The cottage was far down the end of a drive through a closed but not locked gate which we found out later was to keep the sheep from wandering. The location was so peaceful and beautiful we were instantly impressed. It got even better when Gaby showed us the cottage; she had made us homemade scones and there was whipped cream and jams (this was all polished off before nightfall and was delicious!!)
We enjoyed our stay in Ridsdale at the cottage very much and a big part of this was the fact we had all the comforts of home in a cute cottage in a beautiful area of Northumberland. Sitting in the back garden looking at the fields with grazing sheep and hardly a sound was amazing and we live in what we thought was a quiet village in Hertfordshire. The cottage was well kitted out with equipment and even things like loo roll and washing up liquid - the things I normally would have had to go out and buy the next day were there, Gaby is a fantastic holiday let owner she thinks of everything.
Nothing to do with review but for the car driver, the most local petrol garage is at Bellingham, but if you are watching the pennies, it is at time of writing about 143p a litre, over ten pence more than going rate of 132p - but we found another even dearer, the border riever, at Knowsgate which was asking 151p a litre!! (we passed). The best combination of price and distance was about 15 miles away and was Bishops Garage at Corbridge, or Dale Garage near Waitrose at Hexham,. (there are not that many petrol garages in the area).
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