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Reiver's Rest

(Ref. 12949)

Hesleyside near Bellingham, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing place to stay ❤️"

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2023

  • "Booked for a week, only stayed five nights."

    This property is not for the faint-hearted, it is an old converted coach house and is COLD. There is an open fire and enough logs provided for a couple of hours heat, after that you are expected to pay for any subsequent wood you use, even though there is a massive pile directly opposite the property. Listed as sleeps six, very cramped if six guests visit, the kitchen is small and the bathroom is tiny and dated. The stairs are precarious and not at all suitable for young children. On a positive note, lovely quiet surroundings and a very comfy bed.

    Reviewed by Sue2.2Jul 2023

  • "A lovely tranquil setting and some thoughtful additions in the holiday cottage itself."

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jun 2023

  • "Brilliant cottage."

    Great hosts. Good value.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were blown away with the stunning location and grounds in which the property is set."

    The cottage was very comfortable, especially the beds! The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could need. Loved the family history and history of the property that is in the welcome book.

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Apr 2023

  • "Great cottage in wonderful location."

    We were family of 5 and it worked perfectly. The only downside was having one loo between the 5 of us but we would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Percy5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very enjoyable stay, great location to explore the surrounding area!"

    Cosy and comfortable cottage accommodation, well equipped for an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay and found the owners very accommodating, providing two cots for us rather than one."

    They had them ready for us in the cottage on arrival, along with a high chair and stair gate. Plenty of towels provided and felt like everything possible was catered for, we only need to bring ourselves and toothbrushes! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we’re thrilled with the location (peacefully rural but close enough to Bellingham if we needed supplies). Hoping that we will visit again in the near future.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Beautiful surroundings as the trees turned gold in November. Wonderful woodland walks. Highly recommended, particularly if taking a dog. One note of caution, dogs are not allowed upstairs in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Nov 2021

  • "Lovely stay, the property provided everything we needed in a great location."

    Extremely comfy beds!

    Reviewed by Ayla5.0Oct 2021

  • "Enjoyed the peace and quiet and opportunity to share quality time with my extended family after being apart for so long."

    The owners are exceptional and make you feel as if you are the only ones who holiday in their property. This was our 4th stay and hope to be back early next year.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very comfy beds, lovely linen and good water pressure in shower!"

    Great location for exploring Northumberland. Enjoyed fishing on the estate and using grounds for cricket!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful location, quiet cottage, but please note on a working estate, so workers do start early on weekdays."

    Having only one bathroom for 6 people meant it was a juggling act for toilet and showers, especially if you had been out all day walking or on the beach. The cooker was a bit slow, so preparing meals may take longer than expected, and the bbq needs to be replaced. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our time here, shame we didn’t get to meet the hosts due to change in practices for COVID. Would stay on the estate again, but maybe in a different cottage

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Jul 2021

  • "Stunning cottage in stunning setting."

    Fabulous staff Who discreetly go about their business but are ever present for help. From flowers on arrival to fabulous walks on the estate this Cottage never fails to please.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2021

  • "Many thanks for a great holiday in lovely accommodation in the stunning setting of Hesleyside."

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jun 2021

  • "This cottage is everything you could want."

    Spotlessly clean and every need met on arrival; and for your ongoing stay. Other personal touches, such as candles, wood for the fire and fresh flowers make you feel immediately cared for. The bed in the main bedroom is huge and extremely comfortable, with quality duvet, pillows and linen. This was reflected in the other bedrooms (although we didn't need to use the bed in the third bedroom)We visited with our children, 9 & 11 who absolutely loved this place. A good base for walks and visiting all Nothumberland has to offer. We stayed for one week and were very sad to leave. We have no hesitation in recommending this amazing cottage.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was fantastic - lovely and clean and had everything that we could need."

    The beds were extremely comfortable. The lounge/dining space was great especially with the open fire. It is situated in a great quiet area with lots of walks close by especially around the grounds. It is perfect for viewing the dark skies as there is no light pollution around.

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent loved it x"

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2020

  • "Must fix wifi."

    Not working for bulk of 5 day stay. An issue because we had teenagers with + phones had no signal (normally good, but not at xmas) Staircase very steep - Not suited to over 80's. Overall house great + gardens + Bellingham Pet friendly, space for dog crate at bottom of stairs. Lounge with real fire a lovely place to be !!!

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Dec 2019

  • "We had a wonderful family weekend in this cottage."

    The beds are very comfortable with lovely linen. The kitchen is small, but has all you would need. The oven isn’t as fast as a modern oven, but cooked baked potatoes and casseroles well.The bathroom is small, but has a good shower. The cottage has a log fire which was lovely after a long walk, and we were lucky enough to have a clear sky and see the stars. We would hopefully return one day.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cooker needs replaced."

    It’s a gas cooker and the igniter doesn’t work so they have provided a gas lighter to use. This is fine for the rings but you have to get on your hands and knees to light the oven. Lighting the oven isn’t worth the effort as it fails to get hot enough to cook anything! We had small sausages in there for over an hour before we gave up and zapped them in the microwave!

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.8Oct 2019

  • "Good quality accommodation set in beautiful & peaceful countryside."

    Stayed for a week - 5 adults and the dog - and thoroughly enjoyed it. Plenty to see in this outstanding part of the world. Great walks with or without the dog. Good local provisions and the people we met over the course of the week were engaging and friendly. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2019

  • "Sykes cottages were great service."

    The cottage we felt to be overpriced for what it was. For a family of 5 with 3 teenage children the bathroom and toilet facilities were vastly inadequate. In the details it offers it as a cottage for 6! The bathroom is tiny, no separate toilet and the fixtures and fittings old and inadequate. Nowhere to hang towels or put toothbrushes. The towels were very small. The cooker is very small for cooking for 6 and very dated. Outside it would’ve been nice to have had cushions for the chairs as they were often wet or damp. A parasol on the outdoor table would’ve been nice too. On the plus side, we were very grateful to have had our shopping taken delivery of and unpacked. Bike storage was excellent. The house keeper was wonderful, very friendly. She kindly offered us a mid week clean and thankfully brought fluffy larger towels and bathrobes for us. This would’ve been nice from the outset, considering they were available. The beds were very comfortable and the bed linen luxurious. It was a great cottage for exploring the local area. The owners have given access to numerous walking trails which was very good. The children could safely explore on foot or bikes without having to negotiate busy roads. It felt very private and very beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Charlotte and James3.4Aug 2019

  • "A cosy, peaceful cottage in superb surroundings."

    A warm welcome surprise touch in the fresh flowers,milk and cake. This was our 3rd visit in 8/9 months and hope to be back in the Autumn. It is nice to know the cottage is warm,well equiped and offers a great time no matter what the weather- plenty of books,games puzzles etc as well as outdoor seating etc. A perfect private space to relax, and is ideal for dogs. No phone signal [ major plus point for us] but you can get incoming land line calls . Easy to contact the owners if there is a need to.

    Reviewed by F4.7Feb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Welcoming cake and milk. Owners around if needed but not intrusive if one wishes to be alone. Almost perfect.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jan 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage in wonderful location!"

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2018

  • "2nd stay at this property this year due to its welcoming atmosphere,comfortable accomodation and complete privacy."

    A real chanch to relax and explore a completely new area of the country. A lovely touch is the milk/cake and fresh cake, much appreciated after a long journey.

    Reviewed by F4.7Sep 2018

  • "It was most enjoyable."

    A comfortable house in a perfect location.

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Jun 2018

  • "Set in a fantastic location for walking and biking, Rievers Rest was a well presented, well facilitated property that instantly made you feel at home."

    With 3 good sized, and comfy bedrooms, an amicable bathroom and quaint lounge / diner, this is a great place to stay with the family. You will be close to Bellingham for all your needs and also central to most attractions / places to visit, which makes for a great place to stay if you're looking to enjoy the history of Northumbria, not to mention that you will be set in a fabulous Dark Sky area, meaning you wont need much encouragement to venture out on the evening and look at the stars. I highly recommend this property and will no doubt visit again soon.

    Reviewed by John4.7Mar 2018

  • "House tour is recommended."

    Reviewed by William5.0Nov 2017

  • "Superb location."

    Wonderful walks on the doorstep, perfect for dogs. Good places to eat nearby. Kielder 15 minutes away - you could spend days there. First rate for walkers and dog owners.

    Reviewed by Laurence4.4Nov 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage and wonderful location."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.6Jun 2017

  • "I highly recommend this place - it is by far the nicest rental I have stayed in."

    It is beautifully appointed and very comfortable indoors and ideally positioned for exploring the surrounding countryside. Go ahead and just book it!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Mar 2017

  • "A great quiet location, comfortable."

    Second time we have stayed there.

    Reviewed by Charles4.6Oct 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin by prior arrangement), 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Well-equipped fitted kitchen with breakfast area
  • Spacious sitting room with open fire and dining area.
  • Oil central heating with open fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Access to private estate walks and parkland
  • Front patio with garden furniture and BBQ
  • Salmon, trout and sea trout fishing by arrangement with owner prior to visit
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles.

The property

Bellingham 1.5 miles.

A beautifully-appointed former coach house set within the grounds of historic Hesleyside Hall, the ancestral home of the Border Reiver Charlton family.

Sympathetically converted to a very high standard, this Bellingham cottage offers a spacious sitting room with open fire and a dining room for 10.

There are three delightful bedrooms all overlooking the Capability Brown-designed parkland and beyond to ancient woodland and the North Tyne Valley.

This picturesque cottage near Bellingham, with exclusive access to the surrounding grounds, is the perfect place for the whole family to don their wellies and spend the day exploring, bike riding or fishing in a safe, off road and tranquil setting.

Located within the Northumberland National Park, this Bellingham cottage is within easy reach of all local attractions, including Kielder Water, Corbridge, Hexham, Hadrian's Wall and the Northumbrian Heritage Coast.

Salmon and trout fishing, along with private tours of Hesleyside can be arranged with the owner prior to your visit.

With stylish, spacious accommodation in a wonderful rural location, this cottage near Bellingham is the perfect base for touring this delightful area.

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About the location


Kielder Water 7 miles; Hadrian's Wall 12 miles; Corbridge 18 miles; Hexham 19 miles.

Known as the ‘capital’ of the North Tyne Valley, this delightful town of natural stone houses nestles close to the banks of the River North Tyne. Said to be sited on a Roman station, the charming market town has much of interest, including a 12th century church, heritage centre and 30ft waterfall, just to the north. It’s also on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and is just a short drive from Hadrian’s Wall and Kielder Water and Forest. Suitable for year-round holidays, this unspoilt area with its fishing, horse riding, abundant wildlife and superb walking country is a nature lover’s dream. There is a superb golf course close by and the area has abundant historical sites, stately homes and famous gardens.

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