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5 holiday cottages in Northumbria for large groups

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If you’re planning a big getaway for Christmas, a milestone birthday or anniversary, or just a big family reunion, and you need accommodation for large groups of people, you don’t have to compromise on quality or stick to the big cities and chain hotels. We have some fabulous self-catered holiday cottages in beautiful Northumbria that can comfortably house large groups without any problem. What’s more, these cottages are based in fantastic locations for a wonderful family holiday in Northumbria that you can all enjoy. Here are 5 holiday cottages in Northumbria that are perfect for large groups and families.

Tottergill Farm Cottages (Sleeps up to 44)

Ten luxurious stone cottages, skilfully converted from former farm buildings, nestled on the slopes of a fell – Tottergill Farm Cottages offer the definitive luxury cottage holiday in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside. With their location on the inclines of Castle Carrock Fell, to the north of the Eden Valley, the cottages boast unrivalled panoramic views to the east over the Castle Carrock Reservoir and beyond to the hills of the Lake District and the Solway Firth.

The ten cottages together sleep up to 44 people between them, all of whom will be staying in accommodation of the highest quality. These beautifully converted buildings – some of which have been converted from the grade II listed barn – have bags of character, with exposed wooden beams and wood burning stoves, but also every modern comfort. Eight of the ten cottages have hot tubs, the bedrooms are luxuriously furnished and the living areas boast 40” HD TVs and top-quality fixtures and fittings.

The Eden Valley is a hidden gem with countless footpaths and bridleways scattered across the entire region.  There are walks to suit all abilities, from leisurely strolls along the banks of the River Eden as it meanders north through picturesque villages, to energetic hikes up Cross Fell, the highest point of the Pennines Hills, to witness the tranquil solitude of this area known as ‘England’s Last Wilderness’. There are plenty of attractions to delight all ages including a visit to Hadrian’ Wall to learn more about the Roman Empire or go mountain biking, fishing, sailing and horse riding.

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Low Alwinton Cottages (Sleeps up to 28)

Nestled in idyllic unspoilt countryside at the foot of the Cheviot Hills, along the banks of the river Coquet, Low Alwinton Cottages comprise of three 200-year-old stone built cottages and three Scandinavian log cabins. Each is individually styled with private enclosed gardens and off-road parking, but together can sleep up to 28 people.

The cottages are based in the Northumberland National Park, which boasts splendid scenery and vast horizons. It is a haven for wildlife like black grouse, ospreys and even otters, which can be spotted along the length of the river. Walking and rambling for all abilities begins at the cottage door with a leisurely stroll along the river bank or a more energetic hike to discover the beauty and open space of the Cheviot Hills.

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Milton Mains Farm Cottages (Sleeps up to 30)

Situated on a working farm in the village of Milton close to the Northumbrian and Cumbrian border, nestling in the foothills of the North Pennines, are Milton Mains Farm – eight stone built cottages skilfully converted from farm buildings and an old dairy, together sleeping up to 30 people. The cottages have retained many original features, such as beamed ceilings and exposed stonework, but also offer modern conveniences like wifi, hot tubs, 50” flat screen TVs and brilliantly furnished kitchens.

The cottage provides a superb base from which to explore this region. Here you will find wild fells, stunning views and peaceful walks under big skies. Hadrian’s Wall is nearby with the forts of Birdoswald, Housesteads and Vindolanda all within a short drive. The North Pennines are equally accessible, this area is justly described as “England’s Last Wilderness” and righty designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Broadmea Cottages (Sleeps up to 18)

These exceptionally stunning barn conversions are situated in the beautiful unspoilt South Tyne Valley on the Cumbria/Northumberland border. Comprised of two properties – Broadmea Barn and Broadmea Stable – Broadmea Cottages have been skilfully refurbished to a high standard, retaining charm and character, and offering a mix of traditional structure and contemporary design. Vaulted, beamed ceilings and attractive stone fireplaces create a light and airy, but authentic feel for an English countryside home, and Broadmea Barn’s sauna is an place to unwind after an invigorating hike on the moors. The cottages are situated just across the courtyard from the owner’s farm house and 1800 acre working sheep farm. For those seeking a relaxing holiday, beauty treatments, pampering sessions or the owner’s book-a-cook service can be arranged during your stay.

Broadmea is perfectly situated as a touring base for exploring a wealth of natural and historical treasures in this area. The Hadrian’s Wall world heritage site is only eight miles away, the nearby market town of Alston (five miles) offers an interesting array of cafes, shops, restaurants and an 18-hole golf course, and you can enjoy a journey on a steam train from Alston through the beautiful South Tyne Valley to Kirkhaugh or Lintly. The Pennine Way footpaths and cycle ways allow guests the freedom to explore the fabulous surrounding area.

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East Briscoe Farm Cottages (Sleeps up to 19)

East Briscoe Farm comprises five stone built cottages which are delightfully situated in a beautiful, peaceful south facing position on a 14-acre riverside estate with stunning views over open countryside. The original farmhouse dates back to 1713, and, together with the adjoining barns, has been skilfully converted to provide holiday cottages of the highest quality. All boast wonderful views over the fields and beyond, while their interiors have been renovated to combine great comfort and character.

East Briscoe is ideally placed for exploring by foot, cycle or car the North of England’s rich history and wonderful countryside. Hadrian’s Wall and Durham Cathedral are within easy reach as are four National Parks. The farm is two miles from the Pennine Way in the dale made famous by Hannah Hauxwell and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are sheep and chickens on the farm, marked paths through the fields and woods, a variety of wildlife to be seen including deer, kingfishers and otters, and free fishing on the River Balder.

For more information on East Briscoe Farm Cottages, and to book, follow this link.

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