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The Folly

(Ref. 1049467)

Belsay, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage and beautiful surroundings."

    A nice place to wind down and recharge those batteries

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Apr 2024

  • "Property is in a lovely location and we have previously stayed here."

    A few issues this time however. Whilst everywhere superficially clean it really needs a good deep clean to sort out dust, cobwebs and dead flies and a dead wasp in the bathroom blind. Would also be good if the garden was checked before arrival for previous occupants dog mess. Also needs a restock and some money spending on new kitchen implements and oven trays etc. We had a few issues with the internet whilst there and a missing cable. We attempted to contact the owner at the time but no reply about this. We didn’t appreciate the stress of being contacted by the owner whilst travelling back to see if we had “taken” 4 old off white pillowcases which we wouldn’t dream of doing. All that being said it’s a lovely peaceful location and a good base for dog walks around the area.

    Reviewed by Anne2.8Mar 2024

  • "Overall the cottage was very nice in a brilliant and peaceful location and checking in was very straightforward."

    We did find a few things that would put us off returning though, the biggest of these was the incredibly hard bed coupled with very soft pillows. We found the mattress so hard that my partner slept on the sofa one night, and only by sleeping on top of the duvet were we able to avoid having to cut the weekend short. I do appreciate this is maybe a personal preference and others may find it less of an issue, but an orthopaedic mattress is very firm for regular use. While the property was clean, we did notice a lot of cobwebs on ceilings and light fittings. We also found the initial log and wood supply provided to be rather minimal, 5 sticks in the kitchen, 4 logs in the living room and a total of 2 matches felt deliberately stingy.

    Reviewed by Stewart3.4Feb 2024

  • "My husband snd myself teavel north from Lincolnshire, my brother and wife travelled south from Fife."

    Meeting up somewhere in the middle for our annual pre christmas break. What a marvelous find this was. This is a lovely cottage, quite remote, (make sure you take what you need with you, you arent popping out to the shop f you forget anything. ) there is a well stocked village shop a few miles away in the nearest village, The cottage is surrounded by stunning views cosy, yet spacious. and exceptionally clean and well equipped to a high standard . One point to highlight , the beds have orthopaedic mattress, very firm, if you like a soft mattress you may struggle. We were contacted by our hosts two days before travelling , with detailed direction on how to get there. Key safe numbers etc. Our queries were promptly responded to. You do indeed (as advised) need your wellies if it is wet weather, opening gates (two) to get from the road, through the sheep field , to reach the cottage, not digfficult to do, the men sat in the cars while the women opened the gates, in the rain... the courtyard is well contained and was well suited to our small dog. (Lots of walks in the area). The weather wasn't great , to be expected at this time of the year, but the warm welcome from our hosts, cosy cottage open fires and good company made for a great long weekend break. Would highly recommend. We plan to return.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Dec 2023

  • "It was like a winter wonderland the snow was an added bonus to the folly which is a beautiful cottage in a perfect spot !"

    The views were amazing and we did not want to leave!

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Dec 2023

  • "We were not contacted with regards to our stay until we got in touch with the owners before we left home to find out the details."

    Our booking was most definitely forgotten. The directions to get to The Folly from Belsay were poor, on the basis that the 'burn' we are told to turn left after, is really hard to notice, and actually, when you miss it, and follow the directions from the next obvious, 2nd burn, you end up in another property. It took us a while to find the property, only with the help of a local resident, who advised us of the phantom burn used in directions. If you go over a little bridge and swing to the need to turn around. Once we found the entrance gate, with the tiniest signs possible, the lane was easy to navigate, and the cows and sheep were very welcoming and amicable. The key safe was very, very difficult to find. I know other guests have mentioned it was difficult for 'oldies', but actually no, its hard for anyone. It is small, disguised amongst fuse/socket boxes, and in the darkest corner of a brick shed,..oh, and black, not even where the diminishing light can fall...check in from 3:30pm, not 3pm! Had it been any darker, we would not have found it. (Once it was located, even in the daylight as we left, the phone torches had to be used to put in codes) It was during this search that we found the log shed, of which the door could not be opened fully to get logs. Not that it mattered for us, as we had forgotten to bring matches, and the only provision made for us was an empty box. The log baskets had not been replenished either. Confirming that the booking was forgotten. On our second evening, the electricty went off. It came back on again, 30 seconds later, and then back off again. This on and off lasted a couple of minutes, and then it just went off. It was just as night was falling. We anticpated an evening of no heat source, and so after contacting the owners, we decided it was better to pack and leave for home. The owners said it was a power cut, which, after experiencing these before, and managing with 5 small children, we found it to be an odd, and somewhat patronising explanation. Had we been prepared for the possibilty, we would have coped...TAKE MATCHES!! It was then that the electricity came back on, but our trust in the property was now completely gone, and the lack of care to ensure we were okay during the aleged power cut was actually alarmingly rude. It turned the the whole break into a farse. The Folly is beautiful. It is well decorated with gorgeous facbrics and adequate furniture. The garden is enclosed, however the yard at the back of the house does have a gate which requires supervision of determined escapees...children or doggos. We were not aware of outside games area? and parking is generous. The box room which is described as suitable for a cot bed or the zbed provided is actually a through room to the bathroom, and so would really only be suitable for really small children. The 'welcome pack' folder itemises all kitchen utensils, however some of these are still missing, which makes you feel guilty to be honest. As a property and location, The Folly is gorgeous, and comfortable, just be aware of the difficulties we've mentioned, be fully prepared, and it should be a good time. Oh, and maybe take wellies for the opening of the gates.....

    Reviewed by Claire4.1Nov 2023

  • "The property was not well signposted from the main road but we found it!"

    The key lock in the shed wasn’t easy for us oldies to see and use but we managed eventually. The property and surroundings were just what we were looking for..perfect! Our only feedback is the shower drain needs unblocking and the tv remote wasn’t working properly. Other than that it was perfect! Lovely warm homely feeling house.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.1Oct 2023

  • "The Folly is a wonderfully remote and tranquil cottage."

    It is well appointed and the property was both clean and comfortable. The view from the cottage is beautiful and we couldn’t imagine many places that compete with The Folly for that special feel of being truly embedded in the countryside.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.4Jul 2023

  • "A great house ."

    Spacious rooms and good decor. A remote setting but not far from Belsay village. Access is through a famers field , although on a dirt track, you do have to dodge the cows and sheep, who are very friendly. The house is very attractive but really is only a two bed. We loved it as did our young dog who was fascinated by the cows. Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Jacqui4.4Jun 2023

  • "Very quiet, peaceful and comfortable in a perfect location."

    It was good to meet the owners and we had such a relaxing time.Plenty of good places to eat in Ponteland which is only a short drive. Belsay, Cragside,Wallington,Hadrian’s wall and Bolam lake well worth a visit and wonderful beaches with in easy reach. Thank you Bernard and Sheila

    Reviewed by Bernard And Sheila5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our first time visiting Northumberland and it didn’t disappoint."

    The Folly was a great base to explore whilst being in a lovely peaceful location. Loved waking up every morning and seeing the lambs. It was cosy and comfortable with everything you need. Our two dogs loved the garden, perfect size for them to enjoy the sunshine. Highly recommend The Blacksmiths which isn’t far away for some corned beef pie and tasty cakes. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is a fantastic base to explore this area."

    We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the countryside in a very warm and comfortable property.We would say this is a dog friendly property.A great garden and dog walks 5 minutes away.We did a Tesco delivery and dug in for a fortnight. We enjoyed walks in Bolam lake and the beach and lake at Druiridge bay are great.5/5

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wow! What a fantastic place to escape!"

    Warm, comfortable and spacious. Isolated and very quiet in a beautiful setting. We'll be back....!

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Mar 2023

  • "The Folly is a lovely , clean , comfortable and well maintained old farmhouse."

    The tranquility of the area was very calming with only the sheep , rabbits and birds for neighbours!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Peaceful and isolated with the most beautiful views. We visited in February but can imagine perfect summer nights in the garden with a glass of wine. As it was we highly recommend a hot chocolate and star gazing for the winter nights! High standard of cleanliness to the property and extremely comfortable. Absolutely perfect if you have dogs and so many great walks nearby. Definitely recommend and we will be returning!

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Feb 2023

  • "A fabulous place to stay"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage decorated to a high and elegant standard ( I took a photo of one bedroom's curtains to try and track the fabric down for home!"

    ) The real Christmas tree and the foliage in the sitting room was a lovely touch and very much appreciated . The bath towels were big and fluffy and having a bath ( so many cottages today seem to just have showers ) was just what you need in the winter after a walk. My only gripe is a recurrent one- form self catering the provision of pots and pans is never adequate- there was no casserole dish for the oven for the sort of hearty meal wanted to cook ( we improvised with a roasting tin and foil) and only one decent sized saucepan meant juggling veg etc Finally and this is a dig at Sykes and not the owner; when will letting companies abandon this paranoia that a bag of flour/ bottle of oil/ stock cubes/ salt/pepper/ vinegar and any other basis non perishable food stuffs which make it easier to cook away from home without a massive shop,is a health risk? When was the last time anyone died of botulism in one of your cottages from the dried mixed herbs left behind by the previous guest? It is so depressing to arrive to find that the one tablespoon of flour you need means a trip to the shops. You allow tea. coffee and sugar to be left so why not allow the rest of the inert foodstuffs?

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Dec 2022

  • "Gorgeous place - a peaceful getaway in stunning countryside."

    Very comfortable and homely. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lucinda5.0Dec 2022

  • "Super location very peacful"

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property had been renovated beautifully."

    All items within the cottage were in excellent condition and had everything you could need. The welcome pack was spot on and especially loved that a vet number was included as this is often overlooked. I am thankful for the speedy response to the message I sent regarding the key safe code.

    Reviewed by Penelope4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage unfortunately there were many very prickly thistles in the lawn so it was difficult for our dog to play in the garden."

    We enjoyed our stay and the walks round Bolam Lake country park. The cafe there has excellent home made cakes and the Blacksmiths Barn cafe in Belsay is also worth a visit

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Sep 2022

  • "The Folly is the ideal place for a quiet break, the only neighbours you have are the cows and sheep."

    We will certainly go back again and again

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Sep 2022

  • "My husband, grown-up daughter, myself and our dog all loved our week at the Folly which we booked so we could explore Hadrian’s Wall and forts."

    The cottage outlook is so peaceful and we sat for several hours during our time there just gazing at the livestock and landscape. It is well equipped, comfortable, attractive and clean, with heating and hot water we could control ourselves, and good Wi-Fi. The only criticism is the duck down pillows and bedding. My daughter is allergic and I have asthma, so the morning after we arrived we hurried to Ponteland and bought non-allergenic pillows. The local archaeological attractions are a magnet for the area, and The Folly is in a perfect position for visiting them plus the local restaurants and beauty spots, whilst being homely enough to spend rest days reading and relaxing.

    Reviewed by William4.7Sep 2022

  • "The only issue we had was with the data on your website about the location of the Folly."

    The map shows it to the west of the Belsay-Bolam road, whereas it’s to the east. Due to this, I was expecting to turn left from the main road through a gate. Other than that, we had a great time in a lovely peaceful cottage.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful property ideal base to travel to the coast and places of interest ."

    Would recommend this property to family & Friends . Would book again .

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2022

  • "We arrived on a chilly day to find a welcomingly warm house, a bottle of wine and some lovely local biscuits."

    The place is very clean, comfortable and well-equipped and the location is absolutely fantastic for people like us who want somewhere quiet and isolated, with walks from the doorstep. We were very impressed and hope to return for a longer stay with more opportunity to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Trista5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Folly is a beautiful cottage surrounded by fields and the only neighbours you have are sheep."

    The cottage is spot on and has everything you need. It Is a great base for some lovely walks. Can't wait to re-book.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2022

  • "If you are looking for a beautiful quiet, private location then this is the place for you."

    An absolute knock out property!! Hidden in the rural landscapes, but a 2 min drive from the local shop and a 10 min drive to a town. We rebooked again whilst we were staying, was so sad to leave but can not wait to return!! Roll on June!!

    Reviewed by Shona5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely isolated cottage, ideal for a relaxing break."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely loved the location."

    Amazing dark skies as well which is why we were in the area. The rooms were lovely and big and the facilities were great- the shower was so powerful! Our only niggles were maybe a curtain over the front door could be put in place as the draft coming through was very cold, I know this was winter but unless the doors were shut to every room it was hard to get the rooms warm. Be mindful you have to get out of the car and open and close 2 5 bar gates to get through the fields to the house. We didn't mind this, but if you are on your own you may wish to consider. Would definately stay again, it was just a superb house with AMAZING views

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Feb 2022

  • "Brill"

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Dec 2021

  • "Wonderful isolated cottage only sheep and cows for neighbours."

    The cottage itself is well equipped and cosy , perfect getaway. Highly recommended. 9

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.7Nov 2021

  • "My wife and I were most grateful for the opportunity to stay in this lovely property set in beautiful countryside."

    There isn't a single thing that comes to mind that was detrimental about our whole stay. We were most grateful for the welcome pack, all instructions provided were clear and precise, we have no complaints whatsoever and hope to be able to stay again in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay at The Folly."

    The cottage enjoys a beautiful setting in the countryside and was wonderfully quiet and peaceful. We loved the views over the fields and the friendly and inquisitive cows and sheep in the fields nearby. The facilities in the cottage are excellent - it was very comfortable and spacious and a lovely place to spend our holiday.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and though we had a slight problem with a shower cubicle, it was quickly and efficiently rectified."

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Sep 2021

  • "Our holiday was marred by the debacle relating to collection of keys - they were kept in an entirely different location to that notified in your instructions-the owner was adamant that you had been notified of this change and had tried to telephone to inform me - but I was away - an email from the owner went into my Junk Box and was not opened until too late - after a long journey hardly the best of starts."

    Pleased to say that from thereon in everything was fine - but as far as my expectation of Sykes to keep me properly informed I can only say 'not the best !'

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Sep 2021

  • "A super spot surrounded by fields."

    Very relaxing. House was very well furnished. Totally recommend

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0May 2021

  • "The property was decorated and furnished to a high spec and the setting is idyllic."

    Total peace and quiet aware from the madness of the present times. If you are looking for tranquillity then The Folly is ideal. Plenty of places within reasonable distance to visit if you wish.

    Reviewed by Edley5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Folly was absolutely fantastic."

    It was isolated which suited us completely during this strange time. Laura was very welcoming and the welcome pack was a lovely gesture. The Folly is well situated to visit a lot of outdoor activities including country parks and beaches. I would positively recommend this cottage for anyone wanting a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Jul 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin plus flexible accommodation for a further two people
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Utility with cloakroom and WC
  • Kitchen/dinery with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil heating with woodburning stove and open fire
  • Oven and hob
  • WIFI
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Set well back from a country lane with parking for three cars
  • Lawned front garden and terrace to rear, both with garden furniture
  • Two well behaved pets allowed, Outbuildings with covered games area and stables for horses by separate arrangement with the owner
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 4 miles
  • Please note: During the off peak season, the property is only able to accept a check-in day of Friday, thank you.

The property

A picturesque, double-fronted, detached property surrounded by stunning countryside just outside the village of Belsay, near Ponteland in Northumberland.

Set well back from a country lane, The Folly is a very pretty cottage set within its own idyllic farm steading, ideal for a family or small group of friends wanting to enjoy a relaxing rural retreat.

The cottage features a spacious sitting room; a bright and airy space with lovely countryside views you can enjoy while relaxing on the sofa, with an open fire crackling in the background.

The newly fitted kitchen is well-equipped to support you with your every culinary requirement.

You can enjoy delicious meals at the dining table, or just relax with a glass of wine in front of the cosy wood burner while you make plans for your stay.

There is also a handy utility room and downstairs cloakroom and WC with basin on the ground floor.

Head up the stairs to find two large bedrooms; a king size double with lovely sash windows and a stunning view, plus a twin room with a day bed, which can convert into a useful extra bed for a child or small adult.

An additional box room provides the perfect place for a travel cot or a camp bed for another child.

The stylish family bathroom completes the upstairs layout with a bath and shower cubicle to choose from when you’re getting ready each day.

The south facing lawn is ideal for adult relaxation or child play and is enclosed by a pretty stone wall, beyond which lies miles of beautiful countryside with cattle and sheep grazing happily.

A terraced area to the rear of the cottage is a sun trap in the late afternoon and early evening – perfect for a sit down with a glass of something special while you review the day’s activities.

There is attractive garden furniture on both sides of the house.

The Folly has plenty of space for parking up to three cars, as well as good outbuildings, including stabling and an undercover games area.

There is direct access to beautiful walking direct from the door, as well as fabulous riding should you wish to bring a horse or two.

Stabling and grazing are available at an additional cost by arrangement with the owner.

The small village of Belsay has a brilliant shop and post office which can cater for nearly all your culinary needs, including excellent locally sourced meat, cheese and vegetables, as well as spirits, wine, beer and even gifts.

For anything else you can venture the 7 miles to Ponteland, where you will find a Waitrose, a Sainsbury’s as well as a local butcher, greengrocers, village pubs and restaurants.

Back in Belsay, locals love the nearby Blacksmith’s Coffee Shop which serves delicious lunches and teas and is famous for its scones and tray bakes.

A visit to the Greek-inspired Belsay Hall with its medieval castle and amazing gardens is a must for your stay at The Folly, and equally close is the lovely Bolam Lake Country Park – perfect for an afternoon stroll.

The Folly is perfectly placed to allow you to discover Northumberland’s wonderful countryside, historic market towns and stunning coastline.

Morpeth is within easy reach, while slightly further north is Rothbury and then Alnwick with its superb ‘Harry Potter’ Castle and equally famous Garden.

To the south west, Corbridge and Hexham both boast a super selection of shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants.

Walkers and history enthusiasts can enjoy Hadrian’s wall, or a visit to the Roman forts of Chesters and Housesteads; you can also explore Devil’s Causeway or head onto the coast and discover Druridge Bay, Newton-by-the-Sea, Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh – all well within an hour’s drive away.

Those looking for a little more metropolitan excitement can head into Newcastle upon Tyne with its wonderful architecture, a plethora of shopping, dining and nightlife, as well as attractions such as the Quayside, the Millenium Bridge, the iconic Sage building, as well as a castle and a cathedral.

The Angel of the North and Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, as well as the Cathedral city of Durham are also within easy reach.

If you are the sporting type you can try a round of golf on the stunning course at the nearby Matfen Hall Hotel & Spa or take in some fishing at Higham Lake or on the River Tyne.

Football fans might want to take in a match at St James Park, home of the Toon Army, or if horse racing is your thing, there are race courses at Gosforth Park, Newcastle or Hexham.

With plenty of opportunities for days out close by, The Folly is the perfect choice for a stunning secluded base in the heart of Northumberland.

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About the location


Ponteland 5.9 miles; Morpeth 9.7 miles; Newcastle 13.5

Belsay is a popular village and civil parish in Northumberland, about 5 miles from Ponteland on the A696, which links Newcastle upon Tyne to Jedburgh. Being about 20 minutes from central Newcastle, with a 7 minute drive into the popular village of Darras Hall where most of the Newcastle United footballers live, Belsay has a tea room, post office and pub to name a few of the amenities available to you. As you head out of Belsay there is a right turn taking you to the popular Bolam Lake and just before you get to Bolam this farm is situated off the road down a farm track. Belsay is a village Scottish nobleman and doctor John de Strivelyn was granted the manor around 1340 by Edward III. On his death, the estate passed to his daughter, who was married to Sir John Middleton, and has remained with the Middleton family since. Belsay parish includes the former parishes of Bitchfield, Black Heddon and Bolam, and is home to Belsay Castle and Belsay Hall. Belsay Castle is a 14th Century medieval castle situated at Belsay - a Grade I listed buidling and nationally important archaeological site. This lovely village is steeped in history and you are sure to enjoy your visit to this iconic location, while having easy access to Newcastle as well as neighbouring towns in Northumbria.

Please note: During the off peak season, the property is only able to accept a check-in day of Friday, if you wish to check in on a different day, please contact us prior to making your booking, thank you.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas