Border House – Harbottle Holiday Cottage

A Traditional Northumbrian Country Cottage in the Heart of the National Park

When we first saw Border House, we were captivated by how authentic and true to its history this lovely, comfortable cottage is. This gorgeous Harbottle holiday cottage has a host of original features, including stone inglenook fireplaces in the lounge and kitchen (now housing a warming Aga oven), original stripped wood sash windows in many rooms and a fabulous tiered garden with a magnificent view of the forests and hills of the Northumberland National Park – a walkers’ paradise.

Sleeping 6 guests in 4 bedrooms with flexible sleeping arrangements (2 doubles, 1 twin and 1 single), this cottage is perfect for couples or a family at any time of the year – especially in the cooler months with the fabulous wood burning stove and Aga oven. Up to 3 well behaved pets are very welcome for an additional charge of £20 each. Border House has been awarded 4 stars by Visit England.

Border House – Harbottle Holiday Cottage

Sleeps 6+1 3 Dogs
4 star
prices & availability



Harbottle is a pretty little village in the heart of the National Park, with great walks straight from your doorstep. There is a pub in the village too which serves bar snacks and drinks, but no food. The nearest pub is less than a mile up the road.

Border House is a traditional luxurious country holiday home in the pretty village of Harbottle, just 8 miles from Rothbury and next to Harbottle historic castle



The comfortable lounge has a magnificent wood burning stove in an original inglenook fireplace. Beautiful antiques sit alongside modern comforts, such as the cosy sofa and chairs and the flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player. There is a PlayStation games console with games and free Wi-Fi broadband internet access throughout the cottage. There is also a small selection of books, games and films and a dressing up box for children. An initial supply of logs is provided all year round and further supplies may be ordered in advance via our booking form or may be purchased locally once on holiday.

Border House is a luxurious country holiday home in the pretty village of Harbottle just outside of the Northumberland National Park pets welcome



The farmhouse-style kitchen has been cleverly designed to suit the country-style of this lovely cottage. Cream washed cabinetry with plenty of storage, and at the heart of the kitchen is a warming Aga oven with a ceramic hob. All the usual appliances are provided, including dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster – and an electric oven if you don’t wish to use the Aga, but we’re sure you won’t be able to resist! Door to the furnished patio and terraced garden. Highchair available upon request.

Border House's country farmhouse style kitchen perfect for families and dogs welcome too, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park


Dining Room

To the right from the main hallway is a large dining room with an antique oak table and chairs comfortably seating all guests, with a large sash window.

The traditional dining room at Border House is perfect for friends and family getting together, the house is also dog friendly with a huge garden to the rear all enclosed


Laundry Room

Directly off the kitchen is a useful laundry room containing a washing machine, tumble dryer and additional storage cupboards.


Boot Room

A practical room accessed directly from the rear patio area and leading into the inner hallway, this Boot Room is perfect for mucky boots to be kept for drying off and to bring dogs inside to dry off after a long walk. Towels are provided for dogs.


Ground Floor Cloakroom

Accessed directly from the inner hallway, a simple ground floor cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin. The hallway houses a fun collection of hunting hats!


First Floor

Master Bedroom – Bedroom 1

With a large antique double (4ft 6″ wide) bed, wardrobe and chest, views of the hills and forests of the National Park can be seen from the original sash window of this lovely room.

the master bedroom at Border House is spacious with original fireplace, the house sleeps 7 and welcomes 3 well behaved dogs with a huge enclosed garden

Double Bedroom – Bedroom 2

Another good-sized room, with windows on two sides, overlooking the pretty terraced garden. Double bed (4’6″ wide), wardrobe and chest.

Border House in Harbottle is a cosy country holiday home sleeping 7 and welcomes 3 dogs pet friendly


Twin Single Bedroom – Bedroom 3

A pretty bedroom with twin single beds and a large chest of drawers for storage. Windows to the front and the forests and hills of the Northumberland National Park can be seen from this lovely room.

Border House in Harbottle traditional country holiday home near Rothbury and the Cheviots and the National Park pet friendly with a huge enclosed garden


Single Bedroom – Bedroom 4

A pretty bedroom with a single bed, plenty of storage space, an antique chair and original sash window providing a far reaching view of the forests and hills of the National Park.

The single bedroom at Border House has rolling views out to the National Park and the Coquet Valley


Family Bathroom

A spacious country-style bathroom with a beautiful garden view. Extra large bath with shower over, WHB and WC. Noble Isle luxury complimentary toiletries provided.

Border House is a luxury country house in Harbottle just outside of Rothbury with great walks with your dog from the cottage and a huge enclosed garden, wood burning stove and sleeps 7


Harbottle Holiday Cottage Garden

A pretty cottage garden is to the front of the cottage and to the rear there is a flagged patio area immediately outside the kitchen, with steep steps leading to a terraced patio furnished with a table, chairs and parasol.

Beyond the terraced patio there is a terraced and lawned garden, which affords fabulous south-facing views of the National Park. There is a seating area at the top of the garden to taken advantage of the view and on the other side of the garden wall can be seen the remains of Harbottle Castle.

The garden is surrounded by 4ft stone walls and there is a gate on the driveway, so as long as they don’t attempt to jump over the walls, the garden is suitable for dogs.



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Border House – Harbottle Holiday Cottage

Sleeps 6+1 3 Dogs
4 star
prices & availability

Northumbrian Tradition

Border House is a truly authentic traditional Northumbrian country cottage, still retaining it’s original grandeur but with all the modern home comforts too. This cottage is a complete escape from mundane day-to-day life, encouraging you to embrace your inner country-bumpkin!

Facts & Features

Border House is best suited for up to 6 guests, but can sleep 7. 1 baby welcome.

Extra Touches
Welcome hamper including luxury toiletries.

Bespoke Guide Book for your Mobile or iPad
You’ll receive a comprehensive guide book for your phone or tablet upon booking, which not only provides all the information you need to stay at Border House, but also guides to all the local facilities, restaurants, shopping, attractions, the best beaches, walks, activities, exploring Northumberland, unique offers and much more.

One baby welcome. Cot and highchair available upon request and stair gates at top and bottom of stairs.

Up to three well-behaved dogs welcome for a £20 charge per dog per holiday. Booking Conditions apply. There is a boot room for dogs to dry off after a long walk and stair gate at the bottom of the stairs.

Pretty enclosed garden to the front, flagged patio with furniture to the rear and a terraced and lawned garden to the rear too which is enclosed. The garden has south facing views of the National Park.

There is a large BBQ provided at Border House all year round. There are utensils provided. Please bring your own charcoal. Please clean the BBQ is prior to your departure.

Private driveway for one car and additional cars can be parked on the roadside in front of the house.

Designated Work Space
Drop leaf table in the lounge allowing you space to work remotely.

Nearest EV Charging Point
Click here to find the nearest EV charging point – use postcode NE65 7DG.

Two double bedrooms both with double size beds (4ft 6″ wide). One twin bedroom with single beds (3ft wide). One single room with a single bed (3ft wide). A mixture of hypo-allergenic anti allergy bedding, and feather bedding is provided. There is no alternative available.

One bathroom with a shower-over-bath, WC and basin, with a heated towel rail. Complimentary Noble Isle toiletries.  Cloakroom/WC on the ground floor.

Traditional AGA and electric oven with a ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and kettle. Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum. Hairdryer, books, music and films. Wood-burning stove.

TV and Technology
TV with DVD player and PlayStation 2 in the lounge with games. Free unlimited wi-fi.

Accommodation on two floors; kitchen, lounge, dining room and boot room on the ground floor, and the bathroom and four bedrooms on the first floor. The stairs are wide but steep upstairs, so unsuitable for guests with limited mobility. The rear garden can only be accessed by steep stone stairs, so children must be supervised and it will be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility.

Please be Aware
An initial supply of wood is provided for the fire at this cottage all year round.
The stone steps up to the furnished terrace are very steep and will be unsuitable for unsupervised children and anyone unsteady on their feet.
There is no mobile signal in Harbottle, however the cottage has a landline for emergencies.

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
Arrival: from 4pm  Departure: by 10am 

Other Information
Booking Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
About Rothbury
Accessibility Guide

Virtual Tour & Floorplan

Click to view our virtual tour of Border House, it’s like walking around the house in virtual reality. It also gives you a 3D floor plan.

Virtual Tour

Map & Local Area

Border House is situated in the pretty village of Harbottle, in the Northumberland National Park, which is also a designated International Dark Skies Park. This lovely cottage is in the heart of fantastic walking and cycling country as well as being within easy reach of the Heritage Coastline and inland attractions including Hadrian’s Wall and Cragside.

Border House is also very close to Kielder Reservoir and Forest, being on the very edge of the National Park. Kielder has an abundance of wildlife and activities, especially on the lake in the summer, as well as having the Observatory to see those starry skies!

You can explore the location of Border House on the map below which gives you a good idea of the area.  The postcode of the property is NE65 7DG.

To find out the distance from your own home to Border House, how long it will take to drive there and other options for alternative transport, click here: Border House on Googlemaps and enter your home postcode in the box provided.



Click on the link above to use what3words to view the precise location of this property.  what3words is an amazing mapping system where every part of Earth is mapped out in 3 metre squares, each of which has a unique address using 3 words.

Explore Rothbury

Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.

We liked the fantastic location and the lovely family kitchen. We loved the quirky original furniture throughout the house – it made it feel very special. The kitchen and utility room were excellent and we have a really lovely week in Harbottle.

Escape the ordinary read our guest book

Tips from a local

Cragside is a must when staying in this area of Northumberland. Cragside was the first country house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power by Lord Armstrong, a key figure in Northumberland. As well as the interesting house, the whole estate is open to the public with its magnificent walks and country trails, as well as a huge children’s play park and a nice café too.
It is ran by the National Trust, click HERE to visit the website.

Tips from a local

Dinner with a view – if you want very good traditional pub grub with the most stunning views of the Simonside Hills, then The Three Wheat Heads in Thropton is highly recommended. It has a good reputation in the area for food, and the views through the huge dining room windows are beautiful. With an inglenook fireplace with real fire, comfy seating and Northumbrian Ale, this pub is perfect for resting tired legs after a day exploring the county.

Tips from a local

Explore Thrunton Woods by trying one of their exhilarating walks to experience some of the best loved views of Northumberland from the top of lofty crags, through miles of maturing forest and open moorland. The two most popular trails are Crag Top Walk and Castle Hill Walk. You can park your car in the designated car park at Thrunton Woods and even take a picnic on a fine day. Thrunton Woods is located up the A697 north of Rothbury and is 30 minutes’ drive from Harbottle.

Tips from a local

Visit The Running Fox at one of it’s locations in Northumberland and try it’s famous afternoon tea which consists of a cheese or fruit scone, a slab of pie or quiche, a choice of sandwich and a slice of delicious cake, washed down with either tea, coffee or upgrade to a glass of fizz! Be sure to book in advance as this artisan bakery books up pretty quick! The Running Fox is in four locations across Northumberland now, Shillbottle, Felton, Longhoughton and Longframlington!

Tips from a local

Head to Rothbury which is around a 15-minute drive from Border House and take a stroll around the picturesque Rothbury riverside walk. The riverside walk will take you around 1 hour and is around 1.5 miles. Perfect for a lovely sunny Northumbrian day! Stop for lunch or a coffee after your stroll at Bewicks Coffee House in the village!

Sarah Carnegie

Owner of Border House

We asked Sarah, the owner of Border House, to tell us the history of the house:

“Border House dates back to 1900 when it was originally the village post office.  When my  parents acquired the house in 1980’s, they were given the enamel Post Office sign that you can see in the old photo to the left by the previous owner and asked to make sure it was kept at the house.  It’s currently on the wall in the kitchen.

We believe that the rose on the left hand side of the front door that you can see in this old photograph is the same one that is there today.”

I have many, many happy memories of Border House, I hope you enjoy this lovely traditional Northumbrian house and leave with many happy memories too!”

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Telephone: 01665 710 700 or click here to email us your enquiry.