Grey Hens near Rothbury
An Idyllic, Design-Led Retreat in the Coquet Valley with Stunning Flowering Gardens
Grey Hens is a true delight, nestled in the Coquet Valley in a balmy, romantic spot between Rothbury and Felton. Just for two, Grey Hens is incredibly stylish yet super-cosy, providing an oasis of calm amongst the blissful gardens and serene countryside.
Renovated by local artist, Marie Stansby, the converted barn mirrors her style of classic and modern, embracing the rugged Coquet valley landscape with all the soft touches you crave in a quiet retreat. The gardens are separated into ‘rooms’ giving you an element of privacy whilst you discover the vegetable patches, the pond garden and the rockery.
Grey Hens is divine in summer of course, but just as dreamy in the winter. With the wood burning stove, roll-top bath and fluffy bathrobes, you’ll enjoy guilt-free lazy mornings and dozing in front of the fire.
Secretly buried away from the hustle and bustle, you can reach Rothbury in the car in less than 10 minutes, Alnwick in 20 minutes and the nearest beach (Warkworth) in 30 minutes. Sounds like the best of both worlds. 2 dogs welcome to.
The idyllic Grey Hens is positioned in a quiet countryside setting near to the market town of Rothbury. With lots of gardens to explore, separated into ‘rooms’, there is a greenhouse, flowers patches, vegetable patches and lots of flat lawn to enjoy. The gardens are shared with the owners next door but they respect guests’ privacy during tenancy.
Sleeping just 2, Grey Hens is perfect for a couple and welcomes 2 well-behaved dogs too. The living space is open plan with the kitchen, with hints back to it’s original historic purpose. The name of the property, ‘Grey Hens’ refers to the nickname given to the smuggled gin kept hidden many years ago, which locals called Grey Hens.
Arrive onto the gravel driveway and you’ll see the barn very clearly with the expanse of gardens opposite. Up two shallow stone steps, the front door leads straight into a useful entrance hallway with lots of storage in the bespoke-made unit. This cosy room is ideal for dogs to sleep at night.
The kitchen stands out mainly for it’s unique colour of the units. Inspired by the surrounding greenery, the kitchen mixes contemporary with a floral and fauna twist. You’ll find all the usual appliances here such as electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer box, dishwasher, washing machine and additional freezer (in a separate room), Nespresso machine, toaster and kettle, smoothie-maker, electric whisk and slow cooker.
Towards the end of the barn you’ll find a modern, Scandi-style wood-burning stove (with initial supply of logs provided from Oct-April), Smart TV with access to the Netflix app, Sonos speaker and a collection of interesting books. The sliding doors allow you to walk straight out to the private patio. The large sofa and additional roomy armchair leave plenty of space for you both to stretch out and relax after enjoying a dip in the bath or a long walk.
The very spacious bedroom houses a 4 poster king size bed (5ft wide) with luxury linens and all hypo-allergenic bedding, wall-mounted Smart TV and plenty of storage space. The Velux windows have electric blackout blinds so there’s no risk of an unwanted early rise in the spring/summer!
The luxurious bathroom contains a dusky pink roll top bath with original claw feet, perfect for a long soak using the complimentary Noble Isle toiletries. Large walk-in shower, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. Fluffy towels and complimentary fluffy bathrobes are provided by The White Company for use during your stay.
Perhaps the best feature of all, the peaceful gardens allow you a chance to clear your mind and enjoy an escape away from everyday life. Marie, the owner, keeps a wild garden with some beautiful sculptures hidden away and of course her flower and vegetable patch. The garden is every bit interesting as it is beautiful, and can be appreciated by all walks of life. The private patio leads from the lounge and has a table and chairs for 4 and a parasol too.
Whilst neither space is enclosed, there is a cattle grid out to the road, deterring animals from entering or leaving.
Private parking has been allocated for 1 car around 30 yards from the front door of Grey Hens.
A Design-Led Boutique Hideaway in the Coquet Valley
Hidden amongst stunning countryside, yet so close to the historic landmark of Cragside and the country town of Rothbury, Grey Hens could have fallen straight out of a magazine, mixing contemporary classics with boho chic.
Facts & Features
Up to 2 guests and 1 baby.
A Northumbrian Welcome Hamper is provided, which includes White Company complimentary toiletries.
Bespoke Guide Book for your Mobile or iPad
You’ll receive a comprehensive guide book for your phone or tablet upon booking, which not only provides all the information you need to stay at Grey Hens, but also guides to all the local facilities, restaurants, shopping, attractions, the best beaches, walks, activities, exploring Northumberland, unique offers and much more.
One baby welcome. Travel cot and highchair available upon request. Bike storage available in the studio and utility room accessed from outside the property.
1 bedroom with 1 king bed (5ft wide). All bedding is non-feather, hypo-allergenic.
There is 1 bathroom accessed from the bedroom, which has a large shower with power shower and very slight step up to the tray (less than 1 inch), beautiful roll-top bath, sink and WC. Complimentary White Company toiletries.
Garden & Outside
The stunning gardens are one of the best features of this gorgeous property. The extensive gardens are separated into ‘rooms’ and there’s even the owner’s private vegetable patch to explore! If the farm gate entrance to the properties is kept closed, the garden is closed.
There is no BBQ provided at Grey Hens but there is an area for a BBQ outside, so you are welcome to bring your own.
Nearest EV Charging Point
Click here to find the nearest EV charging point – use postcode NE65 8JR.
No time to cook?
The owner provides homemade ready-to-cook meals you are welcome to help yourself to in the freezer in the utility room, just in case you arrive and don’t wish to cook! An honesty box is provided.
Fridge, freezer box, electric fan oven and electric hob, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine with pods supplied. Smoothie-maker, electric whisk and slow cooker. Washing machine and additional freezer are located in the utility room. Iron, ironing board, clothes airer and vacuum. Hairdryer, books and Sonos speaker and plenty of board games. Central heating is provided throughout.
TV’s and Technology
Large Smart TV’s in both the lounge and bedroom with access to Netflix. Sonos speaker that you can Bluetooth to. Free Wi-Fi.
Accommodation all on 1 floor; access into the hallway leading to the bedroom and open-plan living space. Space is almost level throughout the property with a couple of thresholds, but there is a stone step up to the front door from the outside.
There is storage in the utility room for bikes.
There is 1 private parking space outside the property, off road.
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
Please be aware
The owner lives next door and the gardens are shared. It’s very peaceful and quiet, with plenty of room.
An initial supply of logs are provided between October and April. More can be purchased from the owner upon arrival.
COVID-19 Special Arrangements
New arrival and departure times have been introduced from July 2020 to accommodate the enhanced cleaning protocols necessary to ensure the safety of guests and housekeeping staff.
Arrival: from 4pm Departure: by 10am Click here for more details.
Virtual Tour & Floorplan
Here you can explore Grey Hens in 3D virtual reality.
Click on the arrow to start then use your mouse or touch screen to explore all areas. The floor plan can be enlarged by clicking on it. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’d be delighted to help. Email us or call us on 01665 710700.
Map & Local Area
Grey Hens is nestled in the countryside just beyond the quaint hamlet of Pauperhaugh, an easy 8 minute pretty drive from the Northumberland’s best known country town, Rothbury. Most famous for it’s beautiful National Trust site, Cragside, just a mile from the town, Rothbury is a charming traditional market town in the very heart of the Coquet Valley.
With an abundance of pubs and restaurants to choose from, as well as gift shops, a great food deli and your everyday essential shops, Rothbury is a beautiful place to explore and there are great walks from your door too. The nearby ‘capital’ town of Alnwick can be reached in less than 25 minutes too, as well as all the coastal villages to the east.
Head over to the east and you’ll reach the villages of Felton and Longframlington. Smaller in size, these two villages are still well-worth a visit. The home of The Running Fox is in Felton and their sister cafe in Longframlington. The Running Fox is an artisan cafe and deli which is a must to visit whilst staying so close! There are great pubs in each village, such as The Northumberland Arms in Felton which does a mean Sunday roast, and The Granby and The Village Inn.
Looking for somewhere hearty to dine after a long walk? Try the Angler’s Arms at Weldon Bridge, just 7 minutes drive from Grey Hens.
Walks are in abundance from Grey Hens as you’re in the capital of Northumberland’s walking country. From the Ingram Valley to the Cheviot Hills, you’re certainly spoiled for choice. The coast is easy to reach too; Druridge Bay and Country Park is just 25 minutes drive east. There are no restrictions for dogs on any of our beaches apart from the Little Shore at Amble.
Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.
This is the best cottage we have stayed in with Coquet Cottages, cannot fault in any way. Perfect for anyone wishing to experience a luxurious cottage, the owners have obviously taken a great deal of thought and time into creating a tranquil and welcoming setting. Loved the dog biscuits for our Dachshund – Marie had fortunately got a sausage dog biscuit cutter which made them very personal and we loved the welcome tag with Oscars name on. The welcome card was a nice touch too. Very difficult to highlight one thing as everything was lovely. We did enjoy sitting looking out onto the patio area. Made it feel as if the garden was an extension to the cottage, and loved walking around the gardens at various times of the day. Equipment was exceptional.
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Tips from a local
Cragside is a must when staying in this area of Northumberland. Cragside was the first country house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power by Lord Armstrong, a key figure in Northumberland. As well as the interesting house, the whole estate is open to the public with its magnificent walks and country trails, as well as a huge children’s play park and a nice café too. The rock garden and pinetum walk (through the Douglas Firs – like the one is the garden of Woodlands Retreat, some of which were planted in the late 1800s) is breath-taking!
It is ran by the National Trust, click HERE to visit the website.
Tips from a local
Go to The Running Fox for a breakfast, afternoon tea or lunch – be make sure you are hungry as their portions are huge! You will need to book in advance too as they get really busy. Their delis are great for taking goodies back to the cottage with you, they have cafes in Longframlington, Shilbottle and Felton Village.
Tips from a local
Is it a rainy day or do you just fancy being a bit creative? This is great if you have kids (or still great if you don’t!) – visit Pots and Paws in Rothbury and practice your pottery painting! They offer lots of different types of ceramics and they can wood-fire them for you to collect the next day and take home. The gift shop is pretty eccentric too!
Tips from a local
A visit to Barter Books in Alnwick is a must if you have any interest at all in books. It’s the biggest second-hand bookshop in the UK and is housed in the former railway station in Alnwick – which is fascinating in its own right. You can easily spend hours there browsing their enormous collection of second-hand books, DVD’s, videos, etc. and they have a really interesting Antiquarian Section.
There is a separate children’s department, where children are encouraged to read and play. The Station Buffet cafe is housed in the original waiting rooms of the station building. In the wintertime, they have a roaring fire in each room – perfect for enjoying a hot drink and reading through an interesting book.
Tips from a local
The Northumberland Arms is a beautiful bar and restaurant by the River Coquet in the heart of Northumberland and serves freshly prepared food with the finest local ingredients. Open for breakfasts, lunches and evening meals we recommend you book in advance to avoid appointment’s.
The Northumberland Arms was built in the 1820’s by Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland as a Coaching Inn and has been fully renovated to an extremely high standard.
Tips from a local
Why not hop on to the train to Edinburgh for the day? It’s so easy to reach from Berwick Station, it’s only 40 minutes on the train and you are in the centre of the city. Check out this great little blog on some of the best things to see and do in Edinburgh. Our favourites are discovering the warren of Edinburgh’s hidden streets at Mary King’s Close, having cocktails in the Juniper bar and heading up there for Christmas marks from the middle of November.
Tips from a local
The Anglers Arms is a tradition Northumbrian Coaching Inn nestled on the banks of River Coquet in a tranquil hamlet of Weldon Bridge, just a short drive from Grey Hens.
The Anglers Arms has gained an enviable reputation for providing fantastic food for every occasion whether it’s a quick sandwich at the bar, a relaxing pub lunch with friends or a romantic meal for a special occasion.
Owner of Grey Hens
We asked Marie for the story of ‘Grey Hens’:
“Over 20 years ago we made the life changing decision to purchase this little slice of idyllic rural Northumberland and we have never looked back. We started with the main house making it our dream family home. The garden soon followed and became our passion, a place to while away sunny days and escape in. We raised our children exploring the local forests, crags and beaches and once they left home we felt it was time for our next project, converting an old cattle barn into Grey Hens as its stands.
We wanted the conversion to bring the beauty of the surrounding garden and countryside inside, blurring the lines of where the barn stops and the garden begins. As an artist by trade, light within the space was also of extreme importance and these two combined inspired our favourite feature of Grey Hens, a full glass gable wall. Our aim was to create an environment in which guests would feel instantly at home and relaxed, with total peace to unwind in a luxurious environment.”
Not sure where to start?
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