The climb up is spectacular and, once at the top, the views stretch for miles. There’s a spiritual feel to this whole place and it’s not a surprise to learn about its history – from monastery to farm to school, you can read all about it in your cosy cottage. A loaf of bread, eggs, butter and fresh flowers await along with a bag of goodies from Tully’s in Rothbury – Northumbrian biscuits, chocolate from Choc Affair, Berry Bros. & Rudd fizz and lots of other treats.
You’re off-grid (energy is supplied by solar and wind) and a massive wood-burner keeps you cosy with unlimited logs from wind-felled trees on the estate. Throws on beds and sofas are made from recycled plastic and are as soft as wool, mattresses are deep, duvets and pillows plump and the profound silence will lull you.
You have your own little garden with a barbecue and seating. Summer evenings with those views will be sublime, and then the stars come out.