The Smithy at West Lyham
The Smithy is part of a sensitively renovated farm, which combines rural charm with stylish design.
A sophisticated country bolthole just a short hop from Northumberland’s coastline and National Park
The Smithy is a chic one-bedroom retreat that forms part of a stylishly renovated farm steading in a picturesque corner of Northumberland. Conveniently sandwiched between the county’s prized coastline and National Park, The Smithy makes the perfect rural getaway for two. The spacious open-plan kitchen, dining and living area and peaceful en-suite bedroom combine high-end fittings and contemporary styling with country comforts like reclaimed timber trusses and posies of freshly-picked flowers. A stable door opens from the kitchen onto the tranquil stone courtyard, where a table and chairs invite you to linger over a morning coffee or evening aperitif.
While guests enjoy a sense of blissful isolation at The Smithy, the property is in fact just a few minutes’ drive from the village of Chatton, which boasts an excellent village shop stocked with an array of local produce and the Percy Arms, an inviting country pub known for its excellent food. It’s also under ten minutes’ drive from Chillingham Castle, considered to be England’s most haunted castle and home to the only wild cattle in the world, sole survivors of herds that once roamed the forests of Britain. A little further down the road you’ll find St Cuthbert’s Cave, thought to be where the monks of Lindisfarne brought St. Cuthbert’s body in AD875, following Viking raids on the Holy Island.
Indeed, thanks to its setting between Northumberland’s coast and National Park, The Smithy is within half an hour’s drive to many of the county’s most popular attractions, including Bamburgh Castle, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the picturesque coastal town of Seahouses and Alnwick Castle. Outdoorsy types will find endless pleasure in the 400 square miles of sheep-dotted hills, meandering river valleys and rugged moorland within Northumberland National Park; keen walkers can tackle the 62.5-mile-long St Cuthbert’s Way trail (or perhaps just sections of it), which passes close by to the cottage; and cyclists can explore the 120-mile-long Sandstone Way cycle path, which also skirts the cottage.
The Smithy is part of a new steading development and can be booked in conjunction with the adjacent cottage, The Stables (sleeps 4), for larger parties wishing to holiday together.
Due to COVID, the renovation of the property directly opposite to create a five bedroom holiday home has been delayed and works will be ongoing until spring 2021. Any external works are expected to be completed by the end of April with final window installation completed by mid- May. Any further works after this time is expected to be predominantly internal finishing with some stone work and garden work to the side and rear of the property which should cause minimal impact on guest enjoyment. Please contact us for further details if you have any concerns.
Important - ongoing renovations to property opposite
Due to COVID, the renovation of the property directly opposite to create a five bedroom holiday home has been delayed and works will be ongoing until spring 2021. Any external works are expected to be completed by the end of April with final window installation completed by mid-May. Any further works after this time is expected to be predominantly internal finishing with some stone work and garden work to the side and rear of the property which should cause minimal impact on guest enjoyment. Please contact us for further details if you have any concerns.
The accommodation is all on the ground floor and may be suitable for less mobile guests.
Open-plan living area with well-equipped kitchen, dining area (extendable table seating up to four) and seating area with TV with Freeview.
The well-equipped kitchen includes electric oven, microwave and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
Bedroom with king size bed and large fitted wardrobes.
En suite shower room with shower, basin and WC.
There is a table and chairs in front of the cottage. The cottage shares the courtyard with The Stables next door and The Steading which is currently being developed. A further shared lawned garden area will be available for next Spring.
There is covered parking in addition to parking in the courtyard.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request, however please note there is limited space in the bedroom for a travel cot.
Two dogs are welcome at The Smithy. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
Bed linen, towels and guest toiletries are provided. A hairdryer is provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available and is a good speed and sufficient for streaming. Mobile coverage is poor. Guests can make Wi-Fi calls and there is a landline for emergency and out going calls.
There is underfloor heating throughout.
The Smithy at West Lyham adjoins The Stables at West Lyham which is a holiday cottage sleeping four guests. The garden areas are shared. A further property called The Steading is also under development.
For guests looking to holiday together this property can be booked alongside The Stables at West Lyham sleeping 4 guests which is next door.
The local village of Chatton (1.5 miles) is a short drive or thirty-minute walk away. Stop by The Percy Arms Hotel for a drink or something to eat. They serve food all day and their Sunday roast dinners are well-known locally.
The attractive market town of Wooler is just five miles away, and has two excellent butchers, several pubs and cafés and the highly rated Italian, Milan Restaurant. It also has a good range of independent shops, including the super ‘Breeze’ art gallery which also serves coffee and light lunch. The Good Life Shop is a wonderful deli selling cheeses, cured meats and health foods.
There is another excellent village shop on the Main Street of Cornhill-on-Tweed (18 miles) and a highly recommended butcher in Norham (20 miles), RG Foreman Butchers, with a great selection of meat, cheese, wine and spirits. They can also deliver for you to collect from the village shop in Cornhill-on-Tweed if you ask.
Coldstream (20 miles) has a small Co-op supermarket while more extensive shopping is available in the historic towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick and Kelso which are all within an easy half-hour drive.
Fabulous walks from the doorstep range from leisurely rambles around the surrounding farmland to 600 miles of designated hill and moorland routes in the Cheviot Hills, making it a superb spot for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors.
St. Cuthbert’s Way passes nearby to the cottage so why not join part of the 62-mile walk from Melrose Abbey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, or enjoy nearby walks to Linhope Spout and Routin Linn with their fantastic waterfall picnic spots. For cycling and mountain biking, there are extensive routes and trails nearby for family-friendly recreation, including bike hire available locally. For more challenging terrain, the Pennine Cycleway passes through Wooler (5 miles) making it an ideal stop-off for those embarking on the full route - an ideal retreat for resting tired legs at the end of the day.
Horse riding is available locally at nearby Kimmerston (12 miles), and for fishing, the lower and bottom beats of the legendary River Tweed are within easy driving distance. There is also still water trout fishing available in Chatton (1.6 miles) and fly fishing at the Watch Water Fishery (40 miles), set in the Lammermuir Hills, adjacent to the Southern Upland Way.
Clay pigeon shooting is available in Morpeth (30 miles) or Kelso (30 miles) or you can book high bird shooting within the Bowmont Valley locally.
Also nearby is the Ford and Etal estate where one can have a wander around the ruins of Etal Castle or enjoy a pint at Northumberland’s only thatched pub before taking the delightful miniature steam railway which runs to Heatherslaw to explore the corn mill and buy some delicious Heatherslaw biscuits.
For golf enthusiasts, Wooler has its own 9-hole course with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside whilst Goswick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Alnmouth are all within easy driving distance. For something a little different, gliding can be arranged through the Borders Gliding Club or perhaps take a trip in a Hot Air Balloon - incredible experiences are never forgotten.
The cottage lies within half an hour's drive of Northumberland's magnificent coastline, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just perfect for rest or play. One of our favourite spots is Bamburgh Beach with miles of pristine sand, nestled behind huge sand dunes and overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle. The stunning coastline provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing, sailing or coasteering. For something a little different, gliding is available at nearby Millfield.
The region’s rich history is reflected in the magnificent chain of castles that punctuate the landscape. Those nearby the cottage include the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, Chillingham, reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in England and home to the world’s only herd of wild cattle, and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwart’s School in the Harry Potter films.
Further afield, the magnificent city of Edinburgh is only about an hour and a half by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Children and families
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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.Find Out More
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
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.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
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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
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Ancestral history research
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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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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
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
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Beauty and spa treatments
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- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"We love the way the cottage has the feel of an old barn but with all the mod cons we need for cooking up a treat after a day exploring in the hills."David & Lois, owners