Self-Catering Cottage, Norham, Northumberland
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This traditional cottage, on one level, is in the centre of the historic conservation village of Norham. Turner Cottage has been completely restored to a high standard.
This traditional cottage, on one level, is in the centre of the historic conservation village of Norham. Completely restored to a high standard Turner Cottage boasts modern heating and a wood burning stove inset into a stone feature wall and fireplace. There is double glazing throughout. The lounge is decorated with prints of Norham Castle painted by W. M. Turner. There is a comfy sofa and foot stool and the lounge is illuminated with modern copper themed lighting For your entertainment there is a 40 inch SMART TV and free WiFi.
The newly installed kitchen area has all modern fully integrated appliances, including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave fridge, full oven and hob. For coffee lovers a Nespresso coffee machine is provided. The kitchen has a super breakfast bar for dining and will be laid ready for a candle lit supper for two. Naturally all crockery cutlery and cooking utensils are provide, together with cleaning and dishwashing items. You will find a Welcome Basket for you with a selection of local goodies and includes home made jam, honey or chutney, bottle of beer from a local microbrewery, shortbread from the village baker, Berwick Cockles (a local sweetie) organic eggs and milk.
From the kitchen there is a small sunroom equipped with conservatory furniture and a drinks trolley/coffee table. The sunroom leads to a fully enclosed garden complete with apple trees. This is secure if you are bringing a dog. We provide towels, dog treats, water bowls and poo bags. An extra charge applies if you are bringing one or two small/medium pets.
The spacious double bedroom also has a Smart wall mounted TV. Pure cotton bedding is provided and guests can opt for a sheet and blankets in preference to a duvet. As in the lounge there is a beamed ceiling.
Off the bedroom there is an ensuite shower room with a modern illuminated mirror and a heated towel rail for comfort.. Hairdryer is provided. Fluffy cotton Egyptian towels, organic soap made by a local supplier Purity of Berwick, are made specially for Border Holiday Homes. Towelling slippers are included for guest comfort.
In front of the cottage there is plenty of on street parking in the quiet road that is in view of Norham Castle. The street is only a few minutes walk away from the river Tweed which runs parallel to Castle Street.
This historic village has an iconic village green and a thriving community. Turner Cottage is close to the village general shop, an award winning butcher shop with excellent delicatessen and there is an artisan baker shop too. If you are into country sports such as fishing and shooting there is an excellent gun shop, fishing and clothing store where lots of help and advice is available. Mobile post office comes each week day and a super fish and chip van comes every Thursday. If you wish to eat out, meals and real ales are available from the Masons Arms and there is also a second pub near by.
Turner cottage and the village of Norham are in a great location for holiday visitor. The castle and the Tweed are two attractions on the door step. Find time to the historic church of St. Cuthberts where one of the Northumbria kings, Coelwulf, is reputed to be buried. The church at Ladykirk on the opposite (Scottish) bank is another gem. St. Cuthberts Way passes through the village from Melrose to Lindisfarne.
Leaving the village the guest is just a short drive away to the ancient town of Berwick-upon-Tweed with its medieval walls and twice weekly market. Here there is a thriving theatre and cinema. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is only a short drive away and the coastal villages and towns of Seahouses and Bamburgh make an excellent day out. don’t forget to buy kippers from the fishing village Craster.
Travel from Norham across the old stone bridge built 1885 which connects England with Scotland. There are some gentle riverside walks which is ideal for dog walking or the less energetic. Head towards the Palladian style Paxton House and gardens and picture gallery, part of the Scottish National Gallery, The chain Bridge Honey Farm near the historic Chain Bridge makes a good stop if you want to enjoy home made cake served on a converted bus. Take time to visit the old county town of Duns. Shortly a new visitor centre, commemorating the life of the world racing driver and local hero, Jim Clark, will open displaying memorabilia and trophies. Manderston House and Gardens are worth visiting but are open only on a Thursday and Sunday. Travel along the Berwickshire coast to see the thriving fishing town of Eyemouth or to the golden sands of Coldingham Bay. Many surfers come to this bay even on the middle of Winter. St Abbs Head and tiny but active harbour are noted for the variety of birds and for the quality of the water so making the area a marine attraction for divers.
When visiting Norham find time to go to the villages of Ford and Etal which are connected by narrow guage steam train. Lady Waterford Hall is a gem with its painted murals. Heatherslaw Water Mill on the line is a working flour mill with gift shop. Another suggestion is a visit to the Heavy Horse Centre where carriage rides are sometimes available.
Edinburgh is easily reached in just over an hour by car but travelling by train from Berwick is less stressful and there is a frequent service from Berwick to the capital. Services go north and south to Newcastle, York and London, and to Stirling Inverness and the far north.
Newcastle and Edinburgh Airports are both around 70 miles away and car hire is available if flying in.