Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Stonecrop is an attractive, listed stone built property, dating back to 1760 and still possessing much of its original charm and character.
It has recently been sensitively renovated and extended and provides a delightful lounge with log stove and inglenook fireplace; an attractive kitchen with underfloor heating and views overlooking the orchard and garden - towards the river South Tyne. There is also a small cloakroom and utility area on the ground floor with a study at the front, complete with sofa-bed.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a single room with bunk beds. There is a well equipped bathroom.
Outside, there are attractive gardens surrounding the Cottage on all three sides of the property including a large rear garden area (with an established orchard), which is not overlooked, and enjoys wonderful views across the valley and over to the fells - and includes a sand-pit, child swings etc.
The property is idyllically situated in the small hamlet of Eals, which itself comprises a cluster of about a dozen houses situated along a no-through road close to the South Tyne river. The valley is heavily wooded with lovely countryside all around. Numerous walks are available in all directions including along the now disused Haltwhistle to Alston railway.
Stonecrop is located within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is close to Hadrians Wall and the Northumberland National Park. It is also within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, Scottish Borders and the Lakes. Ullswater is about a 40 minute drive away.
The house has been a much loved holiday home of the owners for the past 50 years. If you are looking to escape the madding crowds then Stonecrop provides the ideal retreat, or family country holiday, and is an excellent choice for young children and adults alike. We are happy for well behaved pets to stay in the house as well.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Haltwhistle 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Swing set|
Northern England region
Stonecrop Cottage is ideally situated being in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), close to both Hadrian's Wall and the Northumberland National Park.
A little further afield and you could be visiting the Northumberland historic coast and castles, or the Lake District to the west.
The Cumbrian border is only 5 miles away and there is easy access from Stonecrop to the Scottish Borders and the Yorkshire Dales.
Nearer to home is the historic market town of Alston (claimed to be England's highest market town) with its quaint, narrow cobbled streets. In the other direction is Haltwhistle, whose claim to fame is being the centre of the Country.
Hexham Abbey is half an hour's drive away by car whilst Newcastle is about an hour away.
Stonecrop enjoys an unspoilt and quiet location yet within easy reach of all of the above destinations.
Within easy walking distance of the Cottage in both directions are several good pubs and local landmarks such as Featherstone Castle near the South Tyne river, whose pools entice fishermen and swimmers alike. The scenery is the main draw, coupled with a sense of undisturbed tranquility and peacefulness.
Eals itself is a small hamlet of about a dozen houses, situated close to the river with wonderful walking opportunities down by the South Tyne or alternatively through the woods or out onto the open fells.
The dis-used railwayline at the back of the property provides for a popular walk between Haltwhistle and Alston, and the famous and impressive Lambley Viaduct is close by, as is the South Tyne narrow gauge railway whose terminus will soon be at Slaggyford.
The Pennine Way passes by on the opposite side of the valley and the Coast to Coast cycleway is also not too far away.
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23 Jun 2014
"Absolutely loved Stonecrop!"
We booked Stonecrop for 4 people as a special birthday treat for 2 friends. We wanted something in a beautiful area but within Hadrians Wall country and it certainly covered both wishes. The cottage … More
14 Feb 2014
"One of the best times i've had, anywhere in the world !!"
We were planning a family holiday for the New Year 2013 and started trawling the internet trying to find a cottage in the North, where we could stay with our kids and a couple of their friends. The ow… More
10 Feb 2014
"Comfortable, lovingly looked after country cottage"
We spent a very happy time at Stonecrop and adored our surroundings inside and out. Pretty furnishings, comfy bedding, plenty of warmth and character as well as all the mod cons you want on a family holiday. Our three kids enjoyed exploring the river and watching the sheep and horses and we all loved walks along the old drove roads and further afield the sites along Hadrian's wall. The night stars were fantastic! Stonecrop's a very special place, I'd highly recommend it for a totally relaxing and re-energising break in a hidden away part of the country.
7 Feb 2014
"Fabulous rural retreat"
This cottage is situated in a valley, a stone's through from a river, plenty of country walks, and fresh air. We travelled with 8 month old twins, and so were not venturing very far, but with back packs to carry them in, we found delightful walks near by. The cottage has been beautifully finished, and has traditional style throughout, is excellently equipped, with everything you need for a week/weekend away. The garden is equally very nice, and we thoroughly enjoyed the daffodils in March. This would suit couples, families, friends. We had a fabulous long weekend here, and will definately return!
25 Jan 2014
"An idyllic country cottage - a perfect rural retreat"
What a wonderfully special place Stonecrop is! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and most definitely want to return again soon. The visitors book is full of appreciative comments and return guests but it seems we're the first to be posting a TA review. Breaking new ground.... and very happy to rate it with Top Marks!
We arrived in the dark and were delighted by the experience of discovering each room... its a quaint, quirky and surprisingly spacious property. We entered by the back door, into the kitchen which has a real country cottage feel. Its obviously recently installed, turned out to be very well equipped and.....we were pleased to find some modern comforts (including wonderful underfloor heating and a dishwasher) to enhance the rural idyll. In daylight its a lovely bright room with windows on 3 sides. The spacious lounge felt in the heart of the old cottage with antique furniture and a real log fire (most impressive log store outside!). Throughout the house you can see family pictures and other signs that its a "very much loved holiday home" for the owner's family as they've said in their description. Bedrooms were also quaint and very tastefully furnished. Oh - and great water pressure in the shower - another bonus point!
It was a treat the next morning to open the curtains and look out to the garden and the lovely open country setting. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to explore due to v wet weather and being busy with family & friends visiting for pre-Christmas socialising. A perfect place for us all to relax & enjoy a true sense of happiness and appreciation for the simple and best things of life - love / friendship / nature (and some good food & wine too!).
We're looking forward to returning to explore the surrounding countryside some more.
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