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Ridley Lodge

(Ref. 1072109)

West Thirston/felton, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • comfortable (15)
  • house (13)
  • well (13)
  • bed (12)
  • great (11)
  • lovely (10)

22 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely clean, spacious house, from Entrance Hall, to Kitchen, to the two Lounges & to the all Bedrooms."

    Kitchen well equipped for 8 people, plus washing machine & dryer (very handy for any "wet weather"). Beautiful garden including garden furniture. Location excellent as just off the A1 & all local attractions are within easy travelling distance for days out.

    Thanks for the feedback Anne. We hope the wet weather didn’t spoil your visit to Northumberland too much and we will see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2024

  • "We stayed here for a week for my dad’s 60th birthday."

    We were all so impressed with this house and the space it offers for adults, children and two cocker spaniel’s, our boys said they wanted to stay forever. The beds were very comfortable in each room with lovely white linen, and plenty of towels. The host thought of everything we could need, the doggies had a little box with towels and bowls, we had the essentials left (milk, butter, bread and a bottle of Prosecco) which was a lovely touch especially after a long drive. The house it’s self was stocked with everything we needed and we cooked some lovely meals in the range cooker. We loved coming back to the house, turning on the log burner and watching a family film together. Location wise it was perfect for exploring Northumberland, we spent each day out and had a couple of lovely meals in the local pub - a 5 minute walk from the house. Lots of memories made here and we hope to visit again in the future, love the Sadowskyj family xxx

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Mar 2024

  • "3 generations of our family stayed at Ridley Lodge, along with our dogs, and it was comfortable and spacious for us all."

    The whole house is very well-equipped, with some lovely extras which made our stay really homely. The house is beautifully decorated and furnished and incredibly clean. A lovely location for walkers.... 20 minutes to beaches in one direction, or 20 minutes to woodland and hills in the other. The local village is lovely, with a pub that served excellent food, and a bakery that had the best sausage rolls!! Would also recommend the fish and chip van that stops by on a Wednesday. I would highly recommend this holiday property.

    Thanks for the feedback Samantha. Glad you had a great time at Ridley Lodge and hope to see you again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had a really lovely stay at Ridley Lodge."

    Very comfortable well appointed property, one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in. Local area great for walks and getting to the beaches and other attractions. Would love to return to this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Oct 2023

  • "Comfortable spacious extremely well equipped."

    Toilet seat in front bedroom needs fixing. Enjoyed the lounge with comfortable seating. TV was enormous.

    Thanks for feedback Elizabeth - we really appreciate guests pointing out things that need maintenance/attention. Toilet seat issue now rectified! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Sep 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Ridley Lodge."

    Caroline and Nick have taken great care to create a clean, comfortable and well-stocked home. The layout of the house is beautiful - very spacious kitchen and living room, plenty of room for our children to play. The bedrooms are warm and comfortable. The garden is enclosed and safe for children. We hope to be able to stay again next summer.

    Thanks for the feedback Clare. Glad you had a great time and hopefully see you next year Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was a spacious property ideally placed for exploring Northumberland and so an excellent base for visiting the sites."

    The beds were comfortable, the house was clean and there were a decent range of facilities so great for self-catering. Some lovely views from the main bedroom and en-suite. First impressions of the house on arrival weren't good though. The entrance area was untidy and needed a good clean. The garden was sadly neglected and didn't match the website picture at all. The patio was dirty and need a good jet-wash and there were weeds everywhere. The two doormats to the patio were filthy. The patio parasol was very old and worn. Garden pots and planters were full of weeds with broken and tatty window boxes at the front. The lawn was in bad shape and clearly needed attention. It should be pointed out that a public footpath runs alongside the garden too - we note that this has been omitted. The portable rotary washing drier for the garden had no ground spike so we had to improvise and use the parasol base with two garden chairs propped up against it to stop it from moving. There was no visible hole to place the drier into. We were surprised at the number of windows in the house that were missing their handles. Some had just one handle and some were difficult to open and close. We reported a handle that snapped on use and the front door yale lock that didn't work very well. We were only given one set of keys (normally you get a spare) and fortunately we had the back door key which enabled us to get in the house. The internal window frames all needed a really good clean as they were dirty as were the windows. The Crew Room was something we wanted to use but didn't get the full benefit of as there were no instructions left for how to use the X-box and TV. Our biggest disappointment was that the bed linen, towels, soap and loo roll were not changed and replenished after our first week. We stayed for 2 weeks and expected a normal changeover day for our second week. This is the only property we have stayed where this has happened so clearly not up to standard. We were able to use towels from other rooms but the bed linen should have been changed Fri-Fri. We enjoyed Northumberland but we felt the house was a disappointment. It felt unloved and uncared for with no attention to detail and didn't live up to the webpage blurb and photos. We paid a lot of money for our 2 week stay but didn't feel we got what we paid for. This was a house in need of some TLC and needs investment and far better maintenance. Overall, this was probably once a nice family home but it didn't feel particularly welcoming or homely.

    Thanks for feedback John which has made interesting reading. Our aim is for our guests to have the best possible holiday experience whilst staying at Ridley Lodge. With regards to your specific concerns - this summer has both been warm and wet which has led to prolific weed growth which we endeavour to control without disturbing our guests' privacy. This gardening work is on ongoing project. We have replaced the rotary drier with a conventional washing line - there is also the option of the pulley clothes airer and the tumble drier. We responded to your request to attend to the sticky lock issue and returned again to deal with the broken window handle. We supply our guests with a full set of keys so all doors can be opened for full access. For day trips out and about, the front door keys can be securely left in the key safe provided. The TV in the crew room is the same specification as the TV in the main room - the operating manual is stored on the main room bookcase. We appear to have had crossed wires over the bedding and towelling change over - we could have supplied this upon request when we came up to remove the waste and recycling bins on the Friday. To ensure this does not happen again, we have asked Sykes to clarify with guests whether they would prefer a changeover or not. Our aim is to respect our guests privacy. We are sorry your expectations were not met on this occasion although we feel better communication regarding issues could have led to satisfactory resolution. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John2.5Jun 2023

  • "Ridley lodge was gorgeous."

    It was immaculate. Clean, comfortable and everything we needed to a high standard. The garden was perfect for our two big dogs. Very secure which is a necessity for us. Wi-Fi was very good too. A great base to explore Northumbria and reach Newcastle and Gateshead. Good information from the owner. We really appreciated the quality of this home and hope to return soon. Thank you.

    Thanks for feedback Helen - glad you had a great time at Ridley Lodge and look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was an absolutely lovely cottage!"

    We stayed for a family get together with 6 adults and 3 young children. The house is beautiful with great facilities and a very well equipped kitchen. All very comfortable as well. It’s in a great location for exploring Northumberland and the village of West Thirston/Felton is a perfect base! Would highly recommend and would love to stay again.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay Rachael and look forward to you coming again. Thanks! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a lovely well equipped house."

    Exactly as it was described and really comfortable. We have stayed all over and this had the best equipment in the kitchen everything was thought of. Very comfortable beds and fantastic bathrooms. The en-suites were a great addition as we were 2 couples, grandma and 3 children plus 2 dogs. Well placed to visit the area and would definitely go back - a very big thank you we really had a lovely Easter week

    Glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane Ann5.0Apr 2023

  • "We booked Ridley Lodge for a family get-together (ages of party 25 - 82, not forgetting our 2 year old black lab, who bounced with joy in the enclosed garden and loved the nearby walks)."

    The property exceeded our expectations; it is cosy, very comfortable, and well equipped. Our stay was perfect in every way, from the house, to its beautiful setting and the gorgeous village a short stroll away. The owner, Caroline, pays great attention to detail to ensure guests have a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Our previous home is only 45 mins drive away, so we know the area well, and deliberately chose it, as it is convenient for so much, including accessing the coast and all the wonderful places in Northumberland. It was great once again to enjoy the fabulous food at the Running Fox cafe and Northumberland Arms pub/restaurant, both a short walk from the house; these come highly recommended! If you're looking for the most perfect place to stay in Northumberland, then Ridley Lodge is it! We'll definitely be back. Angela, Skye

    Thanks for the feedback Angela. We hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in."

    It was spotlessly clean, the location was fantastic with a brilliant pub and bakery a 5 minute walk away and a 10 minute drive from some great things to see and do. Very geared up for dogs, loved the little touches left for the dogs and the cottage itself was very well stocked. The owners left bread, milk, eggs for the first day which was really helpful and it was a really comfy and cosy place to stay for the New Year break. Would love to come back.

    Glad you had a great New Year break Natalie. Thanks for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent clean accommodation in a quiet location but only a short walk to the amenities in the village."

    Accommodation was very well equipped and had everything to hand as we mostly cooked over our Xmas stay. Large spacious kitchen and lounge with separate break out room was just what the family needed. Comfortable beds assured a good nights sleep was had by all. Highly recommended

    Thanks for the great feedback Graham. Very pleased you had a wonderful Christmas at the lodge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Dec 2022

  • "A very comfortable house which was well maintained"

    Thanks Tony! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Oct 2022

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful week in this well appointed and spacious property."

    The welcome pack was much appreciated and the house was spotless! The kitchen/diner, large family room and games room were well equipped and gave us the freedom to spread out and do our own thing. The beds were comfortable and the family bathroom is large and luxurious. This was perfect for our family get together. I would recommend Ridley Lodge to anyone. Many thanks Neil S.

    Glad you had a pleasant and comfortable stay at the lodge and thanks for the great feedback Neil. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great house, comfortable and well kitted out."

    Fabulous bathroom and great views from the main bedroom. Photos don’t do it justice!

    Thanks Kristin- glad you enjoyed your stay at the lodge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirstin5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful home in stunning surroundings."

    Lovely place to recalibrate.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely home suited us great."

    We thought we would use the second living room more but maybe our boys were just a bit too young at 7, 4 & 16 months. But the kitchen and sitting room are fantastic with the patio doors open it was so nice and spacious even with 2 dogs as well. The welcome pack was unexpected but really useful. The bedding and towels and tea towels were such good quality. Even dog towels and bowls provided. We had brought our own though so didn’t use. This house sets a standard I wish every holiday home was this good. Everything was so clean and organised down to a bin for the dog poo!

    Thanks for the great feedback Linda. We hope to see you again sometime Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2022

  • "A fabulous home in a beautiful location."

    Perfect location for exploring the surrounding area. The information pack provided was great with everything you could ever need to know. The beds were super comfortable with lovely linens and the cottage owners were so helpful and a pleasure to deal with.

    Thanks Fraser - your feedback means a great deal to us. Hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fraser5.0Jul 2022

  • "One problem patio doors hard to lock and unlock."

    We would stay here again property excellent.

    Glad you had a great time Barry. Thanks for pointing out the issue with the lock - we have now got that remedied Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jul 2022

  • "Overall excellent."

    Just disappointed that we couldn't access walk behind property as it was completely overgrown & impassable. Just would of been handy with the dogs. Had a power cut on Thursday evening. I notified the owner & we both spoke to the power supplier as it was an area wide issue. All was sorted out quickly & certainly not the owners fault. Beds were extremely comfy, everything we needed in the house & garden was ideal for us & dogs.

    Very pleased you had a lovely time and found the lodge comfortable. Thankfully Northern Power resolved the supply issue pretty quickly. The public footpath does get tricky to negotiate during the summer months. Although it’s not connected to the lodge we will look into how this could be managed in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2022

  • "An amazing holiday home, beautifully appointed."

    Thanks Neil - glad you had a great time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2022

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x Kingsize with en-suite walk in shower, basin and WC; 1 x Twin (can be converted to Super Kingsize on request); 1 x Bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with electric range cooker with gas hob, microwave, American style fridge/freezer with ice dispenser and dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove, Smart Fire TV with in-built Alexa (including complimentary Disney+ subscription)
  • Games room with Smart Fire TV with in-built Alexa (including complimentary Disney+ subscription), retro Xbox and games, traditional board games and jigsaws
  • Gas central heating and wood burning stove (starter pack included)
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • High chair and travel cot available on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed side garden with lawned area, patio, garden furniture and barbecue
  • 2 well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles.

The property

Ridley Lodge is a beautiful, detached holiday home in West Thirston, a small village adjacent to Felton, amid the Northumberland countryside.

Just paces away from amenities and the River Coquet for strolls, this pet friendly dwelling is ideal for a group or family, of seven/eight people.

On arrival, upload your belongings from the off-road parking spaces and admire the stone-fronted property with its contemporary finishes.

Enter the boot room, where you house your muddy shoes, ready for a rural ramble.

On entering the hallway, the young ones can escape to chill out in the games room, complete with 45” Amazon Fire Smart TV with built in Alexa, retro Xbox and games, traditional board games and other activities to keep them entertained.

At the heart of this home, is the spacious kitchen and dining area hosting everything you need for a self-catered stay, including a Range cooker, American style fridge and microwave.

Gather round the bespoke dining table with its long benches and chairs to seat the whole group.

Afterwards, why not soak in the secluded countryside setting, relaxing on the outdoor seating area, with a glass of wine.

As the day draws to night, the patio doors lead into the tastefully furnished sitting room, with vaulted ceilings and sumptuous sofas, to enjoy a movie marathon with complimentary Disney+ subscription, on the the 65” Alexa enabled Fire TV.

Admire the warmth of the wood burning stove and as eyes grow heavy, retreat upstairs and indulge in a leisurely soak in the stylish bathroom or opt for a hot shower to wash the day away.

The property offers four bedrooms, with delightful bedding to sink into; choose between 2 kingsize beds with en-suites; a twin bedroom, which can be converted into a super kingsize on request, or a bunk bedroom, which is perfect for the little ones.

Ridley Lodge is located near the famous Running Fox Artisan bakery for a special treat, as well as the fabulous Northumberland Arms to enjoy a crisp pint and home cooked meals.

For a day filled with fun, visit the Northumberland Country Zoo to see furry animals, test your swing at Burgham Park and Leisure club or explore the medieval Brinkburn Priory and Manor House.

Venture into the market town of Alnwick; here you can visit the famous Alnwick Castle, have a guided tour around the The Alnwick Garden Poison Garden and explore the delights of the enormous Tree House.

Ridley Lodge is less than a mile from the A1 and is half way between Alnwick to the North and Morpeth to the South making it the perfect base for exploring the Northumberland countryside and coastline.

For long-lasting memories, escape to Ridley Lodge.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Alnwick 9.8 miles; Morpeth 10.8 miles.

The delightful villages of West Thirston and Felton are set in rural Northumberland, between Morpeth to the South and Alnwick to the North. The village has a shop with a post office, coffee shop, pub and restaurant with a beer garden. Just eight miles to the East is the sea-side port of Amble, hosting a variety of restaurants and eateries including the famous Spurelli’s Ice-cream parlour. To the West is the jewel in the crown of National Trust properties, Cragside, former home of Lord Armstrong and the first home to be powered by hydro-electricity. There is so much to see, do and experience in AONB Northumberland: miles of unspoilt beaches, coastline, countryside walks and cycling, historic castles, quaint fishing villages, market towns and other famous historical sites. Altogether a superb location for exploring Northumberland and its stunning heritage coastline.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas