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Broadmea Holiday Cottages, stunning barn conversions situated in the beautiful, unspoilt South Tyne Valley on the Cumbria and Northumberland border

The photo above is Broadmea, a working farm and home to owners Paul and Trish and their large flock of Swaledale Sheep. The Staley family have been farming at Broadmea on the Cumbria/Northumberland border since 1950. Paul, his wife Trish and their two sons, are the third generation of Staley family to own and operate the 1800 acre Swaledale Sheep farm. In 2005 Paul and Trish began the redevelopment of the 18th Century barns, restoring and converting them for holiday accommodation. In the past, the buildings would have been used as a cow byre and hay store. Its exterior dimensions would have been much the same as they are now.

  • Paul and Trish
    Paul and Trish
  • Pet Friendly
    Pet Friendly
  • Original Structure 2005
    Original Structure 2005
  • Work in Progress 2005
    Work in Progress 2005
  • Work in Progress 2005
    Work in Progress 2005
  • Nearly Finished 2006
    Nearly Finished 2006
  • Swaledale Ram at Broadmea
    Swaledale Ram at Broadmea
  • Lambs at Broadmea
    Lambs at Broadmea
  • Broadmea by the River
    Broadmea by the River
  • A Walk in the Field
    A Walk in the Field
  • Red Grouse
    Red Grouse

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Their aim in renovating the barns was to maintain and restore as much of the original building as possible. New door and window openings were minimised and existing openings maintained to their original size and location.


All rebuilding work used only the original stone, reclaimed slate and traditional lime rich mortar. The end result has been a pleasing and unique blend of skilfully created features using existing traditional structure and contemporary design.

Broadmea is committed to environmentally friendly farming and presently works closely with Natural England on upland Hay Meadow and Moorland restoration schemes. In addition traditional stone wall maintenance and woodland planting and are part of a long term plan to preserve and enhance the countryside.

The first guests were welcomed to Broadmea on the 8th February 2007 and business has been going well ever since. Comments from guests are absolutely brilliant. Paul and Trish look forward to welcoming many more!