First - the hosts: Mary and Richard are great. Friendly and genuinely sincere. They are nearby if needed, and on the one occasion we needed assistance were a great help.
The location: Wow, lovely. In a cracking little village, a decent pub with good food (even a quiz if you like that sort of thing). The locals we found very friendly and entertaining too (OK, I admit, quiz night). The best thing about the particular location of West wing is the large field just down from the cottage. What a fantastic spot right on your doorstep for exercise. Our dog loved it! The views from this field are beautiful.
From another aspect the location lends itself well to daytripping. A great variety of days out available from here. Don't want to go by car - no problem as there is also so much good walking to be had locally. Bridleways and quiet country roads. Plenty of local knowledge on offer from Richard and Mary if asked.
The cottage: Two comfortable ensuite bedrooms, at each end of the cottage (individual privacy for two pairs of couples). The main room is the best feature. I loved the snooker table. It is a very well cared for, top quality and rare snooker table with a quality set of balls, a set of pool balls also available for novelty factor.
There is a full and varied library selection to pick and choose (unless you are on a project, leave your own books at home, impossible not to find something interesting here).
The view from the main room and the kitchen is lovely, looking out over the valley, and is the same view you will enjoy when venturing out the short distance to the large field.
I think I have covered the main features. I should point out it is the only cottage we have returned to more than once. We like to find new places just for the variety, but this place is special.
Very secure off road parking, well out of sight of the quiet village road.
I recommend this cottage to my family and friends - if you are looking for a great place to go in the North East you have found it.
Lastly, I suspect there will be many other great reviews of this place which will never grace a keyboard, because of people out there trying to keep the wee gem a secret! A look through the guestbook on our last stay confirms this!
Stephen & Clara