Old Kielder Castle Cottage ref: UK3057

Kielder, near Bellingham, Kielder & Bellingham Area

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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Ground Floor Wet Room 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Parking - On Site 


Old Kielder Castle Cottage lies in the prettiest part of the village of Kielder, directly opposite the castle, which can be admired from the large enclosed garden. Visitors to Kielder village and surrounding area are spoilt for choice, as the area is a paradise for mountain bikers, cyclists, walkers, fishermen and water enthusiasts. It is ideally located for stargazers and photographers, as this semi-detached holiday cottage is close to the Kielder Observatory. The castle houses a visitor centre, with a licensed café featuring a webcam to capture the ospreys and wildlife, and also holds varied exhibitions throughout the seasons.
The cottage has been sympathetically restored from a 1775 stable for the castle, into a contemporary cottage, which is ideal for couples or small families. Relax in the large bath after a day’s cycling or walking, or curl up on the comfy sofa and watch a film in front of the cosy wood burner. The rear area has a pretty tiered patio area for extra privacy to relax and unwind. The open beams, underfloor heated stone floors and wood burner all help to retain the character of the cottage.
Kielder is set in the Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park, the largest expanse of dark sky in Europe, perfect for astronomers. The surrounding parks all have something to offer visitors. There is a hop on/off ferry which takes you all around the water to admire the stunning scenery with a visitor centre, bird of prey centre and bar with picnic tables along the front.
The local pub and licensed café are only a short walk away, which means you can leave your car behind and enjoy a quiet drink with friends. This property is within a great location for exploring the abundance of visitor attractions in what is reputedly the friendliest and least inhabited county in England. Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland Heritage Coast (Alnwick Castle only 50 miles) make great days out and are easily drivable. The Kielder Winter Wonderland from mid-November to Christmas is a fantastic experience for families of all ages (must pre book). Marathons and bike runs are held throughout the year, making the cottage a welcoming base for your stay in Kielder. Shop ¼ mile, pub 300 yards, café 200 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space:
With beams and stone floor.
Living area: With wood burner, 46" Sky TV and DVD player.
Dining area: With French doors leading to sitting-out area.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and French doors leading to sitting-out area.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and tiled floor.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, shower area and toilet.

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Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot , highchair and stairgate. Telephone (honesty box).


Enclosed lawned garden to the front with terrace, patio, garden furniture and chiminea. Tiered patio to the rear with sitting-out area. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car; additional on road parking. No smoking. Please note: There is a covered pond in the garden, 20 yards away.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    ¼ mile
  • Distance
    19 miles
  • Restaurant
    200 yards (café)
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    300 yards
  • Railway station distance
    35.0 miles
  • Lake
    ½ mile

About the local area

Northumberland's western edges contain some of its most spectacular destinations, and the Kielder and Redesdale region is no exception. While the countryside is remote, and all the more beautiful for that, there is a wealth of activities on offer for everyone.

Kielder Water & Forest Park is the site of Northern Europe's largest man-made lake. There are also acres of forest to explore. Purpose-built walking trails create perfect forest walks to see a wide range of rare wildlife including the native red squirrels, deer, otters and badgers.

Dedicated mountain bike tracks including a bike skills area scatter the area. Water sports enthusiasts can take to Kielder Water from Easter to October and the lake offers a great challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.

However if a relaxing stroll is more your thing, you can strike out on your own and explore Wild Redesdale, a great place just to enjoy nature in its most natural form, following in the footsteps of the Romans while hearing the call of Moorland birds.

Kielder is also an ideally placed for exploring the rest of Northumberland, Cumbria, Hadrian's Wall Country and the Scottish Borders.

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

Cycling in Kielder Forest Park

Surrounding Kielder and home to the largest forest in Britain, Kielder Forest Park is a fantastic location for keen mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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