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  1. Carol

    Verified purchase

    "S71987 is a lovely property. Nice and spacious with an enormous back garden laid to lawn which was much appreciated by the dog. The weather was not very kind to us - saw the night sky only once, but it would be lovely sat in the garden in the warmer season. Loved the Kielder castle visitors centre which is a short walk away and from there just minutes to the lakeside walk and a nice evening stroll as a final nights exercise for the dog. You are also able to walk up to the observatory in the Kielder forrest without getting the car out. The Keilder forrest and lake are man made and quite definitely designed with children and cyclists, in particular, in mind. This means the paths round the lake and to specific points are very good, mainly cinder tracks so flat and suitable for even wheelchairs. There are many routes off into the forrest but really designed for mountain biking. My grandsons would have adored it. Toilet facilities are good at the three main centres but we found none of the other facilities open apart from the cafe at Kielder Castle. There is a brilliant hide at the North shore walk (Kielder Castle end) and also at Kielder Castle end a lovely 1 mile walk past the Squirrel feeding station. We walked miles over the week but did not see a red squirrel and only 1 deer. Perhaps the wrong time of the year and poor weather conditions. Beware this is a very remote location and you need to either take everything with you or as we noticed many did use the Tesco delivery service. Very thoughtful of the owners to leave bread and a large container of milk and some wine!We drove into Hawick on a very rainy day some 24 miles away over the Scottish border. The only vehicle we saw on the way there were timber lorries heading into the forrest to collect loads - yes this is very much a working forrest. There are nice shops and supermarkets there. The other trip we did which was 1 hours drive away but well worth it was National Trust Homestead and Hadrian's Wall. Very atmospheric and stunning views. At the opposite end of the lake is a really nice little village called Falstone. Park at the Dam and walk down to it. It is very expensive parking in the Kielder Forrest. Ok if you are based somewhere else and just coming for the day it is not too bad. If we had gone walking from the various car parks over the week we would have had to spend £35 in parking fees - bit much given we spent the previous week near Whitby in Yorkshire and found wherever we went parking was free from 31st October to 1st March and yes there were free toilet facilities in the car parks.If you want to come to the forrest for a weeks walking or cycling on the wild side, S71987 is the place to choose because lots of facilities are this end of the lake and you can do a lot without having to pay car park fees. The locals are very friendly and will give you advice on where to go."
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  2. Jennifer

    Verified purchase

    "We spent a very enjoyable fortnight at the cottage, and found the property to be full of character and tastefully modernised. The setting is beautiful; very peaceful but not isolated, and the cottage is surrounded by attractive countryside. The owner Julie was very friendly and welcoming, and we really appreciated the welcome pack provided that included extras such as wine and chocolates. The use of a washing machine and a large outhouse for bike storage was very helpful, and it was great being able to use the wood burner and control the central heating ourselves. The kitchen appliances were easy to use, and as we were there for 2 weeks it was a bonus to have use of a chest freezer in the outhouse, as well as the freezer compartment within the kitchen fridge. In general the kitchen was well equipped for every day cooking/meal preparation, however in our opinion there were insufficient cups and other crockery items; we gave this feedback directly to the owner and she was happy to take on board for the future. The cottage is ideally located for country walks, and we particularly enjoyed being able to leave the car behind and walk to the village of Castle Carrock or the nearby Gelt Wood. Other places such as Brampton, Lanercost Priory, Birdoswold Roman Fort and Carlisle, were all easily accessible by car, as was Alston. Overall we had a relaxing stay in the cottage and found local people to be very friendly and welcoming - hopefully we will return another time. (A point to note about the layout of the cottage is that the small bedroom can only be accessed via the master bedroom, and they are separated by a single door.)"
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  3. Cuthbert

    Verified purchase

    "S71987 was a perfect base for our holiday. Gordon and Yvonne were most hospitable and had prepared the house to a high standard so everything was prepared for our arrival and we were very happy throughout our stay. The local amenities are limited, small shop, pub (the anglers) and the cafe at the castle - there is also a large bike shop and mountain bike activity seems to be popular though we didn't on this occasion we noted the large range of routes. We had two dogs with us and the forestry trails were perfect for our needs and the dark skies at night were full of stars. So if country living and simplicity are for you this is the ideal location. It is not an 'easy' place to reach the roads up from the A69 (turn off near Hexham to Belingham and up alongside Kielder Water etc.) are a bit better condition wise than the roads from the North down (off the A7) but which you use also depends where you are coming from. We would thoroughly recommend S71987, certainly for a couple, as we were, but also for a family as the second bedroom has full size beds and plenty of space. Rear garden is a very good size and enclosed and leads out into a small area of forest above the stream."
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  4. Samantha

    Verified purchase

    "We had a lovely new year at S18279. 3 out of the 4 bedrooms are plenty large enough for travel cots and the beds were comfortable. The best area is the kitchen diner, very modern and plenty of room for 8 adults and 3 babies at the table. there's plenty of crockery, pots and pans and utensils. A very well stocked kitchen however only one oven shelf made it very difficult to cook for everyone so the owners could perhaps invest in another shelf to make this a lot easier for large groups to cook meals to enjoy at the cottage. It was great to have the utility area and downstairs toilet plus extra shower. The area was lovely. Very quiet, few nice pubs, cafes and shops. The living room was cosy and nice garden and balconies for use in better weather. The sofas are probably past their shelf life but other than that a nice space. There's a small unloading area outside the cottage but then you have to park your car in the town free car park. Not a major issue unless everyone arrives at once but something to mention as it's not on the spec. All in all we had a lovely time thank you."
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  5. Bev

    Verified purchase

    "We've just returned from a wonderful 2 week stay, this is a place to truely relax. We ventured out to the Northumberland coast, and Hadrian's wall, but mainly stayed put and enjoyed the forest walks that are accessible straight from the front door. The castle cafe is wonderful, lovely home cooked food and lovely staff and dog friendly. The local pub is a little disappointing food was nice and staff friendly enough, but decor is just a bit run down. Unfortunately for the local community the small shop is closing down and running stocks down, so don't rely on this being there much longer. Tesco do deliver to this area, and the visitor centre at Waterside (about half way down the resevoir) sells basic provisions. A visit to the observatory is highly recommended, we didn't realise how popular this was and that people book months in advance, we were lucky to get 2 cancelled tickets on the clearest night of our stay, but if this is one of the reasons for booking here ( it's literally 5 mins drive) then look to book your spaces in advance to avoid disappointment."
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