Petty Knowes Cottage ref: CC325028

Rochester near Otterburn, Kielder & Bellingham Area

5 Stars



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  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Petty Knowes Cottage is the quintessential rural hideaway for couples. Perched above the picture perfect small village of Rochester it commands breathtaking uninterrupted views across the Northumberland National Park. Built from attractive stone, the property has been newly renovated to offer cosy and immaculately presented accommodation for a real homely romantic retreat. The lounge has a 42" Freeview TV and open fire; idyllic to gaze into and watch the flames dance after a day exploring this most northerly of National Parks. The contemporary kitchen is well equipped and there is a fresh and modern shower room. The spacious bedroom at the end of the building boasts a majestic king size sleigh bed. Guests have private use of a garden with decked area, a perfect spot to dine alfresco and watch the sun set. Attached to the owners’ property where access to the cottage is via an uneven gravel single track, it is accessible for most vehicles. Visitors to Petty Knowes Cottage are welcome to use the owners’ hot tub adjacent.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Freeview 42" TV, DVD player and selection of DVDs, Wi-fi and sofa bed (for + 2)
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer
Dining Area: With fold out dining table and chairs for two
Bedroom: With king sized sleigh bed, log burning stove, Freeview 42" TV, DVD player, Ipod/MP3 player and Wi-fi.
Shower Room: With corner shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

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All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Logs provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi facility throughout.


Private garden area with decked area, outdoor seating and use of BBQ. Access to cottage via single unmade track. Pets are welcome although please be aware there is livestock in surrounding fields and hens and cats roam freely. Use of owners’ hot tub. Off road parking.
Additional sleeping for an extra 2 people available on request at an additional charge of £25 per person payable direct to the owner on arrival.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    5 Miles
  • Distance
    11 Miles
  • Restaurant
    5 Miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    1 Mile
  • Railway station distance
    28.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

Location is very rural although Rochester sits conveniently on a quiet stretch of the A68 giving easy access to explore the wide and open expanses of North Northumberland. The village is the site of the Roman Fort of Bremenium, built there to protect the important Roman road of Dere Street, which passes through the village. Otterburn is 5 miles south and where the woollen mill is a popular attraction. A friendly greeting awaits visitors to the Border Reiver village shop, which is particularly well stocked and open extensive daily hours 364 days per year. The pretty village of Elsdon is a further 3 miles south east and is a complete example of a medieval settlement, which sits in a natural bowl overlooked by hills on all sides and surrounded by an extensive ridge and furrow fields. There are ample opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities across this area known as Redesdale including quad biking and cycle hire. Ramblers and cyclists will enjoy the beautiful unrivalled views as they sample the varied footpaths and cycle routes. Horse riding is available at Elsdon and fishing can be arranged at Caistron or Sweethope Loughs. The National Trust property at Wallington Hall is well worth a visit. Pony trekking, windsurfing, sailing and ferry trips are only a small selection of the many outdoor activities that can be arranged at Kielder Water - Northern Europe’s largest man made lake - which is cradled by Kielder Forest Park nearby. The quaint village of Bellingham offers many local facilities only 11 miles south west, including a tourist office, Heritage centre and a highly regarded 18 hole, par 70 golf course on its outskirts. Or travel south east along the Coquet river until you reach the picturesque small town of Rothbury, which sits at the foot of the Simonside and Lordenshaw Hills; it straddles the banks of the trout and salmon rich River Coquet where a licence and permit for fishing can be obtained locally and has several quaint tea rooms, pubs, shops and a riverside 18 hole golf course. The 1,000 acres estate of Cragside, once home to Lord Armstrong, and the first home in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity is an interesting National Trust visitor attraction too. Or travel a little further east to the bustling market town of Alnwick, protected by its dramatic castle,the ancestral home to the Duke of Northumberland (and film location for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Academy!) and offers an abundance of facilities including a cinema/playhouse, leisure centre with indoor swimming and a good selection of restaurants, tea rooms and shops. The spectacular Alnwick Garden, with its Grand Cascade Waterfall and restaurant within the largest tree house in Europe is an interesting experience too. Head north up the A68 and cross the border into Scotland - Jedburgh is only 20 miles. The heritage coastline this area is renowned for is easily accessible too, ensuring Petty Knowes Cottage provides an excellent base for exploring both the wild and unspoilt countryside coupled with easy access to the glorious Northumbrian seashore and the many border ’toons’ across Southern Scotland

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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