The Old Byre at West Moneylaws
A stylishly converted cow shed in a hard-to-beat rural location with private hot tub use.
Set on the English-Scottish border, this Old Byre offers pastoral tranquillity and designer flair
Set in rolling Northumbrian countryside near Cornhill-on-Tweed, The Old Byre delivers the peace of a truly rural setting while also packing an interior design punch. Known as the first and last village in England, Cornhill sits on the border with Scotland where it follows the River Tweed, bordered by the Cheviot Hills to the south. This setting ensures that The Old Byre is remote enough to deliver a sense of blissful rural isolation while also being close enough to Cornhill to easily pick up provisions and enjoy a pint in the village shop and Collingwood Arms Hotel.
As the name suggests, this freshly converted property was once a byre, or cowshed, that formed part of the farm steading that sat on this prime spot of pastoral land. Together with its adjoining sister property, The Stables, The Old Byre has benefitted from an impressive transformation from a tumbledown stone outbuilding to a rustic-chic holiday cottage with a lust-worthy location.
The single-storey former shed now sports a smart granite roof and galvanised window and door frames set into the original stone walls. The large open-plan kitchen and living area, topped by timber trusses with an exposed stone wall at one end, forms the hub of the house and sets the rustic-cum-industrial chic design tone for the property. Flagstone floors, a wood burner, a smart matt grey country kitchen, contemporary artworks and a galvanised steel, timber and leather dining table and chairs make this a stylish yet welcoming country escape. And, to top it off, sliding doors lead from the living area to a raised platform with a secluded hot tub.
The Old Byre further features a utility room and two en-suite bedrooms, which combine rough-hewn stone walls and exposed timber trusses with homely throws and prints of Highland cattle and hares. One of the bedrooms features a king size bed while the other is set up with twin beds, which can be configured as a king size bed, and both bathrooms benefit from walk-in showers with tropical rainforest showerheads
Finally, guests staying at The Old Byre enjoy access to a separate games room (shared with guests of The Stables) with a pool table, football table and darts board. And, just a few hundred yards from the house, there’s a pretty pond teeming with ducks and wildlife.
Only slightly further afield, there’s walking and biking galore in the Cheviot Hills, fishing on the River Tweed, historic castles to visit at Norham, Ford and Etal, and the nearby Battlefield of Flodden to explore.
Access into an open plan living/dining/kitchen area comprising:
Kitchen with electric oven, Neff five burner gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer. Separate utility room with belfast sink and washing machine. A dryer can be made available to guests on request in an external store. Dining space seating 4-6 guests.
Sitting room with three sofas, raised wood burning stove, Smart TV.
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured to twin beds or a super king.
En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king size bed, wardrobe, side tables, chest of drawers, dressing table, velux with black-out blind.
En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a Games Room - named Cundy Barn - in the courtyard, which has a pool table, football table, air hockey table, and darts board, and is shared with the adjoining Stables holiday let.
There is a small inner courtyard with patio which can be accessed from the open plan living area. There is a raised deck to the rear (12 steps up) which is enclosed and leads to the hot tub.
A table and seating for up to 4 guests is available for use.
Please note - as a new development, some of the surrounding landscaping is yet to become fully established and some planting work is still in progress.
There is a hot tub at the property - pool rules apply. This sits to the rear of the property on a raised deck accessed by 12 steps. This has a security rail but children must be closely supervised at all times in this area.
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.
There is private parking to the side of the property.
Babies & Children
Children and babies are welcome and a travel cot and high chair can be provided on request. It is important to note that there is a high raised deck to the rear with hot tub and children must be closely supervised at all times. There is a large duck pond a few hundred yards from the property and again, supervision is essential around this area.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a fee of £15 per dog, however they must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms. The area around West Moneylaws is farmland therefore dogs should be kept on leads when out and about.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Duvets and pillows are duck down but hypo-allergenic can be accommodated on request.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-fi is available with good speeds. Mobile reception can be variable but this improves outside.
Underfloor heating throughout. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room - logs supplied.
There are five properties in the overall development, which is a mix of holiday lets and residential. The rear aspect and deck with hot tub is not overlooked and offers guest privacy.
For larger groups who wish to holiday together, The Old Byre can be let in conjunction with The Stables, which adjoins the property and sits in the same ownership.
Nearby Cornhill-on-Tweed (3.5 miles) offers a superb village store and coffee shop in addition to the popular Collingwood Arms bar and restaurant. Just over the River Tweed in Scotland is the historic town of Coldstream which has a good selection of pubs, cafes and local shops, including a butcher, baker and grocer.
The Blue Bell Inn which offers excellent food is about 4.5 miles from West Moneylaws, and The Red Lion at Milfield (5.5 miles) is also well worth a visit.
For a more extensive range of shops and larger supermarkets, the charming market towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso are an easy half-hour drive by car.
The Old Byre is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area. Seven miles in one direction will take you to the edge of the Northumberland National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with over 400 square miles of stunning landscapes, criss-crossed by over 700 miles of walking, biking and riding trails which follow the routes of ancient cattle drovers, taking in Iron Age stone fortifications and traces of Bronze Age hillforts amidst the tranquil and rugged landscape.
Hop into your walking boots and you can join Northumberland Park Rangers for a guided walk from Wooler where you will learn much about the heritage and wildlife of the area, or follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and enjoy some outstanding vistas along the route as it winds its way to the dune-fringed sands on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For cycling, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks, including long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway or the cycle challenges of the Wooler Wheel Hub.
For families, the Breamish Valley is a popular area with pretty river picnic spots where children can paddle, followed by a walk to the lovely waterfall at Linhope Spout where you may even spot some wild Cheviot goats along the way. Alternatively, a warm welcome awaits you at Ford & Etal Estates (6 miles) which has a super range of family friendly activities with over twenty attractions to explore. Take a ride on Bunty on the very charming 15” gauge steam railway, follow the mouse trail around the Heatherslaw Corn mill or there is fishing, canoeing, cycle hire and a riding centre all nearby. For art lovers, a must-visit is the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall, or explore the ruins of EtalCastle or the local heritage sites of nearby Flodden or Duddo Standing Stones, Northumberland’s equivalent of Stonehenge.
The stunning heritage coastline is just a short half-hour drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape here, including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach; Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films; or Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.
Fishing is available on the River Till about a ten minute drive and is one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring said to be the best in the country. Trout permits are available for as little as £5 per day and rods, reels and waders can be hired locally.
Children and families
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Historic houses and castles
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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.Find Out More
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Nannies and babysitters
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"We've had a fantastic week, The Old Byre was everything we hoped for and more. Peaceful and tranquil location, yet close enough to the fabulous beaches and Cheviot hills. The girls loved the games room, and the hot tub was the icing on the case."Rogan Family
"The cottage is wonderful and we have enjoyed our stay. Thank you so much!"Ms Winfield
"As per our previous stay in December 2022, the property is excellent and the hot tub is memorable. We love the walks, castles, roads and countryside around Northumberland."Mr Marsden
"Our second time back within a month. What a fabulous place. I love this cottage and the owners have done an exceptional job for both cottages. We've had a fabulous few days and love it so much. We will be back again. Just such a fabulous beautiful place."Ms Dorrington
"Wow! Wow! Wow! The Old Byre is amazing. We had a fantastic week, everything you need has been thought of, so cosy and warm (the underfloor heating is brilliant), and beds and linen were beautiful and a bit of luxury. We will definitely be back."Mr Miller
"Holiday cottage perfection - long walks, a lovely welcome from black labradors, and a hot tub under the stars. What is not to love?"Mr & Mrs Leahy
"A fantastic week in a very comfortable cottage. We left feeling very relaxed and rested. Thank you!"Cameron Family
"Simply a fantastic stay! We loved it so much that we've booked a second stay. Can't wait to return!"Mr & Mrs White
"Stunning cottage with amazing attention to detail throughout and centrally located to explore Northumberland and surrounding areas. The hot tub and terrace were ideal for relaxing and the games room was an added bonus. We will definitely be back."Mr & Mrs Baird
"Beautifully renovated property in an idyllic setting. If there is anything the owners haven't thought of then we didn't notice! We are bound to return, thank you!"Williamson Family
"My daughter and I had the most fabulous time at West Moneylaws. The Old Byre was top notch and we felt very much at home there. Everything was perfect . Many thanks."Ms Campbell
"We had the best time at The Old Byre at West Moneylaws. The cottage was even more than we expected, the welcome pack was very generous including a bottle of wine. There was no expense spared in this cottage. The quality provided everywhere including provisions left in food cupboards too. Although, temperatures were typical for November, the hot tub was used and enjoyed! We can confidently recommend The Old Byre to anyone for a lovely holiday break, whether you just want to chill at the cottage as there is also, a large games room adjacent or visit the beautiful surrounding area including the beautiful Bamburgh Castle."Richardson Family
"Thank you for a wonderful week at The Old Byre. The property is beautiful with lots of touches to make a perfect home from home. The log fire, games room and hot tub were particular highlights."Mrs Teate
"We couldn't have wished for anything better - snow, log fire, hot tub, long walks - bliss! The owners could not have been more accommodating - everything they can do they will to make their guests' stay as comfortable as possible, thank you for everything."Mrs Carlisle
"The hot tub was a fantastic experience in freezing weather with views of the stars. The property was excellent - the wood fire was like the old days. A brilliant three-day stay not to be forgotten."Ms Waite
"We couldn't have chosen a nicer place than her for my 50th! Stunning place, we didn't want to leave, everything was so warm and comfortable. Lovely to meet the owners, we will be booking again. Thank you for everything."Garner Family
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- A spa hot tub is available.
- Typical arrival day: Saturday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The Old Byre is perfectly placed to enjoy the best of rural England and Scotland."Matthew and Louise, owners of The Old Byre