The Hemmel

Morpeth, Northumberland
+44 (0)1669 650472

Serene, panoramic views from picture windows at this off-grid romantic bolthole in the hills with a cosy wood-burner and local treats


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The journey up here is half the adventure, going slow is the key and you should start to wind down as the views get better the higher you climb. Terri and Matthew have created a wonderful cluster of holiday homes on what was once a monastery (there is still an extraordinarily spiritual vibe up here) and then a school for local farmers’ children. The history is palpable.

Inside is scrupulously shiny and modern with leather sofas and a big TV screen so if it rains you’ll stay cosy inside. The kitchen is sleek with granite work surfaces, space for prepping and a big fridge so you don’t have to stock up too often. A thoughtful welcome hamper is full of local treats including Northumberland biscuits, chocolates from Choc Affair in Yorkshire and some English fizz.

Stride the hills along ancient sheep paths, sit in your own garden admiring the views and looking out for red squirrels, or having a barbecue on long summer evenings.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking all day. You probably won't meet another soul, just sheep
  • Returning to such a warm, cosy space
  • The sense of history and the profound peace and quiet
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You should know

  • The track up won't suit low slung vehicles and can be tricky in winter
  • No dishwasher - off-grid power unable to supply that and a washing machine
  • WiFi quite slow so streaming can buffer


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £580
Damage deposit
1 House for 2
From £851 bedroom


You'll feel very private here, with lovely views facing nothing but the rugged countryside and hills. Look out for the red squirrels who come to feed, walk, cycle (tough getting back but grand views), bring all you need and hunker in. It will suit anybody who loves nature and the great outdoors.

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The neighbourhood

This is Border country in the upper Coquet Valley - famous for reivers, Romans and rivers. Walking and cycling through Kidland forest is superb. The nearest village is Alwinton which has a small pub, Harbottle has a good village pub which also serves as a shop and Pizzeria La Stella. The nearest bigger place is Rothbury, a nice little market town with some independent shops.

Local points of interest from Terri & Matthew Stock

  • Visit Craigside House! A wonderful day out for the whole family and doggies too. Building camps in the woods, nature trails, kayaking and canoeing on the lake. Beautiful gardens and house full of local history and inventions. Our favourite place to go!
  • For Harry Potter fans! Alnwick Castle is a fantastic day out for all the family. Learn about the history of Alnwick and enjoy the beautiful award-winning gardens created by The Duchess of Northumberland. Activities, concerts and magical fun!
  • Barter Books is one of the biggest second-hand book stores in the country. Great for rainy days. Preserved beautifully it is located in the old Alnwick Train Station. Sit, read and relax with a cuppa in restored waiting rooms with open fires. Dogs welcome
  • Holy Island and the Farne Islands are a great day out. Spot seals and puffins as you travel by boat. Visit the home of Grace Darling, Longstone Light House and find out how her amazing courage inspired the first life boats to patrol our shores.


Terri & Matthew Stock

Terri and Matthew moved to Kidlandlee Estate from Kent in 2017 with their children and two Labradors. Matthew had a renovation business which he has put to good use on the cottages and buildings, and Terri was a stage manager in the theatre in London for a number of years. They hope their guests enjoy the peace and tranquillity, have fun exploring the hills, valleys and beaches and totally unwind during their stay.