Just a warning to others. After reading so many 5 star reviews our faces fell on arrival. We paid a lot for what I can only describe as substandard accommodation. There was no welcoming lit fire despite cool temperatures and torrential rain. Greasy cutlery, dirty chipped crockery, gloomy space with only a tasteless half frozen cake left for a welcome. The surfaces and bedding were clean but the place felt like it needed a deep clean. The bathrooms were very poor in quality, the water pressure was meagre making a bath impossible and a shower hardly worth it. A mixer tap for the sink compounded the issue so that the hot water dribbled out for a full five mins in the morning before getting hot, an ordeal. One cupboard for clothes in the twin bedroom was full of rubble and loose electrical wires. Holes in the walls next to sockets. Switches placed directly below coat hooks. Health and safety is not a concern here.
Really disappointed felt we had been ripped off with the high price. Came to visit the area for the Dog walking, swimming pool/games room and 5 star reviews, but we could only give it 2 stars.
Positive: Dog Friendly great for walking outside the door.
Log burning stove
Negative: Games room dirty/ unkempt
Swimming pool did not look very clean (others did use it)
An unloved, uncared for place that is set in a lovely remote place with scope for so much more. Oh I forgot the rough road kept that way to slow drivers down!
Despite all this and torrential rain for the week we made the most of it visiting many of the areas attractions.
We have just returned from a most enjoyable 4 days at the farm.
We are a family of five, three children and two labradors. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were made to feel really welcome. Especially the children. We had a very cosy cottage ( Hawthorne ). Very clean and had everything we needed. We enjoyed exploring the farm, the forest and the stream. We also had great fun in the swimming pool and games room. Susan and Andrew were very welcoming and informative.
We particularly enjoyed the company of Sadie.
If you are considering taking a holiday here I would strongly encourage you to do so. You will not regret it!
We booked the cottage "High Tipalt" for a week in early October the weather was initially very windy and wet, but it cleared into a beautiful week.we were there with two other couples and their dogs who were very welcome. The open fire in the living room kept the cottage lovely and warm and the views of the open countryside were second to none.
If your looking for somewhere in the middle of nowhere this is the place. The nearest big town Hexham in roughly 40 mins away.
The drive to the cottage takes you over the wall at Caw Pass and a further 2-3 miles takes you onto an unmade road down to the farm.
The cottage has its own washing machine with a laundry room across the yard with a great dryer to get your washing dry.
One down side was that of the three bedrooms only one had a shower with the other two having baths and the water pressure was very poor and it took around half an hour to run a bath in the morning.
In general the cottage lived up to its hype. For a very rural, out of the way cottage where you are left to your own devices and you have an interest in Roman history this is definitely the place to go.
Take advantage of the farm dogs Sadie and Heidi's company, something to eat and their your friends for the stay.
Recently back from a 7 day stay at High Tipalt Cottage, a proper country cottage with stone floors, beamed ceilings and full of character features. We agree totally with all the positive comments posted so we won’t repeat them here. Our adult children (and partners) joined us over the weekend so we took advantage not only the numerous games room facilities but also the cottages had access to a discounted Clay Pigeon shooting school which could be arranged in the nearby fields on the farm. I was originally concerned over the noise as it was so peaceful and quiet but assured by other residents the noise was hardly noticeable for the couple of hours it took. The guys who set it up for us were both friendly & patient and a great time was had by all.
If you are not frightened to be prise yourself away from your phone, emails and social media, willing to wait until the cattle standing on the road decide to move when they are ready, love dogs (either your own or a “borrowed” farm dog or two), willing to entertain yourself, appreciate walking in the open country side and enjoy cooking your own food then this is a perfect place for you.
Really relaxing and highly recommended. Loved it.
We stayed for a family holiday for one week we got back on Friday. Our family consists of us the parents our five children boys and girls ages from 7 to 23 and our girls partners also joined us along with 2 of our Spaniels. We stayed in Hawthorn on arrival we had a gorgeous chocolate cake waiting for us which we thought is a really special touch but even better we were greeted by the fabulous Sadie , Meg , Heidi and Rob . The cottage is absolutely beautiful and the surroundings are stunning. The pool is wonderful as is the games room they are great additions .Susan and Andrew the owners are just the nicest people so friendly and very helpful. We visited Hadrian Wall and the Museum which we thought was brilliant and beautifully maintained definitely worth a visit . We all had a great time at the cottage and went on some beautiful walks with ALL of the dogs they all got along great i looked forward to opening the door each morning for them to troop in for breakfast with us . The cottage is beautiful and the beds so comfortable it contains everything you need fridge freezer , cooker ,microwave, dishwasher etc . There was nothing better having a glass of red on the patio taking in the view . The kids have all said they would love to return. So we have already been in touch with Susan and have booked up to go back for our wedding Anniversary in Feb but just me the hubby and the dogs shhhh don't tell the kids !!! Highly recommend Scotchcoultard it's a hidden gem .