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East Cottage Gunnerton

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Located deep in Roman Wall country, 8 miles from the ancient market town of Hexham, East Cottage is a cosy bolthole for four with oodles of country charm, beautiful nature reserves and stunning landscapes on the doorstep.

Here you can relax on squishy sofas, toast marshmallows over the open fire, or pop your wellies on and head outdoors to pick fresh herbs and veg from the garden for supper, or perhaps say hello to farm animals Tulip, Betsy or Barty.

The interior is eclectic and charming, soothed by antique furniture and characterful features such as the bespoke iron spiral staircase, the mezzanine bedroom, the original dovecot in the bathroom and arrow-slit windows in the kitchen. The front door opens into a light open plan living area with a large south-facing window with a double aspect ceiling exposing the original roof beams. It also benefits from underfloor heating and an open fire to keep things cosy on cooler days.

The hand-crafted shaker style kitchen with granite worktops comes well equipped with all the essentials required of holiday living, including a traditional dresser with a wonderful collection of china and pottery. An aged pine dining table has seating for 6. A bespoke spiral staircase leads to an extremely pretty mezzanine double bedroom with Velux window for a spot of star gazing, as well as an additional twin bedroom and large shower room.

East Cottage is an ideal space for 4 people, or can be rented along with Middle Cottage (sleeps 2) and West Cottage (sleeps 4) to create space for 10 guests.

Special celebrations, events and corporate groups can also be catered for here, from informal suppers to hog roasts during the summer months as well as workshops in everything from art, cookery, furniture painting, flower arranging and even classic car restoration!

Local amenities

The cottage sits in the hamlet of Gunnerton on a small 37 acre working farm in an area with a strong philosophy on good locally produced food. Here guests can help themselves to fruit and veg from the garden when in season, or purchase homemade jams, chutneys and rare breed Dexter beef from the farm.

The farm also has strong links with local suppliers such as the Pie Mill or Ridley’s Fish & Game where an order of delicious locally produced food can be delivered straight to your holiday home for arrival, or during your stay.

Just up the road is a village shop and country pub in Barrasford, or a short drive will take you to The Feathers, a fantastic artisan restaurant passionate about food provenance and renowned for its excellent regional food and relaxed friendly environment. Here you can sample the delights of Dexter beef supplied straight from the owners' farm along with a fine real ale.

A little further afield sits the pretty market town of Hexham (10 miles) characterised by its cobbled streets and historic architecture which offers quirky coffee shops, award winning restaurants and excellent local shopping. It also boasts its own racecourse, theatre, cinema, golf course and leisure centre, including a pool, running track and tenpin bowling alley.

Activities & attractions

Sitting in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, the cottage is the perfect base to explore the wider area. Gunnerton is located deep in Roman Wall country, surrounded by footpaths and bridleways, beautiful views, big skies and wonderful wildlife.

Starting right on the doorstep, guests are welcome to wander the land around the farm, enjoy the peaceful surroundings, and children will love to spot the chickens, the Shetland ponies and the occasional newborn calf.

If you wish to explore your creative side, the lovely owners are able to run bespoke courses on request - with everything from cookery demonstrations, art workshops, flower arranging, furniture painting, artist blacksmithing or even classic car restoration! Photography workshops, fly fishing and clay shooting can also be arranged here.

For history buffs, this is a perfect base from which to explore Hadrian’s Wall, Chesters and Vindolanda which are steeped in Roman history and offer a fascinating insight into Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago. Here you can see in incredible 3D detail what life was like on the wall in the life of a Roman soldier, discover latest artefacts, including the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets.

Alternatively, explore 17th century Chipchase Castle on the doorstep; the stately home and gardens of nearby Wallington Hall; or captivating Cragside, home to the famous industrialist and inventor Lord Armstrong.

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.

A short half hour drive will take you to the Kielder Water and Forest Park, the largest man-made lake in northern Europe with something for everyone including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers. A highlight is the star gazing treat at the Kielder Observatory where you can view the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park using powerful telescopes and may even be lucky enough to see a passing comet or stunning meteor shower.

For a spot of shopping, visit some of the delightful market towns such as Morpeth, Alnwick and Hexham with their open air markets, great selection of shops and many art galleries showcasing the work of local artists. Northumberland also hosts the annual art tour in the summer and winter when many artists open their homes and studios to visitors and it provides a great opportunity to meet the artists and purchase original pieces of art.

Finally a trip to the impressive city of Newcastle with its amazing Millennium revolving eye bridge and the fantastic glass Sage building for music. Admire the wonderful architecture of the north-east’s most eminent architect John Dobson or perhaps enjoy an evening of arts at the wonderful Theatre Royal.

Accommodation

Ground Floor

Open plan living space with bespoke spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine first floor bedroom. The sitting room area features a large sofa and armchairs set around a large open fire. Flat screen TV with DVD player, CD stereo/radio, books and games. A large south-facing window and glazed door leads out to a small private patio area.

The handmade kitchen with granite work surface is well equipped with large fridge/freezer, microwave, gas hob, oven, toaster, full-size dishwasher and washing machine. There is a dining area with seating for up to six guests.

First Floor

Bedroom 1 - mezzanine double bedroom with oak beams and Velux window. King size bed, in-built wardrobe, two side tables.

Shower/wet room with waterfall shower, ample hot water, basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 2 - twin bedroom, side tables, fitted wardrobe with hanging and storage space. En-suite bathroom with ample hot water, bath, basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Heating
- Oil central heating throughout.
- Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor.
- Wood burning stove in the sitting room (initial basket of logs supplied).

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
- Free Wi-Fi is provided.
- Mobile signal can be variable but is generally good on the Vodafone and Orange networks.

Parking
There is a shared private parking area to the front of the cottage.

Garden and grounds
There is a small patio to the front of the property with original feeding troughs filled with overflowing flowers. A private garden nearby is available for guest use, including a lovely vegetable garden and greenhouse where guests are welcome to pick fruit and veg when in season.

Privacy
East Cottage sits alongside two other cottages in one long traditional Northumbrian sandstone building. Each cottage has its own front door and there is a shared paved patio area to the front of the property. Each cottage works well individually but can be taken together to accommodate larger groups.

Guest amenities
- Complimentary welcome basket of local produce.
- Bed linen and towels included.
- Feather duvets and pillows (fibre filled by arrangement).
- Guest soaps.
- Hairdryer supplied in each bedroom.

Babies and children
Travel cot, sheets, high chair and changing mat available on request.

Dogs
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a cost of £30 per dog. They must be cleaned and dried before entering the cottage, are not permitted on the furniture, and must be kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the property. There is an outside kennel for use if required.

Drying room
There is an adjoining drying room available for use by guests including a tumble drier, clothes airer and boot-rack and hooks for outdoor gear or wet clothes.

Other
There is an honesty freezer for use by guests containing locally produced meats from the farm and other home-made dishes.

No smoking
Strictly no smoking throughout the property.

Stabling
For guests who wish to bring their own horses, the farm has stabling for four horses, grazing paddocks, and day livery can be provided. Additional charges apply.

Eco-Friendly
The farm has a Gold Award for Green Tourism and uses eco-friendly technology with its own wind turbine and solar panels which supply the electricity to the farmhouse and cottages.
at a glance
Bedrooms
2
Bath/Shower Rooms
2
Max No. of Guests
4
Child Friendly
yes
Pet Friendly
yes
Price Per Week
From £480.00
Nearest Town
Gunnerton
Availability Calendar
"Very comfortable at East Cottage, particularly enjoyed the excellent drying facilities." - Curtis