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Westfield House Farm
Westfield House Farm is far more than just a farm. In fact, though cattle graze the surrounding Northumbrian meadows and lambs buoyantly bleat their greet in spring, the agricultural antics, today, are more of a backdrop. The old stone farmhouse is now a homely B&B – think chunky exposed beams and open fireplaces – while much of the land has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and chirps with the sound of lapwings, curlews and red-legged partridge, among others. Yes, it’s more of a rurally based natural wilderness than a farm. And in the heart of it all lies the perfect place to nest yourself: in one of Westfield House’s shepherd’s huts.
Just as the farm is more than a farm. These huts are more than humble shepherd’s abodes. Custom built in an extra large size, inside they feature a full-sized double bed, well-equipped kitchen and a fold out breakfast bar beneath the window that lets you dine with a view but also maximise the space. One of the huts (Demoiselle), features an extra set of bunks, so a family of four can sleep in comfort, while all come kitted out with en-suite bathrooms where gowns, towels and toiletries are happily provided.
On the edge of Northumberland National Park, Westfield House enjoys splendidly starry skies and a sense of seclusion that, even in the rest of North East England, few places can boast. On windy nights, the wood-burning stove turns your hut into a glowing sanctuary of warmth, while, in summer, campfire-side stargazing is a must.
Active glampers will be in their element. Follow footpaths straight from the farm or drive five minutes into the national park first, where the Windy Gyle and Border Ridge walking routes are a particular highlight. Pop your head into the farmhouse for a chat with Tim and Emma who are happy to lend their recommendations. An active family themselves, your hosts can point you in the right direction – Harwood Forest and Thrunton Woods for keen mountain bikers or a walk beside Hadrian's Wall for history buffs who don’t mind the half hour drive. There’s ample room for bike storage, too.
Above all else, though, what makes Westfield House Farm so special is the all-round symbiosis of every aspect of the site. From the hare-shaped silhouettes carved into the window shutters to the real-life fauna that hops through the working hay meadow beyond, it seems every detail at Westfield House is working together to form the perfect retreat. Secluded yet well located, it’s worth the journey every time.
FacilitiesAll huts are fully en suite (shower and loo), have electricity and a wood burning stove. The in-hut kitchen features a Belfast sink, 4-ring gas hobs, an oven, storage and all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you'll need. Leveret has a full-sized double bed, while Demoiselle, also has a full double, plus an additional bunk bed for 2 children. Outdoor furniture and campfire tripods provided. The whole farm is part of Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and includes it’s own Site of Special Scientific Interest and working hay meadow. Lambs in the surrounding meadows from late March–late May.
Suitable ForGlamping only. Sorry, dogs not permitted.
NearbyThere are a number of good walks direct from the front door of the huts, which offer some great views over Coquetdale, the Wreigh Burn and River Coquet. It's 3 miles to Cragside (01669 620333), a Victorian country house that was once home to quirky inventor and scientist William Armstrong. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power, with Armstrong building dams and creating lakes on the estate to power a sawmill, a water-powered laundry, early versions of a dishwasher and even a hydroelectric rotisserie. Now looked after by the National Trust, it's an intriguing day out for all ages. On the edge of Northumberland National Park, Westfield House Farm offers some superb hiking, mountain biking and wild swimming. Further afield, but still an easy drive away, are the Northumberland Coast AONB, Alnwick and Hadrian’s Wall.
Food & DrinkRothbury offers some great local independent shops including a butcher, deli, 2 bakeries and Tully’s (01669 620574), an independent food shop where you can pick up some Craster kippers. Bread from Rothbury’s Greenwell Bakery (01669 620546), free range eggs and bacon from local butcher are provided in the huts. The Three Wheat Heads in Thropton (01669 620262) is the nearest pub and offers a large menu and easy dining. The Narrow Nick in Rothbury (07707 703182) is a great little micro pub offering craft beers and a variety of gins. If you're heading further afield, Mizen Head in Bamburgh (01668 214254) is fantastic for seafood, as is The Old Boathouse in Amble (01665 711232), with a top location right by the harbour. The Pack Horse Inn in Ellingham (01665 589 292) has the best beer garden, while Nadon Thai in Morpeth (01670 458151) win's our award for the best hidden gem – despite its unassuming location above a chippy, this small Thai restaurant is exceptional (take-away also available).
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