Set above Baybridge, Bale Hill Cottage is half a mile from the beautiful conservation village of Blanchland, part of the Lord Crewe Estate. This is described as one of the prettiest villages in England. Bale Hill Cottage has breath-taking 360 degree panoramic views to Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland Moor and Hunstansworth.
Located amidst the grouse moorland with “Dark Sky” status, watch in wonder at the glittering star clusters and admire some of the most magnificent constellations in the night sky. Home to the rare Red Kite, Red Squirrel, Lapwing, Merlin and Golden Plover, the area's geopark status recognises its globally important heritage. Find yourself situated in the midst of a truly stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, dales, meadows, tumbling upland rivers and woodland with heritage reminders of its lead mining past.
In nearby Blanchland Village is a collection of pretty stone properties built from the remains of the medieval 12th Century Blanchland Abbey. The village, with its unspoilt qualities, is a frequent film set for period productions and has a fabulous pub, The Lord Crewe Arms, dating back to the 12th Century. This is where the Jacobite rebellion leader General Tom Foster hid inside the Inn's great fireplace in 1715. Also found here are the locally famous White Monk Tea Rooms and village shop.
Within half an hour's drive are the vibrant cities of Newcastle-on-Tyne, home to Greys Monument and the Metro Centre and Durham, which has great shopping, theatre, museums and music. With various attractions nearby such as the National Trust's Housesteads Fort, the spectacular Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and Gibside House, there's plenty to do in the area. The rugged Northumberland coast and castles at Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh are within easy reach. Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island is only an hour away, and this makes Bale Hill Cottage a perfect location to enjoy this superb setting and explore Northumberland and the nearby coast.
This holiday at a glance
Sleeps two guests.
One double bedroom with a roll top bath and separate shower attachment.
Private enclosed garden.
Private parking area for up to three cars.
Children over 12 years old welcome.
Sorry, no pets.
Minimum of three night stay.
Gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge, microwave.
Smart TV with Freeview in the sitting room.
Garden table and two chairs.
Attractions and nearby amenities
Enjoy the opportunity to do some windsurfing, sailing or fishing only two miles away at breath-taking Derwent Reservoir.
Hadrian's Wall is a spectacular World Heritage Site, marching 73 miles from sea to sea across some of the wildest and dramatic country in England. Experience roman life and epic history in stunning locations.
In low tide cross the three mile causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and visit the historic ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, one of the most evocative places on the Northumberland coast
The beautiful villages of Blanchland (1 mile) and Corbridge (12 miles) and are well worth a visit. A little further afield is the vibrant city of Newcastle which boasts many attractions and the historic city of Durham with its cathedral and adjacent 11th Century castle.
Stunning Bamburgh Castle is close to the Farne Islands where you will find seals, puffins and 100,000 seabirds, while Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland in Northumberland with dramatic views across the coast.
The North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark has more officially designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites than any other UK destination. Go stargazing at the North Pennines Observatory just 11 miles away.
Experience what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1910s and 1940's at Beamish, an open air, living museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside.
Looking up at Alnwick Castle you may expect to see a quidditch match in full flow, as it played Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies. The home of the Percy family since 1309, Alnwick Castle has fabulous gardens, tea room and a tree house restaurant.