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Top 10 Romantic Cottages in Northumbria

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Searching for somewhere special to take a well-deserved holiday with your partner? Whisk them off for a romantic break in Northumbria! A cottage holiday is a wonderful way to relax and unwind with the one you love, and we’ve got some beautiful cottages that are just perfect for couples looking to enjoy some quality time together.

We’ve detailed our favourites below, including cottages with features like hot tubs, as well as cottages that are situated in idyllic locations surrounded by amazing scenery and exciting places to visit. We’ve also listed some romantic things to do during your stay in case you need some inspiration!

Dunstan, Near Craster

Larch Cottage: This delightful cottage dating from the 18th century, benefiting from recent upgrading, offers compact and well designed accommodation of a high standard. Dunstan is just 0.5 mile from the little fishing village of Craster, renowned for its oak smoked kippers.

Craster is situated midway along the 20 mile stretch of Heritage Coastline. A pleasant cliff top walk of 1 mile will bring you to the striking ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop with the fine sweeping sands of Embleton Bay beyond. The cottage is near a country inn serving excellent food. Alnwick with its magnificent castle and gardens is 6 miles. The town offers a wide range of shops, restaurants, pubs and a twice weekly market on a Thursday and Saturday. Both Alnwick and Craster have informative Tourist Information Centres.

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East Ord, near Berwick Upon Tweed

Endar Cottage: This semi-detached bungalow offers cosy accommodation only 1 mile from the historic and fascinating town of Berwick upon Tweed. Berwick changed hands 13 times during the years of Border conflict and in those turbulent times its fine Elizabethan ramparts were constructed. They remain largely intact and provide a circular elevated walk offering breathtaking views of the town and estuary.

The town boasts numerous facilities such as The Maltings arts centre, swimming pool, a military museum, a twice weekly market, a speedway track, interesting shops, numerous pubs and a lovely sandy beach. It is a good central base to see the sights along the Heritage Coast, the Scottish Borders and a first-rate choice for bird watchers and walkers wishing to explore the Cheviot Hills. The enjoyment of this area can be experienced all year as the landscape offers a diverse facade for each changing season.

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Low Hauxley near Amble

Lobster Pot Cottage: This delightful and romantic little 19th century fisherman’s cottage lies just 60 metres from a clean sandy beach in the picturesque seaside hamlet of Low Hauxley where a few boats still fish for lobsters and crabs. Attractive, cosy and atmospheric with its exposed stone walls, co-ordinated colours and fabrics and comfortable furnishings, it provides a holiday base of the very highest standard throughout.

The small enclosed rear garden is sheltered, a lovely place to relax on the decking and enjoy a barbecue. Low Hauxley is located on the Heritage Coast to the north of Druridge Bay, a 4 mile stretch of mature sand dunes and beautiful white sands which incorporates Druridge Bay Country Park and several nature reserves. Amble Harbour Village, a new quayside development has attractive retail pods selling bespoke crafts, a seafood centre and an excellent seafood restaurant and Bistro. From here it is possible to take a boat trip around Coquet Island, an RSPB reserve a mile or so off shore, famous for its Puffins and rare Roseate Terns.

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Alnwick 

Bede Cottage: Bede Cottage is one of three charming terraced stone built cottages situated in a peaceful location in the heart of the beautiful and unspoilt North Northumbrian countryside. The interior of the cottage is well equipped and comfortable, and it features an impressive stone inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove in the lounge. To the rear of the cottage the enclosed garden with decking has uninterrupted views to the east across undulating farmland towards the Kyloe Hills. Large grass area to the front.

This cottage is the perfect retreat to return to after a day walking in the nearby Cheviot Hills or exploring the many castles and golden sandy beaches along the Heritage coastline. The coast at Bamburgh and Holy Island is a short 15 minute drive. The popular St. Cuthbert’s Way long distance footpath passes close by the cottage and ends at Holy Island. Golf, fishing, walking, horse riding and mountain biking available locally.

Harbottle, Near Rothbury

Bonny Barn: Having been lovingly refurbished this quirky little cottage provides a romantic retreat in a tranquil rural setting, and from the terraced garden there are stunning views across open countryside. At the top of the garden there is a summer house which guests are welcome to use. The owner takes great pride in the garden and can provide guests with seasonal vegetables as they are harvested. Dog friendly.

The many trips to be enjoyed could include the Scottish Borders, the Heritage Coastline, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water and the many historic castles and stately homes such as Cragside and Wallington Hall. There is a lovely walk of about 5 miles from Harbottle Castle up to see the Drakestone, a massive sandstone block which rests high on a hill above Harbottle. From the top there are wonderful views overlooking Harbottle Lough, the Coquet Valley and across to the Cheviot Hills. Walking, cycling, fishing, climbing all available in the area.

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Lanercost, Near Brampton

Easby Farm Cottage: This charming cottage stands in a peaceful former farm courtyard, in the secluded hamlet of Easby midway between Lanercost and the market town of Brampton. The cottage has been impressively modernised to create a deceptively spacious holiday home with original beamed ceiling. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the cottage enjoys clear views over open countryside.

2 miles from Brampton is Talkin Tarn Country Park where sailing, windsurfing and fishing can be enjoyed. 10 miles east is the Great Border City of Carlisle with its mediaeval castle, cathedral, award winning Tullie House Museum, excellent shopping and leisure facilities. Walking, mountain biking, cycle hire, fishing, horse riding, sailing and golf are all nearby.

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Milton, Near Brampton

The Stable: 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 has been skilfully converted from farm buildings. During the restoration many original features like beamed ceilings and exposed stonework have been carefully retained. 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. 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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Whittingham

Bluebell Cottage: This charming Victorian cottage stands in an idyllic location within 4 acres of the owner’s private grounds in the vale of Whittingham. Surrounded by spectacular open countryside and on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, this superb cottage is perfect for those seeking peace and tranquillity in a truly delightful setting. Bluebell Cottage is spacious, well equipped and furnished to a very high standard, exuding immense charm and character with beamed ceilings and wood burning stove to create a lovely relaxed ambience.

Holidaymakers may roam the grounds where there is an abundance of wildlife, sheep graze in the adjacent pastures and in the spring there is a wonderful display of bluebells in the woodland. Alnwick with its Harry Potter castle and magnificent Gardens, the sandy beaches of the heritage Coast, the Cheviot Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders are all within easy reach.

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Mundles: This compact, 18th century end-terraced cottage oozes charm and character from the exposed beams to the original stone inglenook fireplace, the focal point of the living room. It also features a rear private courtyard, a safe haven for children or pets and a peaceful suntrap in which to relax. This is a dog friendly property.

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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Morpeth

Brambles: This static holiday home nestled in the heart of Felmoor Park just a short drive to the coast and north to the Historic market town of Alnwick famous for the Castle and Gardens. This immaculately presented holiday home is deceptively spacious and ticks all the boxes for a romantic retreat. The interior offers excellent quality fixtures and fittings, a lavish leather suite and has French doors opening onto a decked area with a lovely sunny aspect. There are steps down to a partially screened area which has comfortable patio furniture and a fabulous hot tub to relax in.

There are some lovely walks around the park passing a nature pond with resident swans, a children’s play area and a café/bar. Also in the surrounding area the many activities to enjoy or have lessons include rock climbing, surfing, microlite flights, paint balling, horse riding and kayaking.

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Top 10 romantic things to do in Northumbria 

  1. Take a long walk on the beach together, or even take a picnic blanket to sit on and watch the sun go down.
  2. Wander around one of the county’s beautiful castles.
  3. Share a freakshake at the Ice Bar in Morpeth or indulge in an ice cream at Spurelli’s.
  4. Watch a theatre production or watch a film at the Alnwick Playhouse.
  5. Take in the breathtaking views on a walk around Northumberland National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  6. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants Northumbria has to offer.
  7. Take in the beautiful night sky as you share a bottle of champagne in the hot tub.
  8. Indulge in a spa treatment or massage at a luxurious spa, Northumbria has plenty of choice!
  9. Dance the night away in one of Newcastle’s live music venues.
  10. Snuggle up in front of the fire in your cosy cottage!

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