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Pet-Friendly stone-built Northumbrian Cottage in a remote rural setting

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Two bedroom Cottage, sleeping five people, in a small Northumbrian village.

Two large bright bedrooms, one double bedroom and one family room with 3 single beds (both bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes and washbasins). There is also a cot available if required and we provide all the bed linen you need. The bathroom upstairs has a panelled bath with a hand held shower over the bath (there isn't a walk-in shower), a basin, bidet and WC. Hand and bath towels are all provided. The Cottage has a well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with central large dining table and stone flagged floors, leading through a stable door to a pleasant secure back garden, perfect for barbecues. There is an open-plan sitting room with an inglenook fireplace, cast-iron stove and a couple of comfy sofas. There is parking for up to two cars on the drive beside the cottage. I'm very happy if you would prefer to book the cottage directly with me - so do get in touch. Then you'll avoid the additional service fee that Owners Direct charges if you book and pay through the site.

Sarah Morpeth
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 December, 2017

About Sarah Morpeth

I am an artist living and working in the Northumberland National Park - in fact I live beside the holiday cottage and my studio is in a converted barn next door. I love this wild landscape - we moved here when I was still at school, and after going away to university and ten years as a lawyer in London I decided I missed Northumberland so much I wanted to come home - so I did. It's peaceful, remote and beautiful here and me and the dogs wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

Sarah Morpeth purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Sarah Morpeth chose Elsdon

My parents spent years turning the single storey stone cow byre next door to their house into a beautiful cottage. The stonework was done by a local stonemason, and my father and my Uncle, a carpenter, did most of the rest of the work themselves. It was a labour of love for them - the design and the simplicity of the place was my Mother's inspiration, as an artist she had a wonderful eye for colour. It's warm and welcoming and has everything you need for a perfect holiday.

What makes this cottage unique

The landscape here is tremendous - great wide open skies, hills and moorland. It's beautiful all year round, but especially in late summer and Autumn when the heather is out, and the Autumn colours are spectacular. We are now officially a Dark Skies Park and the sky sometimes feels like it's blazing with stars. If you are very lucky you might also glimpse the northern lights. Although we are actually less than an hour away from Newcastle, it feels much more remote. Our house, Townfoot, is next door to the cottage and the whole property is a lovely stone-built, Grade II listed property. Elsdon itself is an attractive village in the National Park with a beautiful church and Pele Tower. Being in the heart of the Northumberland National Park is the perfect location for peace and quiet and enjoying the amazing scenery. If you like to get away from everything, it's the perfect place - although for those that want to stay connected there's wifi in the cottage and it's pretty fast!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Elsdon in Elsdon

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Please note there is a handheld shower fitting on the bath.
  • WC, toilet and bidet. Wood panelled bath with handheld chrome shower fitting to the bath taps. Bath and hand towels all provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Cot available on request.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Both rooms have walk-in wardrobes and washstands. Bed linen and towels included.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
There is secure storage for up to two bikes in the workshop next to the cottage; there is also an outside tap and hose for washing muddy bikes (or dogs or wellies!). Arrival time is after 4pm and we are very grateful if guests can arrange their departure by 10am so that we have plenty of time to get everything ready for our next guests.


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Pet-Friendly stone-built Northumbrian Cottage in a remote rural setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Townfoot cottage centrally located for exploring country and coast of this beautiful county.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful little cottage which met all the criteria description and owner Sarah is very friendly and could not have been more helpful. It is well equipped, cosy, homely and very clean. We spent a delightful and memorable 2 weeks in this lovely part of the country exploring the many attractions this county has to offer. Townfoot is ideally situated within an easy drive to all so one is not short of things to do or places to go. We would have no hesitation in going back to Townfoot if we are to visit this area again. Excellent walks from the cottage door

Hadrian's wall is well worth a visit and we took in the most complete fort along the wall (Housesteads) to see up close the amazing Roman engineering.

Bamburgh castle (good food in the Castle inn), Druridge bay, Dunstanburgh castle, Cragside, Wallington (see a wild Red squirrel from the nature hide) are all within an easy drive. Rothbury not that far away which has a Co op and if you like sausages the Rothbury family butcher in the high street is the place to go (awesome black and white pepper sausages, with the black pudding sausages a close second) also a nice walk along the river. Otterburn is just down the road and the village shop that has a fair stock of goods.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in a glorious, peaceful location.

  • 5 of 5

Sarah was very welcoming and attended to any needs we had. The dog had a marvellous time on the many paths and walks in the area, weather was kind to us and allowed us to be out all day in the forests and on the beaches. It truely is this Countrys' best secret, it has everything, wonderful stay, would reccommend this property to all.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you, and am so glad you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you so much for your review - I really appreciate your comments.
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Fabulous rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cosy, warm cottage, beautifully furnished (gorgeous bed linen!) and extremely well maintained, complete with log burning stove and everything you need in the kitchen. A warm and friendly welcome from the owner, nothing was too much trouble. The home made scones on arrival were very much appreciated. Beautiful setting and surrounding area. Would definitely highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much - we try really hard to make our guests very welcome and to keep the cottage to a really high standard. Best wishes, Sarah
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"A beautiful National Trust Estate with a walled garden that changes with the seasons. The ho..."
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: necessary

Situated in the heart of the Northumberland National Park, we have short and long walks for all abilities; only 15 minutes drive away are the beautiful house and gardens at Wallington Hall and the recently restored landscape at Kirkharle, birthplace of Capability Brown. The nearest pub is the Redesdale Arms (which also serves food every day) and is about a 10 minute drive away. There are more pubs and restaurants in Thropton and Rothbury, about half an hour away. There's a mini-market for basic shopping needs at nearby Otterburn - and handily, Tesco delivers! There are a wide range of activities at nearby Kielder Forest, including mountain biking, cycling, walking, sailing as well as the observatory - we are accredited as a Dark Sky Park so stargazing is definitely an option. A bit further afield are the castles and beaches of the Northumbrian coast, as well as the largest second-hand bookshop in the North-East - in the old station buildings at Alnwick. No day at the coast is complete without a visit to the Ship Inn at Low Newton and a local crab sandwich, washed down with a pint from their own micro-brewery. Or you might fancy the fascinating hydroelectrics at Cragside, a magnificent National Trust property near Rothbury - or a visit to Hadrian's Wall, where you can see excavations in action at Vindolanda. Or just settle in, light the fire and enjoy the blissful peace and quiet of this remote rural setting.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Elsdon, Northumberland National Park & Country

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Arrival time is after 4pm and departure by 10 am please. Feel free to get in touch and book direct - I'm very happy to send an invoice so you can do a bank transfer and avoid the service fee that is added if you book through the site.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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