A delightful holiday cottage in Northumberland!
This August my family and I spent a week at Fenton Hill Farm Cottage in Northumberland. The holiday cottage is located a 15 minute drive from the small and friendly town of Wooler on the edge of the Northumberland National Park in Glendale (Yes the inspiration for the character Postman Pat!).
This place isn’t new to us as my husband and his family have been holidaying on this farm since he was a child. I have been holidaying here pretty much every year since I met my husband. I was even proposed to at a waterfall which is a short walk from the cottage so there are a lot of memories here for us. Of course our holidays have changed dramatically over the years with the addition of two small boys but the views from the holiday cottage always stay the same. This is a view of the Cheviot Hills from the cottage garden – stunning!
The Holiday cottage
The holiday cottage is on a quiet working arable and livestock farm with cows, ducks and a horse passed on the track to the cottage. As a treat the boys always get to sit on their Dad’s lap and pretend to drive the car down the track. We were there during the wheat harvest so there were a lot of tractors and combine harvesters to be spotted. This is the view from the cottage’s kitchen window.
The cottage has a lovely sized and enclosed garden with a large patio to enjoy the evening sunshine. We had very good weather and managed to eat dinner outside. There are lots of garden toys including a football net, badminton net, bouncers and cricket set. The boys were straight out into the garden every morning and evening.
The lounge looks over the garden with large patio doors so you can keep an eye on the kids but also enjoy the views. A woodpecker is a regular visitor at the bird table. There is a lovely open fire for the chilly evenings which makes for a very cosy room.
There are three bedrooms, a king-sized, twin bedroom and a single bedroom. They are all a good size and prettily furnished with the cottage feel. My boys always start off sharing a room and then my eldest decides he needs some peace and quiet and moves out!
There is always a warm welcome from the cottage owners Margaret and Hugh and after a long journey a vase of pretty flowers and a plate of homemade brownies is a lovely touch.
Margaret and Hugh also have two pygmy goats called Dylan and Zebedee who are extremely friendly and love to be fed and petted.
Walks from the Holiday cottage
One of the lovely things about staying on the farm is that you can have a day out without going in the car. It’s fun to wander around the farm and visit the animals and then there are some beautiful walks from your doorstep. There is a lovely walk up the field from the farm to Routin Linn waterfall. We took the boys there on this holiday and picnicked in the same spot where I was proposed to 10 years earlier! Then from here we walked up Goats Crag which has amazing panoramic views. My boys became obsessed with collecting sheep bones on that walk!
As I was training for a half marathon, The Great North Run, whilst on holiday the draw of the lovely countryside was a real motivator to get out.
Things to do in the area
I have an endless list of things to do in the area and when we visit we have our firm favourites. However, every visit we find new beaches, walks and restaurants which keep bringing us back every year.
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