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Walltown Byre

Greenhead, Northumberland

A true one-off, Walltown Byre is an eclectic country retreat that blends cutting-edge design and contemporary art with unabashed fun and a dose of philanthropy

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Walltown Byre

15% discount on remaining stays throughout September and October 2023 (3 nights stay minimum).

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Overview

A true one-off, Walltown Byre is an eclectic country retreat that blends cutting-edge design and contemporary art with unabashed fun and a dose of philanthropy.

A centuries-old byre bristling with contemporary objets d’art, complete with a hot tub and entertainment barn

Sabina Forwood, the owner of the 17th-century Walltown Byre, set in 700 acres of rolling Northumberland countryside, does not do beige. As she says: “Life is colour. Colour is life – it’s everything. Colour is evocative; it’s sexy; it makes you think.”

So, if you like your interiors bland, look away now.

Filled with the unusual and unique, Sabina’s creative influence is evident in every inch of this property. After inheriting the working byre (the old English word for cowshed) Sabina worked closely with local specialists to convert the simple stone property into a stylish three-bedroom house. 

The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area spans a generous nine by five metres and is flooded with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, which frame the front aspect of the property. The byre’s original stone arches create a natural divide between the dining and sitting areas while retaining a relaxed flow throughout the space, enabling guests to chat, relax and entertain at ease.

Sabina’s design influences are by no means limited to vibrant colours – an accomplished artist who loves collecting and showcasing works by fellow artists, she’s also dedicated to the reuse and repurposing of items that are so thoughtlessly discarded in our throwaway culture. Stay at Walltown Byre and not only will you get to cook in a magnificent pillar box red kitchen, you’ll discover a thought-provoking world of antique furnishings revived by local artisans using vintage fabrics, abstract sculptures, wall-hung kimonos and eye-popping tapestries.

Despite such striking interiors, one’s gaze is always drawn back to the sweeping countryside views afforded by the byre’s large windows. Soak up the verdant beauty of Roman wall country from the dining table or kitchen bar, from the comfort of your bed or - our favourite - from the bubbling embrace of the outdoor hot tub on the patio to the front of the property.

Three suitably quirky en-suite bedrooms lead off from the main living space while a separate wing houses an impressive cinema and games room, where natural light from arrow-slit windows is complemented by bespoke chromatic lighting. Complete with a ping-pong table and piano, this is the spot for big kids of all ages to kick back and indulge in serious games and screen time. Although, given that guests can stream films from iPlayer, Amazon, Netflix and YouTube, family debates about what to watch on the huge cinema screen are inevitable...

Finally, a separate utility room leads into a ground floor wet room with plenty of storage for outdoor gear, wellies and walking boots.

For guests looking to holiday together but enjoy their own space, Walltown Byre can be let in conjunction with Lowtown Cottage sleeping four which sits a short ten-minute walk or just a few minutes drive from the property.

Property details

Ground floor

Access into open plan kitchen, dining and living area measuring 9m x 5m. Dining area with extendable table seating up to 12 guests. Three floor to ceiling windows open directly into the courtyard/patio area. Writing desk/office space.

Sitting room – ample seating with large sofa and armchairs, electric stove, Smart TV, selection of books and games, Wi-fi printer.

Kitchen – all with integrated appliances. Large island unit/breakfast bar area with 4 bar stools, 4 ring ceramic hob, 3 drawer freezer, dishwasher, large fridge, single oven, combi microwave. 

Utility room with separate sink, washing machine and dryer.  This leads into a ground floor shower/wet room with shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC and drying pulley.

From the hall, this leads into a separate 3m x 7m cinema room and games room – with ping pong table, electric piano, large sofa, 2 armchairs, large cinema screen (3m x 1.7m) and projector (TV, DVD, streaming or HDMI connection for your laptop).

Off the open-plan sitting room to the right, leads down a hallway into;

Bedroom one with king size bed, two side tables, arched window with door opening, window seat, hanging hook, small storage cabinet.

En suite bathroom with large bath (1800mm) with shower over, heated towel rail, basin, WC. Please note that the en suite bathroom does not have a door. 

Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds, two armchairs, side table, small chest of drawers, hanging hook.

Four steps down from the bedroom lead to the en suite bathroom with large shower, heated towel rail, basin, and WC. Please note that the en suite bathroom does not have a door. 

Six steps down at the end of the hallway lead into bedroom three.

Bedroom three with twin beds, chest of drawers, armchair, hanging hook, and small wardrobe. 

Two steps up to the en suite bathroom with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC. Please note that the en suite bathroom does not have a door. 

Outside

There is a gravelled courtyard to the front, facing South with far-reaching views across the North Pennines which is enclosed by a drystone wall and a set of gates. Patio area with garden furniture with seating for eight/ten guests. Hot tub - see below.

The Byre 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. It is absolutely essential that children are supervised by adults at all times. This also includes the immediate outdoor area around the hot tub.

Guests should be aware that the area around the property is farmland. Under no circumstances should guests walk through fields with cattle, or during lambing and calving season. Dogs must be supervised and kept on leads at all times.

Hot tub

Available at an additional charge of £60. 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 therefore if guests have departed on the day of your arrival, the hot tub will take time to re-heat to the correct temperature and will not be available for use until the following day.

Important – please note that the hot tub needs daily testing and will require attendance by a member 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 have to be removed from use for the duration of the stay. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Parking

Parking for three cars in the gravelled courtyard area. Additional parking for 5 cars outside the courtyard.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

External 13 Amp sockets for EV charging can be made available on request when booking, at an additional cost of £30 for a short break, and £60 for a full week.

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 high chair and travel cot is provided.

Walltown Byre sits on a working farm therefore farm machinery, equipment and farm vehicles will be in use around this area and to the barns to the rear of the property. It is absolutely essential that children are supervised by adults at all times. This also includes the immediate outdoor area around the hot tub.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.  Additional dogs may be welcome by prior request. We are dog lovers ourselves and welcome well-behaved dogs.  We ask that you please keep dogs in the heated kennels until they are clean and dry and do not allow dogs on the furniture or in the bedrooms. Please clear up after your dogs.

Two double kennels with heating and runs are provided in a nearby outbuilding. 

Guests should be aware that the area around the property is farmland. Under no circumstances should guests walk through fields with cattle, or during lambing and calving season. Dogs must be supervised and kept on leads at all times.

Guest amenities

Bed linen, towels and bathrobes are provided. A coloured towel, robe and slippers are provided for each guest when using the hot tub. Guest hand soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided. 

Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage

Wi-Fi is provided (4MB/second). Mobile signal is good on most networks. 

Heating

There is oil fired underfloor heating throughout the property. There is an electric stove in the living area. Being a new conversion to the highest standards, the Byre is wonderfully warm in all weathers.

Additional accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together but enjoy their own space, Walltown byre can be let in conjunction with Walltown Farm Cottage sleeping six plus a child's bed and sofa bed, Lowtown Cottage sleeping four, and Fell End sleeping eight plus five children's beds. 

 Walltown Farm Cottage sits 50 yards from Walltown Byre while Lowtown Cottage is approximately a 10 minute walk away along the public footpath, and Fell End is approximately a 25 minute walk away along the public footpath or a short drive.

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 any of the Walltown Crags Cottages (Fell EndLowtown Cottage, Walltown Bryre, Walltown Farm Cottage). 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.

Location

For eating out, the Mile Castle pub sits 2.25 miles east along the Military Road and is within walking distance down the farm track from the property within 45 minutes or so. You will also find good pub food at the Greenhead Hotel 1.25 miles west. 

Alternatively, the Samson Inn, Gilsland or the Blekinsopp Castle Inn and Bistro are 2.75 and 2.9 miles respectively and both come recommended.

The Twice Brewed pub sits 4.5 miles east along the Military Road is a popular choice with walkers and has its own micro-brewery, or for a stunning dining experience with a difference, head to Restaurant Hjem which has achieved the coveted stamp of approval as the first Michelin starred restaurant in Northumberland. Guests can experience a fantastic tasting menu combining the finest Northumbrian produce with the flair and precision of Scandinavia (21 miles).

A little further afield sits the pretty market town of Hexham (21 miles) characterised by cobbled streets and historic architecture which offers quirky coffee shops, award-winning restaurants and excellent independent shops. Hexham offers more extensive shopping and amenities. It also boasts its own racecourse, theatre, cinema, golf course and leisure centre, including a pool and a ten-pin bowling alley.

The popular tourist village of Corbridge is 25 miles and offers a variety of shops, a delicatessen, and one or two restaurants and cafes, while Matfen Hall (26 miles) offers excellent spa and leisure facilities.

In the other direction, the pretty market town of Brampton, with Lanercost Priory close by, is 10 miles away and the historic city of Carlisle is 21 miles away. There is a wealth of things to see and do in Carlisle including the award-winning Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle. Walby Park Farm is a family favourite where you can meet farmyard favourites and rare breeds with plenty of opportunity for the younger ones to burn off some steam. Carlisle offers extensive shopping, a cinema, a railway station and various bars and restaurants.

If you or your guests are coming by plane or train, the new Carlisle Airport, with flights from Southend, Belfast and Dublin, is 16 miles away. Car hire is available at the airport.

Newcastle and Carlisle have mainline train services with direct trains to London and Edinburgh/Glasgow, and there is a local train between Newcastle and Carlisle that stops at Haltwhistle which is 2.5 miles away.

There is a bus (the AD122) linking the major Roman sites, together with Hexham and Haltwhistle which has a stop at the Roman Army Museum which is ¾ mile from the Byre or a 15-minute walk. This runs between Easter and the 1st October.

Activities

Surrounded by footpaths and bridleways, big skies and wonderful views, the area has plenty to offer those seeking dramatic ridges and panoramic views.

For walking, the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is a designated World Heritage site with an unbroken 84 mile signposted trail stretching from coast-to-coast, passing through stunning countryside and rugged moorland. The Byre is some three miles from the intersection of the Hadrian's Wall trail and the Pennine Way making it a walkers' paradise.

Notable visitor attractions include the English Heritage site of Walltown Crags Wall and Turret, one of the finest places to view Hadrian's Wall, as well as the Roman Army Museum which sit less than a mile away from the property. The Sill, Vindolanda, and Housesteads are all within a ten minute drive.

Hadrian's cycleway runs from coast-to-coast and is part of the National Cycle Network boasting incredible scenery which takes in various forts, milecastles and settlements along the line of the wall. As well as off-road options, it boasts 100 miles of purpose-built trails for the peddle-hungry looking to soak up mile after mile of never-ending trails. 

For history buffs, this is a perfect base from which to explore Chesters and Vindolanda which are steeped in Roman history and offer a fascinating insight into Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago. Here you can see in incredible 3D detail what life was like on the wall in the life of a Roman soldier, and discover latest artefacts, including the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets.

For some later history, visit Hermitage Castle (60 minutes), a Norman Castle built in 1240AD and famous for a visit there by Mary Queen of Scots to the wounded 4th Earl of Bothwell. She later married Bothwell, despite the fact that he was implicated in her husband's murder.

Lanercost Priory, founded in 1169AD is only 18 minutes drive away.  It is partly built from stones from Hadrian’s wall and was visited a number of times by Edward I. In August 1311, Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, came with his army and made it his headquarters for three days.

You can enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures in over 13,000 acres at Wallington Hall (45 minutes) with gentle woodland strolls to more extensive hikes, or take your bike and explore the Dragon Cycling Trail, a safe family-friendly route where you may be lucky enough to spot one of the resident red squirrels in the woods. For less active pursuits, head to the Clocktower Cafe for a coffee and cake stop, or take a tour of the main house for a fascinating insight into the rich history and artefacts of this 300 year old home.

Cragside House and Gardens offer a captivating 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 here are an absolute delight.

A 45 minute drive will take you to the Kielder Water and Forest Park, with something for everyone including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers. A highlight is the star gazing treat at the Kielder Observatory where you can view the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park.

Golf enthusiasts are well catered for at Matfen Hall, or take a drive to the championship courses of Close House and Slaley Hall. 

The stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast are an easy day trip, including the iconic Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. 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.

To the West, the coast of the Solway is 50 minutes away and the North of the Lake District is well within reach, with Ullswater, for example, being a 60 minute drive

Finally a trip to the city of Newcastle with its amazing Millennium revolving eye bridge and the fantastic glass Sage building for music. Admire the wonderful architecture of the north-east’s most eminent architect John Dobson or perhaps enjoy an evening of arts at the wonderful Theatre Royal.

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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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Fishing

Fishing

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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Wildlife

Wildlife

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.

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Walking

Walking

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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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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Golf

Golf

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.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Shooting

Shooting

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

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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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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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

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Reviews

"We had a wonderful holiday at Walltown Byre, it's a really special home, in a really fantastic location.  We wanted to stay within the "Dark Skies" area as we'd never seen the Milky Way before. We needed a location that would work for a 15 year old teen boy, a dog and 2 adults who needed to recharge and reset. The property met all our needs: Bed's big enough to fit very tall people, dog friendly with no silly rules, WiFi, wet weather compatible (there was a fierce table tennis competition that raged all week, and a projector screen, and a disco lighting mode), dark Skies (we went star gazing at the nearby Twice Brewed which we would recommend - Will is an enthusiastic, informative guide, after the session we came back to Walltown Byre and spent hours tracking the stars, planets and the Milky Way), hot tub (we spent hours relaxing, chatting, having all the conversations, sitting in silence watching the horizon, if you want to get your teen to chatter - car journey or hot tub!) and quirkiness / bedazzled cat doll (I spent the week taking photos of ALL the wonderful quirky things in this home, so much fun!). We stay in holiday rentals at least 3 times a year, and our biggest issues (other than the size of beds) is properties people have obviously never stayed in or used.  We like that your properties recognise that people have stuff that need to be put away, so there is room in cupboards for food, enough wardrobes for clothes, a space to put all the shoes, enough space in the bathroom to put toiletries. The communications from yourselves was very good.  There was a small issue with the hot tub where we phoned the contact, Chris who responded immediately and was very helpful."

The James Family

"An amazing place to stay and experience the wonderful Northumbrian countryside - and celebrate my 70th birthday!"

Ms Chetwynd

"It's been fun living in an art gallery and walking out onto a film set. Hadrian knew a good spot when he found one! Great walks."

Mr Wild & friends

"Really lovely stay in variable weather. Great facilities. Enjoyed the games room and the hot tub. Thanks so much!"

Dawson family

"Back for a second visit. Beautiful house, went on some lovely walks and had great chats in the hot tub."

Harper family

"Second visit, even better than the first. Some beautiful walks. Amazing to see the stars in the hot tub and even had snow! Thank you!"

Ms Lugget

"Absolutely loved it here. Spacious, well-equipped and fantastic walks and views. What a way to spend New Year."

Bastow family

"Fabulous location for a special 60th birthday. Lovely relaxed time, thank you very much!"

Barwick family

"Lovely place to stay with great views. Really enjoyed our visit. Games room and cinema screen an absolute hit for us."

Appleton family

"Beautiful house, amazing location. We were so lucky with the weather to be able to walk along Hadrian's Wall. Nice break and chilled out. Loved it. Cheers!"

Warner family

"What a lovely place. Loved setting the lights off and having a dance in the "disco" room. Thank you."

Ms Dale

"Amazing stay for a fabulous 40th. Brilliant location for walking and great cinema room!"

Ms Hobdell & friends

"Fabulous house and location for a 50th birthday treat! We've loved our first visit to Northumberland."

Ms Ford & friends

"We absolutely loved our stay here. So relaxing and so beautiful in every way. Thank you."

Allison family

"Really enjoyed our stay in this unique place. The weather has been so kind too - feel very lucky!"

Ms Veal

"Fantastic pad!  Great facilities and the location is brilliant - so close to The Wall and museums etc.  Had a good time and privileged to be first to review."

Ainsworth Family

"A fantastic and beautifully decorated barn located right by Hadrian’s Wall in wonderful Northumbria. Wonderful experience of sitting on a frosty night in a heated jacuzzi looking up at the Milky Way in the dark skies. Walking distance to Hadrian’s Wall and the Roman Army museum, there is certainly plenty of culture. The host Lucy was very welcoming and made the place very inviting plus she can offer to cook fantastic meals at extra cost. What with the most astonishing cinema room I’ve ever seen, it’s hard to fault this place. Definitely would love to return, and so would our dog, who lived his walks. A big hit all round!"

Ridden Family

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Location Rural - 1.5 miles from Greenhead and 10.5 miles from Brampton.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
Hot Tub
  • Spa hot tub available at an additional cost of £60.
Returning guest discount
  • Guests who stay at this property will qualify for a returning guest discount at any of the Walltown Crags Cottages. Please see property details for further information.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Walltown Byre has an eclectic mix of artworks, including a stunning wall-hung Chinese kimono
The little things we love....
"Not only are some of the eclectic artworks in this extraordinary house for sale but your purchase helps to support a local child, with a portion of each sale donated to the Challenger Trust charity."
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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