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Tows Bank Cottage


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Coanwood, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland
Grade 3 Star rating
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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Pets 2
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Outdoor or active guests will be in their element in Northumberland’s fabulous walking and cycling country or at Kielder Water.

Tows Bank Cottage is a comfortable, cosy base for a relaxing, away-from-it-all holiday, or if outdoor activities are your idea of heaven. Set in an elevated position with fields and hillsides rolling away to the distance, this traditional holiday cottage has a feature stone wall in the living room. It is just 10 minutes’ drive from the market town of Haltwhistle and 3 miles further to Hadrian’s Wall. This is fabulous walking and cycling country with twenty two circular walks, the Haltwhistle Rings, the Pennine Way and numerous walks along Hadrian’s Wall all there to be enjoyed. Explore the world famous sites of Vindolanda and Housesteads Roman forts (English Heritage) along the way. Haltwhistle has a number of tea shops, pubs and restaurants to choose from along with good local shops, while the activities at Kielder Water make for a great day out. Visit the lovely Northumbrian towns and villages around Hexham or head west 10 miles to Brampton. Shops, pubs and restaurants 6½ miles.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/dining room: With wood burner, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and flagstone floor.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With double bed (access from one side only).
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed and single bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Initial logs for wood burner included. Small enclosed garden. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2018
    Second stay at Tows Bank cottage very warm and clean, Wi-fi extremely slow, Parking not allowed at front gate by farmer, The small double bed is very uncomfortable as I said on my previous stay, It really needs changing before I would stay again, Lovely location, No blind at kitchen or bathroom windows for privacy?

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/10/2018
    This is the best cottage we have stayed in. Inside it is spacious and cosy and very clean and comfortable. The Bedding was immaculate and the location is beautiful. If you like star gazing it is the ideal location for you, as it gets very dark at night and you can see everything in the nights sky. If you have dogs and you like long walks there are plenty of walks for you to enjoy. The only negative point I would mention is the chickens that are literally everywhere. While I love the countryside and seeing chickens that are free to roam around on their own, they were a bit of a nuisance. We spent the whole 2 weeks trying to stop our dog from going for them as they kept coming in the garden. I have not reflected this in the scores as this is not the fault of the owners and it really is a beautiful place. Just be aware that it’s situated on a working farm so if your dog likes to chase livestock or is not impeccably behaved then it could be an issue. Overall though it’s a 10 from us. We are already planning on returning very soon.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/09/2018
    The cottage is wonderful very rural with lovely views across the valley very quiet and at night very dark which if you live in a town is rare. Inside is comfortable but do bring slippers as the stone kitchen floor in bare or stocking feet isn't too good. We over packed as there is so much provided by the owners or by renters like sugar tea all you need for washing up cleaning etc. The chickens are friendly and even see a couple of pheasants, the only person you see is the farmer feeding the chickens. The cottage is warm and comfortable when the fires are lit its so homely. We were there during storm Ali so decided to play board games in the kitchen with the fire on it was very relaxing and watching the storm outside even the chickens hit in the barn or by the wall. Just a warning make sure you have all your shopping or its another 5 miles back to the shops. The WiFi seemed pretty useless but if you have mobile data you get a good signal in the cottage. The biggest downside is that at the end of the holiday you have to leave.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2018
    the cottage was comfortable but in the centre of run down farm buildings and at the bottom a very steep unmade track

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/04/2018
    Stayed at the cottage for 4 days early April. The cottage itself is at the end of a long rough track in the middle of farmland; Google Maps frequently said no route found, but just follow the small Tows Bank signs downhill and persevere with it. Street view helped, then add a flag and save the location yourself. Once at the cottage, the location and view is breathtaking; the cottage is perched 3/4 of the way up a deep valley side, with complete views across the valley to the other side, an open vista that goes on for miles and miles. The cottage is actually part of a complex of farm buildings and is sited in the middle of a small holding for sheep & chickens, run by a really friendly farmer, with the freshest possible eggs for £2.50 for a dozen. They are obviously free range, as the chickens roam around the parking area and the yard directly in front of the cottage, and often we had to get the children to herd them out of the way of the cars when we were setting off and returning. Being April, there was an abundance of very small lambs running around in the close by fields, visible through the windows. The driveway at the side of the cottage is narrow, but it was long enough to get two large family estates onto it. Getting out is tricky without beaching the car onto the mud slope, but with just a modicum of scrabbling and dash lights flashing, both cars managed fine. Once inside the cottage, all six of us were very impressed; it has a great cosy but nicely modernised feel to it, and we all relaxed with a coffee and biscuits straight away. Downstairs through the front door there is a porch area for removing boots and coats, hanging up dog leads, drying umbrellas etc. This leads into a hallway which connects the lounge, shower room and kitchen. The lounge is very spacious with comfy seating for seven, a TV, DVD, WiFi box and a solid fuel stove. Feels freshly renovated; still fluff coming out of new carpet. The chimney may need looking at; even with the damper open, a lot of wood and coal smoke kept coming back into the room. The kitchen is easily big enough for the six of us, but if your group is the full seven, there is no seat at the table. The kitchen kit and cupboards has a new feel to it, helped by a modern electric cooker and electric hob plus microwave and fridge freezer. The freezer is only small though. There is also a solid fuel stove, but we didn't use it. Couple of things to note are the extractor fan does not extract outside, so only has a limited effect to remove steam from pans, and there are no cupboards available to put food but plenty of room in the fridge and on the window sills. The shower room downstairs feels brand new; lovely fitted shower cubicle with lashings of hot water, new white ware, heated towel rail. Well finished off too. Upstairs, the layout for sleeping worked fine for us, two adults in a large main double room, two adults in a smaller double room and two children in a room that has bunk beds and a single bed. The children ran some sort of rotation system for who was in top bunk or the single bed. Most rooms are beautifully decorated; only pointer about the bedrooms is that the smaller double is looking a bit tired and could do with redecorating, although from the look of the other bedrooms, this room is the last on the list. There was also a bathroom upstairs, with a shower off the bath taps that clips in higher up the wall. The children were banished from this one, as there is no screen for the shower. Overall, we decided the cottage was 8 out of 10; very cosy, well heated with central heating, spacious enough for two children plus they played in the yard with wellies on quite a bit once the rain had stopped. There is ample stuff to do around and about; as ever, TripAdvisor, Google, whatever your choice will provide things to see and do and places to go. Only a handful of things stop it being a 10; no back garden for the little ones was our main issue; a group of all adults would be fine. The second double bedroom is not up to muster and the chimney/ stove in the front room needs a good coat of looking at. Also, the kitchen was constantly steamy, as the extractor fan doesn't extract steam.

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8.0 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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