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The Orchards

Harbottle near Rothbury, Northumberland (Ref. 1071560)



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

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

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

    Reviewed by JulieDec 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 SandraNov 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 DeborahNov 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 BarbaraOct 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 ChristineOct 2021

  • "The property was amazing!"

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

    Reviewed by JoOct 2021

  • "Beautiful relaxing bungalow."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JanetteSep 2021

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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.


  • 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

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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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