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OVERVIEW

On a minor road, with no near neighbours, this farmhouse B&B on a working sheep farm near Rothbury has glorious views over the Coquet Valley to the Cheviot Hills. Bedrooms, split between the farmhouse and a barn conversion, are luxuriously furnished in country-house style while the breakfast choice is spoiling.


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Helen Pickles
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Growing up in Yorkshire and with family holidays in the Lake District, Helen, who writes for several UK national newspapers, developed a love of walking and the big outdoors. When it comes to cities, and food, Italy has the edge – and her heart.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

On a narrow road, a couple of miles west of Rothbury in mid-Northumberland - this spot feels remote yet is only a ten-minute drive from the A697. With only a handful of farms as neighbours, there are unspoilt views the Cheviot Hills to the north and the Simonside Hills behind the farm.

By car: around 1 hour 15 minutes from Sunderland, 2 hours 30 minutes from Edinburgh and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.

By train: direct train to Alnmouth from Newcastle (25 minutes), Edinburgh (1 hour) and London Kings Cross (3 hours 40 minutes). The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the station. Book trains to Alnmouth.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The stone-built, 18th-century farmhouse is sturdy - as you would expect to withstand northern winters - with thick walls, low ceilings, deep-set windows and practical warm curtains. Furniture is solid and traditional in the main house, and more contemporary in the barn conversion with its open beams.

THE FACILITIES

Owner Ann greets guests with tea and home-made cake and is happy to help with local advice or leave guests alone, as they prefer. The simple sitting room in the main house, with its family photographs, has an oil-fired range; the lounge in the barn has a wood-fired stove. There's also a pretty courtyard garden. Wet gear can be dried, bikes stored and fishing arranged - and there are maps to borrow.

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The six rooms, split between the farmhouse and converted barn, are furnished in country-house style with high quality fabrics, feature walls and solid wood furniture. Satin bedcovers, goosedown quilts and table lamps give a feeling of luxury while bathrooms are solid and traditional.

Room types: Tower, Bracken, Cheviot, Millstream, Courtyard, Moonbeam, Rose, Cottage

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, pillow menu, TV, bottled water, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

It's breakfast only, but what a meal: taken in the conservatory overlooking the Coquet valley and Cheviot Hills, a cold choice is followed by cooked-to-order options including omelettes, scrambled eggs and mushrooms, local kippers and poached egg and a full English. All is beautifully served with fresh flowers and proper napkins.

Breakfast: Continental options, followed by a cooked-to-order offering, including kippers and a full-English breakfast.

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