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Remote and Peaceful Stone Cottages On Farm Near Hadrian's Wall With Indoor Pool - The Byre



Updated: 11-Oct-2016
Cottages in Northumberland National Park, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England: 1, 2 and 3 bed-roomed. Games room and pool. Dogs very welcome.

Scotchcoulthard is situated on the edge of Kielder Forest north of Hadrian's wall at its most spectacular part. The farm is situated in 180 acres of farmland with two streams running across and a few woods, not another inhabited dwelling can be seen from the farm. One of the woods is used by the Marine Reserves on occasion and there are bashers and wigwams that they have built with plenty of wood lying about to have a go at making more.

Dogs are welcome here with no extra charge and no restriction on number. Our dogs love to welcome new dogs and if you haven't any dogs of your own ours are happy to step into the breach! There are 4 labradors, a Jack Russell and five cats.

We also have Rare Breed pigs, sheep, Belted Galloways, Turner the horse and usually some produce to purchase.

Scotchcoulthard is halfway between Hexham and Carlisle and it is possible to be at Newcastle or The Lake District within the hour. There is walking right outside the door on the farm land and surrounding forest/common land. Scotchcoulthard is just off The Pennine Cycle Route 68 going through the forest.

Scotchcoulthard has a games room with a 3/4 size snooker table, table tennis, a selection of games, jigsaws, books, Dvd's and a seating/playing area. There is also a dining area with access to a fully equipped kitchen if all cottages are booked together and more space is needed.

There is an indoor heated pool (12mx5mx1m). It is on from Easter until the end of August and again for the October half term. It is shared between the other cottages and owners. However private use can be arranged if desired.

The Byre is a two bed-roomed cottage sleeping 4 (plus room for 2 children) on one floor with a shower room and en-suite bath room.

Hawthorn is a three bed-roomed cottage sleeping up to 7. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Hope Sike is a one bedroom cottage all on one floor.

There is access to a twin en-suite room in another building which can be booked to be used as an overspill bedroom. It has a small fridge, kettle, toaster, microwave and tv. The en-suite has a shower.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage The Byre, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

According local information, this building was used for cattle who were tethered at appropriate times with chains attached to posts. Some of the latter have been used to form the main doorways from the living accommodation in The Byre and into the pool.

A large living area occupies one end. The room extends into the pitch revealing the heavy timbers of the roof structure. There is a three piece suite situated round the wood burning stove. The end windows face the west and a door opens onto a patio with table and chairs. There is a dining table to sit 8 in front of the full length window with fabulous views.

There is a large digital television, ipod dock and DVD/CD player. Raised a step above the living room is the fully equipped kitchen with a four ring gas cooker. A window to the North has superb views across the valley to the forest.

It is a large enough cottage to accommodate 6 people having 2 bathrooms with the master room large enough to fit two zbeds.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner


Reviewed 24 April 2014

Just returned from our first trip to Scotchcoulthard and it will be one of many. We found our little piece of heaven. So much land to wander around, walks in the forests, streams to play in. The dogs loved every minute and so did we. Andrew and Susan are very helpful but do not intrude on your stay. The cottages have everything you could need for a week away and are cosy and clean. It is wonderful to not be charged extra to take dogs and there are no limits to how many you can take! No added costs, supermarket deliveries to the front door, functional swimming pool, games room, lots of books, lovely friendly farm dogs, pigs, hens and Turner the horse all set in the outstanding beautiful countryside made for an absolutely fantastic holiday. We were all very sad to leave but will be back!

“A Great place for a bit of piece & quiet”

Reviewed 20 April 2014

I've stayed in both Hope Sike & Acorn. Each time it was a great place to unwind (esp. in front of the log fire).

It's Dog friendly and supplied with everything u need esp now many supermarkets deliver.

This is a great farm cottage with acres of fresh air

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple

“Our Second Home”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 June 2014

This was now our 3rd visit to this wonderful retreat in the middle of nowhere.

If you want a quiet place to get away from it all, Provide you with excellent accomodation, plenty of fresh air, and a good base from which to explore the delights of Northumberland then this is the place for you.

All the cottages are clean, tidy and well equiped, and have lots of little touches that make it feel just like home. Well equiped kitchen, ensuite bathroom, and a big open fire are just a few things that keep us coming back. Being dog owners these cottages are perfect and the dogs just love running around in the open spaces and mixing with the owners dogs who always end up in our cottage joining us for breakfast.

Best of all the owners Susan and Andrew care and listen, nothing is too much trouble.

Top Tip: dont mess around get ASDA to deliver the weeks shopping, they will deliver your online order, direct to the cottage, at the time of your choice - saves a lot of messing around

Highly recomended, you wont be dissappointed.

“scotch Coulthard”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 19 February 2014

I would like to express our thanks for such a lovely time at Scotch Coulthard. we were slightly apprehensive as to whether the accommodation would be clean, as it was a 'Dog friendly place'.We were so pleased to see lovely clean cosy cottages, (no doggy smells) fires lit and homemade cakes to welcome us! Both of the cottages were so well equipped with every possible need fulfilled - even fresh ground coffee and extra candles for cosy evenings! Our dogs loved it, lots of new pals to run round with in such a safe environment.

We would not hesitate to recommend it to all our country loving friends. Loving forward to our n
Nov 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newcastle Airport at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Milecastle Pub and The Twiced Brewed In at 5 Miles Nearest Ferry : North Shields at 50 Miles Nearest Golf : Haltwhistle at Greenhead at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Haltwhistle at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : A69 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Milecastle and Twice Brewed at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Tynemouth at 50 Miles Car: necessary


The nearest airport and ferry is Newcastle. Scotchcoulthard is 7 miles from Haltwhistle where there is a train station and bus service. It is recommended to come by car but if you choose to use transport we can help out with lifts and shopping. Waitrose, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury will delive. If you wish to book we can put the groceries into the cottage for you.


Hadrian's Wall is 4 miles away and the nearest town of Haltwhistle is 7 miles.

Haltwhistle is a small market town and boasts to be the centre of Britain. it has a 13th Century church with William Morris designed windows. There are a number of spectacular walks in and around Haltwhistle. There is also an outdoor swimming pool with a leisure centre and a soft play area for younger children.

We are near the Roman Army Museum (8 miles), Vindolanda (6 miles) and Housesteads (5 miles).

Scotchcoulthard is on the edge of Wark Forest which is part of Kielder Forest. For off road driving in a 4x4 you can get through the forest to Wark, Bellingham and on to Otterburn and Kielder,

The forest is ideal for cycling and walking with a chance to see deer, red squirrels, foxes and badgers.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2016 - 22 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Winter
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2016
19 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Year 2016
27 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
On booking a deposit of 25% is paid if the holiday is 6 weeks or more away. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to arrival. a reminder will be sent. Most cards are accepted, cheque or direct pay. A booking form and payment details can be emailed.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the main day but in off peak times this can vary. Please ask if you want something different. Short breaks of 3 nights are also available out of school holidays.

Notes on prices:
A 3 night break can be taken in off peak times - please ask. The price is £300.

Booking Notes:
On booking a deposit of 25% is paid if the holiday is 6 weeks or more away. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to arrival. a reminder will be sent. Most cards are accepted, cheque or direct pay. A booking form and payment details can be emailed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The master room has an en-suite bathroom with large double ended bath, w.c and sink. There is also a shower room with step in shower, w.c and sink.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has a super king-size bed that can be split into twin. There is room for zbeds, truckle beds or cots. It has an en-suite bathroom. The twin bedroom can be made into a super king-size upon request. There is room for a truckle bed or cot.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Outside the cottage there is a patio area with furniture leading onto a large grassed area shared with the other cottages. It is ideal for BBQ's and watching the sun set. The Park has dark sky status and the skies at Scotchcoulthard can be fabulous. There is an indoor heated pool (12mx5mx1m). It is on from Easter until the end of August and again for the October half term. It is shared between the other cottages and owners. However private use can be arranged if desired. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (3 per person, plus swimming) and linen are included with beds made for arrival. There are spare pillows and blankets. The cottage is cleaned and fresh supplies on a changeover day. A mid week clean can be arranged and extra bedding upon request.

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