Historic village mansion house in spectacular setting looking over the River Tweed into Scotland. Excellent renovation opportunity.
Coldstream 1.5 miles, Kelso 10 miles, Berwick-upon-Tweed 12 miles, Melrose 25 miles, Newcastle upon Tyne 60 miles, Edinburgh 50 miles
Cornhill House is set above the meandering River Tweed on the edge of the village of Cornhill-on-Tweed which is situated in Northumberland, close to the Scottish Border. It has spectacular panoramic views.
Cornhill-on-Tweed is a charming village with a vibrant community. Sitting in a dominant position on the main street is The Collingwood Arms, a well respected hotel and public house which takes its name from the family who lived at Cornhill House for most of its history. There is also a village shop which is a one stop shop as post office, café, gift shop and deli. A short distance way, just over the river in Scotland, is the small town of Coldstream which has good facilities including a Co-op, bank, butcher, baker and several pubs.
The village has good road links and Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles) has a railway station serving the East Coast line to Edinburgh and the north, and Newcastle and London to the south. Kelso and Berwick-on-Tweed have good professional services and larger supermarkets including M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury's. Local schools are located in Coldstream, Norham and Berwick, and Longridge Towers School, Berwick and St Mary's in Melrose (prep) are well regarded private schools.
Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are not only neighbours with glorious scenery in common but they are intrinsically linked; culturally, socially and historically. This magnificent border country provides rolling countryside ideal for outdoor pursuits including golf, shooting and fishing. Tourism also flourishes on the many historic castles and abbeys, and to the east there are sandy beaches, and the renowned bird sanctuary of the Farne Islands. Northumberland National Park and The Cheviot Hills form the horizon to the south while the land beyond the River Tweed to the west and north extends into the Scottish Borders.
Cornhill House as it is today dates from around the turn of the 17th century, although a house is thought to have stood on the site since at least the 13th century. It has long been known as the ancient seat of the Collingwoods who also once owned much of the surrounding land. It has been remodelled and extended many times since its conception, with the most recent wing added in the mid 19th century. The house is principally built of white painted roughcast stone under a Welsh slate roof. The property has a lot of character as it retains many original features, including 18th century wood panelling and elaborate plasterwork in both the dining room and drawing room. There are impressive stone fireplaces and the oval stairwell has a particularly elegant moulded wooden handrail.
There are two obvious entrances to the house, but most recently the entrance off the courtyard has become the principal entrance. This opens into a reception hall with a cast iron fireplace on a stone hearth. Adjacent to this is the spectacular dining room where the walls are clad with timber panelling and the ceiling and cornice exhibit beautifully detailed plasterwork. The floor is timber and a stone fireplace is positioned on the east wall. Like many rooms in the house there are working shutters and in the corner is a discreet butler's press with a small sink and tap.
The reception hall leads through to the L-shaped central hallway which connects all the rooms on the ground floor and has a door to the garden at the bottom of the oval stairwell. Beyond the stairwell is the drawing room which is a nicely proportioned room with a stunning outlook over the garden and the river through a canted bay window, again with working shutters. A timber mantelpiece and marble surround are now set over the original stone fireplace.
The north west wing of the house has the principal downstairs living accommodation with a good sized kitchen furnished with fitted wall and floor cupboards and an oil fired Aga. There is space for a dishwasher and an American style fridge freezer. A door opens into a sitting room, which was originally the kitchen. A fireplace is occupies the area where the range once stood. Beyond the kitchen is a laundry room with the oil fired boiler and hot water cylinder. There is a pulley and airing cupboards, and an outside door to the patio and garden. A WC is located by the back door to the north courtyard.
The hallway extends to the east side of the house. To the right is a second entrance to the dining room which is convenient for the kitchen. To the left is the former nursery, partly floored in flagstones and with a wood burning stove in the fireplace. A door opens onto a verandah. Beside this are steps down to the cellar and the back staircase to the first floor. The hallway ends at the second of the two main entrances. Here there is a mosaic tile floored vestibule with a fireplace. The door opens to the parking area and turning circle.
The first floor has six bedrooms served by the main staircase and a back staircase. The master bedroom suite has a large dressing room lined with built in wardrobes and an en suite bathroom. The Garden and River bedrooms are also en suite and a bathroom, a separate WC and a shower room serve the remaining bedrooms. The views from the first floor are splendid.
At the very top of the oval staircase is the seventh bedroom. The remainder of the second floor remains a refurbishment project. Plans were drawn up in the past, and approved in principle by English Heritage, to create four en suite bedrooms with dormer windows but no work has been progressed beyond clearing the space and installing Velux windows.
Gardens and Grounds
The policies of Cornhill House extend to approximately 12 acres. The entrance from the village leads through the stone pillared entrance, down a drive lined with lime trees and white painted post and rail fences, to a turning circle and parking area. There is a sand manège to the north side of the drive and parking area which is approximately 20m x 40m and has floodlights. The paddock to the south extends to about five acres.
A brick stable block backs onto the parking area and overlooks the south paddock. The main building has a tack room/office with well maintained loose boxes (currently set up as three stalls but with flexibility to create up to 5 stalls) and an equine shower. There is a hay loft/ bothy above. There is space within the stable block extension for five further loose boxes.
Between the courtyard and stable block, and conveniently close to the house, is the old billiard room which is now a large home office. This room has timber clad walls and a fireplace. A secret door opens into the adjoining coach house building. This area is used as a storeroom with ground and mezzanine levels. Beyond this a large garage provides further storage.
The gardens wrap entirely around the house but the formal garden, which is mostly laid to lawn, is positioned to the south and west of the house and is walled on two sides. The wall extending along the north side has a pergola over the patio. The lawn is elevated above the embankment with a stone staircase, guarded by two carved stone lions, leading down to an Astroturf tennis court and the river below. Beyond the tennis court is an area of woodland with beautiful mature trees.
The land along the riverside beyond the south paddocks and embankment, extending to about 7.36 acres is currently leased on a grazing licence. Further details are available on request.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil fired central heating and Aga.
Cornhill House is listed Grade II*, as are the carved stone lions in the garden. The lime trees flanking the drive are protected by tree preservation orders.
Northumberland County Council tax band H.
Fixtures and Fittings:
Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
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8 Wemyss Place
8 Wemyss Place
+44 (0) 131 247 3738
8 Wemyss Place
8 Wemyss Place
+44 (0) 131 247 3738