Country Living magazine…..

If you would like to read about The Bastle and its transformational journey from neglected to loved, there is a fabulous article in this March 2017 edition of Country Living….just out and on the shelves now.

For those of you who have stayed at The Bastle, you will instantly recognise the pictures…and for those of you who have not…we would be delighted to welcome you to experience the comforts of 21st century living in our special, 16th century fortified farmhouse.

In Winter, batten down the hatches and cosy up with underfloor heating and a wood burning stove or in Summer, move outside and take advantage of the various sitting areas on the sheltered, raised deck or the walled courtyard with BBQ.


The Joiners Shop…

Delighted to say, the dilapidated Joiners Shop next to the Bastle courtyard is on its final leg of renovation….




From a sad building full of rubbish and an imploded roof at the rear….it has been rebuilt and lime pointed, has a new roof, new windows and doors, mains water and electricity, insulation and plasterboards by the lorry load…not to mention vast quantities of timber for the stud walls etc.

Anyone who has undertaken a major renovation will understand.

The kitchen has been plastered and painted ready for the kitchen units…which will be the same quality as the Bastle, painted Farrow and Ball Mouse’s Back, oak worktops, and contemporary lighting. Underfloor heating below the slate floor too for warmth and cosiness.

It will be a lovely, light and airy room with views over Beltingham burn and the woods.

Two bedrooms (to sleep four people) and the vaulted sitting room are also taking shape, exposing the old beams and purlins and a little bit of internal stone wall for added character.

The bathroom has been fitted out too with bath, sink, toilet and the all important power shower.

Fingers crossed we are on course for completion of building works by next Spring and hopefully we will be ready for guests not long after that.

So, if you fancy combining the two properties for friends or family and sharing the private, walled courtyard….this could be your perfect place.


Keep checking our Facebook page… The Bastle … for further updates.

Bastle welcome…

Having rented numerous holiday cottages in the past, I can safely say the ones that provide a welcome pack of basic essentials are the ones I would go back to or recommend to friends and family. Some don’t even try….

Arriving to a warm, welcoming property with fresh flowers and sufficient provisions to provide a supper or breakfast after a long journey is most heartening.



I make sure there are staple ingredients in the Bastle and also some extra treats…

A bottle of wine is most appreciated, if not a necessity, by nearly everyone for their holiday vacation.

A relaxing drink on a Summer evening outside, taking in the last rays of the sun, or snuggling up with the shutters closed and the log burner ticking away in Winter take some beating.



Herbs for the BBQ in the courtyard should you wish to dine alfresco. Plenty of seating opportunities, either on the deck or in the courtyard itself.





Toiletries in in the bathroom,


Books, magazines, DVDs and games in the living room for evenings or rainy days.


And in case you have forgotten where you are ….BASTLE mugs in the kitchen cupboard.

Bastle Mugs

Wallington Hall

Even if you are pushed for time, it is still possible to enjoy a pleasant walk in our beautiful National Trust gardens, here in Northumberland.

A short walk from the main house, the Walled Garden is a joy, even in the colder months.


The Conservatory provides a warm welcome from the elements and the smell of the plants, intoxicating.




The sound of the fountain,


And the song of the wren and robin hiding in the shrubs, all add to the relaxing atmosphere.



Dogs are welcome on their leads,


Don’t forget to check out the gargoyle dragon heads on the way back to the Hall.


And remember…..


So true!

Henshaw Barn…

Let me introduce you to the home of our good friends, Pauline and John.


A beautiful Northumbrian stone barn, converted to a high standard and ideally placed for Hadrian’s Wall


They run their B&B in the next village to the Bastle at Henshaw… A B&B where guests are spoilt with comfortable accommodation and amazing food at extremely reasonable prices.


John is a professional chef and  his skills in the kitchen for breakfast and evening meals are second to none.




As as are his jams and chutneys…

Their garden is delightful and provides fruit and vegetables for their delicious recipes.


So if you want a one or two night stay and dine in beautiful surroundings.


They are currently offering a Winter warmer break.

Very Special Offers Available 04 January 2015-31 March 2015

1. A double room for two people, £70 per night.

2. A double room, single occupancy, £50 per night.


Pauline Ellis & John Rutherford
Henshaw Barn Bed & Breakfast
NE47 7EN
+44 (0) 1434 344453

Dine in comfort…

The temporary kitchen style chairs in the living room have finally been replaced with smart, loose covered, upholstered dining chairs.
Sitting for a few hours at the table now, chatting and eating will be much more comfortable …and with shoes off, the gentle warmth of the heated flagstone floor adds even more comfort!


The squashy sofa has got some real competition now…

Living Room

Wildlife lamp…


We took delivery of a new lamp and shade the other day… The lamp base a carved wooden purchase from an Antique Fair and the ethereal barn owl shade from the lovely Bel at Will Dawes photography. Made from flame retardant material and Will’s incredible photo transferred onto the shade …..


It sits nicely on the old table in the Bastle, illuminating the old lady, exposed stonework and the original lime plastered blocked doorway.

Totally amazing at night with the shutters closed …..

Thank you Bel and Will x

Going up


Crucial Trading came to the Bastle this week, with a nice, new stair covering.

Coir natural flooring has now gone down on the timber and glass staircase, defining the treads between the large slate slabs in the kitchen and the stone steps leading onto the landing.

Delighted with it, looks good and much nicer to walk on.

Going down

Going up

Resident artist…..

Well, just for the day.

My talented artist friend Helen from Busy Bee Studio in County Durham arrived at The Bastle the other day armed with her paints and brushes.

Having briefly discussed the idea of painting a bunch of keys and a brace of pheasants on the lime plastered walls….she set to work.

First came the bunch of keys in the living room, hanging on a hook,

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I love the way she painted the hook on the plaster crack line, almost as if it cracked when the nail was “hammered’ in.

Then came the brace of pheasants by the back door in the kitchen,

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Don’t they look like as if the local Gamekeeper had opened the door… and popped them on the hook?

She also wrote a warning for tall people, ‘ Duck or Grouse’  before they go through the original low doorways in the living room and landing.


I am really delighted with her work and it has given the Bastle a touch of fun.

We also have another plan for the inglenook fireplace, but that is for another day.

Watch this space…

Thanks Helen

* Thanks must also go to Bumble Donkey, one of Helen’s donkeys, who donated his hair for the plaster walls and if you look closely you can see bits of hair beneath the paint *

Thank you…..

Big thanks to Terry at TWDA for our new website.

A young guy with masses of techy knowledge. He knows Northumberland inside out, listens to his clients, comes up with good ideas and nothing is ever to much trouble.

Based in Hexham, Northumberland just off the marketplace.


Thank you Terry. The Bastle thinks you are great!