The whole hamlet has a fascinating history – there’s been a settlement of sorts here since the 1100s – and the atmosphere is very special. It’s off-grid but there’s not a scrap of hair shirt about it. The kitchen has a warming Aga, a wood-burner belts out the heat with unlimited logs and the welcome hamper from Tully’s of Rothbury is bulging with nice things including chocolate and fizz.
Walk all day from the cottage without coming across another soul. Cyclists will head to Kidland forest for an off road circular route with a long section by the river, artists and writers will steep themselves in the peaceful, creative vibe, wildlife lovers will like watching the bird feeders in the garden and feeding Bertie and Cyril, the resident red squirrels.
Evenings in summer will be spent by the barbecue in the garden and clear skies at any time of year will reveal a starry blanket when it’s dark. Sleep peacefully in well-dressed beds.