Set above Baybridge, Bale Hill Cottage is half a mile from the beautiful conservation village of Blanchland, part of the Lord Crewe Estate. This is described as one of the prettiest villages in England. Bale Hill Cottage has breath-taking 360 degree panoramic views to Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland Moor and Hunstansworth.
Located amidst the grouse moorland with “Dark Sky” status, watch in wonder at the glittering star clusters and admire some of the most magnificent constellations in the night sky. Home to the rare Red Kite, Red Squirrel, Lapwing, Merlin and Golden Plover, the area’s geopark status recognises its globally important heritage. Find yourself situated in the midst of a truly stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, dales, meadows, tumbling upland rivers and woodland with heritage reminders of its lead mining past.
In nearby Blanchland Village is a collection of pretty stone properties built from the remains of the medieval 12th Century Blanchland Abbey. The village, with its unspoilt qualities, is a frequent film set for period productions and has a fabulous pub, The Lord Crewe Arms, dating back to the 12th Century. This is where the Jacobite rebellion leader General Tom Foster hid inside the Inn's great fireplace in 1715. Also found here are the locally famous White Monk Tea Rooms and village shop.
Within half an hour's drive are the vibrant cities of Newcastle-on-Tyne, home to Greys Monument and the Metro Centre and Durham, which has great shopping, theatre, museums and music. With various attractions nearby such as the National Trust’s Housesteds Fort, the spectacular Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and Gibside House, there’s plenty to do in the area. The rugged Northumberland coast and castles at Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh are within easy reach. Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island is only an hour away, and this makes Bale Hill Cottage a perfect location to enjoy this superb setting and explore Northumberland and the nearby coast.
This holiday at a glance
Sleeps two guests.
One double bedroom with a roll top bath and separate shower attachment.
Private enclosed garden.
Private parking area for up to three cars.
Children over 12 years old welcome.
Sorry, no pets.
Minimum of three night stay.
Freeview television in the sitting room. Films and radio available via Netflix and Smart TV.
Gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge with small freezer compartment, microwave.
Garden table and two chairs.
Attractions and nearby amenities
North Pennines Observatory, a Dark Sky Discovery Site : One of the outstanding features of the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark is the quality of the dark night skies. In fact it’s the darkest mainland AONB and has more officially designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites (totalling 16) than any other UK destination.
Hadrian’s Wall including Housesteads Fort : Hadrian’s Wall is a spectacular World Heritage Site, marching 73 miles from sea to sea across some of the wildest and dramatic country in England. Experience roman life and epic history in stunning locations.
Beamish Open Air Museum - Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)'s and 1940's .
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life the town, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall.
Experience first hand how the Industrial Revolution transformed agricultural life in the region. The buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been brought, brick by brick, from around the region and rebuilt to give visitors a real sense of history.
Throughout the year Beamish hosts an exciting programme of events, The Great North Festival of Transport, a Georgian Fair, The Great North Festival of Agriculture and much more besides, including a whole season of Christmas!
Tickets to Beamish are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase for an unlimited number of daytime visits to the Museum. Visit our website for full details.
Lindisfarne Holy Island – Lindisfarne’s ruined priory built in the 11th century is one of the most evocative places on the Northumberland coast. The original burial place of 7th century St Cuthbert, it was rebuilt after the Viking attack, but was destroyed again by Henry VIII. National Trust owned 16th century Lindisfarne Castle was converted into an enviable private house in 1903.
Alnwick Castle – Looking up at Alnwick Castle you may expect to see a quidditch match in full flow, as it played Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies. Still the home of the Percy’s (since 1309), Alnwick is in better condition than most of Northumberland’s castles with fabulous gardens, tea room and a tree house.
Established in 1983, the Rural Retreats portfolio represents the cream of self-catering luxury holiday cottages throughout the UK and Ireland. With over 400 stylishly presented country houses and cottages to choose from, each carefully selected to meet our high standards of comfort, Rural Retreats makes it easy to find just the holiday home you are looking for.