The Stables at West Moneylaws
A clever blend of cutting-edge design and rural charm on the English-Scottish border.
Industrial-chic design meets blissful isolation in the rolling Northumbrian countryside
Set in the undulating Northumbrian countryside near Cornhill-on-Tweed, The Stables offers those who make it their (extremely stylish) home for a time the opportunity to enjoy the unbroken peace of a truly rural setting. As the name suggests, this freshly converted property was once the stable block for the farm steading that sat on this prime spot of pastoral land. Together with the adjoining Byre, The Stables has been transformed from a tumbledown stone outbuilding to a rustic-chic holiday cottage with a hard-to-beat location.
Known as the first and last village in England, Cornhill sits on the border with Scotland where it follows the River Tweed, bordered by the Cheviot Hills to the south. The Stables is remote enough to deliver a sense of blissful rural isolation while also being close enough to Cornhill to easily pick up provisions and a pint in the village shop and Collingwood Arms Hotel.
The low-lying stone stables have been brought bang up to date with a smart slate roof, galvanised window and door frames, and a contemporary timber extension. The clever blending of original and modern continues inside the two-bedroom home, where exposed timber trusses, exposed dry-stone walls and a magnificent stone fireplace are juxtaposed with industrial-style matt black galvanised steel and timber furniture, a striking pitched roof lantern over the dining table and a modern country-style kitchen.
Tactile flagstone floors span the dining room and open-plan kitchen and living room, giving way to plush carpet in the two bedrooms. These both feature slick en-suite bathrooms that continue the property’s subtle industrial design feel with exposed chrome pipework, hammered subway tiles and large walk-in showers with tropical rainforest shower heads. One of the bedrooms features a king size bed while the other is set up with twin beds, which can be configured as a king size bed.
Last but certainly not least, The Stables boasts an outdoor hot tub on a raised platform in the small, enclosed courtyard garden to the rear of the property, as well as access to a separate games room (shared between guests staying at The Stables and The Byre) with a pool table, football table and darts board. And, just a few hundred yards from the house, there’s a pretty pond teeming with ducks and wildlife.
Only slightly further afield, there’s walking and biking galore in the Cheviot Hills, fishing on the River Tweed, historic castles to visit at Norham, Ford and Etal, and the nearby Battlefield of Flodden to explore.
Access from the front gravelled courtyard which leads through into the rear enclosed courtyard and access door.
Dining room with bench seating and chairs for up to six guests.
Open plan living/kitchen area comprising:
Sitting room with two large sofas, inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove (logs supplied), Smart TV.
Kitchen with electric oven, Neff five burner gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer. A separate utility room outside has a belfast sink, a washing machine and a dryer.
Hall leading to the two bedrooms (one step up)
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured to twin beds or a super king.
En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king size bed, side tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers.
En suite bathroom with walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a small enclosed courtyard with a hot tub and artificial turf which is fully enclosed.
Please note - as a new development, some of the surrounding landscaping is yet to become fully established and some planting work is still in progress.
There is a hot tub at the property - pool rules apply. Children must be closely supervised at all times in this area.
Important – please note that the hot tub needs daily testing and will require attendance by the owner or one of the property team to check the PH levels. Privacy will be respected but this is essential for health & safety purposes. If guests are not agreeable to daily checks, then regrettably the hot tub will be removed from use for the duration of the stay. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
There is private parking in the gravelled courtyard to the front of the property.
Babies & Children
Children and babies are welcome and a travel cot and high chair can be provided on request. Children must be closely supervised at all times around the hot tub area. There is a large duck pond a few hundred yards from the property and again, supervision is essential around this area.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a fee of £15 per dog, however they must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms. The area around West Moneylaws is farmland therefore dogs should be kept on leads when out and about.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Duvets and pillows are duck down but hypo-allergenic can be accommodated on request.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-fi is available with good speeds. Mobile reception can be variable but this improves outside.
Underfloor heating throughout. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room - logs supplied.
There are five properties in the overall development which is a mix of holiday lets and residential. The rear aspect and deck with hot tub is not overlooked and offers guest privacy.
For larger groups who wish to holiday together, The Stables can be let in conjunction with The Old Byre, which adjoins the property and sits in the same ownership.
There is a Games Room in the courtyard which has a pool table, football table and darts board, and is shared with the adjoining Old Byre holiday let. This will be available from July.
Nearby Cornhill-on-Tweed (3.5 miles) 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 Blue Bell Inn which offers excellent food is about 4.5 miles from West Moneylaws, and The Red Lion at Milfield (5.5 miles) is also well worth a visit.
For a more extensive range of shops and larger supermarkets, the charming market towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso are an easy half-hour drive by car.
The Stables 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 (6 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.
Children and families
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cycling & mountain biking
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Ancestral history research
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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
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
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
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Beauty and spa treatments
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- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Spa hot tub available
- Typical arrival day: Saturday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Scampering back from the hot tub to snuggle in front of the wood burner as it roars away in its magnificent stone fireplace."Matthew and Louise, owners of The Stables