Isaacs Cottage in Allendale, Northumberland

What to Expect

In the Northumbria rural setting in the sleepy hamlet of Spartylea near Allendale, the small town with a big personality, this country getaway is ideal for families and friends to discover the delights of the North Pennines.

Sleeping five in three bedrooms, this traditional stone cottage that maintains many of its original features is approached by a quiet country lane. The sitting room has an exposed stone open fireplace and beamed ceilings and the eat-in farmhouse kitchen has a butcher’s block.

The piece de resistance is the summer house and hot tub and a table under a wide brolly, perfect for outdoor dining.

At A Glance

Ground floor shower
2nd lounge on landing
Farmhouse kitchen
Country views
Traditional stone
Open fire


Sky package
American fridge
Hot tub
Wardrobe space
Private parking

About Isaacs Cottage

Surrounded by heathland, this traditional stone cottage has three bedrooms, a king-size, double and single, that sleeps five with a travel cot on request.

Just more than six miles from the North Pennines town of Allendale, its sitting room, under the original beams, has an open fireplace. There is comfy seating on the landing too, and other than the bathroom upstairs, there is a shower on the ground level.

Outside, there is space beyond the front door to enjoy drinks and meals under the shade of a brolly, and the separate summer house and the hot tub are under a pitched timber roof.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Allendale

With silver and lead ore running through its rivers, it is clear why Allendale literally means “valley of the shining water”. You have to visit this charming town during your holiday, with its artists’ studios and even a Sci-fi museum. For a pint of local ale and a good dollop of local hospitality, the Allendale Inn has atmosphere in bucket loads. The sign says “families, dogs and muddy boots are welcome”, and here you can sit in front of the cast iron range set into the inglenook and get to know the regulars.

Allendale has been home to the Tar Bar’l festival since 1858, one of the best New Year celebrations in the region and the May Fair and numerous folk festivals pay tribute to the valley’s heritage.

Walks along the East and West Allen rivers are popular and the area is renowned for its trout and salmon fishing. Visitors to the area should wake up before sunrise at least one day of their stay to experience the blazing horizon and to stay out after dusk to see the best night skies in England for themselves. Northumberland’s internationally recognised Dark Sky Park gives new meaning to stargazing. The entire Northumberland National Park and most of the Kielder Water and Forest Park are where visitors see the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye.

For family fun, there are pony trekking days and the Hexham is just eight miles from Allendale where you can tour the old gaol and abbey and the Vindolanda, a Roman army museum.

Last Word

Isaac’s cottage is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and from your hot tub, you will see the night sky as you have never seen before. A cottage with all the modern conveniences, it’s original features will give you a taste of what the area is all about.

After a soak in the hot tub, wrap up warm and take to the comfy seating in the summerhouse to enjoy a sundowner or sit at the table to enjoy your meals alfresco. Indoors it is all oil central heated and of course, there is the option of a large roaring fire to create that extra bit of cosy atmosphere.

The bedrooms are all on the first floor and if you want to spend a bit of quiet time away from the others, there is a second seating area on the landing. There is no need to go too far afield to watch the footy or Formula 1 because this holiday comes with a complete Sky package.

The eat-in farmhouse kitchen has everything you need to rustle up a full English breakfast and a meal for the five of you at dinner time. On your visit to Allendale or Hexham, make sure you pop into the butchers and artisan bakers to stock up on local produce.

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