East End Cottage
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 or a pub lunch sound like a good plan, the village shop and Black Bull Inn are just a short hop from the door.
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.
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.
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.
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. Radiators upstairs.
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.
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- Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The cottage is perfectly placed for the delights of village life with a pub and a coffee shop right on the doorstep."Anna, owner of East End Cottage