Drive three miles from the main road and over cattle grids through spectacular scenery to arrive at (almost) the top of the world. Terri and Matthew, who live on site, have renovated these four guest cottages themselves along the greenest lines with electricity provided by solar panels and wind turbines.
Find a welcome hamper from Tully’s of Rothbury and a bottle of champagne, an endless supply of logs for the wood-burner, books, DVDs and board games. In summer you can spill out into the enclosed garden and barbecue your supper as the sun sets. On clear nights you’ll marvel at the stars – this is a Dark Sky area.
Wonderful walks through the Coquet valley and up into the Coquetdale hills start from the door; bring binoculars if you like bird-watching, or bikes for challenging climbs. Walk three miles to Harbottle for a pint, explore Rothbury, visit Cragside or drive a bit further for the whitest, sandiest beaches with proper dunes.