Welcome to the Beaufront Hill Head
Holiday Cottage

Holiday Cottage

The Holiday Cottage was the original farmhouse at Beaufront and we were the dairy farm for the 2500 acre estate. Built when the  parishes of Corbridge and St John Lee were enclosed in the 1770s, the cottage has been completely refurbished in recent years  and given back its own private garden, with views for 350 square miles (on a clear day!) from  every south facing  window.

There are many clear days – Hexham, like Norfolk and parts of Morayshire, having its own  micro climate as a result of most really wet weather being caught by the various rows of hills to the west of it .

Prices & Booking

We use the airbnb and TripAdvisor websites for our bookings and it seems to work well. The  house is best suited to 3 day, 4 day  and week-long breaks.

But if you want to come for a fortnight, that’s fine too!  Guide dogs are welcome, and the main garden is fully enclosed and child friendly too.

Tall people must duck their heads on some of the doorways . We live next door, so there is almost always someone to speak to if you need guidance.

Explore Northumberland and County Durham

We feel privileged that we live all the year where other people come for a short holiday. The aim is to share with you the best things to see and do. There’s a very wide choice and so much to do, whatever the weather .

Other pages in this website give  various suggestions, but the overview given here is to stress that even in the busiest months Northumberland  feels  virtually empty, and everyone who visits marvels that, for such a sparsely populated county, its towns, pubs, restaurants and interesting sites are so plentiful. All this is yours to explore and discover from the perfect base at Beaufront.

Grade II – Georgian Cottage

The cottage is essentially designed to sleep up to 4 people. There is one bedroom with two single beds and another with a large double bed. Each has its own bathroom and loo.

On request ,and for an extra payment, a third ( downstairs ) bedroom ,with a double sofa bed , can be made available, taking the capacity to 6. That downstairs room might also suit someone with limited mobility,and there is a loo nearby too. By day, with the sofa bed away,  it is a peaceful drawing  room.

There is a fully equipped kitchen , a dining room that seats 6 ,but could stretch to 8 , and a sitting room with TV . Wi-Fi is available  throughout the  property.

There is your own car-parking space and room for  visitors’ cars. The garden has a  gravelled sitting area , a barbecue  and  fabulous south facing views . You are 700 feet above sea level and gazing down into the Tyne Valley and way beyond to the highest Pennines.

Book Your Stay and Directions

We use Airbnb for bookings and their website has all the information on it. But if you need to make direct contact, please email  marion.pennie@btinternet.com or telephone  or text Marion on 07940811352 or 07980769596 .

To find us enter NE46 4NB into sat nav . It gets you to 50 yards below the house, so keep on up the hill and our drive heads in to the left (west). The nearest hamlet is Sandhoe 600 yards south of us ( and 300 feet below us)

To find us from the South and East  head along the A69  for about 15 miles from its  start on the outskirts of Newcastle until you spot the sign for Jedburgh and the A68. Take that  northbound A68 and after just 400 yards you will see a country lane going of to the left (west) signed SANDHOE 1. Take it, and head  along there , over a cross roads and then steeply up into the hamlet of Sandhoe. At the T junction turn left (west) and go through the hamlet for 300 yards before taking a very steep right turn uphill. Head up there for 450 yards  – steep bit ,then level , then steep again, and at the end of the second steep bit our drive heads off to the left .

From Hexham or the West, aim for the Bridge End roundabout where the road into Hexham leaves the  A69 . At that roundabout take the exit marked  ANICK, SANDHOE and OAKWOOD . Head up there, staying on the main road until after 2 miles you see a school sign. Fifty yards after the sign and just before Beaufront School  turn left ( north) and go down that slope for 250 yards, then turn right, signed Fawcethill. Go along there until a T junction, then turn right, signed Sandhoe.   After 500 yards you will see that the road starts to head steeply downhill. At the wood ,just before the start of the descent our drive heads off the right .

If you are coming to us from the North , head down the A68  aiming for Corbridge until you get to the Errington Arms roundabout. Go south over that roundabout and after 1 mile spot a sign to the right signed Sandhoe. Go down into Sandhoe , through the settlement for 300 yards, and  take  the very  steep turn uphill at the end of the village, as described above .   Go up that hill – steep , level , steep –  and our drive heads off to the left at the summit as the wood ends .

Guest Testimonials

What a find! The home-made beef sausages in the welcome pack were on the barbecue within an hour of my arrival ,and eaten while admiring the stupendous view which seemed to stretch for ever.  We  had a great three nights and the beds were really comfortable. So much still to see – so we will be back  .

Adam Taylor
Adam TaylorHampshire and London

We took your advice and went to Wallington and sleepy Brinkburn. I sincerely doubt we’d have known about them otherwise. A brilliant stay and the kitchen was a dream to cook in. Having a separate dining room was great, and the evening sun poured in while we had dinner .

Anthony  and Clare
Anthony and ClareWimbledon