Top 8 Holiday Cottages in Northumberland

Northumberland is so often overlooked as a holiday destination when it is in fact a stunningly beautiful part of the UK. Ok, so there’s no guarantee the weather is going to be good, but the beaches are fabulous, there are magnificent castles, plenty of outdoor activities, and lots of cultural attractions. The best way to see the county is self-catering so you can come and go as you please. Here is the Historic UK selection of the Top 8 Luxury Cottages in Northumberland:

1. Lindisfarne Bay Mill
Dates back to: 18th Century

Sleeps 8. This is a beautiful stone-built cottage in a glorious waterside setting with views across to Lindisfarne. It sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Berwick-on-Tweed and Bamburgh. There are four bedrooms which sleep up to 8 guests, a living room with Freeview TV, fully fitted kitchen, utility room including tumble dryer, and a lovely conservatory. The cottage has central heating and sits in a large garden with patio and barbecue area. This property is ideal for Bamburgh’s castle and its 4.5-mile-long beach, and also as a good base for visiting Holy Island and Alnwick. No pets.

2. Heavenfield Cottage
Dates back to: 19th Century

Sleeps 2. Be a part of history with a stay at this charming converted farm building. Located on the owner’s farm it is right on top of Hadrian’s Wall and some of the original wall stones are included in its construction. 2 miles from the village of Wall, it is the end point for St. Oswald’s Way walking trail and it also lies on the historic Military Road. Original features are throughout, so expect beams and exposed bricks, but it is cosy and comfortable thanks to a wood burner and underfloor heating. The property has just the one beautiful bedroom and all mod cons, so is ideal for a romantic break. No pets.

3. Honeypot Cottage
Dates back to: 19th Century

Sleeps 5. Ideal for a family holiday, Honeypot Cottage sits next to the owner’s home in an elevated position overlooking the small town of Rothbury. This smart contemporary style home has 3 bedrooms that can sleep 5 (one has an en-suite shower). The chic living area has a wood burner and 46″ TV, and there’s a separate dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen and a gin balcony to enjoy the lovely views. The garden has furniture and a barbecue. This property is a great base for walking in the Simonside Hills, and Alnwick with its Harry Potter castle and the Heritage Coast are 12 miles away. Pet friendly.

4. Blackpool Farm Cottage
Dates back to: 18th Century

A large holiday property on a working farm, Blackpool Farm Cottage is near the village of Longhorsely and 9 miles from Morpeth. The cottage has been built to a very high standard and has 4 bedrooms sleeping 8, and 2 bathrooms. There are wooden floors throughout the living room and kitchen diner, and it’s cosy with heating and two wood burners. The lawned garden has a seating area. There’s plenty to see nearby including Alnwick Castle, Cragside House, Druridge Bay, and the Dark Sky National Park. No pets.

5. Carmel
Dates back to: 20th Century

Designed to be a luxurious home from home, Carmel is a detached bungalow with 2 bedrooms, sleeping 4 just 100 yards from a dramatic area of the Northumberland coast. Sophisticated and chic in style, it is open plan with excellent attention to detail in the décor and fixtures and fittings. The living area has patio doors leading to decking for alfresco dining; there are wood burners, and a very well equipped kitchen. Carmel is an ideal choice for water sports lovers being on Beadnell Bay, but is also advantageously located for Seahouses, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Holy Island, and all the wonderful rural and cultural attractions of Northumberland. No pets.

6. Chapel House
Dates back to: 19th Century

If you like the mix of self-catering and eating out, Chapel House is perfect as there’s a pub and restaurant just 50 yards away. Enjoying a beautiful rural location in the village of Greenhead, it is right on Hadrian’s Wall. This charming detached cottage has 2 bedrooms sleeping 4. Characterful and stylish, it is spacious and beautifully decorated. The living area has a wood burner and a comfy breakfast area overlooks the walled garden which has a decked area. The National Park starts about a mile away as is the highest point of Hadrian’s Wall and the cottage is great as a base for exploring this fascinating historic area. No pets.

7. Middleton Gate House
Dates back to: 19th Century

You can’t help but admire the wonderful architecture of this 2-bedroomed property that is approached through a 45-foot-high arch. Guests can enjoy the lovely décor and comfortable furnishings throughout the accommodation which includes a sun room. The lounge has a wood burner and there’s a fabulous view across the sea to Lindisfarne Castle. The grey stone house sits in well-tended grounds of 3.5 acres and is a mile and a bit away from Belford village which is known as “The Gateway to the Secret Kingdom”. Bamburgh and Woolmer are a short distance away and there are plenty of coastal ad countryside pursuits around and about, including St. Cuthbert’s Way walking trail. Pet friendly.

8. Curlew Cottage
Dates back to: 19th Century

The only property on this list that has its own pool (indoors) and hot tub, Curlew Cottage is a barn conversion with fabulous views over Northumberland National Park which includes a Dark Sky Reserve. The cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and there is a sun room as well as the usual accommodations which are well presented and fitted with comfy furniture, large TVs and multi-fuel burner, as well as central heating. The kitchen has an Aga. Hexham and its Abbey are 20 miles away. It is 50 miles to the Heritage Coast, and the Scottish border is 17 miles away. No pets.