Decking area for sunny mornings
Single storey barn conversion
Bright and open plan
Great open plan space for your holiday
Relaxing in the lounge
Coffee time
Breakfasting outside
Relax on the decking and admire the views and wildlife
Kitchen area
Spacious living
Enjoy a meal together
King-size master bedroom
Convenient en-suite
King-size room
Spacious bathrooms
Twin room
Family time
Take a shower or a soak in the bath
Twin room
Handy utility area
Approaching this charming conversion
Peaceful views surround this cottage
Beautiful barn in peaceful surroundings
1 / 24  Decking area for sunny mornings
2 / 24  Single storey barn conversion
3 / 24  Bright and open plan
4 / 24  Great open plan space for your holiday
5 / 24  Relaxing in the lounge
6 / 24  Coffee time
7 / 24  Breakfasting outside
8 / 24  Relax on the decking and admire the views and wildlife
9 / 24  Kitchen area
10 / 24  Spacious living
11 / 24  Enjoy a meal together
12 / 24  King-size master bedroom
13 / 24  Convenient en-suite
14 / 24  King-size room
15 / 24  Spacious bathrooms
16 / 24  Twin room
17 / 24  Family time
18 / 24  Take a shower or a soak in the bath
19 / 24  Twin room
20 / 24  Handy utility area
21 / 24  Approaching this charming conversion
22 / 24  Springtime
23 / 24  Peaceful views surround this cottage
24 / 24  Beautiful barn in peaceful surroundings

The Piggery - Rowlands Gill

Rowlands Gill, County Durham
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • This beautiful stone-built conversion makes a fantastic holiday home in the heart of Northumberland
  • Perfect for exploring the beautiful Derwent Valley and the popular Derwent Reservoir
  • Just a short drive from the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Centrally located for enjoying all that the North East has to offer
  • Ideal for keen walkers, cyclists, sightseers and families
  • Visit Beamish, the Gibside Estate, Alnwick Garden and Hadrian’s Wall
  • Want to do something a little different? Taught in the woods adventure and survival day or night courses can be arranged when staying here.
Property code: CN209

Superbly converted from a former farm piggery, this stylish and attractive cottage is a perfect holiday base for exploring the stunning Derwent Valley and the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Located close to the Derwent Valley walk and the popular 18th century Gibside Estate, this fantastic cottage is ideally situated for exploring the heart of the stunning Northumberland countryside. The popular open air Beamish museum, telling the story of life in the North East from the 1820s to the 1940s is nearby, and the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne is just a 20 minute drive away. You can take a boat cruise along the Tyne to the North Sea, or head a little further afield and discover the beautiful Northumberland coast. You can also visit Alnwick Castle, the Alnwick Garden, Tanfield Railway and Hadrian’s Wall, or explore Durham and Gateshead or the delightful coastal villages including Bamburgh and Craster.

On entering this stunning and attractively converted single-level property, originally a farm piggery and set in its own tranquil surroundings, you will find yourself in the light and inviting open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. Tastefully furnished, with plenty of comfy seating, TV, DVD and a choice of games and books, the delightful and welcoming lounge is an ideal space for relaxing in and for admiring the glorious countryside views. There’s also a pretty dining area. Moving over to the elegantly designed kitchen you will find it fully equipped with an electric oven and hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and cafetiere. The washing machine and tumble dryer are housed in the nearby utility/boot room, along with a range of books and games. Exploring this fantastic property further you will find three cosy bedrooms. There’s a master bedroom with a king-size bed and TV with an en-suite shower room complete with a large walk-in shower and WC. There are also two twin rooms, one with a TV. You will also find a bathroom complete with a bath, a large walk-in shower, WC and with cosy underfloor heating.

Stepping outside, you can relax or dine alfresco in the enclosed, decked patio area with a table and chairs which is accessible from the French doors in the lounge and which offers a great view of a ruined 14th century chapel which is steeped in local folklore. There’s also a paved side patio with garden furniture to the side of the cottage. There is ample private parking available for up to two cars next to the cottage.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 king-size double with TV and 2 twins (1 with TV)
  • 1 bathroom with bath, shower, WC and underfloor heating 1 en-suite shower room with shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and cafetiere
  • Lounge with TV, DVD, games and books
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room
  • Enclosed, decked patio area with furniture, and paved side patio with furniture
  • Private parking for up to 2 cars next to the cottage
  • Located close to Derwent Valley and the Gibside Estate
  • 20 minute drive from Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Two night short breaks are available all year round
  • Changeover days are flexible
  • 25% off discount vouchers for Beamish as part of your welcome pack
  • Survival and adventure courses can be arranged, subject to availability and at an additional cost. 
  • This cottage can be booked alongside other similar cottages

This property is personally managed by Nicola.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Christine 23rd August 2019

This lovely cottage is set in the most beautiful location. We have had an absolutely lovely week here. So quiet and peaceful. The owners are lovely. Close but far enough away to show privacy. Looking out onto the old chapel... absolutely perfect and beautiful setting. The cottage itself is well set out with quality fixtures and fittings and very coRead moremfortable. Highly recommended Hide

Reviewed by Mariette 8th July 2019

Great location, very comfortable. Definitely a 5* property. We will be back again.

Reviewed by Claire 3rd May 2019

The Piggery is a wonderful oasis just 10 minutes from the A1. An amazing location and the cottage is warm and welcoming with lovely owners. This was our second visit and we will be sure to return again.

Reviewed by Christine 22nd March 2019

Beautiful cottage, well equipped, location is beautiful, owners very helpful and pleasant, will come and stay again.

Reviewed by Caroline 15th February 2019

Lovely well equipped property in an amazing location. Perfectly placed for visiting Newcastle and the Northumberland coast.

Reviewed by Tubambe 20th October 2018

I booked this for my birthday and the owner was so welcome. Didnt intrude on me and my friends either. The cottage was amazingly clean and the beds were SO comfy! Would highly recommend. However, there should be lighting on the deck especially when its dark so you can see around you - otherwise it can be quite frightening

Reviewed by Dave H 21st December 2017

The cottage is very well appointed with all the modern facilities that you could need. The location is beautiful, right on the Derwent walk making it perfect for walkers or runners alike. We did encounter a problem with water pressure but the owners worked on it until it was resolved so no complaints there. Plus we had the best Christmas tree at thRead moree cottage. Overall this is a beautiful cottage is an amazing location with easy access to Newcastle & surrounding areas. Would definitely stay here again & recommend to anyone looking for a high end property to stay in. Hide

Reviewed by Netta J 1st September 2017

Amazing place, so beautiful and peaceful. Needs to be experienced to value it!

Reviewed by Julia B 31st July 2017

We stayed at The Piggery in Rowlands Gill for a long weekend. It was in a lovely location, with lots of walks on our doorstep. The owners were also very helpful and kept us up to date when the farmers were ploughing so we knew what was going on and apologised in advanced for any noise (however, there was none). Whilst there, we visited South ShieldRead mores to go to the beach and Alnwick Gardens and Castle. Even though it was a bit pricey, I would thoroughly recommend the gardens as they are stunning. Hide

Reviewed by Joanne K 18th June 2017

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner with a big smile. We were also smiling as soon as we walked through the doors to the property. The Piggery is not only very well appointed, very well presented and spotlessly clean but the attention to detail that has been put into the place by the owners is unreal.There was fresh milk in the fridge, tea anRead mored coffee. Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and even laundry detergent provided along with plenty of good quality towels in both of the beautiful bathrooms. They had literally thought of everything including some games and a pack of cards.As others have already said about views etc. staying there on the hottest weekend of the year to date certainly didn't hurt, it really was amazing! Saw some beautiful birds and a deer. They have also mentioned how approachable and non intrusive they were, what I haven't seen yet is the fact that they also helped to get us discount on entry into Beamish too! I have returned home feeling stress free and well rested after a thoroughly enjoyable stay in a jewel of place. Would definitely stay there again the next time I was going to the north east. Hide

Reviewed by Ian B 18th May 2017

The Piggery is a wonderfully secluded escape. Accessed by a winding farm road and situated on a 100 acre farm, the completely renovated stone building looks out across a ruined 11th C chapel and rolling countryside. The bedrooms are bright and modern, the living room spacious. There's great private walks past the chapel to the Derwent river, and eaRead moresy access to the National Trust's Gibside estate across the road. Newcastle is 20 minutes and a world away. Hide

Reviewed by Julie A 11th April 2017

The Piggery is an excellent cottage, finished to a very high standard, in a beautiful setting and yet still very convenient for Newcastle and surrounding areas. It was a pleasure to stay there and we will definitely be going back!

Reviewed by Stephen G 5th March 2017

Really nice spot to spent a few days. It is quiet, which suites us, with a deck looking out on a ruined chapel. We all loved our stay - especially the kids. There is a National Trust next door and Beamish is close

Reviewed by Alison W

A very comfortable and quiet location for a relaxing holiday, but near to attractions, shops and the countryside to cater for all interests.

Reviewed by Irene D

Peaceful location,welcoming owners, very clean & spacious, well equipped, spotless. This was by far the best cottage we have stayed in. So clean,spacious & well equipped. The location was brilliant our 2 young granddaughters could play safely outside, Gibside 18th century estate was across with lots for the children to do. Alnwick,Beamish,Tanfield Read moreRailway & the Northumberland coast all easy access. we have already decided to book again at this cottage & will recommend to our family & friends. Not sure you could improve on the excellent service &condition of this property. Hide

Reviewed by Carmel R

Beautiful, new house with lots of space and well designed & fitted out. Everything we needed was there. We loved the open plan living space and also the patio. We were delighted with the wifi, utility room with washer & dryer. A small thing but very welcome, was the fact that the cottage was supplied with clothes pegs, bin bags etc, tea, coffee Read moreand even a pint of milk for our arrival! If I was in the area I would certainly consider your cottages. Our family (2 adults & 4 children aged 7-12) loved the Piggery. The layout and facilities of the cottage were excellent. Our children enjoyed exploring the surrounding fields in their down time. As a family we visited & really enjoyed: Discovery Science museum, the Baltic Art gallery (playground exhibition) , Alnwick Castle, Beamish, and walking along the quays in Newcastle upon Tyne. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Macleod

Beautiful surroundings, so clean and fantastic layout. We had everything and more that we needed. Would love to stay again. And will recommend to all our friends and family. We had such a lovely weekend at the piggery. It was just perfect for us and our two young children. The owners were lovely and not at all intrusive but there if we Read moreneeded anything. Perfect location for the city centre and can't wait to come again in the future. Thank you!!!! Hide

Reviewed by W And A

A really peaceful location the only noise we heard where the birds singing. the owners where very helpful and although they lived near they where not intrusive but available if needed. We really had a relaxing weekend.

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Decking area for sunny mornings
Single storey barn conversion
Bright and open plan
Great open plan space for your holiday
Relaxing in the lounge
Coffee time
Breakfasting outside
Relax on the decking and admire the views and wildlife
Kitchen area
Spacious living
Enjoy a meal together
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