East Cottage, Southlands Farm

Hexham, Northumberland

An eco-cosy byre and granary a brisk walk from a hamlet and a great pub. Sizzling breakfasts or home-cooked suppers on request!


2 places


Sleeping from 2 – 4


You’ll fall in love with this rugged county, for its beauty and its space; no crowds, no traffic jams, no rush. Stay in a 19th-century byre and a granary (the original feeding troughs stand outside, spilling flowers in summer), immaculately converted, alongside two others, in an eco-friendly way. Solar panels heat the water, the logs are on the house, electricity comes from renewable sources. Step into East Cottage to find a light modern space with soaring ceilings, tiles warm underfoot, bright rugs and cushions and a wood-burning stove. The kitchen glows at the other end: hand-built Shaker-style units, granite tops, an old pine dresser with plenty of china, a table for lazy breakfasts; owner Dee delivers a sizzling full English if you want, all local and seasonal. Up the spiral stairs are super bedrooms with buttermilk walls, wooden floors, pastel-striped blankets and exquisite beds; bathrooms are dazzling white, the twin has a wet room, the towels are thick and white. You can walk to a superb pub; or take a sundowner to the patio, and choose a home-cooked supper from the honesty freezer.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Buy home-produced rare breed Dexter beef and pork sausages from the owners’ farm shop.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Drying room, towels and Bonedrybed dog bed. Advice on walks, and hose pipe area for muddy paws. Birthday cakes on request and 37 acres to explore.

Dogs £30 per stay. Max. 2.

North Tyne river walks, a stream to splash in and a public footpath right by the gate.


Nightly price
from £51
Weekly price
from £360
1 Cottage for 2
From £511 bedroom
1 Cottage for 4
From £572 bedrooms


Spent a friendly, relaxing week at Southlands Farm, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Lots of good walks straight from the door, and after a day exploring historical sites such as Vindolanda on the Roman Wall and visiting some lovely gardens, Wallington in particular, it was so nice to come back to Middle Cottage and light the woodburner. Thank you, Charles and Dee, for your friendly welcome. We will be back to see you again soon. And those steaks were delicious! Sally and Ken, Norfolk.

Ken, Briston norfolk

We had a wonderful week staying in East cottage at Southlands. A warm and friendly welcome from Dee and Charles and a beautiful basket of eggs, marmalade, chutney and sausages set the tone for the week. Sunny days were spent out walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside, when the weather closed in we sat by the roaring fire. This is truly a special place to stay that will give joy at all seasons. Don't forget to buy some of Dee and Charles' exceptional Dexter beef as well!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Charles & Dee McGowan

  • To find out what's going on here and locally; visit our blog, which can be accessed from our website.
  • You can now bring ponies as well as dogs.
  • You are welcome to any surplus veg we may have.
  • Our own sausages, bacon, gammon and Dexter beef are usually available.
  • We have been awarded the Green Business Scheme GOLD AWARD


Charles & Dee McGowan

Your friendly and energetic hosts don’t just confine their activities to running the farm. Dee is an artist with a studio in the courtyard and also enjoys gardening, flower arranging and cooking. Charles restores classic cars in his workshop and does some artisan blacksmithing on the side – look out for his ironwork in the cottages. He’s also a keen fisherman who can advise on fly-fishing on request.