The Old Tack Room - Cosy cottage near Rothbury


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4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bathroom
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The Old Tack Room is a cosy dog friendly cottage situated in a pretty, rural hamlet close to the stunning Northumberland National Park & Rothbury. It’s the perfect location for exploring the beauty of Northumberland’s countryside & coast. At the foot of the Cheviot Hills, it’s a walkers & cyclists paradise. Located in the Dark Skies park, it means that at night time, as there is no light pollution, you have a clear view of the stars & is certain to appeal to all lovers of the great outdoors.

The space
The Old Tack Room is located on a former Victorian farm steading. The steading was originally built by Lord Armstrong (who created Cragside) as part of his vast estate, designed to be a Victorian model farm as a showcase for his pioneering engineering methods and was one of the first farms in the world to be powered by a water turbine.

It has now been transformed into a stunning complex of stone holiday cottages set out in a courtyard formation. All of the cottages are individually owned. This cottage, as the name indicates, was formerly the tack room for the farm’s horses and is at the end of a small row of pretty terraced cottages, in a quiet corner.

At the front of the cottage is a small paved and gravelled area with outdoor furniture. (Please note, this area is not enclosed.) There is use of a shared tennis court and rackets and balls are provided in the cottage.

There is parking directly opposite the cottage, with one space allocated to The Old Tack Room and further parking available onsite.

All the accommodation is on one level. It has electric heating throughout, with the added benefit of a magnificent Scandinavian wood-burning stove (an initial supply of logs is provided between October and April). Free wi-fi is available throughout the cottage and, as there is no mobile signal, a telephone is provided in case of emergency.

The cottage is full of original and local artwork (most of which is from the Coquetdale Art Gallery at Rothbury - well worth a visit). In the living space you will find a large curved screen TV on which you can watch Freeview or NowTV with a huge array of entertainment along with Sky Cinema. You will also find a Bluetooth Soundbar through which you can stream your own music, Amazon Echo (Ask Alexa!) and DVD player. There are a range of films to watch and books to read, as well as local maps, tourist information and a selection of games to play.

The kitchen has an electric oven and integrated ceramic hob, fridge and separate full size freezer, washer/dryer, microwave, kettle and toaster. There’s also a Dolce Gusto coffee machine, but you’ll need to bring your own pods.

The bedrooms are beautifully furnished and there is plenty of storage space in the form of solid oak wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets. Quality bed linen is provided in both rooms.

The bathroom has a very large walk-in shower, wash hand basin and toilet, with luxury towels provided.



I welcome 2 well behaved dogs (sorry, no puppies or dogs under the age of one allowed.).


Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washing machine
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Travel cot

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Where you’ll be

Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom

The nearest major village to The Old Tack Room, is Rothbury. It is actually classed as a town, but it has more of a village feel and here you will find the award winning Rothbury Family Butchers and the quaint little Rothbury Bakery amongst other village stores, including a well stocked Co-op. There’s a great selection of pubs and restaurants here too.

Your nearest good pub/restaurant (11 minutes by car) is the Three Wheat Heads at Thropton - it has the most amazing views of the Northumbrian valley and the food is excellent too.

There is a very quirky pub within a short walk from the cottage, called “The Star Inn”. It is a little piece of history - untouched and run by the same family since 1917, it is like stepping back in time. Now run by Vera, who is in her eighties, drinks are limited (wine, beer and soft drinks), and as this pub is a traditional old pub, she doesn’t serve food or nibbles (apparently she doesn’t like greasy fingers on her glasses!) Opening hours are sporadic (look out for the light switched on outside to let you know she is open). But, don’t let that put you off - Vera will welcome you with open arms and the pub undoubtedly keeps her going, so it is well worth a visit, if not for the experience alone.

The cottage is absolutely perfect for those who want to walk straight from the door into the National Park and Cheviot Hills (knowledge of orienteering is advised). It also has lots of cycle trails (including the Sandstone Way Cycle Trail) and plenty of hills!

It has the feel of being completely rural, yet it is only a few minutes from some very pretty Northumbrian villages and 30 minutes from the spectacular beaches of the Heritage Coastline. It is within easy reach of Cragside House and Gardens, Wallington Gardens, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands, to name but a few of the many ‘must see’ attractions.

The Old Tack Room is within an hour’s drive of the spectacular Hadrian’s Wall and also Kielder Forest and Reservoir - Kielder has an abundance of wildlife and activities, especially on the lake in the summer, as well as having the Observatory to see those starry skies!

Hosted by Tina

Joined in April 2019
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I am an animal loving pescatarian who loves the outdoors and my favourite place to be whilst in the UK is Northumberland. I will be an attentive host and a clean and tidy guest!

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I do not live nearby unfortunately, but I am always available by phone, text or email. 😊

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Check out: 10:00 am
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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