Guest Comments

Thank you for having us Kenneth and I and the dogalog. Thank you K&D 

A fabulous place, beautiful cottage, such a peaceful location J wonderful also to see large scale tree replantation programme around surrounding areas! Nearby waterfall (highforce waterfall ) just off B6277 near village of Newbiggin – spectacular, local mine museum worth a visit too, great food @ the overwater restaurant, Nenthead CA9 3NP. Great walks – Thank you Phil & Claire T

Absolutely loved our break with our two dogs. Hope to come back & enjoy the peace & views Thank you P&D 

Magnificent remote cottage with outstanding views at the rolling hills. As many other visitors we visited the mine museum and we loved it so much! Thank you for the nice stay G family Holland 

We had a lovely stay at the cottage. Very peaceful and Phil & Claire were brilliant hosts. We all loved the museum and the stream./river down the road C family 

Nice and interesting place. I will recommend Hill Top cottage to all friends. Close to the lake district national park, interesting Killhope Museum. Worth recommending to all. Thanks Phil & claire for don’t take problems with my beloved cats. Thanks again J&B London 

Phil & Claire are great hosts and made our stay so comfortable. The cottage is such a tranquil retreat and my stress is soon relieved by the views and peace of this place. If you hear a strange ‘whiring’niose (not the wind turbine) it’s the male snipe displaying to other birds. Lots of beautiful places to visit Allendale, Alston, the numerous reservoirs etc Thank again for a great stay P&R&T 

Peaceful walks with some nice weather, lots to see nice cost cottage D&B 

We have had a lovely relaxed stay, very comfortable cottage. Ideal are for dogs. The cottage is well situated for exploring the area, had a lovely walk around the reservoir, Phil was very helpful with his local knowledge. We will be happy to come back again R&V Exmouth Devon 

We have thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay at Hill top cottage. It is a nice quiet, cosy place with stunning views all round. Weather has been kind to us, give or take a few showers earlier in the week. Lovely sitting on the balcony with a drink, taking in the surroundings. Our dogs loved every minute of it. I am glad we had them to pull me back up the steep hill to the cottage, after enjoying long walks in the area, we would recommend this lovely place and the owners are very friendly and knowledegeable of the area, and we would certainly return in the future M&S&B&B&D 

Phil & Claire made us feel so welcome during our stay. Ate at ‘Buon Appetito’ Italian restaurant in Wolsingham the food was amazing and good value due to the @happy hour’ deals Tunstall reservoir worth visiting as nearby. Phil’s eggs at Hill Top cottage are really yellow and taste amazing !! The filtered water tastes great and was fine (so no idea what a previous visitor meant by it being unsuitable for your immune system!?) we’ll definitely come back P&R&T 

Lovely cottage with fantastic views! The log fire was particularly nice when getting back from an exhausting walk of Hadrians wall ! would definitely come back  K&E 

4 seasons in a day! Shame the lambs didn’t arrive (maybe too cold!) cosy cottage very effective log fire ! enjoyed our stay. Useful tip – frozen gas regukator defrosted with a jug of warm water ! very quaintand bijan – totally charming big thank you to phil for the warm welcome and useful instructions we’ll be back S family of Totton, Hatton 

Excellent hosts, great views, wonderful place to get away from it all ! A&S&K&G&Z Halesowen West Midlands 

My two girls (4&1) and I enjoyed our stay here. The cottage was ideal for us, especially the kitchen/ living area being combined. The kitchen was well appointed too. We enjoyed trips to the lake District, Beamish and locally D&J&C 

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at hill Top Cottage. We found so many things to do we didn’t even have time to go to Northumberland national park. The children were in their element. We will definitely be back Thank you for everything Phil R&G&F&F 

Once again an enjoyable long weekend in your lovely cottage. The weather brightened up for us so we got a few good walks in. The eggs were lovely 7 fresh Thank you. Hope to be back next year. thank you fro everything M&D 

Amazing place! Cannot fault the place, our host Phil, Claire and Colin the cockerel! Great for walking and crystal hunting too! Thanks so much. F&R&Little legs 

Well we almost didn’t make it! The snow had fallen heavy a few days before we arrived and the track up to the cottage was not accessible by car ( well, not my car anyway) Phil came to our rescue and drove our luggage up the hill. The cottage is beautiful, warm and cosy. We managed to appreciate the views on our final day. We totally loved our off the grid mini holiday. We will be back at summertime to enjoy the views Thank you R&A&M Leighton Buzzard 

Had a lovely returned visit, will be back again, had beautiful Fish+ Chps from Alston. Thank you Phil and Claire L&M & P 

We had a fantastic post Christmas break in this uniquely located cottage. Loved the starts at night and trips to Hadrians wall and high force. (thank you for the suggestions) J&S&C&A 

We had a lovely relaxing stay, just what we needed. Phil is a lovely, friendly helpful, happy chap. Thank you so much ! N family 

Enjoyable relaxing stay P&P 

Amazing views loved standing on the balcony late at night just to watch the fog arrive then go just as quick. A Lovely part of the UK. Cottage nice and comfortable only set back was the clour of the water had a lovely week. Thank you M&M&W 

Nice location for exploring this area of the UK. Enjoyed our walks through the beautiful area, loved the quietness of the cottage and its great scenery C&G 

Phil’s welcome was witty and helpful. The range of entertainment available in the cottage was surprising and was a welcome addition in light of the poor weather a comfortable and relaxing stay. B family

Cosy, comfy clean cottage. Very peaceful with amazing scenery. Thanks for the eggs they were delicious. Handy for Durham Hexham and the lakes M&C&J&M 

We were in need of a quiet family location and we have found it here on the roof of England. It needs some days to adjust to the remote quietness, but after a while you find yourself slowing down the pace bliss! Its like a detox. The cottage was lovely, the hill daunting J and the sheep bold. Thanks Phil and Claire for the pointers and how to climb the wall and where to find it T&P&J&A 

A very area. Perfect for a relaxing week. Plenty to see and do J&K 

A lovely week in a lovely area R&D Long Eaton Nottingham 

A great location to explore the Eden Valley. Extremely lucky with the weather, with long sunny days, cottage was clean and tidy. A very enjoyable week. C&H&D&T 

We came back for a second time to suffer the great company, breakfast and the great views, and a day without rain !!! Phil and Claire have to be congratulated for the b&B. we will be back again to make sure they keep up the standards, well done both of you R&J Lincoln 

Thank you for a great stay ! fantastic breakfast – set us up for the last leg 0f our coast 2 cost journey S&G 

We had a great time, the room was beautiful and the area was wonderful we loved it ! H&J 

Phil, a pleasure staying with you. Such a great location and really wonderful breakfast H&D 

Hi Phil, Congratulations on your B&B faultless and great beyong all expectations. Thanks for your warm welcome, excellent food and good company. May the lord bless you

Quiet comfortable and welcoming and a stunning vista happy days ! N&S 

Hilltop is everything we hoped it would be, cosy, peaceful and with an outlook to big country that just wakens the soul. The bed was dreamy and the breakfast was bang on. Thank you for sharing this place with us J&B Birmingham 

Brilliant stay in a stunning location ! my 1 ½ year old loved the little window and his new friends the chickens. Breakfast was yummy ! Thank you J

Travelling through England, this is one of the places one should buy. Quite a memorable experience sleeping in the loft. Very cost and comfortable. Great hospitality and delicious breakfast Thank you !!

Visit to Hilltop for 2 nights during competing of the tour series “Tour of the reservoirs” fantastic location, scenery and roads for cyclists / racers. Like to come back gaain for longer to explore area. Host so friendly and breakfast to set you up !! C&G Upton Scudamore, Wiltshire 

Fantastic accommodation and warm welcome, comfy beds and a craking breakfast couldn’t ask for more S&L Neath South Wales 

Lovely warm cottage with great views. Enjoyed looking at the stars through the sky light. Excellent accommodation & tasty breakfast J&M

Very nice stay. Good nights sleep, lovely breakfast best wishes D&H 

Where else can you see the stars so well when there is no light pollution – wonderful K Ashford Kent 

A very warm welcome awaits when you arrive and then the holiday gets better. Nothing is too much trouble. The rooms were the best. The food is 4* all in all the very best. Would recommend without hestation and would let everyone know how good this is R&J Lincoln 

What a warm welcome we received on arrival J Stayed for 4 nights and already want to come back. Room with beams is so unique and the views amazing. No need for alarm call as lovely cockerel woke us up precisely at 4:57 am each morning J The best breakfast we’ve eaten so far. Perfect start to the day. Phil has been very helpful wish amazing sense of humour. Thank you for making us feel at home. Great hospitality. Highly recommend all the best D & L Bekshire 

A wonderful setting & comfy & homely B&B. We really enjoyed the tranquil & amazing scenery & feel relaxed after just one night. Thanks for your lovely hospitality, such clean and well-appointed B&B. we will be back I &A 

Amazing place to stay. Phil and Claire are such welcoming, friendly couple with a great sense of humour. Lovely, comfortable room and delicious breakfast. Thanks also go to Colin the Cockerel and ‘the girls’ for the alarm call and eggs. We hope to be back soom 10/10 C&C 

Thanks for making our stay so enjoyable R&T 

Lovely stay very comfortable. Colin’s alarm call was useful ! Thanks Phil T&J 

A very comfortable stay most relaxing ! Thank you both, E & S 

Many thanks Phil for your consideration (!). Th comfy bed was so welcome after a trying day. So glad to see the sun return for a beautiful evening. All the best, P (cyclist) & B 

Nice experience in the grat wide open landscape. We saw a lot of (famous) Grouse, still alive… yesterday did a geotrail around Allenhead and today arounf Blanchland. Wonderful B&B to stay and so high ! V & D Netherlands 

A fine good, quiet and peaceful place to have a shelter for the night. Honest and straightforward help and advice from Phil. H Netherlands 

Overnight stop on way from Northern Scotland to home. Comfortable and good nights rest, Fortified for final leg home to Coventry  M 

We had a lovely nights sleep, wonderful breakfast, very hospitable a amazing place. Thank you D&H 

Thank you both for an excellent break. Scenery stunning & weather not bad. P&P Cheshire 

We had a great time at Hilltop. Wonderful views and brilliant stars! We really enjoyed the Miners Arms for food. If people are prepared to drive 30 mins then the black bull & Frosterly is excellent (need to book ahead) H&D London 

We leave after 1 day / two nights in the north Pennines, staying at this great B&B. really enjoyed our tsay at Hilltop ! R&E Netherlands 

Wonderful stay, beautiful room and views, delicious breakfast and very hospitable. A wonderful holiday. Thank you ! M&S and the children 

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hilltop. What a fantastic place to be, incredibly beautiful landscape, and wonderfully quiet and peaceful. Many thanks for the warm welcome and great breakfast ! B family Holland 

Stunning views excellent food great standard. Real good day. Thank you so much

Wow stunning place. 4 seasons in 1 day as you say. Thank you Phil who went that extra mile Cox family 

Amazing scenery and so peaceful, genial host, cracking accommodation C&S&L&L 

A lovely nights respite at the end of a buzy week. Superb location, amazing views and faultless hospitality Thank you J&M 

What an amazing place ! The views, the crazy weather, the double  – yoked organic eggs for breakfast The list could go on. Thank you Phil, you are a terrific host who has made us feel truly at home. We are definitely coming back next year love xxx P&B (the polish bikers from Hayes) 

Amazing views with chickens & rabbits, until the fog cane down for the night. Woken up by excellent breakfast and some good advice for our hike. Thank you for opening up a true farm experience ! L&V 

Another nice stay in a beautiful place with pleasant company M&D 

Really friendly, great hospitality. Lovely views and very peaceful C&D 

Lovely place to stay a good bed and lovely views. Good breakfast. Thanks

Comfy room, good breakfast served with a warm reception. Yes we’ve seen all the seasons in one day !

A lovely position – great views friendly welcome and very well equipped room. Thank you R&J 

Fantastic location, warm and friendly hosts and a spotlessly clean room. Comfy bed, what more could you want many many thanks

Great place to stay, amazing hosts with helpful advice

Fantastic home stunning views great breky idyllic place will definitely recommend to others and we hope to return soon. Thank you for our lovely stay. T&L 

We love your home/B&B it is so unique – we will always remember our stay. We love being able to look outside our window to see the views & the feeling of being cut off from the world J We loved seeing the Mum and Dad ducks with their babies directly below our window. Thank you L&S Brandon Suffolk 

Spent another pleasant time with Claire & Phil. The railway museum was very interesting. M&D Devon 

Enjoyed rediscovering this area as it was sometime since we last came. Comfortable beds and good breakfast here. Enjoyed meal at Overwater restaurant and at the Miners Arms in Nenthead – plain pub food but weel cooked,. Overhead beams a nuisance but other things catered for A & G 

Lovely clean room, fantastic views when the mist cleared. Spot on hospitality, lovely breakfast. Host Phil was very friendly. Thank you for our stay M&S 

We’ve enjoyed our stay at Hilltop rediscovering Weardale. Thankyou for your hospitality and for making us comfortable. Hope the new track is finished soon ! S&D Wales 

Thank you for a lovely stay

Thank you for a lovely place to stay and hearty breakfast, very comfortable and homely J Would recommend to friends and Family S&H 

Fantastic place to live! Many thanks for your hospitality, you made us feel very relaxed & at home. Best breakfasts we have had this holiday. L & A 

Thank you for your hospitality, the place is spectacular and I loved the self-sufficiency J K&D 

Lovely Place, great service and top breakfast. Would love to stay again sometime. H&F Finland 

A comfortable nights stay. Great eggs at breakfast and Hilltop well signed off the road.  

Excellent overnight stay, very welcoming & good food. Wonderful views combined with very comfortable accommodation. Thank You

A lovely spot for local activities, places to walk. Supported by lovely weather and friendly hosts.S&J 

En route st Andrews to Maidenhead via Peterborough a welcome spot to stay over. A great nights sleep, tasty breakfast + Oh – those views !  

Thank you for the lovely welcome after a really hard day on our bikes. Great breakfast and friendly hosts. L&G&T&F (Nottingham) 

Very enjoyable stay here – lovely location – we felt like were on top of the world. Also big fans of the “After Dinner trivia” and the Wood burner was a winner! Thanks so much, we had a lovely relaxing evening after a long day of cycling the C2C. Great! G & A & E & E & C 

Enjoyed our stay tremendously! Beautiful views, easy access to some very special spots in the UK. Cottage was clean! Comfortable, Thank you! J & J & C & C Americans – Bury St Edmunds 

We had a wonderful week! We made trips to Crossfell, Hadrian ’s Wall, Lake district, Weardale way and Isaacs tea trail. We had snow, wind and hail but also sun and beautiful views. We met very nice people and a lot of sheep. Thank you for a nice stay! R & A & L & P (Netherlands) 

A special place to stay. On top of the world a place to be still, stay quiet for a while, feel the peace of creation and say a thank you prayer for good things,. Thank you

A lovely overnight stay, excellent hosts and food. Amazing weather and fantastic views. M&M 

We really enjoyed our stay her at Hill Top.; fabulous breakfasts, great scenery and very comfortable bed!!! Thank you E&R 

Thank you for a lovely comfortable stay, excellent breakfast, wonderful scenery to spend a weekend. Thank you Phil and Claire. K&C 

Fantastic week, our first holiday enjoyed every minute gone way too fast! Lovely cosy cottage. Thank you for a pleasant and enjoyable stay. V & S & J 

This has been our first holiday in 5 years, what an amazing place, we have enjoyed long walks in all weathers, cosy evening in front of the fire. Our dog has enjoyed running free as well. We will be booking to come back. A & C and Captain the dog 

Really happy with our stay, amazing view from our windows, wonderful breakfast, quit and calm. Everything you need for a weekend escape. Thank you Phil and Claire K&M 

We arrived in a gale and in the dark…. But we have had a wonderful few days here exploring the area visiting places of interest. At breakfast each morning Phil would suggest places and give an indication re the weather. This really helped. We walked a section of Hadrian’s wall just north of Haltwhistle at Carrfield Quarry and then to the excavations and a most wonderful museum at Vindolanda – so many beautiful objects and including an amazing display of roman footwear…. And writing tablets. A great spring walk at Cow green reservoir – totally away from everything… a good view takes you down the dam and to cauldron snout waterfall. Another good walk – not so far away is high force waterfall but beginning at low force by crossing a narrow suspension bridge and walking along the (west) side. There is a high vantage point to view this spectacular falls (just before you reach that point) if you intend to do walks in the Penrith area we found a very good guide (walks in the Penrith area by Graham Allen and Mike Cormen), In Alston – good food at the Angel inn and very good chips at the high plaice. Thank you Phil and Claire for looking after us so well, C&M 

Phils kind welcome and hospitality, excellent breakfast and cost accommodation made it a special B&B before mentioning the unexpected “mid-spring winter” scenery with the hills blanched with a dusting of snow making an appropriate backdrop for conversation about artic couooys and other naval matters.

Enjoyable long weekend, in a cosy comfortable cottage. Great views, excellent walks weather was great with clear skies at night, stunning display of stars. Hope to be back and will recommend to friends and family. Thanks for your lovely fresh eggs and your warm welcome. M & D and Zach the dog 

We have had a wonderful weekend in this stunning area, the discovery af ashgill falls was a joy. A truly relaxing time made extra special with wonderful hospitality from Claire. We have to come back! D&S M

Lovely break for a week in a relaxing and tranquil setting, will definitely be returning K & M 

A wonderful peaceful experience. Snow made it even more magical. Thank you very much Claire & Phil for a very pleasant stay. See you again soon. The Kloos Family

Lovely Stay – wind and isolation absolutely fantastic. Breakfast was excellent too! Thank you M&S