Set within the National Park just four miles from Otterburn, this Grade II listed bastle, or fortified house, was built in the 1580s to defend its inhabitants from the attacks of the Border Reivers. It has has been converted into a quirky holiday cottage and is situated inside the Bremenium Roman Fort, itself built on an Iron Age site, surrounded by evidence of its Roman past, including the visible remains of the gates to the fort, Roman crematoria on Dere Street and grassy outlines of buildings beneath. Today it provides a simple, peaceful, cosy retreat in north west Northumberland, and several rivers and streams are within an easy walk. The area is a designated Dark Sky Park making this an idyllic retreat for stargazers or astronomers.
The Scottish border and northern stretch of the Pennine Way are just six miles away across moors. It makes an ideal base from which to explore the Borders, Jedburgh 30 minutes, the Coquet valley and Cheviot Hills, Coquetdale 20 minutes, the Elsdon Valley and Simonside Hills, Rothbury 30 minutes, the North Tyne Valley, Bellingham 20 minutes, Hadrian’s Wall and Tynedale. 30 minutes to the south. Kielder Forest is 10 minutes away, with Kielder Water 45 minutes’ drive, ideal for sailors, mountain-bikers and birdwatchers (ospreys nest annually). Nearby tourist attractions also include National Trust properties at Wallington and Cragside, Roman forts and museums at Chesters, Corbridge, Housesteads and Vindolanda and the intriguing gardens of Belsay Hall and Alnwick Castle. The glorious Northumbrian coast makes a wonderful day out and a trip to the Farne Islands can be taken to see the seals and wildlife.
Ground Floor: The property has solid fuel heating, electric underfloor heating and portable electric heaters, and comprises:
Lounge: With stone floor, wood burner and DVD projector (no TV).
Kitchen/dining room: Farmhouse style with stone floor, electric hob/hotplate, solid fuel Rayburn, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with super king size bed, decorative fireplace and walk-in wardrobe and en-suite with WC.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed and bunk bed (for children).
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.
All solid fuel, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.