Rochester House Barn in Rochester, Northumberland

What to Expect

On the edge of a quaint Northumberland hamlet, this small but perfectly formed retreat for two is close to the Scottish border and has Hadrian’s Wall close by.

A stone barn conversion, it has everything you need for a country holiday with a dollop luxury. If you are thinking of taking a break with a difference, then this is where you should be heading.

The interior, with its stripped wood floors and a cosy sitting room with a log burner, is just what you need after a day out discovering the surrounding area. To top it all, there is a hot tub with its giant brolly on the patio.

At A Glance

Rural retreat
Barn conversion
Four poster bed
Walk-in shower
Hot tub


Bike storage
Wood burner
Logs provided
Private parking

About Rochester House Barn

This high-end holiday home gives new meaning to living in a barn with its trappings of grandeur to make it a stay to remember. The bedroom sleeps two in a sumptuous four-poster bed and there is a 5-star en suite tiled to the top with a walk-in shower.

The living space comprises a sitting room with a wood burner, logs provided, and a dining space with an authentic Welsh dresser.

The outdoor area can be accessed from the bedroom, where a hot tub awaits. It is equipped for alfresco dining and has a gas BBQ for a cook-out for two.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Rochester

Getting away from it all is what this retreat is all about, set in the Cheviot Hills, drive just 10 miles north and you are in Scotland.

You have Kielder Water and Forest Park just a short drive away. This is made up of 250 miles of nature at its best, with three quarters of it being forest and woodland. It is a haven for wildlife such as red squirrels and it has the best dark skies in England. There are several nature hubs such as Tower Knowe, Bakethin Nature Reserve and Kielder Castle. Around the lake and in the depths of the forest, you will see osprey, goshawks and red squirrels. You might even be lucky enough to see a lodge of otters. There are parking and cafés in Tower Knowe and the castle to start your walk or bike ride. The dam has an impressive 27.8-mile shoreline and is home to the famous Kielder salmon that can grow up to 28 inches.

Hareshaw Linn Waterfall’s magical four-mile walk is in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated for its lichen and rare ferns. It will take you about 20 minutes to drive to from the cottage and there is parking at the start of the walk. There are more than 300 different types of mosses, liverworts and lichen. It is also home to red squirrel, great spotted woodpecker and the spotted flycatcher. It is a moderate trail and if you are feeling hot and bothered why not take a dip in the Linn’s crystal-clear pool?

Last Word

If you need to be as far away from the madding crowd as possible, then this romantic rural retreat is perfect for you. The closest pub is just more than a mile away in the actual village. Once you’ve settled in, take a walk to the Resedale Arms, a pub that is more than 600 years old. It is known as the “First and Last Inn” due to its proximity to the border of England and Scotland.

The sympathetic conversion from a traditional stone barn into luxury accommodation for two is evident. The outside is still mostly made up of Northumberland stone and the interior still has half-timber linnets and an exposed stone wall.

Still undecided, why not view more dog friendly accommodation in Northumberland around the coast.
Rochester House Barn
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