Whitelee Holiday Cottages
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Whitelee Holiday Cottages

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#2 of 2 cottages in Otterburn
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Free parking
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Near Byrness, Otterburn NE19 1TJ England
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Newcastle Airport
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Roya N wrote a review Dec 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from a weekend stay in Oak Cottage and we would say that this is probably the best break we have ever had in the UK.

It's dog friendly, we have three dogs so it's difficult to find anywhere to holiday with them and there was no charge for dogs!

John and Jill were the most amazing hosts, they have thought of every little detail, such as wildlife cameras, window bird feeders etc.

The surroundings were breathtaking and a bonus was having a private garden to let our dogs out in.

Rabbits, foxes, deer, owls... In our element. Ready to book back up now.

Thanks John and Jill x
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rhin wrote a review May 2012
Wales
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Two couples stayed end of April beginning of May 2012. I was going to give this a straight 5 stars however the reason why I am giving this property 4 ¾ stars instead of 5 stars is owing to the ‘Power Shower’. The shower is over a bath and is just powerful enough to be classed as a Power Shower. I found it ample for my needs but the women in our party would have rather had a more powerful one. (women!!)

To the main review.

We stayed for a week in Rowan Cottage. You cannot really get a view of this cottage on the website. It is in a very quiet location so if you want the bright lights – well let me say the ‘Outside Light’ is very bright at night – that is it. You cannot walk to a local pub etc – well I suppose you could but it would take you hours and the A68 is rather a dangerous road. If you are looking for a high standard of property in the middle of nowhere – DO NOT look any further. When I say the middle of nowhere it is not in the back of beyond. It is 2 miles form the Scottish border on the main A68, the cottage is situated up a hill about 100 yards from the main road. When approaching from the South after going around a sweeping right hand bend after the Reservoir just outside Byrness the road dips to the right and you will see a rather large Silver Shed on your left hand side at an apex of the bend as the roads bends to the left up another hill. Opposite the shed is the turning to Whitelee cottages. The single road to the cottages rises steeply over a hump half way up the hill. Rowan cottage is a sharp turn left about 20 yards further on, the other two cottages are on your right as you approach Rowan cottage.

You will not be bothered by any road noise, if fact the only noise you will hear is either the birds outside or the noise you make in the house. Noise pollution is not a problem here – in fact no pollution is a problem here. It is 11 miles from Otterburn and 14 miles from Jedburgh (for shopping, pubs etc).The website describes the cottage to a T. Be advised – book other two cottages if any of your party has any problems with walking as there are high steps to get into either of the doors of the property

When we first arrived, we all made a collective sigh as we thought that the external decoration was quite drab with a dark red colour to the bottom of the cottage which is a little jaded. I wondered what the inside would be like, have no fear as soon as you open the door you will smile and nod contentedly as you look around the property. From all my reviews our main thing is cleanliness, this place is spotless everywhere. It is quite obvious that John and Jill take great care and pride and this was showed when we met them. They are very friendly people without being too friendly. We were made to feel at home and the whole holiday (1 week) was very relaxing, with only one day of rain when the rest of the country was under a downpour. They explained everything that we needed to know in minute detail. A rather lovely touch was the welcoming bottle of wine for each couple. John & Jill were rather busy when we were there with lambing but if you need them, all you needed to do was go to their house which is about 50 yards from the cottage. This is an extremely comfortable cottage and a pleasure to return to each night after exploring the Borders area.

Outside of the cottage is a large field to the right, small garden at the front and rear and to the left is a large shed which houses a generator – this will not disturb you at all. I will not go into what is in the property as the website describes this. The beds are comfortable as is the leather 3 piece suite. The animal CCTV as others have said is a joy to watch, easy to follow instructions to switch from TV to CCTV are in the living room. Jill sells items from a local firm; we bought various jars of jam and marmalade. Jill is cheaper than anywhere we found in the area and they taste great, oh and beer she sells is good quality.

There is basic Sky package should you need the ‘box’, wireless WiFi which worked well, tons of Tourist information leaflets for you to read

Would we go back? – DEFINITELY. One thing though a week is not long enough to discover the area and do it justice. We spent a week and we could have easily spent at least another week as there were so many places we were not able to go and visit.

One important issue for anyone driving on the A68 and other main roads in South Scotland – there are loads of SPEED CAMERAS every few miles so be careful.

Thank you very much Jill & John for a wonderful relaxing holiday, Rowan cottage was excellent for us. You have an extremely well thought out business and your down to earth approach put the seal on it. We look forward to retuning and having that drink with you, we will make sure that it is not in the ‘Lambing Season’ next time.
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Date of stay: May 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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kevanmary wrote a review Apr 2019
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
John and Jill are wonderful hosts. We were made very welcome and the cottage was cosy and warm. Loved watching the barn owls on the TV from the wildlife cameras. We left some belongings in the cottage and John was kind enough to send them on to us a lovely touch. Thanks for a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Caroline F wrote a review Oct 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Garden overgrown, duvets badly stained. Cottage smelt of damp. Settee hard to get off. Needs replacing. Wildlife camera not working. Not a power shower as advertised just an electric shower. Jug under sink to catch the leaks.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lesley A wrote a review Apr 2017
Northumberland, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked for my husbands birthday break
John and Jill the owners are really nice friendly people who are there if you need them but just leave you to get on with your holiday which is nice
I have to say i just loved the place its so quiet and peaceful...a perfect place to hideaway from everyday stress.
Loved the garden with all the birds and fabulous views.
The living room tv has a streaming webcam of different parts of the farm...but our favourites parts were of the barn owls...the female is sitting on 3 eggs and she is visited regularly by the male with food to keep her going
Also got to see the badgers every night pushing stones out of the way to get to the peanuts Jill and John leave out for them...fascinating to watch...they're such beautiful animals
Sadly had to leave a few days earlier than planned (family ties)
But plan to return again soon we hope.
Only one small downside for me personally was the mattress as it wasn't very kind to my back, but, saying that i wouldn't let it stop me revisiting though
Thank you for our stay
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Date of stay: March 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LizGiz wrote a review Feb 2013
Epping
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't usually bother to write reviews of holiday cottages as they're usually pretty much OK and we don't tend to spend too long indoors when we're on holiday. However, I just had a quick look here to see what other people had written about our latest destination and was so surprised to read a negative write up for this cottage that I thought I would add my opinion.
My family went to Rowan cottage for a week over the Feb half term. We found it easily, were met and welcomed personally by the friendly but never intrusive owner who showed us round, explained the eco heating system and pointed us in the direction of the nearest shops (which are a (spectacular) drive away, but you wouldn't come to Northumberland to shop, would you? I didn't). We got a Tesco delivery. The cottage is very snug and warm and we didn't want for anything while we were there. Bath fine, shower fine, beds fine, heating fine, everything working, no problems. The surrounding walks (with our bouncy puppy who had never seen sheep before) were breathtaking, there's a lovely nature reserve right across the road (I honestly never saw more than a couple of cars on it at a time, it is an A road but it's much quieter than the B road that runs past our house in the crowded South East. In the house were walking directions for easy and more strenuous walks, and some good maps too. And a selection of books and DVDs and box games for rainy days. And a roaring logburner, ready lit for us when we arrived. The wildlife camera is as interesting as it sounds on the farm website, we saw the barn owls daily. Just looking out at the ever-changing colours on the surrounding hills or watching mist flow up the valley was memorable. We drove to the coast at Seahouses (east wind very bracing) and to Edinburgh for lunch, both interesting places to go. I think this cottage is very well placed for exploring Northumberland, and I liked being welcomed by friendly people who tolerated my slightly feral children and untrained dog without any fuss.
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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visitor227059 wrote a review Feb 2013
Sunderland, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Having arrived at the property and found in excess of 10 dogs piles of excremet on the footpath leading to front door and front lawned garden we were quite concerned about the cleanliness of the place. On making complaint to owners this dogs dirt was removed quite quickly, although it proves the area gone un checked prior to our arrival!.

We were not impressed nor dissapointed with the cottage but would say that although it was very clean, it is in need of a bit TLC to the building internally itself.

We found that the cottage was very very cold and the owners had pad locked the room to where the central heating controls were located therefore you could not adjust the heating which wnet off during the evening meaning you were waking up in a very cold cottage. The radiators in all the rooms are totally undersized to produce the correct BTUs required for the size of the rooms therefore even when the heating is on full, the radiators can not correctly heat the rooms.

Bathroom is terrible. Its like a fridge, totally freezing and certainly no good if you have children. The shower is also very bad, trickles out with no pressure and very loud and would wake anyone up if sleeping.

You are attatched to another cottage and to the otherside there is another cottage therefore your not alone and its certainly not secluded.
The surrounding fields are full of sheep and therefore if you have a dog, they need to be on a lead at all times.

Our main concern to this cotage is that the main A68 busy Jedburgh road runs past at the bottom of entrance which is only 100 metres from the cottage. This is very busy road with fast moving cars and HGV therefore not suitable for children or pets to play un supervised. Unfortunately for us, the fact the road was so near took away the feeling of the country side.

Thats the bad parts done.

The owners are very nice helpful people who i am sure enjoy making peoples holidays great. They have a great CCTV looking at wild life located within their own barns, great for the kids.

Once you get over that terrible busy road, there are some lovelly walks and a four mile drive will take you into some good forrest walks.

FINAL BAD POINT.

The nearest pub is the Redesdale Arms which is approximately 10 mile drive on a horrible road which actually takes around 20 minutes to get, a total of 40 minute round trip.

The nearest shop is around 15 miles in Otterburn, again a terrible drive.

Bedrooms very nice with very comfortable beds.
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Date of stay: February 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hayley R wrote a review Jul 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Superbly placed to enjoy some of the wildest features of the Northumberland countryside and all that the Borders and Southern Scotland have to offer... Whitelee Farm Cottages are the perfect getaway for anyone searching for tranquility, relaxation and an opportunity to get close to nature. The cottages are located on a working farm owned and run by the very hospitable and helpful John and Jill. The cottages are impressively equipped and are a real 'home from home'. We loved the nature cam - accessible through the television in our cottage... seeing an owl and her owlets at such close quarters was such a treat. We needed somewhere to stay while attending a wedding at a local venue - which didn't give us enough time to fully soak up the experience, but we have already vowed to return so we can spend more time relaxing and exploring the local countryside.
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Date of stay: July 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ian_Fulcher wrote a review Jun 2018
Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in Birch Cottage with friends at the end of April and had a lovely relaxing time. The dogs really enjoyed the location and there was a stream some 50m away which our dog just loved belly surfing in. The owners were welcoming and chatted with us for ages providing lots of good information. The cottages are easy to find, just off the main road, but it is a quiet area with lots of wildlife noise to be heard. There are also wildlife cameras which showed barn owls in one area and other creatures if you spend time watching, which is available on the lounge TV. Good walking in the local area, we did part of Kielder Water one day and a more local forest another. Well worth a visit and came home relaxed.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Roger.pauline wrote a review Apr 2018
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were greeted by John & Jill ("if you care to ring us when you're passing Corebridge, we'll know you're 40 minutes away) at the door as we arrived; Jill took us round the cottage to explain where everything is & to show us how the wildlife viewing worked. The Birch cottage is well equipped and very peaceful. We booked here for our Golden Wedding and were certainly not disappointed. We loved the wildlife cameras which beam live pictures into the cotage through the enormous TV. We loved seeing the barn owl with its two chicks (two cameras - one of the nest exterior & one of its exterior). The star, though, is the badgers for whom John puts out food in the same place daily; we saw them every day with occasionally two at once. A fox also put in an appearance for its share of the spoils.
WiFi is available.
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Date of stay: April 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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retailterry wrote a tip Sept 2016
Farnborough, United Kingdom13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all three cottages are great."
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Pammuchan1 wrote a tip Nov 2014
Tideswell, United Kingdom163 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We like Osk cottage"
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