The Comb is a beautifully restored stone-built border farmhouse at the top of the Tarset Valley, in the depths of the Northumberland National Park. The house is ideal for holidays with friends or clubs, or for a special big-family holiday.
The main house (dating back to the early 1700’s) is set in a horse-shoe around a courtyard, and has ten bedrooms (each of which is en-suite), sleeping 20 guests. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, and can be accessed by those wishing to avoid stairs.
A further two bedrooms are very special – they lead directly onto the Dark Skies Balcony, from which guests can star-bathe on a clear night. The Comb is in the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, and the view of the stars is really extraordinary.
Downstairs, there is a lounge with a bar, a large television room, a snug (complete with wood-burner), and a large kitchen. There is also a dining room, which seats up to 36. Smaller suppers can be arranged on the Dark Skies Balcony (which has its own external staircase).
The Comb is on a mini-estate of 60 acres, and there’s plenty of outdoor space for whatever you might fancy planning. The meadows to the front of the house are great for games of rounders or cricket, and the house has its own Petanque pit, should you come over all French and competitive. There is also table-tennis and kit for a mean game of volleyball.
The meadows are bordered on both sides by two streams, the Tarset and the Black Burn, which merge before connecting to the North Tyne, a river offering top-notch salmon fishing. Permits can be arranged, for any keen fisher-folk.
Also within the grounds is a Northumbrian barn. The barn has capacity for 250 people and is available as part of the party weekend packages, or for wedding bookings. Mid-week stays are available at a discounted cost; perfect for school holidays and walking groups. Please send us an email for details using the form above.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
“The whole of this gem of an estate is pretty special, but the Dark Skies Balcony is hard to beat. Most of our houses on LH have great views, but the Comb really does offer a bit of… actual Space…”
About the Location
Kielder Forest Park is hard against the border with Scotland, and between the A1 Motorway and the M74. The nearest airport is Newcastle, and the nearest train stations include Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Kielder is about three hours by train from London. As it’s a National Park, there’s an excellent bus system for walkers.
Things To Do
Kielder Observatory is not far from the Comb; it runs event evenings where you can use the powerful telescopes and listen to lectures. The forest itself offers mountain bike trails, cycle rides, golf, fishing, country walks, and there are lots of water activities to be had at Kielder Water.
The Comb also has a range of activities available on site upon request. These include clay pigeon shooting, archery, air rifle shooting and paintballing.
The Comb offers ‘Dark Skies Weddings’, with a civil ceremony license in the farm itself, or in the newly-renovated barn. The team at the house will work with you to design the perfect day, whether you have 20 guests, or 200.
A Comb wedding involves exclusive use of The Comb building, grounds and the Dark Skies Wedding Barn for a weekend or 2-day midweek event. Surrounded by Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest The Comb sits at the heart of the largest dark sky park in Europe.
Including in the wedding hire is accommodation for 20 of the wedding party in the 10 bedrooms, all of which are spacious with views of the surrounding country with en-suite bathrooms.
Dark Skies Wedding Barn
The barn has been lovingly refurbished and includes licensed bar, dancefloor, stage, food preparation room (you select the caterers!) plus toilets. The barn is spacious and can seat 150+ for dining and more for an evening event, but is designed in a manner to be suitable to all sizes of weddings.