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Quirky holiday cottages in Northumberland

Jemima Kirkwood 10 November 2020

Whilst we have lots of unique places to stay, the county of Northumberland is unusual in itself; it is made up of small traditional fishing villages, lovely white sand beaches, it’s home to its own national park and even boasts historical castles which hold hundreds of years of history and secrets – one resides on an island which can only be reached when the tide allows!

When visiting Northumberland, you will be able to enjoy all of this, and delve into the parts that you are most interested in and intrigued by. A village tour should be on your list with so many to visit: Amble, Seahouses, Craster and Alnwick to name a few. The quaint independent boutiques and gift shops will keep you browsing for hours and you will find something good to eat around every corner. If you are looking for quirky and alternative places to visit, check out Barter Books, an old station building turned bookstore with thousands of books on offer to read and buy. The mechanical model train set elevated high above you is a beautiful addition to an already fabulous place!

During any holiday, it is great to know you can return to an amazing place to stay after days out exploring, and quite often that is made extra special if the place you are staying is unusual and different. Within our collection, we have some great quirky holiday cottages and unusual places to stay which are bound to make your trip extra special. Here are some of our favourites…

The Byre at Birtley – sleeps 2

Hexham, Northumberland

A quirky spin on the traditional holiday cottage, this cleverly converted byre is located in the grounds of a Grade II-listed manor house and is surrounded by open countryside. This compact space within a historic building is ideal for a couple’s retreat, and you will find all your needs catered to with the cosy lounge and thoughtfully designed kitchen. On bright days, bring the outside in by opening the bi-fold doors and enjoying a glass of fizz on the gravelled patio. Spend time exploring Cat Wood, the nine acres of private woodland here which is just a short walk away. For more woodland adventures, we’ve created a handy guide to our favourite Northumberland forests.


  • King-size bed
  • Off-road parking
  • Smart TV
  • Access to private woodland

Pottergate Tower – sleeps 2

Alnwick, Northumberland

Set in the fascinating historic town of Alnwick, famous for its beautiful gardens, this distinctive tower is the epitome of a quirky holiday cottage! Its elevated spot ensures you can enjoy far-reaching views, including of Alnwick Castle, famous for appearing in Harry Potter, from the Gothic eastern window. There is no end to the quirky details inside the tower – a spiral staircase, wooden beams and impressive arched windows.


  • Super-king bedroom
  • Smart TV
  • Historic town location
  • 5 miles to the nearest beach and golf club

Beeswing Lodge – sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Northumberland National Park

This boutique-style lodge is the height of luxury, and offers all you could want from a quirky holiday cottage. Set in acres of deer park, you can glimpse rare wildlife, enjoy endless walking routes and take in the peace and tranquillity of the dark skies. Four-legged friends are treated to luxury here too, with a bespoke outdoor shower - paw-fect for cleaning up after a stroll. The sophisticated warming colours, and thoughtful quirky details of this lodge are sure to delight your group.


  • Two king-size bedrooms
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Very dog friendly
  • Smart TV and Alexa device 
  • Stunning national park location

Toms Hideout – sleeps 5 + 1 dog

Craster, Northumberland

Toms Hideout is a bespoke stylish and luxurious house with amazing sea views overlooking the lovely harbour of Craster – all to be enjoyed from the contemporary sitting room. This property is perfectly positioned on the splendid Northumberland Heritage Coastline, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Inside, the décor is subtle with flashes of colour found in the soft furnishings and artwork - details which make this coastal retreat a truly quirky holiday cottage. The wood burner is set in an exposed stone wall section, sinking heat into both the sitting room and kitchen/dining area which it divides. For a touch of luxury after a busy day, why not unwind in the copper bathtub?


  • Two king-size bedrooms and one single room
  • Wood burner with logs included
  • Smart TV and Bluetooth speaker 
  • Copper bathtub
  • Peaceful coastal location

Catcleugh Farmhouse – sleeps 6 + 3 dogs

Northumberland National Park

A spectacularly spacious period house with stunning views over Catcleugh reservoir and within the boundary of the Duke of Northumberland’s former shooting estate. The secluded location ensures the opportunity to take in the peace and tranquillity, and on clear nights, enjoy the starry skies.  Maintaining a vast amount of original character, this farmhouse offers all the delights of home but with added comforts and luxury. On chilly nights, unwind by the wood burner and enjoy the historic fireplace. Your group is sure to enjoy al-fresco dining on the patio after days exploring the area. The house sits in one of the most remote sections of the Pennine Way, one of the best walking routes in the north of England which spans from Derbyshire and into Scotland, and just one of the reasons to book a stay at this quirky holiday cottage.


  • Four poster beds
  • Multiple wood burners with logs included
  • Enclosed grounds
  • Very dog-friendly

Eachwick Stables – sleeps 11 + 3 dogs

Hexham, Northumberland

Located within the grounds of a historic hall, Eachwick Stables is a quirky holiday cottage offering the peace and tranquillity of the countryside and is ideal for a multi-generational break. These former stables have been thoughtfully renovated and offer a real countryside feeling with the rustic wood, stone and textile details in the decor and furnishings throughout. With an enclosed garden ideal for your canine companions, a bath in the super-king bedroom, and a contemporary kitchen with impressive arched windows, your whole group is sure to enjoy a stay here. Each bedroom offers bags of character too, sloping ceilings with rafters can all be found in the upstairs rooms. For the perfect family day out in Northumberland, why not explore the many wonderful gardens in Northumberland, whilst you're here? 


  • Super king and king-size bedrooms
  • Smart TV
  • Wood burner with logs provided
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Off-road parking and bike storage available

We hope you have enjoyed looking through some of our quirky holiday cottages in Northumberland; we love how much attention to detail the owners have put into each and every one. If you are interested to see more, make sure you check out our full collection of self-catering cottages, and don’t forget the rest of our dog-friendly cottages too!

Planning a romantic break? Some of these are perfect for mini-breaks with the one you love, or you can check out our luxury Northumberland cottages too for something extra special.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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