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East Hott Bank Farm

Centre of Britian - Once Brewed

Featured on Episode 2 of Tales from Northumberland on ITV in 2013 when Robson Green stayed at the Haughton Green Bothy. EHB is just 3 miles from The Sill The NAtional Landscape Discovery Centre which is opening in September 2017.

 

Hott, an Old English word for ‘stand of trees’.

Originally a game keepers cottage forming part of the Blackwater Estate, EHB was portioned off and sold along with several other properties and land in the 1960s. It is now a small farm situated at the head of a remote valley with it's own off grid micro generating capacity.

The stone house sits on a limestone bluff in the middle of  35 acres; home to local hill sheep, deer, foxes, Galloway cattle, badgers and a variety of bird life including hen harriers, osprey  larks swans and cuckoos and recently seen on the garden wall a little Red Squirrel.

Daring guests can enjoy wild swimming in the local glacial lough seen from the garden, which is warm in the summer and only 6' deep.

The south facing farmhouse is protected by a small stand of native trees to the north and has a sleepered terrace and gravel garden to the south overlooking a pond and stream.

Half a mile from the Pennine Way in the World Heritiage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, several small sculptural pieces have been already been introduced with more under commission creating conversation pieces and encouraging reflection and introspection. The permanent pasture is being slowly reclaimed, and replanted with native trees, emulating 'Little Sparta' near Peebles in Scotland.

 

A carved stone column, Si Monumentum Requiris, marks the turning point to the house with a Poetry Seat just above the house stream. A slate clapper bridge crosses the stream to the fields beyond.

There are several ‘wave oak’ farm gates mirroring the outline of the surrounding crags and hills. The farm is  fully off-grid, with spring/well water, sunk at the base of the fell, a 5kw wind turbine electric, 2 wood fired stoves, bottled gas for cooking and a post box 3 miles away. BT have however introduced civilisation with a phone line but mobile reception is poor.

It's own stream, the Caw Burn runs through from the Forestry to Greenlee Lough a Site of Scientific Interest famous for its luminous pondweed.

At the edge of the Northumberland National Park, and in the Dark Skies park, this 'retreat’ lies 3 miles from it's nearest neighbour. Truely isolated with no other lights to be seen at night, access is along a single hard track which passes through several farm properties along a ridge, culminating in a descent below Sewingshields Crag and the King and Queen Crags to the stone farmhouse at the heart of its own 35 acres. King Aurthur is thought to sleep under the crags and Ring and Cup marks have been found on top of the crags where hanggilders search for updrafts.

A stone barn and 2 Yorkshire board barns can house horses, dogs or mountain bikes for those who may wish to bring pets or equipment with them. There is an electronic telescope on site.

There is no public access through the farm.

Little can be more spine tingling than seeing cattle atop the crag calling along the valley or a lone huntsman silhouetted stationery against the skyline. Sheep cling to heathered hill-sides, purple in September or rose bathed at dawn throughout the year. Star encrusted skies are breathtaking.

In 2015 a ghost path will be created next, with limestone chippings and Jackmontii birch to illuminate under Moonlight.

The Pinnacle rock sought by climbers is visible from the kitchen.

EHB has three bedrooms all ensuite.

A 6’ double bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, a ground floor twin bedded room with shower room and woodburning stove and a single ground floor single bed and bathroom.

The sitting room contains a sofa bed, TV music centre and multifuel stove and the BBC selection of the Nations'100 Favourite 'reads' along with books on natural and local history and some taxidermy specimens to prick guests curiosity.

The large kitchen has a double oven using bottled gas, microwave, toaster, fridge and freezer. Decorated in a relaxed rural lodge style with vintage educational prints, this retreat is exceptionally warm, comfortable, quiet but above all unique. A perfect place to write, paint, compose or contemplate.

There are few places left like this.

Grate inside! Great outside! So says the carved stone over the sitting room door!

 

Carved stone column

What to do?

Concerts at Leeds Arena, visit relatives, enjoy the Leeds Indie Food Festival, exhibitions at the Henry Moore Gallery, golf a wonderful courses at Alwoodley and Moortown, shop to your heart's content or search the visit Leeds or www.treasuretrails.com websites.

For all rentals please contact 

may.rhodes@hotmail.com

07474449190 or Linda Burrows

07801651783 at pinkceb@aol.com. Dunstarn Cottage is also available through Air B and B.

 

Our inaugural outdoor picnic theatre event  Pride and Prejudice was held on 7th July 2017 at Dunstarn Farm Adel Leeds 16 by Chapterhouse Theatre Co. 250 guests attended.

 

Last updated 26th Sept 2017

Web photos courtesy Linda Burrows

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