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Wark Farmhouse

Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland

Beside the River Tweed, this six bedroom home is fabulous for fishing parties but also suits dog-owning families and large groups too.

Wark Farmhouse

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Overview

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Beside the River Tweed, this six bedroom home is fabulous for fishing parties but also suits dog-owning families and large groups too.

Everything from Holy Island to hikes in the Cheviots, sandy beaches and Border Abbeys are in easy reach

In the sleepy village of Wark, this converted home offers six en-suite bedrooms and elegant living spaces. Accompanying it are extensive grounds, including a large lawn and separate fenced paddock – ideal for energetic children or dogs – feeding down to the River Tweed. Scotland begins over on the far bank.

The waters in-between support some of Britain’s best angling. South Wark’s beat hosted a one-day salmon record for many years, and a stretch on the Scottish side is similarly prolific. Booking either includes the use of a comfortable hut overlooking Wark’s ruined, motte-and-bailey castle.

Just off the entrance hallway, whose rich red rug and map of the meandering Tweed immediately establish an agreeable country tone, is a large open-plan kitchen. The cooking area is easily sufficient for big groups, incorporating as it does a large, American-style fridge/freezer, a six-hob Rangemaster oven, two full-size dishwashers and a large island unit with shelves containing cookbooks. Just off the rear entrance, you’ll find a boot room with plenty of space for outdoor gear, and a separate boiler room which is a perfectly warm spot for mucky canines too.

For informal dining, a round table in the kitchen can seat up to eight guests, but you may prefer the more formal dining room seating up to fourteen, where showpiece ceramics and carved chairs instil a patrician air.

When it’s time to relax, make for the elegant, log stove-heated drawing room and its Smart TV or – perhaps detouring via a small bar or the wine racks – head outside to enjoy some evening sunshine in the large, enclosed garden.

All the bedrooms are upstairs, off a large hall. Each is elegant and comfortable; two can be reconfigured as twin rooms if it suits children or for sharing guests, and one of those features its own 43-inch Smart TV. The en-suites offer a mixture of walk-in showers or bathtubs boasting shower mixer taps, as well as heated towel rails as an added luxury touch.

Head outdoors and you’re within a stroll of the River Tweed and those limited 12th-century castle ruins. Cornhill-on-Tweed, five minutes by car, has a village shop and dining in the Collingwood Arms inn.

Further afield, but not much further, are Kelso’s medieval abbey and market square, independent shops in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Cheswick Sands’ glorious beach, Holy Island and dramatic Bamburgh Castle. If you’re a hiker, venture south into the empty Cheviot Hills and stride off towards beautiful College Valley.  None of these outings are more than a 30-minute drive away.

Property details

Ground floor

Access from the rear of the farmhouse.

Boiler room with hooks for outdoor wear and fishing gear. Pulley dryer.

Large boot room/utility with bench seating and hanging hooks, large fridge and separate ice machine. Both this and the adjoining boiler room is an ideal space for dogs.

Ground floor WC with basin - off the boot room.

Kitchen with large island unit and stools, two full-size dishwashers, Rangemaster oven with six burner hob, grill and double oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave, Magimix mixer. Round dining table with seating for eight. Selection of cookbooks. Sofa.

Central hallway leading to the front access door with bench seating and hanging space.

Formal dining room seating up to fourteen guests. Decorative fireplace only.

Drawing room with ample comfortable sofas and armchairs seating up to twelve guests, Smart TV, wood burning stove.

A side door leads onto a south-facing lawned garden. This has bench seating and two picnic benches.

Small bar area with wine rack, fridge and dishwasher.

WC with basin.

First floor

Staircase (two turns) with wooden handrail leading to a large upper hall. 

Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging hook on door.

En-suite bathroom with bath with shower mixer tap, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6’ super king or two 3’ twin, side tables, chest of drawers, inbuilt wardrobe with hanging and storage space.

En-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom three with king size bed, side tables, large inbuilt wardrobe with storage, armchair.

En-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom four with fixed super king bed, side tables, chest of drawers, large inbuilt wardrobe with hanging space and storage, chairs.

En-suite bathroom with bath with shower mixer tap, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom five with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, peg rail for hanging items.

En-suite bathroom with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom six with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6’ super king or two 3’ twin, side table, chest of drawers, bookcase and 43” Smart TV. There are two single chair/beds which can be set-up and would be suitable for children at an additional charge of £35 per bed.

En-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

The property benefits from a large lawned garden to the front and side aspect of the property which is enclosed with fencing and is secure when the access gate is closed. To the rear is a large gated and enclosed paddock which guests are welcome to use for walking dogs and for outdoor games. A charcoal BBQ is available (charcoal not supplied).

Parking

There is ample private parking to the rear and front courtyard of the property.

Babies & Children

Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and high chair are available on request. Please note the front and side garden is enclosed but this leads onto the B class road which runs through the village of Wark. Please do not allow children to climb on or around the fences and provide close supervision at all times.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome but they must be kept to the rear access - utility/boot room and boiler room areas only.

There is an enclosed gated paddock to the rear of the property for walking and exercising dogs. Part of the front and side garden can also be enclosed by shutting the main access gate. The remaining garden is not enclosed and this bounds onto the B class road which runs through the village of Wark.

It is extremely important to note that the area around the property is a working farm with grazing livestock and dogs must be well controlled and kept on leads whilst walking through fields and farmland. Please take every precaution to ensure your dogs do not present any hazard to farm animals.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are provided, along with hand soaps and shower wash. Bed linen and towels are provided. A hairdryer is supplied in each of the bedrooms. 

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Superfast fibre broadband is available. Mobile reception is generally good.

Heating

Oil fired heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the drawing room with generous initial supply of logs. Decorative fire only in the dining room.

Games Room

A games room in the property is available for use in the separate double garage to the rear. This has table football and seating area. 

Guest privacy

Wark Farmhouse is a large detached property within a substantial garden. The property sits in the village of Wark.

Fishing on site

The South Wark beat is situated approximately 2 miles up-stream of Coldstream Bridge on the English side of the Tweed between Cornhill and Carham. The beat performs particularly well at medium and high water levels.

The Lower North Wark beat is situated approximately 2 miles up-stream of Coldstream Bridge on the Scottish side of the Tweed between Birgham and Coldstream. The beat has been a solid performer over very many years. Currently top catches come from the Annaside, Ferrystream and North Willows pools. At high water the Wall and the North Temple fish well. The beat performs at all river heights but particularly well at medium and low water levels.

Guests have the use of a comfortable fishing hut overlooking the Ferrystream pool and the ruins of Wark Castle. Typically guests take whole or half weeks but individual and daily lets will be considered on enquiry. Please contact us for more details.

Location

The cottage sits just 1.5 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed which has an excellent village shop selling a super selection of fresh local produce, including picnic hampers and home baking. It is also home to the highly regarded Collingwood Arms which has a pub as well as a super restaurant for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.

A more extensive range of shops, pubs and cafes can be found in the quaint market town of Coldstream (4.5 miles) where the shopping is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, a bakery and a small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions.

A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencer food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (14.5 miles), or picturesque Kelso (7.5 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.

Activities

This area is a much loved destination for salmon anglers who come to experience fishing on the famous Tweed system.

The South Wark beat is situated approximately 2 miles up-stream of Coldstream Bridge on the English side of the Tweed between Cornhill and Carham. The Lower North Wark beat is situated approximately 2 miles up-stream of Coldstream Bridge on the Scottish side of the Tweed between Birgham and Coldstream. 

Other Middle and Lower Tweed salmon beats - Hendersyde, Sprouston Birgham and Carham are all within a short drive of the property. Fishing on the Wark beat can be arranged directly with the estate (please contact us for details), otherwise wider fishing availability and bookings can be made on FishTweed. There are a number of tackle outlets in the town of Kelso for all things fishing related.

For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town, or you can experience a fantastic day-out playing the Roxburghe Championship Course (8.5miles). There is a pro-shop and PGA golf academy here for those who are new to the game or wish to refine their swing, or you can perhaps sharpen up your eye popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.

For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Local events and festivals also provide the perfect excuse for short breaks or friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival, Common Ridings and Melrose Rugby Sevens.......to name just a few!

It is also exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider Northumberland area. A 14 mile drive 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.

A half-hour will take you to the wonderful heritage coastline with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, while the cultural city of Edinburgh is just an hour’s drive where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city. Alternatively hop on the train from Berwick upon Tweed (14.5 miles) or from Tweedbank (24 miles) for a scenic trip which will take you right into the heart of the city.

Children and families

Children and families

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Fishing

Fishing

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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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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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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Wildlife

Wildlife

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

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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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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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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Spas and beauty treatments

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.

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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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Babysitting and nannies

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.

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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Reviews

Location In the village of Wark.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Sunday in high season, with the additional option of Wednesday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"Fishing on the famous River Tweed is just a stone's throw from the door."
Karen, Wark Estate
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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