|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Created from Lord Armstrong's original turbine house and restored with the help of The National Trust, Cheviot View boasts spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills.
Downstairs - Large sitting room with contemporary log-burning stove, flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod dock. Huge open-plan kitchen with range cooker and seating for up to 20. Fully accessible downstairs bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite shower room, tucked away from the main living areas.
Upstairs – A stunning master bedroom suite with en-suite shower room and a 12 feet high floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the Cheviots. Three twin bedrooms, all with zip-link beds so that they can be made up as doubles if preferred (z-bed can be provide for an 11th guest). All have exquisitely restored original beams with private views over the burn and the hills.
Outside - The large, fully-enclosed rear garden faces the Cheviot Hills and has a terrace leading off the kitchen with outside furniture to seat ten guests.
In a breathtaking setting on the edge of the National Park, with a wealth of wildlife on its doorstep and the babble of a burn in the background, Burnfoot is the perfect place in which to escape the pressures of modern life. The 8 luxury cottages were created in 2009 by the conversion of a grand 19th century stone farm - the first in the world to be powered by a water turbine - built by Lord Armstrong as a showcase for the world famous Cragside Estate. Opulent interiors with wood burning stoves and shelves of good books; tennis court; award winning inn five minutes’ walk; lots of walks direct from the door; fishing, golf, horse riding available locally. Children can play safely in the grounds where there are plenty of toys and over an acre of safe, lawned grounds. All bed linen, towels, heating, electricity and logs are included in the rent. Travel cots, stair gates and high chairs are available free of charge; just let us know what you require in advance. Pets are welcome and Free Wi-Fi is available in most cottages.
We are the Stienlet family (Tim & Gemma & three daughters). Having met in the south of England and travelled extensively around the globe we settled in Northumberland in 2002 to find a 'project'. We still help run the family's local architectural practice founded over a century ago by the celebrated Belgian architect, Pascal J Stienlet.
Tim Stienlet purchased this barn in 2004
Tim had holidayed in this area when young and in 2004 we found Burnfoot farm steading for sale. The farm was completely derelict and had just been granted permission to be converted into holiday cottages. It took us five years to carry out the conversion properly, and we welcomed our first guests in the summer of 2009.
Burnfoot is a Victorian model farm with a unique history. It was built by the illustrious inventor-industrialist Lord Armstrong for his Cragside Estate as a showcase for his pioneering engineering methods. Burnfoot was one of the first farms in the world to be powered by a (double vortex) water turbine and the original chambers and mechanisms still exist today.
'Many thanks for a fantastic stay. Great standard of accommodation all the way through, in a breathtaking landscape. You have clearly put your whole soul into this place and it is a credit to you. We would wholeheartedly recommend Burnfoot Holiday Cottages to anyone. First class, many thanks'.
John & Claudine
'This is one of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in - apart from the wonderful location (we spent hours watching the sun and cloud on Simonside or Cheviot) and abundant bird life, the comfort and facilities of the cottage itself made for a wonderful stay. The little details all show an attention to "doing things right". From the moment we entered and found your welcome card and bottle of wine we have enjoyed our stay. Thank you!'
'We have really enjoyed our stay and found the house and facilities great. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family. Thanks for a great stay.'
Mr & Mrs Mann
We offer four night mid-week breaks from Monday to Friday at 65% of the weekly rate and three night weekend breaks from Friday to Monday at 80% of the weekly rate. Full weeks are from Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday.
We can offer two night weekend breaks if required at a 15% reduction on the three night weekend break rate.
Special interest holidays:
On site, we can arrange archery lessons, star gazing and bird of prey flying for a very reasonable cost.
Locally we can also arrange art classes, fly fishing lessons, horse riding lessons, gliding lessons, pamper days, surfing lessons and wildlife walks led by local experts.
The coast of Northumberland is stunning - beautiful, deserted sandy beaches, littered with ancient castles.
Our favourite beach is a sheltered, almost secret, hidden gem called Sugar Sands which is 23 miles away.
Directions to this, and others we'd recommend, are in our own personal visitor guide found inside each cottage.
Airport: Newcastle International (45 mins drive).
Ferry: Newcastle Ferry Port (1 hour drive).
Train: Newcastle Central Station (45 mins drive).
We would recommend using a car as Burnfoot is a 10 minute taxi ride from the nearest main bus routes.
Netherton Village: Half a mile
Alnwick: 17 miles
Rothbury: 6 miles
There are several pubs and inns serving hearty home-cooked food in the local area that we would recommend. Our nearest pub, The Star in Netherton is one of only 7 pubs in Britain that has featured in every single CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Camra's own description: "Entering this unspoilt gem, privately owned and unchanged for 80 years, feels like entering the living room of someone's home.’’ The Star Inn is on the mythical list of 'The Last 13 Unspoilt Pubs in Britain' discovered by author Ian Marchant when writing his travelogue 'The Longest Crawl' in 2006, and it was also recently reviewed by The Times: ‘‘At the Star Inn in Netherton, Northumberland, you might not quite be sitting in the landlord’s parlour but it feels that way. There are no fruit machines or piped music because who’d have any of that in their living room? It’s old, it’s comfy and it’s as zeitgeisty as they come because in these recessional times, when staying at home is the new going out, you might as well go to the pub.’’
It is worth a visit to see what pubs used to be like and is one of those unforgettable experiences when one ventures off the main tourist trail. Once ensconced, one has a real feeling that such priceless moments must be savoured as the time for them to be repeated is surely limited.
There are many local festivals and country shows throughout the year, all of which are listed in a guide in each cottage.
This guide also lists our favourite local walks, best places for fishing (salmon, trout and sea fishing), best places of interest to visit, and all of the other activities available - from clay pigeon shooting to secret spots for wild swimming.