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Relax, rest and recharge. We’ve discovered a secret Northumberland hideaway that’s perfect for your next romantic autumn break

Introducing… The Hiddle Hut. A home away from home with a range of unique luxury amenities that’ll give you an experience that you’ve never had before.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 04.10.2022

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Think cosy nights snuggled up beside a log burner, warm hot chocolates after a refreshing country walk and sipping on a glass of wine whilst watching the sunset.

There’s nothing like a getaway to Northumberland to help you escape from all the stresses in your life.

From the crisp fresh air to the stunning seasonal changes and a range of wonderful walks to choose from – there really isn’t a more romantic time to visit Northumberland than in autumn, right?

With so many staycation spots out there, it’s hard to find the perfect place for you to stay. But if you’re after a memorable getaway with a unique twist then look no further than The Hiddle Hut.

Home in the heart of Northumberland with breathtaking countryside views and under the darkest of skies, a stay at this two-storey luxury cosy cabin will be an experience you’ve never had before.

From the star-gazing roof window over the king-sized bed to an outdoor fire pit and grill to toast marshmallows on and a roll-top bath for a relaxing soak whilst you take in the rural views, The Hiddle Hut feels like a home away from home complete with modern amenities making your holiday that extra bit special

When booking a staycation, it’s all about the location. Located on the outskirts of Bardon Mill, Hexham, The Hiddle Hut is just a stone’s throw away from the most iconic and picturesque stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, a stargazing experience in Northumberland Park’s protected dark skies and the nation’s favourite and most photographed tree – Sycamore Gap.

With the Coast-to-Coast cycle path and fabulous walking trails straight from the Hut, there’s plenty right on the doorstep to explore.


The two-storey cabin is the perfect warm hideaway from the cold outside complete with central heating and is extremely well insulated with sheep’s wool. Built using reclaimed materials and with repurposed auction gems at every turn, as soon as you walk through the door, you’ll feel cosy and have a taste of luxury throughout your stay.

The snug

After a long refreshing walk, kick back and cosy up on the leather two-seater sofa and footstool beside the burning wood burner whilst watching films on the smart T.V.

The kitchen

Autumn is all about comfort food, right? The Hiddle Hut has all amenities needed to whip up your finest dishes thanks to the Smeg fridge freezer, Bosch dishwasher, Gas oven and hob as well as granite worktops, coffee machine and Dualit appliances.

You really can’t beat the feeling of sitting at the oak breakfast bar tucking into a full English breakfast watching the sunrise and listening to your favourite tunes on Roberts radio/Bluetooth speaker.

The bedroom

This is one of our favourite rooms in The Hiddle Hut and it’s not hard to see why. After climbing the reclaimed spiral staircase you’ll reach the second-floor bedroom mezzanine with a star-gazing roof window over the king-sized hand-built bed. You can’t get any more romantic than taking in the pristine dark skies here in Northumberland with a wonderful star-gazing experience cuddled up in bed, right?

HLN TOP TIP: Please be aware that The Hiddle Hut is not fully accessible and therefore not suitable for people with mobility issues.

The bathroom

The Hiddle Hut really is a gift that keeps on giving with the ensuite bathroom complete with a double-ended roll-top bath of dreams where you can soak whilst taking in the stunning views of the rural landscape and a monsoon shower.

We have to mention the bathroom vanity which was an old Victorian washstand from a Manor house in North Yorkshire that has now been restored and holds a statement basin and waterfall tap.

The personal touches

Owner Catherine really goes above and beyond for her guests. On your arrival expect to find a welcome hamper to help you settle in with your stay. From home-baked treats to eggs from her free-range hens and essentials like butter, milk and coffees, tea and pods for the coffee machine, Catherine has got you covered.

Or, if you’re after something more specific for your stay without the hassle of having to nip to a shop Catherine offers four different kinds of breakfast hampers as well as different grazing boards at an additional cost.



Situated in its own private and exclusive paddock with spectacular views of the Northumbrian landscape, The Hiddle Hut is an agricultural aesthetic and designed to sit naturally in the rural landscape with its black exterior and domed corrugated roof.

The garden

In the gorgeous grounds of the hut, you’ll find an outdoor fire pit and grill to keep you warm and toast marshmallows on, a covered bar area on the outdoor deck for dining and fresh herbs from the trough for you to use when cooking.

Plus, there’s a lockable bike store and a hose pipe to wash off muddy boots and bikes after a day of exploring.


The surroundings

Beyond the garden is our small woodland copse with a winding path to the clearing with a bench to sit and enjoy a drink and take in the sunrise, sunset and beautiful views.


The Bowes Hotel, Bardon Mill

Distance: 29-minute walk or 4-minute drive

This village pub is popular for lunches and evening meals until 7.30 pm with an open fire and friendly staff.

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Brew Bar, Haltwhistle

Distance: 5-minute drive 

A popular Bistro/cafe by the day and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the cafe becomes a vibrant bar with visiting food trucks from the North East.

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Bouchon Bistrot, Hexham

Distance: 17-minute drive

Named the winner of the Best European Restaurant at the North East Restaurant Awards, Bouchon Bistrot serves straightforward country-style French cuisine.

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The Beaumont Hotel, Hexham

Distance: 18-minute drive

Enjoy local seasonal produce or enjoy a drink with the open kitchen and stunning views of Hexham Abbey at this independent Victorian townhouse hotel.

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Hjem, Wall

Distance: 20-minute drive

Special occasion? This Michelin star restaurant brings together a tasting menu that showcases the best of Northumberland produce mixed with Scandinavian values and cooking techniques.


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Take a step back in time

Lanercost Priory

Distance: 21-minute drive

Price: From £7.80

The beautiful setting of Augustinian Lanercost Priory belies an often-troubled history and is well-preserved.

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Alnwick Castle

Distance: 1 hour 11-minute drive

Price: From £7.80

Alnwick Castle has over 950 years of history to discover and is home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family. A popular place for film sets including the Harry Potter series and Transformers.

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Distance: 21-minute drive

Price: From £9.00

Housesteads Roman Fort is situated on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site with a visitor centre on-site and tours from volunteer guides.

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For those wanting to explore

Hadrian Cycling Ltd

Distance: Bikes delivered to The Hiddle Hut

Price: From £30.00

Tour historical sites by e-bike whether that be by exploring on your own or an e-bike guided tour.

HLN TOP TIP: While staying at The Hiddle Hut you get an exclusive 20% discount for e-bike hire for two bikes and 25% off half and full-day guided e-bike rides during the winter months too.

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Distance: 6-minute drive

Price: From £30.00

Experience the incredible starry skies within the protected dark skies park above Northumberland with astronomers from the stargazing team at the Twice Brewed Inn.

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Allen Banks and Steward Gorge

Distance: 6-minute drive

Price: From £9.00

This National Trust property in Northumberland is home to various woodland walks and plenty of wildlife to spot.

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The Hiddle Hut has recently launched their new gift vouchers which make the perfect autumn gift, visit their website for more information. 

For more information about The Hiddle Hut or to book a stay, visit The Hiddle Hut’s website.

If you’re wanting to see more of what to expect at The Hiddle Hut, follow their Instagram and Facebook page.


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