surrounded by stunning scenery
in the heart of the beautiful
Northumberland National Park

A view of the hills immediately opposite Ryecroft Cottage

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A comfortable, fully equipped,
traditional stone cottage
often visited by rare red squirrels
with FREE wifi

From our Visitors Book:

"Our sixth visit and met all our expectations" – Mike and Alison, July 2023

"We've had a fabulous time at Ryecroft Cottage.  Been on a lovely walk every day... Seen some lovely wildlife in the garden... Definitely hope to stay again!"
– Carole and Kevin, May 2023

"We have enjoyed our week in Ryecroft Cottage, which has everything we needed, and is kept so neat and tidy and in perfect working order" 
– Howard and Janet, June 2023

"Delightful cottage surrounded by such beauty.  Views from the top of adjacent hill stunning" – Stephen and Kathryn, September 2022

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One of our resident red squirrels photographed on the bird table

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the WILDLIFE that some of our visitors have seen

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.

More from our Visitors Book: 

"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

“The cottage was exactly what we needed. Warm and cosy with great wildlife outside the window! Rosalind and Richard are perfect hosts and seem to have thought of everything.”
– Sue + Simon, Lincolnshire

"Cottage had everything we needed.  Really enjoyed seeing all the wildlife outside the window...Would come back again and recommend your cottage to anyone." 
– Colleen + Robin, London

"Nice, comfortable house with everything you could want... Enjoyed the activity on the bird table and the nature reserve, where we caught a brief glimpse of a red squirrel." 
– John + Margaret, Kent

"Our second visit to Ryecroft and everything, as before provided!!...And this time we saw red squirrels on three separate occasions!"
– David + Angela, Nottingham

"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

Spectacular view along the Coquetdale valley from a hilltop behind the cottage

"The cottage has been comfortable in a nice quiet setting 
and the fire has been a lovely bonus... would love to return again!"
– Barry, Sharon + Heledd , Gwynedd

"We have seen lots of wildlife – birds and animals.  We saw a red squirrel on the bird table... Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!. Thank you for a comfortable cottage."
 Stuart + Margaret, Bedford

"loved the peace and quiet. Fascinating watching the birds and voles at the feeder."
– Alan + Gill, Middlesbrough

"Our third visit to Ryecroft Cottage and a wonderful time was had."
– Alison + Mike, Berkshire

“Lovely cottage and a lovely area – what more can one ask for!!!”
– Terri + Michael, Norfolk

“Had an amazing weaken this lovely cottage, particularly enjoyed the garden wildlife... Lovely walks from the cottage and up into the local hills.”
– Barry + Brenda, Essex

“The cottage is well equipped and has everything we needed for a relaxing break... The wildlife has been a delight!”
– Julie + Gerard, Yorkshire

“We have had a really good week in this calm, quiet, comfortable 
and well equipped cottage.”
David + Nicky, Cambridge

Many people remark on the tranquility and say how well they sleep here.

Many guests return, some several times (the record so far is 12 visits!)    and recommend Ryecroft  Cottage to their friends and family.

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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.
Here's what you'll see here:

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.


Ryecroft Cottage is at least 200 years old.
You'll find some fascinating historical information about it 

in the comprehensive Information File inside the cottage.
It's built in the traditional Northumbrian style,
with thick stone walls, a slate roof
and all one one floor - ideal if you don't like stairs.
The cottage was completely renovated and refurbished to a high standard in 2002

We are lucky to have an excellent cleaner,
who always makes sure the cottage is sparkling clean and fresh for our guests.

Free wifi is available for our guests


Faces south with views over the garden and onto the hills.
There's a sofa with lots of cushions,
two rocking armchairs,
a wooden dining table and chairs.

The centre piece is the open log fire - with a FREE supply of logs!
(But don't worry if lighting a fire doesn't appeal to you.
Ryecroft Cottage also has full oil-fired central heating, included in the price)

The TV has a DVD + CD player.

The Living Room looks out onto a bird table giving close-up view of
woodpeckers, many kinds of tits and finches, nuthatch etc.
We provide nuts for the feeders and a field guide,
to be sure you can identify all your feathered visitors.


is nicely fitted out with cottage-style pine units.
The back door opens onto the completely enclosed garden,
so it's only a few steps to carry your meal out to the picnic table on fine days.
The kitchen has plenty of cupboard space and work surface.
It's fully equipped with
electric cooker,
fridge with freezer compartment,
dishwasher, washing machine/ tumble dryer,and microwave.
We've chosen high quality appliances - Miele and Bosch -
to be sure they do their job for you.
There's plenty of cooking equipment, attractive crockery and cutlery.
In case your holiday in the countryside inspires you to be creative,
we even provide recipe books!


We know how important a nice bathroom is when you're on holiday.
The Ryecroft bathroom is fully tiled.
You can either enjoy a relaxing soak in the bath
or refresh yourself with the excellent over-bath shower.
The facilities are completed by a pedestal basin, WC and pine-framed mirror.
We provide towels, and there's an electric towel rail so you can always enjoy them warm and dry.


both have comfortable, good quality beds,
plump pillows and duvets.
We provide the attractive bed-linen - included in the price.
There are also thick blankets in the wardrobes in case the weather turns cold.


is a lovely spacious room with king-size pine bed.
(We can provide a cot and high chair on request)

There's plenty of clothes storage space in wardrobe and chest of drawers,
and a dressing table with mirror and stool.
There are bedside lamps
and a hairdryer for your use in the chest of drawers.


is bright and airy with extra-long twin beds,
a wardrobe with full-length mirror,
chest of drawers and bedside lamp.


There are secluded, fenced gardens back and front.

Off-road parking for one large or two small cars.

Lockable cycle shed.