3 bedroom stone cottage with a large walled garden and views of open countryside
- english, french
About Joanne Iceton
I have been married to my husband, Neil for over 20 years and we have three children who are still at school. Neil is a teacher and I look after the home and our small property business. We have lived in Gateshead for most of our lives but love getting up to Northumberland as often as we can.
Joanne Iceton purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Joanne Iceton chose Ford
When we bought this cottage, it was for our own use and this is the first time that we have marketed it to the pubic (June 2015). We looked at over a hundred properties at the time but when we drove up the drive at Crookham Eastfield and saw the garden and views, we quickly decided that this could be the one. We then spent time driving around the local area and doing some specific research, which confirmed that this cottage would make an ideal, central base. And this is what it has been. Our children have grown up here and have always loved visiting. We find that it is the ideal place to wind down and soon after arriving, moods change. We still intend to use it for our own purposes but have now significantly updated the property so that others can enjoy it, too.
What makes this Cottage unique
The renovation, which was completed in June 2015, has brought the cottage up to date in terms of modern comforts but has been done tastefully, keeping the original features such as the cast iron fireplaces, open fire and sash windows. The garden is an important feature, particularly the views over it from most rooms of the house. Sitting with a glass of wine, watching the birds or spotting other wildlife whilst the sun goes down makes for the perfect end to the day.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Nice Tiny house in the countryside.
The rooms are fine and Nice furnished. Electric heating works Quickly and the fire is easy wording. Only to Get into the garden you have to pass the neighbours garden. Lots of public footpaths in the neighbourhood.
A lovely cottage in a stunning location.
A perfect base for exploring the wonderful Northumberland countryside. The cottage is adequately stocked and is ideal for walking/cycling/running straight from the doorstep into the stunning countryside. Great for a family of five who enjoy the outdoors.
characterful cottage in lovely rural setting
Had a great family holiday week - lots of lovely things to do right from the doorstep - and loved the peace and quiet and the swifts nesting in the eaves. Spit-spot clean and neat and lovely bedroom decor and furnishings.
Kitchen really well equipped - and with picnic kit too! Really good to have a decent freezer, plus a dishwasher and washing machine on holiday. Made good use of the thoughtful walking books, bird-watching guides and maps - and the games in the cupboard!
Only slight disappointment (hence 4 stars rather than 5) was that the lovely photos of the garden didn't show that you access the garden by going via the rear yard, round the neighbour's cottage and through their garden, so my vision of sunny summer evening drinks and maybe eating supper in the garden didn't feel practical. (Sure they wouldn't have minded, but it felt like a bit of a trek for eating outside).
Thanks for a lovely week in your cottage - and all your help in our arrival. We had a great time.
Spacious rooms. Ideal location
The photos don't do the house justice. The lounge/ diner is spacious but cosy with a roaring fire that is easy to set. The bedrooms are all excellent. Autumn walks from the door take in Ford and Etal and Flodden Field. The College Valley is very close, with a remarkable solitude for somewhere so beautiful. You can walk high or stay low, there is a huge choice of unspoilt countryside. An evening walk to the pub, across the field and through the woods became a regular for us.
A great base for exploring Northumberland and the Borders, and getting away from the bustle down south. The cottage is comfortable, with spacious rooms and most mod cons (no wifi...). Excellent collection of OS maps for exploring. We avoided the tight parking by the cottage and parked instead ~20 yards up the lane with no problems. Pub within walking distance!
Very pleasant cottage in a rural location
The cottage is very pleasant with some good walks and historical places to visit nearby.
North Northumberland has attractions to suit all tastes. Its quiet roads make driving a pleasure and cycling even better. The Wooler Wheel Hub has developed an extensive network of cycle trails or borrow one of our maps and plan your own route. In the Cheviots, it is possible to walk all day without seeing another soul and there are ancient hillforts to explore. Descendants of Neolithic goats have also inhabited these hills for more than five thousand years and if you are fortunate you may spot them whilst out walking. Failing that, a visit to Chillingham will ensure that you see one of the rarest animals on the planet as only around 100 survivors of the wild cattle which one roamed Britain still exist, isolated in the park for 800 years.
The coast is a short journey away and whilst everyone knows about the beauty of the beach at Bamburgh and the history surrounding Lindisfarne (Holy Island), consider Cocklawburn for a quieter visit, the stunning St Abb’s Head or a walk to Dunstanburgh Castle. Nature lovers can take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands from Seahouses where you will see seals and, in summer, puffins and arctic terns at very close quarters!
Closer to home, the Ford and Etal Estate has a range of attractions including the narrow gauge railway, the murals of Lady Waterford Hall, Heatherslaw Corn Mill, Etal Castle and the Black Bull, the only thatched pub in Northumberland. History lovers may also enjoy the nearby Flodden battlefield, Maelmin at Milfield or the Duddo Standing Stones. The local castles and country houses tell many a tale and a visit to Alnwick is a must for Harry Potter fans.
Fishing for trout on the River Till or Tweed can be arranged for as little as £5 per day or visitors to Hethpool Linn in the stunning College Valley can see salmon leaping as they return to their spawning grounds in Autumn.