Kidlandlee is situated 1400 feet above sea level in the heart of Northumberlands National Park.
Beautifully remote, Kidlandlee is a place where you can find your inner escape from it all, where the magical light of breaking dawn will give way to evenings of star gazing under the dark night sky of the Northumberland National Park.
Step out the door to never-ending trails just waiting to be discovered
With a beguiling history dating right back to the 12th Century, it is best known for once having the highest shooting lodge in England, positioned nearly 1400ft above sea level.
While the shooting lodge has long since been lost, its original hope holds true, offering guests amazing big sky views and spectacular scenery with some indulgent accommodation too!
Here, we have two stylish conversions - Leyland Barn and the Old Barn - each painstakingly re-built using stone salvaged from the original site.
Each property benefits from an open plan living space, designed to take advantage of the views across the hills of the Upper Coquet valley and a perfect spot to start your adventure in the great outdoors. Walkers and cyclists particularly only have to step out the door to never-ending trails just waiting to be discovered, before coming home to the warmth of a real fire.
For larger families or groups who wish to holiday together, there’s an inner-connecting door between the two properties meaning that the dining space or seating space can be arranged to meet the needs of your wider party on request.
There are two bedrooms and a bathroom with underfloor heating, and the master bedroom in The Old Barn features a sumptuous super king bed where you will wake to the views across the hillside along with the odd passing deer.
The ethos here is sustainable living with fires stocked from the nearby forests, sustainable solar and wind power and the freshest water from its own bore hole which means you can experience a true off-grid experience but with every home comfort too.
- What to see
A drive of 3 miles will take you to Clennell Hall in Harbottle which has an excellent bar and restaurant for eating-out, along with the occasional music evening which brings locals and visitors together for a little light entertainment!
Alternatively the village of Thropton (21 miles) has a small village shop selling general provisions and also has two pubs including the highly regarded Three Wheat Heads, a traditional 300-year-old coaching inn which has a cosy lounge bar and fine dining restaurant serving a varied and interesting menu using fine local produce from the Coquet Valley.
For a wider variety, head to the charming village of Rothbury (23 miles) which has a super selection of independent shops, galleries, pubs and cafes as well as a deli, bakery and butchers shop.
BEDROOMS: 2BATH/SHOWER ROOMS: 1MAX NO. OF GUESTS: 4CHILD FRIENDLY: YESPET FRIENDLY: YES
Access into hallway with hanging rail and bench seat.
Open plan sitting room/kitchen with double sofa, two armchairs, flat screen TV with Freeview, wood burning stove. Large side feature window, with a separate door to the patio and garden. Dining space with seating for four. Kitchen with granite work surfaces, gas hob, oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine. Please note there is no dishwasher since the off-grid power supply is unable to support both a dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, armchair, wardrobe with hanging and drawer space.
Bedroom two with zip and link system which can be configured to 3’ twin beds or super king as required. Wardrobe with hanging and drawer space.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a garden to the front of the property with outside furniture, enclosed with a five bar fence. A barbecue can be made available in the spring and summer months on request.
There is parking to the rear of the property on a gravelled courtyard shared with the Old Barn.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a cost of £10 per dog per stay. They must be clean before access into the property and are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Satellite Wi-Fi is due to be installed. Please contact us for a go-live date if Wi-Fi is essential to your stay. Please note that due to the remote location of Kidlandlee, download speed is limited to approx 1Mb which is unsuitable for streaming or downloading large files.
Mobile reception can be patchy depending on the network, with Vodafone offering the best connection. There is a landline at the nearby owner property for emergency use.
HEATING & ELECTRICITY
LPG gas central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided, with extra supplies available at cost price on-site.
Please note that Kidlandlee is not on the national grid and is dependent on wind and solar power, with a generator for back-up. This means that the number of electrical appliances in the property is limited to the key essentials and a dishwasher cannot be supported.
The cottage adjoins the Old Barn which sits in the same ownership and is also available for use as holiday let. This has an inner-connecting door when the two properties are taken together but is fully sound-proofed and lockable when taken independently.
The owners live in a nearby property and while they are on hand to help guests with any aspect of their stay, they are completely respectful of their privacy.
ACCESS - IMPORTANT
While the property is situated in a fabulous secluded position, it is important to note that this is accessed by a three mile long Forestry Commission track used by logging lorries which comprises loose gravel and cattle grids. This is steep in places and care should be taken, especially during the winter months, as adverse weather and heavy goods vehicles can leave the track rutted and pot-holed. Please drive slowly paying particular attention to the road surface. Sports cars and low suspension vehicles should be avoided. Four-wheel drive vehicles may be required in winter conditions. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
For guests looking to holiday together, Leyland Barn can be booked with adjoining Old Barn (sleeping 4), and can also be booked along with Dipper Cottage (sleeping 6) and Chaffinch Cottage (sleeping 4) which sit nearby.From £575
This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border reivers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland and picturesque valleys.
Clennell Street follows the ancient drover road where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills, dropping down to the tiny village of Alwinton where you can rest tired legs and enjoy a pie and a pint at the Rose and Thistle pub. Alwinton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so it’s also a perfect spot to indulge in a spot of stargazing.
Alternatively the Street or ‘clattering path’ is a Roman road where you can walk the Border Ridge and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings, or why not take a ranger led walk from Harbottle to see the fabled Drake Stone.
If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, why not explore nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high energy the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.
The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.
For those looking for a more relaxed option, enjoy a pampering treatment at your cottage with Harmony Holistic Mobile Spa.
Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.
Also within easy reach are the award winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.
Finally the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for an ice-cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place. Simply magical!
When the days grow shorter and outdoor activities give way to slightly gentler pursuits, a qualified holistic therapist can bring the spa experience to you with relaxation treatments and therapies for the holiday ultimate indulgence.
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