Fern Cottage ref: UK31020

Thorngrafton, near Bardon Mill, Hexham & Area

4 Stars



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  • Bike Store 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Open Plan 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Station within 1 mile 


Fern Cottage is a quirky, rustic property filled with thoughtful touches that offers guests a brilliant holiday destination. Set over one level, this lovingly furnished holiday cottage has a cosy open plan kitchen/living room where guests can sit back and enjoy a multi-fuel burner after cooking up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen. Outside, at the front of the house, there is a bench seating two.
Straight from your front door, Barcombe Fell is within walking distance. The beautiful heather-clad hill gradually reaches the summit where you have spectacular views as far as the eye can see of Hadrian’s wall to the north and The Pennines to the south west. Barcombe Quarry is also famous as the place where a small bronze arm purse containing 63 Roman coins was discovered in the 1800’s. This find is now known as The Thorngrafton Horde and is one of many historic finds in the region.
The picturesque village of Bardon Mill is within easy reach of the A69 giving opportunities to explore this historic region by car or train, with the station only minutes away. There is also a bus service (no. 685) which travels between Carlisle and Newcastle on an hourly basis, and Bardon Mill is on the Newcastle/Carlisle railway line with a stopping service in each direction every 2 hours. Haydon Bridge offers plentiful facilities only 4 miles east and Haltwhistle, geographically acknowledged as ’the Centre of Britain’ has many amenities including several shops, restaurants, a sports centre and an outdoor swimming pool.
Fern Cottage is ideally located to explore Hadrian’s Wall and Allen Banks, the beautiful National Trust valley. Beltingham has a wonderful church, St Cuthberts, which is of Saxon origin. In addition, why not visit the Roman site of Vindolanda, which is world-renowned and the location of the finding of the Vindolanda tablets, the oldest ’postcards’ in the world. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With multi-fuel burner and 24” Freesat Smart TV.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee machine and washing machine.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. Welcome pack.


Front sitting-out area with bench. 1 small dog welcome. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Bardon Mill
  • Shops
    1.4 miles
  • Distance
    0.1 miles
  • Restaurant
    0.8 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Bardon Mill
  • Pub
    0.8 miles
  • Railway station distance
    0.7 miles
  • Lake
    2.4 miles

About the local area

The town of Hexham is dominated by Hexham Abbey set in the heart of the town dating back to the 7th century with its Saxon crypt still visible making it a 'must see' when visiting the area.

There is a wide range of shops, including a large number of antique shops selling everything from furniture and jewellery to books and prints. But Hexham is not just a place for those who love the past. It is a modern-day bustling market town that offers shops and leisure facilities including a newly-built swimming pool, two supermarkets and all the services you would expect to find in a town of its size.

Hexham also has a busy arts scene, centered on the award-winning Queen's Hall Arts Centre. The centre presents a varied program throughout the year, including dance, drama and European cinema. Hexham is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside you could wish to see. Historic Hexhamshire gives way to the Tyne Valley, and then the lonely Northumberland hills. Charming villages such as Corbridge and Bellingham are well worth a visit, and the area has some of the best walking around, not to mention the country pubs.

The 84 mile footpath that makes up the Hadrians Wall Path Nature Trail follows the historic line of Hadrian's Wall. The trail takes walkers along the riverside route in Tyneside, through farmland in Tynedale and the grazing upland section dominated by the Whin Sill escarpment. It then gradually descends to the rich pastures of Cumbria and finally the salt marsh of the Solway Estuary.

The highest concentration of Roman forts and museums can be found in the area between Chollerford and Gilsland, which lies within the natural beauty of the Northumberland National Park. Here you can see a multi award-winning fort, Vindolanda, and the best preserved Roman Cavalry Fort in Britain, Chesters, as well as some of the best preserved sections of the wall. Segedunum Roman Fort and Bath House are also worth a visit with its interactive visitor centre.

'Hadrian's Wall Country' offer visitors' dramatic highlands, rolling countryside and sleepy villages; stunning and varied scenery for walkers and cyclists alike. The Hadrian's Wall National Trial for walkers provides access to some of the best preserved sections of the wall and many of the shorter walks take in a pub or tearoom so you can have that well deserved break for a good pub lunch!

Things to do nearby

The Roman Army Museum
The Roman Army Museum

Extensive museum about the life of a Roman soldier. A great introduction to Hadrian's Wall. Spectacular eagles eye film can also be viewed. Tel: 01697 747485

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