The Hemmel. Old Town Farm
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Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
New for 2014
Lovingly converted, light and modern barn with the WOW factor! - log-burning stove; open plan living/kitchen; luxurious shower room and exposed beams throughout. Shared courtyard garden and large private garden with patio enjoying fantastic views across the Rede Valley. Located on a working farm within the newly designated International Dark Sky Park - perfect for star gazers and anyone seeking a relaxing countryside break.
Ideal for friends sharing or a family holiday, The Hemmel is located only 15 miles from the Scottish Border and enjoys quick and easy access to many of Northumberland's finest attractions including: Hadrian's Wall; Kielder Water and Forest Park; the Cheviot Hills; and Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Old Town Farm sits on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and within the newly designated International Dark Skies Park.
There are a multitude of rural pursuits on the doorstep and the owner is a Massage Therapist with a therapy room conveniently located at Old Town Farm. Treat yourself to a relaxing Hot Stone Massage or an invigorating Thai Massage after a tough day of mountain biking, hill walking, fishing or a round of golf!
The Hemmel has two double bedrooms, both tastefully decorated. One with king-size bed, the other has a zip and link king-size bed which can be separated to create twin beds. both have top quality mattresses. The house is on one level and has a large luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower. There are open beamed ceilings throughout and a modern log burning stove. The living area is open plan but there is also a south-facing entrance hall/sun-room overlooking the grassed courtyard.
A large patio takes advantage of fabulous views to the north and west across the Rede Valley. This area gets the morning and evening sun, perfect for morning coffee and summer barbecues. The private garden to the rear of the garden is huge and once it has been securely fenced then it is likely that well behaved dogs will be accepted.
Otterburn village is only 1 mile away and has an excellent village shop. Otterburn Woolen Mill and Counry Store has a coffee shop brimming with tasty treats. Locally there are pubs and hotels serving good quality meals and Bellingham village (8 miles) has a wider selection of shops, a bank and petrol station.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Alnmouth 50 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle 40 km, Nearest railway: Newcastle 50 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
Northern England region
The Rede Valley is located in rural Northumberland, 15 miles from the Scottish borders. It was home to the infamous Border Reivers in centuries gone by. It is a beautiful, wild and rugged area. Isolated but enjoying good road access. It lies in the Northumberland National Park which is fantastic for outdoor leisure pursuits - fishing, walking, cycling, horse riding, to name but a few.
Locally there are bastles, pele towers and castles to explore that all reveal the history of the area. There are numerous stately homes and gardens that open their doors to the public - Wallington, Belsay Hall and Cragside Country House. Otterburn is a central location for exploring Northumberland with World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall, only 20 miles away and Kielder Water and Forest Park only 20mins drive. The Scottish border is only 15 miles away with lovely market towns such as Kelso, Jedburgh and Melrose to discover.
Northumberland is still a relatively undiscovered County. While Summer brings tourists to the coast, inland it is still possible to hike for a day in the Cheviot hills and not bump into another soul!
Alnwick Castle and Gardens and the Northumberland Heritage Coast are just over 1hr drive away along scenic country roads. The drive alone is a must but a trip to the coast is worthwhile come rain or shine.
Otterburn village has a well stocked shop for food provisions. It even does take away meals on a saturday evening. Otterburn Mill stocks outdoor clothing, shoes and equipment as well as traditional rugs. Many of the local hotels and pubs serve good quality meals with local produce widely available. Otterburn Festival takes place in July and there are numerous village and agricultural shows that are held mostly in the Autumn
Nearby Bellingham, 8 miles, has a larger range of food stores and craft shops, pubs and tea rooms. The Heritage Centre and Carriage tea rooms are a must, as is a walk up Hareshaw Linn to the waterfall.
Kielder Water and Forest Park are only a 20min drive and has excellent and challenging cycle and walking routes and family activities including birds of prey centre.
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10 Jun 2014
"Five stars for rest and relaxation"
We stayed at The Hemmel at Old Town Farm in Otterburn for a long weekend but felt like we'd been away for weeks. As soon as we arrived in this stylish, comfortable barn conversion we started to unwind.
The rental is set in beautiful rolling countryside with fantastic views over the nearby hills and farmland and you can't help but leave your worries behind and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The rental comprises a large, high-ceilinged, open plan living room/diner/kitchen, a sunroom, two bedrooms, a fantastic shower room and two gardens.
The main living area has open beams, skylights and lovely deep windows that show off the depth of the barn walls. There is a well-equipped farmhouse kitchen and large rustic dining table. You don't mind washing up with views like this, but there is a big dishwasher too :-)
The lounge area is gorgeous, with a wood burning stove and French doors to both sides. This gives you views of the hills to one side, and the large walled garden to the other, and makes the room really light and airy. It was lovely to open all the doors and have that indoors/outdoors living experience, where your garden is like another room of the house.
The sunroom overlooks the walled garden. Perfect for watching the little one play whilst you read a book or have a lazy coffee.
There are two stylish bedrooms with comfy beds (one king, one twin). We loved the 'arrow slit' windows in our master bedroom.
The bathroom is amazing. Well, a shower room really, but WHAT a shower! This shower is the biggest I've seen, with a fab 'rain' style shower head.
You also have access to two gardens. There is a private rear garden with a patio and lawned area, overlooking the fields and hills of Otterburn. Perfect for a glass of wine watching the sunset. You also have the large lawned garden at the front of the rental (shared with the owner, Kate), which was a total suntrap and perfect for our daughter to run around with a football, whilst we watched the bluetits and occasional woodpecker on the bird feeder!
The rental is set on a farm and our daughter enjoyed seeing the resident pigs as well as watching to sheep and lambs in nearby fields. There is a fantastic private woodland area which leads to a shallow stream and we loved putting our wellies on and walking down there after dinner each night for a paddle. I imagine older children would have great fun building dens in there.
In the surrounding area, we enjoyed visiting Bellingham. We particularly recommend 'Carriages' tearoom, where you sit in an old train carriage and enjoy really lovely homemade food. Fountains tearoom was a close second.
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