Ilderton Dod Barns, Ilderton, Wooler, Northumberland NE66 4JL
Call Pam or Robert on 07786253793 / 07932782611
OverviewOpened in 2019, Ilderton Dod Barns are a luxury bunkhouse sleeping 8 and a self-contained cottage for 2/3 in the Northumberland National Park, south west of Wooler. Situated on an 1,800 acre working hill farm and down a 1.5 mile private farm track you can really escape from the pressures of modern life, but there's a 4G mobile signal if you need it. The former stables and cow byre have been lovingly restored to provide quality, cosy accommodation. Facilities in the bunkhouse include kitchen, open plan kitchen/dining area with log burner, 2 large shower rooms, large upstairs sleeping area with 1 double bed, 4 singles and 1 sturdy set of bunks. Washing machine and drying area. Outside there's a BBQ and seating area, plenty of parking and a lockable bike store.The Dod Barns are ideally located 2 miles from The Pennine Way. The Sandstone Way & NCN 68 together with many other footpaths, bridleways and trails are literally on the doorstep. They are the perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders (paddocks available). They are also in one of the darkest locations in Northumberland Dark Sky National Park, so ideal for star gazing after a busy day. Dogs welcome by arrangement. Discounts if you arrive on 2 legs or 2 wheels and if you bring your own bedding. Sole use only.
Beds & Rooms:8 in The Barn plus 2/3 in Cuckoo Cottage
Price per night:The Barn: £308-£514 for a 3 night weekend. £410-£685 per week.
Booking:Book online, by email or by phone.
Directions:Leave the A697 on road to Roddam & Roseden. Take first left signed Roddam. Continue approximately 1 mile up the hill past Roddam Hall on the left then turn right just before the buildings on the right – steep up hill. Continue through an avenue of trees and follow the road as it bends left. After half a mile, turn right (signposted no through road). After half a mile the road bends right but take the track straight ahead. Follow for 1.25 miles to the first farm – turn left into the drive, over a cattle grid, pass between the house on your right and Ilderton Dod Barns on your left and find the parking inside the fenced area.
Public Transport:The train stations are Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Alnmouth, both approx. 20 miles away. The nearest bus stops are on the A697 approx. 3.5 miles away.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
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Come and See Our Sheep in Their Most Natural of Surroundings
October 3rd 2020
Long before there was holiday accommodation at Ilderton Dod Barns, our Scottish Blackface sheep roamed the hills and with 650 ewes, plus their lambs in the spring and summer, you can’t miss them!
We’ve been busy weaning (or ‘speaning’ as we call it in Northumberland) our lambs over the last few weeks. This involves shedding the lambs off from the ewes then taking the lambs to better pasture on our farm in Wooler. The ewes are checked (teeth, body condition, udders etc.) to decide which ones to breed again and which to send to Wooler for an easier life, or which we need to sell. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may see us doing this, or shearing the ewes in July, or pregnancy scanning them in February, or lambing in April/ May. Hill sheep are generally low input compared to those lower down, but they still occupy a lot of our time!
We still have a cottage available for HALF TERM (24th-30th October, sleeps a couple plus baby/toddler and up to 2 dogs) but the Barn is also available for CHRISTMAS (up until 30th December, sleeps up to 8 plus 3 dogs).
Every season brings different wildlife
August 1st 2020
Perhaps it’s due to the great weather that we’re having, or the lack of disturbance due to lockdown this spring but we seem to be seeing a huge number and variety of wildlife species on our doorstep.
Curlews, deer, partridges, pheasants, hares, owls, cuckoos and red squirrels have always been a common sight on our 1800 acre hill farm. But this year there have been sightings of kingfishers and otters on a nearby lake. You don’t have to look hard to see many of these species, but we provide binoculars in our properties for you to get a closer look.
Luxurious bunkhouse on working hill farm reopens
July 8th 2020
The Barn at Ilderton Dod Barns reopened on 4th July following relaxation of lockdown rules. The ‘We’re Good to Go’ training has been completed and extra hygiene measures implemented.
But the ethos remains the same – peaceful, comfortable accommodation with outstanding scenery, mountain biking, walking, archaeological sites and wildlife on the doorstep, all within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Lockable bike storage provided, barbecue area, luxurious showers, open plan lounge / diner with log burner and TV.