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Fell End

Brampton, Northumberland

Fun, flamboyant and fantastic for families, this large home comes with a hot tub and its very own party barn.

Fell End

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Overview

Fun, flamboyant and fantastic for families, this large home comes with a hot tub and its very own party barn.

Expect lashings of colourful design, all in rural quietude conveniently close to Hadrian’s Wall

Like your homes bright and bursting with character? Then you’ll adore Fell End.

Featuring the vibrant hues and quirky interiors that are owner Sabina Forwood’s trademark (see her smaller sister properties Walltown Byre and Lowtown Cottage), this magical escape for families is found deep in Northumberland’s sleepy south-west.

Bold colours predominante, as does an eclectic, whimsical mix of modern, vintage and upcycled design. Look out for a lamp formed from one of Jay-Z’s Ace of Spades champagne bottles, peridot-green cupboards, Christian Lecroix wallpaper, tree etchings by local artists and a portrait of Hadrian’s wife — who was also called Sabina.

An open-plan kitchen and living space forms Fell End’s heart. Dotted around this are three window seats, a large dining table for up to 14, sofas and an island breakfast bar with counter seats accompanying the impressive kitchen. A few steps lead youngsters to the games room’s large Scalextric track and football table. Also on the ground floor is a separate sitting room, containing yet more comfy seating and a work desk. Strong wi-fi complements both this and the stone inglenook’s 64-inch Smart TV.

All sleeping quarters are found on the first floor. That includes an en-suite (via an open arch) chamber whose super-king bed can be split into two singles on request, plus king and twin-bedded rooms surrounding a connected, ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom. There’s also a children’s dorm room in the eaves, its trio of folding Z Beds below a wall featuring famous figures such as Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Clint Eastwood. Beyond that and a utility room, is the fifth and final bedroom with its own luxurious en-suite and another splitable, super-king bed.

Head outside and you’ll find an enclosed rear courtyard patio. There’s a grassy paddock to one side — beyond this is the owners' neighbouring farm — but more attention-grabbing is likely to be the large, luxurious hot tub. Framed by pretty potted plants, outdoor furniture enables al-fresco meals or lazing.

The detached Party Barn building is ripe for group get-togethers or small events (additional guests may be accommodated for an extra charge). It hosts a cinema area whose projector and three-metre screen scream “movie nights”, a ping-pong table, a dressing-up box for kids and its own kitchenette.

Fell End is located near the village of Greenhead, in the Northumberland National Park and half a kilometre from the Hadrian’s Wall Path. An accompanying Roman Army Museum, with 3D films and replica armour, is even closer, and 12th-century Thirlwall Castle’s ruins are barely any further. The Hadrian’s Cycleway route passes through Greenhead, as does the Pennine Way long-distance footpath. 

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

A porch at the front of the property gives access into open plan dining area, living space and kitchen.

Dining area consisting of large, extendable dining table with seating for up to 14 guests, side tables, ample lamps for ambient lighting and drinks table/cabinet. An electric log burner effect heater is situated in the stone inglenook and illuminated display cabinets of collectors items are displayed for guests to admire.

Living space with a three-seater sofa, a two-seater sofa and three armchairs. Two window seats set within the large windows which face out to the front driveway and lawn. A quirky hot plate cabinet with hot plate on top and inside is located within this space. 

Kitchen has a peninsula island with breakfast bar seating 4, integrated dishwasher, fridge and freezer. An additional freezer is available on request. Built-in electric fan oven and grill, four ring induction hob and built in microwave and oven combi.

Two steps up and one step down leads to the games room consisting of large Scalextric table with four car gaming chairs, football table and a card playing table. Rear door leading to the patio area with hanging rail and shoe storage.

One step up from the games room leads to the sitting room with four seater sofa which can be used as a sofa bed for 2 adults/children at an additional charge of £50. Large two-seater sofa, two tub chairs and two window seats. 64 inch smart TV set in large stone inglenook, built in cupboard with assorted board games and work desk and chair in designated work space. 

Shower room with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, hand basin, WC, illuminated mirror and cupboard storage. 

 

FIRST FLOOR

13 steps lead to the first floor.

Bedroom one with twin beds that can be pushed together to create a super king size bed. Please note these are not zip and link mattress beds. Bedside tables and lamps, dressing table with mirror above, two chairs and large double wardrobe with hanging rail and drawer storage.

En-suite shower room accessed by one large step and through an open arch. Please note there is no door. Large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, WC, hand basin with illuminated mirror and cupboard storage.

Bedroom two with king size bed, bedside tables and lamps. 

Jack and Jill shower room between bedroom two and three with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, WC, double sink and two illuminated mirrors and drawer storage. 

Bedroom three with twin single beds, bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers with mirror above and clothing storage.

One step down from the first floor hallway leads to the children's dorm room consisting of three 5'9" children's Z beds, two 60s pop chairs, two side tables with lamps and drawer storage. Please note this is a long slim room with low sloped ceiling. Beds are under the eaves and there are Velux windows with no blinds. 

Two steps up from the dorm room leads to bedroom five with twin beds that can be pushed together to create a super king size bed. Please note this is not a zip and link bed. Bedside tables and lamps, armchair, desk chair, window seat and clothing storage.

En-suite bathroom with shower over bath, heated towel rail, WC, and basin with illuminated mirror above and cupboard storage underneath. 

Utility room accessed from the first floor off the dorm room containing washing machine, tumble dryer, full size sink with mixer tap and some shelf storage space.

THE PARTY BARN

Detached building for hosting. Cinema area with a large cinema screen (3m x 1.7m) and projector. Ample seating on two large sofas, large table/table tennis table, dressing up box for children.

Kitchen area with sink and additional space for coats and boots.

If this property is booked with any of the owner's other properties, or if guests book Fell End and have other people visiting in the area, the party barn can accommodate/ host more people than the cottage can accommodate at an additional charge. Please enquire for more details.

OUTSIDE

Rear north and west-facing courtyard and patio. The space is enclosed with gate access to the driveway at the side of the property and a grass paddock area on the opposite side. 

Outdoor lounge seating and coffee table, and two outside dining tables with bench seating.

A large hot tub is provided for guest enjoyment. 

The external boiler room can be used by guests and is a great option for dogs to sleep in. As this building houses the boiler, it is always nice and warm.

Guests should be aware that the area around the property is a working farm and on the other side of the paddock fence there is a slurry pit. Children and dogs must be supervised at all times.

PARKING

There is ample parking on the private drive to the front and side of the property.

External 13 Amp sockets are available for EV charging, at an additional cost of £20 for a short break, and £40 for a full week.

BABIES & CHILDREN

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

DOGS

Three dog are welcome at a charge of £25 per dog. Additional dogs will be considered on request if using the detached boiler room. Dogs must be kept strictly downstairs and are not allowed on the furniture.

The boiler room is always nice and warm, making it a suitable kennel space. 

Guests should be aware that the area around the property is a working farm. Under no circumstances should guests walk through fields with cattle, or during lambing and calving season. Please be aware the farm has a slurry pit. Dogs must be supervised and kept on leads at all times. 

GUEST AMENITIES

Quality bed linen and towels are provided, and hairdryers are supplied.

 

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Wi-Fi is available with good speeds. Mobile coverage is reasonable. 

HEATING

There is an electric log burner effect heater in the dining area. 

The ground floor has underfloor heating and the upper floor has oil fired radiators fitted throughout.

GUEST PRIVACY

The property is detached and not overlooked. There are nearby farm buildings, and farm vehicles do share the same access road, however they do not pass near the house. 

ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION

For guests looking to holiday together but enjoy their own space, Fell End can be let in conjunction with Walltown Byre sleeping six, and Lowtown Cottage sleeping four. 

Lowtown Cottage is approximately a 25 minute walk away along the public footpath and Walltown Byre is approximately a 30 minute walk.

Location

For eating out, the Milecastle Inn sits 2.4 miles east along the Military Road. You will also find good pub food at the Greenhead Hotel 1.3 miles west. 

Alternatively, the Samson Inn, Gilsland or the Blekinsopp Castle Inn and Bistro are 3.1 and 2.4 miles respectively and both come recommended.

The Twice Brewed pub sits 4.7 miles east along the Military Road is a popular choice with walkers and has its own micro-brewery, or for a stunning dining experience with a difference, head to Restaurant Hjem which has achieved the coveted stamp of approval as the first Michelin starred restaurant in Northumberland. Guests can experience a fantastic tasting menu combining the finest Northumbrian produce with the flair and precision of Scandinavia (17.2 miles).

A little further afield sits the pretty market town of Hexham (20 miles) characterised by cobbled streets and historic architecture which offers quirky coffee shops, award-winning restaurants and excellent independent shops. Hexham offers more extensive shopping and amenities. It also boasts its own racecourse, theatre, cinema, golf course and leisure centre, including a pool and a ten-pin bowling alley.

The popular tourist village of Corbridge is 23 miles and offers a variety of shops, a delicatessen, and one or two restaurants and cafes, while Matfen Hall (25.5 miles) offers excellent spa and leisure facilities.

In the other direction, the pretty market town of Brampton, with Lanercost Priory close by, is 10 miles away and the historic city of Carlisle is 20 miles away. There is a wealth of things to see and do in Carlisle including the award-winning Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle. Walby Park Farm is a family favourite where you can meet farmyard animals including some delightful rare breeds with plenty of opportunity for the younger ones to burn off some steam. Carlisle offers extensive shopping, a cinema, a railway station and various bars and restaurants.

If you or your guests are coming by plane or train, Newcastle airport is a 50 minute easy drive away, via the A69. Car hire is available at the airport.

Newcastle and Carlisle have mainline train services with direct trains to London and Edinburgh/Glasgow, and there is a local train between Newcastle and Carlisle that stops at Haltwhistle which is 2.1 miles away.

There is a bus (the AD122) linking the major Roman sites, together with Hexham and Haltwhistle. The nearest bus stop is a 5 minute walk away at Walltown Road End. 

Activities

Surrounded by footpaths and bridleways, big skies and wonderful views, the area has plenty to offer those seeking dramatic ridges and panoramic views.

For walking, the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is a designated World Heritage site with an unbroken 84 mile signposted trail stretching from coast-to-coast, passing through stunning countryside and rugged moorland. The property is within walking distance from the intersection of the Hadrian's Wall trail and the Pennine Way making it a walkers' paradise.

Notable visitor attractions include the English Heritage site of Walltown Crags Wall and Turret, one of the finest places to view Hadrian's Wall, as well as the Roman Army Museum which sit less than a mile away from the property. The Sill, Vindolanda, and Housesteads are all within a ten minute drive.

Hadrian's cycleway runs from coast-to-coast and is part of the National Cycle Network boasting incredible scenery which takes in various forts, milecastles and settlements along the line of the wall. As well as off-road options, it boasts 100 miles of purpose-built trails for the pedal-hungry looking to soak up mile after mile of never-ending trails. 

For history buffs, this is a perfect base from which to explore 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, and discover latest artefacts, including the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets.

For some later history, visit the nearby Thirlwall Castle (2.3 miles). Originally built by John Thirlwall in the 1330s to defend his family from the frequent border raids. The walls themselves were built from sandstone, quarried by the Romans while building Hadrian's Wall.

Thirlwall Castle is not the only historic building to benefit from the Roman's quarried stone. Lanercost Priory, founded in 1169AD is only 16 minutes drive away. It is partly built from stones from Hadrian’s wall and was visited a number of times by Edward I. In August 1311, Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, came with his army and made it his headquarters for three days.

You can enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures in over 13,000 acres at Wallington Hall (45 minutes) 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.

Cragside House and Gardens (43.5 miles) 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 45 minute 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.

Golf enthusiasts are well catered for at Matfen Hall, or take a drive to the championship courses of Close House and Slaley Hall. Closer by, in nearby Greenhead, there is a £10 pay and play 18 hole golf course, which is very pretty. Further West is Brampton golf club which is spectacular and also welcomes visitors.

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. Downton Abbey fans will also find the castle a familiar sight. 

To the West, the coast of the Solway is 50 minutes away and the North of the Lake District is well within reach, with Ullswater, for example, being a 60 minute drive

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 enjoy an evening of arts at the wonderful Theatre Royal.

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Services

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Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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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Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Location Rural - 1.3 miles from Greenhead
Dogs
  • Three dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog. Additional dogs will be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Fell End's luxurious private hot tub
THE LITTLE THINGS WE LOVE...
"Evening drinks sitting in the walled patio, surrounded by beautiful pots of flowers "
Sabina and Edward, owners of Fell End
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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