About our Northumberland country cottage – Homildon Cottage
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About Homildon Cottage

Get away from it all

Homildon Cottage combines the quiet and beauty of the Northumbrian countryside with the luxuries of home

Recently renovated
A walkers’ paradise: our large cottage puts you on the doorstep of the vast and unspoilt National Park
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Open walking

The empty hills and moors await, with the cottage bordering the acclaimed Northumberland National Park and St Cuthbert’s Way just 5 minutes walk away

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Natural beauty

The large garden looks out over Humbleton Hill, with outdoor seating to sit and enjoy your private oasis of peace and quiet. At night marvel at the stars revealed in our truly dark sky

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Cosy kitchen

The kitchen of our 200 year old cottage serves as a focus to bring people together at the end of the day, with a farmhouse table seating 8 and an Aga

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Dogs welcome

We are a dog friendly cottage. Our utility room provides plenty of space for the baskets provided – or just for changing out of muddy boots!

At a glance
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Inside the house
Plenty of space to spread out – large rooms to come together
Kitchen with AGA
Cosy haven with AGA

We love to cook and the kitchen is well-equipped to make use of local produce! There’s also a large farmhouse table (seats 8), Miele dishwasher, fridge freezer, second fridge, oil-fired two oven AGA, and an electric hob with a further double oven

Beamed cottage bedroom
4 rooms, sleep 8

A master ensuite bedroom, a beamed double bedroom, a double bedroom with views over the garden, and a twin bedroom. All rooms have been recently re-decorated in a light yet rustic style.

Family bathroom with shower and bath
Hot soak or invigorating shower?

A newly renovated family bathroom with large bath and rain shower. Along with the master bedroom’s shower and loo, there is also a third WC off the utility room

Living room with wood stove
Living Room
Space to relax, with large wood burning stove

Gather up to eight people around the living room table to appreciate the vaulted ceiling and vintage wood burning stove. There’s also a large flat screen TV, Blu-Ray DVD and plenty of board games!

Light and airy second dining space

Our conservatory has an impressive dresser and second farmhouse table for sitting with a coffee and crossword in the morning, or eating on a long summer’s evening

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A separate space

A separate study provides a large computer monitor and desk provide a space to work if there’s a crisis in the office, or for the kids to set up their PlayStation. Or simply settle in a comfy chair, read a book and watch the rabbits and birds come and go in the garden!

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Outside the house
Appreciate the local beauty and wildlife without even leaving the grounds
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Large country garden
Private outdoors with space to sit or run and play

A large back garden provides a hidden away private space to enjoy your very own slice of the Northumbrian outdoors. The fence of the garden forms the border with the National Park.

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Outdoor seating
Decking with table and seating for eight

The decked alfresco dining area provides expansive views over Humbleton Hill – the perfect place for a summer lunch or evening drink. Elsewhere in the garden sit on one of the two large benches, the “love seat” or in the small summerhouse gazebo.

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Games room
Games and BBQ

A converted stable provides a games room with multi-games table and a third fridge. This also houses our large barbecue and can be used for bike storage.

Just beyond our garden, we are lucky enough to back on to the Northumberland National Park. Yet we are also only a 15-20 minute walk from the shops, pubs and facilities of Wooler. Read more about what’s nearby Homildon Cottage.

4 star Self-catering VisitEngland award

Gold Award VisitEngland

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In 2015, Homildon Cottage achieved 4 star self-catering cottage status along with a coveted Gold Award from Visit England. It was also awarded the “Walkers Welcome”, “Cyclists Welcome”, “Families Welcome” and “Pets Welcome” accreditation. The cottage has won the same awards every year since.

Dark Sky Stay and Gaze logoAt night, enjoy the revelation of a truly dark night sky. Homildon Cottage abuts the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – officially the best place in England to gaze at the stars. The largest in Europe, the park was granted the top “gold tier” in 2013 by the International Dark Sky Association. It is unusual in allowing thousands of stars to be seen by the naked eye. Homildon Cottage recently gained “Stay & Gaze” status in recognition of our facilities for enjoying the night skies.

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Number of people 8
Bedrooms 4
Bedroom 1: Ground floor; Kingsize bed; En-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2: Ground floor; Double bed
Bedroom 3: Ground floor; Twin beds
Bedroom 4: First floor; Double bed
Bathrooms 2 + a third WC –
Bathroom 1: Ground floor; Bath, shower, basin, loo, heated towel rail
Bathroom 2: Ground floor; En-suite with bedroom #1. Shower, basin, loo
WC: Ground floor; Basin, loo
Utility room Ground floor; Washing machine; Tumble dryer
Sitting room Ground floor; Wood burning stove; Freeview TV; Blu-Ray DVD; Bluetooth/CD/DAB (BBC only)
Kitchen Ground floor; Dishwasher; AGA double ovens; 2 electric ovens; 4 ring electric hob; Microwave; Fridge-freezer; Second fridge; Food processor; Farmhouse table (seats 8)
Study Ground floor; Book library; Desk with 24″ DVI/HDMI monitor; Easy chair with reading lamp
Conservatory Ground floor; Farmhouse table (seats 6-7); Board games
Games room In stable; Multi-games table; Outdoor games; BBQ
Cot Yes. On request
Disabled access Some restrictions – please see separate access statement
Garden Yes; c.500 square metres; fenced off from fields by wire fencing. Dog owners and parents of small children will also want to be aware of the wildlife area on the far side of the driveway is down a steep bank and unfenced; there is an unfenced pond next to the stable.
Heating Oil-fired central heating
Open fireplace 1; antique wood burning stove
Air conditioning No
Linen & towels Yes
Washing machine Yes
Tumble dryer Yes
Dishwasher Yes
Iron Yes
Hairdryer Yes
TV Yes, Freeview
DVD player Yes; some DVDs
Internet streaming Yes, through DVD – iPlayer, YouTube, Demand 5. This also allows guests to access their own Amazon or Netflix accounts.
Video player No
Radio Yes (DAB, BBC only)
CD player Yes
Bluetooth player Yes
Telephone Yes. Charged at cost for use
Fax No
Mobile phone reception Predominantly in the garden and very patchy
Internet access Yes; Fast Broadband; WiFi
Safe box for valuables No
Welcome pack Yes, samples of local produce
High chair for child Yes, one
Toys for children Jigsaws and outdoor games
Reading books Yes
Board Games Yes. Scrabble, Chess, Trivial Pursuit, Carcassonne, Nostalgia, Crystal Maze, Cribbage and others
Cleaning Yes, at end of stay. Standard cleaning is included in cost
Smoking Not permitted
House book Yes
Terrace Decking with table for 8; looks out over Humbleton Hill
Seating Terrace seats 8; also “love” double seat and table; bench by conservatory; pew by stable
Games facilities Boules, Quoits, Multi-game table (including table football, mini pool, glide hockey, shuffleboard, skittles, mini table tennis, magnetic darts, knock hockey, horseshoe, pickup sticks, magnetic American football)
BBQ Landmann Oil Drum Barbecue – charcoal fuel (not provided)
Nearest neighbouring property 100m behind wooded wildlife area. Not overlooked
Animals close to property Farm sheep and/or cows; Local wild animals
Approach 150m tarmac track leads from Humbleton. Homildon is at the end and is the only house on this road.
Car parking Yes. Space for 4 cars
Water source Mains.
Drains Septic tank. Please follow the advice in house instructions
Region Northern Northumberland, by National Park and near border with Scotland
Closest town Wooler
Rental Basis Self catering
Breakage/security deposit All breakages should be reported to the key holder. Security deposit will be indicated when booking.
Dog friendly up to 3 dogs allowed by prior arrangement; not on furniture or in bedrooms please
Rental period usually 7 nights with changeover on Saturday, but short breaks also available
Earliest arrival time 4pm
Departure time By 10am
Included in rental price Electricity, oil, water, firewood (for normal general usage). Use and laundry of bed linen & towels. Cleaning on final day
Not included in rental price Excessive use of utilities, telephone, firewood, extra cleaning.
Approximate Driving Times
Morpeth exit of A1 45 minutes
Newcastle airport 1 hour
Berwick-upon-Tweed train station (East Coast Mainline) 35 minutes
Northumberland National Park 0 minutes (our fence is the boundary of the Park)
Ford and Etal 15 minutes
Chillingham Castle 20 minutes
Bamburgh Castle 35 minutes
Lindisfarne 35 minutes
Edinburgh 1.5 hours
Nearest EV charging point
Wooler bus station 5 minutes
Wooler to Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth and Newcastle
Nearest town with food shops
Wooler 5 minutes (or 15-20 minutes walk)
Wooler 5 mins (or 15-20 mins walk)
Sporting Locations
Local tennis courts Wooler Tennis Club
Local golf Wooler Golf Club, and links at Belford, Goswick and Bamburgh
Local fishing Chatton Trout Fishery

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