View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
Lovely open-plan, welcoming property
Sociable space for everyone, indoors and out
French doors lead to the balcony
Beautiful open-plan layout
The kitchen is well laid out and well-equipped
Breakfast bar where you can see what's cooking
Double bedroom with TV and ensuite shower room
Have an early night and watch TV
Ensuite shower room
Pretty features in the ensuite shower room
The twin room can be made super king-size if needed
Bright and airy with ensuite and TV
Ensuite with walk-in shower
Clean and contemporary finish throughout
Enjoy outdoor dining on the balcony
Enjoy a relxaxed alfresco breakfast
Make use of the on-site leisure facilities
Relax and watch some sport or use the gym
The Alnwick Gardens is just a walk away
Nearby Embleton Bay
View of the side of the property
1 / 23  View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
2 / 23  Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
3 / 23  Lovely open-plan, welcoming property
4 / 23  Sociable space for everyone, indoors and out
5 / 23  French doors lead to the balcony
6 / 23  Beautiful open-plan layout
7 / 23  The kitchen is well laid out and well-equipped
8 / 23  Breakfast bar where you can see what's cooking
9 / 23  Double bedroom with TV and ensuite shower room
10 / 23  Have an early night and watch TV
11 / 23  Ensuite shower room
12 / 23  Pretty features in the ensuite shower room
13 / 23  The twin room can be made super king-size if needed
14 / 23  Bright and airy with ensuite and TV
15 / 23  Ensuite with walk-in shower
16 / 23  Clean and contemporary finish throughout
17 / 23  Enjoy outdoor dining on the balcony
18 / 23  Enjoy a relxaxed alfresco breakfast
19 / 23  Make use of the on-site leisure facilities
20 / 23  Relax and watch some sport or use the gym
21 / 23  The Alnwick Gardens is just a walk away
22 / 23  Nearby Embleton Bay
23 / 23  View of the side of the property

Thornbrae Retreat

Alnwick, Northumberland
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
5 star
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Spa Facilities
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Stunning contemporary stone-built cottage located on the doorstep of Alnwick town
  • A pleasant, easy drive to the scenic Northumberland coast
  • Enjoy a large, private outdoor space with your own hot tub and dining area
  • Gorgeous, contemporary interior with traditional touches
  • Ideal for a families and groups of friends get away to the seaside
  • An area surrounded by wonderful scenery, beaches, hikes and cultural attractions
Property code: CN218

Situated a stone’s throw away from Alnwick town and under a short drive to the beach, this double storey, stone built cottage is ideal to make the most of Alnwick and the Northumberland Coast.

Thornbrae Retreat is a beautifully presented, stone-built holiday cottage in Alnwick for 4 lucky guests. This property offers an excellent standard of self-catering holiday accommodation for families or friends looking to stay in our stunning county and explore all the many local attractions.

Set over two floors, the cottage is spacious and light with many luxurious features including en-suite shower rooms for both bedrooms upstairs, an open plan lounge kitchen and dining area downstairs with bi-folding door leading to your own, smart, decked balcony area, free guest Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs in the bedrooms, complimentary slippers and free off-road parking.

From the lounge, large bi-folding patio doors, lead out onto a patio area which features a private hot tub, ensuring whatever the weather, you can enjoy this lovely outdoor space with your friends and family. The patio also has an outdoor dining area where you can relax with your food and drink.

As a bonus, this cottage has access to additional on-site leisure facilities, housed in a purpose-built, light and spacious development. The facilities include gym, pool table, lounge area with large flat screen TV, changing facilities with shower and WC. Outside there is a patio area with a dining table, BBQ and sauna. This area is perfect for families and friends holidaying together within the Thornbrae Collection of cottages, looking for communal space to relax in and dine together. Guests also have access to shared gardens in the grounds with children’s play equipment.

Staying at Thornbrae Retreat, you are within easy reach of Alnwick Castle, where they filmed the Hogwarts scenes from the Harry Potter films, as well as scenes from Downton Abbey, and of course, one of the world’s most contemporary gardens where you are guaranteed to have a wonderful day out, the Alnwick Gardens. While you are there you might visit The Treehouse restaurant featured on Michel Roux Junior’s recent series, the famous Barter Books store with a surprise! and the centre of this popular market town with its many independent shops and great restaurants and bars.

All this and our fabulous, award winning coastline close by, which has just been voted Holiday Destination of the Year by Countryfile Magazine 2017 is just a few minutes drive. For example, Alnmouth beach, village high street and panoramic golf course is a mere 7 minutes by car and you have boat trips to Coquet Island from nearby Amble and to the Farne islands from Seahouses, not to mention Bamburgh’s magnificent Castle, village and glorious beach. Craster’s pretty harbour and coastal walk to Dunstanburgh Castle and The Ship Inn at Low Newton... are all within easy reach!! Inland, you can drive to Rothbury, the Simonside Hills and Cragside House and Gardens in just 20 minutes.

Bed linen, towels, heating and hot water are included.

Sorry dogs are not allowed at Thornbrae Retreat.

  • 2 bedrooms - 2 doubles
  • 3 bathrooms - 2 en-suite shower rooms with WC and shower, 1 ground-floor cloakroom with WC
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Washing machine and dryer in the kitchen
  • Games, books and films
  • Decking area with private hot tub, garden table and chairs
  • Access to additional on-site leisure facilities including a gym, pool table, BBQ and lounge area
  • Bed linen included
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Pubs, shops and restaurants within easy driving distance
  • TV/DVD, iPod dock, and CD player in lounge
  • Free off-road parking for one or two cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets

This property is personally managed by Marie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 25 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Mike 28th September 2019

A first rate cottage, equipped to the highest standard. The welcome pack provided was generous and a nice introduction to the property. The hot tub was an added bonus. The property was located within a short walk of the town centre and Alnwick has much to offer as well as being within striking distance of all the local attractions. If you like histRead moreory then Northumberland is a treasure trove. We would love to return Hide

Reviewed by Craig 24th August 2019

Wow! The cottage was huge and the photos on the site do not do it justice. The games room was loved by us all and a nice room for the kids to go and chill after being out all day and play on the Xbox or play pool. The hot tub is great at the evening and was really nice and secluded. The sauna was nice too but just a little small only fitting 2 peopRead morele in it 3 big kids! Well worth a visit as it is in s great location and most things are 30 minutes away from the cottage. Hide

Reviewed by Jenny 17th August 2019

The cottage was very well equipped and we loved the welcome gifts. The location is ideal for exploring Alnwick on foot and further afield by car. Our daughters enjoyed the freedom the large garden offered them so that they could play safely. The hot tub was great for relaxing in after a busy day sightseeing. We will definitely come back to stay agaRead morein. Hide

Reviewed by Sue 10th August 2019

The cottage is in a great location for exploring Northumberland. It is spacious, clean and has lovely grounds. It is comfortable and well equipped and the hot tub and games room is an added bonus. It was our first time staying there and would definitely return.

Reviewed by John 15th June 2019

This holiday cottage is furnished and decorated to a very high standard and a very generous welcome pack is provided on arrival. The owners live on site and always available for advice. The cottage is ideally situated to access the very popular visitor attractions in the area and the Northumbrian coastline.

Reviewed by Graham 11th May 2019

Five-star property with lovely, welcoming hosts - Julie & Mick. Alnwick is a lovely little town (with both the castle and gardens within walking distance of Thornbrae) and it's a great location for exploring all of Northumberland. We had a great holiday.

Reviewed by Terence 4th May 2019

Very clean, good location, very comfortable and well equipped.

Reviewed by Simon 6th April 2019

Fantastic family friendly accommodation in a great location. Very clean and kitted out to a very high standard. Thoroughly recommend.

Reviewed by Gerard 27th March 2019

Amazing property, best holiday cottage we have stayed in!

Reviewed by Rachel 23rd February 2019

Fabulous accommodation in a very convenient location. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be backz

Reviewed by Martin 17th February 2019

Just outside the centre of Alnwick - this is a fantastically appointed apartment. The hot tub and games room went down very well with the kids. Really friendly owners.

Reviewed by Lisa 25th January 2019

Couldnt fault one bit, amazing

Reviewed by Graham 29th December 2018

The cottage was in a brilliant position close to Alnwick which was a lovely town. The cottage was warm and comfortable with everything we needed for a brilliant week away. We chose this cottage mainly for the hot tub so we could enjoy New Year in a different way. However, as the week progressed the hot tub got colder and not as inviting. The games Read moreroom was a plus and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves playing pool, but again this room had controlled heating which reduced by the end of the week. Hide

Reviewed by S 24th November 2018

A wonderfully high standard of accommodation. The location is perfect for visiting all local attractions, pubs and restaurants.

Reviewed by Abbie 12th November 2018

Myself and my friends had a lovely time at the cottage, it was amazingly clean, was placed very close to shops and pubs. We could not fault our holiday at all.

Reviewed by Ian 5th November 2018

great location for exploring ,accommodation was excellent , clean, well equipped and owners very friendly, would certainly return if i return to the area.

Reviewed by Rachel H 2nd September 2017

The appearance of the cottage was as expected from the photos - clean, tidy and in great condition. Could not fault the cleanliness - best we have stayed in. It had everything we needed and more. Loved the complimentary toiletries. We had a great time at Thornbrae Retreat. It was everything we expected and more. The owners were friendly and attentiRead moreve throughout our stay and the "welcome pack" left for our arrival was very generous. The games room and hot tub were an added bonus and appreciated by our group. Alnwick was a brilliant place to base ourselves for the week and there were several days where we didn't need to use the car as we discovered so much to do around the town. We certainly will plan a return visit. Hide

Reviewed by Debra S 25th August 2017

Thornbrae Retreat is in an excellent location, walking distance to Alnwick. We can highly recommend Alnwick Castle & Gardens. Alnmouth Beach is beautiful & there are lots of independent cafes and pubs to eat at. Seahouses is a traditional seaside town, great for fish and chips. The cottage is well equipped, lovely fixtures and fittings. Great 'clubRead more house' with gym, large TV with Sky sports & movies and an outdoor hot tub. Lovely warm welcome from the owners and a great welcome pack, we particularly enjoyed the cheese and biscuits! Thanks for a lovely stay :-) This is the 2nd break we have booked via Cottages in Northumberland and both have been great. Hide

Reviewed by Lynne P 15th August 2017

The location was spot on for the local area. The accommodation can only be described as 5 star. The owners were on hand and Julie even took time out to brush the spiders off the climbing frame and swings at the request of our grand daughter. Everything catered and thought of in the accommodation, so Thornbrae Retreat is an exceptional place to stayRead more. Pity about the weather, but we still managed to get out and about. Hide

Reviewed by James N 14th August 2017

Thornbrae Retreat is beautifully presented, of a high quality and immaculate inside. We really enjoyed walks on the beaches at Bamburgh and Newton by the Sea. We loved the food at the Joiners Arms and the Jolly Fisherman. The walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle was good too. Thank you

Reviewed by Jenny R 22nd April 2017

Excellent location, 10 min stroll from Alnwick and all it has to offer but easily accessible from the A1 too. Accommodation clean and spacious and lots of the little things provided which can be overlooked elsewhere. Whilst there was some building work going on, the builders were very courteous and we didn't hear them at work at all. Very friendly,Read more helpful staff at the reservation office. First class service. Nothing too much trouble. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Patricia R 11th April 2017

On arrival, we were impressed by the beauty of the building. We were met by the owner who was very kind and friendly and who wanted to show us the property. Considering that we were the first guests to stay in this stunning house, she was amazingly chilled and told us to make it our own. Down stairs there was a very large open plan lounge, kitchen,Read more and dining area with everything you could possibly need to live there never mind staying for a few days. To us it was like a beautiful show house. Everything was top quality, and luxurious from the carpets to the furniture and the kitchen units. There was also a very large TV with DVD player and a lot of films that we could watch. There was an outside raised decked area with a table, four chairs and sun umbrella, which meant we were able to enjoy the outside space. However if we wanted to take advantage of the outside without leaving the lounge, we could open the large bi-fold doors and bring the outside inside. Upstairs there were two large bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, both beautifully decorated and very well appointed. Each room was en-suite with fabulous showers and wonderfully decorated. They also each had there own televisions. The owners also left us an amazing welcome pack, which included, tea, coffee, milk, cheese board, biscuits, bread, both white and brown,fruit, bottled water, and chocolate. They really had thought of everything to make our stay exceptional. We will definitely be back, we loved it. Thank you so much Julie and Mick. If you are thinking of booking this fabulous house, I would say don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed, not only is it an elegant property, but also, it is very central for discovering the beauty and majesty of Northumberland. Hide

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View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
Lovely open-plan, welcoming property
Sociable space for everyone, indoors and out
French doors lead to the balcony
Beautiful open-plan layout
The kitchen is well laid out and well-equipped
Breakfast bar where you can see what's cooking
Double bedroom with TV and ensuite shower room
Have an early night and watch TV
Ensuite shower room
Show 11 morePretty features in the ensuite shower room


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

If you’re looking for a seaside holiday with a difference, visit Northumberland – a region brimming with beautiful golden, sandy beaches, rolling hills, craggy moorland, bustling market towns and fishing villages, and more castles than in any other county in England.

Situated in the North East of England, this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts no less than 39 miles of unspoilt coastline to explore and a calendar packed with exhilarating water sports options. To indulge in a spot of surfing, kayaking or powerboating, take a trip to one of the many breath-taking Northumberland beaches - where dogs love a good walk and fresh local seafood is never far away.

Home to the awe-inspiring Cheviot Hills and the historical Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland National Park is renowned for its open spaces, award-winning Dark Skies and stunning rural backdrops - and is the least populated national park in Britain. Offering access to challenging hikes, horse-riding, rock-climbing and a multitude of other action-packed activities, the park is one of the region’s greatest draws.

There is a huge range of spectacular wildlife and sea life waiting to be sighted, whether you take a boat ride to the Farne Islands to admire the colony of Atlantic grey seals and puffins, or explore the Kielder Water and Forest Park, home to magnificent ospreys. If it’s history you’re looking for, the imposing Bamburgh Castle and the world-famous Alnwick Castle are undoubtedly worth a visit.

Alternatively, if you’re seeking the bright lights of a city adventure, Newcastle upon Tyne is the place to go. Here, you can experience world-class culture, outstanding attractions, superb shopping, impressive live shows, top entertainers and delicious cuisine in abundance.

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