About Us



Robin & I have been running the holiday cottages for many years & have made firm friends with many of our returning visitors. All of the houses here are holiday houses except Orchard House at the front, which became our home fourteen years ago when our eldest daughter Susan, her husband Tom & their sons, William & Jamie moved into the Farmhouse over the road. Tom runs the farm with the boys, our Grandsons. 


Elwick has been in the Reay family for almost 100 years, bought in 1923 by Robin’s Grandfather. It is about 500 acres & grows wheat, barley & oilseed rape. We fatten about 550 bullocks, inside in winter & on the grass in summer. We also have approximately 700 breeding ewes which lamb outside in April. We cut grass in June for Silage, this being the winter feed for the cattle. At busy times, silage making or harvest, there may be some noise from big machinery going about, occasionally at night in harvest. We apologise for this but work has to go on if the weather says so! Very little or sometimes no livestock is inside in the summer months but can be seen in the surrounding fields. Smeafield, the next door farm is roughly the same size & is owned by Family. The properties are farmed together & stretch right to the sea, this area is tidal mudflats. 




The houses were all occupied by agricultural workers but became holiday lets over the years as gradually less people worked on the land & machinery took over. People wanted to live where more main services were & there was no local public transport, so Elwick Farm Holiday Cottages was born.


Elwick is in the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and  the Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty( AONB), one of forty six in the Country & stretches for 100 miles from Berwick southwards. Because of this it is a special nesting & breeding place & you may see the Warden down there sometimes. There is a footpath that goes down to the shore, it takes about fifteen minutes to get there. Dog owners must be aware of the birds, especially at breeding times.    


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