Westfield House Farm is far more than just a farm. In fact, though cattle graze the surrounding Northumbrian meadows and lambs buoyantly bleat their greet in spring, the agricultural antics, today, are more of a backdrop. The old stone farmhouse is now a homely B&B – think chunky exposed beams and open fireplaces – while much of the land has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and chirps with the sound of lapwings, curlews and red-legged partridge, among others. Yes, it’s more of a rurally based natural wilderness than a farm. And in the heart of it all lies the perfect place to nest yourself: in one of Westfield House’s shepherd’s huts.
Just as the farm is more than a farm. These huts are more than humble shepherd’s abodes. Custom built in an extra large size, inside they feature a full-sized double bed, well-equipped kitchen and a fold out breakfast bar beneath the window that lets you dine with a view but also maximise the space. One of the huts (Demoiselle), features an extra set of bunks, so a family of four can sleep in comfort, while all come kitted out with en-suite bathrooms where gowns, towels and toiletries are happily provided.
On the edge of Northumberland National Park, Westfield House enjoys splendidly starry skies and a sense of seclusion that, even in the rest of North East England, few places can boast. On windy nights, the wood-burning stove turns your hut into a glowing sanctuary of warmth, while, in summer, campfire-side stargazing is a must.
Active glampers will be in their element. Follow footpaths straight from the farm or drive five minutes into the national park first, where the Windy Gyle and Border Ridge walking routes are a particular highlight. Pop your head into the farmhouse for a chat with Tim and Emma who are happy to lend their recommendations. An active family themselves, your hosts can point you in the right direction – Harwood Forest and Thrunton Woods for keen mountain bikers or a walk beside Hadrian's Wall for history buffs who don’t mind the half hour drive. There’s ample room for bike storage, too.
Above all else, though, what makes Westfield House Farm so special is the all-round symbiosis of every aspect of the site. From the hare-shaped silhouettes carved into the window shutters to the real-life fauna that hops through the working hay meadow beyond, it seems every detail at Westfield House is working together to form the perfect retreat. Secluded yet well located, it’s worth the journey every time.
The Owner Says
Westfield House Farm is nestled in beautiful Upper Coquetdale in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside and within a couple of miles from Northumberland National Park. Its idyllic setting offers a seclusion that is hard to find – even in England’s most sparsely populated county. The farm is located at the end of it’s own private road and, as part of Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, is managed to enhance wildlife and biodiversity. The farm includes it’s own working hay meadow and designated Sight of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where wildlife of all kinds are abundant. Set away from the house next to the farm's SSSI are Leveret and Demoiselle, the first two of our luxury, en-suite shepherd's huts. All huts have their own en suite loo and shower, kitchen facilities, wood burning stove and electricity supply. The shepherd’s huts and B&B are run by Tim & Emma, with a little help from their three young daughters - we really look forward to welcoming you.
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