Formerly a byre at Longsyke Farm, The Goose Barn (4 STAR GOLD QUALITY IN TOURISM AWARD) was meticulously restored in 2010 to provide beautiful, luxurious self-catering accommodation in the heart of the rugged, unspoilt Northumberland countryside. Overlooking fields, and with a totally private garden for guests, The Goose Barn is the perfect rural retreat, a place to relax and unwind.
The barn's beautiful original features, such as flagged floors and exposed beams have been carefully restored. There is every modern convenience, including underfloor heating, and a wood-burning stove; French windows open out onto a secluded terrace where meals can be taken al fresco or a barbecue can be enjoyed.
The Farm is a haven for wildlife; its rare upland hay meadows, a botanist's dream, are filled with wild flowers in the summer months; curlews, snipe, owls and redshank are just some of the birds that can be seen in our fields. The Goose Barn is exceptionally secluded for a converted farm building, facing away from the farmhouse itself, giving guests a rare privacy and uninterrupted views: Hadrian's Wall itself is your horizon – you can watch the sun rise and set across its crags.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tynemouth Long Sands 65 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle International 50 km, Nearest railway: Haltwhistle 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Cooking and Eating
The painted timber kitchen with solid oak work surfaces is fully equipped – whether you wish to cook a special dinner, prepare an idyllic picnic, or just take it easy and heat up a ready-made meal, everything you need is here. With electric double-oven, gas hob, microwave, full-sized dishwasher and a comprehensive batterie de cuisine, self-catering at The Goose Barn will be a pleasure, never a chore. Seasonal farm produce from our vegetable garden and fresh eggs from our hens are available, as is a careful selection of ready-made meals, prepared in our farmhouse kitchen.
As the carefully designed cooking area is open-plan to the traditional painted farmhouse dining table, to the sitting-room and to the terrace beyond, no one is ever 'stuck in the kitchen' .
A sitting-room that combines traditional rural charm with modern technology. Flooded with light, with a high vaulted ceiling, stone flags and a stunning cast-iron wood-burning stove; equipped with underfloor heating, a 32” flat screen satellite TV, DVD player, I-Pod compatible CD-system and a careful selection of games, books and DVDs this is the place to unwind. You can simply enjoy the magnificent views – or curl up on the sofa with a book from our collection, listen to music, play Monopoly with the children or watch your favourite programme on TV.
The romantic main bedroom suite has a magnificent king-size four-poster bed, underfloor heating, solid oak floors, and an en-suite with a large shower, underfloor heating and heated towel-rail. The second bedroom can be made up with twin beds, or as a king-size double, according to guests' preferences. This charming room also has underfloor heating and solid oak floors; there is a beautiful antique chest of drawers for storage. It is next door to the luxurious family bathroom. Both bedrooms have south-facing windows giving dramatic views across open fields to Hadrian's Wall. Both are equipped with luxury bedding and 300 thread-count linen of the highest quality.
The spacious family bathroom has underfloor heating and a beautiful traditional flagstone floor. There is a freestanding claw-foot bath as well as a modern shower, and a heated chrome towel rail. Hand-painted tiles and exquisite White Company linen make the bathroom the perfect place to soak aching muscles after a day spent exploring the many wonderful trails that encircle the farm.
There is a comprehensive utility room for guests, situated beyond the open-plan living room. It houses the freezer, washing machine and boiler and a second sink for laundry purposes. A charming pulley-operated clothes airer gives guests the ideal eco-drying solution in this warm room – and the greenest solution for walkers and cyclists wishing to dry their kit after being caught in a Northumbrian shower.
|Further details outdoors|
Guests are welcome to explore the farm and its footpaths, meet our animals or picnic by the lovely Caw Burn as it winds its way through our land. Walking itineraries/maps are provided.
Enjoy ready-made meals with a difference from our farmhouse kitchen: if you don't feel like cooking, pre-prepared dishes made with meat from our herd of Dexter cows, delicious lamb from our Jacob-cross sheep and seasonal vegetables from our garden can be provided for guests; or, if you prefer to do your own cooking, simply order the ingredients: either way, we will be happy to assist you.
The North Pennine Cycleway passes our gate, and – keen cyclists ourselves – we are cycle-friendly. We can provide a bike maintenance/repair service for guests, as well as an qualified bike guiding service if desired. Secure storage and an outside hose are available for cycles.
Longsyke Farm is an environmentally-aware, low-carbon farm, and The Goose Barn is run in accordance with these principles. Domestic water is pumped from a pure aquifer via a borehole fifty metres below ground; it is then filtered before entering the Barn. The hot water and underfloor heating are powered by a highly efficient solar/oil twin coil burner and we encourage our guests to recycle and compost where possible: facilities to assist this green approach are provided.
Patio furniture for four people and a barbecue are provided. First basket of logs and kindling complimentary. A selection of toys/books for small children can be provided on request. A welcome pack of wine and home-made cake for guests on arrival!
Welcome pack on arrival.
30% deposit payable upon booking with balance paid no later than eight weeks before arrival.
Northumberland is the least populated English county, a tranquil haven of unspoilt vistas and landscapes rich in natural beauty and historic heritage. Famous for its Roman archaeology, the World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall, salmon fishing and unspoilt wilderness, Northumberland is increasingly well known as a world class destination for mountain biking (Kielder Forest) and golf (Matfen and Slaley Halls)
Plan a day out to the beautiful sandy beaches of the North Northumberland Heritage Coast, visit the celebrated Farne Islands or explore the world-famous Alnwick Castle and Gardens – they can be reached by car in just over an hour. Kielder Water and Kielder Forest, with its incomparable walks, excellent mountain bike trails and watersports facilities are easily reached from The Goose Barn.
Visit the Farmers' Market at Greenhead, three miles to the west; discover the enchanting Lanercost Priory with its Pre-Raphaelite stained glass a mile or so further on. Or explore the historic market towns of Hexham and Corbridge to the west. Central Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with its buzzy quayside, celebrated theatres, Baltic Exchange art gallery, fine restaurants and Geordie hospitality is only 40 minutes drive away and well worth a visit. To the West lies Carlisle with a full range of shops, cinemas, museums and restaurants. Penrith, Keswick and the northern Lake District are within a one-hour drive from the Goose Barn.
The Goose Barn is situated inside the Northumberland National Park, in an area historically known as 'Once Brewed'. On the horizon and less than a mile away, is the spectacular jagged outline of Hadrian's Wall. This is an ancient, unspoilt, historic landscape and traces of the Romans are everywhere. One of our fields, now the home of ground-nesting birds, was once the site of a Roman aquaduct.
The most thrilling and important Roman sites along the Wall – Vindolanda, Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald – are in easy reach of our farm. Immerse yourself in history at the Roman Army Museum at Walltown, explore the extraordinary riverside Roman baths at Chesters – they are both a five minute drive, or a morning's walk away. Or catch the award-winning Hadrian's Wall Bus from the Once Brewed Visitor's Centre and travel the entire length of the Wall.
There are two pubs, both serving excellent food, within two miles – it was one of these that gave the area its memorable and unusual name. Further afield, there are innumerable historic villages and towns to explore, either to the east along the beautiful protected Tyne Valley, or west towards the Lake District and the delights of Cumbria. The nearest small town for provisions is Haltwhistle, designated 'The Centre of Britain'; just four miles away, it can be reached by road, or on foot from Goose Barn, via the newly restored Burn Gorge walking trail. It boasts a modern open-air swimming pool to be enjoyed when the weather is kind!
The nearest large town is Hexham (20 minutes drive), with its famous Abbey: there you can find a cinema, a golf course, a picturesque weekly market, and top-quality supermarkets, including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose. Both Waitrose and Tesco will deliver to the Goose Barn if required. Horse riding can be arranged for guests at the local stables, two miles away in Bardon Mill. Shooting and fly fishing are available in season and coarse fishing is available locally.