It is also the county flower of Northumberland and equally the county's affiliated ship, HMS Northumberland.
The late Duke of Northumberland used the Gentleman's Waiting Room (now the lounge) in the past, confirmed by the Duke's late Household Controller, Mr Patrick Garner.
Access to the cottage is via our private main family garden, previously the station 'car park' and location of the Percy Hunt 'meet'. The cottage is reached via a 15 step steel dual railed staircase. We ask you to stay on the path marked by the topiary trees please.
Warkworth Village Store and Post Office sell almost everything and are open from 5.30 am until 5.30 pm. They have an ATM inside the shop, plus the Post office can issue cash for most banks.
Asda, Iceland and Tesco will deliver your food shopping here, please let me know if you have arranged this when you book and I will unpack for you.
The under counter fridge has a small 3 star freezer compartment. Further freezer storage space can be accommodated by prior arrangement with me at the time of booking.
There is a shop in Amble called 'Heron Foods' selling food at very reasonable prices, as well as a Co-op and a Tesco.
Alnwick has more choice - Sainsburys, Co-op, Morrisons, Iceland and Lidl. Our nearest Asda is in Ashington. There is also an Aldi there.
We also supply these basics for your convenience.
We are investigating the requirements of Green Tourism and appreciate your co-operation in recycling.
first aid kit
washing up liquid
washing up brush/sponge
kitchen paper towel
rubbish bin bags
salt and pepper
rapeseed oil - can be used for dressing salads as well as cooking
kitchen herbs can be freshly picked from the garden pots when in season, I put basil in the kitchen when available
I've also bought a new Tassimo machine and will be offering a selection of T discs and teas.
Bedroom and bathroom
all bedlinen, duvet, a choice of pillows, throws
cotton wool balls
hand/medium/bath towel x 2
dressing gowns x 2
first aid kit
plus a few essentials you can use if you have forgotten yours ie toothpaste/deodorant
We have off road parking for your car on the drive way by the white entrance gates, and a lamp post we switch on until you are home, plus solar lanterns/security sensor lamps. We also provide a torch.
Pheasants, kestrels, sparrowhawks, hares, rabbits, foxes, deer and other wildlife can be seen in the fields on either side of the house, and you may see our bats swooping past the patio in the main garden at twilight.
Our private family garden showing access to the accommodation and cottage patio
Once you have parked at the white gates, entrance is through our main garden, into the original stable, then up the stairs to The Waiting Rooms garden and patio area, planted with seasonal scented flowers and shrubs. This south facing garden is for your private use only. Please note that we have a pond in our private garden and toads occasionally visit.
There are also kitchen herbs, a water butt, watering can, recycling bins, seating, and a large gas barbecue. Patio candles are provided. We are also supplying deck chairs this year, as well as folding chairs you are welcome to borrow to take out in the car during your stay. The garden chairs in the photo below were destroyed in the gales - twice - we have now bought a heavy picnic bench for this season.
PLEASE NOTE USE OF OUR PRIVATE MAIN GARDEN IS RESTRICTED TO ACCESS TO THE ACCOMMODATION ONLY.
The Waiting Rooms private scented garden
This season we have installed a new Tom Chambers bird feeder after several requests from guests who missed feeding the birds, and a large stone birdbath.
We have lovely garden birds here.
Please feel free to water the garden with the watering can, and the strawberries/herbs are there for you to enjoy when in season.
The upper level of the stable was originally a floored and apex roofed coal shed to refuel the trains - the ash pit is in the main garden.
You can walk around the edges of the fields opposite, and there is a gate into the woods which lead down to the river - we would recommend taking the walking poles we supply as it is steep in places. Jays, woodpeckers and little owls can be seen and heard here.
Your self contained front door leads you into the fully fitted kitchen - fridge with small 3* freezer compartment, 4 slice toaster, bread maker, Tassimo coffee maker, kettle, microwave, electric oven, slow cooker, pans, casserole dishes, dishwasher, picnic hamper, iron, full size ironing board, cookery books, etc. Further freezer space is available by prior arrangement when booking.
A wall mounted electric heater can be switched on to warm the room, and a water heater switch provides 'instant' hot water.
With current high energy costs we would be grateful if you could switch off all lights and appliances when not in use.
A calendar is displayed for your use with leaflets and literature about current/forthcoming events, as well as the fire regulations and a fire bell to ring in an emergency.
Please note we cannot have any naked flames ie candles within the building, only on the patio. A fire blanket and extinguisher is provided in the kitchen, a smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher in the lounge.
The Lounge, known as the Duke of Northumberland's Waiting Room
In the lounge you have a wood burning stove (firelighters, paper, kindling, initial fuel and a fire extinguisher provided), 3 seater leather sofa and high backed chair with throws, oak gate leg table and chairs, plasma tv with about 80 free view channels, DVD player and DVD's, books and magazines, playing cards, Newcastle and Gateshead Monopoly and Scrabble. I've just put in a small radio/CD player in too. I now lay out the tourist information upon your arrival, it can be put in the trunk when you've looked at it. The original sash windows are dressed with both blinds and curtains for your privacy.
This was the Gentlemans' Waiting Room but as the Duke used it in the past it became known as the Duke of Northumberland's Waiting Room, which has been confirmed by the current Duke's late Household Controller.
The door off the lounge leads into the spacious bedroom with a very comfortable Sealy mattress on a king size brass bed, and soft Egyptian cotton bedding. Pillow choices are left for you in the ottoman.
The bedding is a wool duvet from Devon
Duvets, I have both spring/summer and autumn winter weights, and their original wool pillows. Wool is perfect for allergy sufferers. I hoover the mattress every Saturday changeover.
Extra throws, an oil filled electric radiator plus hot water bottles, are provided for your comfort.
The bedroom is at the front of the house, insulated from the platform by the extremely thick solid sandstone walls and original 9 foot wooden door and wooden shutters to the platform window.
There is an IPOD docking station/alarm clock/radio, hairdryer, fiction books and dressing table items provided. Again the windows are dressed with both blinds and curtains for your privacy. There is a hanging rail for clothing (by the shower room door) and a three drawer chest for clothes storage.
We offer free WiFi, the best signal is found in the bedroom.
This was the Ladies' Waiting Room, and originally the coal fire was open to both rooms.
The ash closet WC was in the corner where the chest of drawers now stands.
The original door to the platform now leads to the shower room, where towels are provided, plus toilet rolls, cleaning items and toiletries. The heated towel rail is on all the time during your stay and a wooden airer is provided. If you find it too hot you can switch the radiator off at the wall in the cupboard behind the mannequin. If you like our North Eastern Railway tiled display, you can see a huge copy of the original in the cafe at Barter Books in Alnwick, previously Alnwick station.
As we have a narrow piped Saniflo system leading to our septic tank at the north wing of the house, it is very important that nothing is put down the toilet and guests are politely asked to use the bags provided for any sanitary items.