The Old Vet’s Surgery

A Cosy Holiday Cottage in the Border Capital of Northumberland

The Old Vet’s Surgery is a sweet little bolthole just for two, set in a central yet private spot of the traditional border town of Wooler, in Northumberland.

This gorgeous holiday cottage sleeps two guests and welcomes up to two dogs, and is ideal for those who enjoy exploring the outdoors as the Cheviot Valley and all the fantastic walks are just on your doorstep. The town of Wooler has a variety of good pubs, a couple of nice restaurants and some quirky independent shops, as well as pretty walks all around the village.

There is a private, wood fired hot tub for two from 10th December, private parking for one car at The Old Vet’s Surgery and a gated outdoor area for enjoying a morning coffee or evening beverage outside the cottage.

Looking for accommodation for a larger group? The Old Vet’s Surgery is next door to Strathmore, our impressive sleeps 10 period house with a hot tub. Book both this holiday cottage and Strathmore together for accommodation for up to 12.

The Old Vet’s Surgery

Sleeps 2 2 Dogs

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The Old Vet’s Surgery is a cosy holiday cottage just for two guests and up to two well-behaved dogs. This ground floor cottage has one bedroom which contains a double-size bed (4ft 6″ wide) and a separate bathroom which is spacious with a shower over the bath. The large dining kitchen is at one end of the cottage and the lounge with large windows at the other.

As well as a wood-fired hot tub perfect just for 2, there is private, gated parking for one car and when both gates are kept shut the area outside the cottage is enclosed for dogs, which makes it pleasant and safe to sit out and enjoy an evening aperitif. All ground level and free Wi-Fi as standard.



The cottage has a large door leading into the bright and spacious hallway, with space to hang coats and store shoes. Whilst there is a small step over the threshold, the majority of the cottage inside is level.


Dining Kitchen

This large space used to be the consulting room of the village veterinary practice many moons ago, and is now a modern dining kitchen with a dining table and chairs for four. Appliances include; large fridge/freezer, electric fan oven with induction hob, dishwasher, toaster, kettle,  blender, Dolce Gusto coffee machine (with initial supply of pods) and microwave. Washer/dryer, ironing board, iron, vacuum and clothes airer.


The cosy lounge has a 3 seater sofa and an armchair, focussed around a large Smart TV with Netflix and other catch-up apps. The large window looks out to the entrance to the property and lets in plenty of natural light.


The cosy bedroom contains a double-size bed (4ft 6″ wide), a large Smart TV with Netflix and other catch-up apps, a chest of drawers and dressing table surface. The built in wardrobe cupboard with a rail and storage can be accessed from the hallway, just outside the bedroom door.


The spacious bathroom has a shower over the bath, WC, heated towel rail and wash basin.

Outside, Hot tub & Parking

From Friday 10th December 2021, there will be a wood-fired hot tub just for 2 guests outside The Old Vet’s Surgery. With a stock of wood supplied, there will be full instructions on its use. Whilst it may not be warm for your arrival, it takes no longer than 1.5 hours to heat up, so if its fired up as soon as you arrive, it will be ready by late afternoon.

There is private, gated parking for 1 car on a private driveway. When both farm-style gates are kept shut, the outside space at the front is private and quiet, with a bench seat for enjoying an evening tipple or morning coffee and a charcoal BBQ for use, but please bring your own coals.

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The Old Vet’s Surgery

Sleeps 2 2 Dogs

This Cottage does not yet have a star rating

prices & availability

A cosy country bolthole for just two…

Originally a veterinary practice, this cosy home has been converted to offer a romantic hideaway in a peaceful country location. Modern and stylish interiors offer a warm and welcoming space to relax.

Facts & Features

Up to 2 guests, 1 baby in a travel cot and up to 2 dogs.

1 infant welcome. 1 travel cot and highchair available upon request. No stairgate as the property is single storey.

2 well-behaved small dogs or 1 medium size dog welcome for a charge of £20 per dog per holiday. Dogs must be fully house-trained and over 1 year old.

Bedroom & Bedding
1 bedroom with a double bed (4ft 6″ wide). All bedding and pillows are non-feather, suitable for those with allergies.

There is a spacious bathroom containing a shower over the bath, toilet, wash basin, heated towel rail and mirror. Towels and complimentary toiletries are provided by Noble Isle.

Accommodation all ground floor with a step over the front door threshold and a shower over the bath.

Outdoor Space
When both farm gates are kept closed, the pretty area in front of the cottage is enclosed, which is ideal for dogs. There is a bench seat and a charcoal BBQ for use.

Wood-Fired Hot Tub
From 10th December 2021, there will be a wood-fired hot tub available which fits 2 guests. This contemporary hot tub can heat in less than 1.5 hours, so if lit as soon as you arrive, it will be ready for you by late afternoon. Full instructions and a supply of logs are provided for its use.

There is a charcoal BBQ provided, but please supply your own coals.

There is one private parking space next to the cottage down a private driveway.

Nearest EV Charging Point
Click here to find the nearest EV charging point – use postcode NE71 6BP.

Extra Touches
A gorgeous Welcome Hamper is provided, which includes some lovely basics including locally-baked bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee and a bottle of wine. Luxury complimentary toiletries are included. Free Wi-Fi and Netflix for cosy nights in.

Bespoke Guide Book for your Mobile or Tablet
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 The Old Vet’s Surgery but also guides to all the local facilities, restaurants, shopping, attractions, the best beaches, walks, activities, exploring Northumberland, offers and much more.

Large fridge/freezer, 4 ring induction hob and electric fan oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, blender, Dolce Gusto coffee machine with initial supply of pods. Washer/dryer, clothes airer, iron, ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Hairdryers, books, a range of board games. Central heating is provided throughout.

Tv & Technology
Large Smart TV in the lounge and bedroom, both with full access to Netflix provided. Bluetooth speaker. Free Wi-Fi throughout.

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
Arrival: from 4pm  Departure: by 10am  

Other Information
Booking Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
About Wooler

Virtual Tour & Floorplan

Here is a 3D Virtual Walkthrough of The Old Vet’s Surgery. Click and drag your mouse or touch screen to navigate the property. Click the floor plan to enlarge it. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call 01665 710700 or click here to email us.

Virtual Tour

Map & Local Area

Known as ‘The Gateway to the Cheviots’, Wooler is the perfect base for a picturesque country getaway.

This pretty town has plenty to offer, with superb cafes, restaurants, pubs and quaint shops on the main street, just a very short stroll from The Old Vet’s Surgery. The locals are very friendly, and although the town is small, Wooler has a plethora of activities and events nearby to partake in during your stay. The Farmer’s Market is held on one Sunday of every month from April through to October, with a special Christmas Market held at the beginning of December. The nearby Glendale show on August Bank Holiday Monday is always a huge success with both locals and visitors from far and wide, and Wooler even hosts its own annual ‘Glendale Music Festival’ on the 3rd weekend of 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. Just 6 miles away, nestled on the Northumbrian Moors is eerie Chillingham Castle and Grounds, and the rare Wild Cattle of Chillingham.

If you’re heading to the coast, a 25 minute drive takes you to BamburghBeadnell and Seahouses, or for a full day out, the border town of Berwick (25 minutes North) has 2 gorgeous beaches, providing both coastal and country river walks with yet more lovely cafes and amenities to try out.

You can explore the location of The Old Vet’s Surgery on the map below, which allows you to zoom in and pan out to gain a good idea of the area.  The postcode of the property is NE71 6BP.

Explore Wooler

Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.

Tips from a local

The Milk Bar

Enjoy breakfast or a light lunch at The Milk Bar, just down the road from The Old Vet’s Surgery. Owned and ran by Doddington Dairy (most famous for their ice cream!) this cute little parlour serves a great breakfast if you’re looking for a break from the kitchen one morning!

Tips from a local

Explore the Cheviots

You are in the ‘Gateway to the Cheviots’ after all, so get out and explore the beautiful Cheviot Valley during your stay. From Linhope Spout to Langleeford, there are trails of every length and difficult for everyone to enjoy.

Tips from a local

Catch the train up to Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland is so easy to reach from Wooler – you are on the Borders! The nearest train station is Berwick (around 20 minutes drive away) and once on the train, it’s an easy 45 minute journey up to the capital where you’ll land right in the centre of the city at Edinburgh Waverley station.

Break up your holiday and hang up your walking boots with a city break – the Christmas markets are legendary!

Photograph of Tommy Dunn

My father, Tommy Dunn, closed the surgery door for the last time in 1987

We asked Hamish and Catherine to tell us more about the history of The Old Vet’s Surgery:

“The Old Vet’s Surgery is a conversion of what was the original stables of the main house, Strathmore (our other holiday home).

Three generations of vets used the premises as a practice, which established circa 1900 by William Lyon, followed by his nephew Hugh Bain in 1930, then my father, Thomas (Tommy) Dunn, in 1955. What is now the kitchen served as the surgery for nearly 90 years, until my father retired in 1987. I remember it now, similar to an ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ film set, with customers waiting inside and out.

The bedroom was then the office/dispensary and the rest of the property was the waiting room and storage. Now the living room, was then a part-stable, where some farmers occasionally brought in larger animals for treatment in order to avoid a ‘call-out’ charge.

This property holds very happy memories for us, and we hope you enjoy staying here.

Hamish & Catherine Dunn”

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Not sure where to start?

We know Northumberland and all of our properties inside out, so if you have any particular queries about finding the perfect holiday retreat, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re more than happy to help!

Telephone: 01665 710 700 or click here to email us your enquiry.