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The Granary at Rothley East Shield

Longwitton, Northumberland

Set on a working farm, the Granary delivers an authentic pastoral experience albeit with reassuringly modern comforts.

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Set on a working farm, the Granary delivers an authentic pastoral experience albeit with reassuringly modern comforts  

A taste of rural Northumberland life with plenty of pursuits for garden lovers and outdoor enthusiasts

The owners of The Granary are the real agricultural deal, building up an award-winning organic farm spanning 1,650 acres of rolling land. This now includes the renovation of the old stone Granary that sits on their steading near the market town of Rothbury, creating a delightful two-bedroom cottage for those eager to get a taste of the pastoral life.

Thanks to its setting on a bustling farm, the Granary delivers authentic bucolic charm in spades – the owners will even introduce budding farmers to the ins and outs of organic farming on request. Meanwhile, guests content to simply enjoy the sense of rural charm can snuggle up in front of the wood-burning stove or sink into the bubbling hot tub and watch the four-legged Rothley residents grazing the surrounding pastures.

The Granary features a contemporary open-plan ground floor layout, encompassing a spacious, well-equipped kitchen with Neff appliances and dining area, complete with space for up to eight guests, and a comfortable living area with a large corner sofa which converts to a full size sofa bed for families or slightly larger parties.

A pair of French doors flank the wood-burner in the living area, leading out onto a south-facing patio and enclosed garden. Every convenience has been thought of, from a dedicated wine cooler in the kitchen to a handy boot and utility room accessed via the back door. There’s even a ground floor shower room in which to rinse off after a soak in the hot tub, sufficiently screened and raised to afford sweeping country views.

Two tranquil, good-sized bedrooms are set in the Granary’s pitched roof. Both feature smart en-suite bathrooms and one can be configured as a double or twin room. The master bedroom adds a delightful little rooftop balcony - the perfect spot from which to observe the early morning farm action with a cup of coffee.

A stroll down to Rothley Low Lake, which forms part of the wider farm estate, is not to be missed. Designed and landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the late 18th century, the trademark serpentine lake and organic landscaping is one of few examples of his work in the North-East. Guests can walk round the field to the North of the lake, taking in the species-rich grassland, mature trees, new tree planting on the site of Capability Browns plans as well as taking in the views, or can simply rest by the lakes edge listening to birdsong, watching fishermen gently casting.

Guests of The Granary also have the opportunity to go fly-fishing on the lake, with a permit for one rod provided. Watch fish rising whilst seeing swallows swoop for a quick drink, with the sounds of the countryside all around. Please inform Crabtree & Crabtree if you'd like to fish during your stay upon booking.

Garden lovers will also want to visit the beautiful Wallington and Cragside National Trust properties, which are just a short drive from the Granary, while a range of independent shops, restaurants and pubs can be found in the charming market town of Rothbury.

Property details

Ground floor

Entrance opens into a boot room / utility room with bench seat, hooks for coats, Belfast sink, washing machine and separate dryer.

Shower room – shower with rain forest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Spacious open-plan living area comprising:

Well equipped bespoke kitchen with integrated units, granite work surfaces and Neff appliances. Butler’s sink, separate fridge and freezer, Wi-Fi enabled oven, combi microwave, induction hob, dishwasher, Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine (pod type), wine cooler, bar seating around the kitchen island. Digital radio.

Dining area seating up to eight guests – with four chairs and bench seating.

Step down to living area with 5-seater corner sofa, two additional armchairs, woodburning stove (logs supplied), Smart TV. The corner sofa can convert to a sofa bed to accommodate families or slightly larger parties and is available on request at an additional charge of £50.

First floor

Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, small built in wardrobe, chest of drawers, small wall-mounted TV.  Velux window benefits from both sun-shade and black-out blinds as preferred. French door onto north facing fenced roof terrace with café table and chairs.  Views across countryside and surrounding farmland. 

En suite shower room with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ super king or two 3’ twin beds, small built in wardrobe, chest of drawers and small wall-mounted TV. Velux window benefits from both sun-shade and black-out blinds as preferred.

En suite shower room with walk in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.


The Granary sits within its own garden enclosed by farm post and rail fencing. To the front of the property is patio area with outside dining space for six guests and a chiminea. The remainder of the garden is laid to lawn.

Guests of The Granary have exclusive access along to Capability Brown Lake, just a short stroll across the fields from the cottage, on the owners' private land.

Hot Tub - to the side of the property is a small patio area with a high jet hydrotherapy spa hot tub with screening for greater privacy. Maximum six guests. Rules of use apply. It is important to note that the hot tub is drained, cleaned and refilled at the end of every stay. Due to the generous heating and hot water capacity at the property, the hot tub should be heated to temperature and ready for use on the day of arrival.  

Important – please note that the hot tub needs daily testing and will require attendance by the owner or one of the property team to check the PH levels.  Privacy will be respected but this is essential for health & safety purposes. If guests are not agreeable to daily checks, then regrettably the hot tub will be removed from use for the duration of the stay. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

The Granary sits in a working farm therefore farm machinery may be in use around this area and to the barns to the rear of the property. There may also be some movement of sheep and cattle.


There is parking for two cars adjacent to the property. 

Electric Vehicle Charging

An electric car charging point can be made available at the property on request, for an additional fee of £50 per car. If you will need to charge more than one electric vehicle during your stay, please indicate this accordingly on your booking form.  The EV Charger is on the side of the cottage, so directly onsite and exclusive for guest use.

For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging points here.

Babies & children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. The property sits on a working farm with associated farm vehicles therefore children must be supervised at all times and must not be left alone around the hot tub. 

Dogs & other pets

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome. An additional dog may be possible with prior agreement. Dogs are not permitted upstairs, on the furniture or in the bedrooms.

It is important to note that the area around The Granary is a working farm with livestock therefore dogs should be closely supervised at all times, and kept on leads when walking in the area, including the trail around Capability Brown's Rothley Low Lake.

Dog sitting is available at The Granary, arranged by the owner and subject to availability. 

Stabling and grazing are available for guests to bring their own horses by prior arrangement with the owner.  Additional costs apply. There is excellent riding nearby in Harwood Forest.

Guest amenities

The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is provided in both double bedrooms. Hand and body wash and lotion are provided along with bath sheets and hand towels.

A sofa bed can be made available at additional cost.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Fibre Wi-Fi is available. There is adequate mobile coverage on most networks.


The property benefits from underfloor heating throughout the ground floor with three separate zones which can be regulated.  Wood burning stove in the open plan living area (logs supplied).  Oil fired central heating with radiators and heated towel rails on the first floor which are thermostatically controlled.

Guest privacy

The Granary sits on a working farm and livery yard with associated farm traffic. There are a number of other properties close by.  Guests should expect greater volumes of farm traffic at harvest time. 


There is a fishing permit for one rod for guests at The Granary at Rothley East Shield. Guests must bring their own equipment and are welcome to fly fish on Rothley Low Lake, close by the cottage. Please inform Crabtree & Crabtree at the time of booking if you'd like to fish during your holiday.

Farm Tours

Farm tours can be arranged on request - subject to owner availability and at additional cost (from £50 per tour) depending on guest requirements.

Returning Guest Discount

From July 2023, upon departure, guests who stay at this property will be offered a 10% discount for use on a future booking at The Granary at Rathley East Shield. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

If you have previously booked this property and wish to stay again, please contact us providing the lead booker’s name for the returning guest code.


Situated approximately 22 miles northwest of Newcastle, The Granary at Rothley East Shield is wonderfully located to explore Northumberland’s beautiful National Park, coastline and everything in between. Straight from the cottage door, guests can take a walk round the field that borders Rothley Low Lake. This lake is one of only two landscapes designed and built by Capability Brown in his life time.  Guests can walk round the field to the North of the lake, taking in the species rich grassland, mature trees, new tree planting on the site of Capability Browns plans as well as taking in the views or simply rest by the lakes edge listening to birdsong or watching fishermen gently casting.  It is one of the most peaceful places to simply sit and be. Fly-fishing on the lake is also an opportunity available for guests of The Granary, with a permit for one rod provided.

The local village of Scots’ Gap (2.8 miles) has a newsagent, small grocers, and a fuel station. If you carry on further south to Kirkharle (8 miles), there’s the lovely Kirkharle Courtyard, which houses a number of independently owned craft units, as well as a farm shop and coffee house.

The attractive town of Rothbury is 10 miles away and is home to several independent shops, pubs, cafés, and restaurants for both daytime and night-time eating. It has an excellent butcher shop opposite the T-junction as you drive in, or head to Tulley Delicatessen for a great selection of cheeses.

A half-hour drive to the nearby town of Morpeth (12.5 miles) will provide a wider range of shops and eateries, or you can find some lovely characterful shopping in the village shops at Longframlington, Longhorsley and Belsay.

Just a 20-minute drive away, The Bird in the Bush in Elsdon comes highly recommended for its bar and restaurant food, and Elsdon is also home to the award-winning, family-run microbrewery, First & Last. Or, if you would prefer to eat-in but let someone else do the cooking, you can order takeaway meals from various restaurants in both Rothbury and Morpeth, including fish and chips, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisines.


Discover the National Trust’s Wallington; historical house meets rolling hills, woodlands and walled gardens spread across 13,000 acres. It offers something for everyone, whether that’s a relaxing day out to enjoy the impressive home of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and extensive grounds of lawns, lakes, woodland and farmland, or as somewhere to let off steam for all the family, through the bike hire and cycle trail and three play parks available in the West Wood.

Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offer a fascinating family-friendly day out 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 are an absolute delight.

There are plenty of walking routes nearby to choose from, including the Greenleighton Quarry to Fontburn Reservoir loop, which begins just a 3-minute drive from the property. Or walk up the Simonside Hills to enjoy the rugged and wildly beautiful landscape and breath-taking panorama view of the Cheviots and Northumberland coastline from the top. The various crags at Simonside are also fantastic spots for climbing and bouldering and fell runners will simply be in their element here with an abundance of over upland country to choose from.

If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, why not explore nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale, which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high-energy, the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.

For horse riders, set off on a quiet and peaceful trek along the seven-mile Harwood Forest loop and keep your eyes peeled along the way for the rare red squirrels known to reside here.

The stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog-friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for an ice-cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breath-taking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place.

Also within easy reach, are the award-winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. 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.

C&C experiences

C&C experiences

We invite you to enjoy the most coveted and exclusive local experiences available in the North of England and the South of Scotland on your next Crabtree & Crabtree adventure.

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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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Children and families

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.

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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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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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For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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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

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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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

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

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"The Granary is a fabulous house and the views are awesome.

The warm welcome and the arrival pack was great, Simon and Claire are fabulous hosts.

We loved the hot tub too, we will be back.

The garden was fenced so it’s dog friendly (no way out) so our dogs loved the garden."

Hobson Party

"We had an excellent stay at the Granary everything shouts quality, it is very well equipped has everything you need and more very peaceful location. The owners are lovely very attentive and welcoming. Also with this being our first booking with Crabtree and Crabtree we were impressed with the attention to detail all the required information received in a timely fashion. Will definitely use both again"

Ms Search

"We had a fabulous holiday at the Granary at Rothley East Shield. The location was perfect for visits to the National Park, the coast, Kielder and Hadrian’s Wall and the scenery on the drive from the cottage to Alnwick is stunning. The owner has done a fantastic job of furnishing and equipping the Granary. It was the best-equipped holiday home we have ever stayed in. It was a real home-from-home with a lovely kitchen with a quality dinner service and cutlery set and very comfortable seating around the huge dining table (often not the case in holiday accommodation). The bathrooms were great with luxury towels and we loved the huge and very powerful hot tub! This was our first holiday in Northumberland and we can’t wait to come back and will make a point of staying in the Granary again, if it ever has any availability! As usual, the communication from Crabtree and Crabtree was first-class. We will definitely be booking with you again."

Mrs Emerton

"What a lovely weekend and a fabulous cottage! We spent a lovely day at Corbridge & King Edward's Bay in Tynemouth, the sun came out and we enjoyed the lobster from Riley's Fish Shack. Great walks around the cottage, loved the hot tub and we enjoyed meeting the friendly horses with the brilliant Katie - thank you."

The Bliss Family

"Lovely week at The Granary! A very cosy, well-equipped cottage. Loved the hot tub! Enjoyed visiting Wallington and Cragside National Trust, Dunstanburgh Golf Course and the lovely walk from Embleton to Craster. The cakes from Kirkharle Courtyard were delicious too!"

The Greves Family


Location Rural - 3.5 miles from Longwitton.
  • Two dogs are welcome. A third dog may be accepted with prior agreement.
Hot Tub
  • Spa hot tub available
Returning Guest Discount
  • Guests who stay at this property will qualify for a returning guest discount to stay again. Please see property details for further information.
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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"The beautiful lake walks right from the cottage door, with perhaps a short drive to the nearby estates, gardens and cafes at Wallington or Cragside, followed by a peaceful, evening dip in the hot tub as the sun sets over the surrounding farmlands - the perfect country fix."
Kat, Crabtree & Crabtree
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