East Hepple is situated in the tiny village of Hepple and about six miles from the town of Rothbury. Both Alnwick and Morpeth are within thirty minutes drive; likewise the coastal resort of Alnmouth.
The cottage has panoramic views over the Coquet river and valley, and offers complete peace and relaxation.
Both Alnmouth and the more northerly Bamburgh offer splendid beaches- the former with a view to Lindisfarne and Holy Island. The coastline is largely wild, unspoilt, and stunning. This was my first visit to the area, and I must say it knocks spots off the north west Lancashire coast- close to where I spent my childhood. A must visit if you've never been there!
One slight downside is that the B roads can be quite hilly, particularly poorly maintained, and full of potholes. Given the hot temperatures this July, driving any distance can become a bit tedious.
Apart from an en suite bedroom, guests have their own downstairs lounge with three piece suite, tea/coffee making facilities, small TV, and a plethora of books to read.
The hosts, Brian and Joan Storey, are as friendly and accommodating as you will find anywhere. Joan in particular is communicative, thoughtful, and goes out of her way to please and assist- without being overbearing.
Although evening meals are not offered, Joan will cook whatever you choose for breakfast. Apart from fruit juice, yoghurts, and cereal, there is a large home grown fresh fruit salad for starter- comprising strawberries, loganberries, and blue berries. Delicious. The cooked breakfast is local produce, consisting of egg, bacon, sausages, black pudding, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Likewise delicious.
Outside there is a lovely front garden and a side lawn c/w one piece table and twin seats- where smokers can have a cigarette.
The nearest location is the village of Thropton about three miles away- or Rothbury which is twice that distance.
Luckily, Thropton's pub, The Three Wheatheads ( an old Northumbrian word for Village Idiots), offers bar/restaurant food second to none. For about £10-12 per head, the food is plentiful and top quality. You can eat inside or outside, and I should strongly advise going nowhere else.
If you want peace, isolation, good food, and lovely hosts- then do not hesitate to stay here. The cottage has been beautifully renovated in 'old farmhouse style' and, though not offering the extensive facilities of large hotels, it does provide a tremendous rustic holiday for £35.00 per person per night ( inc. breakfast).
I should add that the whole area- and especially the coastline- is fantastic for walkers. .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- East Hepple Farmhouse overlooks the River Coquet with splendid views across the valley to the Simonside Hills. Ideally situated to enjoy the tranquillity of beautiful Coquetdale yet within easy distance of the many castles, gardens, historic houses and the lovely coastline of Northumberland. We offer a double bedroom with private bathroom and sitting room, a twin-bedded room with en-suite shower and we serve a full breakfast using locally sourced and home grown produce. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- East Hepple Farmhouse Morpeth, UK - Northumberland