About this listing
Old High Shield Cottage is a spacious semi-detached single storey building providing self-catering holiday accommodation for two people.
The cottage includes a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The living room is large with a cast-iron working fireplace, two comfortable sofas, and access to the garden terrace. The bedroom has a double bed, with wardrobe, and large window with stunning southern views. The bathroom is located off the bedroom and has separate shower and bath. Bedsheets and bath towels are provided.
Old High Shield Cottage is located on the southern border of Northumberland's national park. Half way along Hadrian’s Wall, the property lies just half a mile south of the Wall's highest point where the Wall crosses the Pennines close to Rapishaw Gap. The views from the lounge, kitchen, bedroom and garden terrace are stunning, looking south over the excavations of Vindolanda half a mile below and up to Thorngrafton Common, then over the rolling hills of Northumberland, County Durham and Cumbria.
Local sites include Hadrian’s Wall, Housesteads Roman fort (Vercovicium), Vindolanda Roman fort and museum, Steel Rigg and Cragg Lough. Further afield is Kielder Reservoir and Kielder Observatory.
Local activities include rambling (Hadrian’s Path National Trail and the Pennine Way National Trail), rock climbing (High Shield Craggs and Steel Rigg provide perfect bouldering opportunities for competent climbers), bird watching and wildlife (from Old High Shield curlews, owls, and buzzards can be seen and Grindon Lough is a popular spot), cycling (Hadrian’s Cycleway National Route 72, Pennine Cycleway National Route 68, and bicycles can be rented from us), and fishing (the North Tyne river provides first class salmon and sea trout fishing, many clubs sell day permits to visitors).
Situated in easy travelling distance to Cumbria, the Lake District, Carlisle, the Scottish Borders, Newcastle, Gateshead, the Sage Gateshead (flagship music concert venue) the Baltic (contemporary art gallery), the Metro Centre, Northumberland Heritage Coast and Castles, including Alnwick, Bamburgh, Warkworth, Lindisfarne, Dunstanburgh and many more. National Trust properties include Cragside House and Gardens, Wallington Hall, and also nearby are the beautiful villages of Corbridge, Bellingham and Haydon Bridge.
Great little cottage in an amazing space. We wandered about the wall during the day and then had a nice fire and a relaxing meal that we made in the cottage.
To note: if you are relying on Google Maps, make sure you call for directions, as the pin will take you to the wrong house.
Michael was a nice host and was especially accommodating as we booked our stay extremely last minute. He had the fire set up and ready to go on our arrival which was great. The place looked just as pictured and had a wonderful view. The location is practically right next door to all the major sights having to do with Hadrian's Wall, which was perfect for us as we were rushing through. Michael was very informative about all the things to do in the area and so friendly about it. Lovely stay.
When we arrived we were welcomed by Michael and shown around the cottage. Everything from how the cottage is laid out to local surrounding area's, we felt we were giving all the information we required to enjoy our stay.
The cottage is incredibly well kept and beautiful, the view from the garden is breathtaking and the surrounding area's full of rich wildlife. The location is placed perfectly for anyone wanting to explore the historical area's around or just want to have a brisk walk across the landscape.
Michael made our stay very comfortable, he provided us with information on local food and drinking places. Michael mentions that he has a history working as a tour guide which becomes apparent when he speaks of the local history sites. You can tell Michael is passionate about the area and will provide you with endless places to visit and challenges if you're up for it.
To show what kind of host Michael was, on the first night we arrived we mentioned we would be going out for food and maybe a drink or two. Michael mentioned a pub up the road called Twice Brewed Inn that him and his sons have been to. A moderate walk for most people but after nightfall the walk becomes a bit hazardous due to the lack of any light other than the moon along a road with ditches either side. Michael offered that if we went to the pub we could text him for a lift back to the cottage, he offered this gesture to help keep us happy and safe, while we didn't take him up on the offer the offer alone stands to this man character.
I work highly recommend staying at High Shield, whether you're looking to hiking through history or to relax with beautiful landscapes and warming fires.
We had a fantastic week at High Shield Cottage and hiking its surrounds. Michael was friendly and communicative from the outset and gave us clear directions to the cottage. In person, we were struck by how warm, helpful and interesting he was!
The cottage itself is well-equipped, we made nearly all our meals and went about housekeeping without trouble. While we did our own food shopping, we otherwise had everything that we might have needed for a week's stay. The view from the cottage down to the valley is splendid—it was such a treat to gawk at the landscape first thing over breakfast. We lucked out with a week of sunshine and warmth in mid-April, we were almost sorry we didn't get to use the fireplace—instead we left Northumberland with a tan!
You can't ask for a better base to enjoy this section of the Hadrian's Wall Path and the Pennine Way; the landscape is simply breathtaking. The Vindolanda museum/fort is within walking distance, and also fascinating—we ended up spending a whole day there.
If we find ourselves near Hadrian's Wall for another visit, we will definitely stay here again!
This was our first experience with AirB&B and although I didn't know what to expect, I certainly wasn't disappointed!
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Michael's cottage, where my fiancé and I spent New Years eve. Michael made us feel really welcome on arrival. We had communicated via the website and by text prior to coming to arrange arrival times and the address, which we found easily using the postcode he provided us. The property was even better than described, the real fire was lit for us with a plentiful supply of logs to keep it going.
Michael was really helpful and pointed out some of the walks in the area, as well as places to eat and imparting some of his vast knowledge of the areas history which enhanced our experience even more. There is an ordnance survey map of the surrounding area in the kitchen which proved useful as well as some useful contact numbers for taxis and food.
The house is beautifully presented,clean and tidy, and was very homely. Michael had been kind enough to provide us some tea, croissants, milk and OJ as well as offering us a lift to the local pub that evening and we found him to be very friendly and helpful throughout our short stay.
There is a fort down the hill from the front of the cottage which is really worth a visit and early morning stroll, weather permitting, and Hadrian's Wall runs east to west across the road to the rear of the property, both of which are easily accessible by public footpaths. Everything in the property worked, from the TV to the power shower, and we both found the bed to be very comfy. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking meals and there is a toaster and kettle.
The views from the property are to die for, and if you're a fan of the countryside and getting away from it all then this is definitely the place to be.
We had a fantastic time bringing in the New Year in front of the cosy fire watching the countdown on TV and would definitely stay again when we get the chance to come back to Northumberland.
lovely remote cottage, friendly host. Bed was on the hard side but that is personal preference
Michael's place was excellent. Everything was in perfect order waiting for us, the fire was even set and ready to be lit. The location is perfect for exploring a very well preserved section of Hadrian's wall, and views down into a green valley, even overlooks an old Roman fort!
About the Host, Michael
I am an English teacher, who also manages an agricultural holding. I lived and worked in Australia for many years. My particular interests are local history, walking, and cycling. I am a fluent German speaker