Property gallery: Secluded and quiet retreat in beautiful Tarset

As befits its name, The Bower offers privacy and tranquillity set amid peaceful rural surroundings


The impressive country property lies in the beautiful North Tyne area of Tarset in Northumberland, just a stone’s throw from Kielder Water and Forest Park, with all its outdoor attractions and designated Dark
Sky status.

The Bower covers a large plot, comprising an original stone-built farmhouse, two barn conversions and 95 acres of land.

Sam Gibson, partner in selling agents Strutt and Parker, said: “This characterful property has been sympathetically and extensively renovated by the owner.

“As a result, the interior is not only presented to a very high standard throughout but it also provides a practical home that’s perfectly designed for modern living.”

The stone-built farmhouse has two well-proportioned reception rooms which retain their intrinsic period charm, said Sam, while benefiting from multi-fuel stoves set into stone inglenook fireplaces.

“The sitting room, with its generous proportions, has a sense of occasion, while the adjoining study could equally serve as a second reception room, family room or formal dining room.

“The generous breakfast kitchen
is wonderfully light and welcoming, thanks to an abundance of window and the cantilevered doors which open to the front of the property.

“It is fitted with an impressive oil-fired Aga and Shaker-style units which provide a wealth of storage.”

The Bower, Tarset, Northumberland, for sale through Strutt and Parker at £1.1m
The Bower, Tarset, Northumberland, for sale through Strutt and Parker at £1.1m

Also on the ground floor is a useful utility room/pantry which also has plenty of storage as well as space for a range of appliances.

Upstairs the roomy master bedroom suite has attractive rustic features such as exposed stonework and timber beams.

As well as a good sense of space, the bedroom has the luxurious additions of an en-suite bathroom and adjoining dressing room.

There are two other double bedrooms, both with fitted wardrobes and feature stone fireplaces, and a pretty L-shaped single bedroom. These bedrooms share the bathroom which, like that in the master suite, has a shower and free-standing bath.

Outside The Bower are the stunning surroundings of the North Tyne Valley which provides great walking, fishing, cycling and horse-
riding opportunities. Two streams run through the property, one a spawning burn for salmon and brown trout.

Around the house are a gravelled front driveway for parking, a lawned back garden with a small gate to the paddock beyond and a vegetable garden to the side, with greenhouse and raised beds.

Adjoining the main house are two further properties, conversions of the former dairy and cow byre.

They have been converted into self-contained residences – The Cottage and The Byre – and planning permission is in place for a holiday let business.

The Cottage has a sitting/dining/kitchen area, two double bedrooms and a bathroom with parking at the front and an enclosed back garden.

The Byre has a sitting room, breakfasting kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom, lockable store room, front parking and an enclosed back garden.

There is also a tractor barn which is used by The Bower’s tenant farmer, who stocks sheep and cows on the majority of the acreage.

  • The Bower, Tarset, Northumberland, is for sale at a guide price of £1.1m through Strutt and Parker, tel: 01670 516123.


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