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Top 10 Family Friendly Cottages in Northumbria

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Not long until half term! If just the idea of taking your little ones on a long journey to another country fills you with dread, then a self-catering cottage holiday in the UK is just what you need! Think about it – no stressful airports, flights and language barriers to deal with, just a simple car journey through stunning Northumbrian scenery is all that is needed to arrive at your destination and begin your holiday.

We have lots of beautiful cottages that are just perfect for families in amazing locations across Northumbria. Cottage amenities vary between cottage owners, but you can expect child friendly facilities such as cots and high-chairs, as well as enclosed gardens that are perfect for the kids to play in! Please see below for our top 10 family friendly cottages that are available during the summer holidays – we’ve also included lots of local attractions that are nearby to each cottage that are perfect for fun days out, rain or shine!

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Rookery Nook (sleeps 5): This lovely detached house, tucked away behind the main street in this ancient and historic coastal village, provides most comfortable accommodation in a picturesque setting. Warkworth itself is almost completely encircled by the River Coquet, and is dominated by the splendid mediaeval castle perched high on a mound. Half a mile up river is the famous Hermitage, a rock-hewn retreat with a very poignant history; it is quite unique in England and can only be reached by rowing boats, which can be hired during the summer.

Being within a short distance of a superb stretch of beach and having some of the most lovely river scenery in the county, it is not surprising that Warkworth is a popular holiday location. Alnwick is 5 miles. Amble 2 miles south, has a marina and offers water sports, fishing trips and excursions to Coquet Island, an offshore RSPB sanctuary. Excellent golf nearby.

Please scroll down to the next cottage to see nearby family friendly attractions.  

The Lodge (sleeps 5): Situated on a working farm nestled in the countryside 4 miles from Warkworth The Lodge is a very traditional holiday cottage just a short drive from some of the most stunning beaches along the Heritage coastline. From the windows of this Georgian stone built detached cottage there are open views across the garden and to fields beyond. In springtime the lambs playfully skip around the fields adjacent to the cottage and visitors may enjoy discovering more about life on the farm.

The pretty village of Warkworth is a short drive. There are a selection of cafes, pubs, a chocolate shop and a well stocked village shop. The village is almost completely encircled by the river Coquet, which provides lovely riverside scenery, and standing on a hill, dominating the village are the dramatic ruins of mediaeval Warkworth Castle, once the stronghold of the Percy family. Upstream from the castle is a curious little hermitage, cut deep into the rock of the river cliff, accessible only by ferry. Just to the north the busy fishing town of Amble has boat trips departing from the harbour on a regular basis taking visitors to Coquet Island to see the comical Puffins in their natural habitat. Walking, cycling, fishing, sailing and golf all available locally.

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Alwinton, Rothbury

Stonecrop (sleeps 4): This delightful cottage has been skilfully created from a former 19th century granary and enjoys splendid views along the Coquet Valley. Nestling in the picturesque village of Alwinton, it stands amongst some of the most outstandingly beautiful and unspoilt countryside in Northumberland. The area is a paradise for the hill walker, angler and mountain biker or for those just wanting to enjoy the peace and seclusion of the countryside.

Situated within the Northumberland National Park, Stonecrop is well placed for travelling to Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water and the spectacular Heritage coast. The nearby market town of Rothbury is just 10 miles and is host to lots of child-friendly attractions such as Pots and Paws. Just beyond Rothbury is Cragside, a magnificent house and country park, formerly home of Lord Armstrong, industrialist and entrepreneur, was the first property in the country to be lit by hydroelectricity. It’s got plenty to see and do for all ages as well as picnic areas and a tearoom.

**Special offer: 16th & 23 July 2016 down to £450.00**

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Harbottle, Near Rothbury

Woodbine Cottage (sleeps 6): This cottage is situated in the wonderfully picturesque village of Harbottle, 8 miles west of Rothbury in the upper Coquet Valley and within the Northumberland National Park. This most attractive, double fronted 19th century stone built cottage has panoramic views over the nearby Harbottle fells and benefits from splendid landscaped gardens with patio areas. The living accommodation is of the highest order, being particularly spacious and most tastefully furnished and equipped.

This is an excellent base for a walking holiday with a wealth of little used footpaths. At night the wonder of the cosmic panorama is easily visible with the naked eye. The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is one of the best places to stargaze in Europe. In the garden there are a variety of places to position telescopes and the Kielder Observatory is easily accessible. Hadrian’s Wall, the coast,many castles, Kielder Water and Cragside are all within easy reach. Shops and golf course in Rothbury, 8 miles.

**Special Offer: 16th & 23rd July 2016 weeks down to £750 (saving £100)**

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Beach View (sleeps 4): Situated in the peaceful village of Boulmer right beside the sea this fabulous bungalow is a perfect location for those wishing to escape the fast pace of modern life. The bungalow is furnished and equipped to an excellent standard. The beach offers a contrast of rocky outcrops to the north where children can idle away time searching for hermit crabs in the rock pools, whilst to the south the clean stretch of golden sand can be equally enjoyed with a bucket and spade.

With excellent shopping and leisure facilities the historic market town of Alnwick is 6 miles. The town has many fine stone buildings and cobbled streets set in the shadow of the spectacular castle. The stunning Alnwick Gardens boasts many amazing attractions including the Tree House. Fishing, walking, cycling and horse riding available nearby. Pub in village. Alnmouth 2 miles has restaurants & 2 golf courses.

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Blacketts Apartment (sleeps 4): This first floor apartment offers extremely pleasant accommodation close to the centre of Bamburgh. Situated above a small bistro, it has recently been refurnished and equipped to an excellent standard, with distant views of Holy Island, and provides a comfortable holiday base in this highly sought after location. Bamburgh has a splendid castle situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the village and the sea.

Bamburgh was also the home of the Victorian heroine Grace Darling and there is a museum nearby dedicated to her memory. Seahouses is 3 miles, from here there are daily boat trips to the Farne Islands to view the sea birds and grey seal colonies. Holy Island is a short drive and the nature reserve of Budle Bay is approximately 1 mile. There is a magnificent sandy beach within walking distance and also an excellent golf course.

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Lucker, Near Bamburgh 

Swallows Flight (sleeps 5): Nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Lucker, a stone’s throw from Bamburgh, Swallows Flight has recently undergone a complete makeover to offer fantastic holiday accommodation close to the coast. Bamburgh with its magnificent castle and splendid sandy beach is 3 miles, the busy fishing port of Seahouses is 6 miles, from where boat trips are available during the summer months to observe the sea birds and seal colonies on the Farne Islands. Holy Island with its castle and ruined priory is 10 miles, reached by a causeway at low tide.

Inland the Cheviots can be reached by quiet country roads which provide superb scenery and excellent walking/mountain biking. Being an end terraced cottage the enclosed garden surrounds the rear and side of the property, perfect for chilling out on a summers evening, having a barbecue and enjoying the picturesque open views across fields towards the coast.

**Special Offer: 6 Nights available from Sunday 17th July 2016 reduced to £525.00**

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Mundles (sleeps 4): Standing towards the edge of Whittingham, Mundles is a compact 18th century end-terraced cottage. It oozes charm and character from the exposed beams to the original stone inglenook fireplace, the focal point of the living room. From the kitchen, a door takes you to the rear private, sheltered, courtyard a safe haven for children or pets and a peaceful suntrap in which to relax.

The village of Whittingham sits on the banks of the River Aln at the foot of the Cheviot Hills. Characterised by the fertile soil and the gentle rolling hill the region is often referred to as the Vale of Whittingham and the gateway to The Cheviots. This is the perfect location for exploring the Northumberland National Park or taking a trip across to the Heritage coastline. Walkers and cyclists will love the diverse selection of paths and trails starting from the front door.

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Burnmouth, Near Berwick upon Tweed

Seal View Cottage (sleeps 5): This mid-terraced cottage is located in the pretty fishing village of Burnmouth, just north of Berwick upon Tweed. The cottage has spectacular views from the lounge and main bedroom along the Berwickshire coastline, characterised by rugged cliffs and sandy coves. The sea shore is seconds away from the front door with a resident colony of Grey Seals frequently visible just off shore at low tide. A few miles north is St. Abbs, fishing boat trips are available from here during the summer months.

There is a Heritage Museum and a visitors centre with craft gallery and coffee shop at the start of the walk to St Abbs Head, a National Trust Nature Reserve and breeding ground for many varieties of seabirds. It is reached along the coastal footpath which provides breathtaking views of the coastline. The Elizabethan town of Berwick upon Tweed has a good range of shops and amenities and is 6 miles south. The busy fishing port of Eyemouth is 3 miles. Edinburgh and the Border countryside are within easy reach.

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Mount Hooley Lodge (sleeps 8): Standing on the wooden decking or relaxing in the hot tub 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. This is not your average run of the mill lodge but a stand alone Canadian style log cabin 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.

**Special Offer: Save £192 (10% discount) off 15th and 22nd July. Discounted price on website. Remaining part weeks in July for only £850.**

Family-friendly attractions nearby:

  • South Tynedale Railway
  • Nenthead Mines
  • Killhope Victorian Lead Mining Museum
  • Crackers Soft Play

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