Country cottage, breathtaking views

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds

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About this listing

Welcome to the beautiful Allen Valleys! We have been Airbnb hosts for 4 years (we believe the longest in the area) and love to welcome guests to not just our home, but to the secrets, peace and beauty of this extraordinary part of the world.

The space

Wren Barn, Limestone Brae, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 8AN

Wren Barn is located in what is known as 'the last wilderness of England', an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just 20 minutes from the highest market town in England, Alston, and 10 from Allendale Town, the geographical centre of GB (so they say!) So, what do you get for these accolades? Sweeping dramatic views right through to the Pennines, wide reaching sunsets, deer leaping across the fields outside the house in the morning, an array of bird call, and if you are lucky, a peek at a red squirrel or tawny owl to name just a few of the delights in this area.

We have a beautiful country cottage bedroom (double) and bathroom with a shower and bath with a view to die for. Fresh linen and towels are provided. Wifi is available throughout – though there is no mobile reception (not a bad thing we reckon.)

You are welcome to use our farmhouse kitchen (we are not in walking distance of local pubs/restaurants). The AGA is great for drying wet clothes, warming cold hands....and cooking! A simple buffet style breakfast is included in the room price, and if the hens are on good form, you can have fresh eggs too (please note - we do not have a microwave).

Based on the borders of County Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland, we are in a prime location for visiting surrounding country and town attractions: walks in the Lake District, a day in Newcastle City, a hike along Hadrian’s Wall or taking in the local scenery on some of the many cycle routes on our doorstep. A little further, but still a day trip away, and you can be building sandcastles by Bamburgh Castle. Our local villages, Allendale and Allenheads have good English pubs to finish off a long days hike, or Hexham, just 25 minutes away, is a delightful market town with an historic Abbey, arts centre and even a little cinema! It also has an excellent train service into Newcastle and Carlisle.

However, if you simply need a rest between sightseeing and activities, or time to contemplate the meaning of life, our garden is just as a good a spot to be for a day or two.

Prices per night:
1-2 adults; £48
Children - there is space for a travel cot in the room and under 4yrs are welcome for free.

One quick note...Some former guests have found us tricky to find .....But those who read the directions that we send through don't. Just a tip!

Guest access

There is plenty of room for parking (a bit muddy in the winter so old shoes/ Welles are a good idea)
We will give you a house key for you to come and go as you wish.
You have full use of the kitchen and fridge. We do not have a microwave but the AGA is a dream to cook on.

Interaction with guests

Susie works freelance - sometime from home, sometimes out and about. Mickey has more regular hours but we are always up for chat over a mug or glass of something stronger, and you are welcome to join us in the sitting room in the evenings. But of course this is your holiday and there is no obligation in the slightest to make polite conversation!
Penny (dog) will welcome tummy tickles/walks/head patting etc...

Other things to note

Hexham is our closest town for big supermarkets, but Allendale and Alston are 6/9 miles away for top- ups. Allendale shops close at 6pm and are not open on Sundays. On reservation, I will send details on how to get to us....we are easy to find, but pls take a minute to read the notes or you can end up at our neighbours!

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

No smoking in the house please.
Penny, whilst adorable, does not need any extra food.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

106 Reviews

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Jennifer User Profile
July 2017
This is the second time we have stayed at Susie and Mickey's house in as many months, which says it all really! We absolutely love everything about the house and the surrounding environment. It's an incredibly welcoming and inviting home and we have raved about the place since! Great comfortable bed, fab AGA, hilarious chickens and hens to wake you up in the morning and stunning views. We love the peace and quiet the area offers - a great way to unwind. Great walks to enjoy locally and we had a fab day in Hexham. Mickey and Susie were away this time, however, they left us a fab bottle of wine and a lovely note! Such a nice touch and very much welcome after the long drive. We highly recommend this Airbnb and can't wait to return again xxx
Susie & Mickey User Profile
Response from Susie & Mickey:
Our total pleasure! & likewise, really look forward to having you to stay again.xx
July 2017

Kenn User Profile
June 2017
Susie and Mickey are great hosts who made us feel welcome on arrival. The setting in beautiful, remote and a wonderful place to be in nature. We used our stay there to see Hadrian Wall and the surrounding countryside. Everything was as noted in the description. Hi

Kai User Profile
June 2017
Such a nice place! The house is set in the middle of a beautiful landscapes, with fields around. A clean and spacious room with an own bathroom. Susie and Mickey and their dog Paddy are lovely hosts. We felt like staying with friends.
Susie & Mickey User Profile
Response from Susie & Mickey:
And likewise, just lovely to have you to stay....& we may well be in touch when camper vanning Europe!
June 2017

John User Profile
June 2017
I loved the drive through the moors country to get to Susie and Mickey's home. Penny and the chooks gave me an enthusiastic welcome even before the front door was opened. So glad that Mickey is fine to turn guests' car around in the smallish yard. Everything needed was available, and it was lovely to have breakfast things laid out ready. Susie and Mickey are caring, friendly and relaxed hosts. I would recommend them and their home to anyone happy to drive the fascinating scenic narrow, winding roadways.
Susie & Mickey User Profile
Response from Susie & Mickey:
Thanks so much Janine - we will visit NZ again - maybe not soon but in the next few yrs and a stop over in Aus is a must! And thank you for brining out the map. My sis gave us two huge maps of China and Alaska from when we travelled there...yet to go up on the walls but you have prompted me! Enjoy the rest of your travels Susie & Mickey
June 2017

We had a great stay at Susie and Mickey's place whilst cycling C2C. Susie kindly picked us up some groceries so we didn't have to carry them up the hills! It's a beautiful house and we were made to feel very welcome and at home.

Jennifer User Profile
May 2017
I am writing this review from the M6 (don't worry, I'm not driving!), after having had the most wonderful bank holiday weekend at Susie & Mickey's! Susie & Mickey are the most wonderful couple & so, so welcoming! From the minute we arrived, they were so hospitable & make you feel one of the family & very much at home. The bedroom is perfect & the bed itself is more comfortable than most hotels! My boyfriend is quite a heavy guy & struggles with new beds, however, it got the seal of approval from him! We loved being in a secluded location & off the beaten track. You have to drive everywhere in terms of getting to the pub/shop/takeaway, however, we loved exploring & it added to the fun of being in the middle of nowhere. Fantastic walks right on your doorstep & we loved the free range chickens & eggs they provided for breakkie! As a couple escaping the city, it was a perfect retreat, made all the more perfect by Susie & Mickey's personalities. A very interesting couple who make their home, your home. I could have talked to Susie all day - such an interesting lady & I could have listened to Mickey talk all day - the best accent ever! We will definitely be returning & cannot recommend visiting the area & staying with them, highly enough.
Susie & Mickey User Profile
Response from Susie & Mickey:
Thanks so much Jen!!
May 2017

Vikki & Will! User Profile
January 2017
Susie & Micky are very welcoming & down to earth people & Penny their dog is so adorable. The room was lovely, very comfortable bed & right next to the bathroom. Highly recommend if you want to explore Hadrian's wall & enjoy the beautiful countryside.

Hexham, United KingdomJoined in March 2012
Susie & Mickey User Profile

Mickey and Susie are a warm welcoming, well traveled couple who enjoy meeting new people, sharing good food, country walks, reading by an open fire on a winter evening, and never making too many plans!

Susie works in the arts and - when she has the time - will splash a bit of paint about. Having recently moved to the countryside, Mickey is getting stuck into felling wood and digging a veg patch! We are the proud owners of 9 very characterful chickens and a daft, loveable dog, Penny.

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