Soothe your tired legs in an outdoor bathtub, which looks right across Upper Coquetdale.
A serene, scenic base for hill walkers
Northumberland National Park is terrific for hikers: there’s an abundance of do-able hills, plentiful waterfalls, wild goats to spot, intriguing valley hamlets, Iron Age hill forts and, perhaps best of all, hardly any people.
As far as bases go, The Oak takes some topping, too. Literally: it sits high up in the park’s far-flung valley of Upper Coquetdale, worlds away from cities, commuters or queues. Expect scintillating views down that valley, not least from the patio and an the enclosed garden beyond. The most memorable spot, however, is a six-foot copper Shaanti (a Sanskrit word for calmness) tub positioned — in perfect privacy — just outside your bathroom. You’ll surely never have had a soak this spectacular!
Numerous walks are available locally, including some that pass by through the Kidlandlee estate and others within a short drive. Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels and kestrels when out striding, as well as those shy Cheviot goats.
Inside, beyond its attractive wood cladding, The Oak revolves around a stylish open-plan living space complete with an eye-catching pair of brown leather sofas and a slick log-burning stove. To one side, the kitchen has lots of high-quality amenities; opposite, large bi-fold doors admit floods of light and make the most of those spectacular views.
On the same floor is your bedroom. Ensuring a sound night’s kip, the king-sized bed in here is a modernist take on classic four-posters. The patio is directly accessible from another door, as is that al-fresco tub from the relaxing bathroom, which contains a rainfall shower for indoor washing.
The Oak is part of Kidlandee, a sprawling estate whose ethos is twofold. Firstly, it wants guests to be able to recharge, aided by the scenery, the abundant nature and the tranquil surrounds (and indeed by a spa treatment cabin elsewhere on site). Equally important is lowering its carbon footprint — this is done in numerous inspiring ways, from the intent usage of solar power to cushion covers made from recycled plastic bottles.
But Kidlandee has long been a remarkable place. Standing some 1,400ft above sea level, it once hosted England’s “highest mansion”: the Kidland shooting lodge, whose colourful owner Christopher John Leyland established his own lake and croquet lawn, both still in use today.
Your nearest village, Harbottle, has a shop, while it’s a dozen miles to Thropton’s highly-regarded Three Wheat Heads fine-dining inn and the riverside town of Rothbury, a little further on, has independent stores to rummage.
The Oak sits nearby to its sister property, The Elm - Another one-bedroom retreat. Slightly larger – sleeping 4 - and equally luxurious, The Maple and The Willow are in the same paddock, further up the hill. All four properties are cleverly positioned to ensure peace, privacy and pretty panoramics, yet are handily close-by for groups holidaying together, in separate holdings.
Enter from the back of the cottage into a bright and spacious hallway with coat hooks, bench seating, umbrella stand and large mirror.
Open plan living room and kitchen with two-seater leather sofas, coffee table, modern log burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), Smart TV, DVD player and Bluetooth speaker
Dining area with wooden dining table and seating for two.
Kitchen equipped with four ring gas hob, gas oven and electric grill, integrated dishwasher, integrated fridge and freezer, washing machine, built in microwave, toaster and le creusets hob kettle.
Open plan living space has large bi-fold doors and windows with gorgeous views over the valley. The doors open out to the patio area.
Bedroom with Kingsize bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers with mirror above, open clothes rail and shelf storage. Door out to outdoor patio area.
Family Bathroom with rainfall shower head and additional hand-held attachment, basin with an illuminated mirrored cabinet above, WC. Door from bathroom leads directly out to the outdoor Shaanti Bath area to the side of the cottage.
Patio area with picnic bench and two wooden lounging chairs. Access around to the outdoor Shaanti Bath area, to the side of the property.
A 6 ft long, luxurious copper bath, enclosed on 3 sides with the garden side open to allow views over the valley and stargazing.
SHAANTI BATH BASKETS
Shanti Bath Baskets can be added for £20 as an optional extra. The baskets will have two bathrobes, four battery operated lightbulbs in jars, six battery operated tea lights and two bath melts or bath bombs from The Holistic Healing Cabin, and a bar of chocolate.
There is private parking to the rear of the cottage.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
There is an electric car charger in the parking area which is powered by solar panels on the roof. Please note due to being solar-powered, cars can only be charged during the day and not at night.
For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging points here. Alwinton Village at the bottom of the valley has an additional charger if required.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a cost of £20 per dog per stay. They must be clean before access into the property and are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Experience a midnight picnic under the stars!
As an optional extra, Stargazing kits are available to hire at this property. Take your basket down to the garden, set up your midnight picnic and have fun stargazing.
Due to its rural location within a dark skies area, the property is ideally placed to experience the full magnificence of the night sky. Set up your telescope to look for galaxies and planets or see which constellations you can spot using the handy guide.
The basket will include:
A flask for two, Choc Affair hot chocolate, Choc Affair chocolate bar, Northumberland Bakery cookies, two hot water bottles, Stargazing for Beginners guide, 2023 Guide to the Night Sky, a practical guide to the key constellations, 10x50 Binoculars, travel telescope, large picnic rug, and two fleece blankets.
Stargazing kits can be booked for use during your stay at a charge of £20.
HOLISTIC HEALING AT THE CABIN
Take some time to fully relax and rejuvenate and book a treatment with a fully qualified Complementary Therapsit at The Holistic Healing Cabin.
The rustic cabin on the estate, heated with wind felled logs, is a warm and inviting space where guests can enjoy spa treatments. There are various treatments available, such as a soothing aromatherapy massage, a Swedish deep tissue massage, a facial, reflexology or crystal therapy to name a few. Further details will be sent to you before your arrival. Booking in advance is required, subject to availability. Please contact us for further information.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Broadband Wifi is available.
Mobile reception is patchy depending on the network, with Vodafone offering the best connection. There is a landline at the nearby owner property for emergency use.
HEATING & ELECTRICITY
LPG gas central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided, with extra supplies available at cost price on-site.
Please note that Kidlandee is not on the national grid and is dependent on wind and solar power, with a generator for back-up. This means that the number of electrical appliances in the property is more limited to the key essentials and a dishwasher cannot be supported.
ACCESS - IMPORTANT
While the cottage is situated in a fabulous secluded position, it is important to note that this is accessed by a three mile long Forestry Commission track used by logging lorries which comprises loose gravel and cattle grids. This is steep in places and care should be taken, especially during the winter months, as adverse weather and heavy goods vehicles can leave the track rutted and pot-holed. Please drive slowly paying particular attention to the road surface. Sports cars and low suspension vehicles should be avoided. Four-wheel drive vehicles may be required in winter conditions. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
For guests looking to holiday together, this cottage can be booked alongside ten other properties at Kidlandlee.
There are four cabins in close proximity; The Maple (sleeping 4), The Willow (sleeping 4), The Elm (sleeping 2) and The Oak (sleeping 2). Nearby sits Chaffinch Cottage (sleeping 4) and adjoining Dipper Cottage (sleeping 6), then The School House (sleeping 4) and adjoining Tutor's Lodge (sleeping 4). Close to these are The Old Barn (sleeping 4) and adjoining Leyland Barn (sleeping 4), while The Hemmel (sleeping 2) sits on its own a little further away.
RETURNING GUEST DISCOUNT
Upon departure, guests who stay at this property will be offered a 10% discount for use on a future booking at any of the Kidlandlee properties (Chaffinch Cottage, Dipper Cottage, Leyland Barn, Number One Clayport Street, The Hemmel, The Old Barn, The School House, The Willow, The Maple, The Elm, Tutor’s Lodge) This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
If you have previously booked one of the above properties and wish to book another, please contact us providing the lead booker’s name and cottage for the returning guest code.
A drive of 3 miles will take you to Clennell Hall in Harbottle which has an excellent bar and restaurant for eating-out, along with the occasional music evening which brings locals and visitors together for a little entertainment.
Alternatively the village of Thropton (11 miles) has a small village shop selling general provisions and also has two pubs including the highly regarded Three Wheat Heads, a traditional 300-year-old coaching inn which has a cosy lounge bar and fine dining restaurant serving a varied and interesting menu using fine local produce from the Coquet Valley.
For a wider variety, head to the charming village of Rothbury (14 miles) which has a super selection of independent shops, galleries, pubs and cafes as well as a deli, bakery and butchers shop.
This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border reivers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland and picturesque valleys.
Clennell Street follows the ancient drover road where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills, dropping down to the tiny village of Alwinton where you can rest tired legs and enjoy a pie and a pint at the Rose and Thistle pub. Alwinton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so it’s also a perfect spot to indulge in a spot of stargazing. Stargazing kits can be hired for use during your stay at an additional charge.
Alternatively the Street or ‘clattering path’ is a Roman road where you can walk the Border Ridge and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings, or why not take a ranger led walk from Harbottle to see the fabled Drake Stone.
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.
The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.
For those looking for a more relaxed option, enjoy a pampering treatment at your cottage with Harmony Holistic Mobile Spa.
Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating 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 are an absolute delight.
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.
Finally 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 breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place. Simply magical!
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- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
- Guests who stay at this property will qualify for a returning guest discount at any Kidlandlee property. Please see property details for further information.
- Typical arrival day: Friday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"All the lovely extras: Penhaligon’s of London toiletries; underfloor heating; and a complimentary hamper full of local goodies"Kat, Crabtree & Crabtree