For lovers of the great outdoors or those seeking a blissful escape from it all, the beautifully secluded location of Chaffinch Cottage offers good-life living where the landscape takes centre stage.
Sitting 1400 feet above sea level deep in the heart of the Northumberland National Park, this is a place of big sky views and never-ending walking and cycling from the doorstep.
A true off-grid experience, this two bedroom cottage is truly sustainable with solar and wind power renewables together with a biomass heating system. The sitting room features warming oak and a real fire for days when a good book and a slower pace beckons, while a dining space for four leads into a smart kitchen with high quality granite work surfaces.
The two bedrooms (one double, one twin) are presented in a calming palette of greys and whites and a family bathroom has a sleek finish and luxurious guest toiletries for a little pampering at the end of a busy day.
Outdoors, the ever-changing light bathing bracken and hillside in colour across far horizons will take your breath away, or why not sit back as night falls and end a perfect day with a truly spectacular star gazing treat under the unpolluted dark skies of this designated sky park.
The property can also be let in conjunction with adjoining Dipper Cottage (sleeps 6) which is ideal for larger parties wishing to holiday together.
A drive of 3 miles will take you to Clennell Hall in Harbottle which has an excellent bar and restaurant for eating-out, along with the occasional music evening which brings locals and visitors together for a little entertainment!
Alternatively the village of Thropton (11 miles) has a small village shop selling general provisions and also has two pubs including the highly regarded Three Wheat Heads, a traditional 300-year-old coaching inn which has a cosy lounge bar and fine dining restaurant serving a varied and interesting menu using fine local produce from the Coquet Valley.
For a wider variety, head to the charming village of Rothbury (14 miles) which has a super selection of independent shops, galleries, pubs and cafes as well as a deli, bakery and butchers shop.
Activities and attractions
This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border reviers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland and picturesque valleys.
Clennell Street follows the ancient drover road where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills, dropping down to the tiny village of Alwinton where you can rest tired legs and enjoy a pie and a pint at the Rose and Thistle pub. Alwinton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so it’s also a perfect spot to indulge in a spot of stargazing.
Alternatively the Street or ‘clattering path’ is a Roman road where you can walk the Border Ridge and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings, or why not take a ranger led walk from Harbottle to see the fabled Drake Stone.
If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, why not explore nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high energy the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.
The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.
Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.
Also within easy reach are the award winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.
Finally the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for an ice-cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place. Simply magical!
The accommodation sits on one floor.
Sitting room - large sofa, armchair, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, dining space with seating for six. Wood burning stove.
Kitchen - equipped with single gas oven, gas hob, fridge with freezer box, microwave, washing machine. Please note there is no dishwasher since the off-grid power supply is unable to support both a dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom one - with fixed 5’ king size bed, chest of drawers, built-in wardrobe.
Bedroom two - with 3’ twin beds, wardrobe.
Family bathroom - bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
LPG gas central heating throughout the property. Woodburning stove in the sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided with extra supplies available at cost price on-site.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with luxury guest toiletries from Penhaligon’s of London. A hairdryer is provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a cost of £10 per dog per stay. They must be clean before access into the property and are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Satellite Wi-Fi is available. Please note that due to the remote location of Kidlandlee, download speed is limited to approx 1Mb which is unsuitable for streaming or downloading large files. Mobile reception is patchy depending on the network, with Vodafone offering the best connection. There is a landline at the nearby owner property for emergency use.
A small welcome pack is provided.
Garden and grounds
There is a private enclosed garden to the rear of the property with outside furniture. An Outback barbecue will be available in the spring and summer months. The garden terrace to the front of the cottage is shared with adjoining Dipper Cottage.
There is private parking to the front and side of the cottage.
The cottage adjoins Dipper Cottage which sits in the same ownership and is also available for use as holiday let. The rear garden area offers guest privacy, however the front terrace is an open shared space. The owners live in a nearby property and while they are on hand to help guests with any aspect of their stay, they are completely respectful of their privacy.
Access - Important
While the cottage is situated in a fabulous secluded position, it is important to note that this is accessed by a three mile long Forestry Commission track which comprises loose gravel and cattle grids. This is steep in places and care should be taken, especially during the winter months, as any adverse weather can leave the track rutted. Please drive slowly paying particular attention to the road surface. Sports cars and low suspension vehicles should be avoided. Four-wheel drive vehicles may be required during winter conditions. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
The property is strictly no smoking.