Wooler, Chatton & Chillingham
Steeped in Northumberland history, the village of Chillingham provides a picturesque and peaceful base for a country break away from it all. Known as ‘Britain’s most haunted historic castle’, Chillingham Castle is a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed stronghold in Northumberland, famed for action and battles. With its fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms, the castle has an extraordinary ownership bloodline which runs back to the 1246. You can spend an afternoon strolling around at your own leisure, and if you’re feeling brave, the castle offers pre-booked ghost tours after dark!
Close by the castle grounds, you can also visit the very rare Wild Cattle of Chillingham. Remarkable survivors of the ancient wild cattle that once roamed Britain’s forests, this herd of around 100 cattle are now situated in a beautiful, enclosed park. From the park, there are stunning views of the Cheviots, and the warden can take your around on a fun and informative tour, sharing the history of these fantastic beasts. Keep an eye out for deer, hares, foxes and an array of bird species too.
A real ‘chocolate box’ village, Chatton is the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax in classic countryside style. Nestled between the dramatically beautiful Cheviot Hills and the beautiful Heritage coastline, you really do get the best of both worlds in this pretty village.
Chatton is small but perfectly formed, with a small village shop, art gallery and a very good pub, The Percy Arms. The hub of the village, the pub and restaurant is renowned for good food and great local beers and ales, as well as the odd Northumbrian Gin for the G&T lovers! The 5 mile drive to reach the village from the A1 is just beautiful. Rolling valleys and views towards the Cheviot hills are the perfect beginning to a memorable stay here.
Chatton is just 2 minutes from the medieval Chillingham Castle and less than 10 minutes away from the country town of Wooler. Bamburgh is just 20 minutes away with its magnificent castle and golden sandy beach. Drive south and you’ll reach Alnwick in less than 25 minutes, which is the very centre of north Northumberland.
If you like action then we would highly recommend you visit Fowberry Moor Farm for clay pigeon shooting and wine tasting. If it’s not your thing, you can enjoy a peaceful afternoon in your cottage or a trip to nearby spa, Beau Monde!
Known as ‘the gateway to the Cheviots’, Wooler is the town in the very heart of the north-Northumberland region. Bordering the Northumberland National Park, Wooler is a very popular base for walkers and cyclists, being so close to the Cheviot Hills, as well as being very close to the Scottish borders.
Wooler may be a small town but it has its fair share of quaint cafe’s, lively pubs and lovely, country shops. A Farmer’s market is held on one Sunday of the month from April to October, with a special Christmas market held at the beginning of December. The Glendale Show is famous throughout the county and is held on the August Bank Holiday Monday each year, as well as the Glendale Music Festival on the 3rd weekend in July.
The surrounding area has you spoiled for choice, with Harthorpe Valley (commonly known as Langleeford), Ingram Valley, and Linhope Spout offering breath-taking walks towards the impressive Cheviot Hills, starting just a couple of miles from Wooler.
Dining out in the Area
Here you will find a selection of great places to eat in Chillingham, Chatton, Wooler and the nearby surrounding areas. As each of these towns/villages are so close to each other, they’re all within easy reach. Some of the pubs and restaurants are within close walking distance of our gorgeous properties.
This newly renovated country pub is well-known throughout the area for its gorgeous decor and great food, not to mention the great selection of local ales! Percy Cottage is just next door and The Hayloft just around the corner. Tel: 01668 215244 or click HERE for their website.
Italian style and family run, the Milan restaurant is set in the small town of Wooler and offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with very good food. It’s popular with locals and tourists alike, so on weekends and in school holidays, booking is essential. Tel: 01668 283692 or search for them on Facebook page.
The Milk Bar serves breakfast, light lunches, drinks, treats and not to forget their famous Doddington Dairy ice-cream, which is made just along the road from their cows milk! There is indoor & outside seating available and welcomes locals & visitors to the area. Tel: 01668 282357 or click HERE for their website.
The Black Bull is located in a pretty village called Lowick, which is just 7 miles North East from Wooler. The Black Bull Inn has re-opened its doors with new ownership and having had a complete refurbishment inside & out. Open daily, they serve a great selection of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Tel: 01289 388375 or click HERE for their website.
Just 5 miles north of Wooler, The Red Lion comes highly recommended as a traditional but homely country pub serving great food. Whether it be an evening meal, a Sunday lunch or just a passing bite to eat, the Red Lion is a great place to stop.
Tel: 01668 216244 or click HERE for their website.
A beautiful, traditional thatched pub serving quality, locally sourced food and drinks. There’s a bar area, restaurant, function room and large outdoor seating area. Don’t miss out on the little train you can ride over to the village of Ford!
Tel: 01890 820200 or click HERE for their Facebook page.
Things to do/Places to visit
The Wild Cattle of Chillingham are remarkable survivors of the ancient cattle which once roamed Britain’s forests. Today they live in the beautiful enclosed Park at Chillingham. The Chillingham Wild Cattle Association is a registered charity, founded in 1939 to maintain Chillingham Park and to keep these unique wild cattle safe for future generations. These wild beasts are completely untamed. They have never been touched by human hand; no vet has ever treated one. Our warden will take you close, but not too close, to the cattle and share with you the secrets of their amazing story. Click HERE to visit their website & click HERE to visit their Facebook page.
Ford and Etal are two villages connected by the estate land from many years ago. These 2 pretty villages have an old-fashioned miniature steam railway you can ride between the two. At Etal, you can take a tour of the Heatherslaw Corn Mill and take home some delicious treats! This is great for children.
At Ford, you must visit The Old Dairy tearoom which is an antique shop and an open kitchen. Our favorites are the cheese scones and artisan gin – an unlikely combination but a good one at that!
If you or your party loves horses and visiting animals, we’d recommend visiting Hay Farm to see their gorgeous horses including the Clydesdale’s. They have several markets and festivals throughout the year including traditional carriage rides.
They’re a non-profit organisation, with people who love doing what they do! You can find the centre near Heatherslaw, near Ford. Click HERE to visit their website.
Florin provides a beautiful selection of jewellery, quirky cards, art, gifts, accessories and lots more. You’re bound to come home with a beautifully wrapped gift to remember your holiday to Northumberland. You can find this pretty little shop with friendly faces located on the main street in Wooler. Click HERE to visit their Facebook page.
Located on the main street in Wooler, Stephanie Louise Design offers a wonderful selection of new & up-cycled furniture, statement wall features, fine bone china, homeware & gifts, alongside a beautiful selection of handmade cushions & lampshades inspired by Stephanie’s love of the countryside. Strathmore features a pretty selection of products from Stephanie Louise Design in The County Bedroom. Click HERE to visit their Facebook page & click HERE to visit their website.
The Chocolate Box is every sweet-lovers heaven! This charming, little shop provides hundreds of traditional sweets, chocolate and gifts – there is so much choice! This sweet shop is a family-run business located on the main street in Wooler. Click HERE to visit their Facebook page.
The Glendale Show is famous across the county and attracts thousands of visitors each year and isn’t to be missed! The country show takes place on August Bank Holiday Monday annually and grows bigger each year. Here you’ll find a range of attractions for all ages including fun fairs rides, daredevil stuntmen on either horses or motorbikes taking to the main ring, marquees filled with arts, crafts and local produce, a dog show where you can enter your own pooch in various different categories and so much more. A car park is available but if you’d prefer to enjoy a refreshing drink from one of the bars, there is a shuttle bus to the show from Wooler which runs frequently throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased on the gate or in advance. Click HERE to visit their Facebook page & click HERE to visit their website.
The Glendale Music Festival takes place annually in July which is where the local community all come together to put on a music festival for locals and visitors to enjoy. The festival sees the main street and bus station in Wooler close for the day with live singers and bands performing on a stage throughout the day running into the evening. You’ll also find stalls scattered along the street where you can buy local produce including arts, crafts, food, drink etc. Activities for children are adults are also available throughout the day. Click HERE to visit their Facebook page.