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A colourful and creative country retreat, complete with hot tub and dedicated entertainment barn, beautifully secluded in rural Northumberland.

Set within 700 acres of rolling Northumberland countryside, surrounded by outrageously scenic country footpaths and bridleways, and accented by a huge, ever-changing sky, Walltown Byre has a lot to offer those who love getting lost in spectacular views.

That goes for the interiors just as much as the amazing rural scenery, by the way. The 17th century retreat's owner, Sabina Forwood, is also an artist who has filled the property to the brim with colour and creativity.

Dog-friendly, and sleeping up to six guests, there's no reason for anyone to miss out on all the fun and relaxation to be had at Walltown Byre, which includes its very own hot tub, heated kennels, and a dedicated entertainment barn with a huge cinema screen, a ping pong table, and an electric piano!

‘Byre' is the old English word for ‘cowshed', though you won't find much trace of the stone building's former residents here. The luxurious open-plan design is sociable and light-filled, containing plenty of space for everybody to stretch out and relax, surrounded by quirky pieces of art, vintage fabrics, upcycled furnishings, and rich, vibrant colours.

Original stone arches form a natural divide between the lounge and dining areas, while the gorgeous, pillar-box red kitchen is a joy to cook in - all set off by those amazing countryside views.

Then, there are three awe-inspiring bedrooms to choose from.  The master kingsize room features a beautiful arched window with a seat for you to gaze lazily out over the fields, and a sumptuous en-suite with a large bath.  

The downy twin room comes complete with an en-suite shower room, while the third en-suite room also features twin beds, with warm, richly coloured furnishings.

Claim your favourite sleeping space, then head outside with a well-deserved welcome drink. Be warned, however: the views here can get seriously addictive, whether you're enjoying them from your furnished patio, the enclosed gravelled courtyard that faces the North Pennines, or your bubbling, six-person hot tub.

If you're moved to leave at any point (we know, it'll be a difficult decision!) there's plenty to captivate your attention in the surrounding area. Northumberland is Hadrian country after all, so why not begin with the Hadrian's Wall National Trail, a designated World Heritage site that passes through some of the finest countryside you'll ever set eyes upon?

In the mood to be spoilt?  You've got the option to return to your byre not simply to greet the sunset, but to enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by Lucy, the friendly property manager (and an excellent chef!) Catering options span everything from a full-service meal or a hearty breakfast, to a delicious packed lunch to take on your travels.

With every last sensory detail so well covered, there's only one thing left for you to do. Enjoy your holiday!

Things to note

Arrive on Friday at 4pm (arrival day can be flexible during low season), depart by 10am. A highchair and travel cot are provided. Dogs are welcome at an additional charge per dog, to be kept in the heated kennels until clean and dry, and on a lead in the immediate vicinity due to livestock on the working farm site.

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"Fantastic pad! Great facilities and the location is brilliant - so close to The Wall and museums etc. Had a good time and privileged to be first to review."

"A fantastic and beautifully decorated barn located right by Hadrian's Wall in wonderful Northumbria. Wonderful experience of sitting on a frosty night in a heated jacuzzi looking up at the Milky Way in the dark skies. Walking distance to Hadrian's Wall and the Roman Army museum, there is certainly plenty of culture. The host Lucy was very welcoming and made the place very inviting plus she can offer to cook fantastic meals at extra cost. What with the most astonishing cinema room I've ever seen, it's hard to fault this place. Definitely would love to return, and so would our dog, who loved his walks. A big hit all round!""

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The basics

Region: Haltwhistle, Northumberland
Cost (from): £596 (3 nights)
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4
Minimum stay: 2 nights (7 in high season)
Property ref: 1330


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Single-level country retreat, sleeping 6 guests.  Enter into open plan kitchen, dining and living area (9m x 5m): extendable dining table with seating for 12, writing desk, WiFi printer, large sofa, armchairs, electric stove, Smart TV, selection of books and games, three floor-to-ceiling windows with access to courtyard and patio.  Kitchen: integrated appliances, large island unit/breakfast bar area with 4 bar stools, 4 ring ceramic hob, 3 drawer freezer, dishwasher, large fridge, single oven, combi microwave. Utility room: separate sink, washing machine and dryer, leads into shower room/wet room: shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC, drying pulley.  Hallway to separate 3m x 7m cinema/games room: ping pong table, electric piano, large sofa, 2 armchairs, large cinema screen (3m x 1.7m) projector (TV, DVD, streaming or HDMI laptop connection).  Hallway to bedrooms.  Bedroom one: king size bed, two side tables, arched window with door opening, window seat, hanging hook, small storage cabinet.  En-suite bathroom: large bath (1800mm) shower over, heated towel rail, basin, WC.  Bedroom two: 3' twin beds, two armchairs, side table, small chest of drawers, hanging hook. Steps down to en-suite bathroom: large shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC.  Steps down to bedroom three: twin beds, chest of drawers, armchair, hanging hook, small wardrobe.  Steps up to en-suite bathroom: shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.  Exterior: gravelled South-facing courtyard, patio area with garden furniture for 8/10 guests.  Six-person hot tub.  Private parking.  Provided: linen, towels, toiletries, robes and slippers.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, World Heritage sites, historic monuments, Roman ruins, nature watching, watersports, golf, beaches.

At a glance

  • A unique, quirky, dog-friendly retreat for six guests, complete with hot tub and dedicated entertainment barn, secluded amongst 700 acres of Northumberland countryside.
  • Expect plenty of art, colour, and creative touches throughout - if you like bland interiors then this retreat is not for you!
  • There are three en-suite bedrooms, one kingsize and two twin rooms.
  • The entertainment barn comes equipped with a huge cinema screen, a ping pong table, and an electric piano...something for everyone!
  • Walk the World Heritage Hadrian's Wall National Trail, with the option to return to a delicious meal prepared by the property manager Lucy, an excellent chef who can arrange a wealth of catering options for your stay.

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