This is a splendid place. A welcome basket with home-grown and produced sausages, eggs from the farm's chickens, a bag of potatoes, even chilli-hot home-cured salami; a perfectly put-together kitchen; comfortable bedrooms; tasteful decor; eco-toiletries...there is vast attention to gustation and aesthetics in East Cottage and we three were comfortable throughout. More, the location is exquisite, tucked away in a knot of villages not a million miles from Hadrian's Wall, practically within the bounds of the Northumberland National Park and within reasonable driving distance from gems such as Cragside (the first hydroelectrically powered house in the world, and a treasurehouse of Victorian science and art) and the delights of Alnwick and the coast. So far, so remarkable. We were unable, however, to arrange to get more eggs (fresh farm eggs being an altogether different thing from the week-old shop-bought variety), although we left a message. Were we meant to telephone? The owners never seemed to be at home, leaving a slight feeling of imbalance in what was otherwise a good stay.
- Also Known As:
- Southlands Farm Cottages Gunnerton, Northumberland