Well House is a beautifully warm and welcoming country cottage with bags of personality sitting in an extremely pretty village setting in the historic parish of Branxton on the England-Scotland border.
Beautifully warm with bags of personality
Its location on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and just a half hour from the stunning heritage coastline will prove a draw for families and groups looking to spend some together-time exploring the wider area.
Inside, the spacious hallway creates a welcoming first impression with original oak beams, exposed brickwork, reclaimed church pews and characterful touches setting the scene for the rest of the house. The sitting room has a lovely vintage feel with an eclectic mix of rich tweeds, country florals and aged leather and wood for relaxed evenings around the huge inglenook fireplace.
The bright sunny kitchen with its artful touches is a super hub to the house and a sociable space to enjoy some happy banter over relaxed dinners and a good glass of wine. During warmer days, french doors open out into a private enclosed garden for long lazy lunches during the summer months, and where children can play safely and dogs can chase the odd stick or two!
The three bedrooms (one ground floor) are presented with pretty throws and soft linens while characterful deep window recesses, exposed beams and wood panelled walls just add to its cosy country charm.
There are super walks from the doorstep including a short meander to the site of one of Britain's most momentous medieval conflicts on the Flodden Battlefield of 1513 where you can walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought there and understand its rich historical significance.
Small entrance porch for outdoor gear leading to a spacious lower hallway with stairs to the upper floor of the property. The hall leads into a large kitchen/dining area which extends along the rear of the property.
The kitchen is presented in a shaker style and features an integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher, ceramic hob, electric oven, toaster, and microwave. There is a dining table with formal seating for six with scope to extend this to eight if required. French doors lead into an enclosed rear garden.
Beamed sitting room with ample seating set around an impressive inglenook fireplace and a large wood burning stove with initial supply of logs provided. Flat screen TV with integrated DVD player, CD player/docking station/radio, Nintendo Wii games console and a good selection of books for use by guests.
Bedroom one is adjacent the sitting room with views of the rear garden. With zip and link beds which can be configured to super king or twin as required. Two side cabinets and large wardrobe.
Family bathroom sits to the right of the lower entrance hall with shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Utility/boot room with washing machine and dryer.
Bedroom two with king size bed and views to the rear garden. Large wardrobe.
En-suite-bathroom with rainforest shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom with twin beds and a small child’s truckle bed. Hanging cupboard, chest of drawers, views to rear garden.
Family bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
There is a open garden to the front of the cottage and a private, enclosed garden to the rear. There is garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue stack.
There is parking for two cars on the verge at the end of the gravel driveway. Please note there is a small distance between the parking space and the front door.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request. The rear garden is enclosed for the safety of children.
One well-behaved dog is welcome at an additional cost of £20 - but must be kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the house.
Bed linen, towels and guest toiletries are included. Feather duvets and pillows are provided. A hairdryer is supplied.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi throughout the property. Mobile signal is generally poor with variable signal on the Vodafone network.
Oil central heating throughout which is thermostatically controlled. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with initial supply of logs provided.
The cottage is semi-detached and is situated down a private access lane next to Branxton Church. A side gate to the church may very occasionally be used otherwise there is no passing traffic. The cottage is not overlooked by any neighbouring properties.
The cottage sits just 3 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed which has an excellent village shop selling a super selection of fresh local produce, including picnic hampers and scrummy home baking. It is also home to the highly regarded Collingwood Arms which has a pub as well as a superb 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 (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, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions. The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local designers; or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby.
A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles), or picturesque Kelso (14 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square.
The cottage 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 (3 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 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.
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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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
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
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
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
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
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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
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
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
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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
Beauty and spa treatments
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"We really enjoyed our stay and everything was great. We loved the house and the fantastic welcome hamper. It was clean and welcoming. Great to have proper feather duvets and pillows and great to have two double rooms with single beds so everyone had their own beds."Safarik family
"We were very happy with the whole experience of renting and staying in Well House. We found nothing to fault and felt 'at home' within minutes of entering the property. It is one of the very best of many dozens of cottages with have rented over the years, in the UK and Abroad. We would definitely recommend both the cottage and Crabtree & Crabtree to anyone and will rent any future Northumberland cottages through the company."Harris family
"We had an excellent stay at Well House. Very clean, warm and lovely bed linen and towels. The instructions, response to emails, admin was excellent."Bourne family
"We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the property. Loved the décor, very comfortable beds and house extremely well equipped (even plastic picnic items provided which we used). Couldn’t fault it really. We would go there again."Hollins family
"We loved our stay at Well House! Everything we could possibly need was in the property! Thank you for the lovely hamper when we arrived. We will definitely be booking through Crabtree & Crabtree again."Greig family
"Just wanted to pass on that we had such a wonderful stay at Well House. Such a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location to explore and just sit in front of the fire with a glass of wine! Every little detail in the house was perfect and it was so well equipped. We go away as a family at least once a year to a cottage and would definitely stay here again and as always Crabtree & Crabtree were faultless."Thomas family
"We had a wonderful time at Well House. The cottage is beautiful and in a stunning setting; a perfect place to explore the lovely Northumberland coast and Scottish Borders. We loved everything at Well House, the cosy log burner, the hamper with lots of treats, the comfortable beds and beautiful decor. A special thank you to the housekeepers and the owners for thinking of everything we might need on our family holiday; and thank you to Crabtree & Crabtree for the seamless booking process. This is one of a number of Crabtree & Crabtree properties we've stayed in and we've wanted to live in them all! We will be booking again soon!"Spence family
"We had a lovely stay at Well House thank you. One of the best cottages we have stayed in. Brilliantly equipped in the kitchen and really nicely decorated throughout. Excellent service received from Crabtree & Crabtree and would definitely use again."Furness family
"We had a fabulous family weekend at the house. We all thought that the house was welcoming, cosy and had everything we needed for our stay. Our party age range was from 10 months to 84 years so it was both child friendly and oap friendly! Thank you for the excellent service from your office, much appreciated!"Wilson family
"We had a wonderful time and Well House was just perfect. We really appreciated the extra details such as the lovely hamper and all the Christmas decorations. This was the second Crabtree & Crabtree property we had rented and we are already thinking about where next."Martin family
"Superb property with lovely touches, perfectly hosted the special weekend for grandma's birthday. Thank you."Du Toit family
"Well House was a beautiful cottage and we had a great time. Well equipped and furnished. Just wish we could have stayed longer!"Tyler-Graham family
"We had a fantastic time at the cottage. It was in a superb location with plenty of places to walk the dog. The cottage was very well equipped and the beds were super comfy. Would love to return in the future."Ms Burkinshaw & family
"Cosy, characterful, spot on. Thank you to the owners, we had a brilliant long weekend, a regular re-union with a university friend and our families. The house was spotless and warm on arrival. It was perfect size for us, we have had bigger before, and grander, but we all felt this was pretty much perfect. It is an old property and the renovations inside have not spoilt the character, it has been done very sympathetically. Very cozy lounge with wood burner. Great kitchen, sundrenched from the south, with simple refrectory table for all meals. Overall delighted and absolutely recommend this fine cottage."Mr Smith & Party
"We had a great time although we were so lucky with the weather. Sunshine most days. Well House is quite idyllic with its peaceful location. It is cosy and comfortable and fantastically well equipped, a real home from home. We were out and about quite a lot introducing our friends to the glories of Northumbria as they had not visited there before. Needless to say they were enchanted. I think our most memorable moment was on our return from the Farne Islands being escorted back to Seahouses by a pod of dolphins. Many thanks for a great holiday."Mr & Mrs Howard
"Well house is a very central location for visiting Northumberland attractions. Very comfortable, spacious, tasteful house. Welcome basket is the icing on the cake. Very comfortable beds. Thoroughly recommend!"Ms Reading
- One dog is welcome with a charge of £20. A second dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The welcoming hallway with original oak beams, exposed brickwork, reclaimed church pews and characterful touches."Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree