Price from £750
Relax, unwind and take in the vibrant energy of the hills as the clouds roll by and the stars light up the night sky
The Oak is one of four new off-grid cottages built within our newly planted wood. Designed with hints from of our travels to the Himalayas this spacious one-bedroom cottage sits just above The Elm and below The Maple.
Breath-taking views of the Upper Coquet Valley towards Simonside from every room whilst living in harmony with newly created habitats that protect our wildlife inhabitants too!Check Availability & Book Guest Login
Two-seater sofas, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, dining space with seating for four. Wood burning stove.
Kitchen with granite work surfaces, gas hob, oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine.
With fixed king size four poster bed, side tables, wardrobe with hanging and a chest of draws. Travel hair Dryer.
Shower room with toilet and door leading to The Out door Shaanti Bath Area.
Underfloor heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room. Wind felled logs are provided and can be topped up from your log store outside.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with luxury guest toiletries from Penhaligons of London.
With the help of Tully’s of Rothbury, a gift bag of locally sourced products awaits you along with a bottle of Berry Bros & Rudd sparkling wine. Vegan, wheat & Gluten options are also available.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a cost of £20 per dog per stay. They must be clean before access into the property and are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms.
Gardens and Grounds
There is a private enclosed garden to the front of the property with outside furniture. An Outback barbecue will be available in the spring and summer months.
The Shaanti Bath Area
Enjoy the beautiful views or amazing stary skies as you relax and unwind in your private outdoor Shaanti Bath Area.
‘Shaanti’ is the Sanskrit word for calmness.
Shaanti Bath Basket
To enhance your outdoor bath experience we have put together a little Shaanti Bath Basket which you can add as a little optional extra to your stay. The baskets will have two bathrobes, four battery-operated lightbulbs in jars, six battery-operated tea lights, two bath melts from The Holistic Healing Cabin or bath oil from Dovecote Northumberland.
Star Gazing Kits
Stargazing kits are available to hire. The basket will include a flask for two, Choc Affair hot chocolate, Choc Affair chocolate bar, Northumberland Bakery cookies, two hot water bottles, Stargazing for Beginners guide, 2023 Guide to the Night Sky, a practical guide to the key constellations, 10×50 Binoculars, travel telescope, large picnic rug, and two fleece blankets.
Holistic Healing Cabin
Take some time to fully relax and rejuvenate with our fully qualified Complementary Therapist at The Holistic Healing Cabin. There are various treatments available, such as soothing aromatherapy massage, facials, reflexology or crystal therapy to name a few. Further details will be sent to you before your arrival. Booking in advance is required, subject to availability. Please contact us for further information.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request but please note that we do not supply mattresses or cot bedding.
You can view our tailored Accessibility Statement for The Oak here
Wi-fi and mobile coverage
We now have fibre broadband in each cottage and you will also find a good 4G signal with most mobile providers.
Our cottages are powered by solar trackers and wind turbines, water is pumped from two boreholes and filtered on-site, and two biowaste systems naturally treat and dispose of your wastewater.
Wind-felled logs from the land are used for our log stores and everything we do is as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. It is a different way of life which I am sure you will enjoy experiencing.
No Smoking or candles
The property is strictly non-smoking and due to new fire regulations candles are no longer permitted in the cottages.
You have your own private parking for two cars with one electric charger powered by solar which will only charge your car during the day.
Electric Car Charging
Your car charger is powered by the solar panels on the roof of your cottage. This means that you will only be able to charge your car during the day and not at night. We are not on the national grid so if you charge at night you will draw the power away from your cottage.
Our villages of Alwinton and Harbottle now have charging points outside the local inns and the food is great, so charging in the evenings couldn’t be nicer. 🙂
Access – Important
While the cottage is situated in a fabulous, secluded position, it is important to note that this is accessed by a three-mile-long Forestry Commission track which comprises loose gravel and cattle grids. This is steep in places and care should be taken, especially during the winter months, as any adverse weather can leave the track rutted. 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 during winter conditions. Please be advised that during the winter months of November through to March we recommend winter tyers and 4×4 vehicles. You will be climbing to 1400 feet above sea level and the extra grip is recommended. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
A drive of 4 miles will take you into Harbottle where you will find our little local pub The Star Inn. The little village shop at the back can provide you with essentials and whilst there it is worth checking out their amazing menu! Takeaways are just the ticket if you don’t feel like cooking.
Thropton (12 miles) 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. The village also has a Shell Spa and petrol station.
The charming village of Rothbury (14 miles) has a super selection of independent shops, galleries, pubs and cafes as well as a deli, bakery and butcher’s shop. It is worth taking a stroll along the river bank too whilst you are there as it is quite picturesque.