We are located in an idyllic setting just 3 miles from the small market town of Rothbury in Upper Coquetdale and on the edge of the stunning Northumberland National Park. Within 25 minutes drive is Alnwick and the beaches and castles of the awe inspiring Northumberland Coast (AONB). Hadrian's Wall lies around 30 miles (and a wonderful drive through Border Reiver Country) to the south west while the Scottish Borders are the same distance to the north.
The farm itself has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England and we also take part in their Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. There is an abundance of wildlife on the farm including deer, otters, stoats, buzzards as well as garden birds galore. We even have a resident moorhen who frequently nests on the pond and who you'll often see scurrying around the garden.
There are a number of bike rides and walks direct from the front door. Simonside on the opposite side of the valley is a popular walk that affords great 360 degree views over Northumberland after a relatively short climb. Alternatively, within 5 minutes you can be in the heart of Northumberland National Park which has some of the best walking in England. The superb Windy Gyle and Border Ridge loop is a must!
The quiet roads, rolling hills and great scenery mean that there is no shortage of routes for cyclists either - whether you're mountain biking or sticking to the roads. Harwood Forest and Thrunton Woods are popular mountain biking spots but there are some far less well known rides that are just as good. Whittingham Vale, the Cheviot foothills, Redesdale and the upper reaches of the Coquet Valley all offer some very memorable rides for road bikes.
We'd be more than happy to suggest possible itineraries, rides, walks, days out and places of interest for you to take in during your time in the area. Tim loves nothing more than to talk about Northumberland to anyone who'll listen!
Our secluded location away from sources of light pollution means Westfield is a great spot for star gazers. The photo to the left shows our shepherd's hut Leveret beneath the Orion constellations.