Summer Holidays in Alnwick: Self Catering Options

Posted 11 May 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Nestled in the heart of Northumberland, this charming market town is best known for its wealth of history and captivating natural beauty. Famous for its cobbled streets, and of course, the iconic Alnwick Castle - better known as Hogwarts for any avid Harry Potter fans - Alnwick is the perfect spot for a quintessentially British summertime escape. Just 5 miles from Northumberland’s magnificent coastline, and home to everything from chilling ghost walks to one of Britain’s largest vintage bookshops, there are countless reasons to visit Alnwick this summer.
At Cottages in Northumberland, we know that the best holidays are the ones which have been carefully planned to suit all the needs and wants of your party - and that’s why we love the freedom that comes with arranging your own self catering getaway. Nevertheless, organising your own break in an unknown area can often prove to be a difficult task - which is why today, we’re bringing you everything you need to know for planning your holiday in Alnwick. So, whether you need advice on getting there or finding first-class self catering cottages, our Northumberland experts are here with you every step of the way.

Holiday cottages in Alnwick

Whether it’s a family getaway during the school holidays or a romantic long weekend for two, when it comes to organising your summer break, we know that you’ll want to plan your holiday, your way. That’s why we’re committed to bringing you an array of beautifully designed Northumberland self catering cottages, so you can enjoy all of the much-desired home comforts in your dream holiday destination. 
When it comes to self catering, Alnwick is home to everything from characterful cottages to luxurious new-builds - and with our collection of 10 high quality properties in and around Alnwick, we’re confident that we’ll find you a home from home that suits you. For a spacious and sophisticated 6-bed, Creamery Cottage has been furnished to the highest standard, meaning you can relax in style after exploring all that this picturesque area has to offer. 
If you’re wanting to reconnect with nature on a rural retreat, why not rest your head in an authentic countryside stable-conversion? Stable West Cottage is situated in the grounds of Eshott Hall, just outside of Alnwick, making it the perfect holiday stay for nature-lovers. As if the stunning 4-star interior and beautiful surroundings wasn’t enough, this beautiful 4-bed also boasts flexible availability and last-minute booking options, so you can plan your holiday to suit you.

Self catering in Northumberland: Alnwick’s amenities


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As one of the largest towns in this corner of Northumberland, a self catering staycation in Alnwick means that you’ll never be far from all the amenities that you could need. With markets throughout the week and independent shops aplenty, including delis, bakeries and butchers, make sure that you sample the area’s local delicacies - like Border Tarts, lamb ‘pinwheels’ and of course, the legendary Alnwick rum. Needing to stock up on your supplies for the week? With 3 supermarkets in the town centre and 2 stores on the edge of Alnwick, there’ll be no shortage of choice when it comes to sourcing your food shop. If you’re exploring the area by car, Alnwick’s petrol station can be found at the south of the town, close to the A1 junction - so filling up will be no problem after a long journey.

Getting to Alnwick

Formerly a staging post on the Great North Road - connecting London to Edinburgh - and now lying adjacent to the A1, this large market town is easily accessible to visitors travelling by road, rail and air. Just 35 miles north from the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle Airport is just a 45 minute transfer by road - so whether you’re travelling to Alnwick from across the globe or from down the country, this rural hotspot is well within reach. With the Edinburgh to London East Coast railway link running services throughout the day via the nearby Alnmouth station, you can even avoid the motorway and instead enjoy a relaxing start to your holiday, taking in the captivating Northumberland coastline as you travel in by train.
Northumberland may be one of the most sparsely-populated counties in the UK, but with Alnwick’s array of transport links, this well-connected market town is a hotspot for tourism throughout the year. So, whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape to the countryside or a family-friendly adventure, planning a summer holiday in Alnwick and its quaint countryside villages nearby is a must this year.
The summer holidays are fast approaching, and that means that it’s time to start organising your rural getaway to Alnwick. From cosy cottages for the two of you to properties that are perfect for a break with the family, when it comes to self catering, Northumberland has it all - so get started today by browsing our collection of beautifully furnished holiday cottages in Alnwick.
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