Rural Retreats: Exploring Northumberland’s Country Cottages

Posted 27 Feb 15, written by Amanda Lambert

It isn’t hard to see why Northumberland is often described as the hidden gem of England. As the most Northern County in England, Northumberland is unique in more ways than one, bursting at the seams with Great British charm. Northumberland offers something for everyone, including breath-taking scenery, beautiful coastlines and unexpected, ancient history as well as some stunning northumberland country cottages.
Northumberland’s 39 miles of untouched coastline really are some of the most beautiful in England, however, head inland and you certainly won’t be disappointed. You will discover various quaint little market towns, historical sites, stunning countryside and hidden valleys which make it such a popular choice for rural retreats.

Alnwick & Surrounding Areas

When exploring the region’s collection of beautiful country cottages, make sure you don’t miss out on Alnwick – tipped as a ‘must see’ location in Northumberland. This famous market town is an enchanting place, steeped in history and home to the magnificent Alnwick Castle and Gardens – perhaps now even more famous for scenes from Hogwarts and Downton Abbey. Wander through cobbled streets and enjoy shops, restaurants, boutiques and galleries – and don’t forget to visit Barter Books to lose yourself in the country’s largest second-hand book collection, coffee in hand.

Rothbury Village

If you’re looking for picturesque rural retreats, why not stay in one of Northumberland’s English country cottages close to the village of Rothbury? This charming and scenic and traditional village is the perfect location for enjoying the outdoor beauty of Northumberland’s National Park and National Trust owned ‘Cragside House & Gardens’, as seen on TV recently in ITV’s second series of ‘Tales from Northumberland’ where the famous Victorian inventor, Lord Armstrong, once lived with his life-changing innovations for the home. If all of that wasn’t enough, Rothbury itself offers a host of modern amenities in the form of charming tea rooms, shops, art and craft galleries, pubs, coffee shops and restaurants. There’s so much to discover in and around this quintessentially British village – and you can explore by horseback, bike, or on your own two feet.

Kielder Water and Forest Park

Kielder village and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Northumberland and an ideal location if you’re looking to experience the tranquil beauty of Great Britain. Take things at your own pace in a self-catering Northumberland cottage and spend your days roaming the hills, lake and forests, breathing in endless fresh air and come evening and on a clear night, enjoy stargazing in our internationally recognised truly ‘Dark Sky’.

Blanchland Village

This picturesque village is nestled near the county border of Northumberland and County Durham and is a wonderful setting for any rural holiday. At the heart of village life is the Abbey, which is definitely worth a visit. Take your time browsing the shops and galleries and stop for a well-deserved cup of tea and cake in the tea room. The nearby woodland, the Derwent River and Derwent Reservoir make Blanchland village an ideal location for fishing and sailing enthusiasts. There are a number of interesting walks, which are nicely shaded to shelter you from the summer heat – and if you’re planning on visiting Blanchland in August, make sure you don’t miss out on the fantastic Blanchland and Hunstanworth Show.
There are so many things to do in Northumberland and exploring the region’s range of characterful country cottages is the best way to make the most of your break. At Cottages in Northumberland, our wide selection of unique English country cottages range from the rustic and cosy to the grand and luxurious – meaning you can always find a Northumberland break tailored to your tastes.


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