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Red Squirrel Cottage, 5 Biddlestone

Biddlestone near Rothbury, Northumberland (Ref. 982799)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is delightful."

    It's fully equiped and spotlessly clean. The garden is beautiful, with a lovely wooded backdrop. The highlight of the garden is the wonderful wildlife, the siskins emptied the bird feeders in record time and the pheasants strutted about the lawn all day. But the best of all are the absolutely gorgeous Red Squirrels which feed from the feeder just outside the window. We could have sat and watched them all day. The lovely owner (Nicola) lives only 3 doors away and she is very friendly and helpful. We will want to return to the area at some stage in the future and Red Squirrel Cottage will definitely be our first choice of venue.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2022

  • "We had a brilliant stay in this fantastic cottage nothing was too much trouble ..."

    We had a brilliant stay in this fantastic cottage nothing was too much trouble for the host Quiet rural location beautiful garden with so much wildlife to sit and enjoy Cottage had everything you needed Do hope to return in the future

    Reviewed by MargaretMar 2022

  • "A beautiful very well maintained holiday property and very welcoming too, thanks to the owner Nicola who had thought of everything to make our holiday a wonderful stay."

    Very well equipped with everything you need. The property is located in beautiful surroundings, peaceful and lots of wildlife to see including red squirrels which were plentiful and a joy to watch. Plenty of room in the very well maintained and interesting garden to relax and enjoy the wildlife. We shall certainly return! Excellent location for visiting the local attractions, too.

    Reviewed by SueMar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, host was available when needed."

    Enjoyed watching the Red squirrels, pheasants and other birds that visit the garden. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by CarolineMar 2022

  • "A great cottage, a warm welcome - thoroughly enjoyed our stay!"

    Reviewed by GrahamMar 2022

  • "Red Squirrel Cottage is peaceful and cosy, well resourced and maintained throughout."

    It is located in a delightful near-hidden fold at the edge of the Cheviot, a terrific place to retreat after a good day's hike in the hills or stroll along many miles of unspoilt Northumbrian coast. I would have little reservation in booking Red Squirrel Cottage in any month of the year.

    Reviewed by Angelo Manuel DeFeb 2022

  • "A1 accommodation and area."

    We couldn't fault the attention to detail.

    Reviewed by LindseyOct 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at squirrel cottage, it's perfectly proportioned and has everything you could need."

    It was beautifully clean and the garden was lovely for exploring. The location is remote and peaceful in a little cluster of houses. The wilderness around is dramatic with lots to explore especially if you like biking and hiking! It's positioned within easy day trips of the lovely coastal beaches and castles, Cragside national trust property is only 20 minutes by car and you can reach Hadrian's wall and Vindolanda in about an hour. The absolute highlight of our trip though are the beautiful red squirrels that visit the garden and are quite happy posing for a photo! We will definitely be back for another visit as so much to see still. Nicola was a wonderful host, very helpful and accommodating. Thank you for a wonderful half-term Autumn adventure.

    Reviewed by EmmaOct 2021

  • "Red Squirrel Cottage is the perfect name as we were only about 2 foot away from lots of Red Squirrel's!"

    The wildlife in the garden is amazing and the large tiered garden is brilliant too! We were blessed with the weather and sat in the garden each morning for breakfast. Nicola came along to welcome us & we saw her a few times whilst we were there. The cottage is lovely and has everything you could wish for and a lovely welcome pack is waiting for you when you arrive. You are right out in the peaceful countryside and there is lots of nice walks & places to visit. It is one of those holidays that you don't want to end. We will definitely be visiting again.

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2021

  • "We love the more remote rural locations and this did not disappoint."

    So peaceful and quiet. The wonderful garden with red squirrels and pheasants were a joy to watch. Comfy, cozy cottage.

    Reviewed by WouterSep 2021

  • "A beautiful clean cottage and garden the red squirrels and wild life were ..."

    A beautiful clean cottage and garden the red squirrels and wild life were amazing fabulous welcome pack on arrival highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, great to see frequent red squirrels up close whilst feeding them hazelnuts in the garden."

    Reviewed by TraceyJul 2021

  • "The cottage and the garden were lovely."

    Kitchen was the best equipped we have had on a holiday. Great to watch the red squirrels.

    Reviewed by JennyJul 2021

  • "The cottage and garden were both wonderful."

    We were almost reluctant to go out, as it was so quiet and relaxing. We sat for hours in the lovely conservatory, watching all the birds and the red squirrels. There were so many lovely villages and towns in the surrounding area, that although it was quiet and peaceful, we didn't feel isolated.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2021

  • "This cottage certainly lives up to its name."

    The squirrels and birds are a delight. The area is so peaceful and perfect for walking in the hills and vales. We will return here as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "The cottage was wonderful!"

    Very clean and very comfortable. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised at the extras the owner had left for us and were greeted by red squirrels and pheasants in the garden. All in all we had a great time and large proportion of that was down to the location and quality of the cottage.

    Reviewed by AdamMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and an amazing garden!"

    ! We loved sitting outside and in the conservatory watching all the wildlife, lots of garden birds, pheasants and especially the red squirrels!! Cottage had everything we needed and was a great place to stay for our holiday. Very quiet area, lovely for sitting out in the garden and doing local walks. Thanks for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by NatashaApr 2021

  • "A lovely house in a small hamlet."

    The red squirrels were always visiting the garden feeders and the owner supplied plenty of hazelnuts to keep them coming. Very thoughtful (and friendly) owner had clearly put a lot of effort into making the house COVID Secure. Plenty of sanitiser around and the house was spotless. The air sourced heat pump kept it warm throughout our stay with no need for the fire. Huge garden visited by a variety of birds in addition to the squirrels.

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x small double
  • Shower room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with multi-fuel stove
  • Utility
  • Conservatory
  • Air source heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Multi-level garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Parking for one car in front of property, one more can be made available on request
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 9.2 miles, pub 2.7 miles
  • Note: There is a stream which runs at the end of the garden, it is fenced but children must still be supervised at all times and take care
  • Note: There is no mobile coverage at this property

The property

Rothbury 9.3 miles.

In the beautifully remote hamlet of Biddlestone on the edge of the Northumberland National Park is this peaceful semi-detached house, Red Squirrel Cottage, 5 Biddlestone.

Perfect for a family of four or two couples seeking a secluded, rural break in Northumberland, Red Squirrel Cottage, 5 Biddlestone boasts a stunning garden, two double bedrooms, a conservatory and a multi-fuel stove, all of this on the doorstep of a national park.

Enter into Red Squirrel Cottage, 5 Biddlestone and be welcomed into the handy utility area, home to laundry facilities, a freezer and a cloakroom, before stepping into the open-plan living space. Find the dining area with a feature fireplace to your right, with the long galley-style kitchen to the left, with a host of excellent appliances to make use of for rustling up some family favourites, including an electric oven and hob, dishwasher, and fridge.

From here travel past the staircase and into the sitting area where a multi-fuel stove can warm you into your evening as you relax on the two sofas with the TV for entertainment.

Enjoy sitting in the beautiful conservatory with pretty views out to the garden, a perfect spot to settle down with a good book, there is an abundance of wildlife in the garden with native red squirrels often visiting the feeder.

Head outside and spend afternoons playing games in the garden or finding a perfect spot on the lawn or the patio to sit and take in the surrounding scenery, with the sound of the stream at the bottom of the garden running along.

Head upstairs to find the two double bedrooms, both home to storage for your things and attractive decor, with an excellent shower room to serve both rooms.

The secluded location of Biddlestone means the nearest shop for food and essentials lies in Rothbury just under 10-miles away, a lovely market town known as the 'capital of Coquetdale' thanks to the River Coquet which meanders through the town.

Within reach of Red Squirrel Cottage, 5 Biddlestone are many popular Northumberland attractions including the amazing Cragside, the inventor Lord Armstrong's rural mansion with fantastic displays and huge grounds to explore.

Incorporate the 14th century riverside ruins of Edlingham Castle into a walk in the area, or make it a stop on the way to see Alnwick Castle, one of the UK's largest inhabited castles with connections to the filming of Harry Potter.

The twisting cobbled streets of Alnwick are home to a wondrous collection of independent shops and cafés to browse, while The Alnwick Garden boasts stunning formal gardens and is home to a huge treehouse restaurant well worth visiting.

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is on the doorstep and the beautiful coastline and quiet beaches of Northumberland only a short drive away.

For cycling enthusiasts the Sandstone Way winds through Biddlestone.

Many walks can be enjoyed from your doorstep in Biddlestone, a short stroll though the woods will take you to Biddlestone Chapel or head down to Harbottle and walk up to The Drake Stone, a mythical place with amazing view over the countryside and the ruins of Harbottle Castle below, before heading to The Star Inn for a delicious meal and drinks.

Discover the wonders of the Northumberland National Park from the lovely setting of Red Squirrel Cottage, 5 Biddlestone.

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About the location


Alnwick 10 miles.

The capital of Coquetdale, Rothbury lies on the north bank of the famous salmon and trout river, the Coquet, and is dominated by the heather clad Simonside Hills. It is an attractive, small market town and its proximity to Northumberland’s National Park ensures excellent local walking. Stone houses, typical of the region, line the town’s steep main streets and there is a good range of shops on offer. With a golf course, public tennis courts and cycle hire close by and a variety of great houses and gardens to explore, including Cragside, Alnwick Castle (home of the Duke of Northumberland), Wallington Hall and a host of famous castles, this great location has plenty to offer. Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Reservoir and Forest and the sandy beaches and dunes of the coast are also within easy driving distance.

Region Information

During the month of June 2022, there are scheduled works in the woods opposite the cottage following storm Arwen disruption. Low impact on the cottage, but anticipate some noise to carry in the area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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