No. 12 – Ford Cottage near Chillingham Castle
A Slice of Uber-Luxury in one of the most Historic and Medieval locations in Northumberland
Ultimate hotel-style luxury meets country hunting-lodge pad; we welcome No. 12 Ford Cottage to our collection of premium self-catering holiday cottages. Located in beautiful Chillingham, this historic cottage dates back to 1846 and is built of the classic red stone that appears throughout Northumberland’s landmarks, castles and even country roads.
Step back in time to this idyllic village which is domineered by the presence of Chillingham Castle, less than 10 minutes walk from the cottage. The cottage gets it’s name from the pretty ford framed by the evergreen trees that runs alongside the garden, which flows from the burn surrounding Chillingham Castle. The nearest pub is the popular Percy Arms in the quaint village of Chatton, just over a mile and a half away.
If you’re after a portion of history with a pretty backdrop, to live in luxury in a picturesque location, No. 12 Ford Cottage ticks every box.
No. 12 Ford Cottage comfortably sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms; one king size room and one twin single room. There is one bathroom on the ground floor.
The cottage dates back to 1836 and still retains it’s warm and homely character, yet with an uber-luxurious twist. The wood burning stove in the lounge is perfect for curling up in front of on a chilly night to watch a movie on the leather chesterfield sofa. The kitchen is split into two parts; the main kitchen and the breakfasting room. In the main kitchen you’ll find the stove and lots of cupboard space. The bathroom is accessed from the kitchen too. The breakfasting room has the fridge, freezer, kettle and coffee machine, as well as the dining table. This room is lovely and spacious with ambient lighting, which is perfect to enjoy dinner.
No. 12 Ford Cottage welcomes 2 dogs and is the perfect cottage for four-legged friends because of the beautiful walks straight from your doorstep. There is free Wifi and an infant can be accommodated in a travel cot, available on request along with a highchair and stair gate. The cottage has been furnished and equipped to a 5 star standard.
The owners have another cottage in Warkworth Village called No. 31. Click HERE to see the photos of No. 31 to get an idea of the level of quality to expect from No. 12 Ford Cottage.
The front door to the cottage is in a pretty lawned courtyard of 3 other old country cottages. You enter into the porch where you can hang your coats and store your shoes and head straight into the lounge.
The cosy lounge has a central focus around the wood burning stove – essential in a country cottage! There are a squashy leather Chesterfield sofa and 2 leather armchairs, a Smart TV and Bluetooth speaker, creating the ideal ‘night in’ ambiance. The lounge has restored sash windows with secondary double glazing.
The kitchen is split into two parts; the main kitchen and the breakfasting room. The main kitchen has the electric fan oven with induction hob and lots of cupboard storage space, as well as the microwave, toaster, dishwasher and washer/dryer. The bathroom is accessed from the kitchen too.
The breakfasting room is a pretty room with a ‘brasserie-style’ feel, location next to the kitchen area. It’s large restored sash window looks out to the leafy shared front garden. There is dining seating for 4 and the lighting is ambient and subtle, with a dimmer switch for mood lighting. In the breakfasting room you’ll find lots of surface space as well as cupboard space. There is a fridge, freezer, kettle and Nespresso machine with an initial supply of pods provided. Underfloor heating is throughout the kitchen and breakfasting room.
The fully tiled bathroom is accessed off the kitchen and has an electric shower over the bath, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail, wash basin and WC, as well as underfloor heating. Complimentary White Company toiletries are provided.
The stairs to the first floor are accessed through a quirky door from the lounge. This means a stair gate isn’t necessary at the bottom of the stairs for our younger guests, but a stair gate at the top of the stairs can be provided upon request.
The master bedroom looks out to the front of the cottage where you can see the Chillingham Burn. There is a king size bed (5ft wide) and a huge built-in wardrobe. This room is very spacious and is equipped with luxury bed linens, fluffy white towels and a hair dryer. Complimentary bathrobes are available on request.
The twin bedroom has 2 full size single beds (3ft wide) with original-style iron metal bed steads. This room is equally spacious with plenty of storage space, luxury bed linens, fluffy white towels and a hair dryer provided. Complimentary bathrobes are available on request.
Gardens and Parking
Parking is available in front of the cottage for 2 cars. The cottage is located on a very private and quiet road.
The front garden is shared between the other 3 residents but the rear garden is private and fully enclosed. The leafy lawned garden wraps around the side of the house and follows the Chillingham burn. There is a 4ft fence separating the garden from the burn, so please be aware if you have jumpy dogs they may jump over. The burn isn’t deep at all, but there is about a 5-6ft drop from the garden to the stream.
The garden is furnished with a table and chairs and there is a charcoal BBQ provided too (please supply your own charcoal).
Country meets Contemporary
Inspired by typical English architecture and embracing it’s Northumbrian heritage, the cottage cleverly fuses charm and contemporary design with warmth, comfort and style, taking influences from Chillingham castle and it’s ancient historical background.
Facts & Features
Up to 4 guests and 1 baby in a travel cot.
Northumbrian Welcome Hamper including luxury White Company toiletries and bespoke Property and Local Area guide. Complimentary Bathrobes available on request. Wood burning stove and free Wi-Fi.
One baby welcome. Travel cot, highchair and stair gate (at the rop of the stairs) available upon request.
Up to two dogs welcome. Booking Conditions apply, see more details on our Dogs page. Dogs are not permitted on furniture and strictly not to be left in the cottage unattended. Dog sitting service available, contact us to request.
Enclosed lawned garden in a pretty situ with the Chillingham burn running alongside. There is a table and chairs and a charcoal BBQ for use too (please provide your own charcoal).
Private parking for 2 cars in the shared car parking in front of the cottages.
Accommodation on 2 floors. Steps down to the kitchen from the lounge and a shower over the bath on the ground floor.
Care of the Property
Our ‘Coquet’ cottages are much-loved privately-owned holiday homes into which our owners have lavished much care and investment to create beautiful places for their guests to enjoy. We therefore require a cautionary Good Housekeeping Deposit to protect our owners’ property, so that if damage/breakages occur or exceptional cleaning over and above the usual changeover clean is required up to the value of the deposit, the owner can be recompensed.
You have the option of paying either a £200 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit or a smaller non-refundable £24 Deposit Waiver, which covers you to the value of £200. Please choose which option you prefer when booking. Click HERE for more information.
2 bedrooms; master bedroom with a king size bed (5ft wide) and twin bedroom with 2 single beds (3ft wide). Travel cot available upon request.
A mix of feather and anti-allergy bedding and pillows are provided. All anti-allergy bedding can be requested when booking – min. 7 days notice.
One bathroom, bath with electric shower over, illuminated mirror, WC and basin with heated towel rail. Towels and complimentary toiletries by The White Company provided.
Fridge, freezer, electric oven and induction hob, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle and Nespresso machine. Washer/dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum. Hairdryer, books, music and films. Wood burning stove. Travel cot and highchair available upon request. Stairgate available upon request for the top of the stairs. Underfloor heating in the kitchen, breakfasting room and bathroom. Electric heaters in the lounge and bedrooms.
Smart TV in the lounge with Freeview. Bluetooth music system. Free unlimited Wi-Fi. Underfloor heating in the kitchen, breakfasting room and bathroom.
Logs for the Fire
An initial supply of wood is provided for the stove between October and April. Further supplies can be purchased from any local fuel garage or the post office in Chatton (1.7 mile away, whilst stocks last).
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
COVID-19 Special Arrangements
New arrival and departure times have been introduced from July 2020 to accommodate the enhanced cleaning protocols necessary to ensure the safety of guests and housekeeping staff.
Arrival: from 6pm Departure: by 9am Click here for more details.
Virtual Tour & Floorplan
Here is a virtual tour and floor plan of No. 12 Ford Cottage. Click on the arrow to start the tour, use your mouse keys to ‘walk around’ the cottage, exploring all areas. A floor plan is also available, just click the image to enlarge. Call us on 01665 710700 if you have any queries, or email us.
Map & Local Area
Situated between Alnwick and Wooler, Chillingham provides a beautiful yet peaceful and scenic base for a holiday exploring the dramatically beautiful Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland National Park, with cycling paths, hiking and climbing opportunities all at your disposal. The coast, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the cottage, is peppered with historic castles and quaint little villages, with the famous coastal village of Bamburgh just 10 miles away.
12th century Chillingham Castle is just a few minutes walk from the house, where you can tour around the ancient grounds and castle (admission charge applies, please check opening times out of season). The castle is the family home of the Wakefield family. If you’re feeling daring, you can even book one of their legendary ‘ghost tours’!
The nearest village to Chillingham is Chatton, where you’ll find the popular pub and restaurant, The Percy Arms – which serves fantastic food – and a little post office too which sells the essentials. Your nearest town for other amenities is at Belford or Seahouses.
Like your country activities? Why not try a spot of clay shooting at the Fowberry Moor ground a short drive from No. 12. Remember to bring your barbour and boots!
You can explore the location of No. 12 Ford Cottage on the map below which gives you a good idea of the area. The postcode of the property is NE66 5NH. To find out the distance from your own home to No. 12 Ford Cottage, how long it will take to drive there and other options for alternative transport, click here: No. 12 Ford Cottage on Googlemaps and enter your home postcode in the box provided.
Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.
We have had a fabulous stay at Ford Cottage. We found it very relaxing and comfortable. Lovely, friendly neighbours. can highly recommend coasteering at Howick and The Jolly Fisherman at Craster. Although quite a drive, we also had fun on a sausage making workshop with the Northumberland Sausage Company. Keep an eye out for dolphins at Howick. P.s Don’t forget to call in at Spurelli’s, Amble for a super ice-cream.Escape the ordinary read our guest book
Tips from a local
Explore Chillingham Castle and Walled Garden. The impressively preserved 12th Century castle is full of history, and the friendly room guides make your visit extra special with tales to tell about every room if you wish them to. The castle has a pretty grizzly past, so if you’re feeling brave enough, why not try one of the night time ghost tours to experience the castle and grounds after dark!
Tips from a local
Dine at the very highly rated Percy Arms Pub and Restaurant in Chatton, just a 5 minute drive from the cottage. The Percy Arms is a traditional, cosy pub, with a fantastic menu made up of locally sourced ingredients.
Tips from a local
Walk up Ros Hill for a stunning 360 degree view of Northumberland countryside and coastline, and see if you can spot all 7 castles! Situated on the wild Northumberland Moors, just a 5 minute drive outside of Chillingham, Ros Hill has a great rural atmosphere, and at the right time of year is covered in beautiful vibrant purple heather.
Tips from a local
Try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting
Visit nearby Fowberry Moor Sporting Ground to try clay pigeon shooting. Less than 5 miles from Chillingham this is the ideal place to embrace the beautiful countryside and test your aim!
Click HERE to visit the website – booking is required.
Not sure where to start?
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