A beautiful cosy cottage nestled deep in Northumberland with stunning flora and fauna, ducks on the mill pond, and delicious slow food from the heartlands right on the doorstep.
Nestled deep in Northumberland
Originally part of an 18th century byre and granary, West Cottage has been meticulously converted to create a warm, inviting holiday home where you can escape the crowds and enjoy a tranquil getaway. This really is a perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the good life - pick seasonal produce from the garden, enjoy free range eggs and Dexter beef from the farm or perhaps pack an easel and explore your creative side painting from the owners’ art studio just yards from the doorstep.
Tastefully presented in a contemporary country cottage style, the ground floor accommodation is blissfully snug with under-floor heating throughout, and features a huge oak lintel fireplace with a wood burning stove and original exposed coined stonework which adds character and charm. The open plan layout benefits from two large glazed doorways allowing the sunlight to flood in or can be thrown open in summer to enjoy the fresh country air.
Separated from the living space by a central staircase, the handmade kitchen and dining area has a relaxed, intimate feel with timeless furniture pieces, granite worktops and all the essentials required to rustle-up that favourite sponge pudding or delightful home-cooked suppers. Upstairs, the staircase divides to the right and left leading to a dreamy oak-beamed double bedroom and a pretty twin bedroom, each with en-suite bathroom including large rose-head shower.
Open-plan living/kitchen/dining area separated by a central staircase. The sitting room features a large sofa and armchair set around a large wood burning stove. Flat screen TV with DVD player, CD stereo/radio, books and games. Two sets of glazed double doors lead out to a small patio area.
Handmade kitchen with granite work surface. Well-equipped with large fridge/freezer, microwave, gas hob, oven, toaster, full-size dishwasher and washing machine. There is a dining area with seating for up to six guests.
Bedroom one with oak beams and a Velux window. King size bed, built-in wardrobe, two side tables.
En-suite bathroom with ample supply of hot water, high-sided bath with rose head shower over, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom two with twin bedroom, side tables, fitted wardrobe with hanging and storage space.
En-suite bathroom with ample supply of hot water, high-sided bath with rose head shower over, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
There is a small patio area to the front of the property which sits in a shared courtyard.
A shared garden nearby is available for guest use, including a vegetable garden and greenhouse where guests are welcome to pick fruit and veg when in season.
There is an nearby drying room available for use by guests including a tumble dryer, clothes airer and boot rack and hooks for outdoor gear or wet clothes.
There is private parking available.
Babies & Children
Travel cot, sheets, highchair and changing mat available on request.
Dogs & Other Pets
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a cost of £30 per dog. They must be cleaned and dried before entering the cottage, are not permitted on the furniture, and must be kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas of the property. There is an outside kennel for use if required.
For guests who wish to bring their own horses, the farm has stabling for four horses, grazing paddocks, and day livery can be provided. Additional charges apply.
Bed linen, towels and guest toiletries are included. Feather duvet and pillows are provided. Hollowfibre bedding can be provided on request. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
There is an honesty freezer for use by guests containing locally produced meats from the farm.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile signal can be variable but is generally good on the Vodafone and Orange networks.
Heating & Electricity
There is oil central heating throughout with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room with initial basket of logs supplied.
The farm has a Gold Award for Green Tourism and uses eco-friendly technology with its own wind turbine and solar panels which supply the electricity to the farmhouse and cottages.
West Cottage directly adjoins two other cottages in one long traditional Northumbrian sandstone building. Each cottage has its own front door and there is a shared courtyard to the front of the property. Each cottage works well individually but can be taken together to accommodate larger groups.
The owners live in a farmhouse to the side of the cottages and while they are on hand to help with any questions, they are equally respectful of guests privacy.
The cottage sits in the hamlet of Gunnerton on a small 37 acre working farm in an area with a strong philosophy on good locally produced food. Here guests can help themselves to fruit and veg from the garden when in season, or purchase homemade jams, chutneys and rare breed Dexter beef from the farm.
Just up the road is a village shop and country pub in Barrasford, or a short drive will take you to The Feathers, a fantastic artisan restaurant passionate about food provenance and renowned for its excellent regional food and relaxed friendly environment. Here you can sample the delights of Dexter beef supplied straight from the owners' farm along with a fine real ale.
A little further afield sits the pretty market town of Hexham (10 miles) characterised by its cobbled streets and historic architecture which offers quirky coffee shops, award winning restaurants and excellent local shopping. It also boasts its own racecourse, theatre, cinema, golf course and leisure centre, including a pool, running track and tenpin bowling alley.
Sitting in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, the cottage is the perfect base to explore the wider area. Gunnerton is located deep in Roman Wall country, surrounded by footpaths and bridleways, beautiful views, big skies and wonderful wildlife.
Starting right on the doorstep, guests are welcome to wander the land around the farm, enjoy the peaceful surroundings, and children will love to spot the chickens, the Shetland ponies and the occasional newborn calf.
If you wish to explore your creative side, the lovely owners are able to run bespoke courses on request - with everything from cookery demonstrations, art workshops, flower arranging, furniture painting, artist blacksmithing or even classic car restoration! Photography workshops, fly fishing and clay shooting can also be arranged here.
For history buffs, this is a perfect base from which to explore Hadrian’s Wall, 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, discover latest artefacts, including the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets.
Alternatively, explore 17th century Chipchase Castle on the doorstep; the stately home and gardens of nearby Wallington Hall; or captivating Cragside, home to the famous industrialist and inventor Lord Armstrong.
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.
A short half hour drive will take you to the Kielder Water and Forest Park, the largest man-made lake in northern Europe 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 using powerful telescopes and may even be lucky enough to see a passing comet or stunning meteor shower.
For a spot of shopping, visit some of the delightful market towns such as Morpeth, Alnwick and Hexham with their open air markets, great selection of shops and many art galleries showcasing the work of local artists. Northumberland also hosts the annual art tour in the summer and winter when many artists open their homes and studios to visitors and it provides a great opportunity to meet the artists and purchase original pieces of art.
Finally a trip to the impressive 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.
Children and families
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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.Find Out More
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
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
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
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
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
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
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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
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
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
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
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"Just back from West Cottage, Gunnerton near Hexham. Great stay, lovely cottage and quiet. The owners were very pleasant and made our stay better. Woody the goat was cute."Mr Fuggle
"My wife & I were there with another couple, and we enjoyed our stay. The plus points were the lovely comfy beds, the comfortable lounge, the very good showers. The owners were a lovely couple and really made us welcome."Mr & Mrs Cullington & friends
"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time up in Northumberland recently at West Cottage in Gunnerton. The owners were fabulous and made us so welcome with happy smiles, homemade cakes, and fresh eggs from their hens. Nothing was too much trouble. We have been to two cottages in the last two years through Crabtree & Crabtree have both been divine. Both beautiful and in picturesque locations. Thanks to Crabtree & Crabtree for the help and contribution to our two wonderful holidays. We always speak about them and Crabtree & Crabtree always comes up in conversation!"Bryden family
"We had a lovely stay at the cottage, it was beautifully presented and very well equipped. We were left a lovely welcome hamper from the owners and they were on the other end of the phone if needed. We just loved the surroundings, just stunning. My favourite part was making friends with the owners animals on the farm, so friendly and something we really don't get a chance to do back home. We had a relaxing break and would definitely return and recommend to friends and family."Gilliespie family
"I can highly recommend West Cottage and the owner's attentiveness. It is a lovely cottage with all that you need in February for a cosy stay. The weather was particularly bad but we were kept very warm by the wood burner and extra logs from the owner. We visited Newcastle, Hexham, Corbridge and local Roman historic sites. Access to these towns was extremely easy from Southlands making it a diverse and interesting stay as well as a quiet retreat.All dealings with Crabtree & Crabtree were done online with no hitches whatsoever. Excellent service for our second stay with you. Always really helpful when looking in this area for a great quality cottage that are dog friendly. Thank you once again."Mrs & Mr Steele
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £30 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Taking time to cook together in the relaxed handmade kitchen using the seasonal produce available from the garden."Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree