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. Just three miles away is the hamlet of Kirkharle, where guests can explore the birthplace and first workplace of Capability Brown, the most famous and influential landscape gardener in English history. West Farm Cottage is ideally placed to explore the long list of blooming gardens in the nearby vicinity, including 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 a ten-minute drive away for trout fishing, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding 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 can vary depending on the network provider, so Wi-Fi calling is recommended.
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.
Share in the owners’ passion for horticulture and discover the long list of blooming gardens in the nearby vicinity, including Herterton House Gardens (4 miles), Whalton Manor Gardens (11 miles), Bide-a-Wee Cottage Garden (13.5 miles), and Dilston Physic Garden (19 miles). The cottage is extremely well-positioned for guests to appreciate the number and diverse nature of the highly regarded gardens right on its doorstep, some of which can be enjoyed year-round.
Just a five-minute drive away (or a 40-minute walk) is the birthplace and first workplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably the most famous and influential landscape gardener in English history. The display at Kirkharle Courtyard is devoted to the achievements of Brown and his original plans of Kirkharle, which were never implemented, but adapted and installed in recent years. Keep children entertained with a family-friendly trail around the serpentine lake and a visit to the Brown-inspired children’s play area. Stop for lunch in the coffee house and pick up some local produce in Brown’s Lakeside Larder.
The National Trust’s Wallington can be reached in ten minutes by car and is open all year round. A 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.
Next, visit Belsay Hall to explore the medieval castle and marvel at the wonderful views from the top of the 14th-century Pele Tower. Belsay also boasts thirty acres of outstanding gardens (open Saturdays and Sundays only throughout winter). View one of the largest collections of rhododendrons in England, with stunning displays toward the end of spring in the Rhododendron Garden and interesting winter flowering varieties in Belsay’s Quarry Garden. The Quarry Garden is inspired by Sir Charles Monck's travels and has its own microclimate meaning that all sorts of exotic plants grow there. Well worth a visit!
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 Pinetum, Rock Garden and Formal Garden all work together to make up the beautiful surroundings of Cragside. Please note that while the gardens and tearoom are open all year round, Cragside House & Shop is only open on Saturdays and Sundays during the winter months.
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, twelve acres of meandering and magnificent gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained. Visit the world’s largest Treehouse Restaurant, marvel at the Grand Cascade featuring 120 water jets, and walk amongst the Taihaku Cherry Orchard comprising 329 trees blooming together through end-April/beginning of May. Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum is also worth visiting to discover the history of the 2nd Earl, after whom the famous tea is named, and wander through the arboretum of shrubs and trees covering over 65 acres.
Northumberlandia at Cramlington is an ever-evolving and unique piece of public art, made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil standing 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long. The sculpture, created as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine, is surrounded by green space and ponds and has a developing wildlife interest. Sixteen red list species of birds have been spotted here, but how many can you see?!
There are plenty of walking routes nearby to choose from, including a delightful one-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 beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for 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.
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
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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
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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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Spas and beauty treatments
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Babysitting and nannies
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"Such a great location within reach of Kielder Water & Forest Park and Farne Islands etc. Very comfortable and well equipped with walks from the front door. Loves the bees and butterflies in the garden."The Connor-Hull Family
"Had a very comfortable and lovely week in Kirkwhelpington. Everything so well thought through and a delightful cottage."The Andrews Family
"We have had a lovely stay here. The cottage is beautiful - so comfortable and well equipped. Very enjoyable with lovely touches. The welcome pack was fabulous - a real treat. We loved it tremendously. Thank you."The Ellisdon Family
"Lovely cottage. Everything has been thought of and it was very comfortable. It is a great base for exploring Northumberland."The Brown Family
"Thank you to the owners of West Farm Cottage for a wonderful stay. You have thought of everything. The welcome pack was very much appreciated and so was all of the baby/child equipment. You have created a beautiful home from home."The Shaw Family
- 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