The Farmhouse

This is a very special stone built cottage, former farmhouse, with a range of outbuildings and totally off grid. This spacious cottage is set within c12 acres of land situated on the border of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forrest, within a small valley and fully surrounded by trees and burns.

The Farmhouse has been sympathetically refurbished making it an extremely charming house, full of character.  The living room and dining room both have large stone fire places with wood burning stoves which keep them warm and cozy.  The actual heating of the house is done by a kitchen wood burning range which also heats up the water for both bathrooms. In addition to the range, there is also a gas cooker to make it easier to have that early morning coffee without actually making a fire. Even thought is completely off grid, The Farmhouse has a number of mod cons; apart from the gas cooker, the kitchen also contains a toaster, fridge and the washing machine.

A small front hall leads to a staircase and up to two large bedrooms facing east and benefiting from the morning sun. Each of the bedrooms has a double bed, enough room for clothes, a cot or a crib and still plenty of room for children to run around. Tucked away, at the back of the house and under the eaves of the roof there is a small twin room which is suitable for children as well as adults and is opposite to an upstairs bathroom.

The house is surrounded by partly walled and partly fenced garden. It is fully enclosed, and so is safe for small children to play outside as well as for dogs, although the more jumpy and ambitious ones might be able to clear the wall. There are a range of traditional stone outbuildings, part of which have been made into stables, which in due course will be usable.

To make an enquiry about The Farmhouse  please email us on contact@castletoun.co.uk or call 07768 806 802

 

Sleeps up to 6 guests

Bedrooms 2x Double room 1x Twin room

Bathrooms 1x shower room 1x bathroom

Family Children: Yes, very welcome, we can provide a cot, a crib and a highchair 

Pets 2 dogs are welcome but if you have more please do get in touch and we might be able to help you. We charge £5 per dog per stay.

Wi-Fi This is only available for emergency Wifi calling and texts

Mod Cons Remember this is a off grid house so the any mod coms are hard to come by. But there are some;  a washing machine,  a gas stove and a toaster

Arrivals & Departures Arrival Day: by arrangement

 Restrictions No mobile coverage, No smoking, No open fires apart from designated areas  

The kitchen is well equipped with a wood burning range for cooking and heating. There is a also a gas stove that would act as backup for those who find the range a bit tricky to operate and there is also a gas stove. A Dolce Gusto coffee machine, with some complimentary pods, and a toaster are provided and considered to be luxury by off grid standards!
Just off the kitchen there is a little utility room with a washing machine, a fridge and a drying rack. At the back of the utility room is a modern shower room.

Here a roaring wood burning stove is in the centre of this atmospheric room. One side of the room (closer to the kitchen) has a dining table and on the other end there are couple comfortable sofas. There is no TV but the guests can enjoy a good selection of board games and toys which can be found in one of the cupboards, and will definitely occupy the younger as well as the older members of the family for a good long while.  

All the bedrooms and bathrooms are situated upstairs. The bedrooms are east facing creating a beautiful early morning sunny feel in each room. The two large bedrooms have comfortable double beds, with cupboards and the third one is a small twin room. This twin room is used for children mostly but is perfectly suitable for adults as well. All rooms are pleasantly furnished; few modern artefacts harmoniously mixing with the traditional aspect of the cottage.

Upstairs opposite the twin room is a rather cozy second bathroom.

The Farmhouse is literally in the middle of forest, nestled in the valley and bordered by a burn. The house is facing east and therefore benefiting from early morning sun. Within the enclosed garden that surrounds the house there is a room for BBQ, outdoor seating, badminton or other outdoor games. The burn is just a short walk and perfect place to dip your feet in or just listen to it flowing by.

The house is on the edge of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forrest. It is approximately 8 miles from the town of Bellingham which is the sweetest little town with many amenities such as supermarket, hardware shop, bookshop and other charming  local shops, restaurants and cafes. Kielder is only a short distance away (25/30 minutes drive) where a range of different activities can be enjoyed. From water skiing, wind surfing to the well known Kielder Observatory to myriad of outdoor activities. Please visit the site to check out all the events and activities: www.visitkielder.com

The star-studded skies above Kielder Water & Forest Park, including Allerybank, are the darkest in England. They are so truly dark, that together with Northumberland National Park and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society, they were awarded Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Skies Association(IDA) in December 2013 – the highest accolade the IDA can give.  

  • look at the stars at night (you will be blown away by the sheer number of them)
  • play in the burn
  • roast marshmallows on a bonfire
  • climb the trees (but be safe)
  • set up a tent in the field and stay a night
  • pick the raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
  • play all the board games you find in the cupboard
  • walk to the local waterfall 
  • identify the birds that come to visit
  • visit a ‘spooky’ bothy just 2km away
  • walk 8km to an excellent pub for a cider (optional – you can take a taxi back)
  • read, play, drink, eat and enjoy yourself

Scottish Borders

Northumberland

 

 

“My second time at this cottage and definitely won’t be my last. A fabulous dog friendly home from home”
Louise
November 2017

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“We think that this cottage is really good for babies, there is 2 cots and lots of toys! We love this cottage!”
Molly (8 yrs)