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Feast on deep dark sky’s and dog friendly locals

A stay at The Old Stables can be diverse, unique and incredibly endearing.

With minimal light pollution you can use our rural locality as your personal window to the night sky. Viewing the stars and planets throughout the seasons can be incredibly uplifting and humbling. While on the subject of ‘windows’, Beamish Museum provides a unique portal so you can peer deep into our local history, understanding how we were shaped throughout the industrial revolution.

However, if you really want to discover the real flavour of North East England, be sure to check out our list of Dog Friendly Pubs. You can sample our local delicacies and of course, ‘test’ our favourite ales!

Dark Sky Discovery – 5 Top-Tips

If you love star gazing and constellation spotting (or maybe you are looking for a new hobby for the whole family) then The Old Stables and surrounding countryside offers the perfect place for you to explore the sky at night. There are several official Dark Sky Discovery sites within a short drive from our cottages – and of course due to our location, on a clear night you will also find viewing from our gardens is also a great option!

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Click here for some top tips to get you started:

  • This may surprise you but the best time of year for star-gazing is during late autumn, winter and early spring.

  • Its best to wait until we have a ‘new moon’ so the brightness of a full moon won’t hinder your view of the stars.

  • Pow Hill Country Park and the Carricks Picnic Area (at the entrance to Derwent Reservoir) are classed as official Dark Sky Discovery Sites! While Derwent Reservoir also hosts special star gazing events. You can find out more here

  • Make sure you wrap up warm! Clear nights can often be chilly throughout the year.

  • If you are staying with us during the Summer months, keep an eye out for the Perseid Meteor Shower, which usually peaks between 9-13 August and is made up of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle!

Beamish Museum

If tasty treats, family fun and great days out are your bag then you will love the Beamish Museum. The Old Stables are lucky enough to be just a short drive away from a whole new (or old) world!

Beamish Museum is an open-air museum that will see you step back in time and become immersed in everyday life during the industrial revolution of North East England.

From sweet shops (where you can pick up some old-fashioned treats to take home) to pharmacies and wool spinning, the museum accurately documents scenes from the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. There are countless interactive activities for the whole family and there are actors and actresses walking around carrying out their daily duties – just as they would have back in time.

Dog Friendly Spots to Eat, Sit & Relax

For as far as the eye can see, The Old Stables is surrounded by acres of countryside! After a long ramble with your pooch, there is nothing better than finding a lovely spot to grab a bite to eat! Here are some suggestions to make a beeline for either on foot or a short drive away in your car.


The Lord Crewe Arms – Blanchland (Past Derwent Reservoir)

After a morning walk around Derwent Reservoir, The Lord Crewe arms offers the perfect pitstop for you and your furry friends. Fabulous food and local ale is served throughout the day and there are even yummy doggy treats behind the bar!

Blanchland is steeped in medieval history and of course no village is complete without a local tearoom!

Top tip – keep your eyes peeled as ‘Vera’ may pop by too. Blanchland has been used many times to film our favourite TV sleuth.

The Old Mill – Knitsley

Within walking distance in the summer months. Good food served all day and dogs are allowed outside.

The Derwent Arms (formerly the Punch Bowl)

Edmonbyers on the way to the reservoir and Dog Friendly. 10 minutes’ drive from the cottages.

The Manor House

Located just off the A68 at Carterway heads , about 10 minutes drive from the cottages. This pub serves food all day and is dog Friendly.

The Angel Inn – Corbridge

Corbridge is a lovely old fashioned Market town (with a popular car-boot every Wednesday!) There is also a lovely street of independent shops, with everything from fashion to bakery and homewares. The Angel Inn is at the end of the main street and dogs are welcome in the lounge and outside.

Top tip! The fish and chips are exceptional and Corbridge also has a very interesting Roman Fort and settlement.

The Black Horse – Beamish

A fantastic pub and restaurant, serving gorgeous food throughout the day and they are very dog friendly.

Top tip! For those motor car or history buffs There is a vintage car museum next door to The Black Horse

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