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These Holiday Cottages with Hot Tubs are Perfect for a Romantic Break in Northumbria

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Treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic getaway in some of Northumbria’s most spectacular locations this Valentine’s Day. Northumberland is home to Europe’s largest area of protected night sky, and we have some fabulous romantic retreats where you can enjoy a night relaxing in the hot tub, champagne in hand, under a galaxy of stars. From open air and sprawling views, to intimate, private places to relax, these properties are the perfect spot for a romantic break with your partner.

Milton Mains Cottages, Hadrian’s Wall

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, The Stable, The Byre and The Dairy are a row of three stone built cottages and Swallow, Swift, The Barn & The Hayloft Cottages are all skilfully converted from farm buildings and an old dairy. During the restoration many original features like beamed ceilings and exposed stonework have been carefully retained.

The cottages provide 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. Part of this area is the RSPB Geltsdale Reserve, it is home to black grouse, birds of prey and breeding wading birds. It is ideal for walking with 4 way-marked trails, a parking area and a visitor centre. The market town of Brampton is just 2 miles with a good range of shops and amenities, whilst the Border City of Carlisle is just 10 miles. There are many footpaths and bridleways nearby including Gelt Woods and Talkin Tarn Country Park just 3 miles where you can enjoy sailing, rowing, fishing or relax with a picnic.

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Tumbler Rocks Retreat, Seahouses

This fabulous contemporary styled house is located only 150 metres from the beach and minutes from the centre of Seahouses. The deceptively spacious open plan ground floor is bright and airy with coastal inspired decor. French doors lead out to a decked garden to reveal a hot tub. The comfortable sofas in the lounge area are carefully positioned around the log burning stove and the huge wall mounted flat screen TV.

At the other end of the room is a large dining table perfect for enjoying a meal, cooked in the well-equipped kitchen with central island. The rear garden of this holiday retreat is an excellent place to relax and unwind. The high fence around the perimeter of the garden makes it private. The hot tub benefits from a canopy providing shade in the summer or shelter if the weather is slightly inclement. There is a communal toddler play ground to the front of the house.

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East Briscoe Farm Cottages, North Pennines

The following stone built cottages are situated in a beautiful, peaceful south facing position on a 14 acre riverside estate with stunning views over open countryside. The original farmhouse reputedly dates back to 1713, and this together with the adjoining barns has been skilfully converted to provide excellent holiday cottages.

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 4 National Parks. The farm is 2 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.

Cotherstone is 2 miles, and Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum 6 miles. Golf, tennis, bowls and horse riding are all available locally. A new leisure facility boasts a 6 seater hot tub and an “Endless Pool” swimming pool with current. A games room has a pool/table tennis/air hockey table and a gym area with accessible changing room and WC.

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Tottergill Farm Cottages, Hadrian’s Wall

The following cottages are part of Tottergill Farm Cottages, comprised of 10 luxurious stone cottages skilfully converted from former farm buildings nestled on the slopes of Castle Carrock Fell, to the north of the Eden Valley. 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 until it reaches the historic Border City of Carlisle, or 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”. The dramatic backdrop makes for a superb romantic setting.

Carlisle, 13 miles, has a wide range of shops, the award winning Tullie House Museum, a castle and a cathedral. There are plenty of attractions including a visit to Hadrian’s Wall to learn more about the Roman Empire or go mountain biking, fishing, sailing and horse riding. Keen golfers can enjoy year round games of golf on Brampton Golf Course described as ‘the jewel of Cumbria’ only 2 miles away. The clubhouse is open to the general public and serves excellent food. Across the road from the clubhouse is Talkin Tarn Country Park where you can hire a rowing boat or take a relaxing circular walk around the tarn, then reward yourself with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. An extra bonus while staying at Tottergill Farm Cottages is complimentary access to a leisure club at a local hotel 10 miles away.

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Mount Hooley Lodge, Alston

Standing on the wooden decking in front of Mount Hooley Lodge you could almost say you were on top of the world. The panoramic views looking across the South Tyne Valley are absolutely awe-inspiring. The stand alone Canadian-style log cabin is constructed from massive inter-locking logs measuring over 12 inches in diameter, a unique feature both inside and outside. The hot water and heating are produced from a ground source heat pump and the roof is covered by grass which provides excellent insulation, together making this a completely innovative eco- friendly building concept. Mount Hooley Lodge is located on a working upland hill farm, 1200 feet above sea level, on the moor above Alston, which is the highest market town in England.

For peace and tranquillity it would be difficult to find a more idyllic spot. The five star luxury can be enjoyed whatever the weather and at any time of the year. In summer the wide bi-fold patio doors to the front of the lodge can be completely opened to create a picture frame to admire the view, or you can chill out in the hot tub under the clear starry skies. In contrast during the colder winter months the log burning stove creates a warm and cosy environment to relax and recharge those batteries. Alston has an eclectic mix of shops selling local produce, unusual gift shops, cafes and pubs. This region is known as England’s last wilderness with fantastic walks along unspoilt nature trails with an abundance of wildlife to observe along the way.

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