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Middle Cottage Gunnerton

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Oozing character and charm, Middle Cottage is everything a cottage should be - petit and perfectly formed set in the heart of the stunning Northumberland countryside. Sitting against a tranquil backdrop, the cottage is a wonderful retreat where fresh country air and cosy pub lunches are the perfect antidote to busy lives and hectic schedules.

Step inside, and the cottage is snug and characterful with a quaint open plan living area centred around a middle staircase. A wood burning stove keeps things toasty on cooler days, while the compact but well equipped galley kitchen is ideal for whipping up a few holiday treats or a romantic supper for two. The handmade staircase leads to a very sweet galleried bedroom with exposed beams, antique furnishings and en-suite bathroom.

For larger families and extended groups, Middle Cottage has a lockable inner-connecting door to East Cottage (sleeps 4) and both cottages can be let together along with West Cottage (sleeps 4) to accommodate parties of up to 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/kitchen area separated by a central staircase. The sitting room features a small two seater sofa and armchair set around a wood-burning stove. Small flat screen TV, CD stereo system, books and games. Glazed double doors lead out to a small patio area.

Handmade kitchen with granite work surface, fridge, microwave, gas hob and oven, and toaster. There is a small dining space with drop leaf table and seating for two.

First Floor

Bedroom - galleried double bedroom with oak beams and pretty antique detailing. King size bed, side tables, built-in wardrobe with shelving, dressing table.

En-suite bathroom with ample supply of hot water, corner bath with rose-head shower over, 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

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

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

Garden and grounds
There is a small shared 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
Middle 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.

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

Dogs
One well-behaved dog welcome at a cost of £30. Your dog must be cleaned and dried before entering the cottage, is 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
1
Bath/Shower Rooms
1
Max No. of Guests
2
Child Friendly
yes
Pet Friendly
yes
Price Per Week
From £350.00
Nearest Town
Gunnerton
Availability Calendar
"We had a wonderful stay at Middle Cottage. Surprisingly warm too, for a stone cottage which was a bonus in December/January! Made very welcome by the owner on arrival. It was easily up to the high standard of the previous Crabtree & Crabtree accommodation we had used. Would happily recommend." - Donkin

"Isolated location but this was made up for by the warm welcome we received on arrival . The cottage is very well looked after, spotless and well equipped with all you need for your stay. The hosts are very friendly and can offer loads of advice about the area, where to visit, eat etc should you require it. Would definitely recommend." - Whelan

"We enjoyed a wonderful short break at Middle Cottage. The owners made us feel very welcome and provided lots of 'home grown' goodies in the welcome basket! The cottage was warm, comfortable and very tastefully decorated, a lovely place to be." - Bellini