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!
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 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
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.