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Magpie Cottage

(Ref. 999604)

Morpeth, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at Magpie Cottage with our little doggie."

    The cottage was well equipped and the beds were comfortable. Parking was easy and the cottage was in a great location for touring around Northumberland and for shopping. Lots to see and do. The weather was also not too bad for June with only half a days rain, which gave us chance to have a rest in the cottage. Would certainly recommend Magpie Cottage and consider staying there again when visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Jun 2024

  • "Our 5th time here and still as good as the first time,always clean and friendly , an absolute gem of a place"

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0May 2024

  • "Can't really offer anything to improve the stay."

    Really enjoyed our stay. Given the limited space upstairs it was very well done, certainly didn't affect our experience. Enjoyed the quiet and being able to sit outside.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2024

  • "We liked the cottage very much."

    It is tastefully furnished and decorated, with a well appointed kitchen etc. We really liked being on private land with a dedicated parking spot, and a lovely communal garden with beautiful fruit tree blossom in May. Other reviews had mentioned traffic noise - but we found the lane to be very quiet. A low beam in the bathroom was also mentioned in other reviews, but we found this not to be a problem - at least not for a 3 night stay (how long do you actually spend in the bathroom each day!). The cottage was nicely central to our trips to Lindisfarne and the North York Moors as well as a family function in Ailslaby. The proprietors were welcoming and friendly. We hope to be back.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2024

  • "We loved the cottage."

    The grounds are beautiful and the accommodation is of a high standard. There was everything we needed for home from home. Paul and Jane were very welcoming and helpful. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Apr 2024

  • "Magpie Cottage is on private estate in the countryside where you would expect a peaceful stay but being the end cottage, the bedrooms were directly next to a road where traffic could be heard."

    The bathroom washbasin + mirror were very restricted because of the large wooden beam, the double bedroom also had a beam above bed. Beds were uncomfortable however the cottage was heated adequately.

    Thank you for leaving feedback on your short stay at Magpie Cottage. Please see our previous comments regarding the ceiling beam in the bathroom and main bedroom. We are sorry that the double and single beds were uncomfortable, it is so difficult to provide a mattress that suits all guest requirements. The road traffic can be a little busy during working/travel times, however it does stop and ease considerably during late evening/sleeping/bedroom times. We are pleased that the fairly new heating system kept you warm. Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by David2.5Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a very peaceful setting."

    Our dog loved the beach which was only 20 minutes away by car. The only negative for me was the beam across the bathroom ceiling. Despite the warning label I still managed to bang my head a few times.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback your positive and pleasing experience of Magpie Cottage. The ceiling beam in the bathroom that also runs into the double bedroom, can be a disadvantage for our 'taller' guests. Unfortunately the 40+ year old property and beam cannot be redesigned as it is part of the main roof structure of the cottage. We have endeavoured to do our very best to make taller guests aware of the proximity of the beam with signage and information. Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great cottage, has everything you need, clean, welcoming and close to Morpeth."

    Gates to driveway as on an equestrian estate and end cottage backs road, but safe and is quiet. Highly recommend.

    Thank you for your kind feedback and recommendation !! Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elleany5.0Oct 2023

  • "Overall the cottage was clean, warm."

    The worst part and was not shown in the advertisement is a ridiculous located beam through the large bedroom and in particularly the bathroom. It would be fine if you were 5ft tall. Being 5ft 10in I came away with numerous cuts on my (bald) head. Just putting a sign on the beam is not good enough. In the least the corners should be rounded off and not sharp and further padding. It’s no fun having to bend to use the toilet nor the sink. Frankly I would not go there again.

    Thank you for your feedback !! Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard2.8Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is roomy and comfortable and very clean."

    Upstairs the floor creeks a lot which makes getting up at night difficult without disturbing others. The beams in the bathroom are rather low and great care was needed not to stand up in the wrong places. Otherwise the place met our need beautifully and the host was very welcoming and helpful. Thank you

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you for your kind comments !! Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2023

  • "We stayed for 3 nights in Magpie Cottage and it was brilliant."

    Cozy, comfy space, nicely decorated and well equipt. The washer & dryer is just a couple of doors along too if needed. Parking onsite is convenient and it was a lovely touch to have a local parking pass available to use as parking is free in the area if you display the pass. Paul and Jane were lovely hosts, super helpful and always available. It was a brilliant base to explore Northumberland with our pooch, we particularly loved the beaches at Blyth, Whitley Bay & Bamber. Duridge beach was also lovely when you get to it but the parking is on the verges on a small road. It was a small hassle though for the epically long beach and beautiful views. Duridge country park is also worth a visit. Morpeth was really nice too, lots of coffee shops, beautiful Carlisle Park and of course the fabulous Cheese Shop! All round great relaxing trip! The only reason we gave 2 slightly lower comments around facilities and accuracy of listing was just because the shop/pub was listed as 2.8 miles away and we thought we could walk to it and it may be helpful to note that this would be by car rather than walking (unless we missed a trick!) we would have loved to have taken the dog on a walk to the pub to stop for lunch and then walk back again but we could not find any paths to do that. This in no way hindered our experience or took away from the lovely cottage and it’s beautiful surroundings.

    Thank you for your kind comments and feedback. In response to your comment regarding walking to the nearest pub, which is 'The Plough Inn' located in Mitford village. The better option for travel to the pub is by car and roughly 2.8 miles. However there is a short cut which does entail a short 300m walk from our location to the start of a public footpath, which takes a more direct route to the pub and Mitford village. However this can be quite a challenging path, crossing fields etc, with a couple of small gradients close to the river. Depending on weather conditions walking boots, shoes would be required !! Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly4.4Aug 2023

  • "Magpie cottage was kitted out with all our requirements."

    Paul and Jane were excellent hosts. Location was fantastic for Northumberland coastline and sites. The cottage was in a beautiful setting and tastefully decorated in a fresh and contemporary style. Broadband was a little hit and miss which as you can imagine didn’t go down well with my teenage daughter! We had a lovely relaxing break in a part of the country that we had never visited before and it was great. Thank you.

    Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to post your feedback. We have recently been experiencing wireless broadband issues with EE recently, that has now hopefully been rectified. We are pleased you enjoyed the stunning Northumberland coastline !! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful Cottage."

    Exactly what I needed. Or do I thought. I know these Cottages allow pets but the people next door’s dog was barking from early hours. I went there for my partner who is in Ill health and some quiet and relaxation, but we had to leave a night early as my partner needs quiet as stress sets off her illness. Great cottage if you have or love pets. Avoid if your expecting a quiet time without noise

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Home from home experience, a delightful cottage which made us want to stay longer, the cottage surrounding in the countryside was perfect, a nice drive down to the cottage going past the horse school was lovely to see ,if you're wanting a relaxing holiday this is perfect, surrounded by nature."

    The cottage itself was idyllic spotlessly clean,cosy,and well equipped with all that you need .property owners were friendly and helpful. There was only one problem...I didn't want to leave .

    Thank you so much for such a lovely review of Magpie cottage. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. We do try our best to be as helpful as possible, without being too over bearing and involving. It is also so pleasing to have friendly and fun guests who appreciate our cottages, surroundings and hard work !! Thank you again and Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jun 2023

  • "3rd time here at magpie cottage , such a wonderful setting,peaceful and relaxing, can’t wait till next time"

    Thank you so much, we are so very grateful for your loyalty and return visits, it really does make all of our hard work seem really worthwhile. Kind regards Paul & Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Arthur3.8May 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay at this very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    It is in an ideal location for getting around Northumberland, beautiful county.we would definitely return. PS thanks for the wine and biscuits, a nice touch on our arrival

    We are so glad you had a positive and enjoyable experience with us. Thank you for making the effort in leaving such pleasing comments !! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Mar 2023

  • "In a great location for accessing the area."

    Magpie does sit side on to the road so there is some traffic noise but not too much as it is a country lane. There is some area to walk the dog although they do have to be kept on a lead because of the horses. There are low beams in the bedroom and shower room, so tall people beware. Had a lovely few days and it was nice and peaceful here.

    We much appreciate your comments and we are glad you had a lovely stay. There are a few reasons why we ask guests to keep their dogs on leads during their stay. All four of our cottages have the possibility of a dog staying at any one time, therefore to control fouling on the cottage lawn and the potential of any aggressive dog behaviour and interaction, control on a lead is the better option. We do also have guests visiting, with and without young children, who are not dog friendly, so for their benefit we do ask for dogs to be on a lead. Outside of the cottage area we do allow dog walking through our land and along a path to our top fields where there are horses being led, ridden and under instruction and as you have commented for our guests safety and their dogs we ask for them to be controlled on a lead. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Dec 2022

  • "Had everything we required for a comfortable stay"

    We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, thankyou for your feedback !! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a great week away great accommodation and surroundings definitely one to stay at again in the future."

    Many thanks for your positive comments, we are so pleased you enjoyed your week with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2022

  • "It would have been nice to have an outdoor table and chairs."

    Thank you for your comments. Currently Magpie cottage is provided with a two-person wooden garden bench at the front of the property. During the summer months the remaining 3 cottages are provided with a small table and two chairs. There is limited space at the front of Magpie cottage for a table and chairs, this is the reason for the garden bench. However, there is potentially room to extend/clear a space in Magpie garden to facilitate a small table and chairs, we will look into this. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Aug 2022

  • "Third time we have stayed there ."

    Well equipped cottage in a lovely setting . Friendly helpful owners . Very convenient situation for coast , national trust properties and other attractions due to the close proximity of the A1

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2022

  • "A very nice stay in a good location."

    Only minor fault is the lack of dishwasher, which we're too lazy to manage without nowadays. I did bang my head a couple of times on the low beam in the bathroom; but that is most likely down to my own forgetfulness, since my wife didn't bang hers at all.

    Reviewed by Lee4.7May 2022

  • "Mis-information on web site, as the washing machine, and DVD’s are held in the reception cottage."

    No information was left in the cottage regarding this. No dishwasher in the property though listed in information on the cottage For very tall people they may find the upstairs and especially the bathroom challenging to use the facilities. Large beams run through the roof, though clearly marked with ‘Beware signs’. We had a large car fortunately not all hte cottages were let but when they all are parking may be a problem. Overall the property is lovely the lounge and kitchen are a good size.

    Reviewed by Jaclynne3.4Apr 2022

  • "Great stay, team were really great."

    Thank you so much for making the stay so easy.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Mar 2022

  • "Second time to these lovely cozy cottages and still as relaxing as ever , magpie cottage is a dream plus max our dog was relaxed there too."

    Credit to the owners ,a big thankyou hopefully see you next year

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Sep 2021

  • "Furniture not very comfortable."

    Had to crouch down in the bathroom as the roof slanted very low with beams below head height. Same with the bedrooms. It was more spacious downstairs and the kitchen was well equipped.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4May 2021

  • "I thought the cottage was lovely, really warm and comfortable, Modern, plenty of equipment in the kitchen, good location for walks and the coast."

    It didn’t have a shower (hand held shower spray at the bath taps) or dishwasher but we knew that when we booked it. Would definitely recommend these cottages.

    Reviewed by Shelley4.7Oct 2020

  • "Cottage was spotlessly clean and very warm & cosy."

    Decor was first class. Excellent location in lovely countryside a couple of miles from A1 - very central for exploring the area. Property was directly next to a local road - not busy but may be a problem for some people. All together would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a brilliant time at Magpie Cottage."

    The owners were friendly and helpful, whilst strictly adhering to the Covid distancing rules. The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we could have wished for and was immaculately clean and fresh. It has a lovely garden. The cottages are located beside the owners' riding school, so an added bonus for anyone who loves horses. We had never visited Northumberland before and it exceeded our expectations - the scenery and countryside is stunning, there are lots of places to visit and the beaches have to be some of the best in the country. Morpeth is a really great place to be based for a holiday and Magpie Cottage is a fabulous place to stay.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely with a nice welcome, but bookers should know it is right next to a country road."

    .. not the busiest, but cars zoom along at quite a speed, and most windows directly face the road so can be noisy and impact on privacy

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Aug 2020

  • "Very well presented property, grounds well cared for and owners helpful."

    Enjoyed the whole experience.would be very happy to return and or recommend.

    Reviewed by Alastair4.7Mar 2020

  • "Very friendly owners ."

    Lovely cottage wine milk bisquts tea waiting for us on arrival .owner helped with problem with van will recomend them to others

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2019

  • "The garden area needs attention - weeding and tidying- with very little effort."


    Reviewed by Rodric4.7Sep 2019

  • "This tidy cottage with attractive new decor was handy for the coast and also close to Morpeth with all its shops."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is extremely well appointed."

    The owners have clearly given a great deal of thought to the requirements of guests and were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Wynford4.7Jul 2019

  • "This was a lovely cottage, situated in an excellent location for walking and exploring the area."

    The cottage was well presented with very well maintained grounds, not to mention the approachable and friendly owners. The icing on the cake was the beautiful resident horses. I would highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jul 2019

  • "Magpie cottage and the owner's interactions with us were exceptionally good."

    The cottage was clean and very well equipped with everything one might need when away from home. Plenty of parking and lovely sheltered garden to relax in at the front of the cottages when the weather is good. We would definitely return to it. Sykes handling of the booking was so good and the details regarding the cottage so accurate that we actually booked a further larger family holiday cottage for our 40th wedding anniversary with them on our return. We are sure that we will not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by M4.4Jun 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x single
  • Bathroom with a walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Electric central heating, log-effect fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, kettle
  • Washing machine and dryer provided in a shared utility room
  • TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Parking is available outside the property
  • Please note: This property does not accept work purpose / business bookings
  • Shared gardens in 26 acre grounds
  • 1 pet welcome at a £20 supplement
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.8 miles

The property

Magpie Cottage is set in a row of cottages, in the grounds of a 26 acre private estate.

Internally, the lounge has a comfortable sofa providing a sociable atmosphere, and a large TV, perfect for watching your favourite shows.

With a lovely log-effect fire encased in an attractive exposed brick chimney breast.

There is an open-plan kitchen and dining area with seating for up to four people, with newly fitted units and a sleek worktop space.

Leading up to the first floor is the staircase with a lovely stone walls, giving the property a wealth of character.

It has two bedrooms: one double and one single with a separate bathroom with a bath and a hand-held shower.

Parking is available outside the property.

Magpie Cottage is an idyllic cottage located in the heart of the Northumberland countryside.

Note: Property can be booked with Refs. 999603, 999602 and 997902, together they can sleep eleven people.

Old Barn Cottages

This group of cottages is set in 26 acres of private land and ideally located for exploring the beautiful Northumberland countryside. These attractive and comfortable cottages have been converted from a 17th century stone barn into lovely contemporary holiday homes. Internally, the barns have been well renovated and provide exceptional facilities and touches including the exposed beams in the bedrooms. With three out of the four cottages boasting an open-plan living space, there is plenty to love. A range of comfortable seating, a large TV housing a DVD player, the perfect place to relax after a long day to enjoy your favourite shows. Furnished to a high-standard, the kitchen will inspire you to dust off those cook books and indulge in all the modern appliances at hand. Settle down with your meals at the cosy dining room table for a romantic meal for two or as a family. All of the bedrooms in this group are comfortable, quaint and idyllic, with two of the properties housing en-suite shower rooms, and the others have modern family bathrooms. With comfortable accommodation within and a well-maintained shared garden outside in an attractive rural setting, these Old Barn Cottages combined can accommodate up to eleven people. Perhaps you anticipate a romantic break or simply some peace and quiet away from your busy lifestyle, or fancy a family break away; whatever the occasion, these cottages have your interests in mind. Nearby are the historic towns of Hexham and Corbridge, or the Gateshead Metro Centre for shopping or the Baltic for those who require something more artistic. Kirkley Hall is a 17th century historic mansion, housing a small petting barn of many exotic animals, plus wooded trails a tea room and gift shop. The building is Grade II listed and makes for a lovely day trip. These cottages are situated within the wonderful unspoilt coastline, with fantastic hills for walking and numerous castles to explore.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Newcastle 14 miles; Alnwick 19 miles.

The lovely market town of Morpeth is situated centrally in Northumberland and is an ideal base from which to reach the coast or countryside. Offering the remains of an historic castle, lovely parks, riverside walks, ancient architecture and churches and an old chantry with a bagpipe museum, Morpeth is also ideal for visiting surrounding attractions such as Druridge Bay to the east, with miles of golden sands, the vibrant city of Newcastle to the south, Alnwick to the north, with its castle and gardens and the National Trust's Wallington Hall to the west. There is also access to the Simonside and Cheviot Hills, with good walking amidst beautiful countryside.

Please note: This property does not accept work purpose / business bookings.

This property has a £20 pet supplement

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas