Demoiselle

UK England North East England Northumberland Westfield House Farm

  • Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom

The Owner Says

Demoiselle is an en-suite shepherd's hut with full size double bed and bunk (which comfortably sleeps two children), en-suite shower and loo, kitchen, wood burning stove and electricity. Demoiselle is approximately 18ft x 9ft with an additional 4ft external veranda. Outside the hut there is a campfire and seating.

Features & Facilities

All huts are fully en suite (shower and loo), have electricity and a wood burning stove. The in-hut kitchen features a Belfast sink, 4-ring gas hobs, an oven, storage and all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you'll need. Leveret has a full-sized double bed, while Demoiselle, also has a full double, plus an additional bunk bed for 2 children. Outdoor furniture and campfire tripods provided. The whole farm is part of Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and includes it’s own Site of Special Scientific Interest and working hay meadow. Lambs in the surrounding meadows from late March–late May.

Activities

There are a number of good walks direct from the front door of the huts, which offer some great views over Coquetdale, the Wreigh Burn and River Coquet. It's 3 miles to Cragside (01669 620333), a Victorian country house that was once home to quirky inventor and scientist William Armstrong. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power, with Armstrong building dams and creating lakes on the estate to power a sawmill, a water-powered laundry, early versions of a dishwasher and even a hydroelectric rotisserie. Now looked after by the National Trust, it's an intriguing day out for all ages. On the edge of Northumberland National Park, Westfield House Farm offers some superb hiking, mountain biking and wild swimming. Further afield, but still an easy drive away, are the Northumberland Coast AONB, Alnwick and Hadrian’s Wall.

Food & Drink

Rothbury offers some great local independent shops including a butcher, deli, 2 bakeries and Tully’s (01669 620574), an independent food shop where you can pick up some Craster kippers. Bread from Rothbury’s Greenwell Bakery (01669 620546), free range eggs and bacon from local butcher are provided in the huts. The Three Wheat Heads in Thropton (01669 620262) is the nearest pub and offers a large menu and easy dining. The Narrow Nick in Rothbury (07707 703182) is a great little micro pub offering craft beers and a variety of gins. If you're heading further afield, Mizen Head in Bamburgh (01668 214254) is fantastic for seafood, as is The Old Boathouse in Amble (01665 711232), with a top location right by the harbour. The Pack Horse Inn in Ellingham (01665 589 292) has the best beer garden, while Nadon Thai in Morpeth (01670 458151) win's our award for the best hidden gem – despite its unassuming location above a chippy, this small Thai restaurant is exceptional (take-away also available).
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Getting There

If approaching from the east, drive straight through Rothbury then a couple of miles along the B6341 on to Thropton. Drive through Thropton and Westfield House Farm is the first turn on your right, no more than 1 mile outside Thropton Village. You will see a Westfield House Farm sign on the verge. The easiest way to travel to Westfield House Farm is by car, however there are (limited) public transport options. The nearest train stations are at Alnmouth and Morpeth (both about 19 miles away and on the main east coast main line). Thropton (a mile from the front door) has hourly buses throughout the day to and from Newcastle and Morpeth. The journey time is about 45 minutes to/from Morpeth and 1 hour 20 to/from Newcastle.