heritage, the property has been sympathetically redeveloped to create an extremely comfortable holiday home which remains faithful to its rural setting.
The property is set within the grounds of the Turvelaws Farmhouse overlooking the tennis court and garden with views towards the Cheviot Hills. Sleeping up to 10 people it is an ideal space for family get togethers or spending special time with friends. The property is extremely well presented striking a perfect balance between old and new, comfortable and contemporary.
Wooden floors and beams complement the property’s period feel while modern touches are both stylish and practical. A cosy wood burning stove surrounded by an enormous sofa provides a convivial entertaining space, perfect for relaxed conversation along with the odd glass of wine!
Children particularly will enjoy the games room with TV, bean bags, books and games, and it’s highly likely that young and old alike will embark on some super-competitive ping pong matches on the table tennis table also located there.
The outdoor tennis court is available for guests’ use and a qualified tennis coach can be arranged if desired.
The Dovecot has a pretty garden with outside dining area and barbecue. To the front of the property is a courtyard area with seating which is shared with the cottage next door which is privately let.
The property is fully fitted with state-of-the-art eco-friendly technology including an air source heat system with underfloor heating and Thermafleece insulation, ensuring that guests are kept warm even on the chilliest of days.
Large open plan living/dining room with large sofa seating 8, wood burner, TV with DVD player and CD player.
Spacious fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and doors to patio and private garden. Dining table seats eight comfortably.
Large games room with table tennis table, books, games, bean bags, TV and DVD player. A sofa bed is available for children, please enquire.
Cloakroom with WC.
Utility area with washing machine and dryer and doors to outdoor covered storage - ideal for storage of outdoor kit and bikes.
Bedroom one with 5' king size bed.
En-suite shower room with large walk in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6' super king double or 3' twin beds.
En-suite shower room with large walk in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom three with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6' super king double or 3' twin beds.
En-suite bathroom with shower over bath, WC and basin.
Bedroom four with 4'6" double bed.
En-suite shower room with walk in shower, WC and basin.
Large, private, fully enclosed garden for the safety of children and dogs. A charcoal barbecue is available for guest use - charcoal is not provided.
To the front of the property is a courtyard area with seating which is shared with the cottage next door which is privately let.
The owners are happy for you to use their tennis court on request. Racquets are not provided. A LTA Licensed CCA Tennis Coach is available for private booking.
There is ample parking available.
Babies & Children
A travel cot, highchair and stair gate are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at an additional cost of £40 per dog. Dogs must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture.
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests. Feather bedding is provided on all beds. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.
Air source underfloor heating is available throughout the property.
The property sits close to a working farm and is set within a courtyard alongside another cottage in the grounds of the main farmhouse. The owners live nearby and are extremely happy to help guests with any questions or information regarding local amenities and activities.
For several weeks through the summer months, small bats may roost in the roof rafters above the Dovecot and you may see them flying around the barn area. They are clean and harmless animals and they are not seen to pose any health risk. It is important to note that they are a protected species and their roosting areas are protected by law. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
The property is set close to a working farm and is just half-a-mile from the attractive market town of Wooler which has two excellent butchers, a very good delicatessen, several pubs and cafes and the highly rated Milan Restaurant. It also has a good range of independent shops, including the super ‘Breeze’ art gallery which also serves coffee and light lunch.
The Good Life Shop is also a wonderful deli selling cheeses, cured meats and health foods while more extensive shopping is available in the historic towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick and Kelso which are all within an easy half-hour drive.
The property is perfectly placed for exploring the wider area, and its position at the foot of the Cheviot Hills makes it a superb spot for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors. The outstanding countryside around Turvelaws Farm offers gentle walks in scenic surroundings, however more challenging hiking can be found amidst the stunning scenery of the National Park.
St. Cuthbert’s Way passes through this area, the 62 mile walk from Melrose Abbey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, or enjoy nearby walks to Linhope Spout and Routin Linn with their fantastic waterfall picnic spots. For cycling and mountain biking, there are extensive routes and trails nearby for family-friendly recreation, including bike hire available locally. For more challenging terrain, the Pennine Cycleway passes just outside the door making it an ideal stop-off for those embarking on the full route - an ideal retreat for resting tired legs at the end of the day.
Horse riding is available locally at nearby Kimmerston, and fishing is available on the River Till or Wooler Water. Both have good runs of sea-trout and salmon throughout the season as well as good numbers of grayling and brown trout. For golf enthusiasts, Wooler has its own 9 hole course with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside whilst Goswick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Alnmouth are all within easy driving distance. For something a little different, gliding can be arranged through the Borders Gliding Club or perhaps take a trip in a Hot Air Balloon - incredible experiences never forgotten.
The cottage lies within half an hour's drive of Northumberland's magnificent coastline, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just perfect for rest or play. One of our favourite spots is Bamburgh Beach with miles of pristine sand, nestled behind huge sand dunes and overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle. Finally why not head home via The Barn at Beal, a restaurant and coffee shop in a spectacular location overlooking the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and sample some of the finest local produce on offer there.
Children and families
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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
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
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
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
Classes at your holiday home
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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
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
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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
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
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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
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.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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"The Dovecot is a very well appointed property in a great location for visiting the many attractions in the area. It proved perfect for this latest reunion of Aberdeen University Engineering alumni friends from 1972 (!) and their better halves. Ideal for lingering around the dinner table to share stories. And we made good use of the BBQ on the patio.
Our hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. And we made three new friends - their two rescue donkeys and a horse who all love apples.
And thanks to Crabtree and Crabtree for all your help in finally getting this holiday done."Cambridge Party
"We had a wonderful time at the Dovecot which was the perfect location to explore Northumberland. The Dovecot was ideal for our young family and grandparents to stay, particularly being mainly one level and benefitting from an excellent enclosed garden which was brilliant for the kids. The owners were the perfect hosts and we would love to visit again in the future. We would highly recommend for a family holiday."
Louise, Simon & family.
"Thank you to you and the owners for a fabulous week at The Dovecot. The cottage was beautiful inside and out. The whole family (including 3 children and 2 grandparents) thoroughly enjoyed the week and making use of the cottage, peaceful surroundings, tennis court and garden. The owners were extremely welcoming and very helpful with regards to restaurants, meals (including the Berwick Shellfish Company that delivered). We had a great time."Harris family
"We very much enjoyed our stay at The Dovecot; we were also very lucky with the weather. The layout suits a multi-generational group and the two reception/play areas are a good idea. The kitchen as extremely well-equipped."Ms Cadoux-Hudson & friends
"We had a wonderful time at The Dovecot, the accommodation was superb. This was a family holiday, eight adults, one infant and a dog. The owners were terrific hosts who told us of things to do and places to go. The use of the tennis court was much appreciated by quite a few members of the party, and especially the use of the tennis machine, although hearing the balls popping out at just after seven in the morning was not relaxing for all. There was plenty to keep everybody happy in the location from hill walking, paddling in the nearby river, walking round the walls at Berwick-upon-Tweed, going out to the Farne Islands and paddle boarding at Warkworth. Wooler itself is lovely and had some very good shops, Doddington’s ice cream shack is not to be missed. If you need more go to Alnwick, a short drive away. I have been to Northumberland on many occasions but have never stayed in this area, I will be back. Everything about our holiday was wonderful and we were blessed with some fantastic weather - and not of the wet kind!"Mainey family
"The Dovecot was superb and could not fault it.
The location just a short walk along the riverside to Wooler as ideal for us.
The main reason for booking was for my wife’s 60th birthday as well as the new year celebration. During the week we had several friends and family of all ages staying at different times and all were full of praise for the Dovecot.
The dogs we had visiting with us also had a great time.
Even the gentleman from the gatehouse supplied us with a cutting of a bush I admired in his front garden which was brilliant.
Many thanks, which for us was an unforgettable week"
"The Dovecot is fantastic and weather was fantastic - just all round fantastic."Springhall family
"Everything was lovely- the owners were very friendly and helpful which made us feel relaxed. V comfy beds and great layout. LOVED the tennis courts and the ability to walk out from cottage into town."Oliver family
"Just wanted to let the Crabtree & Crabtree team know how much we enjoyed The Dovecot in Wooler. A beautiful cared for property & enjoyed by all members of our party with the added extra of a lovely welcome pack! We shall definitely use Crabtree & Crabtree in the future & recommend you to family & friends."Kessell family
"We had a great holiday. The Dovecot was lovely. The service from Crabtree & Crabtree was very good. I suspect we will become regular customers!"Stephens family
"The Dovecot was a perfect property for us (4 couples), and that our interactions with Crabtree & Crabtree were always prompt and professional."Mrs Cooper & friends
"We certainly did have a wonderful time at The Dovecot. It is a beautiful and very comfortable place to stay, in a great location for easy access to the wonderful sights in the area. Just perfect for our family holiday and celebrations. We loved it and didn’t want to leave!"Whitelaw family
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £40 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season. In 2023, changeover day will be Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The cosy wood burning stove surrounded by the enormous sofa provides a convivial entertaining space, perfect for relaxed conversation along with the odd glass of wine!"Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree