The woods and fields around the cottage are a haven for wildlife, with many varieties of birds and animals. The recent planting of over 100 acres of hardwood trees will increase the habitat for many more species.
Close by is the spectacular Irthing Gorge, a geological wonder that is one of only three of its type in England. The gorge and its ancient woodland is a S.S.S.I. (Site of Special Scientific Interest) because of its geology, flora and fauna. The beautiful Crammel Linn waterfall and the historic Popping Stone, where Sir Walter Scott is believed to have 'popped' the question to Miss Charpentier, are well worth a visit.
The surrounding area is steeped in local history, from the times of Roman occupation, to the Border Reiver skirmishes, and associations with Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
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Research over the last ten years has shown that rural Northumberland, particularly the National Park and Keilder are both the most tranquil, and have the largest area of dark skies in England.
Autumn and Winter are the best times to see a fantastic stargazing display. Particularly between Oct and March.