Ryecroft Cottage, Nr. Hepple, Rothbury

Ryecroft Cottage is surrounded by stunning scenery in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland National Park. It’s a comfortable, fully equipped, traditional stone cottage all on one floor. It’s in an area teeming with wildlife and often visited by rare red squirrels – sometimes even coming to the cottage bird table!

Immediately across the road from Ryecroft Cottage, you’ll find our private three-acre nature reserve. www.ournaturereserve.blogspot.co.uk

You can walk straight from the cottage door to tumbling streams, a woodland waterfall, a heather moor where birds of prey soar and curlews call, 5,000-year old hill-forts, a 16th century fortified farmhouse, a medieval well, or a remote hill-top lake.

Then come back to a roaring log fire and gaze out at the wonderful wildlife that visits the window-side cottage bird-table.

Whatever kind of landscape you prefer, there’s bound to be something here to please you! Ryecroft Cottage nestles in the hills right inside the Northumberland National Park. Views include:

  • Sweeping vistas under a huge sky.
  • Rough heather moorland fringed with trees, dotted with prehistoric hill-forts and other archaeological sites, and haunted by the wild cries of curlew.
  • The broad valley of the winding River Coquet where oyster-catchers, wild geese and many waders nest amongst the shingle, surrounded by green sheep pastures where rabbits play all day long.
  • Woods carpeted with thick cushions of moss, where the rare red squirrel, owls and many species of hedgerow birds have their homes.

This is one of the few corners of England where you can still see rare red squirrels in the wild. We’ve put up several squirrel feeders in our nature reserve, so – although we can’t make any promises – you have an excellent chance of seeing them.

There are rabbits everywhere. There’s also a good chance of seeing stoats, voles and bats. If you’re lucky you might be able to add deer to the list.

For bird lovers, Ryecroft Cottage is surrounded by a variety of habitats. As well as the woodland species that visit the cottage bird-table, look out for curlew, oyster-catcher, heron, buzzard, woodcock, dippers, tree-creepers, tawny owls, barn owls, geese, ducks, moorhen and many other wading birds.

“We won the ‘jackpot’ when we found Ryecroft Cottage on the internet…. The cottage, surrounding countryside and villages surpassed all our expectations… Hope this will be the first of many return visits.” – Brian + Helen, Bristol

“Thank you for a comfortable, warm and cosy cottage. Thank you also to your caretaker for keeping it so clean…Hope to come again.” – Cecil + Iris, Warwickshire

“Delightful cottage… We have particularly enjoyed watching the birds on the feeder… and on two days a red squirrel. In the back garden. We have seen a red squirrel, stoat and rabbit.” – Chris + Jenny, Surrey

Additional Information

We’re open all year

Book direct, or through either of our agents, Northumbria Byways or northumbrian-cottages.

Accommodation Features

  • Child Friendly
  • Dishwasher
  • Independent reviews available
  • Lounge
  • Off Road Parking
  • Open Fire/Stove
  • Washing Machine

Bedroom Types Available

Double / Twin
Ground Floor Room

Contact Details

Rosalind Kerven
t: 01669 640291
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Swindonburn Cottage West
Sharperton, Morpeth
Northumberland NE65 7AP