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The Orchards

(Ref. 1071560)

Harbottle near Rothbury, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Spacious, warm, well equipped and comfortable house."

    Gardens are very pleasant and large and would be lovely on warm summer days. The area is quiet and scenic with a super little pub and shop in the village.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is a fantastic cottage, a perfect size and layout."

    The accommodation is comfortable and well equipped and the beds are the comfiest we have slept in. Just some minor feedback - the showers need a good clean to remove the mildew, with it being end of peak season. The owner was extremely helpful and contactable during our stay. The pub down the lane is an added bonus!

    Reviewed by Charmaine4.4Oct 2023

  • "A lovely house well laid out and comfortable."

    The rooms are large and nicely furnished and the dinner service and glasses made setting the table a pleasure

    Reviewed by Jean Adele5.0Oct 2023

  • "This was the first opportunity the family had to get together pre covid."

    It provided a relaxing and peaceful break in an idyllic location. The Orchards was was well equipped and spacious. Friendly local pub and lovely walks along the river and to Drake stone. We were fortunate with the weather but would consider returning in the Summer when it would be possible to enjoy bbqs in the garden. Thumbs up from the whole family. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Oct 2023

  • "Such a beautiful tranquil setting for a great peaceful holiday."

    The exterior of cottage and gardens were superb, lovely to relax outside with the gentle murmuring of the river meandering along. We had exceptional weather which meant we could be outdoors. The cottage indoors is bright airy and spacious with a well equipped kitchen . Bedrooms are a great size with comfortable beds so good restful sleeps. Lovely lounge and conservatory to relax in in the evenings. We were a party of 6 so having space to enjoy your own company was perfect as we didn’t feel we had to be in each other’s faces 24/7. The cottage could do with a spot of maintenance, mostly cosmetic. The extractor light bulb needs replacing, the under cupboard lights also were not working. On the whole we had a fabulous week with the family in a beautiful cottage with breathtaking scenery on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Jan4.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property in lovely quiet location"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property in a quiet village."

    Nice walks direct from the house and a handy pub close by. Good directions and information from the owner.

    Thank you Bradley and glad you enjoyed the visit . You certainly hit the weather ! Regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bradley5.0May 2023

  • "The Orchards is a wonderful place to relax and unwind if that’s your thing or plenty of walks straight from the door."

    It’s so comfortable and peaceful with everything you could want in a holiday home and more. The beds are super comfy too. We had some lovely weather so were out in the garden quite a bit and the conservatory is great if you want to be quiet too. You can get to the coast easily and Cragside House is less than 15mins away. The Star pub is extremely handy and serves great food and hand made pizzas. This was our 2nd trip to The Orchards and we’re looking at going next year again. Thank you so much Mike

    Thank you Gwen. Glad you enjoyed yourself . A truly lovely part of the world Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gwen5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay at The Orchards."

    Walks straight from the door, and a utility room to dump all your muddy boots in, which we needed as the weather wasn't great but it didn't stop us having a great time and meant we got to use the log burner! We were a party of 3 adults and were surprised to see that bedding was put on one double and 2 single beds. The other beds didn't have bedding on them and there wasn't any spare to use. We sorted the sleeping arrangements so we all had double beds and it wasn't a major issue just a minor niggle that could have easily been avoided if all the beds were made up or the question asked of which beds were preferred. We've been staying in holiday cottages for over 30 years and this is the first time this has happened. General cleanliness was good but dusty surfaces in some places. We liked that that you could ventral the heating yourself and the utilities were very good. Lots of outdoor space but we didn't get the chance to sit out. All in all we really enjoyed our time at The Orchards...oh and we have to mention the pillows. They were the comfiest we've ever slept on and we're ordering some for ourselves!

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Mar 2023

  • "I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting more from a holiday cottage."

    Everything was perfect and a homely comfortable feel to the place.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Mar 2023

  • "Gorgeous, spacious cottage, very well equipped with lovely walks direct from the cottage."

    Friendly local pub with tasty food.

    T Hank you for your mind comments . We are glad you enjoyed your break Regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a lovely, lovely bungalow, perfect for us."

    We had everything we could possibly want provided for and in a great location. Beautiful scenery, great for walking and accessible to all the areas we wanted to visit. Cragside only about 15 mins away. It is definitely the best place we have ever stayed in Northumberland. Can’t wait to go again. Thank you Mike.

    Gwen Thank you for your lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed the holiday and you are welcome back anytime Regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gwen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage in a lovely village."

    We were a party of 6 adults, 2 children and a dog and the cottage had everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Fabulous garden to enjoy the nice evenings, plenty of place for the children and dog to play. The children also enjoyed taking fishing nets down to the little stream. The pub in the village, just a 2 minute walk away, served delicious food and was very welcoming. Location was great for visiting everywhere along the coast and lots of national trust properties. The information from the owner was very useful, recommending walks and pubs in the area. We all had a fabulous stay.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage had all that we needed and was clean and comfortable."

    It is well located for some wonderful walks and access to places like Alnwick, Lindisfarne and Hadrian's Wall are about 50 minutes to 1 hour away by car, so very convenient. The owners were extremely helpful and provided some useful information with the key instruction and over the phone giving extra things to see and do. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Orchards is a lovely, spacious and well-equipped cottage in a lovely location."

    It had everything we needed for our stay. It was an ideal base to explore Northumberland, from Kielder Water to a boat trip round the Farne Islands.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2022

  • "It is a great house with all the facilities that you require."

    There are so many sights to see in Northumberland and this house is an ideal. We will definitely go back there again.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent very clean amazing property, only one problem at the time was the boiler need resetting manually but was getting sorted out when part turned up."

    Big kitchen with large table to seat all the family, patio sofa and table & chairs provided. Would recommend. Even had a table tennis table and childrens garden bouls, cricket set and basket ball/ hoop. There was even a hose pipe so you can wash your car.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2022

  • "5* for location, standard of decor, furnishings & fixtures, and cleanliness."

    5* for owner's speed of response when boiler failed; friendly and effective help arrived within 2 hours of my e-mailing on Sunday morning. Hugely impressive! 1* for inadequate, or non-existent, supplies of day-to-day household consumables: washing-up liquid, washing detergent, dishwasher salt & rinse-aid, loo rolls & matches (for the woodburner). We purchased all these & the owner willingly reimbursed us.

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful well equipped bungalow in pretty village with good local pub/shop."

    Walks on the doorstep and short drive to Rothbury for local independent shops

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Mar 2022

  • "Throughly enjoyed our stay at The Orchards, it was really comfortable and well equipped,"

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage is excellent in all respects."

    Good size, good outdoor space, good facilities and things like the table tennis table in the garage and log burner in living room are a nice touch. The surrounding area is beautiful but very rural and quite hilly, something to consider if travelling with older guests. Dogs love it!! It is around 20 minutes to the nearest town (Rothbury c.8.5 miles).

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Feb 2022

  • "A lovely stay."

    Fantastic welcome email from the owner with lots of information about the area and recommendations. Would love to return

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely spacious home, has everything you would need for a holiday cottage and more, gorgeous shared spaces and very nice bedrooms."

    Thanks for having us.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Jan 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage, home from home, everything you need in the kitchen, great location, great places to visit"

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Dec 2021

  • "We stayed at the Orchards as a family of 8 on the 26th Nov."

    Unfortunately for us storm Arwen hit that night and cut all power supply as well as felling trees that blocked the only road in and out! Despite this we had a lovely time here and fared better than some of the villagers as the Orchards was well stocked with fuel and candles and even had a wood fired stove that we used to cook on. The owner was in communication with us throughout and we managed to still have a lovely weekend. We would definitely come back and stay in what is a beautiful part of the country. We managed to sit out for a while when the storm abated to look at the stars as the view from the Orchards is spectacular.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2021

  • "What a lovely bungalow in a beautiful location."

    The grounds are well kept and lined with gorgeous trees making it very private. Peaceful and only 2 mins walk to a welcoming pub. Very well equipped with the most comfortable beds. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Nov 2021

  • "The property met all our expectations."

    It had everything we needed, including a pizza wheel! We appreciated the torch as going along the road from the house to the main road in November without street lights would have been very difficult without this thoughtfully provided item. The house was very warm and welcoming after a day's walking with the boiler cupboard being a very useful drying space. Loved the open fire and having the logs on site with a "pay as you use" system meant no searching round for places that sold logs (and no putting mucky logs into our week old 71 plate car!) We had a very enjoyable stay and would recommend The Orchards without any hesitation.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Oct 2021

  • "Absolutely loved our stay here."

    The house and garden are lovely and the river walking behind the property is lovely. Plenty of room to roam around and explore. The children loved the walks and their dog was also very happy to go on adventures with the family. Wood burner is an absolute must in October. The weather wasn’t so kind but it didn’t matter at all. Would definitely recommend it as a venue for family gatherings.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property was amazing!"

    So spacious and even better than it was in the pictures! So cozy and peaceful. Absolutely perfect!

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful relaxing bungalow."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Sep 2021

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  • Single storey
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Garden room
  • Games room/ garage with table tennis
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Additional bags of logs available for £5 on an honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Telephone provided on an honesty box basis
  • Private driveway parking for four cars
  • Front garden with lawn and patio
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8.5 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The games room is in the external double garage
  • Note: The table tennis table is in the garage but can be moved outside

The property

Tucked away in the rural village of Harbottle, amidst the tranquil Northumberland countryside, is this delightful little retreat, The Orchards.

Beautifully presented throughout, The Orchards makes a great escape for families groups of up to eight looking to break away from everyday life and see what this Northumberland location has to offer.

The front door leads into the hallway, with the sitting room on your left, housing ample seating for all to kick back beside the woodburning stove, or during the summer months throw open the French doors for a light and airy feel.

Turning right from the hallway there are four bedrooms, including a three king-size rooms, one of which benefits from an en-suite shower room, while there is also a lovely bunk room for children.

Discover the family bathroom, complete with bath and walk-in shower so you can decide how to prepare for the day.

Progress through to the kitchen/diner, boasting oak units and a granite worktop, along with a Stanley range cooker, induction hob and double electric oven, ensuring you have all the essentials for home-cooking.

The garden room can be accessed externally or through the dining room, providing a lovely spot for some quiet time away from the group, or relax at the patio furniture with a cold beverage as your canine companion roams the lawn.

Walkers will be delighted to know there is a scenic route right from the doorstep, taking you to the Drakestone, a massive sandstone block which rests high on a hill above Harbottle, before refuelling with some grub and a pint at the Star Inn, the local village pub which also serves as a community hub with a small shop and an excellent wood fired pizzeria in the courtyard.

Another favourite walk in the area is the River Alwin route, which starts in Alwinton, or stay in the village and explore the surrounding rolling hills and fantastic horse riding routes in the Coquet Valley.

For a bit of sightseeing, visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens, boasting 12 acres of meandering and magnificent gardens that are home to a grand cascade of water jets and the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard, or venture over to the National Trust owned Craigside Hall near Rothbury, and the World Heritage Site that is Hadrian’s Wall.

The Orchards is a fantastic base for a relaxing retreat, whatever time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Alwinton 1.5 miles; Rothbury 9 miles.

The delightful village of Harbottle is situated in the Upper Coquet Valley, between the grassy Cheviots and the more rugged Harbottle Hills. Rural Harbottle has an old village pub and a ruined medieval castle, and is conveniently located in the Northumberland National Park, from where you will find the Simonside Hills, which provide some of the best walking and cycling in the county. Take a walk to the ancient Drake Stone believed to be endowed with supernatural powers or seek out Gallows Edge where many a poor soul met their end at the hands of the Lord of Redesdale. Nearby Rothbury has an array of excellent shops, tea rooms, a golf course, public tennis court, cycle hire and of course the famous Cragside Hall to explore. A short drive away and there's more history to explore in the form of wonderful castles and endless beaches of the Heritage Coastline, plus a little further afield are the beautiful Kielder Water and Hadrian’s Wall.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas