Holiday Cottages in Northumberland: Planning Your Trip

Posted 17 Sep 15, written by Amanda Lambert

 Planning your next getaway? Find out why Northumberland should be next on your list with our essential guide to cottage getaways in the North East, with top tips on where to find information when mapping out your trip.

Why Northumberland?


Sunset, Alnwick Castle: Original image by Matthew Hartley

If you’re looking for a relaxing UK break, Northumberland is the place to go. With its stunning natural beauty, eclectic mix of market towns and villages, and great food and culture, Northumberland stands its ground against places like the Lake District - offering all of the appeal, without the crowds of tourists.

Northumberland’s coastline is an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with over 30 miles of award winning beaches and numerous quaint seaside towns to explore. And with scores of coastal holiday cottages, Northumberland is the perfect place for a relaxing seaside break.

If you’re into history, Northumberland can’t be beaten. With more castles than any other county in England, as well as miles of Roman ruins to explore, the North East is a history lover’s paradise. Alnwick Castle is one of the largest castles in the country and has been made world famous as the setting for many films and television shows - most notably, the Harry Potter series.

While it’s impossible to list all of the activities Northumberland has to offer, here you’ll find a selection of some of its most popular sights - providing some food for thought when planning your getaway:

  • Farne Islands - situated a few miles off the coast of Seahouses, these dramatic and rocky islands are reached by boat. Home of the puffin and hordes of grey seals, a visit to the Farne Islands is a must if you’re in the area
  • Alnwick - one of the largest and best known market towns in Northumberland, Alnwick is home to Hogwarts and Downton Abbey (Alnwick Castle) - where visitors can explore the castle and grounds - or even indulge in a spot of broomstick training! You’ll also find the award winning Alnwick Garden within walking distance of the town centre, one of the finest contemporary gardens in the country
  • Cragside - former home to Lord Armstrong, the famous Victorian inventor, a visit to Cragside house and gardens in Rothbury is a must. Managed by the National Trust, the extensive grounds offer miles of trails and gardens to explore
  • Hadrian’s Wall - spanning the country between Carlisle and Newcastle upon Tyne, Hadrian’s Wall is one of the most significant fortifications still visible from Roman times. Northumberland is a walker's paradise and following the wall is the perfect way to see some of the county's best countryside

If you’re looking for some inspiration and want to plan an itinerary of activities, our Northumberland attractions page is a great place to start planning your trip.

Holiday Cottages in Northumberland

With so much exploring to do, it’s only right that you can retire to comfortable surroundings to relax and unwind after an activity-packed day out. Nothing gets you closer to an authentic Northumbrian experience than a traditional holiday cottage. Whether you’re on the hunt for a sea view or quiet countryside retreat, we’re guaranteed to have a holiday cottage to suit you.

Choosing where to stay

Making tracks, Embleton Bay: Original image by James Russell

With nearly 2000 square miles of countryside, towns, coastline and woodland to explore, choosing where to stay in Northumberland can be a challenge - particularly if you’re not local to the region. With a wide range of destinations when it comes to choosing holiday cottages, Northumberland is ripe for the exploring!

If you’re planning on driving to Northumberland or renting a car on arrival, the county is your oyster - with the A1 running through the region from the Scottish Borders in the north to Newcastle upon Tyne in the south. There’s no part of Northumberland which can’t be reached by car, so you can rest assured you won’t miss out during your break.

If you’re relying on public transport, the vast majority of countryside retreats are still within reach - with excellent bus and rail services from Newcastle upon Tyne. You should take this into account when selecting a holiday cottage in Northumberland, ensuring you choose a location within walking distance of local amenities and the attractions you plan to visit.

Click the link to find out more about Northumberland - here you’ll find our handy location guides to the region's main towns and attractions, helping you decide which Northumberland holiday cottage to book for your stay.

Choosing your holiday cottage

With a vast selection of holiday cottages, Northumberland truly has something for everyone - so who says you need to compromise? Use our handy cottage search tool to help you narrow down the selection. So whether it’s a coastal view and an open fire in luxurious surroundings or you’re looking for somewhere that’s dog friendly with plenty of garden space, our checklist means you’re guaranteed to find something which ticks all of your boxes.

Last minute cottages: Northumberland

Got some time off and looking for a last minute break in Northumberland? Check out our last minute cottage deals to see what’s available at short notice - it’s a great way to snag a late deal! Alternatively, check out our handy holiday cottage availability page for an overview of what’s available and when.

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