The Granary, Burnfoot Holiday Cottages
Enjoy your own 'Grand Designs' open-plan living space on holiday with a thirty-feet long south-facing glazed wall on one side, a full height ceiling showing off the original Granary roof timbers, and a fully glazed door on the other side leading to an outside terrace.
This incredibly relaxing exercise in light and space is home to contemporary leather sofas matched with leather dining chairs around a solid oak dining table with a matching huge oak sideboard, as well as a stone inglenook fireplace with cosy Danish log-burning stove, and a flat-screen television with Freeview and DVD player.
Three spacious bedrooms in a separate wing - master with en suite and king size oak bed, and two with 'zip & link' beds that can be king size or two singles. Family bathroom with bath and shower.
Large fully-enclosed lawned gardens with a terrace leading off the living room with outside furniture to enjoy the stunning views.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout this cottage.
Burnfoot Holiday Cottages
In a breathtaking setting on the edge of the National Park, with a wealth of wildlife on its doorstep and the babble of a burn in the background, Burnfoot is the perfect place in which to escape the pressures of modern life. The 8 luxury cottages were created in 2009 by the conversion of a grand 19th century stone farm - the first in the world to be powered by a water turbine - built by Lord Armstrong as a showcase for the world famous Cragside Estate. Opulent interiors with wood burning stoves and shelves of good books; tennis court; award winning inn five minutes’ walk; lots of walks direct from the door; fishing, golf, horse riding available locally. Children can play safely in the grounds where there are plenty of toys and over an acre of safe, lawned grounds. All bed linen, towels, heating, electricity and logs are included in the rent. Travel cots, stair gates and high chairs are available free of charge; just let us know what you require in advance. Pets are welcome and Free Wi-Fi is available in most cottages.
About the Owner
About Tim Stienlet
We are the Stienlet family (Tim & Gemma & three daughters). Having met in the south of England and travelled extensively around the globe we settled in Northumberland in 2002 to find a 'project'. We still help run the family's local architectural practice founded over a century ago by the celebrated Belgian architect, Pascal J Stienlet.
Tim Stienlet purchased this cottage in 2004
Why Tim Stienlet chose Northumberland
Tim had holidayed in this area when young and in 2004 we found Burnfoot farm steading for sale. The farm was completely derelict and had just been granted permission to be converted into holiday cottages. It took us five years to carry out the conversion properly, and we welcomed our first guests in the summer of 2009.
What makes this cottage unique
Burnfoot is a Victorian model farm with a unique history. It was built by the illustrious inventor-industrialist Lord Armstrong for his Cragside Estate as a showcase for his pioneering engineering methods. Burnfoot was one of the first farms in the world to be powered by a (double vortex) water turbine and the original chambers and mechanisms still exist today.
We offer four night mid-week breaks from Monday to Friday at 65% of the weekly rate and three night weekend breaks from Friday to Monday at 80% of the weekly rate. Full weeks are from Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday.
We can offer two night weekend breaks if required at a 15% reduction on the three night weekend break rate.
From the Owner
“Tim had holidayed in this area when young and in 2004 we found Burnfoot farm steading for sale. The farm was completely derelict and had just been granted permission to be converted into holiday cottages. It took us five years to carry out the conversion properly, and we welcomed our first guests in the summer of 2009.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
On site, we can arrange archery lessons, star gazing and bird of prey flying for a very reasonable cost.
Locally we can also arrange art classes, fly fishing lessons, horse riding lessons, gliding lessons, pamper days, surfing lessons and wildlife walks led by local experts.
The coast of Northumberland is stunning - beautiful, deserted sandy beaches, littered with ancient castles.
Our favourite beach is a sheltered, almost secret, hidden gem called Sugar Sands which is 23 miles away.
Directions to this, and others we'd recommend, are in our own personal visitor guide found inside each cottage.
Airport: Newcastle International (45 mins drive).
Ferry: Newcastle Ferry Port (1 hour drive).
Train: Newcastle Central Station (45 mins drive).
We would recommend using a car as Burnfoot is a 10 minute taxi ride from the nearest main bus routes.
Netherton Village: Half a mile
Alnwick: 17 miles
Rothbury: 6 miles
There are several pubs and inns serving hearty home-cooked food in the local area that we would recommend. Our nearest pub, The Star in Netherton is one of only 7 pubs in Britain that has featured in every single CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Camra's own description: "Entering this unspoilt gem, privately owned and unchanged for 80 years, feels like entering the living room of someone's home.’’ The Star Inn is on the mythical list of 'The Last 13 Unspoilt Pubs in Britain' discovered by author Ian Marchant when writing his travelogue 'The Longest Crawl' in 2006, and it was also recently reviewed by The Times: ‘‘At the Star Inn in Netherton, Northumberland, you might not quite be sitting in the landlord’s parlour but it feels that way. There are no fruit machines or piped music because who’d have any of that in their living room? It’s old, it’s comfy and it’s as zeitgeisty as they come because in these recessional times, when staying at home is the new going out, you might as well go to the pub.’’
It is worth a visit to see what pubs used to be like and is one of those unforgettable experiences when one ventures off the main tourist trail. Once ensconced, one has a real feeling that such priceless moments must be savoured as the time for them to be repeated is surely limited.
There are many local festivals and country shows throughout the year, all of which are listed in a guide in each cottage.
This guide also lists our favourite local walks, best places for fishing (salmon, trout and sea fishing), best places of interest to visit, and all of the other activities available - from clay pigeon shooting to secret spots for wild swimming.
From the Owner
“Burnfoot is a Victorian model farm with a unique history. It was built by the illustrious inventor-industrialist Lord Armstrong for his Cragside Estate as a showcase for his pioneering engineering methods. Burnfoot was one of the first farms in the world to be powered by a (double vortex) water turbine and the original chambers and mechanisms still exist today.”
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Holiday Complex
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- children welcome ...
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible ...
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- 100 m²
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Can be made up as a king size or two singles
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Can be made up as a king size or two singles
- Golf ...
- Tennis ...
- Notes on accommodation: All of the cottages were converted in 2009 to the very latest building standards - with central heating, double glazing and extra insulation. The cottages are all very cosy, but not at the expense of their original rustic charm. The opulent interiors are finished in Farrow & Ball colours, with solid oak doors and furniture, leather sofas, wood burning stoves, flat-screen TVs, and shelves of good books. Every master bed has an extra-thick luxury mattress to help you enjoy the best night's sleep you've ever had. Not that you'll need much help relaxing in the silent, star-studded serenity of the scientifically-proven most tranquil county in England! Outside: All of the cottages have their own private outside space, with outdoor furniture to sit everyone. The larger cottages (3 bedrooms and more) all have fully enclosed private gardens. There is over an acre of shared lawned grounds with a tennis court and children's play area with swings/slide/trampoline/ride-on car/scooters. There are a limited number of BBQs for guests' use. Burnfoot is surrounded by a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest and otters, deer, red squirrels and many rare species of bird can be seen regularly. Please note that the Google satellite photograph was taken when the barns were in the process of being restored - it shows the barns as piles of rubble - but Google Streetmap is up to date and shows the cottages how they look now.