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Shepherds Burn Cottage

(Ref. 954603)

Tarset near Bellingham, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic stay."

    The location is amazing - so quiet and peaceful with walks from the door. The cottage is really spacious and has everything you could need for a comfortable stay. We would definitely love to return.

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2023

  • "Excellent, just as before."

    Dark skies a sight to behold! Good centre for touring the area, including over the Border to Scotland.

    Reviewed by GraemeOct 2023

  • "The lounge/kitchen could do with better lighting."

    Otherwise the cottage was perfect. Very well equipped, extremely comfortable, lovely dog-proof garden. The setting is remote and rather special. To us that was a bonus

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at shepherd's burn cottage."

    The cottage was beautifully maintained, clean and spacious, with a large , grassed, secure garden. Perfect for families and pets. Set in a remote location, it was extremely tranquil and peaceful, with footpaths from the doorstep, into the amazing countryside and forests. Although remote, Keilder reservoir is just minutes away, as is the village of Bellingham, where you can get all the supplies you need. Many more attractions to be discovered. Loved it.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2023

  • "This was THE best cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Absolutely perfect in every way. Peaceful, cosy, tranquil and beautiful, we WILL be back.

    Reviewed by PhilAug 2023

  • "A fantastic cottage in a fantastic location, Will be visiting here again as so many walking days out around the area."

    Reviewed by DawnJul 2023

  • "We loved our stay, what a beautiful hide away."

    Reviewed by HeikeJun 2023

  • "This cottage was the best we've ever stayed in, and there have been quite a few over the years."

    It was plentifully supplied with crockery, cutlery and glasses. It was spacious and comfortable with a lovely large walled garden. The owner was in the adjoining house and was welcoming and informative, all in all I would recommend this cottage if you want a relaxing, peaceful holiday in lovely countryside.

    Reviewed by Carole MargaretJun 2023

  • "If you have got as far as reading this then you are interested in renting Shepherds Burn, don't look for other properties in the area this one is just great."

    Hiking, cycling, a base to start exploring from or just chilling out watching the wildlife then look no further book it. You'll find the cottage a couple of miles down a tarmac track which means no passing traffic, except the very infrequent farm or forestry vehicles (and I mean very infrequent). The cottage itself is beautifully maintained with everything you need for your stay and a large dog proof garden (how many times have I heard that phrase only to be disappointed - but not here) There are many tracks/bridleways through the forest that you can explore from the doorstep or a short drive takes you to Kielder reservoir and longer to every village and small town to the coast. The nearest village is Bellingham which is well stocked for your shopping needs, do look in the Country Store, possibly the most well stocked shop in Northumberland. From where I live we have the dubious joys of commuting up the appalling road work/accident filled A1 even that won't stop me going returning, to quote Mr A Schwarzenegger "I'll be back" A great cottage, in a great location rented from lovely people.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Shepherd's Burn."

    The cottage was very cosy and we enjoyed making use of the log burner. It was a fantastic location, very relaxing. The owner was very welcoming and friendly and there was lots to do nearby

    Reviewed by SophieApr 2023

  • "Gorgeous cottage, bigger than expected from pics."

    The beds and bedding were lovely, so snuggly! Location was good for me - quite isolated - lovely starry sky at night and clear views of milky way. Loved the peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by JustineOct 2022

  • "Really nice property located on the edge of Kielder."

    Lovely and peaceful with lots of walks from the doorstep. The owner was very accommodating in allowing us to use the grounds if we wished. The garden was particularly great as all enclosed for allowing the dogs to have a safe space to run around as well as allowing for star gazing, which was amazing!

    Reviewed by AmyOct 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with all you could need for a comfortable holiday."

    Quite remote which we wanted for peace and quiet. Simon a very friendly and helpful host. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2022

  • "Such a beautiful cottage in the heart of Northumberland National Park."

    It is really a home from home with a fully equipped kitchen. The pillows were a little soft for my personal taste, but you could tell that they were of high quality. The garden was large enough for a kickabout, but if you want more room there is a field literally outside of the garden gate. There is a nice selection of board games and jigsaws on site. Simon and Cosmo are unobtrusively on hand for anything that you need, including advice on where to go or how long travel takes to different places. Simon also left us a lovely welcome gift of wine and biscuits. There is no phone signal on the road to the cottage, or at the cottage, but WiFi is provided for this.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2022

  • "An absolutely cracking cottage."

    Well finished and and at the end of a long quiet country lane. One of best cottages we have stayed in with lots of walks and cycle rides nearby. The owner is a very nice guy and always offering help and advice for places to go and see. And his dog, Cosmo, we wanted to take him home. Highly recommended place to stay especially if you want some piece and quiet.

    Reviewed by SteveJul 2022

  • "We loved the wonderful bath on claw feet and such a large bathroom!"

    Also particularly loved the garden area at the back. Property was very much out of the way - ideal for a quiet get away from it all holiday up a very long road. Plenty of parking too.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2022

  • "It was very peaceful just the thing for a relaxing time."

    The cottage was clean and well equipped and the gift was very welcome.Simon the owner lives next door along with Cozmo his dog who is very friendly. We picked the perfect week for the weather and hope to return again.

    Reviewed by DeborahJun 2022

  • "We rented Shepherds Burn and Gallow Law Cottages together this year a great idea."

    We have stayed at these properties before, very dog friendly, never fails to impress us. Owner very helpful.

    Reviewed by Susan JayneJun 2022

  • "Shepherds Burn was a wonderful barn renovation in a beautiful rural setting, with calming views of sheep grazing in green hills."

    The cottage was welcoming with wine in the fridge and biscuits for tea. It was fully equipped with all the comforts of home and very stylshly furnished. We found the whole experience very relaxing and hope to return.

    Reviewed by CarolineMay 2022

  • "We enjoyed a fabulous week at Shepherds Burn over Easter It’s a very tasteful barn conversion with everything you need for a comfortable stay It is quite remote though which means it’s peaceful with very starry skies if it’s clear - a real bonus Sky TV and rock solid wi fi we’re both welcome o We could have done with more light in the kitchen however but that’s probably because we’re both seniors !"

    All in all a great break so thank you Simon

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2022

  • "Superb property, in an idyllic setting."

    Though a little bit off the beaten track it allows true escape, and the opportunity to chill in quiet and serene surroundings. The owner next door is really helpful, friendly and approachable, but also respected our privacy. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a quiet break away, and ideal for taking dogs on long walks without the need to cross a road. Fabulous

    Reviewed by HeidiApr 2022

  • "Fantastic property, very comfortable."

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2022

  • "Beautiful location."

    Very modern and clean accommodation. Owner very friendly and helpful. Perfect location to explore Northumberland National Park. We would certainly recommend Shepherds Burn and would consider returning for another stay.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week away in this lovely cottage."

    The cottage is clean and well presented, in a secluded quiet area. You really feel like you can get away from it all. Plenty to do in the area and stunning walks from the door step.

    Reviewed by MadeleineOct 2021

  • "The cottage was exceptional."

    Comfortable and well equipped. Situated way off the main road it was very peaceful, in beautiful surroundings. We would love to stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by LindseyOct 2021

  • "This is a hidden gem."

    The owner Simon was very nice, his dog Cosmic is such a cutie. Its an absolute dream to stay there, so tranquil and homely, the only issue was that we didnt want to come home. Thinking of booking a few days in November for a long weekend with our dog this time

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2021

  • "The barn conversion is beautifully done, with everything you could have wanted supplied, the dishwasher was a bonus."

    Beautiful large bath and shower. The location of the cottage was very isolated but absolutely stunning if you're wanting some peace and quiet and don't mind travelling to get places. The only downside was the Internet which didn't work majority of the time which was a shame

    Reviewed by SadieApr 2021

  • "We found the cottage location very peaceful."

    The facilities were good, a few more mugs would be useful, given the dishwasher. The beds were comfortable. Bedrooms a little cool until we adjusted the heaters. The woodburner was great. The dark skies are a wonder. Would stay again and highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by BeverleyOct 2020

  • "We have been to the companion cottage to this one before and as usual had a very lovely holiday."

    The area is superb and the need for isolation at this time was admirably met by this cottage.

    Reviewed by MaryOct 2020

  • "Tranquility at its best, lovely, comfortable accommodation in a beautiful location, Simon, the owner, is friendly, helpful and nothing is too much trouble, handling the Covid situation brilliantly."

    Lovely walking areas with an abundance of wildlife, including deer, herons on the river, rabbits and many more. Will definitely be returning and would recommend for anyone looking for peace, quiet and nature.

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage, great location, wonderful scenery around."

    Really helpful and Friendly owners

    Reviewed by DarrenSep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage and location."

    The owner of the cottage very friendly and helpful. This was our second visit, would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage for a peaceful getaway and away from fireworks for our dog NO bangs."

    Reviewed by JamesNov 2019

  • "Nice cottage huge garden was great for our dog it's 5 miles from the nearest ..."

    Nice cottage huge garden was great for our dog it's 5 miles from the nearest shop so make sure you have plenty food and drink in before you settle in for the evenings

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in an outstanding area."

    Came here for my 60th birthday and wasn’t disappointed. Lots of walking from the door, and other places to visit nearby, Kielder water and forest, Otterburn mill for shopping and eating. Simonbourne tea rooms and garden, pubs in Bellingham for food and dog friendly. Hexham for shopping and eating. Simon the owner lives next door and was very friendly and helpful too. Welcome pack was great too. Wifi a bit hit and miss otherwise excellent.

    Reviewed by KathJul 2019

  • "I had two windows open and accidentally booked the wrong property."

    I emailed Sykes immediately who said there was nothing they could do despite the genuine booking error. They did not reply to my subsequent emails. In the end the house was beautiful and in an idyllic location. But I was not impressed with the Sykes customer service.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage and location."

    Couldn’t have asked for more. Perfect place to relax. Thank you.

    Reviewed by RachelFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, would have been nice to see some Christmas decorations."

    Reviewed by CharlotteDec 2018

  • "Proposed to my girlfriend there."

    Beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by JonnyNov 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely but could do with more or better lighting, it was a bit dark especially in the kitchen/lounge"

    Reviewed by JennyOct 2018

  • "The cottage is in an ideal location to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life."

    We had a lovely week here walking in the forest and by the river. The cottage itself was well equipped with everything we needed but ,more importantly than that, the owners have created a warm and friendly atmosphere where we felt like welcome guests. We are already talking about a return visit!

    Reviewed by RpOct 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage,would be perfect if garden was more private(5-6ft fence) as ..."

    A beautiful cottage,would be perfect if garden was more private(5-6ft fence) as no privacy with next door holiday neighbours

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2018

  • "Dark skies really lived up to its description."

    Stunning stars! Beautiful area, highly recommended. Booking process for cottage easy and when contacted, staff very helpful. This property is just wonderful, can’t praise it enough. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JanineJul 2018



    Reviewed by SandraJun 2018

  • "An enjoyable break in a very spacious and well maintained cottage."

    High standard of cleanliness and facilities. The bed was extremely comfortable with good quality linen. The enclosed rear garden is brilliant for dogs and there are numerous walks straight from the door. The area is very remote and quiet and perfect for hiking and cycling. Kielder Water is just a few minutes drive and superb, with it's trails etc.

    Reviewed by PippaJun 2018

  • "Absolutely amazing cottage, the minute you walk through the door it is welcoming, we were very surprised how big it is the pictures don't reflect the true size of the rooms."

    Every thing has been thought of by the owners to a very high standard, good beds and high quality bed linen always a plus in my book.The welcome gifts of eggs, bread, milk, butter, scones and wine were very much appreciated and a nice touch. Ii is quite remote but that was just what we needed some peace and quiet with beautiful views, the stars are amazing. We will be back.

    Reviewed by TracyApr 2018

  • "Great place, very spacious, excellent."

    Reviewed by KeithMar 2018

  • "Cottage was very comfortable and cosy log burner on it was great."

    Bed was very good rooms where all absolutely great. Garden was spot on for our dogs very well enclosed so made it very safe. Would love to return

    Reviewed by PaulaMar 2018

  • "This was a wonderful holiday cottage."

    As soon as we walked in the atmosphere was very calming, and we soon discovered the high quality throughout. Uncluttered but providing everything we needed. As heavy snow was forecast for our arrival day, the owner telephoned us the evening before we left. And as it transpired on the day of arrival, the owner had to collect us from the nearest town as we couldn`t proceed any further in our own car!

    Dec 2017

  • "Shepherds Burn is a lovely and very comfortable cottage, a real retreat."

    It is really isolated with miles of wonderful walks literally from the front door, great for dog walking. We will definitely try to come back again next year.

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2017

  • "Lovely, spacious cottage."

    Comfortable accommodation that exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2017

  • "Absolutely no problems at all with this cottage , it is beautiful , all I would like to say ( not a criticism at all ) is for the long rainy nights a DVD player would be very much appreciated."

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2017

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage with some thought provided by the owners to ensure a welcome greeting and wonderful stay."

    Ideal for dog walkers. Remote location but did not detract from the overall holiday

    Reviewed by SharonAug 2017

  • "What a wonderful cottage in a superb location."

    Dog friendly with walks from the door. Very peaceful and tranquil location

    Reviewed by IanAug 2017

  • "We loved our holiday at shepherds burn cottage."

    Standard was extremely high and accommodation and owners attention to detail exceeded our expectations. Nothing was too much trouble. The scenery and views from the cottage were Beautiful and made for a relaxing, get away from it all break. The walks from the cottage were accessible and an ideal break from car travelling. We would definitely book it again and have already recommended it to family and friends.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with free standing bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Initial supply of logs included (1st October to 30th April bookings only)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed gravelled and patio area to rear
  • two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 7 miles and pub 3 miles
  • Note: Due to location on sheep farm, dogs must be kept on a lead
  • Note: Due to river on site, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: There is no mobile phone signal in this property
  • Note: This property does not have an electric vehicle charging point
  • If you wish to charge your electric vehicle via a three-pin domestic plug socket, permission will need to be granted in advance by the owner and a supplementary charge of £35.00 will need to be paid in advance of your arrival

The property

Situated in Tarset, a stunning, tranquil part of England, Shepherd’s Burn Cottage is a spacious, impressively furnished barn conversion offering ideal accommodation for a family or small group looking to relax in a peaceful environment.

All on one floor the property is not short of character with exposed traditional beams and sloping ceilings presented throughout.

Although a rustic property, the cottage has been decorated with a contemporary touch whilst still embracing its original features.

With open-plan living the property is home to a well-equipped kitchen with all the amenities you need to cook a delicious meal, a dining area and a comfortable sitting area with woodburner.

The rest of the cottage is made up of two spacious bedrooms comprising one king-size double and one twin, as well as a family bathroom featuring a free-standing bath and modern power shower.

Outside the cottage to the rear will find you a south-facing enclosed lawned area with patio area and furniture, ideal for some alfresco dining on a warm evening whilst absorbing the beautiful views.

Shepherd’s Burn Cottage is the perfect memorable stay for those looking to getaway to a remote area and simply relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref: 954602, together they sleep 8.

The Bower Cottages

Located in Kielder Water & Forest Park, known for its distinctive scenery, The Bower Cottages are right on the doorstep of fantastic walking, biking trails, water sports, horse riding and other adventure activities. The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is definitely worth a visit where you can experience the best star-gazing in the country and even spot the Andromeda Galaxy – a vast island of stars very similar to our own Milky Way. There is also an abundance of wildlife for you to observe and explorers can expect to encounter roe deer, otters, red squirrels, seven species of bat and a variety of birds, including ospreys. Set in a stunning, remote area these two stone-built barn conversions are the perfect holiday base for a family or group of friends looking to explore in a peaceful environment. In a secluded location, Bellingham is the closest town, offering plenty of history within the architecture, as well as an array of shops, pubs, cafes and a golf course. Being on the doorstep of the Northumberland National Park you are well placed to explore the beautiful countryside. Further afield the popular tourist attractions of the Northumberland coast, Lindisfarne and Hadrian’s wall are all accessible and make for a great day out.

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About the location


Kielder Water 7 miles; Hadrian's Wall 12 miles; Corbridge 18 miles; Hexham 19 miles.

Known as the ‘capital’ of the North Tyne Valley, this delightful town of natural stone houses nestles close to the banks of the River North Tyne. Said to be sited on a Roman station, the charming market town has much of interest, including a 12th century church, heritage centre and 30ft waterfall, just to the north. It’s also on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and is just a short drive from Hadrian’s Wall and Kielder Water and Forest. Suitable for year-round holidays, this unspoilt area with its fishing, horse riding, abundant wildlife and superb walking country is a nature lover’s dream. There is a superb golf course close by and the area has abundant historical sites, stately homes and famous gardens.

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Note: Due to river on site, children must be supervised at all times.

Note: This property does NOT have an electric vehicle charging point. If you wish to charge your electric vehicle via a three-pin domestic plug socket, permission will need to be granted in advance by the owner and a supplementary charge of £20.00 will need to be paid in advance of your arrival.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas