Barley Hill Cottage
Barley Hill Cottage is the quintessential rural retreat with “a view to die for” over the rolling farmland of the Bowmont Valley to the neighbouring hills of the Northumberland National Park. Far from its more humble beginnings as a shepherd's cottage, the building has recently been extensively renovated to a high standard throughout in a rustic style befitting the magnificent, natural surroundings.
Quintessential rural retreat with views to die for
The cottage is incredibly light being south facing and the area at the front of the cottage is a fabulous place to sit and have lunch or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening while the setting sun lights up the valley and hills with breathtaking beauty. Equally fabulous views are on offer from the raised garden at the rear of the property.
The beautifully presented interior has been decorated in a simple, rustic style in warm, earthy tones in keeping with the surroundings. The Chalon-style kitchen is handmade by a local craftsman and merges seamlessly with attractive antiques and state of the art beds with ultra-comfortable mattresses and sumptuous White Company linen and towels.
Barley Hill Cottage is well placed for exploring many of Northumberland's natural hidden gems. On its door step in one direction lie the Cheviot Hills, the rolling blanket of people free hillsides that slope and swell amidst the 400 square miles of Northumberland's National Park. Here you will find some fabulous walking and cycling from gentle forays to extensive rambles amidst spectacular scenery.
Small entrance hall with an adjacent cloakroom with basin, WC, and small storage cupboard.
Kitchen - the beautiful, handmade, Chalon style kitchen is fully equipped with double gas oven with 4 ring gas hob, fridge with ice compartment and dishwasher. There is ample storage with a handmade welsh dresser for storage of glassware and crockery and an additional pantry cupboard in the hall. There is an additional chest freezer in the storage room outside.
Dining - the dining area has a table and chairs for 4 guests, while the charming cosy seating area has a log burner for the cooler months with logs are provided and two double sofas. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, CD player with iDock and a selection of books and magazines.
Utility/boot room with washing machine. The room houses the boiler and hot water tank, is ideal for drying outdoor kit and also as serves as an excellent sleeping quarters for dogs.
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6' super king double or 3' twins as required, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers.
En-suite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 5' double bed and chest of drawers.
En-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
To the front of the property is a gravelled patio garden with outside seating area boasting outstanding views across the Northumberland National Park. There is an additional gravelled patio area to the rear of the property with a charcoal barbecue in addition to a raised garden area with fabulous views to the hills. The garden is fully enclosed at the front and rear for the safety of dogs and children. External rod racks are also provided. An outside shed houses a freezer, and can be used for storage of bicycles or other items.
There is private parking for two cars to the side of the house.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request. Guests with small children should be aware that there is a low wall linking the rear garden to the patio area with an unfenced drop of approximately 4 feet at the highest point.
Two dogs are welcome at Barley Hill Cottage. 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. Guests with dogs must follow the footpaths, and have dogs on a lead in the vicinity of livestock. As this is a shooting area, access to the woods with dogs is not permitted and guests must ensure pheasants are not disturbed by their pets.
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Please note that there is no Wi-Fi in the cottage due to its geographical location. Mobile reception at Barley Hill Cottage is also limited, however the reception improves if one walks a little way up the hill behind the cottage.
Heating & Electricity - Important!
Hot water is provided by solar panels, backed up as necessary by an oil fired boiler which also provides central heating. The entire building is insulated to a high standard, so heat loss is kept to a minimum.
Due to the rural location of Barley Hill Cottage, and the owner's understandable decision not to ruin the view with overhead power cables, electricity in the cottage comes from a cleverly designed private power supply system, incorporating a generator, batteries and inverter. This provides a standard (230 V AC) supply, capable of delivering all the normal lighting and power requirements of the building. As in any normal house, power is available 24 hours a day, though the diesel generator only runs for a limited number of hours each day to top up the batteries. The generator is almost silent, can barely be heard from inside the house, and is only faintly audible when sitting in the garden outside. It is designed to be as economical as possible, and so as to preserve absolute silence, does not run at night. In order to keep the running hours of the generator to a minimum, guests are encouraged to be especially careful not to use electricity unnecessarily. If heavy loads are to be used (for example washing machine, or dishwasher) it is best to ensure this is done during the generator's daily running periods. This will actually minimise both fuel usage, and the time for which the generator runs. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.
On the door step in one direction lie the Cheviot Hills, the rolling blanket of people free hillsides that slope and swell amidst the 400 square miles of Northumberland's National Park. Here you will find some fabulous walking and cycling from gentle forays to extensive rambles amidst spectacular scenery.
In another direction is the contrasting lower lying land of the River Till valley with its tiny picturesque villages and scattered farm settlements. This is home to “Ford and Etal Estates”, which hosts an award winning range of small rural businesses, visitor attractions and activities. The various venues are linked by equally lovely walks, rides or drives through attractive well kept rural countryside.
One of our favourite attractions, popular with old and young alike, is the delightful miniature steam railway which runs from Heatherslaw to Etal. On arrival in Etal, the visitor is well advised to leave the train and spend an hour or two in the village, exploring the ruins of Etal Castle and its museum, visiting the Black Bull Pub, village shop, Tea Room, the Church, the pine furniture makers' showroom, or simply enjoying a walk or picnic beside the river, before catching a later train back to Heatherslaw. Here, on the other side of the bridge from the train station, the working water driven corn mill, café, and visitors centre are also all well worth a visit.
If you fancy exploring the local area on four feet rather than two, the local stables at Kimmerston offers fabulous guided rides both on the coastal beaches or up into the Cheviot Hills.
Children and families
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Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Local food and drink
Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
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Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
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"We very much enjoyed our stay at Barley Hill Cottage and found it to be very well equipped and really comfortable. The directions were excellent so we easily found the cottage and I must say that the views are absolutely stunning, particularly as we had snow during our stay. The weather was cold, so the abundant supply of wood for the log burner was very welcome and kept us warm and cosy. It was also lovely to have the welcome pack which went down well."Robinson family
"I cannot think of anything you could do to improve Barley Hill Cottage, it was perfect. We had a lovely weekend break. We enjoyed it so much we booked another week in October."Jackson family
"We have all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Barley Hill Cottage the standard and comfort and attention to detail was exceptional."Brown family
"The property was extremely well equipped and idyllic in its location - we will most likely go back again this summer."Watt family
"Although I have only used Crabtree & Crabtree twice it is by far the best holiday agency. All of your properties appear to be of the highest standards. Well done and keep up the good work."Vickers family
"We much enjoyed our stay in Barley Cottage last week – what a view!"Gardiner family
"We thoroughly enjoyed out stay at Barley in particular how clean and well equipped the cottage was. The views were amazing and were able to do lots of exploring! Thanks again for a wonderful stay, we shall definitely look to book through Crabtree & Crabtree again in the future."Cluett family
"We enjoyed our stay at Barley Hill, a very comfortable time. Particularly appreciated the excellent bed linen, top quality. Also the well stocked logs and kindling. All in all an extremely well thought out and well equipped cottage."Mr Law
"We had a lovely time at Barley Hill thank you and such a lovely place to spend our honeymoon! The cottage is delightful and so peaceful, breathtaking views, well equipped and just a lovely all round place to spend a couple of weeks. We enjoyed our stay there last year too and wanted to return as it was just perfect."Mr & Mrs Woods
"Had a lovely stay in a lovely property, the views are stunning."Dr Farmer
"We had a lovely Christmas, arrived to the surprise of Christmas tree and decorations and a very generous hamper. Most grateful for unlimited log supply and excellent central heating. Lovely furnishings and gorgeous bed and quality bedding."Winterson Family
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
- Arrival time: 3pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Easy to say but views to die for. A chilled glass of wine outside on a summers evening gazing out over the Cheviot hills – peace and tranquillity personified."Corinne, owner