The delightfully named Gingan reflects its rich heritage as a former threshing barn, now sensitively restored to create a four bedroom conversion deep in the very heart of Roman Wall country.
Tune into nature or why not relax a little at the health enhancing Spa facilities of Matfen Hall
This is an area steeped in history with vast open spaces and soaring skies, matched with a dizzying array of walking and biking trails where you can start your journey of cultural discovery right on the path of Hadrian’s Wall.
The Gingan really does deliver on all levels with plenty of entertaining space and four bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en-suite) which will suit both groups and families alike.
The property has spacious accommodation across two floors with a versatile living area, a ground floor bedroom and bathroom, and a fabulous open aspect across the surrounding countryside. The property benefits from an eco friendly heating system supplied by an efficient ground source heat pump with underfloor heating through the ground floor along with a wood burning stove, meaning this property is always wonderfully toasty whatever the weather.
The main access leads into an impressive hallway leading into an elegant dining area with large refectory table which seats ten guests comfortably but which can also seat up to twelve for more informal entertaining or candlelit suppers. This extends into a sunlit open plan kitchen with integrated appliances, high quality granite work surfaces and a separate dining area for relaxed breakfasts or lunches. Double doors lead out onto a patio area with garden furniture and a spacious enclosed lawned garden.
The original ‘gin gan’ is a spectacular feature of this property, with its traditional wheel-house or round house offering a respectful nod to its past life when donkeys or horses were the gin (engine) to the threshing barn. With its slate roof, stone walls and traditional spoked beams, it is beautifully complementary to the light-filled, contemporary interior overlooking the garden. Add a wood burner, generous seating and rich kilim rugs to the mix and you have a perfect space for hunkering down after a day of exploring.
A ground floor bedroom adds some extra flexibility with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, while upstairs, three beautifully appointed bedrooms and two further bathrooms (one en suite) add the final luxurious flourish.
For families or groups wishing to holiday together the adjoining Granary (sleeps 4) can be let in conjunction with the Gingan offering accommodation for up to 12 guests.
There is a shared games room with ping pong table and storage for bikes and outdoor gear adding a versatile space for wet-weather days, teenagers, or evening entertainment for all.
A final added perk, just a mile from Matfen Hall Hotel, guests to the Gingan and Granary have complimentary use of the swimming pool, sauna, steam room and leisure club facilities at the Hall – a perfect spot to indulge in a little relaxation time perhaps!
* Changeover is normally Friday during high season, with the additional option of Monday outwith this period, but more flexible arrangements may be considered on request.
Large access hall and formal dining space with large refectory table seating 10 comfortably but can seat up to 12 guests.
Kitchen with integrated units with granite work surfaces, Cookmaster oven with two ovens and separate grill, 5 ring electric ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, wine fridge, fridge. Dining area with seating for 8 guests. Side door leads onto a patio and large enclosed lawned garden.
Living room is the original gingan, with 2 large sofas and armchairs, Smart TV and wood burner (logs provided).
Hallway leads to a large utility room/boot room with condensing washer/dryer, freezer and sink.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Bedroom one super king bed, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers, floor to ceiling window with views over the garden, separate walk-in wardrobe/dressing room with plenty of hanging space and storage.
En suite bathroom with bath, large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6' super king bed or 3' twin beds, side tables with storage, chest of drawers.
En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging hooks with hangers. Views over the garden.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over (rainforest head), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom four with zip and link beds which can be configured to a 6' super king bed or 3' twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe with hanging and storage space. Views over the garden.
There is a large lawned garden which is fully enclosed with outdoor furniture.
Separate storage and games room with ping pong table. This is shared with The Granary.
There is bike storage available on request.
There is plenty of private parking to the front of the cottage.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Two dogs are welcome. Dogs are not permitted upstairs, in the bedrooms or on the furniture. An outside tap is available. Please note that the area around the house is farmland and it is essential that dogs are well controlled and kept on leads to ensure they do not present any hazard to farm animals.
Bed linen and towels are provided along with hand soaps and shower gel. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Beamed Wi-Fi with good speeds. Mobile reception variable inside the property depending on the network but this improves immediately outside.
There is heating throughout fed by an efficient Ground Source Heat Pump system which is more environmentally friendly than oil and classed as renewable technology. The property is well insulated. Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. Wood burner in the sitting room – logs supplied.
Guests have complimentary use of the spa facilities at Matfen Hall which provides access to the gym, sauna, steam room and swimming pool. There are restricted times for use by families so please check in advance.
The popular tourist village of Corbridge is 6 miles away and offers a variety of shops, a delicatessen, and one or two restaurants and cafes.
Nearby Matfen Hall offers excellent spa and leisure facilities, delicious homemade afternoon tea and also fine or casual dining. In Matfen village, you can find a village store and cafe which is handy for breakfast, a light lunch or a good cup of coffee with a scone or cake. Fire and Dough Pizza offers artisan wood-fired pizza cooked to order from a mobile van which visits Matfen village on Wednesdays from 5pm.
The Hexham farmers market (11 miles) takes place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month with a vast array of local producers offering plenty of choice for all.
Hexham has numerous cafes throughout the town centre offering a wide range of lunch options or simply a coffee and cake stop. A variety of pubs and restaurants offer international cuisine from Mexican to Greek, as well as Indian, Chinese, Italian and award-winning French bistro Bouchon Bistrot. There is also a Waitrose and large Tesco in Hexham.
Located deep in Roman Wall country, North Clarewood is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways, big skies and wonderful views. Sitting close to Hadrian’s Wall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), St. Oswald’s Way and the Simonside Hills, the area has plenty to offer those seeking dramatic ridges and panoramic views.
For walking, The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail follows the course the of the Roman barrier along its entire length and is one of Britain's most popular long-distance walks, however there are also many shorter circular walks suitable for all ages and abilities including the Sycamore Gap Walk and the Housesteads to Steel Rigg.
Cyclists will relish the challenge of Hadrian's Cycleway which offers incredible scenery through its entire length. Not for the faint-hearted at 174 miles, but with plenty of scope to ride smaller sections at a more relaxed pace.
For history buffs, this is a perfect base from which to explore Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads Fort and Vindolanda which are steeped in Roman history and offer a fascinating insight into Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago. Here you can see in incredible 3D detail what life was like on the wall in the life of a Roman soldier, and discover latest artefacts, including the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets.
Golf enthusiasts are well catered for at nearby Matfen Hall which is just five minutes from the door where you can enjoy gold standard facilities in a lush parkland setting, or can perfect your swing at the golf academy. Alternatively why not retreat and indulge in a spa treatment or two for the ultimate relaxation.
For some family fun, why not play Tarzan for the day and head to 'Go Ape' to swing through the trees and experience some exhilarating zip wires!
You can enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures in over 13,000 acres at nearby Wallington Hall with gentle woodland strolls to more extensive hikes, or take your bike and explore the Dragon Cycling Trail, a safe family-friendly route where you may be lucky enough to spot one of the resident red squirrels in the woods. For less active pursuits, head to the Clocktower Cafe for a coffee and cake stop, or take a tour of the main house for a fascinating insight into the rich history and artefacts of this 300 year old home.
Vallum Farm and Restaurant (3 miles) is an incredibly popular spot with a fantastic patisserie and deli or why not try your hand at something new with Vallum artisans (booking required) - craft beer and pie tasting, ice-cream making, cheese making, or cooking experiences are all on offer here. For children there’s an outdoor play paddock and wildlife walks with other seasonal events.
Cragside House and Gardens offer a captivating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children, and the gardens here are an absolute delight.
A half hour drive will take you to the Kielder Water and Forest Park, with something for everyone including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers. A highlight is the star gazing treat at the Kielder Observatory where you can view the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park.
The stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast are an easy day trip, including the iconic Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.
Finally a trip to the city of Newcastle with its amazing Millennium revolving eye bridge and the fantastic glass Sage building for music. Admire the wonderful architecture of the north-east’s most eminent architect John Dobson or perhaps take in an evening of arts at the wonderful Theatre Royal.
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
"We had a fantastic time at The Gingan and the website pictures don’t do the cottage justice. Everyone felt relaxed from the moment they stepped in. The little touches in the décor were lovely and well thought out all through the cottage. It made my daughters 21st birthday celebration very special and memories which will be always remembered. The organisation from yourselves was great and information provided was excellent. Thank you for letting us stay and we have rebooked for New year taking more of our family."Donmall Family
"Have had a wonderful, relaxing few days in the gorgeous house. The setting is glorious and the house is simply stunning. Thank you. Would love to return!"Cutmore Family
"Had a fantastic stay and made some brilliant memories! Looking forward to our next visit!"Cassells Family
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season, with the additional option of Monday outwith this period. More flexible arrangements considered on request.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The original gin gan is a fantastic feature of this property and a lovely nod to its former life. Hunker down next to the wood burning stove after days spent adventuring."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree