Kirkstone Cottage near Alnwick
A Gorgeous Converted Chapel in the Pretty Village of Newton on the Moor
Set within the conservation area of Newton on the Moor, Kirkstone Cottage near Alnwick is a charming and very cosy holiday cottage, sympathetically converted, modernised and extended from an original 19th century Methodist Chapel. Still retaining some original features dating back to 1852, this gorgeous cottage is warm and inviting at all times of the year and centrally placed for exploring all that Northumberland has to offer.
Complete with a wood burning stove and a pretty outlook to the well-maintained garden, and a open plan modern kitchen and dining area, this cottage is perfect for families or couples to get together for a relaxing, country break – especially as the renowned Cook and Barker Pub and restaurant is just 5 minutes’ walk down the road! It sleeps 6 very comfortably and welcomes up to 2 well-behaved dogs.
A pretty Chapel converted to a luxury holiday cottage, Kirkstone Cottage is perfect for couples or families and is pet-friendly. It sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, with 1 bathroom and 1 shower room.
The medieval market town of Alnwick is only 10 minutes drive up the road, where you can find gorgeous boutique local shops, traditional butchers and bakers, great pubs, homely cafes and restaurants as well as the Alnwick Garden, Treehouse and Alnwick Castle of course. The beach is just 10 minutes in the opposite direction, where you have a choice of Warkworth or Alnmouth beach – dog friendly all year round.
Don’t fancy jumping in the car? Not to worry, the fabulous and renowned pub, The Cook and Barker, is just 5 minutes’ walk away at the end of the village and your dog is welcome in the cosy bar too, with an open fire.
The pretty entrance into Kirkstone Cottage is directly adjacent to the private driveway and leads into a small hallway with hooks and mats to hang coats and put shoes. This leads in turn directly into the kitchen. The ancient front door is not in use but a great original feature to the cottage.
The open kitchen is modern and very well-equipped, with a large window making it bright and airy and lots of surface space for those budding chefs out there! With all the usual appliances, including an electric double oven, gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. The freezer is located in the utility room as well as an extra drinks fridge.
The dining area is open-plan to the kitchen and is light and spacious.
Using a warm and relaxing colour scheme, the cottage has many pretty local artworks and overlooks the evergreen garden. The lounge area is accessed from the dining room and can also be accessed from the entrance hallway. Whilst the cottage is very well insulated and centrally heated, a wood-burning stove is provided for additional ambiance on cool evenings (initial supply of logs provided between October and April).
There is a large Smart TV and a DVD player. Free Wi-fi. There are floor to ceiling windows and French doors facing west, which lead directly onto the patio of the pretty, landscaped garden.
A small room with plenty of cupboard space. This room also contains an extra ‘drinks’ fridge, to leave more space in the kitchen fridge as well as the freezer.
Ground Floor Shower Room and WC
Spacious room with a walk-in shower, WC and wash hand basin, ideal for the twin bedroom to use. Shower available from 15 January 2018, photos to follow by 20th January.
Ground Floor Twin Bedroom
With twin single beds (3ft wide) there is also a lovely, bespoke built-in dressing table area with plenty of storage and shelf space. Luxury bed linen and towels are provided.
The stairs are framed by a beautiful feature arched window providing extra light and a lovely original feature of the old chapel. Carpeted stairs lead up to the first floor, where there is a master bedroom, double bedroom and family bathroom. Hairdryer provided.
Master Bedroom – King-size
With another pretty, arched window which was part of the chapel lets lots of light into this lovely room, with a king size bed (5ft wide) with a luxury mattress, dressing area and plenty of wardrobe storage. Luxury bed linen and towels provided.
Second Bedroom – King- Size
This light, airy and spacious room has a king size bed (5ft wide) with a luxury pocket-sprung mattress and fitted wardrobes. Luxury bed linen and luxury towels provided.
Well lit and with plenty of natural light, the family bathroom has a panelled bath with shower over, WC, wash hand basin and towel rail. Towels and luxury complimentary toiletries by The White Company are provided.
The garden area to the rear has been thoughtfully landscaped to maximise on space and has flowers and shrubs that provide colour and interest all year round. There is a pretty summer house with seating for 2 as well as a table and chairs seating 6 on a sunny, west-facing patio, which is particularly lovely during the later part of the day. The garden is also enclosed with fencing.
Historic Converted Chapel
The old chapel windows and little features throughout the cottage all add to the charm of Kirkstone Cottage. A well-stocked kitchen, pretty garden and cosy, wood burning stove all make the perfect country retreat.
Facts & Features
Up to 6 guests and 1 baby welcome.
Welcome Hamper including luxury White Company Toiletries, bespoke Property and Area Guide, wood-burning stove and free Wi-fi.
Smart TV in the lounge with Freeview and DVD player, Digital Radio with iPod docking station, free Wi-Fi.
One baby welcome. Travel cot, highchair and stair gate available upon request.
The garden area to the rear has been thoughtfully landscaped to maximise on space and has flowers and shrubs that provide colour and interest all year round. There is a pretty summer house with seating for 2 as well as a table and chairs seating 6 on a sunny, west-facing patio, which is particularly lovely during the later part of the day. The garden is also enclosed with a high fence.
There is a kettle BBQ provided at Kirkstone which is available all year round. Please bring your own charcoal. Please ensure the BBQ is cleaned prior to your departure.
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
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 6pm Departure: by 9am Click here for more details.
3 bedrooms; 2 double bedrooms both with king size beds (5ft wide). One twin bedroom with 3ft single beds. Hairdryer.
Hypo-allergenic synthetic bedding and pillows are provided on each bed. There is no alternative available.
One bathroom with a large bath with shower over, WC and wash basin on the first floor. Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin on the ground floor. Towels and complimentary toiletries by The White Company.
Fridge, freezer, drinks fridge, electric double oven and gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and kettle. Washer/dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum. Hairdryer, books, music and films. Wood burning stove. Free Wi-fi.
There is parking for up to 2 cars on the gravelled driveway next to the cottage and one on the roadside at the end of the cottage.
Accommodation on 2 levels; the ground floor has the utility room and shower room/WC, lounge, kitchen, dining area and twin bedroom. The first floor has both double bedrooms and the family bathroom. Kirkstone is ideal for any members of your party who struggle with stairs, as it has a ground floor bedroom and shower room.
Please be Aware
An initial supply of logs are provided between October and April. None are provided outside of these months. Further supplies can be purchased in nearby Alnwick.
Virtual Tour & Floorplan
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Map & Local Area
Kirkstone Cottage is ideally situated in the pretty little hamlet of Newton on the Moor, which is just minute’s from the main A1 trunk road, thereby making it extremely convenient for exploring Northumberland in all directions. The village is very pretty and very green, all beautifully planted with colourful shrubs in the summer which makes it lovely for an evening stroll.
It is just 5 minute’s walk from the renowned gourmet pub, The Cook and Barker – dog-friendly too! Warkworth Village and beach as well as arty Alnmouth village are just 12 minutes’ easy drive away and the market town of Alnwick just 10 minutes’ drive which is your nearest town.
The cottage is so well-positioned for reaching everything in Northumberland, it’s all within such easy reach as well as the village of Newton on the Moor being very pretty and peaceful.
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I would class our family as professional cottage dwellers. We have stayed all over Northumberland with Coquet Cottages. This cottage was booked as a last minute break and what an absolute gem we have found. Great welcome pack, exquisite furnishings, every gadget for the kitchen, very clean and comfortable. The proximity to The Cook and Barker is priceless and great beaches a short drive away.
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Tips from a local
Dine at the very popular Cook and Barker Inn Pub and Restaurant. Just a short walk from the cottage, the Cook and Barker has a lovely, welcoming atmosphere and the hearty pub grub is perfect for a casual lunch in the bar or an evening dinner in the restaurant area. The pub even has a dog friendly lounge. This isn’t always open, but if you call in advance or pop your head in to let them know you’ll be dining with your pooches, they can open this up for you no trouble at all.
Tips from a local
Head into the pretty market town of Morpeth just 15 minutes drive down the A1, where you will find lots of boutique shops as well as the award winning Sanderson Arcade. Carlisle Park is a gorgeous, well-maintained country park right in the centre of the town and makes a lovely day out with a picnic – plus you can take the dog too!
Tips from a local
Head to the coast and enjoy a picnic at Druridge Bay Country Park and spend the day strolling along the beach and enjoying the lovely countryside. The park is centered on a lake with surrounding meadows with woods that has been restored from an old opencast coal mine, maturing beautifully into a pleasant landscape for walks and picnics. They also have water sports, a cycle path and if you have any of your own watersports equipment you can use it on the lake. There are toilets and a café too, as well as a little gift shop which is open most weekends and gift shops. There is a charge to park so take some change. Druridge Bay is 15 minutes’ drive in the car. The best bit – dogs are welcome all year round too!
Jean and Colm
Owners of Kirkstone Cottage
We asked Jean and Colm what made them fall in love with Kirkstone Cottage:
“We discovered the stunning beauty of Northumberland whilst on holiday a couple of years ago, and then fell in love with Kirkstone Cottage whilst we were staying in the attractive little village of Newton on the Moor.
The location is great, situated between the beautiful heritage coastline and the glorious countryside of the interior, whilst Alnwick and all its attractions are only a 10 minute drive away. An added bonus is that we are in walking distance of a fantastic gastropub, the Cook and Barker, which is a perfect retreat after a day’s sightseeing.
In the summer we enjoy a BBQ in our pretty garden, which is peaceful and quiet. The cottage is a fusion of old and new; once the village chapel, it has some fine arched windows and old stonework. The later extension provides a spacious modern interior, which is kept cosy by the log burner in wintertime. So we hope you enjoy staying here as much as we do, our dogs, Cody and Pearl love it too!”
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