This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this website with cookies enabled, you consent to our use of cookies. You can disable cookies by changing your browser settings. However, if you do so, this website will not operate correctly. Please refer to our privacy policy for more details.

Beacon Hill logo
5 Stars logo Gold logo 4 Stars logo M2 Mobility logo

Information Menu

Booking Your Cottage Dark Skies Days Out Discovering Northumberland Food & Dining For Kids Location & Travel Media Reviews Miscellaneous Sports & Activities Privacy Policy

Merlin Cottage

Beacon Hill Holiday Cottages Information

Observatory & Telescope

Star-gazing is certainly on the increase and the recent adventures of a certain Tim Peake have further piqued the interest (pardon the pun) and our desire to turn our attentions skyward. Guests at Beacon Hill Farm cottages have long been telling us that they love the darkness of the skies here and some bring telescopes to take full advantage. Beacon Hill Farm is, of course, right on the doorstep of an International Dark Sky Park, so there is no better place than here to take in the wonders of our solar system.


ObservatoryWe can now offer our guests access to a purpose built observatory and a range of telescopes on any night they wish to take advantage, simply by pre-booking a slot. The octagonal building has a roof that slides completely off leaving the heavens open above! There is comfortably room for the whole family in the observatory and there is seating for those not looking at the stars. Sky maps and information boards line the walls and, in the centre on a solid concrete plinth, we have our incredibly powerful computerised telescope.

We also have 3 Celestron Outland x 8 x 25 Compact Waterproof Binoculars and head torches allow the whole family to simultaneously enjoy the experience.

Each house has some Astronomy books, one particularly aimed at the younger Sky watcher. A booking sheet will be available and guests may book slots of one hour duration as late as they like. Access will be by a key that will be in every cottage. An adult will be required to be present at all bookings as the Celestron Telescope is a high quality telescope, not a toy! Many adults will be content to use the Dobsonian Telescope.


We are now changing our telescope as the Celestron has proved to be far too complicated for 99% of clients. Details of the new telescope will follow shortly. ( August 2018.)