Proof that small is beautiful, this studio apartment is all you need for a romantic break for two.
A stylish bolthole in which to lose yourself to the rugged beauty the Northumbrian countryside
Following small country lanes through the heart of rural Northumberland, you’ll discover a sensitively restored stone farm building nestled into a rugged landscape of undulating grazing fields criss-crossed by burns. The barn retains all its rustic charm and secluded setting but has been transformed from its humble farming origins into a trio of slick one-bedroom cottages, including the bijou Lydia.
Accessed by a private external stone staircase, Lydia is a stylish first floor studio apartment. A timber stable door painted in soft grey brings you into the apartment – we like to leave the top half open to capitalise on the uninterrupted views across rolling countryside. Once inside, you’ll discover an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, with the compact kitchen laid out on either side of the front door. The apartment’s sloping rooves are dotted liberally with large skylights to bring in plenty of light and enable romantic stargazing beneath Northumberland’s celebrated Dark Skies.
Continuing the navy blue and bright pink colour scheme of the living area, a double bed is tucked into one corner of the apartment, discretely tucked behind a bookshelf. A bathroom fills the opposite corner, complete with a walk-in shower with rainforest head.
Finally, you can enjoy romantic meals à deux on the enclosed gravelled patio that wraps around the corner of the barn and leads through a wooden gate to the surrounding fields.
Lydia offers a tranquil and stylish sanctuary in the heart of the country, with endless countryside rambles and adventures awaiting discovery by simply slipping out of the back gate. However, for further exploration, the extensive walking and cycling trails of the Northumberland National Park (which is also celebrated for its exceptional stargazing) and the historic city, castle and gardens of Alnwick are both under half an hour’s drive away, with the white sands of Alnmouth beach just 10 minutes’ beyond Alnwick.
A set of external steps lead up to this studio apartment.
Open plan living space comprising:
Small kitchen with induction hob, electric oven, fridge with ice-box, Krups Nespresso machine, slimline dishwasher, washer/dryer. A microwave is not available but can be provided on request. Dining table seating two.
Sofa, Smart TV. Dividing bookcase with a selection of books acts as a room divider and leads directly into the bedroom with 4'6" double bed, side tables, chest of drawers. Velux windows with blinds.
En suite bathroom with shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a gravelled area to the side of the property offering some privacy from the two adjoining holiday lets. Cafe table and chairs. Sun loungers available for guest use.
A gate leads onto the surrounding farmland and hillside, and a small stream runs nearby.
Guests can park directly outside for dropping off/picking up but otherwise designated parking provision is approximately 100 yards away. Provision can be made for guests with mobility restrictions.
Babies & Children
Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and high chair can be made available on request. Please note there is a nearby stream to the rear, therefore children should be closely supervised at all times.
One dog is welcome but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and kept off the furniture.
The beds feature high-quality linen along with a hairdryer in each bedroom. Towels and bath robes are provided along with hand wash and hand cream from luxury brands.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Fibre broadband is available. Mobile reception is patchy but generally improves outside.
Oil fired radiators.
The property adjoins Romilly and Lucy which form part of the same barn conversion and sit in rural countryside at the end of a no-through road. Both are one bedroom units and are available for holiday letting.
There is a small private enclosed gravelled courtyard to the side of the property.
Poppy House (sleeping 6) with three bedrooms sits approximately 100 yards from Lydia, Romilly and Lucy.
The small village of Glanton is set in the rolling foothills of the Cheviots, with the Northumberland National Park less than five miles west as the crow flies, the historic city of Alnwick nine miles to the east, and the Northumberland coastline just a few miles further east. Thanks to its perch on Glanton Hill, the village affords sweeping views across the Vale of Whittingham, framed by the Cheviots to the north, Simonside to the south and the Otterburn Moors to the west.
A short 15-minute drive will bring you into Alnwick where you will find an excellent range of amenities and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops. Here you can wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area, including Bari Tea based in the Castle Quarter for a very lovely lunch or a decadent afternoon cream tea! Sit by the fire in the old station waiting room of Barter Books in Alnwick reading one of their thousands of second-hand books.
With the stunning Northumbrian coastline under half an hour east of Glanton, you could be enjoying the bay at Alnmouth or the pristine golden sands at Warkworth, which stretch as far as the eye can see. The harbour at Amble which looks out to Coquet Island is popular for walkers and families and is home to fish shacks, seafood eateries and pastel-coloured beach huts.
To the west of Glanton is Ingram village and Breamish Valley where tumbling waterfalls, picturesque riverbanks and rolling hills make it the perfect place to hike, cycle or simply put down your picnic basket. This picturesque village is situated in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site. Take a walk in the Breamish Valley to the Linhope Spout Waterfall and stop for a picnic or to dip your toes in the crystal clear waters.
Alnwick is to the east of Glanton and offers a multitude of activities for you to enjoy during your stay. This magical market town offers a wide range of activities from dining in the twinkling treetops at The Alnwick Garden, flying a broomstick at Alnwick Castle or visiting one of the largest second hand bookstores in the country, Barter Books, which is housed within a Victorian Railway Station.
For the golfers in your party, you can enjoy the proximity of Alnwick Castle Golf Club, an 18 hole parkland course in the heart of Northumberland, or travel further afield to avail yourselves of the abundance of courses which hug the outstanding heritage coastline offering the true links experience. Courses such as Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh Castle Golf Club afford exceptional golf only surpassed by the stunning coastal views from the greens.
For something different, why not visit Chillingham Castle which is reportedly Britain’s most haunted historic castle. With idyllic grounds once designed by Capability Brown, the castle boasts commanding views of the surrounding countryside with local farmsteads and the scenic grandeur of the Cheviots. Wildlife abounds with deer, red squirrels and badgers in the woods to see and, if you are lucky, you may see the famous herd of Wild Cattle in the distance.
Nearby Rothbury, known locally as the Capital of Coquetdale, is an excellent base for the enthusiastic fisherman with the River Coquet running through the village and the surrounding areas. With runs of Salmon and Sea Trout the Coquet is a popular and appealing place to fish. Alternatively, a few miles west of Rothbury is Caiston Trout Fishery, a beautiful 50-acre fishing lake, spring fed and stocked with Rainbow, Blue and Wild Brown Trout.
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
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
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.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
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.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
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
"We had a wonderful holiday in Lydia. This is outstanding accommodation in a very beautiful peaceful setting. Many thanks again for a wonderful stay."Ms Adin
"We had a wonderful time staying in Lydia, very comfortable and a great location. It was the best holiday we have had in a few years and look forward to visiting again and will recommend it to friends and family."Ms Spray
- One dog is welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Being able to gaze at the stars, so clear below Northumberland’s Dark Skies, from the comfort of your bed."Julia and Roy, owners of Lydia