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On the Farm
ON THE FARM
The small south-facing farmstead sits on an acre of land overlooking fields and forest with uninterrupted views to Gibside National Trust. It comprises a Georgian farmhouse with gardens where Deborah and her family live and converted farm buildings and railway carriages for self-catering guests and those on retreat.
A keen gardener, Deborah seeks to balance the wild with the cultivated and uses organic practices within her planting schemes and vegetable garden. During your stay, you may see her in the garden with a small flock of hens and a couple of ducks not far behind. You may also see her tending the three beehives which she carefully harvests once a year.
In collaboration with other creative experts, Deborah hosts a Programme of Events which can be booked via the events page and visiting guests are welcome.
Each year she sponsors one or two retreats at Lockhaugh Farm for artists, writers or musicians to take time to explore their own practice. This year six winners of the New Writing North Awards have been offered retreats.
Beyond the gate
BEYOND THE GATE
There are beautiful views from the farm and you are welcome to sit in the gardens and relax all day. Alternatively, just beyond the gate is the Derwent Walk which has a vast network of paths and cycleways that stretch along the Valley through County Durham and Northumberland. The Sustrans C2C route is also on the doorstep.
Within walking distance the village of Rowlands Gill has a cafe and restaurant, small Tesco’s and Boots, a hairdresser, beautician and a micro pub. The Derwent Park includes a children's playground, playing fields and riverside picnic area. Heading West along the Derwent Walk brings you to the Woodland Trust's Land of Oak & Iron Visitor Centre & Cafe and heading East you will discover the National Trust Gibside Estate, former residence of industrialist George Bowes and his daughter Eleanor and Queen Elizabeth II's grandmother Lady Elizabeth Bowes- Lyon.
The farm is ideally located in a secluded quiet spot within nature yet only 10 minutes drive from A1 South and North. Offering easy access via car or public transport to Newcastle and Durham staying at Lockhaugh offers an idea place from which to explore the numerous National Trust properties in County Durham and Northumberland along with the amazing Beamish Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Reservoir & Observatory (a Dark Sky location), Holy Island and the famed Castles and beaches along the Northumbria coast - all making for enjoyable days out. The Lake District is an easy day trip away too.
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