A chic pied-à-terre for two in rural Northumberland.
Immerse yourself in the simple pleasures of Northumbrian country life without compromise on style or mod cons
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 charming Romilly.
Viewing the barn from the front, you’ll see that Romilly claims two of the three original arched doorways that puncture the old stone walls, now fully glazed to allow light to flood into the open plan kitchen, dining and living space and bedroom. The former, decorated in soft grey with pops of lime green and bright pink, comprises a compact yet well-appointed kitchen and dining table for two, which leads into a cosy living area warmed by a wood burner. This in turn leads through bifold doors to a secluded patio with a bistro table from which to enjoy the sweeping views across the surrounding countryside.
Accessed from the kitchen, or directly through the arched doorway to the gravelled front patio, the spacious double bedroom with super king bed sports a subtle nautical theme and benefits from a slick en suite wet room. Being located entirely on the ground floor, Romilly is an ideal choice for guests seeking accessible, stair-free accommodation.
Should you wish for a little more space to spread out in, and accommodate an extra pair of guests, an ingenious hidden door leads from the sitting room through to the neighbouring one-bedroom apartment, Lucy.
Romilly is the ideal hideaway for enjoying blissfully romantic rural isolation, with endless countryside rambles and adventures awaiting discovery by 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
Access into a small open plan living space comprising:
Kitchen with induction hob, electric oven, large fridge/freezer, slimline dishwasher, washer/dryer. A microwave is not available but can be provided on request. Dining table with seating for two.
Sofa, wood burning stove (logs supplied). Wall-mounted Smart TV. Bi-folding doors lead out to a small enclosed patio to the rear.
Super king bed with zip and link option which can be configured to twin beds, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers, small wall-mounted Smart TV, hanging hooks on the door. Door leading out to the front shared courtyard.
En suite bathroom with wet room shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bi-folding doors from the open plan living space lead out to a small enclosed patio area to the rear with cafe table and chairs. Two sun loungers are 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.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
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.
Underfloor heating on the ground floor. Wood burning stove in the open plan sitting room (logs supplied).
The property adjoins Lucy and Lydia 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 an inter-connecting door between Romilly and Lucy for families or four guests who wish to holiday together. There is a small private enclosed patio to the rear of the property.
Poppy House (sleeping 6) with three bedrooms sits approximately 100 yards from Romilly, Lucy and Lydia.
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
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Classes at your holiday home
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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
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
Ancestral history research
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For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.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
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Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Nannies and babysitters
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter 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
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
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"We had an absolutely wonderful time at Romilly last week. The cottage is so lovely, well equipped and spotlessly clean. The location is perfect for exploring both the coast and the national park, but you can just as easily spend all your time at the cottage as it's so peaceful and set in lovely countryside scenery. The owner was a super host, really friendly and helpful too. Overall one of the best self catering holidays we have ever had and we can't wait to return one day."Mr & Mrs Wheeldon
"We had a wonderful stay at Romilly, thank you. The directions and information for entry supplied by Crabtree & Crabtree we’re spot on. The property and amenities were exactly as described online, which meant we knew what to take and what to expect when we arrived. The property was fabulous. There is everything you need and could possibly wish for. The bed was possibly the most comfortable we have ever sampled, we particularly loved the size of it. The location was perfect, we are keen walkers and to be able to walk out of the door and straight into the hills was brilliant. The guest information book was incredibly helpful, we visited many of their recommendations. Thanks again for everything."Ms Jacobs
"Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful stay at Romilly. We hadn’t stayed at any Crabtree & Crabtree properties and didn’t know what to expect, so it was a lovely surprise to stay somewhere which proved to be hugely enjoyable. We know that these particular properties are new to your portfolio and I cannot praise them highly enough. Not only are they beautifully and yet conveniently situated, they are immaculate – absolutely spotlessly clean and so welcoming. The hosts have done everything they could to provide a perfect environment for their guests. I can’t think of one thing that we lacked to improve the quality of our experience and there were so many lovely touches; not least the welcome basket. We shall certainly stay with your company again and will be very tempted to re-visit one of the Four Sisters properties."Ms Brown
- Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Starting the day with breakfast on the patio, watching the sun hit the folds of the surrounding countryside and beckon you for a fresh adventure"Julia and Roy, owners of Romilly