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Elsdon holiday cottage rental with walking and rural retreat and DVD

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 449056

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Old Hayloft is a perfect base for couples or families with small children wanting to explore Northumberland. This cozy two-bed self catering cottage converted from a former stable and hayloft is approximately one mile from the village of Elsdon, in the heart of Northumberland, and provides stunning views of the Northumberland countryside. Excellent walking and cycling is possible from the door and it is only a short drive to the market towns of Hexham, Alnwick and Morpeth, to Hadrian's Wall, to the Northumberland Coast and to Kielder Water. A well-stocked welcome guide aims to provide you with all the information you need for a thoroughly enjoyable stay in Northumberland.

When the property was converted in 2012 the owners aim was to try to minimise the property's impact on the environment, but not at the expense of comfort. The property has been carefully decorated using eco-friendly paints and wood oils, the property benefits from super-thick walls (6" plus of Northumberland stone together with insulation designed to ensure the property is cosy even in the snowiest of Northumberland winters), thermostatically controlled central heating, and a constant supply of hot water - helped by the solar water heater. Guests have their own off street parking space together with their own enclosed gravelled patio area, and patio furniture. With its separate secure bike storage/drying area, larger items such as bikes and push chairs can be stored safely out of the way until needed. All bed linen and towels are provided (washed in environmentally friendly washing liquid Ecover). Ecover handsoap, washing up liquid and clothes washing liquid are provided for guests use, and we also provide Faith in Nature organic shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in the bathroom.

The main supermarkets will deliver groceries to the property - and if you want to arrange a delivery time pre-arrival the owners are happy to assist - otherwise a small shop providing essential groceries can be found in Otterburn (approx. 2 miles away) and there is a pub and café in Elsdon (1 1/4 miles).

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: newcastle airport 40 km, Nearest railway: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Northumberland region

Northumberland is an often forgotten area of England. Bordering onto Scotland it is certainly well out of the way - but that is part of its delight - even the long sandy beaches are often virtually empty. It is possible to walk through the mountains and hills, and even at the many National Trust properties without encountering a soul. Close to the highlife in Newcastle town, Northumberland has so much to offer, Hadrian's Wall, Alnwick Garden and Castle, the North Sea coast, and the many opportunities for exploring in Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water/Forest


A beautiful unspoilt area of Northumberland, on one side the heather topped hills and the other sheep covered green fields. A wonderful area for walking and cycling. 40 minutes to Newcastle, Hexham, Alnwick or Morpeth - or over the border into Scotland (nearest town Jedburgh). There is so much to see and do, whatever the weather

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6 May 2014


"Lovely cottage, perfect location."

We have been to the cottage twice now and will definitely be visiting again. It's in a perfect location for cycling, walking and to admire the beautiful countryside.The cottage is well equipped with everything you need, very clean and to a high standard.

1 Sep 2013


"A real gem tucked away right in the middle of great open Northumbrian countryside"

A wonderful compact cottage - warm, comfortable, with all the things we needed for a relaxing stay with beautiful countryside just outside the door. A locked bike store made life easier after times cycling, with a hose to clean the bikes and tools on hand. Our hosts were friendly and helpful, without being intrusive.

10 Jun 2013


"Excellent stay"

A very well-equipped, comfortable cottage in a lovely peaceful location. Lack of TV was not an issue and the owners were very friendly and helpful (had a bit of an accident with a cafetiere!!) Well worth it.

6 Jun 2013


"Excellent location, great accomodation"

Located in a really rural area - but plenty of interesting walks, and tourist sites within a short distance - north, east, west and south!! The accomodation was ideal for the two of us, although a couple of younger children could easily have fitted in too! Comfortable accomodation, well-equpped, friendly hosts. Although it is near a road junction - we were not aware of much traffic. Great views from the windows!!

5 Jun 2013


"Fantastic cottage in amazing county!"

My husband and I stayed in the Hayloft over May half term along with our Border Terrier Reg. Everything about the stay was fantastic. Claire is a speedy and careful communicator and all of the information we received prior to our stay was really useful. They also have a policy of not inflating seasonal prices at half term, which I consider really admirable. The cottage is beautifully appointed and extremely well equipped with thoughtful touches (first aid kit, picnic crockery, dog bowl and towel, bike repair box etc.) and quality basics e.g. pans, crockery etc. The cottage is compact but perfectly big enough for two people and a dog (there is also a second bedroom with bunks for small children). Small but very comprehensive kitchen with everything you need to be fully self catered. Lovely bathroom with under floor heating and extremely comfy double bed in the main bedroom. Nice, dog safe, compact garden area to the front, which has a BBQ and chairs should the weather be nice. We came to walk, cycle and explore Northumberland and the Hayloft provided the perfect base for this - we visited Kielder Forest, Rothbury, the Scottish borders, walked in the National Park and visited the coast all within 5 days. It is possible to walk into the village of Elsdon (about 1.5 miles) which has a pub and café but apart from this you will definitely need a car / bikes to get about. The location is pretty good in terms of reaching all of these places (fantastic if you want to be close to the National Park) but you will need to be prepared to travel to see the entire variety that the county has to offer - I promise you that this is not in any way a chore as the drives are beautiful and the county is absolutely stunning! We mountain biked at Kielder, Newcastleton and Glentress and can recommend them all. Glentress was about a 90 minute drive from the cottage but totally worthwhile - the Tweed Valley is also beautiful. The cottage does not have a TV or WiFi signal but we did not find this a problem. We watched a couple of DVDs (TV and DVD player available) but the rest of the time we simply enjoyed the view and the peace and quiet! We arranged for a delivery of food from a supermarket and I would advise any guests to do this or to bring your food with you if you plan to be mainly self catered as the nearest supermarkets are some distance away although there are smaller shops nearby which you can get all of your basics within a couple of miles. I would recommend this cottage without hesitation. Northumberland is an absolute gem of a county and the Hayloft provides a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore - where else can you get fantastic countryside, beautiful (almost deserted) beaches, picture perfect villages, dramatic castles and fascinating history and a major UK city all within an hour or so's drive?! Go, stay here and you won't be disappointed. Just don't tell everyone - we wouldn't want those beaches to start to fill up...

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