“Hard to find location but well worth the effort.”
“This is a nicely renovated stone building spoilt by poor housekeeping.”
This has been our third stay at The Lodge, so we know it moderately well. However on arrival we met with these shortcomings: There was no cloth / equivalent for washing dishes and more importantly, no drying up cloth. As there is no dishwasher, then I would expect these items as a minimum. There is a washing machine, which is good, but no expandable rack on which to hang washed items to dry. As this was winter, outside hanging wasn't an option, neither really as the NE can be wet from time to time. You can't have one without the other. There was a cafetiere but only a very small one, enough for one cup. What are couples to do? One likes to make a good jug full for breakfast. Coupled with which, when I went to use this cafetiere it had a load of water in it. The heating: we worked out how to set the timer, but not until after some trial and error. Instructions for setting and controlling the timer were not in evidence. In the bathroom there was just one loo roll and the tail end of another on the holder. Not enough for a week and invariably when staying in a hiring, there are always 2 - 3 in reserve. And finally, there was some rather dodgy brown liquid soap in a half full container - hardly inviting. The building has been nicely converted in the past and well appointed, especially the bathroom. What a pity there were so many points that were not up to standard, especially when considering the price.
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“The gas hob is still faulty (see a previous review by other persons) There is no freezer compartment in the fridge, the bath is very high for getting in and out there are no safety grips or handles, no keys for the patio doors, the only ventilation is through the front doors.”
The problem then was many many flies coming in, 27 killed in one morning during breakfast. Some sort of fly curtain would help. The kitchen window probably opens but is un reachable. A washing machine, ironing board and ironnd pegs are provided but no washing line. We had to go and purchase a colapsable dryer / airer. I think that fire and ventilation regs could be breached regarding any means of escape, I'm not sure. The carpet needs cleaning as it's dirty, there's no vacum cleaner provided, only a broom and dustpan. We had sent Cheryl a text prior to starting our journey there to enquire if there was an iron and ironing board but had no reply so we had taken ours for nothing. During our journey up from Poole in Dorset we tried more than once to phone for the key allocation but again no reply. It wasn't u til almost there Cheryl phoned and said that she had missed calls from my number, she asked who am I, what do I want. It's probable that my wife and I won't be using Sykes again. Regards Martin Bartlett.
“We were rather disappointed with The Lodge due to the fact that we had major problems with the gas hobs that would not stay alight.”
We contacted the owner but she was out and was over an hour away so apart from telling us what to do, which we were already doing, she couldn't help. This was extremely frustrating as we were trying to cook a meal, part of which was ready in the microwave. Eventually we did manage to get one of the hobs to stay alight but when trying to light the others the gas flame would initially burst through very fiercely which was quite frightening, before going out again! Sadly there was no instruction booklet available so that we could check if there was a knack to it, although we have the same make of cooker hob at home and have not experienced this problem before. At no time during the rest of the week did the owner come over to ask if we were coping with it OK, which we felt was rather dismissive of the problem. Unfortunately we didn't see her around either so that we could raise the issue. Also it should be noted on the details that there is no ice box in the fridge. We knew not to expect a freezer but not having an ice box either was very inconvenient as we like to pack a picnic for our days out and were unable to keep our cool blocks frozen. Due to both these issues we ended up buying lunches and meals out which we had not budgeted for, which was rather annoying. We left her a note about the cooker and suggesting she gives a demonstration to future holiday makers or comprehensive instructions in her welcome pack - if indeed the hobs can be lit. We also mentioned that the extractor fan in the bathroom didn't work and although the welcome pack referred to a white bin for recycling we could not find it, there were only two general waste bins in the area described.
“A nice studio cottage with all that you need .”
A lovely location with view . Friendly hosts . Went to Beamish , Carlisle Castle and Cathedral, Holy Island and castle , Brambrugh Castle , Richmond and Castle ,Hadrians Wall and so much more
“It is a little odd that despite our previous experiences in many cottages that during our two visits to this particular property that we have yet to have any contact whatsoever with the owner even though her home is a hundred yards away.”
Also a little mean to find not a single sheet of toilet paper on our arrival. Having said that the views are magnificent.
“Excellent location and lovely cottage.”
Beautiful cottage with stunning views, well equipped! Please note there are no curtains in the cottage, so if you don't like the sun in the mornings it could annoy you! The bathroom is amazing but the bath is very high with a shower in it, not really suitable for anyone who struggles to lift their legs. Our view over the beautiful countryside was slightly spoiled by 3 cars that were parked outside our patio all week. Didn't see the owners all week, not even a little welcome note (some people in the past have had welcome baskets, but assume this has stopped) the cottage was just left open for us. No inventory either. Still a beautiful place and a very comfy bed. We would come again
“Great stay in the warm cosy lodge.”
We stayed in the Lodge over Christmas. The layout has been well thought out and has everything that we wanted for the stay, we were glad to see that the Lodge has a bath as it is not mentioned on Sykes Cottages, who we booked through. The Lodge is in an excellent location and has wonderful views of the valley, even from indoors, with the blinds open. The weather was as wet and windy as this Christmas has been and the Lodge kept us warm and cosy, we were not aware, when inside that there was a raging gale blowing outside. On Christmas day we had a nice walk down into Wylam and along the Tyne for a short distance, and followed that up with a walk along the wall from Steel Rigg on Boxing day. We were extremely satisfied and would consider the Lodge again if were are staying in the area.
The Lodge is stone-built detached studio cottage beside the owner's home on the edge of the village of Horsley, near Heddon-on-the-Wall and less than ten miles from Newcastle upon Tyne.
Ideal for a couple looking for a convenient holiday home in picturesque countryside, this superb cottage is set all on the ground floor and has an open plan living/sleeping area.
After a day out and about in beautiful Northumberland, kick off your shoes and relax on the sofa or bed in order to watch your favourite film on the wall-mounted TV.
This wonderful cottage has its own pretty patio boasting views over the Tyne Valley, ideal for a morning coffee or a spot of alfresco dining.
The village of Horsley has a popular pub and a lovely café, and is close to the Northumberland villages of Heddon-on-the-Wall and Wylam, which offer more shops, pubs and a Post Office.
This Northumberland cottage is just a short drive from the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Metrocentre at Gateshead and the pretty village of Stocksfield.
Easy access to public transport and the surrounding areas make this quality cottage a perfect romantic destination for exploring Northumberland and Tyneside.
Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs. 21729 and 904885, together they sleep 11
- Off road parking
- Ground floor accommodation
- Ground floor bedroom
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
All ground floor. Open plan studio accommodation with king-size double bed, kitchen, breakfast bar and sitting area. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.
- Gas central heating
- Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Cot and highchair on request
- Off road parking for 2 cars
- Small front patio with furniture
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Pub 10 mins walk.
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About the location
Wylam 2 miles; Heddon-on-the-Wall 3 miles; Corbridge 7 miles; Newcastle upon Tyne 8 miles; Hexham 12 miles.
The parish of Horsley is situated in one of the most scenic parts of east Tynedale, and forms part of a World Heritage Site.
The Hadrian’s Wall long distance path is situated one mile north of the village of Horsley and is connected by existing rights of way, one of which travels through Horsley Wood, a woodland dating to the medieval period.
Horsley village is steeped in history, and many of the buildings have strong architectural features and are of great historical significance, while Horsley is close to the village of Wylam, the birthplace of George Stephenson, one of the early pioneers of the railway industry.
Along the road is Heddon-on-the-Wall which sits on the line of the old Hadrian’s Wall, still visible at the edge of the village, and the lovely town of Corbridge, which has history dating back to Roman times, is also nearby.
Just a little further on is the Tyne Valley town of Hexham with its abbey, old gaol and old town centre.
The vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne with its many pubs, shops, eateries, museums and other attractions is within driving distance and has something for everyone.
Horsley is an ideal base for exploring this part of Northumberland..
This property offers the following short breaks:
- Last minute
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