Middle & East Cottages, Southlands Farm

Hexham, Northumberland
+44 (0)1434 681464 / +44 (0)78764 55620

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

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

  • We farm Dexter cattle, producing delicious mature beef, some of which we supply to The Feathers Inn (Another Sawdays gem) and some of which you can buy in the farm shop.
  • There are several walks from Southlands detailed in our welcome book as well as lots of local places and activities for you to go and do, which we will email you when you book.
  • When we have surplus veg we are happy to give them to guests.
  • You can walk across out fields to the pub.


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.