South Hall Cottage, in the grounds of the beautiful Grade 2* Listed South Hall, has recently been converted from four 17th Century farm workers’ homes to provide an exceptionally spacious cottage. Many of the original features such as rustic beams, stone fireplaces and exposed stone walls have been retained to create a relaxing and romantic ambience. It has under floor heating throughout and, being on one level, is ideal for those who have difficulty with steps. There are fabulous views to the south, across undulating countryside and wide-ranging footpaths and trails to explore. The cottage is perfectly located for those wishing to explore the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall, and for walkers of all abilities, being close to the Northumberland National Park. The Roman Forts of Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters are a short drive away, as are Corbridge, Hexham and Morpeth. The beautiful houses and landscaped gardens of Wallington Hall and Belsay Hall are a stones throw away.
Sympathetically restored cottage: Many of the original features such as rustic beams, substantial stone fire surrounds, doors to outside in each room, and exposed stone walls have been retained to create a relaxing and romantic ambience. It has been sympathetically restored using traditional building materials. The house is highly energy efficient, benefiting from under floor heating throughout and two open fires. Being on one level, it is particularly ideal for those with young children and those who have difficulty with steps. Beyond the enclosed garden walls there are fabulous views to the south, across undulating countryside. Within easy reach there are numerous footpaths and trails to explore.
A fabulous open plan kitchen and dining area with relaxed seating and an open fire at one end. The kitchen has a double electric oven and an induction hob, a large fridge, and a freezer with three drawers. There is a dish washer, microwave and a double sink. There is plenty of equipment in the kitchen.
Fully equipped for modern living: There is a utility area at one end of the kitchen, with Belfast sink, washing machine, and tumble drier and an area for boots, coats and outdoor gear.
Leading off from the kitchen is the snug, sitting in the heart of the building. Here you will find a place to hunker down during the winter months. We have reworked the original fireplace to accommodate a traditional wood burning stove. This room, like all the others in the property, benefits from an efficient under-floor heating system. The snug has a TV and DVD player and ample seating for you to relax in. There is also a good quality sofa bed to provide extra sleeping capacity should it be required. To the northern side of the sung there is another floor to ceiling window that allows the evening sun to fill the room. It should be noted that access from the kitchen to the rest of the cottage is through the snug.
Fantastic accomodation: A passage leads from the snug to the bedrooms and bathrooms. The master bedroom is a generous size, with a walk in cupboard and an en-suite shower room, with basin and toilet. There is a king-size double bed with crisp white linen and towels are provided.The main bathroom is well appointed with a bath with shower over one end, sink and toilet. All rooms have under-floor heating and the bath room and shower room have towel warming radiators. The twin bedroom has some of the original stonework exposed and, like all of the other rooms, has a door giving access to the garden area. Electricity and full Oil CH (under floor) included. A large basket of logs for each fire is included and more logs can be obtained from the local shop in Matfen, or in Corbridge. Colour TV with Freeview. DVD/CD radio. Double Electric oven and induction hob. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Dishwasher. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Cot and high chair available upon request. Shaver points.
The hamlet of Ingoe sits approximately ten miles north of the historic market town of Corbridge, on the northern side of the Tyne Valley. South Hall Cottage itself sits to the south of the village and beyond its boundary walls the views are extensive, stretching as far as County Durham and the North Pennines.
Hexham and Morpeth are around 30 min drive away. Hadrian's Wall is close by, with many beautiful English Heritage and National Trust sites to explore. The River Tyne and the Northumberland National Park containing Keilder water are close. Nearby is Kirkharle Courtyard, the birthplace of Capability Brown. Formerly a farm, Kirkharle has been transformed into a coffee house and artists’ studios and shops. The Roman Forts of Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters are a short drive away. The excellent facilitates of Matfen Hall country house hotel are also on your doorstep should you wish to play golf or sample the pleasures of their spa and dining facilities.
Other Activities: Hadrians Wall, Belsay Hall and gardens, Wallington Hall and gardens
Golf: A regular venue for professional and county amateur events, Matfen Hall's twenty seven hole golf course is rated as one of the finest in Northumberland.
At a glance:
• Sympathetically laid out on a classic parkland landscape.
• 27 holes, 6700 yard course incorporates challenging water features and unique obstacles.
• High quality nine hole par three course is ideal for the less experienced player
• Purpose built clubhouse, 'Keepers Lodge' makes an excellent and welcoming '19th Hole'
• Variety of day and residential packages available.
• A beautiful location and facilities second to none.
Sympathetically laid out on a classic parkland landscape, the 6700 yard course incorporates challenging water features and unique obstacles such as the dry stone 'ha ha' wall. It offers an enjoyable test for golfers of all abilities.
The picturesque and fast flowing River Pont comes into play at several holes including the 14th, one of many strong par fours. The dog-legged 16th is the pick of the par fives, but Matfen's signature hole is surely the long par three 17th with its narrow green sited teasingly just over the river.
Matfen's high quality nine hole par three course is ideal for the less experienced player. Other golfing facilities on site include a driving range, short game practice area and two practice putting greens.
Although Matfen is an easy walking course, buggies are available for hire during the main season.
To contact the golf shop call 016618864
Ski: skiing and boarding facilities at Allenheads are provided by Ski-Allenheads, (formerly the British Norwegian Ski Club) who have developed the facilities over the last 40+ years through seasons of plenty and, at times, famine. From the 4/5 months a year of skiing during the late 70's and early 80's, the club has survived through the recent leaner times when we look for a few weeks, or weekends of skiing a winter. The last few years have seen some excellent conditions, especially last year (2009/10) with the tows running every day for 3 months, the only exceptions being Christmas Day & 1 other rather wet day. In 2008/09 we had 35 days skiing & in 2004 & 2005 over 2 weeks of skiing. The position of the slope and its situation in the upper Allen valley means it captures any snow that is going and can support skiing with barely 5 - 10 cm of snow.
The facilities at Allenheads offer a friendly atmosphere and welcome all abilities of skier and snowboarder.