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“Great time, great house, amazing value for money”
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Stunning open plan kitchen & sitting room area
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Stunning open plan kitchen & sitting room area
Sitting area with wood burning stove Comfy recliner sofas
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51 reviews
Stunning open plan kitchen & sitting room area
Sitting area with wood burning stove
Comfy recliner sofas
Large & light kitchen area
Front of Donkey Barn
Private and secluded garden area,perfect for children and dogs.
Twin bedroom
Kids bunk beds next to ensuite.
Kids play area can be accessed from double bed room & twin bed room
Children's play garden shared with two holiday lets. Some equipment removed due to H&S
Two tawny owls in care at The Sanctuary - however cannot be viewed due to licensing restrictions
Jess the barn owl in care at The Sanctuary (not on permanent view)
Rescued ponies & goats to feed
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Morpeth, Northumberland, England

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Jac488
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great time, great house, amazing value for money”
Reviewed October 15, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Stayed in donkey barn with another family so 4 adults and 4 kids aged 3-5. Plenty room for us all although the kids were barely in! They spent most of the time either wandering around the animals or in the playpark - this is the first time they have ever had that little bit independence due to the set up being so safe. For the adults, settling in for an evening reclining on the sofa in front of the log burner was bliss. Everyone was happy.
Value for money is superb and I wouldn't hesitate to go back!

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Liked best: Outside area
Liked least: Double bed could have been a little comphier
Travelling group: Large Group
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Tracey P
scotland
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46 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Fantastic country u hholiday cottage managed by amazing owners”
Reviewed October 10, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Stayed as 2 families for long weekend in September. Cottage had everything we needed and more both inside and out. Lots of thought has been out into this cottage with kitchen accessories plentyfull , large range of books and games for adults and kids and welcome pack greatly appreciated. Log burner great to add to the atmosphere. The big selling point for us was the outdoor space for the children. Having their own play park with access from the bedroom was priceless. The children were also able to freely wander around the animals and enjoyed feeding ginger nuts to the horses and donkeys . The area was perfectly safe and secure for the children to explore and in estivate the outdoors by themselves. It is a pleasure to wake up in the countryside surrounded by animals. This cottage is rural but not too far out. Local co-op about 5 min drive away. Druridge bay was about a 15 min drive away and stunning. The beach is jaw dropping. Kids loved it here. The country park at Druridge is also great for the kids. Last but not least is that full credit goes to the owners not just for the cottages and their hospitality but for the work they put into the sanctuary. Hats off to you Kim and Allan.You really are doing a fantastic job and wish you all the success for the future .

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Management Response
11 Oct 2014
Hello

Allan and I just want to say a huge thank you not only to Tracey for her amazing review but to all our other guests who have given us fantastic - often 5 star - reviews. It is without a doubt a juggle managing about 100 animals and managing the holiday lets too - but luckily for us our human guests leave their barns in much cleaner condition than the animal residents do! ( And are much quieter too !!) Once again thank you for such kind comments as we are learning all the time what our guests need and want for a perfect holiday stay. Thank you !
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Traceywit
Newquay, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Great stay for all the family”
Reviewed September 24, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We booked a weeks holiday with our 2 year old daughter and 70 year old mum and it really was a great place to stay. The cottage has been renovated very well and has a huge open plan kitchen and living room. The two main bedrooms are a decent size and the third room has been designed for kids with a bunk bed and animal duvets and curtains and a very nice en-suite shower room. There is also a separate modern bathroom.

The Donkey Barn is one of two holiday lets located on a wildlife sanctuary about 6 miles outside of Morpeth. Therefore one of the unique points of the place is having access to the sanctuary. Our daughter enjoyed playing in the outside play area each evening which can be accessed from the patio doors from the two main bedrooms. We also went out to feed the donkeys, goats and horses each evening so make sure you take plenty of ginger nut biscuits with you.

There were a few minor down points, the main train line runs along the boundary of the sanctuary about 300 metres from the property. However, whilst we could hear the trains during the day they did not wake us at night. The TV signal wasn't great and the cockerels get up pretty early, but it's the country and eating your breakfast with chickens clucking around outside and being able to see an array of animals from your kitchen window was fab and we would love to stay again.

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Anne W
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Unforgettable.”
Reviewed August 26, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Myself, my partner and 3 daughters aged 20. 17 and 9 and our greyhound stayed at Goat Barn Cottage for 3 nights. Kim and Allan were incredible hosts, so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. The cottage was beautiful and immaculately clean, spacious and airy, well equipped and comfortable, a thoughtful welcome pack of tea, coffee, wine and chocolate was provided, with a packet of ginger biscuits for the resident goats!
My 17 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed her 3 days work experience at The Sanctuary. She hopes to study animal behaviour at uni and working with Allan and with the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge, feels she has a greater understanding in this field of work.
There is something here for everyone, beautiful walks, a childrens' play area and of course the animals being rescued and cared for tirelessly by our hosts.
Would we come again? Most definitely!

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Danni-Mar...
Durham
1 review
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“Can't wait to come back!”
Reviewed April 21, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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We booked Donkey Barn as a surprise for my dad's 50th birthday, and, having seen the photos online, were hopeful that they would live up to expectation in 'real life'. When we arrived at the barn we realised that in fact the photos don't do it justice. The barn is beautifully renovated; light and airy, with a fantastic open plan kitchen/living area which was perfect for our stay.

A party of five (mam, dad, and three grown up children - plus two dogs!), we had ample space for dining and socialising. We especially enjoyed using the lovely reclining sofas - very cosy to curl up on with a good book and a glass of wine!

The bedrooms and bathrooms are of an equally high standard with plenty of room for us 5 adult guests. The sofa bed in the snug is also handy for adults who might struggle to fit into the bunk beds (as our six foot something brother did!).

For us, the setting was idyllic. The Sanctuary itself is lovely to walk around and we enjoyed meeting the animals. Dunn the pony was a favourite! It is so peaceful and relaxing that we didn't want to come home!

Perhaps the best bit about the Donkey Barn is the small touches - a glass of wine ready for arrival, chocolates, lots of books ready for you to borrow at your leisure. These little things really made it feel like a home away from home. We thoroughly enjoyed chatting to Kim, the owner, who was lovely and made us feel extremely welcome. We can't wait to come back. Thank you for a fantastic stay!

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Liked best: Open plan living area, beautiful location & delightful owners!
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 18-24
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Mallfoy
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Sanctuary for all concerned”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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person found this review helpful

This is the second property we have rented from holiday lettings and the second time we have been delighted. Donkey Barn offers the best of everything . Spacious well appointed wonderful location and the best of hosts .
If there was one thing that could have improved our visit it would have been to have our grandchildren with us. So I guess we will just have to come back again and maybe again and maybe......Well done to Kim and Allan for what they have achieved at the sanctuary do not know where you get the energy from. We shall return

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Liked best: Spaciousness
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
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Andrew R
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
1 review
“A truly unforgettable weekend experience... Absolutely brilliant !!!”
Reviewed March 19, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

A beautiful cottage set in such lovely surroundings. Nothing can beat hearing happy donkeys hee-hawing in the morning. Excellent facilities overall and quality furnishings making you feel at home. A truly great experince indeed.

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Liked best: Location, tranquillity and atmosphere around us
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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