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Heavenfield Cottage is located at St Oswald’s Farm only two miles from the pretty villages of Wall and Humshaugh. This working farm built upon Hadrian’s Wall itself lies only a stone's throw from St.Oswald’s Church which stands within Heavenfield. This is believed to be the location where King Oswald (604-642) raised a large wooden cross before the Battle of Heavenfield (AD635) and marks the end point of the popular walking route, St Oswald’s Way.
This attractive property gives guests the unique opportunity to stay quite literally on top of Hadrian’s Wall and boasts some of the original roman wall stones within its construction.
The historic and ancient market town of Hexham is only 4 miles away with its majestic Abbey dating back to AD674 and boasting an interactive visitor centre. Hexham is also home to The Moot Hall and The Old Gaol which is the oldest purpose built jail in England. There is a vibrant art scene with galleries, a community owned cinema, theatre, local market, a choice of parks together with a lovely blend of quirky independent shops and some high street favourites. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out or enjoying a relaxed drink with a huge range of cafes and restaurants.
Heavenfield Cottage is located on the ‘Military Road’ and couldn’t be more perfect and accessible for exploring the major sites along Hadrian’s Wall, small pieces lie within walking distance, and a half hour drive is all that’s needed to discover Chesters, Vindolanda, Brocolitia, The Roman Army Museum, Housesteads, Corbridge Roman Fort with the beautiful Lanercost Priory & Birdoswald only a little further on.
The villages of Allendale, Blanchland and Corbridge are all within a half hour’s drive and each with its own unique charming character, offering independent shops, galleries, cafes, restaurant and with their own walking routes to discover.
Kielder Water Forest & Observatory & Dark Sky Park are only 25 miles away, offering a lovely forest drive, watersports, visitor centre, sailing and some of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the UK. Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK. An astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world where you'll find "infinite inspiration" and wonders you could never have imagined!
Further afield there’s plenty to see and do, a drive over Blanchland moor or across to the Simonside Hills with stunning moorland to admire, or why not explore the North East’s industrial heritage with a visit to Beamish Museum or Killhope Mining Museum. A journey to North Northumberland offers delights such as Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, Warkworth Castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and not to mention the stunning Northumberland Coast National Landscape which boasts a coastline of vast and expansive beaches.
Northumberland & the North East has many beautiful and unique visitor attractions and is home to many houses of grandeur and all with impressive gardens and grounds. Wallington Hall, Belsay Hall, Cragside and Gibside Hall are perfect destinations for a day out.
Dining out is easy with a huge choice of restaurants, gastro pubs, real ales, relaxing beer gardens and menus to suit all tastes and budgets and undoubtedly all promising a warm Northumbrian welcome.
If it’s culture, shopping and nightlife you want, Newcastle and Gateshead are twenty miles east. Their many attractions include Newcastle Quayside with the Baltic Art Gallery and the Sage, restaurants, cafes and night clubs, plus fantastic shopping both in Newcastle City Centre and Gateshead Metro Centre.
For sports fans, Hexham Race Course is six miles away; Newcastle United and Newcastle Falcons are twenty miles away; golf can be played at Slaley Hall, Matfen Hall and Hexham; and sailing is available at Derwent Reservoir & Kielder.
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