Nestled into rolling farmland, this delightful former smithy exudes rustic charm with original features including exposed beams and the original smithy fireplace sitting alongside pretty fabrics, wooden floors, a fabulous handmade kitchen and warm Farrow & Ball paint colours.
With flexible accommodation – the zip and link beds can be configured as a superking bed or two twin beds as desired – the cottage is an idyllic setting for couples or friends to enjoy a relaxed, cosy break. A sofa bed in the sitting room provides additional accommodation for friends to stay. Outside the garden at the front of the house has an open view across fields to the Cheviot Hills beyond.
There can be no better way of enjoying Northumberland's beautiful scenery than from the back of a horse. The stables at Kimmerston just down the road offer riding in the Cheviot Hills as well as rides on the spectacular sandy beaches on nearby Holy Island. The paddock behind the cottage is available to guests wishing to bring their own horses and stabling can usually be arranged with sufficient notice.
History enthusiasts of all ages will be enthralled by the area's rich and often bloody history that has left its imprint on the region, giving rise to a myriad of impressive castles to explore. Including imposing Bamburgh perched on its rocky outcrop above Bamburgh Beach, Alnwick, star of the Harry Potter films and Chillingham, said to be the most haunted castle in Britain and home to the only wild cattle in the world.
Some of the cleanest and emptiest beaches in England can be found on Northumberland's spectacular Heritage Coastline; 25 miles of rocky coves and golden sands that remain almost deserted even during the summer months. The beach at nearby Bamburgh is well worth a visit at any time of the year whether for walking, kite-surfing, or sandcastle building. From nearby Seahouses, take a tour to the Farne Islands, to see the resident colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins.
One of our favourite attractions, popular with old and young alike, is the delightful miniature steam railway which runs from Heatherslaw to Etal. On arrival in Etal, the visitor is well advised to leave the train and spend an hour or two in the village, exploring the ruins of Etal Castle and its museum, visiting the Black Bull Pub, village shop, Tea Room, the Church, the pine furniture makers' showroom, or simply enjoying a walk or picnic beside the river, before catching a later train back to Heatherslaw. Here, on the other side of the bridge from the train station, the working water driven corn mill, café, and visitors centre are also all well worth a visit.
Fishing is available on the River Till about a ten minute drive and is one of the area's best kept secrets with an impressive sea trout run each spring said to be the best in the country. Trout permits are available for as little as £5 per day and rods, reels and waders can be hired locally.
The owners also let nearby Barley Hill Cottage and The Bothy which sleep 4 guests and 5 guests respectively.
The accommodation is all on one level and comprises the following:
Kitchen with dining area incorporating fabulous, handmade, fully-equipped kitchen with 5 ring electric hob and double oven, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and dishwasher. The dining area has seating for four guests.
Sitting room with exposed beams and the original smithy open fire (logs are provided), sofa and double sofa bed. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, DVD player, i-dock and a selection of books and board games.
Bedroom with 6' double bed or two 3' twin beds, dressing table and built-in wardrobe.
Shower room with rainforest power shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Garden and grounds
To the front of the property is a private graveled garden area with picnic table; this leads on to a lawn stretching round to the side of the property. The front aspect of the property looks out over fields and offers guests privacy. The rear of the house looks out onto the driveway (the access to the property) and further afield towards the farm itself. Please note that the windows of the living areas of The Smithy all face away from the farm.
There is private parking to the rear of the house.
Catering and housekeeping
The Smithy can be let on a purely self-catering basis or treat yourself to a proper rest and book a cook (either full time or for the occasional, special meal) or homemade meals delivered to the house. Alternatively, we offer a food-shopping and wine delivery service. Daily housekeeping is also available. Please contact us for further details.
Facilities for babies
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome at The Smithy. We would ask that owners adhere to the guidelines in the pre-arrival information with regard to dogs.