Country cottage, breathtaking views

House - Private room · CarrShield, NE47 8AN, United Kingdom

The Space

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. 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 2 beautiful country cottage bedrooms (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: 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.

If you are heading to or from Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, we are a great stop over point at just a couple of hours away.

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:
1st room - 1-2 adults; £46
2nd room - £37 (please enquire when booking as we have to respond with a 'special offer' in order to have two different prices*)
Children - under 3, free; 3 -16yrs, using 2nd room, £32 (max 2 children & see above re booking*)

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 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 and is often in late, but Mickey is about and we are always up for chat over a mug or glass of something. 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...

The Neighborhood

The views, the stars, the silence ....

Getting around

Hexham has a good rail and bus service to Carlisle and Newcastle. This is 15 miles from us. We are 1 hr from Newcastle/ Carlisle by car. We are remote but that is the beauty of the place!

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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
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City:
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • Lovely people, lovely barn.

    Susie, Mickey and Penny (the dog) were like long lost friends, if it hadn't been for the magnificent countryside outside we could have happily camped around the Arga and drunk tea all day long. I should also mention the strangely curious designer chickens!

    March 2014
    Susie & Mickey
    Response from Susie & Mickey:

    'strangely curious designer chickens' is a first - I like that one!

    I hope the rest of your stay went well, and you found a good place for Julia's birthday breakfast!

    Do pop by (or indeed stay) if up here again. There is never a shortage of tea
    All good wishes to you all
    Susie & Mickey + Penny & hens...

  • Spectacular location (tricky to find in the dark!) Very comfortable and cozy stay; we really enjoyed our conversation with Susie and Mickey, and they were generous with their information about the region. Their place makes a superb base for exploring the "last true wilderness" of England. I look forward to returning!

    January 2014
  • Susie and Mickey made us all feel so welcome and we had a wonderful evening with them. I couldn't give a higher recommendation--their home is lovely and comfortable and the scenery is breathtaking. We hope to return some day and, in the meantime, will recommend this gem to all of our friends. Don't pass this by!!

    December 2013
  • Not sure i can add anymore to this review that others havent already said, but i can confirm that suzie and mickey are great hosts really welcoming, nothing is too much trouble, lovely house with a view in a million...cosy, warm and just what u need after a long day...you will enjoy your stay. Also penny is not only the cutest little dog but very well behaved. Thanks guys for making our stay so lovely. L & J x

    September 2013
  • Stayed two nights in Mickey and Susie's fabulous home.Friendly relaxed hosts and a lovely warm house. Beautiful environment. We would have liked to stay longer, and would stay again.

    September 2013
  • A really lovely house in stunning scenery. Extremely relaxed atmosphere with two very good and interesting hosts in Susie and Mickey. Also a friendly dog, a few chickens and many rabbits. Highly recommended.(Have a bath just for the view).

    September 2013
  • We were cycling coast to coast and needed some to crash at the end of our first day, Susie and Mickey's house is beautiful. Susie cooked up a great carb loaded meal for all of us.
    Great people, great place, great views. I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

    August 2013
  • Highly recommended! Susie and Mickey are warm, friendly and interesting people - we had great conversations. Their home is beautiful, and set in magnificent countryside. You really couldn't wish for a more comfortable place to say - I hope to visit again!

    August 2013
  • The drive to reach this lovely cottage was spectacular and part of the whole experience. We were welcomed by Susie and Mickey despite arriving later than we had expected following a long hold up on the M6. A comfortable night followed before we set off to complete our journey north. A perfect stopover or longer break if we had had the time. Thank you both.

    August 2013
  • Susie and Mickey were really welcoming and friendly. We spent a good time with them. We hardly gave up laughing. The house was very welcoming with great views. And...Penny... is such a lovely dog! This house is highly recommended.

    August 2013
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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 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! Both are the proud owners of chickens, a handsome cockerel, 2 guinea foul and a daft, lovable dog, Penny.
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