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Drovers Rest

(Ref. 1827)

Otterburn, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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62 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely week in Northumberland despite the rain and Drover's Rest was a warm and comfortable base from which to explore."

    The listing does mention this but be aware that there is no soap and it's worth also bringing cooking oil and salt and extra toilet roll. There was also no tea or coffee, which we found unusual but milk and biscuits were provided. Overall, it's a very solid choice with a friendly host but it lacks some comforts that other cottages provide.

    Drovers Rest is a self catering cottage ( the clue is in the title ) and therefore we do not provide groceries. However, a complimentary kitchen roll, two toilet rolls,washing up liquid,dishwasher tablets,bottled water are provided also biscuits..We try to keep our overheads low so that our guests can enjoy an inexpensive stay compared with that of our competitors in this beautiful area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Oct 2023

  • "Mr and Mrs Curry were absolutely lovely and very welcoming."

    Overall the cottage is lovely and comfortable but just a couple of small things would improve it. We were out all day every day of our holiday but due to cold weather weather needed the heating on when we returned and then a hot bath. You need to be aware that if you have the heating on too much you won’t have enough hot water for a really good warm bath. The DVD player wouldn’t play some of our discs and jumped in parts on others. The toilet seat needed tightening and the bathroom light needed changing- I did inform Mrs Curry about this. Nothing really bad but the DVD player was a bit irritating. However overall the stay was very positive and I would certainly be happy to recommend the cottage to others. It’s a beautiful area and the cottage is well equipped and comfortable.

    We keep a dialogue with all our guests so that any concerns which arise can be dealt with immediately if possible, however if we are not informed of these we can not achieve this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4Oct 2023

  • "Excellent location for discovering the area."

    Hosts extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Great value for money

    Reviewed by Kris5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay, The owners were welcoming and there if needed but also gave you privacy."

    A great base for exploring wild Northumberland, great dark skies and star gazing opportunities. Fantastic walking close by and kielder water was definitely worth a visit. A fantastic cottage for a couple or family with loads to do close by. Definitely recommend, 5 star.

    It was a pleasure to have you...many thanks... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Oct 2023

  • "Drovers Rest is one of the cleanest and most comfortable cottages we have stayed in."

    The owners really made us feel welcome and we had a great week in Northumberland, regardless of the poor weather. The only issue we had was with Sykes who have turned out to be the worst cottage rental company we have ever dealt with.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in Drovers rest."

    Beautifull cottage in a amazing landscape.

    Reviewed by Anneke3.8Sep 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Beautiful and peaceful location. Everything you need.

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Everything as described and extremely clean and comfortable. Property owners very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a very enjoyable holiday in very clean and comfortable Drovers Rest."

    Cottage is well located for exploring the beautiful countryside and the cottage is a joy to come back to. We spent a few evenings sitting outside the cottage watching the glorious sunsets. Just what we needed to unwind and relax. The cottage owners were very kind and friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful. We will doubtless return.

    Reviewed by Marian5.0May 2023

  • "We had a comfortable stay in this clean and well insulated cottage."

    Although the weather wasn't great, there are some fantastic places to visit, the pub up the road was good and you can go walking from the cottage doorstep. The hosts John and Anne were very hospitable and we had a couple of great chats.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and the owner was very friendly."

    The location is the perfect combination of remote, but with great links to many places to see in the area. Amazing views of the night sky. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2022

  • "As we were there in 2018, we knew what to expect, and we were not disappointed."

    Unlike our previous experience at the Pheasant in Bowes, there was CONTROLLABLE CENTRAL HEATING,. Ann and John are a lovely couple. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, and there were numerous places to get a meal. Overall everything was excellent.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Oct 2022

  • "Wonderfully comfortable and very well equipped."

    Beautiful views from the garden. Peaceful without being remote. Lovely warm welcome from the owner.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage I would highly recommend Drovers Rest it was very clean well ..."

    Lovely cottage I would highly recommend Drovers Rest it was very clean well equipped very cosy warm cosy bed Realy enjoyed our stay Thankyou Ann and John

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Sep 2022

  • "We found the property very well kept and well equipped."

    The owners were very friendly and approachable and our holiday was all we had hoped for as all the attractions we wished to see were within reasonable distances . Only small minus was we would have preferred WiFi to be available but this proved a minor inconvenience.

    Reviewed by Marilyn4.7Sep 2022

  • "Another amazing stay here, we will surely come back again."

    Location is perfect, so close to so many things. Cottage and garden itself is just fabulous, the skies are amazing. The owners live onsite and are lovely they are happy to have a chat or leave you to your own devices. We stayed with our 2 children and it was perfect!! We really didn't want to leave!!

    Reviewed by Afsheen5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful, and furnished and equipped to a high standard."

    We generally cooked supper at home, and everything we needed was available. The location was idyllic, with easy access to walks, in remote, unspoiled countryside. The proprietors live on site, and they were welcoming and helpful without being in any way intrusive. Altogether a delightful week!

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jul 2022

  • "Comfortable, clean, pleasant surroundings and in a good position for exploring the area."

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jul 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay and either use as a base to let you explore the countryside or a place to just relax and chill."

    Will certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was our second stay at Drovers Rest and we are already planning our third!"

    The owners are so friendly and welcoming. The garden is stunning with so many birds and a family of hares. The countryside is beautiful with so many interesting places to visit. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2022

  • "A well equipped cottage in a beautiful location with easy access to the wonders of Northumberland"

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2022

  • "This lovely cottage is the perfect base for exploring the stunning historical Northumbrian countryside."

    We’ve had a packed fortnight, visiting as many of the sites as possible, both English & Scottish! Despite the cold, the rain & wind, we were warm inside and entertained by the hares, swallows and blue tits nesting

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7May 2022

  • "Very comfortable and clean cottage."

    Only suggestion would be to have two standard lamps in living room as it is a bit dark at night, reading, with the current lighting. Otherwise vey good.

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2022

  • "Excellent"

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Dec 2021

  • "Drovers Rest provides excellent accommodation Everything is provided to make ..."

    Drovers Rest provides excellent accommodation Everything is provided to make your stay comfortable It’s location makes it great for visiting all of Northumberland and Scottish Borders

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Oct 2021

  • "A very beautiful, well equipped cosy cottage."

    Weather was quite good and saw a lot of the amazing countryside. Owners extremely friendly. Would definitely like to return.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic holiday- great accommodation and a wonderful location."

    Perfect in every sense.

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Aug 2021

  • "Drovers Rest was spotless, including the cutlery and crockery."

    Towels and bed linen provided were clean and fresh. The cottage was very comfortable for chilling at the end of a day out. A welcome start to our stay was the biscuits left by the owners, Ann and John. Drovers Rest was very peaceful with lovely views over the surrounding area. The cottage was in Ann and John's own garden, but it was very private and we were able to wander round their garden as we wished. Ann and John were very welcoming, friendly and great to chat to. They had thought of everything to make a visitor's stay comfortable. The surrounding area is well worth exploring by walking or by car, especially the nearby Kielder Forest and Water Park. Hope to return to this little gem in Northumberland. Margaret and Stephen Mead

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Drovers Rest was a wonderful place to spend a week with our two children."

    The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable, the location is wonderful. I would echo previous reviews to reassure folk that despite the closeness to the road, you genuinely do not notice it - and having come from Leeds the level of traffic is very low anyway. John and Anne were extremely kind and helpful hosts. We will certainly be coming back!

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Drivers Rest is in idyllic surroundings with plenty of wild life to watch."

    The hosts are extremely friendly and helpful but are not intrusive. The cottage has all you need for a very comfortable stay. The owners wifi does not extend to the cottage but G4 is fine. We had a great holiday and are determined to return next year.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet location, the owners are close by and very ..."

    Lovely cottage in a quiet location, the owners are close by and very accommodating, were very helpful when we had car problems, highly recommended

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very nice cottage ,clean and all necessary facilities and good location for touring and sight seeing places of interest."

    The owners were very friendly and made us feel welcome.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage fantastic surroundings , Ann & John very friendly and helpfull if needed but gave you total privacy while there."

    Can’t recommend this beautifull cottage highly enough A big THANKYOU to Ann & John for a fantastic holiday and we can’t wait to return ….

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2021

  • "A very comfortable property in a lovely setting."

    Clean, comfortable and homely for relaxing evenings and ideally located in a beautiful area of the country for daytime excursions.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2021

  • "We had a great time at Drovers Rest."

    Anne was a perfect host. This is a fantastic holiday cottage, very clean, well equiped and in a lovely,quiet rural location.

    Reviewed by Juliane5.0Apr 2021

  • "Anne and John were nearby if needed but left us be, cottage a home from home and scenery beautiful, plenty to discover around the area."

    Hopefully we will get back

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2020

  • "Drovers rest was a lovely cottage, that had everything we needed for our week away."

    Our dog enjoyed the large garden. It is well situation for exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0Mar 2020

  • "As soon as we arrived we felt at home."

    Anne & John had provided us with everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable, the shower was great and there was plenty of room. Though the cottage was near to a main road we didn't hear the traffic at all due to its position, being lower than the road and behind a copse of trees. This gave us many a restful night's sleep. The cottage is ideally situated for sight seeing and there are many tourist leaflets provided. Anne & John are very accommodating and friendly. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Dec 2019

  • "The property is in a stunning location with easy access to both Northumberland and Scotland for those who want to explore."

    The property is of a really high standard and was very comfortable and cosy. The owners didn't intrude on our visit at all which is unlike other properties we have stayed in in the past. The whole experience was fantastic and we look forward to returning to explore more of the area.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely !"

    ! first time there won't be our last

    Reviewed by Trudie5.0Oct 2019

  • "All that is missing is a splash back for the cooker, it did inhibit the use of cooker, other than that it was perfect in every aspect, a big thankyou to Anne and John."

    Reviewed by Allan4.7Sep 2019

  • "The cottage is in the country and you wake up to views of the hills and valleys ..."

    The cottage is in the country and you wake up to views of the hills and valleys the owners lived near but where not intrusive but were willing to help if you needed them a very charming and friendly couple, there was plenty of places to visit we could have spent two weeks and not seen it all, we are certainly going back there next year thank you again for a lovely holiday Yours Heather and Les

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage with shared grounds with the owners house."

    Cottage was sparkling clean. Friendly owners next door who were available if we needed anything. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very friendly and helpful property owners."

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Aug 2019

  • "What a lovely couple and a lovely cottage so relaxing quiet and a wonderful place to stay ."

    Will recommend it to family and friends and hopefully be back again .

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jul 2019

  • "A truly lovely cottage with everything you could possibly need."

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jun 2019

  • "There were one or two things missing, there were no instructions for any of the electrical items, for example the cooker."

    Also waste bins in the bedrooms and no chairs or stools in the bedrooms to sit on or put clothes on.. The cottage was rather cold (not good weather though, cold) and was not helped that the 3 piece suite was leather. The bathroom floor really does need replacing. The bed was exceedingly comfortable and the whole place was very very clean and nicely furnished. The owners, Ann and John were very helpful and kind.

    Reviewed by Dorothea4.7May 2019

  • "Ann and John made us very welcome in their cosy cottage."

    There was everything we needed to self cater and the cottage was very clean and comfortable. We had a wonderful holiday and would thoroughly recommend Drovers Rest.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0May 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our time in Northumbria and the cottage really helped with this."

    It is a warm and comfortable place to rest and play. The hosts are warm and generous people and the cottage is clean and comfortable. We would recommend upgrading some facilities such as adding wifi, a dishwasher and dark curtains in the bedrooms. However, apart from this we enjoyed our time here.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7May 2019

  • "Very comfortable short stay for a local wedding."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2019

  • "In regards to pet friendly."

    ..although it was stipulated that dogs must b kept on leads ..i did not expect it to compulsory for the private garden...so anyone taking pets should b made very clear about this. Mr and mrs curry..charming hosts..warm..funny and friendly..beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Mar 2019

  • "We would deffinetly stay there again, the cottage was very clean, and cosy, and ..."

    We would deffinetly stay there again, the cottage was very clean, and cosy, and the owner's very friendly and very helpful,

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely clean cottage."

    Felt very welcome. Key collection instructions & directions to location very clear.

    Reviewed by Harvey5.0Oct 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage, a real home from home."

    Amazing views from cottage. Super clean. Super comfortable. Close to pretty much most stuff in Northumberland. Our kids 5&7 loved it. The owners were fantastic, they were really good with the kids and the children were free to explore all of the grounds and we didnt need to worry about them being quiet. The owners live on site and are there if you need them and also great to have a chat with. But also happy to leave you alone to get on with your holiday. I put out the kids washing to dry but it rained, when we returned it had been dried and folded for us!!! When we return to Northumberland we will be staying here again!

    Reviewed by Afsheen5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage very comfortable and clean would recommend to family and friends."

    In a great location for seeing all that Northumberland has to offer.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Jul 2018

  • "The Drovers Rest is a very clean comfortable cottage situated in a beautiful ..."

    The Drovers Rest is a very clean comfortable cottage situated in a beautiful area which and is well placed to enable visits to all the fantastic places to visit in wonderful Northumberland

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Apr 2018

  • "Clean well presented accommodation."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage, lovely and clean."

    Everything was provided that you would ever need. Surroundings and the view was stunning. Would highly recommend the Drovers Cottage to all family and friends in need of a break from our busy lives.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Oct 2017

  • "We have been to Northumberland several times but this was the best cottage in the best location in our experience."

    It was beautifully presented and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Sep 2017

  • "Hosts anne and John very friendly and welcoming went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2016

  • "It is a delightful cottage, with two bedrooms, well provided for all that is needed and we were very comfortable, cosy and warm."

    It is a great place to explore the surrounding areas. the owners are near by and very helpful. The photo does not do justice to the cottage's location but that was not the slightest problem. There is a nearby pub that serves a very good evening meal; booking is advised

    Reviewed by John4.8Nov 2016

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    The location was great, quiet and peaceful. The owners were very accommodating. We enjoyed the time we were there immensely.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2016

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  • All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Oil heating with electric fire
  • Gas cooker, microwave, fridge/ freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio/cassette/CD
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Large lawned garden with pond, patio and garden furniture
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: There is an unfenced pond at the property so please ensure children are supervised

The property

Otterburn 3 miles.

A charming, stone-built cottage, in an isolated position, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, 3 miles from Otterburn and 7 miles from Bellingham.

Peacefully located, this fabulous, single-storey property is well equipped and comfortable throughout, and boasts a spacious, open plan living area and delightful lawned garden and patio, perfect for relaxing and unwinding.

There are excellent walking, fishing and cycling opportunities from the doorstep, towards Hadrian's Wall and Kielder Forest, and a highly regarded golf course is within easy reach.

Visit the many National Trust homes within easy reach, such as the magnificent Cragside house and Wallington Hall.

The historic market town of Alnwick, with its majestic castle and splendid gardens, is just a 40 minute drive away, making this an excellent base for an all year round enjoyable holiday.

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About the location


  • Bellingham 7 miles
  • Alnwick 29 miles

The delightful village of Otterburn, once the site of the famous 1388 victory of the Scots over the English, nestles close to the banks of the River Rede, between the hills and moors overlooking the North Tyne Valley. It offers excellent walking opportunities and is on a variety of popular routes for cyclists. Hadrian's Wall and the beautiful Kielder Forest and Waters are close by, providing fantastic fishing, horse riding and nature watching, amidst superb, tranquil countryside. Otterburn is the former home of a busy weaving industry, and the world famous Otterburn Mill marks the village's historic past. Nearby Bellingham, built predominantly from local stone and slate, houses a handful of pubs, shops and tea rooms and a highly regarded 18 hole golf course. Visit the nearby, majestic, stately homes of Wallington Hall and Cragside, or the historic market town of Alnwick, with its stunning castle and gardens, a mere 40 minute drive. Otterburn is a superb location for a relaxing holiday, any time of year.