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East End Cottage

Matfen, Northumberland

A quintessential Grade II listed cottage in the very pretty village of Matfen in the heart of Northumberland.

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A quintessential Grade II listed cottage in the very pretty village of Matfen in the heart of Northumberland.

Enjoy laid-back days listening to the gentle flow of the Whittle Dene watercourse from the garden

Dating back to 1840, East End Cottage is a Grade II listed property sitting on the edge of the very pretty Conservation village of Matfen. The style is distinctly Tudor, its two chimneys illustrative of the genre employed by the Blackett Estate and nearby Matfen Hall.

Aside from its rich history and perfect location for exploring Hadrian’s Wall and the county of Northumberland, this property will charm guests with its tasteful cottage styling and dreamy position right on the Whittle Dean watercourse which runs right along the boundary. 

Accessed via a wooden porch with characterful Gothic vergeboards, the cottage has been sensitively redeveloped to protect the character of the original building. High ceilings and original oak beams are key features of the main reception rooms along with 6-pane casement windows which exude cottage charm.

The ground floor is deceptively spacious, the main access hallway leading to a kitchen to the left, a large ground floor shower room off the hallway, and a more formal dining room to the right with a decorative sandstone fireplace. This leads into a sitting room, beautifully furnished with high-backed armchairs and a double sofa set around an open fire. Finally, the summer room is a wonderful spot to enjoy breakfast or read a book and enjoy the natural warmth of the sunshine filter through.

The interior is peppered throughout with fabrics from Colefax and Fowler, along with herringbone Tweed and subtle linens, while cheery ginghams and wool throws from Avoca and Bronte cleverly plays on the cottage theme perfectly.

Upstairs are two bedrooms with characterful coombed ceilings and oak beams – one with a king size bed and a second bedroom with twin beds, which can be configured to a super king. The upstairs bathroom has a three-quarter bath when an end-of-day soak beckons.

Finally step outside and enjoy nature’s symphony from the pretty cottage garden, or when coffee and cake sounds like a good plan, the village shop is just a short hop from the door. 

Property details

Ground Floor

Access into a small hallway.

Kitchen with two electric ovens and one grill, ceramic hob, slimline dishwasher, integrated fridge/freezer, separate free-standing fridge/freezer, integrated washer / dryer, filter coffee machine, microwave, breakfast table with seating for four.

Ground floor bathroom with corner shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Dining room with decorative fireplace, dining table seating four. Further chairs can be drawn from the kitchen if required.

Sitting room with sofa and two armchairs, open fire, Smart TV, selection of books and games.

Summer room (one step down) with table and four chairs. Please note there is no heating system in this room. During sunny and summer days, this room does get very warm and a door opens-up to the patio garden.

First Floor

Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, armchair, dressing table, hanging hooks with hangers.

Bathroom with 3/4 bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with twin beds which can be configured to a super king as required, side tables, chest of drawers, chair, hanging hooks with hangers.


There is a pretty patio garden with garden furniture to the rear of the cottage with a gate which leads to Matfen village green and the nearby Black Bull pub.

There is a very pretty watercourse called the Whittle Dene which runs right down the permimeter of the cottage, and draws water from the Hallington Reservoir.

The patio garden leads to the parking area and an outer gravelled courtyard with the access gate. Once the access gate is closed, the garden is fully enclosed.

A small outhouse would offer sufficient space to store bikes which can be locked. Please request this on booking.


There is parking for two to three cars on the gravelled courtyard to the side of the cottage.


For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.

Babies & Children

Babies and children are welcome and a high chair and travel cot can be made available on request.  

Important - Please note there is a watercourse which runs right down the boundary of the cottage. There is a fence between the patio garden and the watercourse but it is important to note there is a high drop from this point. 

The cottage sits directly on the main access road on the edge of the village of Matfen. The main access gate must be closed to enclose the garden.

It is extremely important that children are supervised at all times.  


Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor of the cottage only. They are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. The garden can be enclosed by closing the main access gate leading into the gravelled courtyard area.

Guest Amenities

Bed linen and towels are provided along with hand soaps and shower gel. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Pillows and duvets are hypo-allergenic.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is generally good.


Underfloor heating through the ground floor. The exception is the summer room which has no heating system but this does get very warm during the summer and sunny days. There is an open fire in the sitting room and radiators upstairs.

Guest Privacy

The cottage is detached and sits on the edge of the pretty village of Matfen. There is a property directly opposite, on the other side of the watercourse which runs down the boundary.


Nearby Matfen Hall offers excellent spa and leisure facilities, delicious homemade afternoon tea and fine or casual dining. In Matfen village itself, you can find a village store and café, 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 makes regular visits to the local area. Alternatively, take a 5 minute drive to Robin Hood Inn to enjoy a hearty pub lunch.

The popular tourist village of Corbridge is 6.6 miles away and offers a variety of shops, a delicatessen, and one or two restaurants and cafés.

Dine in the comforts of your cosy cottage and have Burnside Catering do the cooking; whether you would like a homely supper on the day of your arrival, a spoiling dinner party or relaxing Sunday lunch, Danny and Bella can do it all. 

The Hexham Farmers' Market (13.5 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 cafés 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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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.

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Historic houses and castles

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Adventure Sports

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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.

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Cycling & mountain biking

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.

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Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

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Holiday photography

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"Lovely week. Cottage lovely and wonderful village. Thank you."

Telford family

"Our first trip to this part of the world and we're already planning when we can come again!"

Taylor family

"Great cottage and presented as a model for others to follow. Superb walking county!"

Mr Catterall

"What a beautiful cottage. We have had a wonderful two weeks relaxing in such wonderful surroundings. We will be back. Thank you!"

Mr & Mrs Henn

"Thanks for a great stay. Such a gorgeous cottage surrounded by amazing walks. We will be back!"

Ms McDougal

"A beautiful, homely cottage in a gorgeous village. Enjoyed our stay immensely. A perfect place to unwind and relax."

Mr Wilson

"Thank you for a wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage, we don't want to leave! Perfect location for walks and exploring Hadrian's Wall. Highly recommend GoApe at Matfen Hall. Hope to be back!"

Starr family

"Beautiful cottage, everything you need, lovely surroundings, not far for us to come but worth it just to relax. Recommended!"

Gascoigne family

"Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location - we didn't want to leave! Highly recommend the village cafe's sausage sandwiches and the nearby GoApe!"

Mr Harford

"Lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Definitely recommend Sunday brunch at the village cafe and the mobile pizza wagon."

Mr & Mrs Waterworth

"Lovely little cottage in a wonderful village - we had lots of laughs, walks, pubs, shopping and more laughs. Thank you!"

Todd family

"Very comfortable accommodation. Great location for day trips to coast, castles and countryside. Well done estate team!"

Mr & Mrs Monks

"Beautiful cottage in a wonderful landscape. Had a fab week with good weather and lots to do."

Thompson family

"First time in Northumberland and we have loved it all. The cottage has been perfect. Even the weather was sunny every day."

Fonzo family

"Lovely cottage. Everything we hoped for. We had a very enjoyable week. Thank you for providing such a high quality, comfortable base."

Mr & Mrs Smith

"We have had a lovely week thank you - perfect weather too! The cottage is everything we could have hoped for - it's so lovely to be in a holiday home that is so thoughtfully equipped and with great quality kit. I hope your guests show the place the respect it deserves. We are so grateful to have been able to stay here at East End Cottage...a beautiful cottage, a lovely village and a stunning part of the world. We will be back!"

Westbrook family

"Excellent cottage. Clean and well equipped. Had a great week of weather, even the teenagers survived! Great pub, walks, cycles, Alpaca's worth a visit too."

Smart Family

"Great cottage, very comfortable and homely! Golf, pub and local shops all excellent."

Logan Family

"Had a lovely week at East End Cottage in Matfen. Cottage clean, well appointed and cared for. Village well kept and locals friendly."

Mrs & Mr Gould


Location In the village of Matfen.
  • Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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East End Cottage, Matfen with the village green leading to the local coffee shop
The little things we love...
"The cottage is perfectly placed for the delights of village life with a welcoming coffee shop right on the doorstep."
Anna, owner of East End Cottage
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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