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Forest Retreat, 7 South Green

(Ref. 1062633)

Byrness Village near West Woodburn, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing
Facilities and Maintenance

17 Customer Reviews

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful property."

    Perfect for Pennine way walking. Thanks for the treats and enjoyed a lovely beer in the garden surrounded by beautiful birds. Weather was great too! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0May 2024

  • "Everything was perfect in this accommodation."

    The communication with Lynsey and John was also very good. I will have fond memories of this great accommodation for a long time.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such lovely feedback. We feel it is a very special place to stay and are pleased you felt that way too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ludwig5.0Aug 2023

  • "All bedroom doors stick due to paint not dry before closing."

    tools for drying bath/shower not supplied

    Thank you for your very high score. The minor issues you mention must not have spoiled your holiday. The whole property was recently professionally decorated throughout and all doors were left open to ensure the paint dried thoroughly. As all of the bedrooms are south facing the doors do tend to occasionally catch in the heat but this has never been an issue for other guests. The doors are not difficult to open but just make a small noise occasionally. There is a tool for drying the bath/shower under the sink in the kitchen as not all guests require one. Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maggie4.4Jul 2023

  • "The cottage is lovely, well presented, everything you would need."

    My only tiny thing is it need a masher in the kitchen and a sieve or something but didn't matter too much. Beds are lovely and the showers are great. We had a lovely time as did my 2 dogs. The neighbours are also helpful and friendly. Great quiet spot to relax and see the area.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. The kitchen is extremely well equipped and there is an electric stick blender instead of a masher in the kitchen and all of the professional pans have in built strainers in the lids and also a vegetable straining server in the utensils pot. However, we are so pleased your family and your two dogs had a lovely time and a quiet and relaxing holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Jul 2023

  • "Accommodation was perfect, very clean and refurbished to a high standard, very comfy and welcoming."

    All rooms were very clean and comfortable, the kitchen had everything you need and the log burner made the slightly chilly evenings very warm and cosy. The location was perfect for me, my partner and our dog with lovely walks directly from the property or if you wish to venture further then Kielder Water is within easy reach and dog friendly or over the boarder to Scotland which is only a few short miles. We drove to the Northumberland coast around Holy Island and Bamburgh for very dog friendly beach walk which took around 1.5hrs through the stunning scenery. We had a great week and would highly recommend.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you found the property and location perfect. Our housekeeper and ourselves work hard to provide the very best that we can and your 100% score is much appreciated. We hope you will be able to return another time and explore more of what the area has to offer. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Had a really lovely short break here."

    Quiet and comfortable and a great space for our family of four and our dog. Lovely to be out walking in the woodland and over towards Kielder.

    Thank you for taking the time to review our property and giving a 100% score. We're really pleased you had a lovely break. The woodland accessible from the front door is beautiful and great to explore. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was spotlessly clean and had everything that you needed or wanted."

    The welcome pack of goodies was a lovely surprise. The property was comfortably furnished and had plenty of arts and crafts to admire. Really comfortable beds. The property is immaculate throughout. We would definitely stay there again.

    Thank you for your very kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the property and had everything you needed. Our housekeeper works very hard to ensure there is a high level of cleanliness throughout. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Feb 2023

  • "What a wonderful holiday home!"

    Peaceful location and easy to get to. The house was extremely clean and comfortable. Everything we needed was supplied (apart from a wooden spoon which we bought on a trip into town). There was even a lovely welcome pack full of goodies which was much appreciated. The house was tastefully decorated for Christmas. We stayed during the coldest week of the year so the throws in the living room were welcomed. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and giving a full marks rating, we really appreciate it. We stay in the property ourselves and also know it is a lovely retreat even on the coldest of days. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Dec 2022

  • "The only drawback was the listing described a pub as being 0,2 miles from property open March to Sept - there is a bar restricted to walkers and B&B customers!"


    Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately the owners of the pub have decided to only open to residents, sadly this is out of our control. However, thank you for scoring 100 for comfort, cleanliness, facilities and maintenance. We welcome you back at any time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Henry4.7Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with everything you could need."

    It was very clean and quite spacious. A unexpected gift of a bottle of wine and some goodies were there on our arrival, a nice touch. The fully enclosed garden is great and you can let your dog out without worry. The area is beautiful with walks from the house but we didn't realise the local Inn was for residents only, our fault for not researching it properly.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a good stay and had everything you needed. We are pleased you found the garden great, we have our own dog (who likes to escape) so a totally enclosed and safe garden is essential to us too. We are sorry the local inn is residents only, this is obviously out of our control. We hope you found (in the folder in the lounge) the list of local restaurants in the area we like to go to when we stay at the property. Thanks for staying at Forest Retreat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beth5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable stay in this very clean and comfortable property."

    It has everything that you need and a few extras that mark it out as special. The welcome gift was very much appreciated and the attention to detail, spare food bowl & poo bags for Crosby (springer spaniel) showed great thought and consideration. This little village is very quiet but with an amazing amount of bird life. Also, all the locals were very friendly and helpful. We had a lovely holiday, Thank you.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you had everything you needed and more besides. We think it is a very special place to stay too! We are pleased that you and Crosby had a lovely holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Unfortunately it does not state in the listing that pets are not allowed to be left alone yet it does in the property folder. This was too tying for us as our dog cannot walk all day and is not the ideal dog to take into pubs for meals so we felt it best to come back home and travel from there.

    Thank you for your feedback and I'm glad you found the property lovely and thank you for the top cleanliness, comfort and facilities scores. It's a Sykes policy across all their properties that dogs can't be left unattended and the information is in the Sykes booking conditions on the website and I'm so sorry that you were disappointed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula4.4Aug 2022

  • "The house was lovely inside, spacious and clean."

    The garden was untidy , grass needed cutting and weeding , also a bbq would have been nice. But on the whole we enjoyed our stay

    Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately the grass couldn't be cut due to holidays. (Its now been cut and weeded, the day after you left.) Thanks for your comments about the bbq, we will look into buying one. We are pleased the house was lovely inside, spacious and clean and that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert3.4Jul 2022

  • "A beautiful and very comfortable cottage nestling in a peaceful village."

    This is perfect spot for a quiet getaway. We really enjoyed the spectacular countryside, the birdlife and the wind flowers.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It is a real retreat from a busy world, we are so pleased you enjoyed it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely house in a lovely area, very well looked after & very well equipped, very comfortable."

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you had such a good holiday and a lovely stay in our property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2022

  • "The house is lovely and has absolutely everything you could need."

    We’ve been working in the area at a wind farm near Otterburn since new year, staying in a few places since but Forest Retreat is our favourite yet. Lynsey and John are great hosts who reply very quickly and provide lots of info.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so pleased you have enjoyed your stay and had everything you could need. Thank you also for booking again, we look forward to welcoming you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a lovely house, renovated sympathetically to a high standard."

    Felt at home immediately. Thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing stay in the village of Byrness. Loved the forest walks ( just outside the front door!) and it was easy to drive over the border and further explore Northumberland. However, the village pub is only open from April to October. This was not a problem for us but perhaps it should be made clear in listing.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are delighted you had such a lovely stay. We will contact Sykes to change the listing to state the opening months of the pub. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Feb 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC and heated towel rail, 1 x twin (or king-size via Ziplink beds, please confirm on booking), 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen and dining area and log burning stove, and well appointed lounge across the hall with feature electric fire
  • Central heating with wood burning stove in dining area and feature electric fire in lounge
  • Electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Travel cot and Highchair
  • TV, high speed Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome, but please be aware pets are not permitted on the furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 10 miles, Pub 6 miles
  • Please note, this property doesn't accept changeovers on Tuesdays or Wednesdays
  • Please note: The pub in the village is only open to residents
  • Please note: No charging of EVs at this property.

The property

Otterburn 10 miles.

Tucked away amongst the rolling countryside of the Northumberland National Park, in the small village of Byrness, rests this charming holiday home, Forest Retreat, 7 South Green.

Formerly a forestry commission property, this lovely abode has been renovated to a high-standard, offering an idyllic base for a small family or group of friends looking for a peaceful retreat, the area has dark sky status and is therefore perfect for star gazing on a clear night.

Kick off your shoes as you step inside to begin your stay and make yourself at home with a sumptuous spot in front of the television, gently warming the lounge with the glow of the feature electric fire to set a homely ambiance.

A well-equipped kitchen rests at the rear of the sociable space, home to a fantastic range of conveniences sure to entice any budding chef to prepare a range of tasty treats to be enjoyed over a bottle of wine at the nearby dining table, this area has a log burning stove and fireside chairs.

Make the most of your peaceful countryside setting and carry the conversation outdoors with a leisurely seat amongst the mature greenery of the rear garden; a lovely spot to kick-start the day with a steaming cup of coffee or end each day in style with your favourite tipple under the stars.

When sleep calls, retreat indoors and climb the stairs to the first floor where you'll find three beautifully appointed bedrooms to choose from, comprising a King-size with access to its own en-suite, a twin (or King-size depending on your group requirements) and a single, ideal for those looking for an intimate escape from the excitement.

Wake up as the sun rises above the forest before indulging in a blissful soak amongst the bubbles to begin another memorable day.

Get better acquainted with your surroundings and embark on a two-footed adventure through the towering woodland of the nearby Kielder Forest, there is a 45 minute walk circular walk straight out of the home, through the woods and back across the bubbling beck, or further afield, discover the glistening waters of the Hindhope Linn, a tumbling waterfall hidden within an enchanting dell, or follow the Pennine Way North or South, again from the doorstep to meet the border of Scotland or continue on down the Pennines.

Take a step back in time and discover the fascinating history of the 16th century queen of Scotland at the Mary Queen of Scots' Visitors Centre or soak up the spectacular scenery of this remarkable area with a stroll through the well-kept, landscaped grounds of Monteviot Gardens.

As it is five miles from the Scottish border, the market towns of Jedburgh and Kelso are within easy driving distance, where you can mooch around the local shops and visit the historic abbey at Jedburgh.

Following an action-packed day, rest your tired feet with a pit-stop at the local pub, the Forest View Walkers Inn, where you can indulge in a delicious bite to eat served alongside a range of locally sourced wines, spirits, and real ales.

Jump in the car and head to Kielder Reservoir, where avid outdoor adventurers are spoilt for choice with the abundance of water sports, walking, cycling, and hiking trails leading through the surrounding forestry, whilst the little ones can lose themselves amongst the Minotaur Maze or gaze at the stars at the observatory.

For a change of pace, venture further afield and discover the historic city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, home to the iconic Millennium Bridge and the Angel of the North; indulge in a spot of retail therapy with a peruse through the shops at Eldon Square, enjoy a night on the town at the Quayside, or try your luck with a day at Newcastle Racecourse.

Retreat to the countryside with a stay at Forest Retreat, 7 South Green.

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About the location


Otterburn 5 miles; Hexham 20 miles; Newcastle upon Tyne 34 miles.

The lovely village of West Woodburn lies amidst the deep Rede Valley and was once an important resting point in Roman times for travellers on route to Scotland from York. The village hosts a welcoming pub and a Post Office selling basic supplies, whilst visitors can also explore the remains of one of the outpost forts of Hadrian's Wall that passes nearby. The historic village Otterburn, with its world-famous Woollen Mill and Shop is just a short drive away and is popular with walkers and cyclists alike, whilst the nearby, beautiful Kielder Forest affords fantastic fishing, boating, horse riding and nature watching opportunities. The market town of Hexham is 20 miles away, plus the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne just 35 miles away has the renowned Metro Shopping Centre and excellent night life. This superb location has something to please everyone.

Please note: No charging of EVs at this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas