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The Barn

Matfen, Northumberland (Ref. 1087596)


Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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8 Customer Review(s)

  • Bev

    “The Barn was so big and bright.”

    Fabulous stay just wished could have seen the sites, were at a wedding near by and so hangu for us to get to the venue with local taxi recommended by Cilla. Lovely accommodation and views beautiful. Quiet, peaceful, if you need a relaxing stay it us perfect. We will be back. Bev

    Fabulous stay just wished could have seen the sites, were at a wedding near by and so hangu for us to get to the venue with local taxi recommended by Cilla. Lovely accommodation and views beautiful. Quiet, peaceful, if you need a relaxing stay it us perfect. We will be back. Bev

    - Bev, October 2023


  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x lower-ground-floor king-size with freestanding bath, heated towel rail and en-suite cloakroom with basin and WC
  • 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Access to field with picnic bench
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome (please refer to notes below)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.1 miles
  • Newcastle International airport 14 miles
  • Note: There is livestock around the property (sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, horses) - Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, and are permitted in the entrance hall and living area only please
  • Note: The competition horses and stables near the barn are out of bounds to guests for safety reasons
  • Note: Stabling for two horses and use of international size arena available to rent - Please contact the owner directly to arrange
  • Note: Due to surrounding livestock and the layout of the bedrooms, which are located on different floors, this property does not allow children under 7
  • Note: Upon entering the porch, there are stone steps up to the ground floor, please take care
  • Note: Sorry, no stag/hen parties or similar

The property

Matfen 1.9 miles. A fabulous recently converted 17th century water mill, The Barn is nestled in the Northumberland countryside on the outskirts of Matfen. Set over three floors, this quirky property is the perfect base for a family or group of four with beautiful features throughout. Ample off-road parking ensures an easy arrival and time to take in the tranquil, rural surroundings before stepping inside the picturesque cottage. Be welcomed by a handy porch to leave your boots and follow the steps up to the social heart of the house. Feel the warmth of the underfloor heating as you step into the open-plan living/dining room; vaulted ceilings and stunning beams overhead make for a spacious room to unwind by the warmth of the woodburning stove, sink into the plush corner sofa for a movie night on the Smart TV, or grab a book from the generous book shelves. Rustic meets charming décor in this delightful home, such as pretty artwork, colourful rugs and quirky heart-shaped seats at the dining table, fit for four guests to tuck into a hearty meal. A contemporary, galley-style kitchen is nicely presented with key amenities for your self-catering holiday, including an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Two guests benefit from the master bedroom on the lower-ground-floor; stand at the top of the stairs to admire the wooden beams and lovely furnishings throughout, such as a king-size bed, vintage dressing table, en-suite cloakroom and a freestanding bath waiting to be filled with bubbles. Up on the first floor, find a pleasant twin room with access to the neighbouring, beautifully-appointed shower room. Pack a lunch and head into the field at the back of The Barn, where a peaceful picnic bench beside the brook awaits, and the St Oswald's Way footpath leads directly to Hadrian’s Wall, around a mile away. You'll be in a great location for exploring Northumberland, with a prehistoric standing stone and the Roman road, The Devil's Causeway, leading to picturesque towns and villages. Take a short journey into the centre of Matfen to start your day with breakfast at Dulcissima coffee house and deli, where you can also pick up self-catering essentials, whilst the Matfen Black Bull serves delicious evening meals. The Grade II listed Maften Hall county hotel, spa and golf estate is within walking distance with restaurants, a championship 9 hole golf course and spa days on offer for those seeking relaxation. Those seeking adventure will enjoy the tree-top crossings at Go Ape, less than a mile away. Spend the day in the historic market town of Hexham with its selection of great restaurants and a cinema - Discover the medieval Hexham Abbey, wander through the quaint Sele park and gardens and stop off in one of the many pubs or cafés. The nearby Roman settlement of Corbridge also offers a selection of cafes, historic pubs, boutiques and antiques shops. Newcastle upon Tyne and its brilliant attractions are within easy reach, whether that's to discover history and art in one of the museums or galleries, such as the popular Biscuit Factory gallery, taking a tour through the fascinating Victoria Tunnel, or dressing up for an evening in of Britain's best cities for nightlife. Discover Northumberland National Park, known for the quality of its night skies and Kielder Observatory, be sure to venture into the spectacular landscapes to escape the hustle and bustle; The property is also within an hours drive of the beach. Make The Barn your home-away-from-home for making memories with your loved ones.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


Hexham 10.5 miles; Newcastle-upon-Tyne 18.2 miles; Sunderland 31 miles.

Situated in the Northumberland countryside is the village of Matfen, a charming settlement found just under twenty miles from the bustling city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Centered around the Matfen Burn is the heart of the village which is home to Matfen Village Store and Café, a welcoming spot to pick up your self-catering essentials, and Matfen Black Bull, a delightful country local pub for enjoying a well-deserved drink after a day of roaming the beautiful area. Just a few miles north is the historic Hadrian's Wall with a prehistoric standing stone located nearby, Stob Stone reaching around seven-feet high, a grade pit-stop during a walk, whilst the Roman road, The Devil's Causeway, passes the village to the west leading north up to Berwick-upon-Tweed, providing a great way to explore. Discover the Grade II listed Matfen Hall, now a country club and hotel with a golf club set within delightful grounds, enjoy an indulgent spa day here or play a round of golf on the excellent course. Adventurers can embark on an epic experience at Go Ape Matfen where you can jump through the tree-tops around the thrilling canopy rope course, whilst a session of quad-biking with Turboventure will really awaken the senses!

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Off-season
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  • Christmas