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The Stables at Brinkburn

Morpeth, Northumberland

A family-friendly, Grade II listed old stable block overlooking the River Coquet.

The Stables at Brinkburn

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The Stables at Brinkburn

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Overview

A family-friendly, Grade II listed old stable block overlooking the River Coquet.

Enjoy Scandi-style design and rural splendour right next to beautiful Brinkburn Abbey

As part of adjacent Brinkburn Priory, The Stables once hosted horses and their riders, who slept above. These days it’s a quietly impressive and incredibly comfortable Grade II listed holiday home – the largest of six self-catering properties on the gorgeous Brinkburn estate – with families or groups of friends replacing foals and grooms.

Expect to immediately be charmed on arrival by the honey-stone facade climbed by verdant creepers. Flagstone paths and potted plants lead to the front door, beyond which await bright Scandi-style interiors – which balance lots of white, lots of pine and acres of space with warm exposed stone walls, contemporary bubble chandeliers and vintage touches such as classically-framed portraiture and antique furniture.

Visitors first enter the snug, a cosy opaline blue room with high ceilings, velvet-edged floral sofas and a welcoming log-burning stove. Next comes the stylish, white-washed dining room where ten people can gather to enjoy long breakfasts or convivial suppers illuminated by light flooding through the vast floor-to-ceiling windows. A contemporary open-plan kitchen and living area then follow, where domed wicker lampshades hang suspended over a minimalist white island - its many appliances cleverly integrated into fixtures - and more casual seating can be found in the shape of squishy cream leather sofas arranged around a slim log burner. Up a few steps, a utility room ready for bikes or dogs, a loo and a single bedroom round off the ground floor.

Upstairs, await three more luxurious sleeping quarters, two sharing a hotel-style bathroom complete with a deep freestanding bath and a walk-in shower. One of those is convertible into a twin room, and the last is the en-suite master bedroom, which also connects to a ‘family room’ with a single bed and space for a travel cot or Z bed (both of which can be provided on request) for tiny tots.  

Guests will also have access (via the kitchen sitting area or front courtyard) to the aptly-named White Room: a play area, extra dining space or projector-screen cinema depending on your preference. With a log burning fire and ample space, this is the perfect place for a special soiree or an anniversary dinner with family or friends – if you’re after a spot of catering let C&C help you find the perfect cook or private chef. Outside, The Stables’ exclusive patio terrace contains a corner sofa and table, while a nearby firepit has glorious river views. 

Separated by a private gate, Brinkburn Priory is only a minute’s walk away. Featuring distinctive witches’-hat towers, it was built in 1135 by Augustinian monks delighted at the seclusion of this steep, wooded valley around the snaking River Coquet. Centuries later, the now-private residence was painted by Turner before seeing a gothic manor house added.

With the Priory now an English Heritage property, you’ll need to pay (or be a member) to enter and admire its stained-glass windows or William Hill organ. Around the wider, wonderful Brinkburn estate, there’s a gorgeous river trail to walk, plus a designated spot for wild swimmers just upstream from The Stables.

Ready to explore further? Alnwick Castle and the pretty market town of Rothbury are close, while Coquetdale, the Coquet’s upper section, is a wonderfully wild expanse of open moorland and rocky outcrops extending into the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park. You’re also within 15 miles of Alnmouth’s bay beach, and just an hour’s drive from Hadrian’s Wall.

The Stables can also be booked in conjunction with neighbouring Priory Cottage to sleep 10.

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

Enter into the snug containing two-seater sofa, three-seater sofa, side tables, log burning stove in pretty inglenook, large mirror, and Smart TV.

Double doors lead to the open plan kitchen, dining, and living space.

Dining area contains large dining table with seating for up to ten guests and side table. Large ceiling to floor windows look out over the pretty courtyard area at the rear of the cottage.

Kitchen area contains two Miele fan-ovens, four-ring induction hob, integrated under-bench freezer, full-size integrated fridge, integrated dishwasher, microwave, 4 slice toaster, music speaker, and large island.

Living space contains two-seater sofa, three-seater sofa, modern style wood burning stove and book shelves with ample books and local information.

Up a few steps to bedroom one containing a single 3 ft bed, chair, side table and drawers.

Five steps lead to the utility room containing washing machine, tumble dryer, bench space, belfast sink, iron and ironing board. Ground floor WC with toilet, sink, shelf and mirror. Hanging hooks. Outdoor access into the utility room is handy for bringing dogs in this way after a walk.

FIRST FLOOR

Ten steps from the ground floor lead to the upper floor.

Bedroom two - master bedroom - with super king bed, side tables, large wall mirror, dressing table with chair and mirror, walk-in wardrobe with drawers, hanging hooks and a chair.

En-suite bathroom with large rainfall shower (two steps into it), separate large bath, basin with drawers storage beneath and illuminated mirror above, heated towel rail, WC and large wardrobe.

Family room containing small hand basin and illuminated mirror can be set up with a travel cot or Z-bed upon request. This room has a door to the master bedroom, and a door to the hallway leading to the other bedrooms. Both doors are lockable for guests to decide how they would like to allow access. 

Bedroom three can be configured as a king size double or twins (2 ft 6) containing bedside tables with lamps, two built-in wardrobes with shelf and hanging space and dressing area with stool and a mirror. The bedroom also consists of a lovely arched feature window.

Bedroom four with king size bed, bedside tables with lamps, two built-in wardrobes with shelf and hanging space, and dressing area with stool and a mirror.

Family bathroom with freestanding bath with handheld shower attachment, large shower with rainfall showerhead, basin with drawer below and illuminated mirrored cabinet above, large mirror, and chair.

WC with basin and mirror is located in a separate room.

THE WHITE ROOM

The White Room is accessed from the open-plan kitchen and living area, with double doors leading to the courtyard area at the front of The Stables.

The White Room contains two two-seater sofas and log burner. A large dining table can seat up to 12 guests, which is ideal for guests with friends and family staying in the other cottages on the estate.

A projector and large screen can convert the White Room into a cinema room.

OUTSIDE

Stone courtyard with corner sofa, table and a bench seat. Fire pit around the corner by the stone wall looking down to the river. Exclusively for guests of The Stables.

 

PARKING

There are two designated parking spaces sits further up the drive from the property.

BABIES & CHILDREN

A travel cot and highchair are provided on request.

DOGS

Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Wi-Fi is available and is a good speed. Mobile coverage is poor in the cottage and surrounding estate but guests will be able to make Wi-Fi calls instead.

GUEST AMENITIES

Luxury bed linen and towel robes are provided.

HEATING

Underfloor heating within the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided, with extra supplies available to purchase on-site.

GUEST PRIVACY

Priory Cottage holiday home is attached to The Stables.

Please note - The courtyard viewed from the kitchen and dining area is for sole use of guests from Priory Cottage unless both properties are booked as a single unit. The Stables own exclusive outdoor area is located to the front of the property.

The property sits in a private area of the estate, however, please note Brinkburn Priory and Manor House is located nearby which is an English Heritage attraction. 

ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION

For guests looking to holiday together, this property can be booked alongside the neighbouring property Prioiry Cottage (sleeps 2).

The Stables & Priory Cottage can be booked as a single unit sleeping 10. 

A further four cottages in a terrace row at the entrance of the estate, Bel House (sleeps 4), Blakey House (sleeps 4), Cuthbert House (sleeps 4), and Mullins House (sleeps 4), are located 0.5 miles away.

Blakey & Cuthbert House can be booked as a single unit sleeping 8.

Location

The local village of Longframlington (2.8 miles) has a small convenience store and popular local butchers. The village also benefits from The Village Inn and The Granby Inn, both of which serve traditional pub food or head to Running Fox, a delightful artisan bakery coffee shop. 

The attractive town of Rothbury is 4.5 miles away and is home to several independent shops, restaurants and pubs. It has an excellent butchers shop opposite the T-junction as you drive in or try Tulley Delicatessen for a great selection of cheeses.

Morpeth is 11.4 miles away and features a wider range of shops and eateries, including Turkish, Italian and Thai restaurants as well as a range of cosy tearooms. Larger supermarkets can be found in the market town for when you need to stock up on supplies.

You can also find some lovely characterful shopping in the village shops at Longhorsley and Belsay.

Activities

This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border reivers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland and picturesque valleys.

You are welcome to explore Brinkburn Estate during your stay where you will find a tranquil riverside trail as well as Brinknurn Priory and Manor House. Members of English Heritage will be able to visit for free, while non-members will need to purchase a ticket.

Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.

Further across you will find Clennell Street which follows the ancient drover road where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills, dropping down to the tiny village of Alwinton where you can rest tired legs and enjoy a pie and a pint at the Rose and Thistle pub. Alwinton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so it’s also a perfect spot to indulge in a spot of stargazing.

Alternatively, the Street or ‘clattering path’ is a Roman road where you can walk the Border Ridge and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings, or why not take a ranger-led walk from Harbottle to see the fabled Drake Stone.

If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, head to nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high energy the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.

The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.

For those looking for a more relaxed option, enjoy a pampering treatment at your cottage with Harmony Holistic Mobile Spa.

Also within easy reach are the award-winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.

Finally, the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog-friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for ice cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place. Simply magical!

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Children and families

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Fishing

Fishing

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

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Wildlife

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

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Spas and beauty treatments

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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

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

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Nannies and babysitters

Nannies and babysitters

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.

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Beauty and spa treatments

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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Location Rural - 4.5 miles from Rothbury
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday and Monday, with the additional option of Wednesday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The Stables at Brinkburn is nestled within the stunning country estate
THE LITTLE THINGS WE LOVE…
"Listening to the river burbling by while falling asleep on warm summer nights."
Kat, Crabtree & Crabtree
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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