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“Perfect base for a peaceful country break”
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The Old Hayloft - set in the beautiful area of Raylees, Northumberland
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The Old Hayloft - set in the beautiful area of Raylees, Northumberland
The Old Hayloft, the former stable to Raylees Farm with its reserved parking space The view from the cottage to the minor road to Elsdon
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15 reviews
The Old Hayloft - set in the beautiful area of Raylees, Northumberland
The Old Hayloft, the former stable to Raylees Farm with its reserved parking space
The view from the cottage to the minor road to Elsdon
Raylees Farm in the summer
Looking out to the private outside area and the fields beyond
A place to watch tv or chat with friends/family
A place to relax
A perfect spot to spend a summer evening
The kitchen and dining area
The recently installed well-equipped kitchen
A glimpse of Bedroom 1
The calm and relaxing space of bedroom 1
The view from bedroom 1
.. and a peek at Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Looking from Raylees northwards
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Elsdon, Northumberland National Park, Northumberland, England

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mhubank
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect base for a peaceful country break”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in May 2014

Mr and Mrs Cowie at Raylees farm have done a great job converting the Old Hayloft into a comfortable apartment for couples and small families. A compact and well-equipped kitchen diner has everything you need to cook local produce available in nearby Otterburn, and sufficient space for our family of four to enjoy relaxing evenings after long days out exploring the beautiful local countryside. The warm bedrooms have deep-set windows with views of wild moorland and quiet farmland, and which are visited in spring by the beautiful house martins which nest under the eves. In fact it would be a perfect place for birdwatchers all round, with curlew and other moorland birds locally and the Northumberland coast and Farne Islands around 45 minutes drive away.
The Hayloft adjoins the farm - fresh eggs, and the children enjoyed seeing the animals being fed- but is separate and private. Access is surprisingly good, given the location, with trips to nearby Belsay Castle or even Newcastle a rapid and scenic drive away. WIth the Hayloft as a perfect base, we spent wonderful days out at Kielder reservoir where we rented bicycles, Alnwick Castle (of Hogwarts fame (or the seat of the Percy family if you are not a Harry Potter fan!), strolling along Hadrian's Wall and visiting the castles of the coast (Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh). But the real star is the stunning and unspoilt countryside. It is easy to find big open spaces with few people, so if you are looking for peace and quiet, you've found the perfect spot. That feeling is enhanced by being WiFi free (its liberating, really - try it!), but if you need your internet fix, the Redsesdale Arms, ten minutes up the A6, has free WiFi access, decent food, and is family friendly. We also had a huge and enjoyable dinner at the very traditional Newcastle House Hotel in nearby Rothbury.
The Old Hayloft has so much to recommend it. Great value, comfortable, friendly and peaceful. We hope to visit again soon as there is so much more to do. We loved it.

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Liked best: Peaceful, comfortable, easy to relax.
Liked least: Drying room could have been warmer (hard to dry wet clothes)
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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KellyMetc...
Hitchin, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Great little place, wish we could've stayed longer”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had a great three nights at this property. It's well equipped and very well presented, it was just the right size for my husband and I and our 16 month old. The owner was very helpful on arrival as well as during the booking process- arranging a cot, highchair and stairgate for us and providing useful information and directions. The location is spot on for exploring the national park, Hadrian's wall and the coast. We'd definitely like to return and stay a bit longer in the area.

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Travelling group: Young Children
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Annacumbr...
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3 reviews
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“Lovely hideaway”
Reviewed 23 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Fantastic location. Very clean and ideal for exploring Northumberland. Close enough for the beautiful beaches for surfing and long walks. Hosts were excellent and helped us with a engine problem by supplying us some oil. It was perfect for us (two adults) and we will totally back again to try and catch some waves in the near future.

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Jeehnn
York, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great cottage”
Reviewed 16 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

This was a perfect base for a few days visiting Northumberland. The cottage was very comfortable and a really nice location: easy to get to, close to lots of places to visit, but also feeling very rural.

Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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Robert S
St Neots, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Nice break away.”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Despite living next door, the owners were not intrusive and were very friendly and helpful when needed. The accommodation is very compact but the downstairs bathroom/WC is a definite minus especially at night! It is well equipped and comfortable. The property is situated on the A696 with the road to Elsdon on the side. The traffic is not a problem but the living area and main bedroom are somewhat exposed to passing traffic from Elsdon. It is a good base from which to visit most of the sights in the area - Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and Gardens and numerous English Heritage and National Trust properties. The listing of a TV in the facilities is rather misleading as it can only be used for viewing DVDs, there being no TV reception!

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Liked best: The location.
Liked least: The downstairs bathroom and exposure to passing cars.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
3 Jul 2015
We very much value our guests feedback. Although some of our guests told us that they liked getting away from it all, away from TV, WiFi and the distractions of daily life, a number of guests have also indicated that they would prefer to have TV reception available as an option. For 2015 therefore the property is now equipped with satellite TV access. The property also now has WiFi (although given the rural location speeds are slow and the signal of variable strength).
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