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Red Squirrel Cottage, 5 Biddlestone

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Biddlestone near Rothbury, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely fantastic, everything we needed was at hand."

    Lovely character with lots of wildlife. Red squirrel sealed the deal when choosing the cottage and we were not disappointed. Welcome pack was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Apr 2024

  • "This cottage was lovely."

    Spotlesly clean and superbly appointed. Very remote but we were happy with that as we loved the peace and quite. Watching the daily antics of the red squirrels was a big bonus for us. The garden was lovely too, but the weather prevented us from taking as much advantage of that as we would have liked. Nicola's welcome pack was much appreciated as was her advanced email advising us of a road closure that affected our route. All in all, top notch. Thank you Nicola.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage set in the middle of nowhere, plenty of wildlife to watch & lovely pubs for meals."

    The owner Nicola was very helpful in any problems we had, would return to Red Squirrel in a heart beat.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2024

  • "We have had a lovely week at Red Squirrel Cottage even though the weather was far from perfect."

    The welcome pack was a wonderful surprise when we arrived after a long journey. The cottage is spacious, well equipped and warm! The log burner made it all feel cosy after a day exploring.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Mar 2024

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay at this cottage which fulfilled all our expectations."

    Cosy , well equipped peaceful . The weather helped to make this a great weekend for celebrating my husband’s birthday. We ate in every night as we hadn’t managed to book a meal out but actually we were glad we had as driving from such a remote place at night would have been challenging in the dark. Several potholes on local roads!!

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2024

  • "Red Squirrel cottage proved to be a lovely place to relax in fantastic surroundings."

    As described, it was remote but that is part of the charm. It was clean, well equipped, warm and had a very attractive garden. Numerous birds, Roe deer and the cute Red Squirrels provided lots of entertainment. We've been using cottages in all parts of the country for over 40 years, and can safely say that Red Squirrel cottage is the best we've ever stayed in. On our next visit to the area, if available, we will stay at Red Squirrel cottage.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2023

  • "Red squirrel cottage is a great place to stay especially if you want to get away from it all."

    We stayed at the beginning of November and the cottage was so warm and cosy … we didn’t use the log burner as it would have been too hot ! Even with all the rain there’s been we got out walking and were thankful for the washing machine etc as we did get somewhat muddy. The Rose and Thistle (alwinton) and Star (Harbottle) provide a warm welcome with great food and beer. Other pubs in area also seemed to be open. We took some food with us but that wasn’t really necessary as the coop (rothbury) and spar/fuel station (thropton) have everything you need as well as butcher and baker in rothbury. Details and photos on Skyes are very accurate… we love Northumberland and we’d like to return to red squirrel cottage at a different time of year to make the most of the longer days.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2023

  • "We enjoyed every minute of our stay."

    We didn't want to come home. Nicola is amazing, a she emailed before we arrived to let us know of a road closure that we may come accross. We emailed mid-week to let her know the bucket was short of bird food, and nuts for the red squirrels, within 5 mins Nicola was re-stocking them. The cottage was well equipment, it felt like home from home. We came home feeling fresh, recharged and relaxed after spending a week here. We will be planning on returning in the future. Thank you for our welcome pack and for making our week perfect.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Sep 2023

  • "Simply delightful."

    We arrived stressed from living a nonstop hectic lifestyle as we've been busy for the last 5 years. We left feeling completely relaxed. Red Squirrel Cottage is homely, set in a quiet, beautiful landscape where losing yourself in the silence, whilst watching the red squirrels is both easy and rewarding. It's the absolute opposite of what we've become accustomed to and was simply divine. The cottage is like a home from home, well equipped, and Nicola was perfect. Once she had established, we had arrived and were happy we were left alone with her contact details should we need anything. The welcome pack was very unexpected and generous. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "Squirrel cottage is an absolute delight if you’re looking for a rural stay surrounded by wildlife."

    It definitely lives up to its name, we enjoyed feeding and watching the squirrels every day. The garden is lovely and the house has everything you need. We are all missing Squirrel cottage, we will have to visit again!

    Reviewed by Camilla5.0Jul 2023

  • "Really lovely property in a stunning location."

    Garden is beautiful and full of wildlife. Red squirrels visited every day. The property was clean, spacious and comfortable. Everything you could want in a self catering accommodation. Welcome gifts were a lovely surprise. Can't fault a single thing. Would happily stay again and would recommend to all.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jun 2023

  • "A stunning place."

    The garden made it for us, so much wildlife and Birdlip. We loved it and are telling everyone we know about it!

    Reviewed by Lynette5.0May 2023

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at Red Squirrel Cottage, the facilities were excellent and the cottage was immaculately clean and the garden was superb."

    The countryside roundabout was a pleasure to drive in and the walks were really enjoyable and in the main not to difficult

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2023

  • "Absolutely ideal in every way."

    Location comfort cleanliness and very welcoming. Everything and more that you need with a very generous welcome pack. Added bonus red squirrels in the garden every day.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "Our holiday exceeded all expectations and can't recommend Red Squirrel Cottage highly enough."

    Didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Frank5.0May 2023

  • "It's very rare that we return to previously visited places but we love the peace and tranquility of the cottage and the friendliness of the locals!"

    This was our second visit and we fully intend to return. Lynn & Ian

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is a delightful , comfortable very well equipped cottage and we had a lovely stay here."

    The pleasant and helpful owner Nicola lived a few doors down from the cottage so was around if there were any queries. The welcome pack was very generous and we particularly liked the fact that local Northumbrian items were part of this, the chocolate shortbread is some of the best I have had! As the name suggests the best feature of the cottage is the wildlife , we did not have to wait long before the red squirrels came for the hazelnuts Nicola had kindly left for them, there were plenty of different birds in the garden along with some pheasants. It was a very relaxing week and we look forward to making a return visit. Thank you Nicola for making us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have used several Self-Catering agencies over the years and find Sykes Cottages to be the best."

    You can always be assured of well presented, equipped and clean properties. Squirrel Cottage has to be one of the best properties we have stayed at. From the well maintained gardens and grounds to the welcoming wood-burning stove, which was great to come "home" to after a day out exploring the area. We managed to Tour Alnwick Castle. ( Do the History and State Room tours first) Arrived at 10.00am and left at 4.30pm and still did not see everything. Our trip to Holy Island was an experience. Chose a tide time that gave us 6hrs to walk round the island at a leisurely pace. Although Squirrel Cottage was out of the way it was only 10/15 mins from Thropton where there is a new Filling Station/Supermarket/Butcher/Baker/Wine shop all under one roof. There is plenty of walking immediately of site from the cottage, and the history of Biddlecome Chapel is fascinating. Well done Nicola for providing such and ideal home form home and relaxing break.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Red squirrel cottage is a superb place."

    The cottage is clean, warm & luxurious throughout. The garden & wildlife are a complete treasure. And the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. An excellent holiday.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property and garden were very good, the highlight for us were the red squirrels also pheasants and numerous birds, brilliant."

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Mar 2023

  • "Red Squirrel cottage is a lovely spacious cottage with quality appliances and quality handbook so you know exactly what is expected from you for your part."

    The welcome pack was the most comprehensive I have ever seen. Safety is paramount in the cottage and it was reassuring to know that good torches and first aid kit were there if needed. The garden and environment as a whole are both soothing and spectacular and just what anyone needs to restore equilibrium. The bird and squirrel life is extraordinary and is a privilege to see. I hope to visit again one day.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Feb 2023

  • "Just had an excellent week at Red Squirrel cottage."

    Cosy cottage, generous welcome pack and beautiful surroundings. Red squirrels in the garden every day, Tawny Owls hooting at night & we saw a Barn Owl hunting from the kitchen window. Lots of snowdrops, a stream running through the bottom of the garden, a nice conservatory to watch the wildlife, a log burner & comfy beds. Many Thanks to Nicola for her warm welcome & hospitality.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage that was very well equipped."

    Plenty of wildlife to see including deer numerous varieties of bird's and of course the red squirrels. A little out of the way, however great for a relaxing break and people who enjoy walking. Lovely views of the cheviot hill's. The welcome pack left by Nicola was very much appreciated after a long drive. Nothing was too much trouble if you needed anything you only had to ask as she was nearby. Will definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect for us (retired couple)."

    We took enough food for the whole week, making use of the ample space in the fridge and freezer. We especially liked the separate utility room and separate cloakroom. The conservatory is a lovely daytime space to watch the birds and red squirrels. We stayed at the end of October so we didn’t make use of the garden but it was pleasant to look at.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the peaceful and beautiful Red Squirrel Cottage, it could not of been better from the very first moment of opening the cottage door to our wonderful welcome pack from Nicola (cake was gorgeous) ."

    The cottage was so clean and so well equipped with everything we could possibly need . The garden is enchanting and the wildlife superb we had 30 species of bird from in or over the garden, 4 species of bat hunting over the garden and the Red Squirrels kept us entertained daily . Despite several local forest trails being closed due to the recent devastating storms rest assured there are more than enough waymarked and wild access walks to keep you going for many days. We would highly recommend a stay at Red Squirrel Cottage the perfect place to recharge and reset the batteries of life.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, one of the most relaxing places we've ever stayed in and we will be back!"

    !! We can definitely see why it's called Red Squirrel cottage.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2022

  • "Red Squirrel Cottage is in a small hamlet of Biddlestone and is an excellant location for exploring Northumberland."

    The property is spotlessly clean and has all the facilities required to enjoy a perfect holiday. The owner, who lives nearby, is always available if required and is very helpful. This was our second visit to this cottage and it is very likely we will come again.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2022

  • "Nicola has thought of everything that you could possibly want and the welcome package was by far the best we have ever had."

    The cottage and gardens are beautiful but the highlight has to be the red squirrels who came every day to feed on the hazelnuts. The area around the cottage is very peaceful. Nothumbria is beautiful and whilst this cottage is a little off the beaten track it is in the centre and makes for a great base for visiting all round the area and is a pleasure to return to in the evenings. THANKYOU Nicola, we had a lovely time in red squirrel cottage

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great location with extra advantage of seeing red squirrels up close in your own back garden."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2022

  • "Nicola was brilliant, the cottage idyllic, the red squirrels fascinating."

    All in all a splendid holiday.

    Reviewed by A5.0Jun 2022

  • "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 Robert5.0Apr 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 Paul5.0Mar 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 Sue5.0Mar 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 Caroline5.0Mar 2022

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

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 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 De5.0Feb 2022

  • "A1 accommodation and area."

    We couldn't fault the attention to detail.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Oct 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 Emma5.0Oct 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 Wouter5.0Sep 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 Amanda4.7Sep 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 Mr5.0Aug 2021

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

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jul 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 Jenny5.0Jul 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 Jacqueline5.0Jun 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 David5.0May 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 Adam5.0May 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 Natasha5.0Apr 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 Rebecca5.0Oct 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 11.8 miles; Alnmouth 16.1 miles; Morpeth 17.3 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.

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