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Pondicherry House Apartment

Apartment with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Rothbury, England

From £525 per week

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A traditional Northumbrian stone-built 200 year old farmhouse.
Self contained accommodation with own entrance & private courtyard.
Set in 2 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the valley.


Pondicherry House Apartment is a conversion of part of a 200 year old Northumbrian farmhouse. It maintains the character, charm & features of a very old property such as a log stove, exposed beams & thick stone walls; but also offers modern conveniences and luxuries.

Set in 2 acres of private garden and grounds, high on the valleyside directly overlooking the Coquet River, with unbroken "amazing" views of Northumberland National Park and Simonside Hills.

A pleasant 20 min walk into beautiful Rothbury village, or numerous walks straight onto the hills and moors, or along the River Coquet from your doorstep.

The apartment is arranged as a series of rooms; from the separate entrance to modern kitchen and shower room, leading to a lobby and back bedroom with 3 single bunks, then to the main room with king sized double bed. The main room provides ample living space with comfortable seating and a dining area within the bay window with views over the valley.

The accommodation is best suited to couples or families with younger children.

From the courtyard, ten steps (well lit and with handrails) lead up to the private entrance. The kitchen overlooks the courtyard/gardens and has clear views of the valley and hills. There is an electric cooker with ceramic hob, grill & oven, vented extractor fan, sink, fridge, ample cupboard space in bespoke birch ply, and underfloor heating.

The shower/toilet has a powerful electric shower, basin, toilet & shaving/toothbrush socket with underfloor heating.

In the back bedroom there are seven shallow carpeted stairs to the lower level, and three quirky full length bunks, ideal for children or nimble adults. Although a bed rail is available for the lower bunk, the bunks are quite high and infants would may be better in their own cot. There is also a clothes rail with hangers.

Going through to the master bedroom/lounge/diner, this main living space features an imposing antique fireplace with woodburning stove (firewood & kindling available). There is a king size bed, sofa, and wall mounted 40" TV with Freesat & Roku.
The dining area is set in a panoramic south facing bay window with views over the courtyard, gardens and Simonside Hills . There are plenty of boardgames, maps and books, and a pine chest of drawers for storage.

There are ample thermostatically controlled radiators throughout the apartment, in addition to the wood stove.

The courtyard is south facing and offers some protection from prevailing winds. It features seating areas and a picnic table which again all overlook the gardens with river & views beyond. A Weber charcoal barbecue & night time illumination is provided.

Apart from sheds and outbuildings, the entire outdoor space is free to explore. The gardens contain a mix of planting, crevice garden, patio area, willow structures and two wildlife ponds all terraced to overlook the valley & hills.

Please note, whilst children are free to investigate the ponds with their parents/guardians, the ponds are up to 50cm deep and currently unprotected. Younger children MUST be supervised at all times.

Below the gardens are another 1.5 acres of meadow areas & young coppice woodland, with meandering paths.

Overlooking the woodland is an artists' studio shed, with 180 degree views over the Coquet Valley, river and hills. An old type writer and some art materials are provided, as is plenty of inspiration for painters, sketchers and creative writers.

Ample private parking space is available. The private entrance to the apartment is along a level garden path leading along the front of the house to the apartment courtyard.
Please note
Unavoidable steps inside and outside the apartment.
Bunks not suitable for very small children.
* Children will love it here but please remember there are unprotected ponds - parents are responsible for their children's safety.

Pondicherry House sits between the villages of Rothbury and Thropton with unimpeded views over the Simonside Hills & River Coquet, & the eastern edge of the Northumberland National Park. It offers an exceptionally tranquil setting to enjoy the local area & region, or just relax and take in the immediate surroundings.
Both villages have good pub/restaurants.

Rothbury is a friendly and quaint English village with character and a good sense of community. Although small and full of charm, you will be able to buy almost anything you need here. There is a Co-op, chemist, GP, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, pubs, baker, butcher, hardware, sweetshop, newsagent, art galleries, gift shops, pottery, hairdresser, electrical goods, florist, boutique, toy shops, renowned shoe shop, antiques, computer shop.

The market town of Alnwick, is a pleasant 12 mile journey, and 4 miles beyond Alnwick the Northumberland Coast AONB.


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3 out of 3 people recommend staying here


Family from Near Consett, United Kingdom Aug 2023

The unexpected highlight of our stay, the owners Andy and Lyd. They were very warm and welcoming, spending quality time with our grandchildren. Our whole stay was so enjoyable as a result of the environment they created. The gardens were a real bonus, with the art room being a highlight. We took along a travel cot for our 2 year old grandson, as the bunks are more suitable for older children, we knew this in advance. Finally, a great value find.


Family from Rubery, United Kingdom Aug 2023

We had a wonderful stay at Pondicherry, my partner and I and our children loved the gardens and the art shed. Our girls also loved seeing the animals and the bunk beds. Thanks to Andy and Lyd for their hospitality.


Couple from Huissen, Netherlands Jun 2023

We spent a fantastic week in an authentic, old house with a big garden and a view to die for. The hosts and their pets did their utmost to make our stay as memorable as possible. Definitely a place you would like to return to.

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Magda Jan 2022

This air bnb is absolutely amazing. The location is immense, the underfloor heating is just delightful, it is so well equipped and comfortable. We just loved it. So many incredible places to explore around - great running and walking routes.

Anna Jan 2022

Wonderful. The location is fantastic with great walks from the door. Our children loved the gardens, toys, bunk beds and particularly the art shed which is very special. The flat is warm and comfortable with amazing views. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and we would love to visit in summer.

Anna Dec 2021

We had a lovely week. The view from the main bed/living room is wonderful even when it’s constantly emerging from rainclouds and disappearing again into fog! A great cosy place to sit and dry off after a walk too (in front of the log burner) and there are great routes straight from the front door. The bunk room is cleverly arranged - probably best suited for kids as you pass through it to reach the main room. Neat little kitchen and bathroom with underfloor heating which we appreciated! Andy and Lyd are extremely friendly, relaxed and accommodating - we felt very at home and would love to return.

Ellie Nov 2021

Andy and Lyd's cosy little annex nestled on the hillside is just the ticket for a quiet trip away, and they are both super welcoming (not to mention their soppy doggies). We just loved sleeping by the open fire. It's a lovely starlight stroll into town. We had lovely, and very different, meals at Berwicks and La Mensa, and enjoyed a few pints in the Queens Head, and great fish'n'chips form the chippy. In our days we really enjoyed Kielder forest - and would recommend the bird of prey centre, Hadrians Wall - sycamore gap and the ruins nearby, Caster and it's smokehouse and Cragside was stunning even in the drizzle. We can't wait to visit Northumberland, and Rothbury again. And would highly recommend this place as a mini home for your stay.

Frederick Oct 2021

This place is in a perfect location. Views are breathtaking. The house has everything you need. We have 3 children, varying from 4 - 11 and the bunk beds were perfect for them. Lots of board games and toys for them which was great. There was also a Art hut for the kids and us to do some painting and drawing ect. The owners are really friendly and extremely helpful. Rothbury town is 2min drive , which has everything you need shopping wise. Some lovely walks around Rothbury with some excellent scenery. Looking forward to staying again really soon.

Jean Oct 2021

It is an extremely beautiful place with amazing views and a magical garden. Andy and lyd could not have been nicer and our kids had wonderful adventures in the garden and with the toys and books available and we even got them to walk loads!

Sue Oct 2021

The view across to the Simonside Hills is sublime and will be much missed - has an ethereal quality when the cloud hangs low in the valley. Loved waking up in the super comfy bed, pulling back the curtains and marvelling at the scenery outside. Watching the sheep being moved had a hypnotic effect and proved most relaxing. We were glad of the wood-burner to take the chill off the autumn evenings - although for October we were lucky with the weather, enjoying 2 days of lovely sunshine, some mixed days and just a little drizzly rain. We bought plenty of books with us, but those arriving with nothing to read are in for a treat. Can imagine children having a whale of a time here with games and toys galore, and the higgledy piggledy bunkbeds looked great fun. This is a paradise for walkers including great walks from the house. Plenty of maps and guidebooks provided to help to choose. Our walk from Pondicherry House, through Thropton and then up along the ridge atop the Simonside Hills was fantastic, and beer and cake when we reached Rothbury felt to be much deserved. On another occasion we walked for hours in the Cheviot Hills, almost as far as the border, with just sheep and birds for company - not another human in sight. Found a perfect pub at the end of our walk up and beyond The Drake’s Stone - The Star Inn at Harbottle, with a wood-fired pizza oven, and an Italian chef serving the most delicious food and good beer - perfect end to a great walk The garden is fun to explore - while I didn’t get any artistic inspiration in the art shed, it was a lovely spot to read on a sunny afternoon. Andy and Lyd were welcoming without being intrusive - great to know they were there if we needed them. All in all a fantastic place to be.

Eileen Oct 2021

We really enjoyed our stay. Such a quiet location with fabulous views yet easy access to both local walks/cycle rides and more distant destinations on the coast. The accommodation including the bed were really comfortable and the whole place warm. Loved the underfloor heating! A great place to relax.

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Distances to locations

Nearest bar 1.5km Nearest restaurant 1.5km Nearest supermarket 1.5km NEWCASTLE airport 45km Pubs 1.5km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 19km Museum 19km Theatre 19km

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Updated 28 February 2024

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 25 April 2024 - 25 April 2026: the minimum stay is 5 nights.



2 bedrooms, Sleeps 5:

  • 1 king size bed
  • 3 bunk bed (sleeps 3)s


1 bathroom


WiFi, TV Languages in English, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 3, Dining area seats 4, Central heating, Clothes drier, Towels / linen, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

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