Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
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  Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
2 / 23  View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
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 - 1 double, 1 twin (which is a zip and link bed and can be made into a super king)
  • 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 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Carlton 14th March 2020

Fantastic retreat, more than you could ask for. Well worth it would definitely come again.

Reviewed by Jenny 6th March 2020

The photos were impressive when selecting the cottage but they didn't do the cottage justice to when actually there. It is outstanding! Everything is exceptional high quality not cheap like I have seen in some other cottages. Heated floor in bathroom was such a lovely touch. Loved the hot tub, incredibly quiet and peaceful stay for me and my familyRead more. Hide

Reviewed by Anina 1st March 2020

Beautiful fully equipped cottage in fabulous location. Ideal for 2 couples or family of 4. Helpful owners. Just idyllic. Will stay again.

Reviewed by Melanie 24th January 2020

Fantastic short break from start to finish with a lovely homely touch of bread and milk on arrival. The cottage is to a high standard but also homely and cosy. The hot tub made the holiday having fun and quality time chatting whilst relaxing. Great location with lots of attractions and places to eat and socialise. I would definitely recommend to frRead moreiends and family. Hide

Reviewed by Kelly 28th December 2019

An absolutely beautiful Cottage. First class furnishings. Excellent welcome package when we arrived. Enjoyed our whole week there and we will definitely be returning

Reviewed by Isabel 11th November 2019

We loved every aspect of our stay. The retreat itself was beautiful so clean it had everything you could need, it was a home from home. Upon on arrival we were even greeted with a welcome pack of grocery essentials for our stay. We loved the on site facilities- the gym, pool table and games room was a brilliant added touch. We certainly will returnRead more back to this fabulous property. The owners were so friendly and welcoming. We loved it all. Hide

Reviewed by Claire 26th October 2019

We had a lovely week stay. Great location for exploring Alnwick and all surrounding areas as well. The property was clean, had everything we needed and the owners went above and beyond to make sure we had an enjoyable stay. We will definitely be returning in a few years when we visit Northumberland again.

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.

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Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
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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