Planning a Long Weekend in the North East?

Posted 23 May 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Steeped in history and home to some of the most culturally rich towns and cities in the country, there are countless reasons to visit the North East. From the captivating coastal views to the countryside’s historic ruins of Hadrian’s Wall, the county of Northumberland is home to some of the most breath-taking and beautiful scenes in England - making this corner of the UK a must-visit staycation destination for 2017.

At Cottages in Northumberland, we know there’s nothing better than a weekend escape to the countryside, and that’s why today, we’re bringing you all the inside knowledge you’ll need for booking your Northumberland break. From choosing between our collection of beautifully furnished holiday cottages on the North East coast to finding a transport option that will suit you, today’s getaway guide is packed with tips to help you perfect your Northumberland break.

Northumberland self catering: finding unique accommodation

From cosy countryside holiday homes to North East coastal cottages, when it comes to planning your long weekend away, finding self-catering accommodation that suits you will be what makes your holiday truly special. Whether you’re in need of a comfortable 2-bed or somewhere that will suit a larger group, with each of our North East holiday cottages furnished with all the home comforts that you could dream of, rest assured that relaxation will be guaranteed during your stay with Cottages in Northumberland.

How to see it all in 3 days

From stepping back in time with a trip to Hadrian’s Wall to spotting seals basking on the rocks of the Farne Islands, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Northumberland - meaning fitting everything into your weekend itinerary might seem like a challenge. Whether you’re staying on the sea front or in a rural holiday cottage, our North East holiday homes mean that you can enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep ahead of each action-packed day. Outlining a route of all the must-visits that you want to see will allow you to make the most out of each day, and coordinating your day trips with a suitable mode of transport means you can make sure you don’t waste any time getting there.

Travelling in and around Northumberland

With the Edinburgh to London East Coast railway link running services along the coast throughout the day, and Newcastle Airport nearby, getting to even the remotest parts of Northumberland is possible. When it comes to exploring the area, public bus services and local railway lines connect residents and visitors alike to the array of picturesque coastal and countryside villages. If you’re hoping to experience the unspoilt surroundings on foot, the range of walking routes means that, whatever your age and ability, there’s guaranteed to be a hike to suit you.
With the A1 running the length of the region, connecting Newcastle upon Tyne to the Scottish border, travelling into the area by road is one of the easiest options. The freedom that comes with driving your own vehicle means that whether you’re staying in the large market town of Alnwick or the fishing village of Seahouses, you can easily access all of Northumberland’s best hotspots - with an itinerary that suits you.

What to pack for a Northumberland getaway


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Whether it’s a spring bank holiday break or an autumnal getaway, preparing for the elements is a must in this corner of the world. They say that it can get cold up north for a reason, and while Northumberland gets its own fair share of the sun during the summertime, you won’t regret packing those extra layers should you need them. With rolling hills and rocky terrains aplenty, waterproofs and comfortable walking boots are a must have for any visitors looking to experience the area by foot - and a small waterproof rucksack means that you can bring all the sustenance you could need with you when trekking in Northumberland. With 20 of the region’s beaches open to dogs throughout the year, packing collapsible dog bowls which you can fill with food and water means that your four-legged friend can also refuel after a long day of exploring.
When it comes to self-catering in Northumberland, all of our beautifully-furnished North East cottages come fully-equipped with all the kitchen utensils and appliances that you could need. So, if you’re hoping to whip up some of your favourite recipes during your stay, our self-catering cottages mean that the only thing you need to bring is the food!
At Cottages in Northumberland, we know that when it comes to arranging your dream holiday, you’ll want to plan it your way. That’s why we offer an extensive range of stunning cottages in the North East with flexible availability and pet friendly options, meaning we’re confident that we can find a home-from-home that suits you.
Ready to book your well-deserved long weekend? Browse our North East holiday cottages online today and find the first class holiday home which meets your every need.
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