Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Standing alone in a beautiful sheltered location, surrounded by pine trees, this cottage offers peace and tranquillity for a relaxing break away from the stress of modern life. This region is part of the North Pennines, known as England's Last Wilderness. It is a paradise for walkers and mountain bikers with numerous paths and trails to delight all abilities. The stunning countryside provides the perfect habitat for an abundance of wildlife. Deer and rabbits can often be seen wandering around the garden of the cottage. There is also a newly created enclosed large natural garden which is children and dog friendly, (ready for the end August 2012). A short drive is Derwent Reservoir, the second largest reservoir in the North East. The south-western area has been managed as a nature reserve since 1967 with a diverse range of breeding birds and wildfowl. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. There is also a sailing club and a picnic area. The market town of Hexham, 11 miles, provides a good selection of amenities including cafes, pubs, restaurants, super markets, swimming pool and theatre.
Layout and Services
Ground floor - Light and airy sitting room with wood burning stove, sofa bed for plus 2 and doors out to garden. Dining room with electric fire. Well equipped breakfasting kitchen. WC and hand basin. First floor - Large double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Twin bedded room with zip and link beds. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over bath electric shower and WC.
Services. Electricity and full oil CH included. Wood burning stove – initial supply of logs provided. Colour TV with Freeview. DVD. CD radio. Wi-Fi. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Travel cot & highchair available on request. Shaver point. Newly created large enclosed natural garden which is children and dog friendly, with furniture and barbecue. Bike storage. Off road parking. Shops/PO/pubs/restaurant 2 miles. Duvets with linen and towels. 2 well behaved pets welcome. No smoking in cottage please.
Deer and other wildlife often spotted in the garden.
Close to the Derwent Resevoir, a nature reserve and sailing club.
Only 11 miles from Hexham and easy reach of Hadrian's Wall
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle upon Tyne 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
Northern England region
The North Pennines is one of the most remote and unspoilt places in England. It lies between the National Parks of the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, with the former West Durham Coalfield to the east and the Eden Valley to the west.
This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is mostly within the boundaries of five Local Authorities: the Unitary Authorities of Durham and Northumberland County Councils, Cumbria County Council and the districts of Carlisle and Eden, with 2.6 square kilometres in North Yorkshire around Tan Hill. The North Pennines also crosses the boundaries of two English regions - the North East and the North West.
Set beside the river in a wooded section of the upper Derwent valley, Blanchland is one of most attractive small villages in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lying beneath magnificent fells, it is a conservation village built of stone from the remains of the 12th century Abbey. There is a special atmosphere and the village is steeped in history. It flourished during the 19th century lead mining bonanza and industrial archaeology abounds nearby.
The village has many listed buildings clustering around the remains of the Abbey Church. Blanchland is the centrepiece of an estate owned by a charitable trust, The Lord Crewe Charity. There is ample car parking with an honesty box, all proceeds used to support charitable activities in the village.
There are a number of local walk leaflets courtesy of the North Pennines AONB and an innovation this year is a 20km long route designed for horse-riders and cyclists alike - based on the 18th Century packhorse trails, once used to transport lead and other goods to far-off towns.
Guides are being produced - one tailored for horse-riders and the other for cyclists and will come in the form of a folder with removable, weather-proof route cards and an accompanying protective wallet. Together with all aspects of the route, the guides will contain information on the area, livery and cycle hire, helping to make your trip more enjoyable.
For the less energetic sailing and fishing are available nearby. There are places of refreshment and relaxation, a children's playground, a picnic area and riverside walk with Access for All, and space to just sit and stare or read some of the booklets telling the story of Blanchland, Abbey, Village and Community.
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