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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 Good Shepherds Hut – sleeps 2

An alternative spin on the traditional holiday cottage, this cute wooden hut could be described as a luxurious version of glamping. All compact into one room, you will find a double bed, a fully equipped kitchenette, an en-suite shower room and double doors which open out onto a spacious decking area. The wilderness views that can be enjoyed from this little hut are glorious.


  • King-size bed
  • Wood burner
  • Wi-Fi/smart TV/ iPod dock
  • Beach within 4 miles

Osprey – sleeps 4 

This Scandinavian-style log cabin is located in the desirable Northumberland National Park with fantastic walks and nature right on the doorstep. It has a lovely open-plan living space including a lounge, dining and kitchen area, all of which open out onto a lovely, decked area. The floral prints in both the furnishings and curtains add a homely touch and the wooden panelling throughout keeps it cosy and inviting.


  • Wi-Fi/TV/DVD player
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • One dog welcome
  • Pubs and shops nearby

The Bothy – Longhoughton – sleeps 4 

Set just a few minutes away from the pretty Sugar Sands beach, this cosy and beautifully furnished cottage is a perfect retreat for couples or friends looking to explore this stunning area. It is a small but spacious stone bothy full of character and charm. Throughout, you will find funky wallpaper – one wall being a map of Northumberland itself – luscious furnishings, and quirky touches.


  • Super-king bedroom
  • Shed for bike storage
  • Wi-Fi/ TV/DVD
  • Walking distance to the beach


Whinstone Lodge – sleeps 6

This is a modern and stylish holiday lodge which has been subtly decorated throughout to create a peaceful and relaxing environment for you to enjoy your holiday in. It has a large floor-to-ceiling window which opens out from the kitchen, and the opposite end living room. There is a wood burner set into a partition wall adding a quirkiness to the layout of the interior. Bright furnishings and flashes of coloured fabric add bundles of character, making it a really welcoming place to stay.


  • King-size bedrooms
  • Wood burner with logs included
  • Wi-Fi/smart TV
  • Beach, shops and pubs within 2 miles


Beachy Point – sleeps 6 

This is a quirky cottage on a larger scale, with the exterior being completely made of wood, and painted pastel yellow! It stands out amongst its neighbouring houses and looks so merry and cheerful, welcoming you in to enjoy a lovely stay. The open-plan living space is bright and spacious with lovely large windows, different areas for relaxing and a wood burner. The staircase follows round a corner, taking you up to three big bedrooms, each boasting their own sophisticated style. The kids will love the twin bedroom with sailing boat wallpaper!


  • King-size bedroom
  • Wi-Fi/Sky TV/DVD player
  • Wood burner
  • Enclosed decked area with furniture


Toms Hideout – sleeps 5 

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 and luxurious with flashes of colour found in the soft furnishing and artwork. 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.


  • King-size bedroom
  • Wood burner with logs included
  • Wi-Fi/smart TV
  • One dog welcome

We hope you have enjoyed looking through some of our quirky accommodation to rent 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 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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