Grey Hens near Rothbury

An Idyllic, Design-Led Retreat in the Coquet Valley with Stunning Flowering Gardens

Grey Hens is a true delight, nestled in the Coquet Valley in a balmy, romantic spot between Rothbury and Felton. Just for two, Grey Hens is incredibly stylish yet super-cosy, providing an oasis of calm amongst the blissful gardens and serene countryside.

Renovated by local artist, Marie Stansby, the converted barn mirrors her style of classic and modern, embracing the rugged Coquet valley landscape with all the soft touches you crave in a quiet retreat. The gardens are separated into ‘rooms’ giving you an element of privacy whilst you discover the vegetable patches, the pond garden and the rockery.

Grey Hens is divine in summer of course, but just as dreamy in the winter. With the wood burning stove, roll-top bath and fluffy bathrobes, you’ll enjoy guilt-free lazy mornings and dozing in front of the fire.

Secretly buried away from the hustle and bustle, you can reach Rothbury in the car in less than 10 minutes, Alnwick in 20 minutes and the nearest beach (Warkworth) in 30 minutes. Sounds like the best of both worlds. 2 dogs welcome to.

Grey Hens near Rothbury

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A Design-Led Boutique Hideaway in the Coquet Valley

Hidden amongst stunning countryside, yet so close to the historic landmark of Cragside and the country town of Rothbury, Grey Hens could have fallen straight out of a magazine, mixing contemporary classics with boho chic.

Facts & Features

Up to 2 guests and 1 baby.

One baby welcome. Travel cot and highchair available upon request. Bike storage available in the studio and utility room accessed from outside the property.

Two well-behaved dogs welcome at Grey Hens for a small charge of £20 each. Dog sitting services available. Booking conditions apply. Outside hose for dogs.

1 bedroom with 1 king bed (5ft wide).

All bedding is non-feather, hypo-allergenic.

There is 1 bathroom from the bedrooms, which has large shower with power shower and very slight step up to the tray (less than 1 inch), beautiful roll-top bath, sink and WC. Complimentary White Company toiletries.

Garden & Outside
The stunning gardens are one of the best features of this gorgeous property. The extensive gardens are separated into ‘rooms’ and there’s even the owner’s private vegetable patch to explore! If the farm gate entrance to the properties is kept closed, the garden is closed.

There is no BBQ provided at Grey Hens but there is an area for a BBQ outside, so you are welcome to bring your own.

Please be aware
The owner lives next door and the gardens are shared. It’s very peaceful and quiet, with plenty of room.
An initial supply of logs are provided between October and April. More can be purchased from the owner upon arrival.

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival Day: Friday or Monday
Arrival Time: 4pm
Departure Time: 10am

Other Information
Booking Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
About Rothbury

Extra Touches
A Northumbrian Welcome Hamper is provided, which includes some lovely basics including locally-baked bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee and wine! White Company complimentary toiletries are included. A bespoke property and local area guide tells you all you need to know to make the most of your stay. Free Wi-Fi for cosy nights in.

No time to cook?
The owner provides homemade ready-to-cook meals you are welcome to help yourself to in the freezer in the utility room, just in case you arrive and don’t wish to cook! An honesty box is provided.

Fridge, freezer box, electric fan oven and electric hob, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine with pods supplied. Smoothie-maker, electric whisk and slow cooker. Washing machine and additional freezer are located in the utility room. Iron, ironing board, clothes airer and vacuum. Hairdryer, books and Sonos speaker and plenty of board games. Central heating is provided throughout.

Mod Cons
Large Smart TV’s in both the lounge and bedroom with access to Netflix. Sonos speaker that you can Bluetooth to. Free Wi-Fi.

Accommodation all on 1 floor; access into the hallway leading to the bedroom and open-plan living space. Space is almost level throughout the property with a couple of thresholds, but there is a stone step up to the front door from the outside.

Bike Storage
There is storage in the utility room for bikes.

There is 1 private parking space outside the property, off road.

Care of the Property
Our ‘Coquet’ cottages are much-loved privately-owned holiday homes into which our owners have lavished much care and investment to create beautiful places for their guests to enjoy. We therefore require a cautionary Good Housekeeping Deposit to protect our owners’ property, so that if damage/breakages occur or exceptional cleaning over and above the usual changeover clean is required up to the value of the deposit, the owner can be recompensed.
You have the option of paying either a £150 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit or a smaller non-refundable £12 Deposit Waiver, which covers you to the value of £150.  Please choose which option you prefer when booking.  Click HERE for more information.

Virtual Tour

Here you can explore Grey Hens in 3D virtual reality.

Click on the arrow to start then use your mouse or touch screen to explore all areas.  The floor plan can be enlarged by clicking on it. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’d be delighted to help. Email us or call us on 01665 710700.

Virtual Tour

Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.

Tips from a local

Cragside is a must when staying in this area of Northumberland. Cragside was the first country house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power by Lord Armstrong, a key figure in Northumberland. As well as the interesting house, the whole estate is open to the public with its magnificent walks and country trails, as well as a huge children’s play park and a nice café too. The rock garden and pinetum walk (through the Douglas Firs – like the one is the garden of Woodlands Retreat, some of which were planted in the late 1800s) is breath-taking!
It is ran by the National Trust, click HERE to visit the website.

Tips from a local

Go to The Running Fox for a breakfast, afternoon tea or lunch – be make sure you are hungry as their portions are huge! You will need to book in advance too as they get really busy. Their delis are great for taking goodies back to the cottage with you, they have cafes in Longframlington, Shilbottle and Felton Village.

Tips from a local

Is it a rainy day or do you just fancy being a bit creative? This is great if you have kids (or still great if you don’t!) – visit Pots and Paws in Rothbury and practice your pottery painting! They offer lots of different types of ceramics and they can wood-fire them for you to collect the next day and take home. The gift shop is pretty eccentric too!

Tips from a local

A visit to Barter Books in Alnwick is a must if you have any interest at all in books.  It’s the biggest second-hand bookshop in the UK and is housed in the former railway station in Alnwick – which is fascinating in its own right.  You can easily spend hours there browsing their enormous collection of second-hand books, DVD’s, videos, etc. and they have a really interesting Antiquarian Section.

There is a separate children’s department, where children are encouraged to read and play. The Station Buffet cafe is housed in the original waiting rooms of the station building. In the wintertime, they have a roaring fire in each room –  perfect for enjoying a hot drink and reading through an interesting book.

Tips from a local

The Northumberland Arms is a beautiful bar and restaurant by the River Coquet in the heart of Northumberland and serves freshly prepared food with the finest local ingredients. Open for breakfasts, lunches and evening meals we recommend you book in advance to avoid appointment’s.

The Northumberland Arms was built in the 1820’s by Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland as a Coaching Inn and has been fully renovated to an extremely high standard.


Tips from a local

Why not hop on to the train to Edinburgh for the day? It’s so easy to reach from Berwick Station, it’s only 40 minutes on the train and you are in the centre of the city. Check out this great little blog on some of the best things to see and do in Edinburgh. Our favourites are discovering the warren of Edinburgh’s hidden streets at Mary King’s Close, having cocktails in the Juniper bar and heading up there for Christmas marks from the middle of November.

Tips from a local

The Anglers Arms is a tradition Northumbrian Coaching Inn nestled on the banks of River Coquet in a tranquil hamlet of Weldon Bridge, just a short drive from Grey Hens.

The Anglers Arms has gained an enviable reputation for providing fantastic food for every occasion whether it’s a quick sandwich at the bar, a relaxing pub lunch with friends or a romantic meal for a special occasion.

Not sure where to start?

We know Northumberland and all of our cottages inside out, so if you have any particular queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re more than happy to help!

Telephone: 01665 710 700 or click here to email us your enquiry.