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: 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 4 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!
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! 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 views, the air, the stars, the silence ....
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! L
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!
No smoking in the house please.
A great stay - lovely hospitality in a beautiful location. Thanks very much!
Second visit and it only gets better!
Susie and Mickey gave us the run of the house - everything was organised and in perfect order.
Thanks you so much, only sorry we didn't see you this time.
Wren Barn was a gorgeous, comfy, laid back place to stay. In other words, ideal! It's on a quiet road in a secluded valley but surprisingly close to sights like Hadrian's Wall, the Lakes District and so on. The place itself is cozy and the hosts were very generous, lovely and laid back. We could come and go as we wanted and had use of their gorgeous farmhouse kitchen as well. Great value and a lovely place!
We had a lovely time with Mickey and Susie. They are both super laid back and the place itself was even more beautiful and quiet than the profile on Abnb
Thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us. You were both amazing hosts and we loved listening to all of your travel experiences. Your place is in a truly special part of the country-side. Super comfy bed and yummy breakfast. Thanks for an excellent stay! Hope to return the favour if you come to Vancouver, Canada! Cheers, Rachel & Don
Mickey and Susie are excellent hosts, really fun and just great to be with.
The three of us arrived after two of us had just completed the second day of the C2C bike ride - so we were tired and a bit dishevelled to say the least. Within a few minutes Susie served up a very welcome cup of tea and we were chatting like good friends.
I can personally recommend the bath - much needed in my case and with a fantastic view of the hills and mountains as you are lying down soaking!
In fact the whole area is stunning, and we were lucky enough to see it on a glorious late summers evening. If you want a base for walking out whilst based in a warm and friendly home environment - this is definitely the place to stay.
When Mickey came in from work a takeaway from the local (well about 6 miles away) was ordered and we proceeded to enjoy some great food and great company over the dinner table.
A short but memorable experience - I'm sure we will return,
Lovely hosts. Susie & Mickey gave us a warm welcome and made us feel at home. The room had everything we needed. Breakfast was great (even the Marmite). Stunning surroundings in a very beautiful area. Would surely go there again.
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.