Kidlandlee is full of history dating back to 1181 when the estate was granted to the Monks of Newminster Abby, Morpeth, who remained until the monistries were suppressed in 1536. The land was then inherited by the King and over the next 300 years it changed hands many times to include, among others, The Earl of Dirleton in 1622 and 2nd Earl of Durham in 1867.
In 1890 Mr C.J Leyland of Haggerston Castle purchased Kidlandlee from the 3rd Earl of Durham. It is Captain Leyland, after whom the Leylandii trees are named having introduced them to Kidlandlee during his time here. It was during this time also that Captain Leyland built the highest shooting lodge in England with a magnificent stable block at the highest point of Kidlandlee. He also landscaped a croquet lawn so guests could entertain themselves when not shooting and enjoy the spectacular views. Unfortunately the shooting lodge was demolished in 1956 but the stable block and croquet lawn are still here!
Kidlandlee was also home to a school from 1914 to 1957. Not only did the children from the farm and shooting lodge attend, but also children from neighbouring farms who would walk three miles across the hills in all weathers to reach the school. There are some lovely stories to be told in the village about the teachers and children of the school and the comings and goings of the shooting lodge.
Kidlandlee not only has amazing views and a long history dating back hundreds of years but is also again a family home. Matthew, the children and I are now renovating and restoring the other buildings at Kidlandlee so its history will continue for many years to come. We hope you enjoy the peace and tranquillity and have fun exploring the hills, valleys and beaches during your stay here at our home.
We were drawn here as it reminds us of our amazing visits to Ladakh and Bhutan both in the Himalayas. Many people ask me how I would describe Kidlandlee and my answer will always be....
'Na me sa me’ Between the earth and the sky, that is how I would describe Kidlandlee.....
All the best