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The Haven

Norham, Northumberland

With its charming upside-down layout, this stone built period cottage in the peaceful hamlet of Grindon Rigg, combines cosy country comfort with a lovely loft-like vibe. 

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With its charming upside-down layout, this stone built period cottage combines cosy country comfort with a lovely loft-like vibe. 

A cosy two bedroom cottage perfectly placed for exploring coast and country

The overall feel is warm and welcoming and its position in the peaceful hamlet of Grindon Rigg in the parish of Duddo offers the perfect change of pace for those looking to explore the Northumbrian heritage coast or the rolling Border heartlands. 

On the ground floor, there are two pretty bedrooms with original beams along with high quality mattresses and crisp linens from the White Company which will ease you into a restful sleep. This comprises a master bedroom and one small double bedroom offering complete flexibility for couples or families with zip and link bed options which can be configured to twin or super king as required.

The upper floor leads directly into an inviting loft style living space with an open plan layout divided by a central staircase. Here you can spend long lazy days or evenings enjoying the warmth of the woodburning stove while the kitchen/dining set-up is perfect for relaxed socialising.

There is an attractive lawned garden to the front of the cottage with high hedging offering privacy, and a small compact garden to the rear with decking and barbecue.

There are superb walking routes in and around this area and the National Cycle Route 68 runs right past the door for those who prefer to enjoy their days on two wheels!

Property details

Ground Floor

Entrance hall leading to two ground floor bedrooms and access into the rear garden.

Bedroom one is the master double bedroom with zip and link beds which can be configured to a super king double or twins as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, and wardrobe.

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to a super king double or twins as required. Side table and chest of drawers.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Cupboard with washer/dryer.

First Floor

Open plan living/kitchen/dining space comprising:

Sitting room with two seater sofa, two armchairs, and a wood burning stove. Technology includes a flat screen Smart TV with streaming services, Bluetooth/USB/DAB docking station.

Kitchen/dining with electric oven, 4 ring electric hob, small integrated dishwasher, fridge with icebox, microwave and coffee pot which takes ground coffee. Breakfast bar area with four bar stools. Dining space with seating for four.


There is a small lawned garden to the front and rear of the property, with a decked patio, garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue to the rear. The rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of children. Secure storage for bikes can be provided on request.


There is private parking for two cars to the front of the cottage.

Electric Vehicle Charging

EV charging is available at the owner’s own property, a short walk from The Haven. There will be a nominal charge to cover the costs.  

For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging pointshere.


Two small or medium size dogs are welcome at a charge of £25 each. Sorry large dog breeds are not permitted.

Dogs must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. They must be clean before entering the property, a Mud Mummy dog washer is provided.

Guest amenities

Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. Hypoallergenic pillows and duvets are used in both bedrooms. Hairdryers are supplied.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is intermittent with signal best on the Vodafone and Three networks. Reception improves directly outside the cottage.


Central heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with initial supply of logs provided.

Guest privacy

The Haven sits in the small hamlet of Grindon Rigg within the parish of Duddo. The property sits in a small private row of converted cottages. While developed to try and ensure guest privacy, the rear garden has a degree of overlooking from the upper floor of a neighbouring property. There is a close-boarded 6'6" high fence on one side and a 6" hedge on the other side dropping to a 5' hedge bounding onto the decking area.


There is a village shop, post office and tea room in Etal village (2.5 miles) or the Ford village shop and terrace cafe (4 miles) has a super selection of everyday essentials and will also prepare packed lunches, picnics or welcome packs for your arrival.

The historic village of Norham (3.5 miles) has plenty to offer including a village store, bakery and gunsmith as well as the celebrated Foreman’s Butchers where you will find a fantastic selection of quality produce including locally-sourced meats, pies, cheeses, and fine wines.

There are two pubs in Norham, including the cycle-friendly Mason’s Arms serving real ales and tasty food, and for those who love the traditional British take-away, the fish and chip van on a Thursday night is not to be missed! Alternatively, two of the most popular restaurants in the area - The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill-on-Tweed or The Allanton Inn serving some of the finest local produce amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings.

More extensive amenities can be found in the Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (8 miles) which has a mix of high street and independent shopping, as well as two large supermarkets, a Marks & Spencers food outlet and a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.


The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Twelve miles 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 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 national cycling route 68 which runs right past the doorstep, or the cycle challenges of the Wooler 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. Children can 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 nearby.

For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of Etal Castle 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.


C&C experiences

C&C experiences

We invite you to enjoy the most coveted and exclusive local experiences available in the North of England and the South of Scotland on your next Crabtree & Crabtree adventure.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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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

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"A lovely welcome from the owners bringing warm, homemade bread and other goodies. The Haven has everything you need as a base to explore the beautiful Borders region. Loved all the books as I had left my kindle at home! Very very wet at the beginning of our stay but then some wonderful, sunny, autumn days. So much to see; Chillingham Castle, St.Abbs, Berwick town walls, Bamburgh - I could go on and on. We have been up here before and will be up again."

Mr Haynes

"We have really enjoyed our week at The Haven. It does live up to its name as it is a real sanctuary from a busy world. It is so peaceful and quiet. The house is very comfortable and well equipped with good quality fixtures and fittings. The owners have been good hosts and we very much appreciate the welcome goodies. We visited lots of places and enjoyed them all. Walking on the beach at Alnmouth was lovely. We ate at several pubs the best being The Black Bull at Lowick. We love Holy Island. Looking forward to coming back!"

David, Carol & Laura

"We had a wonderful week in this cosy, amazing house. It's such a beautiful, almost perfect house. 

We walked on an evening to the 5 stones. It's worth the visit. You have a wonderful view there. Etal is such a beautiful village with its castle and the Lavender Tea rooms we tried the cakes and scones - mmmm! We went by train from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, visited Alnwick castle and went to Holy Island. Thank you very much for a wonderful stay."

Fransessen Family

"A wonderful stay - thank you to the owners for being great hosts, the treats on our arrival were much appreciated and the accommodation is fantastic. We've enjoyed exploring the local area (despite not ideal weather). Highlights include Berwick Leisure Centre for the pool (children age 6 and 9). Alnwick Garden, the poison garden, visiting Bamburgh and Seahouses, the boat trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses (we saw Puffins !). Overall a great week."

The Simpson Family

"We've had a fantastic week even though the weather could have been better. Plenty of walks and adventures to be had. We just love this area lots of different birds and wildlife, gold courses must bring along my clubs next time.

Cottage is super - so well presented with lovely fittings and furnishing. It felt like home!"

Tricia & Ian

"It has been a wonderful week exploring Northumberland, more than we could have asked for. It is a delightful cottage truly peaceful and quaint. I think we will be back again so much to see and do!"

Peter & Yvonne

"Haven by name and Haven by nature - what a perfect holiday break we have had here. All the positive comments are true and we cannot speak highly enough of our experience here. Overall, we particularly enjoyed the cycling and architecture. A great deal of credit must go the our hosts who have provided a comfortable, well equipped cottage for our use. Well done!"

The Becks

"A fantastic week spent exploring. The cottage was wonderfully clean on arrival and the homemade bread and jam was a lovely touch. We had lovely weather and the children enjoyed the puffin trip from Seahouses. The area provided lots of castles to explore, delicious lavender cake from Etal tea room, great walks from cottage in evenings and a lot a lot of wildlife to see! Hopefully we will be back."

Charlotte, Tom, Rae & Elkie

"What a fantastic find. This is a beautiful cottage in the perfect location. Everything we could have needed was  provided and the additional extras of fresh bread and jam were a lovely touch. Thank you Sally and Martin for your hospitality - you are the perfect hosts. We have really enjoyed the peace and quiet in this beautiful part of the North East. Some fantastic biking roads and plenty to see and do. We will definitely be recommending you to friends and family!"

Polly, Mikey & Keith

"Thank you for the warm welcome of fresh bread and all the other goodies as well as the Christmas tree. We had a lovely stay. Walked locally to Duddo Standing Stones and Ford & Etal Estate. Sun is shining as we leave. We loved the jam, thank you."

Platts family

"What a lovely, comfortable and welcoming cottage. Loved our stay here. Thank you so much for the tasty bread and jam and the other goodies - much appreciated. The weather has been mixed but we enjoyed our walk to the Duddo Five Stones and the 360 degree superb views. We loved Etal with it's castle, miniature railway and lovely Lavender Tearooms. We had a very nice lunch at the Red Lion pub in Milfield. We enjoyed our visit to St Abbs harbour and the great food at the café there and also had a walk on the Battlements at Berwick. Thank you so much for a lovely stay."

Stones Party

"We have had a very enjoyable stay in this lovely cottage which has provided everything that we needed. Thank you to the owners for the much appreciated welcome provisions and all the tips and information. Lots of great walks have been had and we think that we have explored as much as we can in two weeks. One of our highlights was the Kielder Observatory which was very interesting and highly recommended. The weather has been very kind to us."

Mr & Mrs Clark

"Many thanks indeed for providing such a wonderful base for our travels in Northumberland. The welcome pack was just wonderful, especially the bread. The cottage was spotless with absolutely everything needed for a comfortable stay. This is one of our favourite parts of the country and this cottage made it all the more enjoyable. Highly Recommended!"

Mrs & Mr Gregory

"A bit thank you for the warm welcome along with warm bread! The Haven was a lovely and cosy place to be based for our further explorations of Northumberland. Extremely helpful hosts. Well equipped kitchen, though I do try to avoid too much cooking on my holidays, hence return visits to The Red Lion at Millfield. The area around Etal and Ford are full of things to see and do and only a short drive down the road. Hay Farm with it's large horse breeds is a lovely way to spend an hour or two, Many Thanks"

Bates Party

“A time well spent relaxing in such warm and cosy surroundings in this fabulous cottage. A real treat! Beautiful walks and places to visit and traditional Northumberland sunshine added to the experience. Thank you for being so welcoming!”

Mr Macaree

"Thank you for a wonderful week! We have had such a relaxing holiday and have enjoyed many country and coastal walks with the girls. Returning home to the warmth of the cottage and the prospect of firing up the wood burner was something that we all looked forward to. The cottage was so clean and cosy - we immediately felt at home. The homemade bread, jam, fruit and wine was an unexpected and lovely touch! All in all, The Haven is a perfect base to explore Northumberland and The Borders."

Murray Family

"We have had a great week, the cottage is lovely and we couldn't s for anymore - it was perfect! Thank you, we really loved the welcome pack! We have done lots of exploring around the area - Bamburgh, St Abbs to Eyemouth coastal walk, St Abbs head - Duddo Stones and walk around the local area ending up at the tearooms in Etal, Berwick town walks and lighthouse, Holy Island and lots more. Red Lion was a great pub"

Mr & Mrs Astbury

"We have had a very enjoyable week in comfortable surroundings with excellent facilities and great attention to detail. The cottage was everything we had hoped for - and a lot more. Definitely one to re-visit in the future and will certainly recommend to friends and family. 

Mr & Mrs Eckersley

"We have had a wonderful week. The weather could have been a little better, but that did not stop us visiting beaches, castles and some lovely countryside walks. Everything that previous guest's have said about The Haven is true! We have enjoyed our stay, one of the best cottages we have had. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack especially the teas after a long trip. We certainly hope to return before too long."

Mr & Mrs Buckle

"The Haven is a lovely cottage to come back to at the end of the day. Beautifully kept, high quality furnishings and importantly - a super comfy bed! We did 5 classic circular walks including Eccles, the Cheviot, Windy Gyle and Humbleton Hill. We also visited the nature reserve at St Abbs Head - stunning cliffs! We certainly hope to return before too long!"

Mr & Mrs Radford

"What a fantastic cottage! The Haven is a well equipped cottage in a beautiful setting. We have had a great week visiting so many attractions - the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum at Duns, Norham Castle which was a good place for photographs, Lindisfarne which never disappoints, Bamburgh Beach which is a must and the Grace Darling Museum was ideal for our 9 year old. The Duddo stones were on our list of things to do but we did not realise how close they would be to the cottage!"  

Holliday Family

"We have had a wonderful week. What a beautiful spot to relax and recharge. A cosy and well appointed cottage that was sparkling when we arrived. We loved the welcome card and goodies, thank you so much. Every day has been enjoyable! We would love to return some time in the future."

Farrell Family

"We really enjoyed our stay - the welcome pack was really most welcome. It was our first proper holiday in Northumberland and we hadn't appreciated how much there was to see and do. We enjoyed the walk along the river Till, a day trip by rail to Edinburgh, visiting castle ruins and the Puffin Cruise. We had a great time and would most definitely come back and recommend to stay at The Haven."

Mr & Mrs Brandwood-Dixon

"The Haven is a beautiful and relaxing property. It had everything and more than we needed. The homemade bread & jam, wine and fruit was a really nice and appreciated touch. It was a lovely base for visits to the Northumberland and Borders towns/villages. We went on a few local walks which was very tranquil and enjoyable. Would certainly recommend this lovely property."

Mr & Mrs Sloan

"A lovely, peaceful cottage in the middle of nowhere - just what we were looking for! Had everything we needed, and the 'upside down' layout made it seem even more cosy. The owners were on hand directly for any queries, and had great local recommendations. We wouldn't hesitate to book again."

Ms Vaile


Location Rural - 3.5 miles from Norham
  • Two small or medium sized dogs are welcome at a charge of £25 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Fridays and Mondays during high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"Relax, cook and socialise in the first floor open-plan living area. The ceiling beams and wood burner are charming touches."
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