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Old Hall Cottage

Falstone near Kielder and Bellingham, Northumberland (Ref. 15661)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at the cottage."

    Lots of goodies had been left for our enjoyment which was very thoughtful. Weather was mixed (no great surprise) but hot water bottles and heaters had been provided for when it got really cold. Watching the birds outside the kitchen window was quite a highlight of our stay, we watched them for hours and used the reference books provided to identify species of which we were uncertain. Lovely cottage, very clean and with all eventualities covered in terms of items left for our use.

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2022

  • "Ideal location for people wanting peace and quiet."

    Amazing array of bird life with feeding stations straight outside the kitchen window. Access road is well maintained and NOT pot holed although you need to take care as it is a single track road but virtually no traffic. Nothumberland is an amazing area to visit and we will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2021

  • "Had a wonderful stay- the cottage is extremely well equipped and very comfortable."

    Helen has thought of everything and a bit more besides! Northumberland is a stunning place - will definitely. More to see and do ….

    Reviewed by DonnaOct 2021

  • "Lovely well appointed cottage with spacious rooms."

    Our dog liked the enclosed garden, BUT the side wall in front of the greenhouse is too low to be effective for an energetic dog. Twice I stopped our Springer jumping over into the field next door. Thereafter we had always to be on our guard! Thankfully there were no sheep there during our stay. A wire fence on top would probably suffice to secure. Regretfully the WiFi at the cottage was poor, cutting out and buffering at many odd times day or night on a daily basis. Most annoying.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2021

  • "The owner left some lovely items on arrival bread butter scones bottle wine etc ..."

    The owner left some lovely items on arrival bread butter scones bottle wine etc which were a lovely thought after our journey

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2021

  • "We spent a lovely week in Old Hall Cottage, which we found very homely and welcoming, the cottage is in a beautiful, peaceful and remote location."

    We throughly enjoyed being so close to nature and enjoyed day trips to Hadrian's wall and Kielder water. This cottage would be great for people bringing their own bikes as the nearest village, Falstone is a bit far to walk really but would be a wonderful bike ride on the quiet single track road.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2021

  • "The cottage was stocked with all the small neccesities that you wonder wether to take with you (milk, bread, tea, coffee etc) and also didn't leave out the dog (dog bed, bowls and treats)."

    lovely welcome pack too. The cottage itself is amazing tucked away on a beautiful quiet country setting. Plenty of walks on the doorstep and plenty of activities (if you're so inclined) a few miles up the road at Kielder resevoir. Second stay and definately won't be our last.

    Reviewed by SimonJun 2021

  • "A lovely and well equipped cottage with a friendly feel and great wildlife."

    The rooms are spacious, with comfortable beds and sofas. You might have to slant to one side when upstairs and in the bathroom, but it all makes for the beauty of this quirky place. As stated this property is isolated and it is very isolated as far as pubs and shops go. Because the access is down the single track lane with many pot holes, the 2 miles to a shop feels like 5. We also visited when the pubs had not fully opened due to Covid restrictions, so eating out was not possible locally and we couldn't find anywhere doing takeaway. Fortunately we went prepared for this and it is very easy to prepare meals in the well equipped kitchen. We would definitely recommend taking some food with you. The welcome pack was lovely with scones, bread, milk and butter and the wine a lovely treat too. The dogs loved the enclosed garden, which is very safe for them to explore. The only thing missing was an area to sit and enjoy the wildlife or read outside (not that we had the weather to do that, but it was noticeable). The picnic table is in a shaded area away from the lovely views. Sometimes you want to sit back and relax in a chair with the views or a book or a glass of something, not sit forwards at that type of table. A minor point, but we would have missed this opportunity given better weather.

    Reviewed by AnnetteMay 2021

  • "Very peaceful location once you've negotiated the single track road."

    The owners have provided everything you would need, even treats for the dogs and good welcome pack. The only things which let it down are the heating system, which is a combination of storage heaters and a multi fuel stove. A conventional boiler would make life easier, and the downstairs shower needs a proper enclosure, shower curtains are not nice.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2021

  • "We loved how well-equipped this beautiful and cosy cottage was; it felt as if we were borrowing it from friends."

    The owners really had thought of everything and the welcome goodies in the kitchen were very welcome indeed! A truly wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by StevenOct 2020

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a very quiet rural location."

    It was spotless on arrival and we had everything we needed, just like a 'home from home'. There was a lovely much needed (after a long journey) welcome pack, the beds were really comfortable, the cottage was well-equipped, it was warm and cosy on the colder evenings and there were lots of local footpaths. Will definitely recommend to friends and family and hope to return in the future if visiting the area.

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet, peaceful location."

    Sadly did not see the dark skies owing to bad weather but still have a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and it was great to have outdoor space too."

    The birds in the back garden were a treat to watch and included siskin, a woodpecker, chaffinch and nuthatch plus more. This was a quiet base to have a stay cation. We took food and drinks and the kitchen was well equipped to prepare these. It was nice to have a welcome pack too. Thank you. The area around is stunning and we had some interesting visits during the week. An excellent place to stay.

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2020

  • "Out in the sticks very quiet ."

    nice walks with the dog A very nice welcome pack for us and the dog . Love this place Nice to see different species of birds out the kitchen window plus the stoat. Would recommend this lovely place . .

    Reviewed by BryanJul 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Lovely welcome pack much appreciated and location glorious - very remote just what we needed. We will return to this cottage when the current crisis ends

    Reviewed by MarieMar 2020

  • "Everything about this cottage was fabulous, the welcome pack was amazing and an unexpected surprise."

    Seeing the birds so close to the kitchen window was fascinating and even when cooking/washing up had been finished we would carry on spectating and this also made washing up a delight not a chore and everyone was willing to wash and dry.

    Reviewed by WendyFeb 2020

  • "A hidden little gem, quiet and relaxing, everything you could want and more if your looking to get away from it all."

    lovely welcome pack on arrival and dogs well catered for.

    Reviewed by ClareJan 2020

  • "Lovely cottage which is very well equipped and cosy."

    Reviewed by LornaOct 2019

  • "Wonderful cosy cottage."

    Dog friendly with a secure garden. Dark skies and solitude! We had a fantastic stay and the welcome pack was great. Local pubs served really good food. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2019

  • "The house and garden was great and secure for our grandchild and our dog."

    If you like peace and quiet this is the place to go pitch black at night. Wonderful welcome pack on arrival for us and dog. Definitely recommend this cottage beautiful location and spotless.

    Reviewed by DarenJul 2019

  • "The Cottage, location and extras supplied by the owners were exceptional."

    Reviewed by SimonJun 2019

  • "We had a great time."

    The owners had thought of everything and the cottage was lovely.

    Reviewed by BeckiMay 2019

  • "The cottage was a real home from home, clean and comfortable with all the necessary facilitates and more."

    The owners were extremely considerate and had left essentials over and above the norm'. I particularly like the fact that our holiday was not 'interrupted' by anyone (owners/cleaners etc). We were trusted to arrive and lock up on departure. It was a truly relaxing/chilled/quiet week's holiday, which is exactly what we needed.

    Reviewed by ColetteMar 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect and the welcome was wonderful - Christmas lights and a tree, a lit fire, wine and chocolates and delicious scones and bread were all unexpected treats and made us feel instantly at home."

    The owners have thought of everything to make this a truly special home from home and we loved being there. They even provided treats, towels, poo bags and a bed for the dog. We wouldn’t change a thing!

    Reviewed by RowenaDec 2018

  • "Lovely place."

    The hob was not working properly as some rings would not adjust from hot. The cottage was very cold on arrival even though the log burner was lit, but by the following day it was very cosy. Apart from that , huge care had been taken to detail- most impressive. The birds were a delight and I would be more than happy to return

    Reviewed by ZoeNov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful location, well equipped."

    Welcome pack unexpected but greatly appreciated. We had a wonderful week, thank you very much!

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2018

  • "The welcome package waiting for us on arrival was absolutely wonderful and very much appreciated lovely cottage and very comfortable ."

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2018

  • "The cottage was comfortable,warm and in a lovely peaceful location."

    The welcome pack was the best we have ever had.As well as the regular tea etc,the owners had provided bread, butter, eggs,scones,excellent jam and wine! We had never been to Northumberland before and loved it's unspoilt wilderness.There was plenty to see and do :Kielder,Hadrian's wall etc. I would highly recommend this cottage. Sue and Ray

    Reviewed by RaymondSep 2018

  • "Brilliant cottage."

    ..real get away from it all stay... Excellent welcome pack.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2018

  • "It was the small things that impressed us the most about Old Hall Cottage."

    The fresh bread, scones, eggs, butter and wine waiting for us, dog biscuits, dog towels and a bed waiting for our dog. The shed was well stocked with fuel for the fire and it was obvious that lots of time and effort is spent with the upkeep and cleanliness of the cottage. A lovely, peaceful week which we needed to re-charge our batteries. Thank you.

    Reviewed by CarlFeb 2018

  • "This is just a beautiful house with stunning views and absolute home from home comfort."

    A lovely welcome of scones, eggs, bread, jam, wine and milk. Tea and coffee also left to use along with dog beds, blankets and biscuits. The beautifully enclosed garden is just great for the dogs enabling you to enjoy inside while they enjoy outside. A lovely large bath is there to be enjoyed along with the lovely log burner to settle in front of afterwards. We got snowed in and enjoyed the wonderful care and hospitality of the local farmers who cared enough to pop round and share their freezer contents. It is wonderfully out of the way but Falstone is only 3 miles one way and Bellingham 5 miles the other - so easily popped to for supplies - even on foot in the snow. We will defilintely be going to this cottage again - in fact I think I could llive there. The owners very kindly towed us out on our day of departure after we had the biggest snowfall since 2010 while we were there. A lovely relaxing break!

    Reviewed by RachelFeb 2018

  • "What a wonderful holiday we had at Old Hall Cottage."

    It all started with the welcoming fire blazing when we arrived. The next lovely surprise was the fresh scones, jam, bread and wine that greeted us in the kitchen and the doggy welcome pack etc in the back hall. The cottage is set in the most beautiful location, lots of walks, wildlife (a variety of birds and a stoat visited us every day in the garden). Within easy travelling distance of the Scottish border. We were treated to some fabulous sunsets at Kielder Water and there are some great waterfall walks nearby too. Old Hall Cottage is definitely a place we will visit again.

    Reviewed by CatherineFeb 2018

  • "If guests book this cottage with a view to visiting Kielder Observatory they must book with the Observatory well in advance of their visit."

    Reviewed by ZenaNov 2017

  • "Beautifully refurbished cottage Lovely rural setting"

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2017

  • "A car is definitely required for this cottage as the nearest facilities are 7 miles away but if you want to get away from it all this is the perfect place."

    The cottage was so comfortable and cosy we were quite happy to spend most of our time there plus a few walks with our dog. The owners have made every effort to welcome you by providing substantial goodies on arrival even for our dog. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by RitaOct 2016

  • "A lovely cottage with some very special local walking."

    The birds in the garden kept us amused for hours. if you like star gazing then this is the place for you. Peace & quiet second to none. Not much else to say really, loved it !

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2016

  • "2nd visit to this cottage."

    Perfect in every way.

    Reviewed by StellaOct 2016

  • "We booked, purely based on the online representation of the cottage."

    It was stunning, both the setting and environment around it as well as the inside. It offered everything that had been promised and more, the owners provided a range of little touches that just made us feel so incredibly welcome and they didn't just permit dogs on the property, they made sure that we felt our dogs were as welcome as us. The information on site was perfect and helped us shape our week. It was an all-round outstanding holiday.

    Reviewed by SandraAug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single with pull-out stacker bed
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Dining room with woodburner
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburners
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine in shower room, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, payphone, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburners inc. in rent, additional fuel available to purchase from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed patio garden, front enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture & BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: There is a small brook running behind the property with a low fence
  • Note: Property is accessed via is a single country track through three farm gates with some potholes, so care must be taken
  • Note: Max 5 guests.

The property

Falstone 2 miles.

This charming detached cottage sits in an isolated position near the secluded hamlet of Donkleywood near Falstone, in a designated International Dark Sky Park, within the Northumberland National Park.

Pleasantly appointed throughout, providing warm and homely accommodation, this Falstone cottage has a traditional appearance, and dates back to 1846, making it ideal for families and friends looking for a relaxing retreat from which they can explore the surrounding countryside.

With comfortable furnishings, this Falstone cottage provides three bedrooms and a fitted kitchen, a great place for rustling up a hearty meal.

The welcoming sitting room and sociable dining room both benefit from toasty woodburners, creating a cosy atmosphere for relaxing in after a day's sightseeing.

Outside this south-facing Falstone cottage, there is a lovely cottage garden to the front, which is a haven for a variety of birds and from where you can admire the stunning views towards the North Tyne River, plus a telescope is available if you wish to view the wonderful night's sky.

There is something to suit everyone from this Northumberland cottage, with endless country walks, cycle routes, and just a short drive away, Kielder Water, which provides a multitude of water based activities.

A little further away, but still within easy reach, are the delights of the Heritage Coastline, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders.

This Falstone cottage is a perfectly positioned base for exploring Northumberland at any time of year.

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About the location


Bellingham 9 miles; Newcastleton 24.5 miles; Carlisle 49 miles.

The delightful village of Falstone lies at the foot of Kielder Water, the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe, and on the edge of Kielder Forest, the largest forest in Northern Europe. With probably the best ‘dark skies’ in England, and one of the most tranquil places in rural England, the area is ideal for outdoor activities. There are many signed walking paths through the forest, with the 26 mile Lakeside Way around the lake, as well as higher level fell walks. There are cycle tracks with different routes to suit a variety of abilities, plus fishing and an abundance of wildlife in the area, with red squirrel, roe deer and many bird species, including the Osprey. Hadrian's Wall is an easy drive away and there are many castles and fortified houses in the area, reminders from the times when the “Border Reivers” raided the Anglo-Scottish border. National Trust properties, including Wallington Hall and Cragside are also just a scenic drive away from this pretty village.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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