ELMHURST is a stylish, two bedroom, stone built holiday cottage in the village of Ovingham on the north bank of the Tyne. A front garden with seating area faces south, with an 18th century packhorse bridge spanning the Whittle Burn to one side and to the other the graceful churchyard of St Mary the Virgin where the famous illustrator and engraver Thomas Bewick is buried. The area is rich in history and well served by its attractive surrounding landscape – ideal for walking and cycling.
The holiday cottage is ideal for couples, families and friends. The ground floor is made up of a newly fitted dining kitchen with dishwasher, oven, washing machine and fridge and a living room with an inglenook fireplace. The house can sleep five people comfortably in two double bedrooms which can be made up with either twin or double beds. The larger bedroom has a store-away bed which can be set up if required.
Located next door to the old Ovingham village post office, Elmhurst was built in the 19th century as the postmistress’s house. It has been newly renovated as a holiday cottage and finished to a high standard. It features all the amenities required for a comfortable holiday break: from wood burning stove in the living room to an outdoor barbecue in the quiet, enclosed yard to the rear. It provides an ideal base for a gentle, relaxed break or a family adventure exploring the Tyne Valley and Northumberland.
Ovingham village is well placed for excursions to the numerous historical sites along the river; from Roman Corbridge to the old medieval abbey town of Hexham. The Tyne Valley countryside is ideal for walking and cycling with its quiet lanes and stop-off, viewing points of the river.
Cherryburn, the charming cottage and farm of Bewick’s birth, is a mile or so across the single lane nineteenth century iron bridge spanning the river. Hadrian’s Wall with its spectacular Roman sites, walks and museums is less than thirty minutes away by car. A five minute walk to the railway station connects Elmhurst holiday cottage with Newcastle fifteen miles to the east and Carlisle fifty miles to the west. The train stops at a series of delightful villages including Corbridge and Brampton and the town of Hexham. The journey takes in the magnificent views of Northumberland and the Tyne Valley.
‘Ovingham is a great holiday destination for a toddler! The bridge and the trains proved excellent entertainment as well as the wonderful little café and play park area opposite the station. The short walks were perfect too. I think its safe to say we’ll definitely be back.’
Helen, Ben & Seth, Edinburgh
‘Lovely cottage, tastefully decorated with everything you need. Great location…’
GETTING THERE AND GETTING AROUND
Ovingham is situated in the Tyne Valley between Newcastle (15 miles) and Hexham (10 miles). Access by car is from the A69 which connects the A1 at Newcastle with the M6 at Carlisle. Bus services connect Ovingham and other villages with Newcastle and Hexham. The bus stops close by Elmhurst.