With miles of sandy beaches to explore, delicious seafood fresh from the fisherman’s catch and historic castles ripe for adventure, Northumberland makes the perfect choice for a summer holiday the whole family will love.
Whether you fancy building a sandcastle on Beadnell Beach, spotting puffins on a boat trip to the Farne Islands or following in Harry Potter’s footsteps at Alnwick Castle, take a look at this handpicked selection of family-friendly Northumberland holiday cottages and start planning your next summer getaway!
Seahouses is deservedly one of Northumberland’s best-loved fishing villages and this three-bedroom coastal cottage is in prime position for exploring the historic harbour and beachfront shops. Herring Master’s Cottage is comfortable, cosy and has lots of character and charm. There’s an array of cafes and restaurants to choose from nearby, plus a well-equipped kitchen if you fancy whipping up a family meal ahead of a relaxing night in.
Why it’s great for families: This fisherman’s cottage is a real home-from-home and there’s lots for families to do straight from the front door. We recommend taking a walk along the sandy Seahouses Beach to nearby Bamburgh Castle.
Don’t miss: Hop on one of the regular boat trips from Seahouses to the Farne Islands to spot puffins, seabirds and otters galore!
Jasmine Cottage is just a short walk from the beautiful beach at Beadnell Bay and its single-storey layout works well for parents with small children or for anyone who may find stairs a little difficult. The rooms inside the cottage (including double and twin bedrooms) are contemporary and well-equipped and outside the 2-bedroom holiday home is a lovely sheltered patio which is just right for a spot of al fresco summer dining.
Why it’s great for families: Jasmine Cottage is close to many of Northumberland’s finest beaches and comes with secure storage for cycles if you fancy exploring the coastline by bike.
Don’t miss: Bring your bucket and spade and grab a spot on Beadnell Bay beach. It’s sheltered by sand dunes so you can build a sandcastle, go for a stroll or just watch the world go by while relaxing in a deck chair.
This comfortable 2-bedroom holiday lodge is just right for a family holiday to Northumberland with a light and airy open-plan living space to gather in after days spent exploring the North East coast and countryside. Both bedrooms at Thistle Lodge (one double and one twin) have access to their own bathroom and best of all there’s a private hot tub nestling outside for up to four people. After all, what could be nicer a dip in the hot tub to round off a fun-filled day?
Why it’s great for families: The lodge is set in a 26-acre country park so there’s lots of outdoor space for kids to run around, play outdoor games such as rounders and generally burn off some energy.
Don’t miss: Pay a visit to nearby Alnwick Castle - parts of which you may recognise as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films and take part in a broomstick training session.
Families can enjoy the best of both worlds on a summer holiday to the two-bedroom Hill Top Cottage.
The holiday home is surrounded by the countryside and rolling hills of Northumberland, yet the shops, restaurants and attractions of Newcastle city centre are just 5 miles away. Inside the charming holiday home there are two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious open-plan living space.
Why it’s great for families: The large garden at Hill Top Cottage has uninterrupted countryside views and comes with a gazebo that’s perfect for a summer BBQ.
Don’t miss: Head into nearby Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to visit the Centre for Life. This brilliant attraction makes science fun for kids with experiments, 4D motion rides and a planetarium.
Derwent Cottage Three is part of a collection of four beautifully restored cottages all located within an exclusive hotel complex. An ideal choice if you want to holiday with other families, yet still have your own private space. Two of the three bedrooms feature zip-and-link beds for maximum flexibility which can be set up as a super king-size or twins. There are lots of facilities on-site to make life easier as well as gorgeous walks throughout the extensive grounds.
Why it’s great for families: There’s a great shared indoor pool on the site - ideal for children to have a splash around and improve their swimming.
Don’t miss: Head to nearby Derwent Reservoir which makes a picturesque spot for a summer picnic. There’s also a play area for children along with a visitor centre and shop.
The characterful Catcleugh Farmhouse sleeps up to ten people so is perfect for extended family gatherings, or if you just like to have a little extra space. Up to three four-legged family members can come along too so it makes a great dog-friendly holiday option.
The property has an idyllic location under the International Dark Sky Park and has views over Catcleugh Reservoir and scenic Pennine Way walks from the front door.
Why it’s great for families: This spacious four-bedroom farmhouse is right in the heart of the Northumberland National Park so is just right for an active holiday in the great outdoors.
Don’t miss: Pay a visit to nearby Kielder Water and Forest Park for a family adventure. Activities include miniature golf, an adventure playground and pleasure boats across the lake.
This two-bedroom holiday home (converted from a 19th-century farm barn) is a comfortable base for exploring Northumberland with lots of countryside trails to discover nearby. Children will love the outside space at this peaceful spot where you can relax, unwind and enjoy time spent together. Sandpiper is well-equipped with everything you could want for a family holiday including an adventure playground outside.
Why it’s great for families: The property is part of a small complex with shared play facilities and a tennis court. Ideal for any budding Andy Murrays or Johanna Kontas out there.
Don’t miss: It’s worth a trip to nearby Cragside, a National Trust property whose gorgeous grounds include a Rhododendron Maze.
The beautiful three-bedroom Northolme is a top choice for anyone looking to add a touch of luxury to their next UK holiday. The spacious open-plan layout with dramatic double-height ceiling works well for families and the property is just a short walk from the beach at Beadnell. A recent addition for 2019 is a seven-seater hot tub which is available to use by prior arrangement with the owner.
Why it’s great for families: The brilliant enclosed decking area wraps around the property and comes with a BBQ and lounge furniture so that you can make the most of warmer summer weather. There’s also privately-owned tennis courts around the corner for use by Northolme’s guests.
Don’t miss: Beadnell Bay is one of the best-equipped Northumberland beaches for watersports and you can try your hand at windsurfing, jet skiing or sailing.
This contemporary dog-friendly holiday cottage (the wing of a larger lodge) has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and lots of hi-tech entertainment to enjoy, including smart TVs in both bedrooms and a full HD Sky package in the living area. French doors from the kitchen/dining area lead straight onto a private enclosed patio garden - throw them open and let the sun flood in during summer. Find out more about Eastfield Lodge.
Why it’s great for families: This super stylish property features a cinema room, complete with electric reclining chairs, where the family can gather together for a blockbuster movie.
Don’t miss: Make time to explore the 100-acre Plessey Woods Country Park which is next to Eastfield Lodge. It’s filled with nature trails, picnic areas and there’s a cafe and shop in the on-site visitors' centre.
This bright and cheerful Northumberland coastal cottage is perfect for smaller families and can sleep up to four people and a doggy with a sociable open-plan layout. There’s a seaside feel to the design with blues, whites and coastal touches throughout. The location is peaceful but there’s lots to see and do nearby.
Why it’s great for families: Beech Cottage is just a hop, skip and jump away from the seaside and younger children will love the bunk beds in the charming second bedroom.
Don’t miss: Take a 1-mile walk along the coast to Dunstanburgh Castle. This dramatic 14th-century English Heritage Site was instrumental in the Wars of the Roses.
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Will you be heading to Northumberland this summer? This is just a small selection of the family-friendly cottages available for a summer holiday to Northumberland. Take a look at the full range on the Cottages in Northumberland website and find even more summer inspiration in our guide ‘Things to do in Northumberland’.