Old Hall Cottage

Falstone near Kielder and Bellingham, Northumbria (Ref. 15661)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Falstone 2 miles.

This charming detached cottage sits in an isolated position near the secluded hamlet of Donkleywood near Falstone, in a designated International Dark Sky Park, within the Northumberland National Park.

Pleasantly appointed throughout, providing warm and homely accommodation, this Falstone cottage has a traditional appearance, and dates back to 1846, making it ideal for families and friends looking for a relaxing retreat from which they can explore the surrounding countryside.

With comfortable furnishings, this Falstone cottage provides three bedrooms and a fitted kitchen, a great place for rustling up a hearty meal.

The welcoming sitting room and sociable dining room both benefit from toasty woodburners, creating a cosy atmosphere for relaxing in after a day's sightseeing.

Outside this south-facing Falstone cottage, there is a lovely cottage garden to the front, which is a haven for a variety of birds and from where you can admire the stunning views towards the North Tyne River, plus a telescope is available if you wish to view the wonderful night's sky.

There is something to suit everyone from this Northumberland cottage, with endless country walks, cycle routes, and just a short drive away, Kielder Water, which provides a multitude of water based activities.

A little further away, but still within easy reach, are the delights of the Heritage Coastline, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders.

This Falstone cottage is a perfectly positioned base for exploring Northumberland at any time of year.


Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Dining room with woodburner. Sitting room with woodburner.


Electric storage heaters with woodburners. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine in shower room, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, payphone, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburners inc. in rent, additional fuel available to purchase from owner. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 2 cars. Lockable bike storage. Enclosed patio garden, front enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture & BBQ. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 2 miles. Note: There is a small brook running behind the property with a low fence. Note: Property is accessed via is a single country track through three farm gates with some potholes, so care must be taken.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Superb”
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    • “My husband and I stayed at this beautiful cottage with our dog in June, and found it to be clean and comfortable with everything you could possibly need (and more) supplied. On arrival we were delighted to find a lovely goody pack for us and Willow, which was a great treat after a long drive. Very helpful too was the welcome pack booklet, full of clear detail on the where and how of appliances etc in the cottage. The cottage itself is in a wonderfully rural location and kept/ furnished to a high standard; very quiet and relaxing, which is just what we want from a holiday home. All you can hear at night are the sheep. All in all, a proper home from home with very comfortable furniture - perfect for relaxing in the evening and for a great night's sleep. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery, cutlery and all the utensils needed to cope with the sort of cooking we do on holiday. The barbecue was put to use on nice evenings too. As the cottage is within the area of the dark sky reserve, the provision of a telescope is a nice touch. If that is what attracts you to the area I recommend not visiting at midsummer, as it barely seemed to get dark most nights. Our mistake - nothing to do with the property. I can't really find anything negative to say about Old Hall Cottage! One of the highlights of our holiday was the wildlife that visited the garden, where bird feeders are hung. Top-ups are available to buy and we did this on a few occasions as the pleasure gained from watching the birds made it well worth it. My husband now knows a few more species than he did, and was chuffed to have spotted the very brief visit from a woodpecker. Several times a mouse came to have a nibble on the peanuts. On the last day we even saw a stoat darting about on the garden wall. If you want the bright lights, this cottage is not for you. If you want a rural retreat in beautiful unspoiled countryside, go for it. We certainly hope to return to view the dark sky at some time in the future.”

    Willow_n_us, Maidstone, United Kingdom, July 2015

    • “Beautiful Cottage”
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    • “Excellent stay at this wonderful cottage. From the log burners to the fantastic garden for night photography of the stars. The sofas comfy for falling into after a day of site seeing. Peaceful and quiet internet excellent. Everything that was needed was there. Would stay again. Two of us stayed, but could comfortably accommadate 5. Although we took no pets there was no sign or smell that would make you think any animals has stayed there. If you do book and stay here...... Take some extra bird feed.... The feeders in the garden are amazing to stand and watch the birds feeding..... But they are very greedy and needed topping up daily, either that or they immediately had us pegged as a soft touch.”

    Stellajnr, Northwest England, October 2014

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    • “Wonderful Cottage well maintained. Arrangements for key collection excellent. Heating and lights on to help with our late arrival. Excellent holiday would book again.”

    Mrs McCormick, Elland, October 2015

    • “The Cottage was the best we've been in and the area is superb.”

    Mrs Lee, Bolton, October 2015

    • “Exactly what we wanted.”

    Mr Grand, Tamworth, August 2015

    • “Fabulous cottage on a very quiet lane and very well equipped. It was very rural, so peaceful and quiet which is exactly what we wanted.”

    Mr Avery, Romsey, July 2015

    • “Great cottage in lovely quiet location. Great for walking, with Kielder Forest a short drive away. The garden was great for dogs and well kept.”

    Mr Simpson, Hull, May 2015

    • “The cottage was superb! Everything we wanted and more! Delightfully unexpected. The weather helped.”

    Mrs Harvey, Guisborough, April 2015

    • “Loved the cottage - it was cosy, quiet and just perfect for a great chill out holiday. There was plenty of walking on doorstep and yet near enough for visiting the coast and castles - Kielder Forest is a must for walkers and cyclist - cannot wait to go back.”

    Mrs Floyd, Preston, February 2015

    • “A beautiful, well-appointed cottage in a stunning countryside setting. Far enough away to 'get away from it all' but equipped with everything you'll need. Telescope provided for star gazing, which is a must in a dark sky park. Homely touches and generous welcome pack, comfortable beds and well stocked kitchen. An abundance of garden birds and other wildlife on the doorstep of the beauty of Northumberland. Would love to stay again!”

    Mr Mccafferty, Bradford, December 2014

    • “The cottage was warm and comfortable in a quiet, relaxing and beautiful area. From the kitchen window watching numerous types of birds feeding added to the enjoyment of our stay.”

    Mrs Embury, Broadway, December 2014

    • “Having stayed in many holiday cottages over the years, I can confidently say this is one of the best. Well equipped, clean and comfortable. It provided us with a fantastic base to discover the local area, and was also dog friendly! I would definitely recommend this property.”

    Ms Crosby, Preston, October 2014

    • “An absolutely beautiful cottage in a stunning location. The bird feeders outside the kitchen window which was fully stocked provided us with great entertainment when washing up. The telescope provided for the dark sky's with full instructions and what to look for was excellent.”

    Mr Snowden, Hull, October 2014

    • “Intend to go again - 5 star, excellent.”

    Mrs Bell, Blackpool, September 2014

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About the location


Bellingham 9 miles; Newcastleton 24.5 miles; Carlisle 49 miles.

The delightful village of Falstone lies at the foot of Kielder Water, the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe, and on the edge of Kielder Forest, the largest forest in Northern Europe. With probably the best ‘dark skies’ in England, and one of the most tranquil places in rural England, the area is ideal for outdoor activities. There are many signed walking paths through the forest, with the 26 mile Lakeside Way around the lake, as well as higher level fell walks. There are cycle tracks with different routes to suit a variety of abilities, plus fishing and an abundance of wildlife in the area, with red squirrel, roe deer and many bird species, including the Osprey. Hadrian's Wall is an easy drive away and there are many castles and fortified houses in the area, reminders from the times when the “Border Reivers” raided the Anglo-Scottish border. National Trust properties, including Wallington Hall and Cragside are also just a scenic drive away from this pretty village.

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