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.
Despite the one morning of rain, our two night stay was even better than we had hoped for. A private bedroom at one end of a beautifully converted and decorated home. Friendly dog and hens as well as the lovely welcome from susie and mickey.
We are looking forward to another excuse to revisit.
Susie & Mickey couldn't have been more attentive, friendly and welcoming hosts. We had an excellent time and really felt at home with them (and Penny the dog!) in their beautiful cottage. The directions were brilliant and we'd recommend making a note of these rather than relying on a satnav. The views are stunning and the atmosphere is so peaceful. We will definitely recommend this place to friends and would stay there again.
Susie and Mickey made Steve and I feel most welcome on our two nights at Wren Barn. Susie is a bubbly woman with an interest in Dance and it was good to share experiences in work and travel. They are both well-travelled and Mickey retells tales in a fun way. Penny, the dog was equally charming as were the chickens in the garden. We enjoyed breakfasts of fresh eggs.
The barn is beautifully designed and a mix of rustic and modern and the kitchen with Aga is great to cook in if you don't fancy the drive to The Elk at Whitfield or The Dragon (only open 2 weeks but great atmosphere and beer). The area is full of interesting and challenging cycle routes and Hadrian's Wall and some good little museums. Vinlander and the Roman fort and village has archaeologists on digs and a café and terrace from April. It was amazing! All-in-all a great place to stay!
Susie and Mickey are a great couple, very friendly. They have a lovely house in a very scenic part of the country.
Chickens in the yard, lovely pubs, beautiful countryside, comfy bed, it's all good.
I would definitely stay there again.
My girlfriend and I only stayed one night at Wren Barn, but it did us a world of good. The last hour or so of our drive there (up the little road heading North from Bowlees) was spectacular. Susie and Mickey were wonderful hosts. We immediately felt relaxed and had a great chat with them, and got a fantastic night's sleep in a comfortable bed. Thanks Susie and Mickey!
Susie was a perfect host; she greeted us with tea and gave us excellent recommendations for the area. We loved the accommodation and it couldn't have been a nicer stay. We loved chatting with her; she is well traveled and extremely warm and welcoming. I only wish we had stayled longer!!!
Brilliant host, brilliant property and brilliant location. Cannot ask for more....
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.