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Luxurious barn conversions with walks, tennis and inn, 23 miles from the beach - Heron Cottage, Burnfoot Holiday Cottages

Bedrooms 2
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



Heron Cottage, Burnfoot Holiday Cottages

A conversion of a 19th century stone-built stable block featuring an attractive arch entrance, opening into a light open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchen with under stairs storage for two bicycles.

The living area features a solid oak dining table and chairs, two leather sofas, flat-screen television with Freeview and DVD player.

The cottage kitchen features oak block worktops with an integrated stainless steel hob, oven and chimney hood, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine and microwave.

Upstairs is a double bedroom with exposed beams and oak furniture, a second bedroom with full size single bunk beds, and modern family bathroom with a bath and electric shower over.

The arched doorway from the living area leads directly on to a small patio area that catches the evening sun.

On site there is a free to use tennis court, children's play equipment and an acre of lawned grounds.

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About the property

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 areas. 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 all cottages.

Tim Stienlet
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2018

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 Netherton

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.

Available Rentals

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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.


Accommodation and facilities for Heron Cottage, Burnfoot Holiday Cottagesin Netherton in Northumberland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Full size single bunk beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • 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. The larger cottages (3 bedrooms and more) all have fully enclosed private gardens with outdoor furniture to sit everyone. There is over an acre of shared lawned grounds with a tennis court and children's play area. 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.


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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Newcastle International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Award winning Star Inn
Nearest Ferry
42 Miles
Newcastle upon Tyne (to Amsterdam)
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Rothbury Golf Club (reduced green fees for guests)
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Alnmouth (East Coast main line)
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Three Wheat Heads, Thropton (dogs welcome)
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Sugar Sands
Car: recommended

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

Further Details:

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.