Former blacksmith's workshop, now a chic retreat in the idyllic setting of the Northumberland hills, within easy reach of some of UK’s most beautiful beaches.
Please note: minimum stay for this property is: 3 nights low season & 7 nights high season
This beautiful little retreat was once a Blacksmith’s workshop. Now, it’s a delicately assembled cottage that finds its home on the rolling hillsides of Northumberland, with a beautiful stone facade and orange tiled roof all neatly packaged in a private garden that affords inspiring views of the Cheviot Hills.
The cottage is well situated for ramblers and those who enjoy roaming the quaint villages, beaches and rural walkways of Northumberland. The Smithy is a flexible holiday home set all on one level The bedroom has a superking bed and comes with a range of comforting amenities such as a built-in wardrobe, dressing table and a fantastic rain forest power shower (in a separate shower room). The sitting room is exquisite with its charming exposed beams and the original open fire left over from when The Smithy was a blacksmith’s workshop. There’s also a long table that can accommodate up to 6 guests, HD TV, i-pod dock and DVD player, as well as a sofa and a double sofa bed - which makes this cottage perfect for those travelling in small groups or for when expecting guests. The private garden comes with a picnic table and a prim lawn that provides views over the nearby hills.
Exploring the area is an absolute pleasure, whether by foot, by car or even by horse - there are plenty of idyllic beaches to take advantage of along Northumberland's impressive 25 miles worth of heritage coastline, and history fans will adore the nearby castles, which includes the infamous Chillingham castle which is said to be the most haunted castle in Britain, and Alnwick castle which was used throughout the filming of the Harry Potter films franchise. Train enthusiasts should take a ride on the charming miniature steam railway which runs from Heartherslaw to Etal. We suggest you take advantage and disembark in Etal to explore the sights in the village which include an atmospheric 14th century castle and a pretty collection of thatched houses - mostly adorned with flowers and painted white - lending the village a dreamy fairytale-like atmosphere.
Nestled into rolling farmland, this delightful former smithy exudes rustic charm with original features including exposed beams and the original smithy fireplace sitting alongside pretty fabrics, wooden floors, a fabulous handmade kitchen and warm Farrow & Ball paint colours. With flexible accommodation – the zip and link beds can be configured as a superking bed or two twin beds as desired – the cottage is an idyllic setting for couples or friends to enjoy a relaxed, cosy break. A sofa bed in the sitting room provides additional accommodation for friends to stay. Outside the garden at the front of the house has an open view across fields to the Cheviot Hills beyond. The accommodation is all on one level: Kitchen with dining area incorporating fabulous, handmade, fully-equipped kitchen with 5 ring electric hob and double oven, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and dishwasher. There is an adjoining lockable outhouse with freezer. Sitting room with exposed beams and wood burner (logs are provided), sofa and double sofa bed. A sideboard provides the option for extra guest storage. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, DVD player, iDock and a selection of books and board games. Wi-Fi is also available here. Bedroom with 6' double bed or two 3' twin beds, dressing table and built-in wardrobe. Shower room with rainforest power shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC. Wi-Fi There is Wi-Fi throughout the cottage. Garden and grounds To the front of the property is a private graveled garden area with picnic table and charcoal kettle barbecue. This leads on to a lawn stretching round to the side of the property. The front aspect of the property looks out over fields and offers guests privacy. The rear of the house looks out onto the driveway (the access to the property) and further afield towards the farm itself. Please note that the windows of the living areas of The Smithy all face away from the farm. External storage There is an adjoining lockable outhouse with freezer. The outhouse also provides space for storage of bikes, etc. Parking There is private parking to the rear of the house. Facilities for babies A travel cot and high chair are available on request. Dogs Two dogs are welcome at The Smithy. We ask that dogs are kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms. We also ask that dogs are clean before entering the property. Catering Home-made ready meals can be prepared and delivered to your property during your stay. Prices and further details can be discussed and arranged in advance by contacting the owner - detailed on pre-arrival documentation when booking the property. Alternatively further details can be found in the cottage during your stay.
Local amenities The cottage sits just 3.5 miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed which has an excellent village shop selling a super selection of fresh local produce, including picnic hampers and scrummy home baking. It is also home to the highly regarded Collingwood Arms which has a pub as well as a superb restaurant for lingering lunches or fine evening dining. Alternatively, pop your wellies on and take a fifteen minute stroll over the field and woodland margins to the popular Bluebell Inn for a relaxing drink after supper. A more extensive range of shops, pubs and cafes can be found in the quaint market town of Coldstream (5 miles) where the shopping is small and friendly with a good mix of independent outlets running the length of the High Street, including a family butchers, fruit and veg shop, bakery and small Co-op supermarket for holiday provisions. The Coldstream Gallery is a lovely spot to browse art, ceramics and jewellery by local designers; or pop into Calico Interiors for lifestyle gifts and accessories before coffee and cake at the charmingly named ‘Mad Hatter’ nearby. A number of larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet can be found in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles), or picturesque Kelso (14 miles) which has an excellent selection of independent shops set around a Flemish style market square. Activities and attractions The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Seven miles in one direction will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with over 400 square miles of stunning landscapes, criss-crossed by over 700 miles of walking, biking and riding trails which follow the routes of ancient cattle drovers, taking in Iron Age stone fortifications and traces of Bronze Age hillforts amidst the tranquil and rugged landscape. Hop into your walking boots and you can join Northumberland Park Rangers for a guided walk from Wooler where you will learn much about the heritage and wildlife of the area, or follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and enjoy some outstanding vistas along the route as it winds its way to the dune-fringed sands on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For cycling, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks, including long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Wheel Hub. For families, the Breamish Valley is a popular area with pretty river picnic spots where children can paddle, followed by a walk to the lovely waterfall at Linhope Spout where you may even spot some wild Cheviot goats along the way. Alternatively, a warm welcome awaits you at Ford & Etal Estates (3 miles) which has a super range of family friendly activities with over twenty attractions to explore. Take a ride on Bunty on the very charming 15” gauge steam railway, follow the mouse trail around the Heatherslaw Corn mill or there is fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and a riding centre all nearby. For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of Etal Castle or the local heritage sites of nearby Flodden or Duddo Standing Stones, Northumberland’s equivalent of Stonehenge. The stunning heritage coastline is just a short half-hour drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months. History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape here, including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach; Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films; or Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world. Fishing is available on the River Till about a ten minute drive and is one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring said to be the best in the country. Trout permits are available for as little as £5 per day and rods, reels and waders can be hired locally.
56 miles from Newcastle Airport
1 - 3 nights = 70% of the weekly rental.
4 nights = 80% of the weekly rental
5 nights = 90% of the weekly rental
6/7 nights = 100% of the weekly rental
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