Aydon Castle Cottage
A hidden gem, hugged by a lush woodland setting and the elegant fortifications of 13th Century Aydon Castle, this will be a breath of fresh air for those seeking a tranquil countryside getaway.
A cosy country Northumbrian cottage offering a tranquil retreat for rest and relaxation
Tucked away off the beaten track, yet just 3 miles from the picturesque village of Corbridge, this two bedroom cottage sits in a prime spot for soaking up the scenery and history of this area.
The Northumbrian stone cottage exterior opens up into a classic two down, two up configuration which is wonderfully toasty, heated by an efficient sustainable ground source heat pump.
The sitting room has a cosy country feel, with warm furnishings in tweed and linen, framed by a traditional stone inglenook fireplace with large wood burning stove for those lazy days when throwing another log on the fire sounds like a good plan.
This leads into a well equipped kitchen with integrated appliances, extending into a sun room to the rear of the cottage which is ideal for snoozing dogs or a crisp evening Prosecco when the temperature starts to rise.
Upstairs, the cottage has two bedrooms, one with king size bed and the other a twin bedroom with zip and link beds for added flexibility for adults and families, along with a shared family bathroom. Both bedrooms benefit from wonderful front facing views towards the fortified manor house of Aydon Castle.
The cottage is semi-detached with an enclosed lawned garden to the front and the side of the property. Aydon Castle, owned by English Heritage, sits directly opposite for a fascinating insight into its rich history, while the walled orchard offers a perfect spot for a summer picnic. Aydon Castle also welcomes dogs which is an added bonus, while a tranquil countryside trail will lead you into the pretty village of Corbridge when an afternoon of fresh country air beckons.
A final added perk, just five miles from Matfen Hall Hotel, guests to Aydon Castle Cottage have complimentary use of the swimming pool, sauna and steam room at the Hall – a perfect spot to indulge in a little pampering time perhaps!
*The Aqua Vitae Spa facilities are once again accessible to cottage guests, but with some restrictions due to COVID-19, including pre-booking and dedicated time slots.
*Entry to Aydon Castle must be pre-booked due to current access restrictions at the moment.
*At this time, beds can only be offered as a pre-set Double OR Twin. Aydon Castle Cottage will be set up as one double and one twin.
* Changeover is normally Friday during high season, with the additional option of Monday outwith this period, but more flexible arrangements may be considered on request.
Access into a small hallway with bench seat and ample coat hooks. This accesses directly into the sitting room, sofa, two armchairs, Smart TV, inglenook fireplace with wood burner (logs supplied). Dining space with seating for 4.
Kitchen with electric ceramic hob, electric oven, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, condenser washer/dryer, microwave, small breakfast bar with stools.
Summer room/porch (no heating) with seating and dining table, which leads out to a multi-level patio and parking area.
Bedroom one with king size bed, chest of drawers, side tables, hanging hooks.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6' super king bed or 3' twin beds, side tables, wardrobe with storage and hanging space.
There is a private garden to the front and rear of the property which is fully enclosed. There is a patio garden to the rear. The cottage is semi-detached, adjoining one other cottage and directly faces Aydon Castle.
There is private parking for two cars to the rear of the cottage.
Babies & children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog. Dogs are not permitted upstairs or on the furniture. An outside tap is available. Please note that the area around the house is farmland and it is essential that dogs are well controlled and kept on leads to ensure they do not present any hazard to farm animals.
Bed linen and towels are provided along with hand soaps and shower gel. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Beamed Wi-Fi with good speeds. Mobile reception variable inside the property depending on the network but this improves immediately outside.
There is heating throughout fed by an efficient ground source heat pump system which is more environmentally friendly than oil and classed as renewable technology. Wood burner in the sitting room – logs supplied.
Guests have complimentary use of the spa facilities at Matfen Hall which provides access to the swimming pool, sauna and steam room. There are restricted times for use by families so please check in advance.
Please note - the Aqua Vitae Spa facilities are once again accessible to cottage guests, but with some restrictions due to COVID-19, including pre-booking and dedicated time slots.
The popular tourist village of Corbridge is 3 miles away and offers a variety of shops, a delicatessen, and one or two restaurants and cafes.
Nearby Matfen Hall offers excellent spa and leisure facilities, delicious homemade afternoon tea and also fine or casual dining. In Matfen village, you can find a village store and cafe which is handy for breakfast, a light lunch or a good cup of coffee with a scone or cake. Fire and Dough Pizza offers artisan wood-fired pizza cooked to order from a mobile van which visits Matfen village on Wednesdays from 5pm.
The Hexham farmers market (7 miles) takes place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month with a vast array of local producers offering plenty of choice for all.
Hexham has numerous cafes throughout the town centre offering a wide range of lunch options or simply a coffee and cake stop. A variety of pubs and restaurants offer international cuisine from Mexican to Greek, as well as Indian, Chinese, Italian and award-winning French bistro Bouchon Bistrot. There is also a Waitrose and large Tesco in Hexham.
Located deep in Roman Wall country, the cottage is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways, big skies and wonderful views. Sitting close to Hadrian’s Wall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), St. Oswald’s Way and the Simonside Hills, the area has plenty to offer those seeking dramatic ridges and panoramic views.
For walking, The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail follows the course the of the Roman barrier along its entire length and is one of Britain's most popular long-distance walks, however there are also many shorter circular walks suitable for all ages and abilities including the Sycamore Gap Walk and the Housesteads to Steel Rigg.
Cyclists will relish the challenge of Hadrian's Cycleway which offers incredible scenery through its entire length. Not for the faint-hearted at 174 miles, but with plenty of scope to ride smaller sections at a more relaxed pace.
For history buffs, this is a perfect base from which to explore Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads Fort 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, and discover latest artefacts, including the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets.
Golf enthusiasts are well catered for at nearby Matfen Hall which is just five minutes from the door where you can enjoy gold standard facilities in a lush parkland setting, or can perfect your swing at the golf academy. Alternatively why not retreat and indulge in a spa treatment or two for the ultimate relaxation.
For some family fun, why not play Tarzan for the day and head to 'Go Ape' to swing through the trees and experience some exhilarating zip wires!
You can enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures in over 13,000 acres at nearby Wallington Hall with gentle woodland strolls to more extensive hikes, or take your bike and explore the Dragon Cycling Trail, a safe family-friendly route where you may be lucky enough to spot one of the resident red squirrels in the woods. For less active pursuits, head to the Clocktower Cafe for a coffee and cake stop, or take a tour of the main house for a fascinating insight into the rich history and artefacts of this 300 year old home.
Vallum Farm and Restaurant is an incredibly popular spot with a fantastic patisserie and deli or why not try your hand at something new with Vallum artisans (booking required) - craft beer and pie tasting, ice-cream making, cheese making, or cooking experiences are all on offer here. For children there’s an outdoor play paddock and wildlife walks with other seasonal events.
Cragside House and Gardens offer a captivating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children, and the gardens here are an absolute delight.
A half hour drive will take you to the Kielder Water and Forest Park, 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.
The stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast are an easy day trip, including the iconic Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. 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.
Finally a trip to the 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 take in an evening of arts at the wonderful Theatre Royal.
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Historic houses and castles
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Museums, galleries and culture
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Spas and beauty treatments
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Ancestral history research
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Shopping, arts and crafts
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Classes at your holiday home
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Children and families
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Babysitting and Nannies
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"We had a lovely stay at Aydon Castle cottage. The cottage was very cosy, comfortable and a good size for 2 adults and 2 children. It retains its traditional cottage feel with nice décor mixed with good modern facilities and of course the setting opposite the castle is unusual and adds a real historic, country feel. The location is great too for other historic adventures including Roman sites and The Wall, with Corbridge being a beautiful little town with all you could need from Pubs, Cafes, Restaurants, shops and an Ice Cream Emporium! The Spa access pass to Matfen Hall is definitely a bonus and especially with children as it gives you the option to use the facilities in a great setting. If we head back to that area we would most definitely consider staying there again as we did feel at home for the week (which went all too quickly!). As far as Crabtree & Crabtree goes we have used yourselves on a number of occasions now because we can rest assured of the quality we can come to expect from the cottages we book. The staff have been very friendly and happy to assist with queries as well as offering suggestions and requesting feedback. I find the website easy to use and very well presented which is even inviting and draws you in to look at the variety of cottages you can book for a variety of interests. I just wish Crabtree were able to extend their cottage locations further into Scotland like the Highlands and West Coast!"Heddle family
"What a good place this is! Perfect peace and quiet, but ideal for a romantic weekend."George & Sheila Barber
"The Cottage was immaculate! Thank you for the warm welcome, it was lovely to walk into a warm cottage on such a cold day. The tea,coffee and biscuits were much appreciated. We had a great week exploring the area. We would love to come back in the spring/summer to make use of the garden!"Dickinson Party
"We had a fabulous time at Aydon Castle Cottage. We loved the cottage, which was in an excellent location for us, Corbridge is a lovely town! It was furnished to a great standard and comfortable. The owner was ultra helpful. It was a delight each morning to be greeted with the view of the castle, a real bonus!"Mrs Ellwood
"The cottage was beautiful, very cosy especially with the wood stove and also spotlessly clean. We used the mobile spa you recommended and it was really good, the girl was very friendly and accommodating and did a great job. The Crabtree & Crabtree service was also brilliant."Mrs Hannigan
"We had a wonderful week in Aydon Castle Cottage, it is a lovely property and we hope to return. Also many thanks for all your assistance, your team were extremely friendly and helpful, an all-round excellent service."Mrs Mavin
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday outwith this period. More flexible arrangements may be considered on request.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Take a journey back through time at Aydon Castle, or enjoy a simple picnic in the orchard garden - literally a hop, step and a jump from the cottage."Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree