West Farm Cottage
A cosy home-from-home in the rural heart of Northumberland.
Enjoy simple country pleasures in this charming cottage, set in a sleepy village enveloped by rolling farmland
Owned by an artist and a garden designer, it’s unsurprising that West Farm Cottage boasts beautifully styled interiors and a pretty garden. The charming three-bedroom cottage is set in the tranquil Northumbrian village of Kirkwhelpington, which lays claim to a church, post office and the meandering River Wansbeck. Located some 30 minutes’ north-east of the market town of Hexham, West Farm Cottage is ideally placed to explore the nearby gardens of Wallington (a one-mile country walk or 8-minute drive away) and Belsay Hall Castle (a 13-minute drive).
Keen walkers might recognise Kirkwhelpington as the final suggested overnight stop on the long-distance St Oswald’s walking route, which stretches 97 miles from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to Heavenfield and Hadrian’s Wall. Should the entire walk be unattainable, you might consider tackling the final 17.5-mile section from Kirkwhelpington through picturesque rolling farmland, past historic settlements and along Hadrian’s Wall Path to the village of Wall.
While not rambling around the surrounding countryside, the Sweethope Loughs are less than 10 minutes’ drive away for trout fishing, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and wild swimming, while the Kielder Water & Forest Park (and its famous observatory) is under an hour’s drive away. Alternatively, you could simply enjoy West Farm Cottage’s peaceful enclosed garden and admire the original artworks that dot the cottage, created by the owner’s fellow artist friends. The ground floor of the cottage comprises an inviting sitting and dining area, with a rustic dining table by the window overlooking the garden, and a compact yet well-appointed kitchen.
The first floor is home to a double and twin bedroom, which share access to a stylish bathroom with a walk-in shower. A further double bedroom, together with an ensuite bathroom, is tucked under the eaves of the attic.
Small entrance hall with hanging space.
Sitting / dining room with wood-burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), two-seater and three-seater sofa, ottoman, Digital Smart TV, books, board games and dining table seating six guests.
Kitchen with 5-ring gas hob, two electric ovens, microwave, dishwasher, fridge / freezer and digital radio.
Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, wardrobe with hanging space and shelves.
Shower room with large walk-in shower with rainforest head, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom two with two 3’ twin beds, wardrobe with hanging space and shelves.
Bedroom three with 4’ 6” double bed, hanging space, day bed / sofa and Digital Smart TV.
En suite bathroom with bath, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Please note that this is an attic bedroom and bathroom which has reduced ceiling height to the sides of the room. This bedroom is unsuitable for small children due to the steep stairs.
The washing machine and tumble dryer are in a cupboard in the bedroom.
To the front of the house is a very attractive, fully-enclosed garden with outside dining table and chairs (seating six guests) with parasol. A barbecue is provided (guests need to supply their own charcoal).
A wooden shed in the garden provides secure storage. A second stone outbuilding to the rear of the cottage provides additional secure storage.
There is designated private parking for one car to the rear of the property in front of the back door. Additional on-street parking is available in the village to the front of the cottage.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request. Please note that due to steep stairs, the second floor bedroom is not suitable for young children.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
The beds feature high quality hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. Towels are provided along with a hairdryer in each bedroom along with guest toiletries.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
The house has fibre broadband. Mobile reception is good on most networks.
There is oil heating throughout the property, heated towel rails in the bathrooms and an open fire in the sitting room (initial supply of logs provided).
West Farm Cottage sits in the middle of a terrace of cottages in the quiet village of Kirkwhelpington.
Situated approximately 22 miles northwest of Newcastle, West Farm Cottage is brilliantly located to explore Northumberland’s beautiful National Park, coastline and everything in between.
Kirkharle Courtyard (3 miles) is home to a number of independently owned craft units, as well as a farm shop and coffee house.
The attractive town of Rothbury is 15 miles away and is home to several independent shops, pubs, cafés, and restaurants for both daytime and nighttime eating. It has an excellent butcher shop opposite the T-junction as you drive in, or head to Tulley Delicatessen for a great selection of cheeses.
A half-hour drive to the nearby town of Morpeth (17 miles) will provide a wider range of shops and eateries, or you can find some lovely characterful shopping in the village shops at Longframlington, Longhorsley and Belsay.
Just a 15-minute drive away, The Bird in the Bush in Elsdon comes highly recommended for its bar and restaurant food, and Elsdon is also home to the award-winning, family-run microbrewery, First & Last. Or, if you would prefer to eat-in but let someone else do the cooking, you can order takeaway meals from various restaurants in both Rothbury and Morpeth, including fish and chips, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisines.
Discover the National Trust’s Wallington; historical house meets rolling hills, woodlands and walled gardens spread across 13,000 acres. It offers something for everyone, whether that’s a relaxing day out to enjoy the impressive home of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and extensive grounds of lawns, lakes, woodland and farmland, or as somewhere to let off steam for all the family, through the bike hire and cycle trail and three play parks available in the West Wood.
Head to Kirkharle for a walk around the Capability Brown designed lake with children’s trail and playground for younger guests, or to Belsay Hall to explore the medieval castle and thirty acres of outstanding gardens.
Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offer a fascinating family-friendly day out 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 are an absolute delight.
There are plenty of walking routes nearby to choose from, including a delightful 1 mile walk to Wallington House from the cottage. The St Oswald’s Way also runs through the village or walk up the Simonside Hills to enjoy the rugged and wildly beautiful landscape and breath-taking panorama view of the Cheviots and Northumberland coastline from the top. The various crags at Simonside are also fantastic spots for climbing and bouldering and fell runners will simply be in their element here with an abundance of over upland country to choose from.
If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, why not explore nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale, which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high-energy, the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.
The stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog-friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for an ice-cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breath-taking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place.
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.
Children and families
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Shopping, arts and crafts
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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
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Babysitting and nannies
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- Regretfully, dogs are not permitted.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out with high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Lazy mornings spent in the cosy attic bedroom, which is hunkered below sloping ceilings and between whitewashed timber beams. It even throws in a bath below a skylight for good stargazing measure."Dan and Justine, owners of West Farm Cottage