The Steading at West Lyham
Pairing period details with crisp, contemporary decor, this eye-catching barn conversion is ideal for families or groups of friends – especially the TV room boasting its own bar!
Convenient, ultra-rural setting meets cool, ultra-stylish design
Until recently, The Steading was (as its name suggests) merely an austere farmhouse and yard. Now, however, it has been dramatically transformed and reinvented as a sophisticated five-bedroom hideaway – one filled with light and drenched in style.
That old south-facing yard has become a courtyard containing two water features. Framing three sides of it, The Steading centres upon an open-plan living area which boldly marries old with new. A double-height ceiling sits above above the sleek, monochrome kitchen’s large island and sociable breakfast bar. Opposite, a gallery of arched windows overlook minimalist, designer furniture including a plush petrol corner sofa as a black Morsø stove produces warmth whenever needed.
Befitting of interior magazines, this space sets a clean, classy tone maintained throughout. Love it and you’ll also love an enormous, equally svelte lounge and attached dining room, both of them exposing more rafters to further the sense of grandeur. Colourful cushions and modern-art prints once again play off neutral-toned walls. Then comes the devoted TV room, complete with its own built-in bar for celebratory evenings. The beer pumps can be made available for guest use with prior arrangement, or take advantage of a staffed bar to help you enjoy your special occasion to the full!
Split into two separate areas to suit groups, the five bedrooms include a pair able to be set up as either super-king doubles or twins, two further en-suites complete with king-size beds, and a large, shared bathroom featuring a walk-in shower and freestanding tub. Those same luxuries for ablutions adorn the master suite’s own bathroom. One of the king-size bedrooms provides a desk for anyone who needs time to work.
Good luck with that, though, for The Steading enjoys a winning location between Northumberland’s dramatic coastline and pristine National Park. And while you’ll enjoy a blissful sense of rural isolation, the property is actually just a few minutes’ drive from Chatton – whose village shop stocks an array of local produce – and the Percy Arms, an inviting country inn famed for its excellent food.
Half an hour’s drive is all that’s required to reach many of the county’s most popular attractions, including Bamburgh Castle above its namesake sandy beach, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Alnwick Castle – better known to many as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films. Outdoorsy types will find endless pleasure in the 400 square miles of sheep-dotted hills, meandering river valleys, wild waterfalls and rugged moorland within Northumberland National Park, itself just 15-20 minutes by car.
Please note that, for still-larger groups. The Steading can be booked in conjunction with The Stables (sleeps 4) and The Smithy (sleeps 2), which lie nearby.
A 20% low-occupancy discount is available for parties of 6 guests making use of 3 bedrooms.
The property is ground floor. For guests with mobility issues, there are one or two small lips from the kitchen and dining room to be aware of. The barn conversion is set in a U shape configuration with the main living and kitchen spaces sitting to the centre looking out towards the courtyard, with five bedrooms (three en suite). Three bedrooms and two bathrooms sit off the TV/room bar area, and two bedrooms and bathrooms sit off the main sitting room.
Large double-height open plan kitchen with sitting room area comprising:
Kitchen with marble work surfaces, two double ovens, two microwaves (one with grill option), induction hob, two dishwashers, coffee machine, large fridge. There is a separate utility room with a combined washer/dryer, large eight-drawer freezer, and a sink. There are arched doors to the front courtyard and a double door to the rear garden and parking area which gives access to the large side garden.
Sitting room area with large corner sofa and Morsø stove, 43" Smart TV.
Dining room with large dining table (six chairs and bench seat) which seats ten.
Sitting room with three large sofas and 55" Smart TV.
TV room and bar with large corner sofa and 55" Smart TV. The bar area has a wine fridge, sink and storage. Please enquire if you’d like to use the beer pumps or take advantage of a staffed bar during your stay. Arched door to the courtyard and single door to the rear parking area.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Three bedrooms sit to the right of the TV room/bar:
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, double wardrobe with hanging space and storage, sofa, work desk with chair and side door to the courtyard. 50" Smart TV.
En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or twin, as preferred. Side tables, double wardrobe with hanging space and storage.
Bedroom three with zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or twin, as preferred. Side tables, double wardrobe with hanging space and storage, bentwood relaxer chair.
Large shared bathroom for bedroom two and three, with large freestanding bath, large walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC
Bedroom four with king size bed, side tables, double wardrobe with hanging space and storage.
En suite bathroom, with large walk-in shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom five is a large master suite with king size bed, side tables, courtyard windows and door. 50" Smart TV. Separate dressing room with hanging and storage space.
Large en suite bathroom with large freestanding bath, large walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a large enclosed gravelled courtyard (south-facing) to the front of The Steading. This has multiple flower beds and two large water features with fountains. It is very important that children are supervised at all times in this area.
The large side garden is westerly facing and has a large patio area and lawn for enjoying the beautiful sunsets and views towards the Cheviot hills (images coming soon).
At the rear of the property there is parking, large raised beds and a private sitting area. The rear and side garden is fully enclosed when the access gate is closed.
Garden furniture will be provided in the Spring and Summer months. A BBQ is not provided.
Private parking for 4-5 cars to the rear of the property.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are provided on request.
Important - there are two large water features in the front courtyard and children must be closely supervised at all times.
Three dogs are welcome at The Steading at a charge of £15 per dog. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
Bed linen, towels and guest toiletries are provided. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available and is a good speed and sufficient for streaming. Mobile coverage is poor but guests will be able to make Wi-Fi calls instead.
Underfloor heating throughout the property. The open plan kitchen with sitting area has a Morsø wood burning stove - logs provided.
Guests should be aware that The The Stables (sleeps 4) and The Smithy (sleeps 2) are in the same ownership and sit directly opposite The Steading. Both properties are available as holiday lets. The large garden to the side of The Steading has, on one boundary, a dividing fence separating it from the shared lawned garden for The Stables and The Smithy.
For guests looking to holiday together, this property can be booked alongside The Smithy at West Lyham (sleeping 2) and/or The Stables at West Lyham (sleeping 4), which are directly opposite The Steading and sit next door to one another.
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 a 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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Historic houses and castles
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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
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
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Ancestral history research
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Cooks and chefs
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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
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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Beauty and spa treatments
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"A fantastic weekend in a simply beautiful property. Just the ideal property to celebrate our daughter's 30th birthday with our adult children, their partners and our 10 month old grandson. Thank you to the owners for allowing us to stay in this perfect place and for the memories we've made. We've all loved it."Marshall family
"Lovely house, fantastic fun, hopefully will come back at some point! Thank you!"McDougall family
"We had a great time here, plenty of space for 5 households to mingle for a fabulous weekend, with ages ranging from 16 to 62, along with an older dog. The plentiful kitchen supplied allowed us to cook comfortably; even managing to dish up a 6 course leftover menu! We took a lovely walk up to St Cuthbert's Way and the path was easy to follow, and we had surprisingly good weather. Two members also cycled to Bamburgh, and highly recommended the gorgeous sea view. We had a trip to Lindisfarne too, for a great walk and enjoyed group games (with a little cheating); TV watching, adult gin (and mead) tasting; and general lounging about chatting. The house was modern, warm and created a great family atmosphere. Thank you for a great holiday!"Campbell party
"We had a lovely time at the Steading – what an amazing property! It is brilliant for large family gatherings with plenty of space to spread out. The area is lovely too, stunning countryside and close to glorious beaches at Bamburgh etc. Crabtree & Crabtree properties never disappoint – always of a very high standard. Thankyou."Mr & Mrs Sewell
"A truly fabulous holiday home - has everything you need for a large family holiday. The beaches have been loved by all - the dogs especially! Thank you to the owners - we feel very refreshed and reluctant to leave such luxury."Mrs Weston
“Wonderful cottage in an idyllic location. The cottage is close to lots of lovely beaches, we especially liked Cheswick sands. The dogs have loved the place and we all can’t wait to return. The welcome hamper and other amenities were all a special touch. Thank you Lois and Dave, we look forward to coming back soon!”The Bland Family
“And we’re back again! Such a superb house, we really love it! Had another great stay with the family, great weather, and lovely beach days. This really is one of the nicest places to visit. We took a visit to Edinburgh by train this time, went from Berwick, great day out. Great week, once again, thank you.”The Francis Family
"The Steading has been a wonderful place for a family holiday. It is quiet,peaceful,spacious and comfortable. We were a family of 6 adults and two children staying together. Everyone had their own private space to spread out and enjoy the visit. The accommodation is well equipped and the host-owner was very welcoming. Location wise it is ideal for visiting the scenic historical coast and wandering in the Borders country. All in all a worthwhile place to stay and visit."Bell Family
“Beautiful cottage, loads of space for extended family to be together and break out areas. The children loved being outside playing. There were lots of places to visit – Jim Clark Museum, Alnwick Castle & Gardens and the beaches. Wonderful week, thank you.”Mrs Oreilly
"This property certainly has the "wow" factor! Simplistic yet stylish and has been the perfect home for a week. Great accommodation for the dogs, location is fantastic, close to a lot of sightseeing places. We have all really enjoyed the house and grounds, certainly one for recommendation. Thank you."Mr & Mrs Francis
"It's certainly a house for celebrations, even for an eighty year old!! Everything you could wish for and more. First class rooms, tastefully decorated and comfortable with beautiful views. Lots to see, great beaches, we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you."Francis family
- Three dogs are welcome at a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Typifying The Steading’s penchant for sudden panache, a large, psychedelic print of an antlered deer crowns one steel-hued sitting-room sofa."David and Lois, owners of The Steading