What our guests say...

We are always grateful to our guests for the kind words our guests write in the visitor’s book. Thank you to everyone who has contributed; your enthusiasm and encouragement is wonderful!

Newt Cottage Reviews

I've been trying to pay attention to what is so special about this place this week so I can take a little of the feeling home with me… All I can gather is that Northumberland has some kind of actual ancient magic seeping from the ground and Karen and Tom capture some of this magic in the perfect bubble of Hunting Hall. The only solution is to keep coming back for top up sips of the potion! As usual we can't thank you enough and can't wait until next time xxx
Lynda, Ian and Kirsty, Ripley, March 2019
Here we are again. Back for the fourth time and by no means our last...It's like our second home here at Newt Cottage. Karen and Tom are really special people who make a difference to the land, environment and to people they meet (like us)....Northumberland is without doubt a beautiful, special place. Hunting Hall is our bolt home. Thank you both so much for all you do. We strive to live as eco friendly as possible. Being here is definitely where we find peace.
Nicholas and Christine, Wallasey, February 2019
We have had a wonderful week in this peaceful and beautiful place, We really appreciated the care you’ve taken to heart in providing this very special hospitality. One of the most lovely places we’ve stayed in and thank you for creating such a welcoming environment. We enjoyed meeting the farmyard companions.
Susan Puntin and Leslie Bunt, Bristol, September 2019
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We have had an extraordinarily magical and tranquil time at Newt Cottage. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for all the thought and care you put into making our holiday so perfect. Lots of happy and lasting memories made and would love to experience it all again in a different season… or even the same! Thank you for letting us stay. It was one of our best holidays.
Alex, Jo, Esme and Sid, Beckenham, August 2019
We’ve had such a wonderful week in this cosy cottage! We have visited Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh, Edinburgh, Eyemouth and had a lovely mean at The Black Bull in Lowick (we walked there). But by far, our favourite parts of the holiday have been spent here on the farm – pond dipping, walking the farm trail and Tom giving up his time to allow the children to help out feeding the animals and sharing his knowledge with them. Thanks to Karen for a walk welcome, her advice on exploring the local area and especially Easter gifts delivered by Donkey! Thanks to you both for unforgettable memories xx.
Tyrone, Tracy, Emma and Ben Farrar, Mirfield, April 2019
Our first visit to this area and we could not have found a nicer cottage. Karen and Tom are friendly hosts and the welcome pack was simply amazing. Without any doubt, this is the most well equipped holiday cottage that we have ever used. If you have the time, do walk around the farm and across to the Black Bull in Lowick (about 45 minutes) – you won’t be disappointed. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for your great hospitality! 5*
Ian and Marie Matthews, Wargrave, July 2019
We have had such a lovely week! - Thank you Tom and Karen. Your cottage is beautiful and felt like home from home. The kids (and us) have enjoyed just watching the animals and learning new things. The farm has allowed us to slow down and just be! There has been no pressure to get out and do or see as the farm and cottage has provided an oasis of calm and peace. We still managed to get out and do a few castles and lovely beach walks. We went horse riding at Kimmerston today in the sun whish was amazing [ ] We did the obligatory fish and chips at Seahouses and ate dinner at Black Bull Inn (easy cycle or walk). Karen and Tom, thank you! Love what you have done here and we certainly enjoyed the time thinking more about us in our environment in Glasgow. We’ve had really important and interesting ongoing conversations with the kinds about sustainability, recycling and going against the grain. We would love to come back! X
Gill, Al, Ronan and Erin McGeoch, Glasgow, April 2019
Another lovely week here. Thanks, Karen and Tom, for always making us feel so welcome. Back again in October – can’t wait!
Unsworth family, Cartmel, December 2018
Fabulous week, been to lots of beautiful places. Karen and Tom made us feel at home; the afternoon tea and fresh flowers were lovely. Cottage is beautiful. Hope to come back but will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Debbie and Glynn Flood, Macclesfield, October 2018
Unlike many of your other visitors, we hadn’t been here before but absolutely know why people come back! The cottage is perfect, so well equipped and beautifully presented. We did a lot of cooking and everything we needed was here. We love the area, plenty of walking despite some rain, short days and nearly getting blown off Yeavering Bell! The Farm Trail is also lovely – wish we had small children again.
Natalie and Ron, North Wales, November 2018
Nourishing and restorative in every way. Class act! Thank you.
Rob, Naomi, Solomon and Ani Slater, York, September 2018
Thank you, Karen and Tom, for a lovely welcome on the farm. Our cottage was very cosy, we felt at home. The welcome goodies were much appreciated. Loved the homemade bread. Great to walk/run round the farm and visited some nice places. Thank you x
Ian and Debbie, Chester, September 2018
This break at Hunting Hall has been a real treat. We thank you enormously for this privilege. There have been so many highlights to treasure in the months ahead and keep in our memories.
Jeremy and Jan Howat, York, September 2018
Beautiful cottage, fab hosts, loved all the treats and beautiful garden. Thank you! I’m sure we will be back x
Tracey, Andrew, Theo and Willow Riley, Mirfield, August 2018
A great stay on a wonderful farm. Thank you for your warm welcome. We have visited many places and also found time to relax in idyllic surroundings. Thank you.
Janet, Paul and Ella, York, August 2018
We have had an amazing week in Newt Cottage. The bread and cake were really yummy. We will definitely come again. Amazing sausages :)
Bella, Max, Louise and Shashi, York, July 2018
Great week! lovely welcome and goodies, weather and beautiful place. Loved being here – will be back!
Joy and Chris, Leeds, July 2018
The cottage is great and seeing the peacocks up close is a wonderful experience. Had a great time and as for the weather – best summer ever. Karen and Tom are very friendly and the tips about Holy Island and Berwick were really useful.
Linda and Bill Steadman, The Wirral, July 2018
Fantastic location, beautiful cottage and amazing hospitality. We were spoiled by the wonderful weather – can’t believe it! We managed to cram so much in. Thank you so much!
Kathryn. Jennie and Helena, Surrey, June 2018
A beautiful cottage in a beautiful part of the world. Tommy absolutely loved staying at the farm. It’s been a struggle to keep him in the cottage before 8 a.m. Thank you for letting us stay – the cottage is an absolute credit to you. We’ve had a wonderful holiday.
Ian, Caroline and Tommy Carrington, Burnley, June 2018
Nowt to say but…. DITTO :)
Clive and Hilary, Bedfordshire, June 2018
Can’t thank you enough for another brilliant holiday. Thank you for ordering the fine weather :) Still finding lots of new places to visit on our 8th trip – already got another list for next year too! See you then :) Look forward to seeing the shepherd’s hut too – it’s looking beautiful!
Lynda, Ian and Kirsty, Derbyshire, June 2018
Thank you. The farm and cottage are a credit to you, we’ve enjoyed everything and great weather.
Pat and Mike Harcup, Norfolk, May 2018
What a wonderful week we had and such a warm welcome. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were so lucky with the weather. Karen and Tom are a delight, as are all the animals and cottage too. Perhaps the highlight was our trip to Farne Islands, but there were so many enjoyable trips!! Thank :)
Susie and Martin, Henley-on-Thames, May 2018
A lovely week in a lovely cottage!
Ann and Rick Overfield
Spring. Wonderful! Thank you!
Andy and Alison Wood, West Yorkshire, April 2018
Our first visit to Newt Cottage and what a lovely time we’ve had! My favourite part has been waking up every morning and seeing the beauriful peacocks and peahens in the garden. I also enjoyed seeing the newborn lambs and we even had a deer visit our garden once! The doggies on the farm were very cute too! Thank you for the lovely cake and sausages as well :)
(by Florence aged 12)The March Family, Southampton, April 2018
Our second visit to Newt Cottage and a warm welcome from Tom and Karen. Some fine and sunny days and lots of newborn lambs! Will be back again in September.
Laraine and David, Stoutbridge, March 2018
What a wonderful time of year to be here in this lovely place. There has been a new treat every day – lambs, piglets, peacocks in full feather, deer, hares, rabbits, the nights getting lighter and the days getting warmer (well – a bit – and the open fire helps when it snows!!). The new shepherd’s hut looks as though it will be amazing. We very much appreciate how hard you have worked to make this place so lovely, welcoming, spotlessly clean and how you still manage to do all the day to day farming. Thank you.
Ian, Carolyn and John, Skelton, March 2018
6th time we have stayed here and we will be back; our home from home! Thank you, Karen and Tom, for your thoughtfulness and making our time here so wonderful. It is the only place we can say that continually ticks all the boxes for us. Our retreat in your beautiful part of the world.
Nick and Chris, Merseyside, March 2018
Third time here THIS YEAR! We loved it. Thirty minute walk across the farm to the Black Bull, trip to Edinburgh for the Christmas market and a walk from Wooler up Humbleton Hill, oh, and the beach at Beadnell and a pint at the Ship. All great as ever.
Unsworths, Cartmel, December 2017
Thank you for a wonderful holiday in your lovely cottage. We really enjoyed your hospitality and meeting the dogs and learning about the farm animals. A walk around the farm trail is highly recommended – especially if you get to see deer and hares as we did.
Ian and Carolyn, Skelton, December 2017
Second stay in The Newts, seventh stay at Hunting Hall. Absolutely love it! It's our second home. Thanks again for spoiling us Karen and Tom :)
Claire, Peter and Emily–Kate Unsworth, Cartmel, October 2017
This is our fourth visit here and we have enjoyed it as always. Walking, knitting, chatting. Thank you!
Rowena and Pratima, Brecon and Oxford, October 2017
The warm welcome and great suggestions meant we enjoyed every bit of the week. Terrific local foods in the welcome basket kept us going, but we also enjoyed food at the Black Bull Lowick and Mielle Patisserie in Berwick. Spinning was great fun – history and good weather helped too.
Fran and Len, Wokingham, September 2017
I've been trying to pay attention to what is so special about this place this week so I can take a little of the feeling home with me… All I can gather is that Northumberland has some kind of actual ancient magic seeping from the ground and Karen and Tom capture some of this magic in the perfect bubble of Hunting Hall. The only solution is to keep coming back for top up sips of the potion! As usual we can't thank you enough and can't wait until next time xxx
The Barker Family, Derbyshire, September 2017
Never ceases to amaze and thrill us. We love it here. Thank you as always for your generous hospitality and kindness, it's the icing on the cake!! We will be back.
Ben and Sue, Eastbourne, September 2017
Here for our 5th visit… and will be back again! Thank you once again for all your kindness and making our stay feel so special. xxx
Chris and Nick, Wallasey, September 2017
What a wonderful week we have had. Stunning weather, stunning Northumbrian countryside and a wonderfully warm welcome and lovely stay here at Newt Cottage. Thank you for your kind and generous welcome basket and the time you gave to share in the ethos and magic the farm. We loved hearing about and living it. We will be back :)

It was great here because there are 5½ day old piglets and there was a lamb called Agnes. I had a great time :) (Verity aged 7)
Charlotte, Mike and Verity, Eastleigh, August 2017
Thank you for such a warm welcome. We have had a lovely time. Learned a lot about farming and conservation. We loved the thought of pilgrims walking past the farm to get to Holy Island.
Peter, Melanie and Agnes, London, August 2017
First visit to Northumberland. Delighted with Newt Cottage, so promptly booked again for 2018. Wonderful hospitality from Karen and Tom. Super garden to relax. Weather mixed but still visited lots of the area. Loved seeing birds on farm and feeding them.
Laraine and David, Stourbridge, July 2017
Thanks, Karen and Tom, for making our stay so perfect. We re-visited some old haunts and found some new favourites – including Hunting Hall!
Steve and Barbara, London, July 2017
Thank you, Karen and Tom. This is a very special place; the cottage and its garden, the farm and surrounding area. We experienced a nice mix of stunning coast line and Cheviot walks. We hope to be back as there is so much more we'd like to see here. Thanks for generous welcome pack and home baking :)
Kate and Martin, the Netherlands, July 2017
We really did have an amazing week.
Laura, John, Luke and Hannah, Houston, July 2017
Thank you, Karen, Tom and Margaret, for your warm welcome to Newt Cottage. We have enjoyed our stay in this lovely area and look forward to a return visit - so much left to see and do!
Paul and Christine, Northamptonshire, June 2017
Thank you, Tom, Karen and Margaret, for your very warm welcome to Newt Cottage – cleanest and best equipped cottage we have stayed in. Thank you for all the yummy goodies in your welcome basket – your delicious cake kept us going all week and we fought over the last slice of your delicious bread! We have had an amazing week in your special part of Northumberland and will certainly return to walk your coastline and hills again. Thank you and all the very best for the summer and in the future.
Diane and Phil, Somerset, June 2017
Our 3rd visit to Hunting Hall and just as wonderful as the last. So relaxing and peaceful. Thank you Karen for the wonderful bread and cake and other goodies. Sad to go, but look forward to next time!
Andrea and Graeme Rolt, Warboys, June 2017
Another great stay on your lovely farm. Thank you as always for your care and warmth – stay well.
Kathleen and John, Wetherby, June 2017
Just the most perfect week. Enjoyed everything.
Jill and Ken Cairns, Doncaster, May 2017
This is our second stay here and we've really enjoyed it. This week has gone far too quickly! We've had such a lovely and relaxing time on the farm and we've got to know the peacocks and hens, especially the little red hen (could we take her away with us?!) Thank you Tom and Karen – you have put so much care and love into our stay.
John and Sue Cartledge, Warrington, May 2017
What a fabulous place you have here, we have really enjoyed our week. Plenty of places to visit if you can drag yourself away from this wonderful place. It is like a picture-book farm. Karen and Tom are so devoted to making the place special. Loved the little special touches especially the cake and cider!! Ate at the Black Bull Lowick – lovely food, and beer very welcoming stuff. We will be back again… think Hunting Hall may be our new destination of choice. Thank you and take care xx
Shirley and Dave Hall, Burton on Trent, May 2017
Our first time in ‘Newts' after six consecutive years in ‘Fuffins', and we loved it. Did all our usual things; Holy Island, Etal, St Abbs, boat trip to Longstone, and the Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh was really good. Newly refurbished Black Bull was a bonus - great food and beer! See you next year and thank you.
Unsworth family, Cartmel, April 2017
Another week in this lovely, cosy cottage gone far too soon. Amazingly sunny week and some great walks - including the farm trail. Many thanks to Tom for giving us the tour of the lambing sheds and to Karen for the lovely cake and goodies – and to both of you for creating such a sole replenishing retreat for weary townies like us. Keep up the good work!
Heather and Anthony, Sedgefield, March 2017
What a beautiful cottage with such thoughtfulness and care in every detail which we deeply appreciated. Thank you.
Abhayadevi and Kuladharini, Glasgow and London, March 2017
Here we are again. Back for the fourth time and by no means our last. We immediately relax as soon as we see the signs for Beal, then Kentstone. It's like our second home here at Newt Cottage. Karen and Tom are really special people who make a difference to the land, environment and to people they meet (like us).

I am usually the care giver. When I come here I feel spoiled and cared for. Nick is visibly more relaxed and the peace (together with the sound of hens and peacocks etc.), has almost a healing quality. We go home rejuvenated with our batteries charged. Northumberland is without doubt a beautiful, special place. Hunting Hall is our bolt home. Thank you both so much for all you do. We strive to live as eco friendly as possible. Being here is definitely where we find peace. Love, Chris and Nick.
Nick and Chris, Wirral, February 2017
What a wonderful time we have had. The cottage is beautiful, cosy and warm and we have been looked after very well by Karen and Tom. The weather has been very kind to us, a little cold but sunny every day. The cold doesn't bother you when you can come back to such a beautiful cottage and farm. Thank you Karen and Tom for making our stay with you so relaxing.
Margaret and Malcolm, Greater Manchester, November 2016
Beautiful accommodation, superbly looked after. Enjoyed our kayaking up the Tweed and at Budle Bay. Lovely walks by the sea. Great week in all areas. Big thank you to our hosts.
John and Vicki Haig, Leeds, October 2016
Another wonderful week in this very special place. Thank you! xx
Rowena and Pratima, Brecon and Oxford, October 2016
We have had another magical week here at beautiful Hunting Hall. So magical that time seems to have been speeded up!! We have fitted a lot in with highlights being seeing my big bro coming 5th in the Kielder Marathon!...We also visited Warkworth hermitage for the first time which was fascinating and well worth a visit. This trip also saw our first visit to Alwnick Castle and Garden- I don't know why we've waited so long, it was brilliant! Especially loved the treehouse. Final shouts out to the chippy at Coldingham with yummy chip dinners to be taken to the beach…, the wonderful weather and of course, as always to our superb lovely hosts Tom and Karen. xxx
Lynda, Ian and Kirsty, Derbyshire, September 2016
Thank you so much for a really beautiful stay. We love Hunting Hall and will definitely be back. This is our debut in Northumberland and can't believe we waited so long to visit. The cottage is perfect and we have felt so at home on the farm! Great to get away from the big city – we will be recommending to our friends and family. Thank you also for the delicious cake, bread, biscuits, honey and sausages…
Katherine, Chris and Florence Whyatt, Manchester, September 2016
Hunting Hall in autumn glory, and weather to match, has surpassed our hopes for this week. The love and care (hard work) of these beautiful acres always inspires us to go home and try a bit harder with our own small corner of York. As always, thank you.
Jeremy and Jan Howat, September 2016
The peaceful tranquillity and calming atmosphere of both Newt Cottage and the farm is matched only by the warmth and generosity of the welcome offered by you to your gorgeous home. Enormous thanks for allowing us to spend a brief moment in this timeless place and a fond farewell to cheeky dogs, peacocks, pigs etc! (esp. Cleo the goat) x
Julie and Hattie, Essex, August 2016
We still love this cottage – it's our 4th visit! We were very lucky with the weather, apart from one rainy day. Thank you Karen and Tom for another lovely holiday in your gorgeous cottage – it is such a special place! x
John and Trish, Crosby, August 2016
Thank you, Karen, Tom, Margaret and family, for allowing me the privilege of sharing your beautiful and tranquil home. Such peace! I have had a wonderful week and explored old and new haunts. To have such a haven to return to has been so lovely. I hope to return very soon. xxx
Valerie Stanley, Abergavenny, July 2016
We love this beautiful place so much we want to live here! Third visit since March last year and we have seen the farm now in spring, autumn and summer. We really enjoy watching the wildlife on the farm trail and listening to the birds and even the wind blowing through the trees – can't imagine ever staying anywhere else – thanks to Tom and Karen for making this place so special!! xxx
David and Janet Tanner, Cheshire, July 2016
Unlike (seemingly!) everyone else the weather was unkind to us but this was still a gorgeous place to spend a week. Thank you so much for your warm welcome and the use of this wonderful cottage on your idyllic farm. We saw the barn owl (with prey) a roe deer with 2 fawns, had a very close encounter with some hare, as well as long lists of other wildlife - and all within a few minutes of ‘home'. We also had a magical afternoon on the Farne Islands (our one bit of sun!) as well as time in Berwick and on Holy Island, plus a quick visit to Alnwick/Alnmouth. We love Northumberland and will return. Thank you.
Sue and Dave, Cheshire, June 2016
It's also our 2nd home!!! How many times..? We leave but there's a bit of ourselves here always
Joy and Nick, Packington, May 2016
Soooo good to be back for our 6th visit to our second home :) We have loved seeing the area in a different season had have found lots of new places to explore, as well as seeing our favourites in a new light. Roughting Lynn waterfall was truly magical with the bluebells! Thank you Karen and Tom for making us so welcome as usual, it's been lovely to see you again, as well as getting to know Karen's Mum and Dad (who were a pleasure to meet). Counting down the days until next time… xxx
Lynda, Ian and Kirsty, Derbyshire, May 2016
We've had the most heavenly week and are so sad to leave. The children have loved the chickens and the peacocks – not to mention the bunnies and piglets. The cottage is beautiful and you really understand hospitality. We will definitely be back. xxx
Steve, Natalie, Niamh and Ethan, Cumbria, May 2016
We've all had a really fabulous holiday. Beautiful cottage and gardens. The children have especially enjoyed spending time on the farm – even got to feed a very young lamb, and got a tour of the lambing shed from one of the friendly girls working here. We also enjoyed the farm trails and dipping pond. Racing sticks down the burn in the sunshine kept us busy for hours. The beaches at Bamburgh, Alnmouth and Beadnell were great for sand castling… Thanks!
Ben, Vanessa, Cormac and Carys, April 2016
A wonderful week with the Northumberland weather very kind – the piglets and lambs have been the highlight. Thank you for you hospitality and we hope to return soon…
Andrew, Karin, Tilly and Agnes, London, March 2016
A repeat visit of many for us to Hunting Hall, but my first to Newt… A lovely cosy space, as welcoming as ever. Great walks from the door, pity the sunshine has come just when I am leaving – will be back of course…. Thank you.
Jane, Edmonton, Canada, March 2016
It's us again! Our 3rd visit and certainly not our last. What a lovely relaxing week (so lucky with the weather!). Thank you Karen for making our stay (as usual) so special even though Tom has been unwell – now looking pretty good! We have never stayed anywhere as warm, relaxing, welcoming, cosy and special as Newt Cottage. Hunting Hall farm is everything you need to feel part of nature. Thank you once again for making our week feel such a treat. xxx
Nick and Chris (M. V.) Wirral, March 2016
Fabulous stay, fresh air, castles, walks, feeding the animals – definitely will return!
James, Tiziana, Raffaella and Isabella, Cheshire, February 2016
Our 5th visit to Newt Cottage. A very special holiday in a very special place. Thank you Karen and Tom and Margaret for giving us such a warm and friendly welcomed and for all the delicious goodies. See you next year. Can't wait! xxxx
Ian, Lynda, Kirsty and Boyd, Ripley, October 2015
Dear Tom and Karen. Once again thank you for a lovely week in your amazing cottage. As usual your welcome and friendly hospitality during our stay makes our holiday really special. It is a place to relax and look (and listen) with awe at the sheer beauty of our amazing planet. Thank you for your hard work to preserve it. We will be back! xxx
Nick and Chris, Wirral, October 2015
Two whole weeks of utter pleasure, we will always come back. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. A perfect holiday x
Ben and Sue Coucher, Eastbourne, September 2015
From 1 beautiful county to another – how lucky we are! And to stay at such a beautiful cottage, on such a friendly farm – with people who care, has been such a special experience. A heartfelt thank you for everything. x
Roger and Sandra Edgell, Norfolk, September 2015
We love this cottage! Thank you Karen and Tom for another lovely holiday, for the warm welcome, the Hunting Hall hamper and for creating such a special place x
John and Trish, Crosby, August 2015
Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of heaven. Lovely cottage, lovely welcome. We have loved it! Thank you x
Ann, Ray and Matthew Prichard, Sutton Coldfield, August 2015
Thank you for a wonderful stay at Newt Cottage. The cottage has been a lovely comfortable place to stay. We've enjoyed the nature trail and the farm. I've taken away some eco-ideas or home. Thank you for the warm welcome.
Deborah and James Stevens, Somerset, August 2015
We have had the most wonderful stay here at Newt Cottage – we really don't want to leave! Beautifully spotless, so well equipped and such a wonderful aura, we couldn't have wished for more! We are going to miss the farm so much – especially the dogs! We will be back again. Thank you.
The Rippins, Leeds, August 2015
Beautiful cottage, lovely folk. Perfect.
Steve, Alison, Lucy and Lizzie Hyde, York, July 2015
It has been great to come back. We've had a splendid week with lovely weather. The children really enjoyed the days on the farm. Thank you so much dear Karen and Tom for another wonderful holiday at Hunting Hall Farm.
Hanna, Ruben, Katrin and Thomas Rothaemel, Potsdam, Germany, July 2015
We've had a great week and felt very much at home in your cottage. Thanks for everything!!!
Mark, Birgit, Karla and Marit Stubbe, Bunde, Germany, July 2015
Have felt completely comfortable, relaxed and welcomed. Thank you Tom and Karen - perfect hosts. Loved the animals, wildlife and admire all you're doing to make us environmentally aware. All in all, had a great time.
Linda and David, London, July
Back in Northumberland after 30 years to a very warm welcome and a perfect cottage – absolutely nothing missing! Very warm and cosy after a windy day out! Many thanks, Karen, for a perfect stay.
Jasmin and John, West Sussex, June 2015
We've had a glorious holiday in this lovely cottage. We have been made so welcome. Thank you so much Burn family for making our stay so memorable and comfortable.
Kathleen and John, Wetherby, June 2015
A lovely warm cosy cottage, lovely cake and bread and lots of extras. Thank you.
Kath and David Twigg, Birmingham, May 2015
Newt Cottage was fantastic in every way, and the setting was gorgeous. We really enjoyed the animals wandering about the garden and farm yard. Karen and Tom made us feel very welcome. Fantastic location here in Northumberland.
Nigel and Laura, Brighton, East Sussex, May 2015
Thank you for such a lovely holiday and all your hard work to make it so enjoyable. Clean and homely with super home cooking.
Liz and Dave Greenhough, Derbyshire, May 2015
A thoroughly wonderful week – lovely memories to take away.
Paul, Cheryl and Jane Arbury, East Yorkshire, May 2015
Thank you, Karen and Tom, for your warm welcome. Newt Cottage is immaculate and spotlessly clean. We have thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to your wonderful area.
Mick and Pauline, Hastings, April 2015
Thanks Karen and Tom, we really enjoyed our stay here and it will be our first choice whenever we decide to come back to Northumberland.
John and Sue, David and Janet, Warrington, April 2015
Thank you for making our week feel so special. We feel ‘looked after' and pampered. Karen your bread and sultana loaf were delicious. Thank you for all the wonderful products in your cottage. Even the china and silverware all added to a feeling of being valued. Our warm welcome: a blazing fire, Northumbrian pipes playing and, of course, a cozy warm cottage. Bliss! From day one we said we wanted to come back again and we shall. It's a beautiful part of Northumberland and we could not wish for a better holiday experience. Thank you xx
Nick and Chris, Wirral, March 2015
Thank you so much for a wonderful week at Newt Cottage; fabulous home-made vegan flapjacks, bread and soya milk to welcome us, a blazing fire, Northumbrian pipes, walking the trail, fishing in the burn, learning to ride our bikes on the path by the field, peacocks and other brilliant bird life – could happily stay another week :)
Ellen, Ali, Maya and Iona, Liverpool, February 2015
This is a space for dreaming.... Back again and had just beautiful November days.... Booking our return ASAP cos this feels like our 2nd 'soul' home. Much love to you all and music too!
Joy & Nick Gravestock, Packington, November 2014
This is our second visit and we fully intend to book our third! Thank you Karen and Tom for such a fabulous cottage - you have really thought of everything. The 'welcome' hamper was wonderful and it was lovely to come into a welcoming cottage with a fire blazing and Alice and Emily's music playing! Thank you both x
John and Trish, Crosby, November 2014
A week full of unsurpassed vistas, wonderful surprises, lovely comfortable cottage and lovely hosts. Thank you both.
Pratima Mitchell, Oxford, and Rowena Akinyemi, Wales, October 2014
Another amazing week at what now feels like our 2nd home :) 4th year in a row & still haven't done everything on our 'to do' list! Always feels like we've never been away. Thank you Tom & Karen for creating such a wonderful space!
Lynda, Ian, Boyd and Kirsty, Derbyshire, November 2014
Another lovely week at Newt Cottage! xx
John and Sarah Webb, London, & Linda Cuthbert, Sheffield, September 2014
Thanks a lot for the warm welcome, all the talkings, seeing the animals, enjoying the countryside. We are coming back!
Jonathan and jerry Roth and Cornelia Paulus, Munich, August 2014
Thank you for the fantastic welcome and so many thoughtful touches. The cottage and setting are idyllic. It has such a lovely feel. I've also loved the green ethos and values - a rare thing. It has been a privilege and a real tonic.
Diane, John and Ella Pearson, Retford, Notts. August 2014
Back again after six years and everything as perfect as before. We enjoyed Newt Cottage and the farm very much. Thanks a lot Karen, Tom and Margaret.
Paul and Veronika Hessel, Coesfeld, Germany, July 2014
Thanks again for another wonderful holiday at Newt Cottage. We've enjoyed helping out on the farm. Walking the farm trail and eating out in the lovely garden, Thanks again!
Laura, John, Luke and Hannah Wilson, Houston, Scotland, July 2014
It has been great to come back and share this lovely peaceful place again. Thank you so much for your welcome and care.
Tony and Margaret Moore, Bournemouth, June 2014
I have so many happy memories of Hunting Hall and Newt Cottage was such a delight. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to plant two oaks in memory of Ann, who truly loved this place!
Mike Marshall-Hollingsworth, Haynes, Bedfordshire, May 2014
Thank you Karen and Tom. Your love and care for the environment shines brightly in this idyllic part of England, Newt Cottage was everything Mike and said it was - and more.
Judy McEwan, Haynes, Bedford, May 2014
We have found our Paradise - Just perfect. Thank you so much - we will be back!
Ben and Sue Cowcher, East Sussex, May 2015
We've had such a welcome we will never forget in this lovely cottage! Thank you! The farm is amazing and thank you Karen & Tom for making us feel at home!
Family Molenaar -Vrieling , The Netherlands, May 2015
It's difficult finding something original to write which hasn't been said before in previous entries. This has truly been a fantastic stay. The cottage, farm and environment are wonderful and the family so very welcoming. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for your hospitality, and creating such a special piece of England, and protecting the natural environment.
Andrea and Graeme Rolt, Cambridgeshire, April 2014
Incredible hospitality - the welcome cake and tea were a delight. Everything is so well though through and heartfelt. We'll cherish the memories of Hunting Hall - thank you Burn family.
Alissa and Laura, Wicken, South Northants, April 2014
GREAT (Karen's note - this word was beautifully embellished and painted in the visitor's book!)
Susan and Graham, Edinburgh, April 2014
An idyllic place. So much though has gone into Newt Cottage and it feels really cherished. Thank you to the wonderful Burn family: you dispelled the never-ending cold grey, damp, mist and rain with a fabulous welcome pack and your own care and warmth. Just perfect!
Jane and John Palfery, Edinburgh, March 2014
We have enjoyed our week in your lovely cottage. Thank you for your warm welcome and home cooking. Hope to return.
Maureen and des Salt, Ripley, Derbyshire.
This is our first stay - we loved the 'Newt' experience - thank you so much for the warm welcome and cosy cottage! X
Joh and Trish, Crosby, January 2014
Beautiful accommodation and even more lovely hosts! Best we have ever experienced (we are widely travelled!) - thank you so much, Karen and Tom :)
Graham and Jan Simmons, Cheshire, November 2014
A welcome we will not forget and it carried on throughout the holiday. Fabulous scenery and very helpful recommendations in the information. Tom and Karen could not have done more - Thank you - it's lovely!
Lucy and Andrew Frazer, Portsmouth, November 2014
Lovely Cottage, Cosy and Welcoming. Thank you.
Ann and Mark Pickering, Sheffield, October 2013
Another amazing week here, we always feel instantly at home and welcome. We'll see you in a year for our forth visit! :)
The Barkers (Kirsty, Lynda and Ian), Ripley, October 2013
This is our first stay - we loved the 'Newt' experience - thank you so much for the warm welcome and cosy cottage! X
Joh and Trish, Crosby, January 2014
We have enjoyed our week in your lovely cottage. Thank you for your warm welcome and home cooking. Hope to return.
Maureen and des Salt, Ripley, Derbyshire.
An idyllic place. So much though has gone into Newt Cottage and it feels really cherished. Thank you to the wonderful Burn family: you dispelled the never-ending cold grey, damp, mist and rain with a fabulous welcome pack and your own care and warmth. Just perfect!
Jane and John Palfery, Edinburgh, March 2014
GREAT (Karen's note - this word was beautifully embellished and painted in the visitor's book!)
Susan and Graham, Edinburgh, April 2014
Incredible hospitality - the welcome cake and tea were a delight. Everything is so well though through and heartfelt. We'll cherish the memories of Hunting Hall - thank you Burn family.
Alissa and Laura, Wicken, South Northants, April 2014
It's difficult finding something original to write which hasn't been said before in previous entries. This has truly been a fantastic stay. The cottage, farm and environment are wonderful and the family so very welcoming. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for your hospitality, and creating such a special piece of England, and protecting the natural environment.
Andrea and Graeme Rolt, Cambridgeshire, April 2014
We've had such a welcome we will never forget in this lovely cottage! Thank you! The farm is amazing and thank you Karen & Tom for making us feel at home!
Family Molenaar -Vrieling , The Netherlands, May 2014
We have found our Paradise - Just perfect. Thank you so much - we will be back!
Ben and Sue Cowcher, East Sussex, May 2014
Thank you Karen and Tom. Your love and care for the environment shines brightly in this idyllic part of England, Newt Cottage was everything mike and said it was - and more.
Judy McEwan, Haynes, Bedford, May 2014
I have so many happy memories of Hunting Hall and Newt Cottage was such a delight. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to plant two oaks in memory of Ann, who truly loved this place!
Mike Marshall-Hollingsworth, Haynes, Bedfordshire, May 2014
It has been great to come back and share this lovely peaceful place again. Thank you so much for your welcome and care.
Tony and Margaret Moore, Bournemouth, June 2014
Thanks again for another wonderful holiday at Newt Cottage. We've enjoyed helping out on the farm. Walking the farm trail and eating out in the lovely garden, Thanks again!
Laura, John, Luke and Hannah Wilson, Houston, Scotland, July 2014
Back again after six years and everything as perfect as before. We enjoyed Newt Cottage and the farm very much. Thanks a lot Karen, Tom and Margaret.
Paul and Veronika Hessel, Coesfeld, Germany, July 2014
Thank you for the fantastic welcome and so many thoughtful touches. The cottage and setting are idyllic. It has such a lovely feel. I've also loved the green ethos and values - a rare thing. It has been a privilege and a real tonic.
Diane, John and Ella Pearson, Retford, Notts. August 2014
Thanks a lot for the warm welcome, all the talkings, seeing the animals, enjoying the countryside. We are coming back!
Jonathan and jerry Roth and Cornelia Paulus, Munich, August 2014
Another lovely week at Newt Cottage! xx
John and Sarah Webb, London, & Linda Cuthbert, Sheffield, September 2014
Another amazing week at what now feels like our 2nd home :) 4th year in a row & still haven't done everything on our 'to do' list! Always feels like we've never been away. Thank you Tom & Karen for creating such a wonderful space!
Lynda, Ian, Boyd and Kirsty, Derbyshire, November 2014
A week full of unsurpassed vistas, wonderful surprises, lovely comfortable cottage and lovely hosts. Thank you both.
Pratima Mitchell, Oxford, and Rowena Akinyemi, Wales, October 2014
This is our second visit and we fully intend to book our third! Thank you Karen and Tom for such a fabulous cottage - you have really thought of everything. The 'welcome' hamper was wonderful and it was lovely to come into a welcoming cottage with a fire blazing and Alice and Emily's music playing! Thank you both x
John and Trish, Crosby, November 2014
This is a space for dreaming.... Back again and had just beautiful November days.... Booking our return ASAP cos this feels like our 2nd 'soul' home. Much love to you all and music too!
Joy & Nick Gravestock, Packington, November 2014
Another amazing week here, we always feel instantly at home and welcome. We'll see you in a year for our 4th visit! :)
Kirsty, Lynda & Ian Barker, Ripley, Derbyshire, October 2013
Lovely Cottage, cosy and welcoming. Thank you.
Ann and Mark Pickering, Edward and Luke Simons, Sheffield, South Yorks., October 2013
Thank you, Karen and Tom, for a very warm welcome, superb generosity and attention to detail. We have thoroughly enjoyed our week in your lovely cottage.
John and Hilary Cheeseman, Newport, November 2013
A welcome we will not forget and it carried on throughout the holiday. Fabulous scenery and very helpful recommendations in the information. Tom and Karen could not have done more – Thank you – it's lovely!
Lucy and Andrew Frazer, Portsmouth, Hampshire, November 2013
Beautiful accommodation and even more lovely hosts! Best we have ever experienced (we are widely travelled!) – Thank you so much Karen and Tom :)
Graham and Jan Simmons, Lymm, Cheshire, November 2013
Lovely to be back again – thank you for all you do here!
John and Sarah Webb and Linda Cuthbert, London/Sheffield, September 2013
We were so thrilled to come back again and meet up with you all. Thank you very much for all your generosity and a wonderful stay in Newt Cottage. Thank you, too, to Margaret for her company.
Roger and Sue Shorter, Chipping Norton, September 2013
Great to be back in the area again – as beautiful as ever! We've loved staying at Newt Cottage and enjoyed exploring the farm and meeting the animals. It's been so good to see you, Karen, Tom and the family. Thanks for everything.
Jo and Denys Holmes, Norfolk, August 2013
We've had a wonderful stay at Newt Cottage. The warm welcome really made it, and the little extra touches were outstanding. Thank you, Karen and Tom, we'll always remember our family-moon.
Robin, Emma and Dylan, Hull, July 2013
Thank you so much for the warm welcome, beautiful cottage, and great home baking on arrival. Thank you to Tom for letting the children help on the farm, and to Margaret for the lovely garden and chats!
Laura, Luke and Hannah Wilson, Renfrewshire, July 2013
A great place to stay – well equipped. Felt very welcome. Hope to come again. A wonderful holiday. Thanks!
Doug and Elaine Beard, Yeovil, June 2013
Our second visit. Lovely once again, a truly relaxing fortnight. Once again, thank you for all your kindness and hospitality.
John and Jackie Overton and Kate Heeley, Northampton, May 2013
Thank you for the wonderful stay and your incredible hospitality!
Marianne, Wouter, Bart and Fenna, Bussum, The Neatherlands, May 2013
Lovely week, beautiful cottage. Thank you x
Sarah, Tony, Arthur and Louie James, Nottingham, April 2013
Another perfect holiday
The Deebank family, Edinburgh, April 2013
Fabulous cottage – had a lovely relaxing holiday. Children loved the farm. Lovely and clean on arrival. Thank you xxx
Nicola, Paul, Benjamin and Euan Scott, Hull, February 2013
A great welcome, fabulous generosity, a fabulous family count down to 2013 on Bamburgh Beach.
Bob, Violet and David Allen, Worcester Park, Surrey, January 2013
Lovely, lovely, lovely – thank you.
Mary Watson, Canada, November 2012
Back again! Had another amazing week – but far too short! Already got next year planned – see you then! And thank you!!
Kirsty, Lynda and Ian Barker, Ripley, September 2012
Lovely place, very special, hospitality outstanding. Amount of stars to be seen, magnificent. Thank you :)
Josie, Maks, Nicola and Minnie, Nottingham, September 2012
A proper retreat. Just lovely.
Trish, Kev and Sophie, Carterton, August 2012
Have really enjoyed our stay and will be thinking more about saving energy xx
Malcolm, Diane, Ben and Matthew, Walsall, July 2012
A relaxing stay; charming cottage, pretty good weather, good [...], nice cider, beautiful surroundings.
Wietse, Leen, Ward and Liv, Belgium, July 2012
Delightful cottage and fantastic holiday – Thank you
Tracy, Isable and Holly, Cellardyke, July 2012
Our 3rd visit to Newt Cottage. Another great holiday, despite the wet weather!
Murdo, Linda and Finlay, Carluke, July 2012
Lovely again. Thank you to the Burn family. Will be back
Annette and Terry, Swanley, June 2012
The best hol we have had in a long time. Wonderful cottage and the welcome from you both was outstanding, We will return. xx
Jeanette and Geoff Cooke, Sunderland, June 2012
Your generous hospitality has made possible this precious holiday. We do enjoy relaxing in these peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Thank you.
Jeremy and Jan, York, June 2012
Another wonderful week in this fab cottage. Thank you Tom and Karen. Back to do it all again next year xx
Ian and Margaret Kirkton, Northampton, June 2012
Idyllic cottage and location. Friendly welcome and superb farm. We'll be back!
Gavin, Hayley and Eleanor, Harrogate, May 2012
We've had lovely time. Fabulous cottage and wonderful scenery and wildlife. Hope we will be back soon. Thank you for all your kindness. A really restful week
John and Jackie Overton and Kate Heeley, Northampton.
We've had a very therapeutic week. Thank you so much! We love Northumberland – especially staying here!
John and Janet Darby, Belgium, May 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd visit here. Thank you again for your kindness.
Ann and Ken Holland, Shropsire, May 2012
Lovely warm welcome. Comfortable well equipped cottage. This is our second visit and not the last.
Tricia and Keith Tillet, W Yorks, April 2012
We have loved it here. The cottage, weather and welcome have been excellent. Thank you.
Alan and Jan McKenna, Stockport, March 2012
Amazing cottage – Lovely people, amazing weather – we will be back :)
Christine and Stephen, Stockport, March 2012
We had a wonderful time. So lovely to come back to that warm fire. Thank you for all the special little things.
Mike and Steph, Derbyshire, January 2012

Shepherd's Hut Reviews

Our long weekend in the Shepherd’s Hut was absolutely beautiful – we have loved every minute. The perfect escape from the rush of home to celebrate our anniversary. Tom and Karen, you are the most generous hosts – thank you for everything! We can’t want to come back in the summer. See you soon x THANK YOU!
Poppy and Brad, Sheffield, March 2020
We love this special place; the land, the animals, the very friendly Karen and Tom, the immaculate shepherd’s hut, the organic farm. We want to come back… actually, we don’t want to leave!
Liz and Sam, Newark on Trent, May 2019
Thank you for an amazing stay. The shepherd’s hut is wonderful. Lovely and cosy with the fire on and had everything we needed. The cake was delicious – thank for being a great host!
Joe and Carly, Leeds, February 2020
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Thank you for making Tom’s birthday so perfect. We have thoroughly enjoyed the cosy hut and log burner during the storm. Thank you, Merci! X
Caro and Tom, Manchester/France, February 2020
Thank you for a wonderful weekend. You really have thought of everything! The hut was perfect and cosy. You were fantastic hosts and the chocolate cake was to die for :-) We’ll be back! X
Sarah and James, Leeds, February 2020
A wonderful place to stay, lovely setting, warm greeting, lovely host. We need longer here to explore. Thank you :-)
Quentin and Linda, Isle of Wight, January 2020
Constant communication from Karen prior to arrival and then the best, warmest greeting when we got here. Defo returning. Clean, beautiful and private. Loved it! Thank you.
Daz and Carolyn, Wales/Sunderland, January 2020
Another perfect weekend! So relaxing and made to feel so welcome. The added bonus was visiting the pups! Looking forward to our next visit!
Sarah and Paul, Brighouse, January 2020
What a special place! We especially enjoyed our time with Tom on the farm and all the special touches in the hut. We are leaving with our hearts full and our minds dear clear and truly ready for everything 2020 has in store! See you again. Thank you xxx
Sue and Rich, Manchester, December 2019
Thank you, Karen and Tom, for such a wonderful stay. The hut is beautiful and the cake and sausages were delicious. Despite the freezing weather the hut was so cosy! And we got engaged on the swing seat outside!!
Katie and Tom, Leeds, December 2019
Thank you to Karen and Tom for making us feel so welcome. Such a beautiful, cosy, yet functional space. The most delicious apple cake greeted us on arrival. Wonderful time here and icing on the cake – got to meet the new puppies!
Pete and Melissa, Manchester, December 2019
Thank you, Karen and Tom, for such a lovely stay. Every little detail was thought of which made us not want to leave. We will be back. P.S. Best chocolate cake ever.
Sophie and Jamie, November 2019
Beautiful perfect winter retreat! :-) :-) Thank you Karen, our stay was everything we hoped for and more – you even somehow ordered some sunshine for us – hope to stay again sometime :-)
Glyn and Rachael, November 2019
Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful shepherd’s hut. It is the perfect retreat. Your hospitality was fantastic and we’d love to return soon!
Simon and Laura, Newcastle upon Tyne, October 2019
This stay was just as wonderful as our first. Thank you for the very yummy apple cake and the bottles of local brew – really enjoyed both. Sorry about the weather… we always seem to bring the rain, but still manage to have a lovely time! Hope to see you again soon.
Lynne and John, North Berwick, October 2019
Excellent accommodation. Beautiful views, 1st Class, Everything explained well, really enjoyed our wee stay. Tom wheeled our cases down and made to feel very welcome. Cakes and beer on arrival, Thanks Karen and Tom.
Dave and Wendy, Stockport, October 2019
We’ve had a champion time here at the hut at Hunting Hall! Wonderful accommodation – Karen and Tom excellent hosts! Thanks for a superb break!!!
Donna and Keith, Nottingham, 2019
Enjoyed 2 nights here in this peaceful environment. Well-equipped shepherd’s hut – very comfortable. A lovely area to be in – away from madding crowds!
Rod and Pat, Biggar, October 2019
Everything I hoped ‘The Shepherd’s Hut’ would be – and MORE! Just what was needed. The Hut is beautiful and has all you need. Peace, tranquillity, great host, great location. Hope to be back… The cake was gorgeous! Much appreciated. Xx
Hilary Wallace, Falkirk, September 2019
Stunning location, Wonderful hosts. Very comfortable accommodation. Will definitely plan a return visit. Thank you very much, Karen and Tom xx
Andy and Dawn, Oxford, September 2019
Thank you both for your hospitality and thoughtfulness. It’s been a joy to spend even a brief time in the lovely hut and on your beautiful farm. Your care for the environment and local community is an inspiration.
Catherine, London, September 2019
Thank you, Tom and Karen, for sharing your beautiful home. The shepherds hut is delightful. Coming on public transport meant that we got to know the local area – enjoyed our walks to Holy Island (recommend the Barn at Beal) and also to Kyloe Woods. Birdwatching while having breakfast is a lovely thing! Hopefully next time we come it will be less windy…
Andrew and Vicki, High Peak, September 2019
Dear Karen and Tom, we had a really wonderful weekend at your more than beautiful and comfy shepherd’s hut. We were so amazed by your warm welcome and care - we enjoyed our stay to the fullest and felt like home. Amazing stay. Thanks a lot!
Michaela and Tobias, Germany, September 2019
Karen has been the perfect host – the attention to detail is impressive, we have wanted for nothing on our little getaway and will be sure to return.
Hannah and Dorothy, North East and London, August 2019
Our third stay it’s just as perfect as the first! Thank you for another wonderful stay, warm welcome and great walks around the farm. X
Fran and Ross, Edinburgh, August 2019
An idyllic stay, Karen is a perfect host. Wish we could stay longer. Recommend a walk to Kyloe Woods.
Josie and Dan, Stoke Newington, August 2019
We have had a lovely time in the shepherd’s hut. [We] have especially liked the excellent use of space and design. Thank you for a busy holiday!
Marika and Mike August 2019
Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday! We have had such a relaxing stay in the beautiful shepherd’s hut – such attention to detail in terms of comfort and practicality and, of course, the gorgeous design and finish… we have fully appreciated it all! We have loved exploring the cliffs, castles, beaches and beautiful corners in this fabulous part of the world and hope to return.
Heidi and Kerry, Oxfordshire, July 2019
Thank you for such a lovely, peaceful stay in your beautiful shepherd’s hut – batteries fully recharged ready for the next leg of my holidays! All the best to you and your family :-) xxx
Sarah, Lancashire, July 2019
Thank you, we have really enjoyed our stay and will definitely recommend to friends and family. Such a peaceful location which we used as a base to explore the surrounding area. We will miss the baked goods, peacocks, cake and the very welcoming sheepdog. X
Hannah and Dan, Wakefield, July 2019
A fantastic stay in a beautiful shepherd’s [hut] with everything considered. The surroundings are amazing with all the lovely animals and lovely helpful host (which made an amazing cake which was delicious). Would definitely stay again – loved every minute! Thank you.
Sallie and Jacqui, Kent, July 2019
Thank you for our lovely stay. We loved the shepherd’s hut, so cosy and comfortable, with everything you need. Thank you for the amazing ginger and chocolate cake, we both loved it! We really enjoyed looking around the farm and seeing the animals, especially the piglets!! We will definitely return to the hut! Thank you :-)
Dominic and Robyn, Cotswolds, July 2019
We couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the bird song and the peacocks which were totally unexpected. Your shepherd’s hut and its location is delightful and the location of your farm perfectly suited our Northumbrian adventure. Thank you for the lovely bread, sausages (a real treat) and local beer, in addition to the cake.
Ian and Amanda, Canada, July 2019
Wow – watched the shepherd’s hut being built and developed last year. It has surpassed all expectations. A very special and wonderful space. Till next time, Karen and Tom…! Bread and brownies appreciated.
Gordon and Jill, Edinburgh, June 2019
This truly is a wonderful place. So well thought out for a restful stay in a little oasis of tranquillity. The little touches were so important. I suspect we will be back! Thank you, Karen and Tom!
Robin and Anna, Surrey, June 2019
A truly magical place. Thank you for such a warm welcome. X
Gail and Ellie, June 2019
A truly special place with such thoughtful touches, We’ve seen (and heard) so much wildlife and have felt like we’ve holidayed in heaven. Thank you. x
Kate Bull and Pall Penrose, Welsh Borders, June 2019
A total joy from start to finish. Tom and Karen have thought of every conceivable comfort and need – consummate hosts!! Thank you so much.
David and Salvatore, Edinburgh, May 2019
A truly delightful stay in this most special place. We loved this leg of our English holiday! Thank you for everting.
Grant and Clare, South Australia, May 2019
We have had the most wonderful and relaxing few days at Hunting Hall. The shepherd’s hut is wonderfully cosy, decorated beautifully and has everything you could need and more. Karen and Tom are the most wonderful hosts and have made us feel so welcome. We can’t wait to return later this year. Thank you! x P.S. the gluten free brownies were delicious! X
Amy and Andy, Whitley Bay, April 2019
The most amazing weekend in the most amazing place! Karen and Tom were extremely welcoming and made us feel like kings. Thank you so much P.S. the bread was BE-A-U-TIFUL!
Ria and Aynsley, Rotherham, April 2019
Thank you for an amazing few days in your beautiful shepherd’s hut celebrating our wedding anniversary. We want to stay forever! Thank you for being such lovely hosts and we will be back soon. x
Lianna and Thon, High Peak, April 2019
A fabulous weekend in your beautiful shepherd’s hut. We had everything we could possibly need, including the delicious windfall cake! Thank you, Tom and Karen, for making us so welcome. Can’t wait to visit again.
Sara and Paul, Brighouse, February 2019
We loved our stay, perfect retreat for a 30+ week pregnant woman! So cosy with the fires lit and fantastic amenities for such a compact space. Fantastic cake, bread and sausages, making for a perfect breakfast and afternoon tea! Karen and Tom are perfect hosts – friendly, welcoming and generous. Fantastic tour of the farm!! Thank you. x
Rachel and Sam, Leeds January 2019

Fuffins Cottage Reviews

Our first time at Fuffins – we’ve had a superb week; experienced so much friendliness and kindness! We hope to be back. Thank you so much, Karen and Tom! X
Pete and Debbie Holmes, Moulton, October 2019
4th stay here and another fantastic week, really don’t want to go home. Everything is so peaceful and we have been looked after so well as always. Best day was having a leisurely walk across the fields to the orchard and ‘Black Bull’ for Sunday roast – stuff of our dreams!! Thank you again – we will be back!
Sally, Guy, Walter and Rupert Williams, Buckinghamshire, October 2019
Perfection!
Keith, Sue and Kay, Fife, November 2019
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Our 8th visit? Who knows – all we know is that we keep returning to The Fuffins because it brings us peace and tranquillity every time. [ ] Karen and Tom are great friends and wonderful hosts – we found new places to visit and returned to some old haunts too. Always a delight, thank you x
Suzanne and David Tucker, Beverley, July 2019
Thank you once again for spoiling us. It’s always such a special time here. We think this is our 13th visit to Hunting Hall. We will return soon!
Claire, Peter and Emily-Kate :-), Cumbria, October 2018
This is our first visit to The Fuffins and we hope to return! The cottage is spotless, we were so comfortable and all the special touches much appreciated. The farm is beautiful, we loved the trails. Thank you for all the local information too!
Philip, Lila and Gabriel, Edinburgh, October 2018
We have truly loved staying in this gorgeous little cottage. It has been all we could have wished for! Henry has adored helping Tom with the farm duties and every day, come rain or shine, has been magical. Would love to return in the spring sometime, when the fire could be lit and wellies could be muddy :-) Thank you so much Tom and Karen x
Sarah, David and Henry Crook, August, 2018
Fuffins and Newt this time – amazing comfortable space! Fantastic hospitality from Tom and Karen and all the farm animals. Lovely farm trails. Now need to join the real world again. A wonderful haven of tranquillity and peace. Thank you!
The Edinburgh Knitters, November 2018
Thank you once again for spoiling us. It’s always such a special time here. We think this is our 13th visit to Hunting Hall. We will return soon!
Claire, Peter and Emily-Kate :-), Cumbria, October 2018
This is our first visit to The Fuffins and we hope to return! The cottage is spotless, we were so comfortable and all the special touches much appreciated. The farm is beautiful, we loved the trails. Thank you for all the local information too!
Philip, Lila and Gabriel, Edinburgh, October 2018
So, as our entry for March 2015, we’re back via a week in Newt last year. Our 4th visit now and still looking forward to our arrival as much as the first time. The cottage, its comforts and lovely edible goodies are always wonderful. It’s so much like coming home despite the 280 miles trip. We saw some more places and interesting sites this time – particularly in the Scottish Borders area. Thank you again, Karen and Tom, just carry on doing what you’re doing – fantastic!
Graeme and Andrea Rolt, Warboys, October 2018
Thank you for your warm hospitality and brilliant attention to detail. We love what you are doing here… very best of luck with all your ventures. We have had a very special (though too short) time here at the Fuffins. Many, many thanks.
The Masons and the Elstobs, Ripon, September 2018
Well – what an exciting week… “the great storm” – amazing weather uprooting trees (and almost - us!)Blown around Duddo standing stones and Lindisfarne. Wow! Then… “the great power cut” – 24 hours of back to time past with not internet, TV. Just shows they make life easy but are non-essential every day!! We were very grateful for Tom and Karen’s flasks of boiling water for cups of tea though – and the fish and chip van’s perfect timing to arrive in Lowick. Fantastic cottage, lovely walks, amazing place and lovely people. Already booked to comeback :-) x
Jane and Brain, N. Yorkshire, September 2018
Once again a wonderful stay – we met up with old friends and made some new ones (staying in Newt). We walked the farm trail – smiled at the donkeys, nosey peacocks and inquisitive piggies! We visited Alnwick Gardens and dined in the Treehouse whilst a harpist played (magic!!). We heard traditional Northumbrian folk music in Bamburgh – wonderful.
We’ve collected sea glass and sea pottery from local beaches, foraged sloes and blackberries, walked from Craster to Dunstanburgh and beyond – and walked to St Cuthbert’s Cave. Stayed for the day on Lindisfarne when the tide was in. Lots and lots of memories made. Thank you for this special place, Tom and Karen xxx
David, Janet and Joan, Cheshire, October 2018
We’ve been wracking our brains trying to think how The Fuffins could be improved but have come to the conclusion that it’s impossible. It is absolutely perfect and we have loved every minute! Thank you so much for letting the girls help out with the animals – They’ve had big smiles on their faces all week. Thank you, Tom and Karen, we’ll be back!
Sasha, Martin, Jess and Maddie, Malvern, August 2018
We have all loved staying on the farm and in such a lovely cottage so well equipped and homely. Alana has absolutely loved helping on the farm and so have we! The walks around the fields and all you have done to enhance an appreciation of nature are inspiring. Thank you so much!
Nick, Antonia and Alana Fox, August 2018
We have truly loved staying in this gorgeous little cottage. It has been all we could have wished for! Henry has adored helping Tom with the farm duties and every day, come rain or shine, has been magical. Would love to return in the spring sometime, when the fire could be lit and wellies could be muddy :-) Thank you so much Tom and Karen x
Sarah, David and Henry Crook, August, 2018
Another brilliant week. Explored some new places and old. Fantastic accommodation as always and a warm welcome. We love it here. Thank you
Rob, Jane, Grace and Jack Lusted, North Yorkshire, July 2018
We keep returning – that says it all. Best cottage ever, best relaxation ever, best hosts ever. Many thanks to you both.
David, Suzanne and Daisy Tucker, Beverley, July 2018
A wonderful holiday exploring the new (to us) area of Northumbria and the comfort and peace of Fuffins – thank you.
Judith and John Ayres, Devon, July 2018
Just a perfect holiday – thank you, Karen and Tom.
Carole and Trevor Hazel, Durham, June 2018
After many lovely visits it is hard to think of something to say that I haven’t said before! I think the fact that we have returned many, many times says it all. Thanks as always, Karen and Tom, for giving us such a great place to stay. See you next year. x p.s. The grandchildren loved The Fuffins and can’t wait to return next year!
Brenda and Jim Scott, Ossett, June 2018
Sorry Karen and Tom but we’ve run out of superlatives! Just brilliant – as always!!!
Susan and Keith, Mary and Gordon, Leeds, June 2018
Another lovely holiday at the Fuffins. We have enjoyed seeing the farm in spring and exploring new places. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for everything. Good luck with the Shepherd’s Hut! :-)
Julie, Mark and Bethany Casse, East Sussex, May 2018
Again a lovely month in this beautiful cottage, thank you Karen and Tom, for everything. We so enjoy being here. We look forward to coming here for a month every year. See you again next year. xx
Pat and Laurie, Kent, April 2018
Another lovely stay here at The Fuffins – enjoyed being on the farm, local walks and lovely log fires :-) on cold days. Thank you very much, Karen and Tom, for a lovely holiday :-)
The Holmes Family, Lancashire, March 2018
Our 4th visit to The Fuffins (although Jane came to Newt in 2016). As ever it has been a real treat, a warm welcome, a warm home, Tom and Karen you are so kind and hospitable. Until next time, paradise on Beal; love to stay forever. Back hopefully soon.
Ian and Jane, Canada, March 2018
Thanks for a brilliant stay, lovely cottage with great hosts.
Chris, Jacqui and Otis Matthews, W. Yorks, February 2018
Every entry in this book records how wonderful Fuffins is and the extraordinary welcome you get. Every entry is ‘spot on’! Roll-on the next visit.
Mary, Susan, Keith and Gordon, Leeds, February 2018
Unfortunately the snow did not last long enough to prevent our departure :-(. Another fabby w/e at Hunting Hall. Excellent hospitality from Karen and Tom and the multitude of animals and pets who greeted us. Till next time.
Edinburgh Knitters up to some crafty activities, January 2018
We have had a wonderful stay at the Fuffins. It's a beautiful and peaceful place and we'd love to visit again. Keep up the great work – we loved your hospitality and focus on the environment. Best wishes for 2018
Lotte and Christopher Morris, London, January 2018
Another brilliant stay! Thank you again for being so welcoming and all the lovely goodies (especially the Christmas Cake!) All the best for 2018 and hopefully we'll see you again next year :-)
Paula and Damian, Scunthorpe, December 2017
Thank you so much for our wonderful holiday! It has been perfect! You have all been so welcoming and helpful. You cottage is a splendid place to stay and a very difficult place to leave! So peaceful and calm. With best wishes, Christina and Stuart.
Christina and Stuart, Abingdon, November 2017
Wow! What a fabulous place. Love your cottage and the care and detail put into it. What a privilege to stay here amongst your family, animals and home. Brian and Gillian really enjoyed their spinning lesson and we would love to come back and see the changing seasons. Thank you for the love put into the Fuffins.
Janet and Brian Easterwood, Birmingham, Gillian and John Taylor, Sudbury, October 2017
The warmest welcome we could wish for. Tom and Karen have made a wonderful haven for us all (humans, animals and birds).
Richard Mercia and Carolyn Smith, Calverton, October 2017
Wonderful.
Pauline and David Ward, Cheshire, September 2017
Another fabulous week, perfect dark skies. Stunning walks to St Abbs. Short train ride to Edinbugh offers some wonderful views. Thank you as always.
Damian and Paula, Scunthorpe, September 2017
Another wonderful stay – do we qualify for a season ticket yet?
John and Sarah Webb, London, and Linda Cuthbert, Devon, September 2017
Thank you, Tom and Karen, for another lovely stay – 5th time I think.
Annette and Terry Major, Swanely, September 2017
Wonderful accommodation – every single thing you could want is here plus lots of lovely nice touches; cake, flowers and toiletries. Very well positioned for seeing the sights. Hope to return.
Elizabeth Martin and Gill Miles, Suffolk, August 2017
Fantastic cottage. We absolutely loved it. Interesting garden goings on! – peacocks etc. Thanks to Karen and Tom for being so welcoming.
Jack, Betty and Pam Topham, Ashton-under-Lyne, August 2017
Superb accommodation, our first visit and I know we will be back again. Enjoyed every minute from the first day to the last. Farm is wonderful and the surrounding areas equally so. Karen and Tom are so helpful and welcoming. Thank you so much!
Stephen and Denise, Bolton, July 2017
Think this is our fifth visit and our joy at being here is still as great as our first visit. Once again we have found so many new places to visit. We found some superb cup markings at the top of Doddington Golf Club. A great week's weather and a great way to celebrate Suzanne's retirement. I gave her a choice of anywhere in the world to celebrate – Suzanne chose Hunting Hall, so that says it all!
David, Suzanne and Daisy, Beverley, July 2017
It was Sheep Rodeo Time on Thursday! They thundered through the farmyard, leaping an invisible gate, sleek from the shearing and hungry enough to stop for a quick nibble at the honeysuckle. Wool everywhere and peacocks shed feathers in sympathy. Many thanks to Tom for letting us watch the shearing and explaining the details of what we saw.

We also appreciated Mr Big the Goat and his 2 heavies. “How nice to see you, Mr Bond…” We love Hunting Hall.

P.S. The history tour was great; thank you so much for that, it sparked off quite a few ideas…
Helen Taylor and Richard Beaven, July 2017
Nothing ever changes in this beautiful cottage! It's always perfect. See you next year!
Brenda and Jim Scott, Ossett, June 2017
Wonderful cottage and area. Many thanks Karen and Tom, keep up the good work.
Kevin and Jackie Lyne, Northants, June 2017
Cannot say enough good things about Hunting Hall and of the spectacular time we always have here. Tom and Karen are just gorgeous and have created a home from home that we simply don't want to leave. I already have last day sniffles and will only be consoled by coming back soon. Love the cottage, the farm and the extra bonus this year of Sebastian. See you all soon and THANK YOU!!
Ariana, Adam, Sarah and Jill, Isle of Man June 2017
What an amazing welcome! We have had a fantastic time in this gorgeous cottage which had everything which was needed. Many thanks to Tom and Karen who made this such a special holiday for us all. The kids loved the animals and my daughter adored her spinning class. A huge thanks for all the extra touches which made a truly magical stay. Thank you!
Becky, Philippe, Beth and Emile Guiblin, London, June 2017
Perfect as always!
Paddy and Richard Clark, Denstone, May 2017
Another lovely week at Hunting Hall and first time in the Fuffins – everything so lovely – farm trail, piggies, goat, geese, hens, horse, peacocks, sheep, ducks. Delightful comfortable cottage and helpful, kind Karen and Tom – thank you loads!
Joan Shaw and Janet Tanner, Warrington, May 2017
Here for our second visit, last year 3 weeks, this year 4 weeks. Excellent location. Tom and Karen, thank you for a wonderful time.
Laurie and Pat Sinton, Kent, April – May 2017
First impressions, I do not doubt, will match our last impressions. We try to be green at home but the Fuffins has opened up new ideas. Karen and Tom are genuinely lovely and this is just the base we need to see this part of the world. There is nothing missing.
Martin and Liz McLure, Blantyre, February 2017
We had exhausted our words praising the Fuffins last visit! There's nowhere quite like it, is there?
Susan and Keith Macdonald, Mary and Gordon Mellor, Leeds, February 2017
Another wonderful week at Hunting Hall – think this might be my 10th visit, and now 10 years since I first came here. Thank you, Karen and Tom for sharing this lovely part of the country with us. I so love walking the farm trail every morning and evening, especially the Dene and the wood and pond in the Pond Field. The cake was superb too – everything just perfect :-) xx
Margaret and Jason Clarke, Edinburgh, December 2016
Such a wonderful place – we've had the best holiday ever – gorgeous countryside, gorgeous house! Thank you so much.
Tessa and Anthony Oram, December 2016
A superb stay in the most comfy cottage with every item you need for a luxurious time. Thank you Karen and Tom x
Edinburgh Knitters! Aka Alison, Anne, Jane, Viv and Jill, November 2016
Sixth visit to Fuffins, we can never tire of Northumberland. A lovely restful week in a superbly presented cottage. Thank you, Karen and Tom.
Chris and Irena Chinn, Norfolk, November 2016
Seventh year at The Fuffins (we think) and lovely as always. Thank you, Karen and Tom.
Unsworth family, Cumbria, October 2016
We have run out of superlatives! Fuffins has all we could want from a holiday.
Susan, Mary, Keith and Gordon, Leeds, October 2016
Everything was spotlessly clean. We loved our stay here. Everything was perfect. We loved it all. Our 1st time.
Helen and Alwyn, North Yorkshire, October 2016
Another wonderful time at The Fuffins. Thank you again for all the great attention to detail and the goodies – yum, yum! Thoroughly recommend trips to St Abbs Head, Ford Moss, Cragside, Ross Bank Sands and, of course, Bamburgh. Hope to see you in 2017
Peter and Susan O'Sullivan, Wiltshire, September 2016
Another brilliant visit, see you again soon. x :-)
Paula and Damian, Scunthorpe, September 2016
Thanks for another lovely stay at the cottage and providing all the comforts for Amber. She slept 11 hours a night. As wonderful as we remembered. See you next year.
Bianca, Paul and Amber Swannell, September 2016
Our first visit, and it certainly won't be our last. We've fallen in love with the cottage, and the farm, and the area. Thank you so much Karen and Tom for such a magical holiday. So sad to be leaving tomorrow.
Viv and Paul Knight, Kent, September 2016
Blessed with good weather and we did lots of visiting, walking and a first – swimming at Embleton beach (briefly). And returned home to the perfect cottage.
David, Suzanne, Daisy and Bethany, August, 2016
Once again we have been overwhelmed by this wonderful place! Our advice to anyone staying here at The Fuffins is don't try and fill every moment with sightseeing but to make the most of being right here in this beautiful home. Thank you Karen and Tom for welcoming us back – we have loved every moment.
Sasha, Martin, Jess and Maddie, Malvern, August 2016
What a truly fantastic holiday we all had in a magical part of the world. The cottage was beyond belief, really a home from home. The boys' faces, discovering the joys of the farm, were brilliant. And, of course, the highlight of the holiday was taking Mist for walks!! Thank you Tom and Karen for all you have provided, terrific!
Paul, Eimer, Eric and Arthur, Leicestershire, July 2016
Thank you so much Karen and Tom for a lovely stay, and to stay in this lovely cottage, and for all the nice welcome and bits and pieces that you left for us to enjoy, and what a lovely insight to be on a farm with all your wonderful animals. We will be back very soon. Thank you, Pat and Laurie X
Pat and Laurie Sinton, Kent, June - July 2016
Amazing house and facilities. The farm trail was lovely and overall we had a very enjoyable stay. Would definitely come back again! Many thanks to Tom and Karen xx
Patrick, Jenny, Emilia and Pablo Santamaria-Crew, May 2016
Every year we visit this beautiful cottage and beautiful county and it never ceases to please. We absolutely love it!
Brenda and Jim, West Yorkshire, May 2016
Lovely to be back again – thanks Tom and Karen for making this such a perfect place to stay! Xxx
John and Sarah Webb and Linda Cuthbert, May 2016
A beautiful place to stay and enjoy the wonderful Northumbrian countryside – we will be back! Thanks for your wonderful hospitality – you should be so proud of the warm and cosy cottage with so many lovely touches. Many thanks.
Mark and Alison Noblet, Huddersfield, April 2016
Guests beware! Fuffins is seriously addictive! This was our third visit (first in April) and already planning our fourth. And without being smug, we've just enjoyed seven dry days of total sun and blue skies. Karen and Tom, you are stars!!
Susan and Keith, Mary and Gordon, Leeds, April 2016
Another fabulous stay despite the weather! We love this place and will definitely be back. Spent our time at Cheswick beach, Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Alnwick this time. Discovered Barter Books in Alnwick which is great. Also got half my Harry Hare knitted :-) Thanks to the Burns for another lovely stay – all the best and hopefully see you again soon xxx
Sally, Guy and Walter Williams, Buckinghamshire, March 2016
What an amazing place to stay. We have loved every minute. Love the special touches and eco-friendly. You have put love and thought into this, and we appreciate this. Look forward to returning. Thank you. x
Deb, Stu, Jack and James Horrocks, Lancashire, February 2016
We have fallen totally in love with Hunting Hall! Thank you for welcoming us to your home, for giving the boys the experiences of working with you and for the spinning lesson. Loved every minute!
John, Vicky and Chris Collinson, South Yorkshire, February 2016
The cottage is absolutely perfect, comfy and warm. Farm animals roaming around and so much to see, you almost don't need to go anywhere.
Alice and Brad, Suffolk, October 2015
We have especially enjoyed the comfort of the cottage and all the homely touches. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for such a wonderful welcome.
Julian and Heather, Suffolk, October 2015
Yet another brilliant week! Not so good for stargazing so we'll have to come again - any excuse!!! Great to see lots of bunnies around again and the peacock chicks are so cute :-) Will hopefully see you all again very soon. Don't want to go home :-(
Paula and Damian, Scunthorpe, September 2015
Back again this summer to enjoy a fantastic peaceful week at The Fuffins. Our mother, Joan Tucker, has lots of lovely trees planted in her memory – the crab apple trees around the edge of the lawn and trees below in the Dene. Wonderful to have these trees growing here. As always a wonderful welcome in the best cottage we have ever stayed in and an outstanding location (is there any wonder we keep returning?) How can a place just keep getting better? It's magic. We look forward to seeing Mum's trees growing and the birds finding new food and new nesting places. And we look forward to contributing to a new copse in the yard corner. P.S. Great hospital corners, Tom.
David, Suzanne and Daisy Tucker, Beverley, August 2015
A brilliant time here - thank you. All the extra touches like flowers and homemade cake greatly appreciated. We enjoyed our spinning lesson and Bethany loved helping with the pigs. All the information very helpful. Farm trail very enjoyable. We liked seeing all the nature – birds, butterflies, hare, deer… Thank you for making us so welcome :-)
Julie, Mark and Bethany, East Sussex, August 2015
We've had another lovely week here. We've never stayed in a better cottage. Lovely trips out and we all love the farm. Thank you.
Rob, Jane, Grace and Jack lusted, Skipton, July 2015
A wonderful first holiday with baby Alistair. Beautiful cottage, visits to the beaches, Cheviot hills and celebrating Annabelle's 4th birthday at Alnwick Gardens. Thank you for making us so welcome.
Tracy, Chris, Anabelle and Alistair Hodgson, Sheffield, July 2015
We've had an absolutely marvellous time. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for everything. A really beautiful place and spotlessly clean. Stunning views, so difficult to tear ourselves way from. We hope to return very soon.
Peter and Susan O'Sullivan, Wiltshire, July 2015
Our second holiday here and with the glorious weather, the best yet! We will be back :-)
Pam, Andy and Mathew, East Kilbride, July 2015
The weather has let us down this year, but we forgive it as it's the first time it has! As usual the girls were delighted with the little pigs. They loved saying hello to Whin and Bella and fussing over them both. The cottage has been wonderful as usual.
Brenda, Jim, Ellie and Laura, Osset, June 2015
Another wonderful week in this lovely cottage. Unique location, fantastic wildlife and warm hospitality from Karen and Tom.
Ian, Marlene and Gail Smeaton, Ayshire, June 2015
We've had a wonderful time this week with so much to do here on the farm and further afield in Northumberland. Many thanks!
Alice, Colin, Aidan and Emily Forde, Birmingham, May 2015
Our sixth visit and The Fuffins is still the gold standard against which all other cottages are to be measured. We've had a wonderful week with all-season's weather. The peace and warmth of the Fuffins renews the spirit. Very many thanks to Tom and Karen xxx
Richard Beaven and Helen Taylor, York, May 2015
We have so enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing holiday in your lovely cottage, Karen and Tom. It has also been great for us all to spend so much time together. Special memories – thank you so much :-) xx
Chris, Louise, Tom and Emily Holmes, Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, April 2015
Our second trip to Hunting Hall and another fantastic week spent on this delightful farm. Such a friendly welcome from Karen and Tom and all the home from home comforts make this a very special place. Thank you again, we will be back.
Andrea and Graeme Rolt, Warboys, March 2015
A wonderful few days in this cosy, comfortable cottage. Some of the things we enjoyed: walking from Craster to Newton and lunch at the Ship Inn, Barter Books in Alnwick, Karen's delicious cake, watching the tide come in over the causeway. We hope to visit again. Thank you x
Sarah, Tony, Arthur and Louie, Nottingham, February 2015
Loved the cottage and the farm animals and the farm walk. Karen's a lovely bubbly host! Great clear dark skies for star gazing. Beaches at Cheswick and Bamburgh were great and Goswick golf course is a good test. Loved it all.
Joyce and William, Perth, February 2015
What more can we say that hasn't already been said? This place is so relaxing and warm - and fun watching the animals. All held in place by the wonderful welcome and cheerfulness of Karen and Tom. Pure magic, all of it!
Susan and Keith, Mary and Gordon, Leeds, January 2015
Peaceful, beautiful, relaxing week in a superb cottage in a wonderful location. Karen & Tom are perfect hosts and we would love to come to this place again.
Sue and Pete, Canterbury, November 2014
Another fabulous week. Stunning night skies (less cloud). Beautiful walks around the farm. Spotted dolphins off St Abbs. Beautiful place.
Damian and Paula, Scunthorpe, November 2014
Lovely blustery holiday. The boys loved playing in the fields and really enjoyed pond dipping.
Tony, Jane, Charlie and Jamie Nice, Melton, October 2014
Our first visit to Hunting Hall and what an idyllic week. Warm October sunshine, cycling through quiet lanes, ambling around the farm, talking pigs with Tom and lots of playing with wool... We didn't need to stray far to see some wonderful countryside - Karen's cycle route via Roughtinglinn is highly recommended. The walk leading to the waterfall is magical and worth seeking out. Thanks for creating a perfect retreat here - quiet, relaxing and with such a warm welcome. We hope we'll be back again before too long. X
Alison, Andy and Phoebe Hyde, Edinburgh, October 2014
What a wonderful and welcoming cottage, with everything imaginable provided. So comfortable in every way. The cottage is so comfortable and well set out. It was such a joy to come back to every day, and get cosy in front of the lovely log fire. What a treat form day 1. It will be a fabulous memory. What a great region of the country - Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Alnwick, even a trip to Edinburgh for the day (?9.50!!). We found a lovely new coffee shop in Berwick too - fairtrade and organic and lovely food - on the quayside at the Chandlery, Lowry's. Really nice. Thank you so much for the most wonderful holiday in the North and all the lovely touches that make this such a great place. Xx
Robert and Patti, Gloucestershire, October 2014
We've had a wonderful week with glorious weather. We love the warm welcome from Karen & Tom (& all the Northumbrians we've met!). Thanks a million!!
Gill, Jenny & Tony, Stroud and Oxford, September 2014
We had hoped to bring Mum up to share in the joy of Fuffins and Karen & Tom's wonderful Northumbrian hospitality, but she passed away 93 years young on the 16th August. Our visit to Hunting Hall to recharge our batteries and to laugh over 'grandma Joan' stories was just what we needed. Peace, nature and herons (Grandma's favourite bird). It is hard to put into words how time at the Fuffins has helped us all. Thank you. We hope to organise 'Joan's tree' in a short white. Until next summer xx
David, Suzanne, Bethany and David Tucker, Beverley, East Yorkshire, August 2014
Thank you so much, Tom and Karen, for creating this wonderful place! We've had another very special week and had some really great day out, but the highlight of each day is coming home to the farm and The Fuffins - it really is a little piece of heaven and we don't want to leave!
Sasha, Martin, Jess and Maddie, Malvern, Worcs., August 2014
We came to you for 1 weekend, then 1 week and it was 2 weeks... so next time? Such a special place made extra special by the cherishing evidenced everywhere - the animals, our welcome, the environment. Thank you Tom and Karen - a special place created by special people - we will be back!
Jane and Ian, Canada, July 2014
Thank you so much for creating such a lovely holiday cottage! We really enjoyed the stay, everything is perfect. Many interesting places to visit nearby. Hope to be back soon xx
David, Guang, Jay and Jack, Surrey, July 2014
Another lovely holiday in our favourite cottage in our favourite county. Weather has been fantastic! Lovely to see you all. Ellie and Laura love the farm, especially this year as they had baby chickens to fuss over. See you next year xx
Brenda and Jim, Ellie and Laura, Osset, W. Yorks, June 2014
Another lovely holiday. We loved Fuffins even more than Newt! We hope to see you again. Thank you! Anne Hawley, Dent, Cumbria, June 2014
Another great visit. Been lovely to see you again and catch up. Tom and George said fishing in the burn was their favourite part of the holiday! Looking forward to our next visit already xxx
Tim, Ash, George and Tom Gale, Penrith, Cumbria, May 2014
This has been our fifth visit to Hunting hall and we are delighted to see the developing of the environmentally-friendly policies - the greening of the hedgerows, the increase of orchards and fruit trees and the very peaceful atmosphere. For us, this has been a very relaxing break from the 'quiet' life we lead in retirement. We particularly have enjoyed renewing contact with Tom and Karen, Margaret, Roberta and Alice, You have all been very friendly and hospitable.
Jeremy and Jan Howat, York, May 2014
A wonderful cottage! A relaxing, peaceful holiday - thank you.
Heather Julian, Ben and William, Beccles, Suffolk, April 2014
Our first trip to Northumberland. Wow!! We will be back as we've booked Easter 2015!
Iain Chloe, Poppy Ilaria Shaw, Cambridge, April 2014
This is our 5th Year in a row. It feels like our second home! We love it so much... Thank you so much for making our stay so wonderful. See you next year xxxx :)
Claire, Peter and Emily-Kate Unsworth and Cousin Maisie, Cartmel, Cumbria, April 2014
It just gets better and better every time we come here. Thank you ever so much for your lovely welcome, yummy cake (enjoyed by all) and for all your thoughtful touches that make this such a special place to visit. We included the orchard this time on out (many) tours of the farm trail. Thank soft the tip about his extra leg. It will be lovely to see how the orchard progresses, much as we've seen Meg's Wood change over the years. This is such a wonderful place... thank you xx
Margaret, Jason and Kelsey Clarke, Balerno, Edinburgh, February 2014
How can an email be warm-hearted? Well it is when Karen and Tom send it. And then it is made even better with their lovely smiling welcome and that fire!! Despite the grey skies every day, we had a wonderful hike - knowing we could come back to a warm and very comfortable Fuffins. Thanks Karen & Tom, you have a great place & a marvellous approach to life.
Susan and Keith, Mary and Gordon. Leeds, February 2014
Had a splendid week with lovely weather. Loved the spotless cottage and our warm welcome - especially New Year celebrations in the Piggery with Tom and Karen's friends and relatives. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for your kindness.
Andrea, Krishna, Ameya and Morgan, hackney, London, January 2014
A wonderful week at Hunting Hall Farm. The cottage was cosy and comfortable and with all the animals, just perfect for a small boy... The weather has been great - picnics on the beach in November, you can't ask for more than that! Thanks ever so much for this lovely place to be.
Cath, Shane and Noah, Claire and Steve, Co. Durham and Leamington Spa, December 2013
We had a wonderful relaxing time in The Fuffins. It's obvious how much love and care has been invested in this place and it's been a pleasure and privilege to stay here. We will hope to return!
Nick and Julia Godwin, Oxford, November 2013
What a wonderful find! Your cottage is spotless... everything you could possibly need and such lovely hosts too. Thank you Tom, Karen and Margaret, we will be back soon. :)
Andrew and Tracey, Nunnington, N.Yorks, October 2013
Dear Karen & Tom, Margaret, Thank you all for such a lovely holiday. This is definitely the warmest welcome and the best stocked self-catering cottage we have come to! Further, it was great to see the environment being considered too! We've had a lovely week visiting this very special area. We iosh you well for future years!
Rob Fford & Tina Clark, Hampshire, October 2013
Superb cottage - surpassed all expectations. Enjoyed our walks around the farm and watching all the animals. Thank you both.
Jean and Jane, Lincs., September 2013
Farm, cottage, area, hospitality, welcome – all fantastic. Many thanks!
Kevin, Pat, John and Sue, Kent and Devon, September 2013
Had a fabulous time in a beautiful cottage. Loved it – thanks!
Mark, Jenny, James and Ellis, Bolton, September 2013
We have thoroughly enjoyed our family holiday in The Fuffins and Newt Cottage to celebrate our Silver Anniversary. The cottages are delightful :-) :-), a real credit to the hard work of our friends Karen, Tom and family. It has been great to visit our favourite coastal places and Ingram Valley again. Thank you, Karen and Tom, for your kindness and our lovely college reunion day :-) x
Chris, Louise, Tom and Emily, Lancashire, August 2013
After a slightly curtailed visit to Newt Cottage in 2007, we (Susie and Andy) have returned, along with Sarah, Laura and grandson Samuel – hence the need for the larger Fuffins! We have had a fantastic week in beautiful accommodation and managed to cram in a huge amount (Farne Island, Lindisfarne, Berwick, Alnwick Garden, Ford and Etal) and some delightful beaches. Many, many thanks for providing us with such a wonderful holiday. We shall be back!
Susie, Andy, Sarah, Laura and Samuel, July 2013
We have returned to Hunting Hall and The Fuffins after two years and we have had an absolutely fantastic holiday on the farm again. Everything was great – the cottage with its garden, the farm including the Newt trail, as well as this fabulous area of the North East. We couldn't have wished for more, but maybe the sun ;-) as always, time went too fast. Dear Karen & Tom, thank you very much for being wonderful hosts and for your patients with Hanna & Ruben!
Katrin, Thomas, Hanna and Ruben, Potsdam, Germany, June 2013
We decided to mark our 5th visit by getting married. We knew it would be a wonderful place for a honeymoon. Very many thanks to Karen, Tom and Margaret for the very special festive evening and to the local gods for fantastic weather. High “Ah..h...h” factor due to bunny washing face on lawn, little piglets, and big eared fox cub in dene.
Helen Taylor and Richard Beaven, York, June 2013
Once again it's been perfect! We have had a fantastic holiday. The grandchildren were in awe of the area, the farm and the cottage. They want to return next year - so see you next year!
Brenda and Jim Scott, Osset, June 2013
I always said that I would never stay anywhere twice - this is our third visit! It is impossible to fault anything, Karen and Tom, you have done wonders here. This is a very special place.
Alex and Kay Horton, Southbourne, June 2013
Yet another fantastic stay in The Fuffins! We have all enjoyed the walks around the farm and Bruce loves his pond dipping and bird watching trips!!! Thank you for all your hard work with the cottages and the orchard. We will be back... it is a perfect family break.
Richard, Kirsty, Bruce and Douglas, Kingsley, May 2013
Stylish, modern, cosy and a fabulous setting, Fuffins proved perfect for our holiday. A great place for a family holiday!
Beate, Lydia, Robert and Scarlett, Brampton/Welwyn, May 2013
We're losing count now of how many time we've been here – we love the place, the farm, the cottage, the lovely welcome, the wildlife – I don't know how many times I've walked around the trail either – it's where I come to in my mind if I can't get to sleep at night! Thank you for letting us share this wonderful place with you xxx P.S. We were delighted to see the gray wagtail (in fact the pair). Also have seen our first wheatear of the year here, as well as the newly arrived swallows and sand martins – fabulous! :-)
Margaret, Jason and Tom Clarke, Edinburgh, April 2013-09-14
Friendly welcome as always (4th visit). Bamburgh, Seahouses, Embleton, Ford, Etal, Duddo standing stones, but best of all the Low Burn, the Burns, the animals and Hunting Hall Farm. Thanks for the hospitality. Hope to stay at the Fuffins again next year!
John, Diane, Alfie and Jack, West Bridgford, April 2013
Arctic weather but Mediterranean hospitality. Perfection. À bientôt
David, Suzanne, daisy Tucker and Natasha, Beverley, March 2013
We have had a lovely visit. Thank you.
Kelly, Alex, Sam and Olivia Webb, Morcambe, March 2013
Our third visit, so wonderful. Different season and so restful. Thanks so much and we will be back again. Thanks Karen & Tom
Chris and Irena Chinn, Norfolk, February 2013
We had a lovely week on the beaches, at Alnwick, in the hills and on the farm. Thank you for making it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Tony, Jane, Charlie and Jamie Nice, Wycomb, October 2012
A warm welcome to this lovely cottage, together with great autumn weather, made our first visit here perfect. Cannot wait for a return visit. Thank you Karen and Tom!
Ian and Marlene Smeaton, Ayrshire, October 2012
It was a privilege and a pleasure to celebrate our Golden Wedding by coming back to The Fuffins. Thank you all so much for your welcome, your hospitality and most of all for that wonderful present of the painting by Alice. It will be greatly treasured, along with all our happy memories.
Mike and Ann Marshall-Hollingsworth, Hayes, September, 2012
We've had such a lovely week again. Thank you so much – Eaden is already asking to come back again... – I'm sure we will. X
Charlotte, Brian, and Eaden, Cambridge, September 2012
Excellent and immaculately kept accommodation. The girls particularly enjoyed their story-book twin bedroom. Pigs and surprisingly endearing.
Kate, John, Agatha and Hester, Lincolnshire, August 2012
Our first visit to The Fuffins and we couldn't have wishes for more! Thank you Karen and Tom, for your warm welcome and for letting the girls follow you around the farmyard – the highlight of their week! The cottage and garden here are wonderful and we really don't want to leave. We will certainly be back to explore more of this beautiful part of the country.
Martin, Sasha, Jess and Maddie Rae, Malvern, August 2012
Had a fantastic two weeks on our forth visit here! Loved spending tine in this unique cottage and area again and we were once more astounded by your kindness and hospitality towards us. Thank you so much for letting us borrow the tandem again too. Lots of love!
Tony, Nina, Rosie and Fraser Payne, Cheltenham, July/August 2012
The Fuffins is perfect. We have learnt such a lot about living a greener life in all aspects of fige. Thank you so muc for your fabulous hospitality, gorgeous cake and bread. We don't want to leave. Hope to see you soon. P.S. Thank you for letting the boys be so hands-on!
Sarah, Michael, Lewis and Raphael Buchallet, Essex, July 2012
We have had a great holiday – cottage is gorgeous and really don't want to leave! Thank you Karen & Tom for your fantastic hospitality. Hope to see you again soon!
Jimmy, Shirley, Hannah, Holly and James, Dalgety May, July 2012
Our third visit to The Fuffins. Lovely home from home, and frequent early morning visits form the peacocks, peahen and baby rabbit! The weather was not the best sadly, but on the couple of dry days we got we visited Eyemouth and fed the seals (watch out for the cheeky seagulls!) and Spittal. See you soon!
Lorriane, Jim, Andrew and Matthew, Lanarkshire, July 2012
Cottage just as we had thought it would be. So welcoming, bread and cake fantastic. We wanted a relaxing week, what more could we have asked for. The hare having his breakfast on the grass every morning was the icing on the cake!! Many thanks for a wonderful time.
Melanie and Ian, Spalding, July 2012
Our 4th time, and The Fuffins and Hunting Hall never fail to enchant. Many thanks to Tom and Karen for their wonderful hospitality, and we have sussed your peacock surveillance scheme.
Richard Beaven and Helen Taylor, Haxby, York, June 2012
This year's visit was different as we brought our daughter Kate, her husband Gareth and our grandson Fynn. They stayed for a few days, and loved it as much as we do. Hope to bring our son and his wife and family next year, they will love it also!
Brenda and Jim Scott, Osett, June 2012
3rd visit to hunting Hall and it's been amazing. Fantastic hosts yet again. Made to feel part of the family. See you next year!! Best wishes xxxx :-)
Peter, Claire, Lauren and Emily-Kate Unsworth, Cartmel, June 2012
First visit but we shall definitely come again. Thank you so much Tom and Karen for a lovely relaxing holiday. A week is not enough. We've never been self catering before where groceries were provided! We can recommend a walk across the fields for Sunday lunch at the Black Bull, the 45 min walk back helps the digestion. The Red Lion at Millfield is good and excellent value. We got everything we needed from the shop in Lowick, which is very well stocked with friendly staff and we especially recommend the Border tart! Thanks also for the bread and cake, I needn't have brought ours and our cake is going home again untouched.
Robin and Anne Titley, Herefordshire, May 2012
We have had a fantastic holiday at The Fuffins. The cottage has become our home from home, with the boys enjoying the farm and gardens. Thank you for such warm and genuine hospitality throughout the week. We leave with many happy memories.
Rhiannon, James, William and Edward, Oxford, May 2012
So much chocolate cake, so little time... Whether it's swimming at Eyemouth, watching from the warmth of the cafe crashing waves, terrorising the little pigs recently born, playing at Harestanes, the outdoor play space at the Barn at Beal... so many distractions away from the chocolate cake in the fridge. Both my 4 year old daughter, Jessica, and I have loved our visit. Mum and Alex had to stay behind to look after our sick Father in law – still, more chocolate cake for us... xxx
Garry and Jessica Deane, Sale, March/April 2012
Our second visit to Hunting Hall, first time in the Fuffins. A wonderful warm welcome from Karen & Tom. Tiny pigs and lambing in progress added to the Northumberland experience & the weather was the icing on the cake; magnificent. So many palaces on the farm to sit and reflect, relax, or dream of the future. Thank you for a wonderfully peaceful and relaxing week and we cannot wait until next time.
Chris and Irena Chinn, High Kelling, March 2012
Very relaxing holiday. Second time here. We have enjoyed every minute. Thank you for making it so special.
Nicola, Paul, Benjamin and Euan, Hull, February 2012
A beautiful place to get 2012 off to a good start. Lovely cold, sunny days, finished off with cosy nights in by the fire. Thanks to Karen and Tom for the high standards and friendly welcome. Would love to try a different season here.
Emma and Andrew, Payton, January 2012
We were looking for an escape from all the pre Christmas chaos and luckily found Hunting Hall and The Fuffins. Steaming mugs of hot chocolate and Karen's scrumptious chocolate gingerbread by a roaring fire – bliss! The Fuffins truly is an idyll; A great place to relax and unwind – just what the doctor ordered!
Tracy, Tabby and Ollie, Fife, December 2011