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Townfoot Cottage

(Ref. 866)

Elsdon near Otterburn, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic cottage, everything we needed for our restful break,lovely quiet friendly village."

    Sarah was everything you need in a hostess . Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2024

  • "What a Beautiful cottage, very comfortable and has everything you need and more for your holiday."

    Sarah the owner is lovely, greeted us on arrival and was very helpful and made us feel so welcome from the time we arrived until the day we left. Thank you also for the lovely bottle of wine and chocolates we received on arrival a welcome bonus. We had a wonderful time at Townfoot Cottage, so relaxing and did not want to leave, it is a little Gem in a lovely location with walks straight from the doorstep. We definitely will return. Thank you again Sarah.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2024

  • "As described in a lovely village - perfect for what we needed ☺️"

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2024

  • "It's so lovely to find a cottage (and owner) that just ticks all the boxes."

    Warm, comfortable, well-equipped, quiet, perfectly located and beautifully decorated (that's the cottage!). A kindred spirit with similar interests and beliefs to me (that's Sarah!). Very much hope to be back.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Apr 2024

  • "Townfoot Cottage is a lovely property."

    The cottage offers many facilities that make a good holiday, and is spacious and tastefully decorated. The host (Sarah) is exceptionally friendly: she provided wine and chocolate upon arrival, and gave suggestions for things to do. When Babet was unfortunately hitting the area, she made sure to pass on recommendations and websites to check, so we’d stay safe. We very much enjoyed staying in Townfoot Cottage and seeing so much of Northumberland’s heritage.

    Reviewed by Marguerite4.7Oct 2023

  • "It was a lovely cottage in a lovely place, we definitely want to return"

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Sep 2023

  • "Really cosy comfortable cottage."

    Spotlessly clean. Very nice owner, wine and chocolates much appreciated. Best cottage we’ve stayed in for years!

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Had everything we needed and the enclosed garden was great for our dog. Sarah was great and I’d definitely recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is a lovely clean and cosy cottage with everything you need for a week away."

    Elsdon Village is well placed to visit the area but with the peace and quiet to fully relax. We had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was just what we needed."

    Sarah was very welcoming. I can't think of anything that l missed or needed. There was lots of information in the cottage about the local area and beyond that was really useful. Everything was clean and well kept. A great find.

    Reviewed by Jayne4.7Jul 2023

  • "Townfoot Cottage was lovely, very clean and comfortable."

    Sarah was really kind and helpful advising us of places to visit in the surrounding area. Would definitely go back to Townfoot Cottage.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0May 2023

  • "This is the second time of staying, and once again had a very enjoyable stay."

    Very comfortable , and all needs catered for, can't wait to return again, always made to feel welcome.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was absolutely lovely, so cosy and well located in a beautiful spot with easy access to lots of National Trust properties and Kielder Water."

    Sarah is a wonderful and attentive host, we loved our stay and will be back, thank you

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Feb 2023

  • "Such a lovely holiday home where you can relax on a huge sofa in front of the log burning stove while chatting to whoever is preparing food in the kitchen."

    The cottage is well proportioned with plenty of storage space and a secure back garden where our dog was free to totter. We would love to visit again in the summer and experience the garden and surrounding area in full bloom. Whatever the weather, this is a fabulous wee place just to get away from it all and Linda could not have been more welcoming - we arrived to chocolates, wine and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree - it was perfect!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2022

  • "A lovely, well equipped, comfortable and very clean cottage on the edge of the historic village with beautiful countryside all around."

    Very dog friendly - enclosed rear garden and walks from the door. Good place to visit attractions in the National Park - like Kielder and nearby NT Wallington estate - and the coast. Thank you Sarah for being so welcoming and helpful .

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2022

  • "After a very long drive, the cottage was a welcome sight."

    The owner was there to meet us and demonstrate the quirky light switches. The wine and chocolates were a nice touch plus tea, milk and coffee available. Very comfortable sofas to sink into whilst discussing the days activities and planning the next. Local pub was a good location close to the cottage however due to staff shortage not always able to provide food, however when it did it was good. Back to the cottage review, you had everything available to make the stay like being at home, effort had been taken by owner to make it a stress free holiday. Very quiet location however the locals very friendly and would offer info about the area. The cottage could not be faulted we would like to thank the host for the effort taken to ensure all went well.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Will definitely stay again. Thanks

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Aug 2022

  • "High quality very comfortable accommodation."

    Lovely location on the edge of a small village, with a nearby village pub which also serves food. A very quiet and peaceful location. Easy off road parking for cars and an enclosed back garden which enabled our two dogs to wander out there safely and unsupervised. Well placed for driving out to visit lots of Northumberland’s many attractive rural locations such as Kielder Water and National Trust properties.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Friendly owner and lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very friendly host, lovely area."

    We found lots of places to visit and could have spent another week here

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2021

  • "A lovely well equipped cottage in an ideal location for exploring Northumberland ..."

    A lovely well equipped cottage in an ideal location for exploring Northumberland The owner Sarah was very pleasant and helpful and if we return to this area we would definitely book the cottage again

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Townfoot cottage is a delightful and welcoming little cottage ."

    We travelled as a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children). The cottage provided everything we needed and the rooms were comfortable and the triple room for the children was a real bonus. Sarah was there to welcome us on arrival and a little welcome gift of chocolates and wine was really thoughtful. The cottage was well maintained and very clean on arrival and was the perfect base to explore the coastline of Northumberland and also the beauty of the surrounding national park, Keilder forest and waterfall walks. We would highly recommend this cottage and hope to return in the future

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great spot for exploring."

    The cottage was clean and well equipped. The gift of wine and chocs upon arrival was a lovely touch. We explored the area and it is truly beautiful.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Aug 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Townfoot Cottage."

    It was very peaceful and quiet and the cottage felt like being at home. It was very comfortable and it was lovely to arrive to find chocolates and a bottle of wine on the dining table. The cottage has every facility you would require, it is very clean and the village very picturesque, we didn't get the chance to try the pub because of Covid regulations but it is only a 5 min walk from the cottage. There is a nice sit out cafe called the Impromptu cafe which serves a nice cup of tea and snacks. The area is absolutely stunning and is great for walking and cycling. Sarah the owner was waiting to greet us and she couldn't do enough to make sure we settled in well. Thank you Sarah, we will DEFINITELY be back to Townfoot Cottage

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0May 2021

  • "We were made to feel very welcome with chocolates and wine and a safe hello from Sarah."

    The cottage had everything we needed for our stay and the location was ideal for trips to the east coast or just lazing around with walks in the fields with Scamp. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a fabulous week at Townfoot Cottage, properly dog friendly with a secure back garden, lovely walks on the doorstep and doggy treats were part of the afternoon tea waiting for us on arrival."

    Sarah the owner had really thought of everything to make the place a home from home and we cannot thank her enough for the wonderful stay we had.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Mar 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage in a gorgeous village with a lovely, friendly owner."

    Chocolates, wine and even biscuits for the dogs on arrival. Back garden is small but totally enclosed for the dogs’ safety and extremely private - plus lots of birds if you keep bird feeders filled up! We have been booking holiday cottages in the UK twice a year for 20+ years. We both think this is in our top 3 anywhere in country. We often say it would be nice to return but then usually try somewhere else. This is less than 3 hours easy drive from home so really do hope to make more trips here in the future. Will be a great “home from home” for a 2 or 3 night stay to recharge the batteries! Thank you so much Sarah - we WILL be back!

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Sep 2019

  • "The owner had gone to great lengths to make us feel welcome, wine, scones, chocolates."

    The cottage was warm and cosy, the garden escape-proof (for our dog). The area was beautiful with good dog walks on the doorstep. All in all a lovely week.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2019

  • "Well what a fantastic cottage in a lovely rural village like Elsdon and what a lovely person (Sarah) who owned the property and lived next door not only did she greet us on arrival but when we went inside she had left us a bottle of wine,a bag or Choi’s and also made us some homemade Scones with jam and Clotted cream which we have not had before and we’re the best Scones ever (thank you Sarah)."

    If you get chance check out the local pub 2 mins walk with a micro brewery out the back of the pub(very good beer) and the Landlord is a great and friendly bloke so will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2019

  • "This was our 2nd stay at Townfoot Cottage and equally as enjoyable as the first visit in 2008."

    The property is ideally situated for visiting Northumberland and The Scottish Border area and the wonderful surrounding countryside. The property is clean, comfortable and we received a warm welcome from the owner Sarah, along with homemade scones, wine and chocolates, which was a lovely touch and very much appreciated. We would highly recommend this cottage and the friendly village of Elsdon.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Townfoot Cottage."

    It was very peaceful and quiet and the cottage felt like being at home. It was very comfortable and it was lovely to arrive to find an afternoon tea already for you. The cottage was beautifully clean and the village very friendly. The area is absolutely stunning and sadly apart from the weather changing, it was a really enjoyable break.

    Reviewed by Louise May5.0Jun 2019

  • "Fantastic little cottage, really convenient for all the best the local area has on offer."

    Super clean. Warm and inviting, and Sarah the owner was very friendly too. Definitely recommend and hope to return ourselves.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and Sarah gave us a lovely welcome."

    The table was laid ready for use to sit down and have a cuppa with a scone and jam, there was a bottle of wine and chocolates. Sarah showed us where everything was. A much appreciated guide, the area was stunning. We could not of wished for a better place to stay

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0May 2019

  • "A delightful and beautiful house."

    We very much enjoyed staying there. The owner was perfect - friendly and available if needed but never intrusive. The village is very quiet with one pub (with a restaurant) open just three days a week. But this didn't matter. The house is very well situated for day trips and walks. Hardian's wall and Vindolanda are near by and the drive there on the switchback roman roads was part of the experience. Nearby is Rothbury with a nature reserve on the way where we walked beside the lake to see the birds - and particularly hear the calls, and even feel the down draft from wings as they flew overhead. Further afield was Alnwick with a truly magnificent contemporary garden. We also went to Lindisfarne and down the coast to Alnmouth and Amble (a beautiful and wild coastline). All in all - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Grahame4.7Mar 2019

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Townfoot Cottage and have booked to return."

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2018

  • "We have visited this property on many occasions and always found it to be 10/10, with a very warm welcome from the owner who could not be more helpful."

    Reviewed by L5.0Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was a great base for the area!"

    Cosy and comfy and a fantastic welcome from the owner! We loved the Shower and are jealous of the bathroom!

    Reviewed by Harriet5.0Feb 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family with 3 single beds (both bedrooms have basins)
  • Bathroom with L shaped bath and shower, basin, bidet and WC
  • Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with centre dining table and stone flagged floors
  • Comfortable sitting room and woodburning stove
  • LPG central heating and woodburning stove
  • Double electric oven with separate gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • Smart TV with on-demand services
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • highchair on request
  • Front garden with off road parking
  • Private sheltered garden to the rear with garden furniture and BBQ
  • Secure bike storage
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop in Otterburn 2 miles and pub 7 miles
  • Note: Check-in 5pm
  • Please note this property is for holiday letting, any working parties looking to book, please enquire with the office
  • Please note if you are bringing an electric vehicle, there are charging points within 10 miles of the Cottage, at Thropton and Bellingham
  • Please note that for safety reasons guests are not permitted to use the Cottage mains electricity supply to charge electric vehicles

The property

A delightful Grade II listed property, in a wonderful peaceful setting, on the edge of the village of Elsdon.

Townfoot Cottage adjoins the owner's farmhouse and was originally an old farm cow byre.

Decorated, equipped and furnished to very high standards throughout, the cottage has retained much character with rugs over stone flagged and wooden floors.

The bathroom has an L-shaped shower bath, offering the best of both - a proper shower with glass hinged shower door, and a spacious deep bath for long hot soaks after a days walking.

A tall chrome towel radiator keeps the room toasty warm.

The cottage enjoys views over Elsdon Burn towards the hills beyond, and is excellently situated for enjoying a variety of walks, including Hadrian's Wall, coastal paths and the Cheviot and Simonside hills.

Boasting lots of activities for the outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy, the area is great for watersports and fishing.

Also secure storage is available for those bringing bikes on which to explore this lovely part of the world and enjoy the many cycle routes and mountain biking trails in the area.

A warm and comfortable retreat from which to discover this ancient and fascinating area.

Elsdon’s pub, the ‘Bird in Bush’ is only five minutes’ walk away and is right on the village green.

It is open most days for food and drink.

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About the location


Otterburn 2 miles; Rothbury 10 miles.

Set in the heart of the Cheviots, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, the unspoilt village of Elsdon lies in a sheltered hollow amidst beautiful fells, rolling moorland and woodlands. The area is steeped in history, and has numerous listed sites within the Parish, dominated by the fortified Pele Tower. The village of Elsdon has been described as the perfect Northumbrian village, with an ancient parish church, an extensive village green and the remains of a Motte and Bailey Castle, as well as the famous gibbet at the summit of Gallow Hill, with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. There are several pubs within a 15-minutes drive of the cottage, including The Redesdale Arms, a 16th century coaching inn known locally as the 'First and Last' Inn on the way to Scotland. There is a good range of shops in the small but attractive market town of Rothbury within easy driving distance, and with the National Cycle Route (No 68) running close by, this is spectacular walking and cycling country. A peaceful area full of interest to explore!

Please note this property is for holiday letting, any working parties looking to book, please enquire with the office.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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