Meet the Team

Name:

Angela



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Director of Operations

About you

I’ve been with Cottages in Northumberland since March 2011 after a long career in the recruitment industry and a happy spell working abroad with Thomson Holidays. Returning to live and work in the North East made me realise just how appealing our beautiful region is - with its expanses of natural landscape, golden sandy beaches and fascinating history. The people here have always been welcoming, so holidaymakers staying in one of our cottages are guaranteed to meet some lovely locals and I’m very proud of that.

What’s your favourite activity in Northumberland?

It has to be walking my dogs on any of the stretches of sandy beaches here. They’re welcome all year round and I love that.

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub in Northumberland?

The Craster Arms in Beadnell - always a warm welcome and dog friendly too. The newly opened Saltwater Café is great too - it’s a Café/patisserie by day and bistro by night.

Where’s your favourite place to visit in Northumberland?

Craster - I love the walk along the coastal path to Dunstanburgh and of course coming back for something to eat! I like to try all the restaurants but love a bite at the Piper’s Pitch where Andy, the owner, offers our guests a great discount.

What’s your number 1 top tip for those planning a cottage holiday in Northumberland?

Do a little bit of research/planning before you come to make sure you fit in as much as you can of what you really want to see and do.

Name:

Amanda



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Marketing Manager

About you

I joined the Cottages in Northumberland team in 2010 after previously working in marketing for a number of years in the travel and hospitality industries. I’ve always been passionate about Northumberland and it’s a very special place for me. I spent a lot of my childhood in Northumberland, enjoying both the coast and country, something I still do now with my own family, I love creating new memories of great days out in Northumberland. It truly is a magical place where you will always be given a warm welcome!

What’s your favourite activity in Northumberland?

There’s nothing I enjoy more than blowing away the cobwebs with a refreshing walk along the beach with my family, including our lovely dog Tess. There are so many great walks along the coast in Northumberland, with some stunning scenery to enjoy - it’s guaranteed to make you smile and help you sleep well!

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub in Northumberland?

There are so many great places to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice! My personal favourite is The Treehouse Restaurant at The Alnwick Garden. You can be assured of a magical and unforgettable dining experience with great food and service in a unique setting. My top tip would be to book in advance as it can get busy in peak times.  

Where’s your favourite place to visit in Northumberland?

I love Bamburgh as there’s so much to enjoy whether it be a visit to the castle, beach, Grace Darling Museum or enjoying afternoon tea at the Copper Kettle tearooms. Finish off your day with a trip to the local butchers where you can pick up some award winning Bamburgh Bangers (sausages!) to enjoy for tea. My other favourite place is the stunning Alnwick Castle and Garden as there is so much for all the family to enjoy - whether you fancy trying broomstick training, archery or exploring the fun and interactive gardens with lots of great water features and activities.

What’s your number 1 top tip for those planning a cottage holiday in Northumberland?

To get the most out of your stay, take a look at our website before your holiday to get some ideas for great days out. We have some great suggestions for both indoor and outdoor activities; including watersports, trips to the Farne Islands and pamper days!

Name:

Aimée



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

About you

I grew up on a farm in Northumberland, about 20 minutes from Alnwick where I went to school. I have always loved the county and now I get to talk about it all day long at work too! I went to University in York and finished my degree in May 2014 with a 2:1 in English Language & British Sign Language. I started working at Cottages in Northumberland in February 2015 and I really love it. I find putting together holidays for our customers so rewarding and it’s lovely to be able to talk to them about such a beautiful part of the country.

What’s your favourite activity in Northumberland?

I really love taking our family dog Sweep out for a walk on the beach, she’s used to country life so taking her to the coast and watching her reaction to the sea is always amusing!

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub in Northumberland?

It’s hard to choose because there are so many, but I think the Station Buffet at Barter Books in Alnwick is a hidden gem! The food is amazing and it’s also really well priced (great if you’re eating out as a family). It’s also the perfect place to go on a cold and rainy afternoon, as there’s numerous open fires which are just great to sit by with an Earl Grey.

Where’s your favourite place to visit in Northumberland?

I love Low Newton by the Sea. The beach is great and The Ship Inn has the most envious location - more or less on the beach - so the ideal after walk destination and it’s dog friendly too!

What’s your number 1 top tip for those planning a cottage holiday in Northumberland?

I would say that you need lots of time to visit all of the great attractions, even getting around Alnwick Castle and Gardens in one day is a struggle! To take in how great everything is, whether it be the beaches - castles or even the restaurants - make sure you have enough time to really enjoy it and don’t rush.

Name:

Karen



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Sales Co-ordinator

About you

I have worked in the holiday industry for over 30 years selling overseas holidays but always loved cottage holidays in the UK. There is no hassle involved, just pack up the car and arrive at your leisure. I especially love walking and exploring the local area.

What’s your favourite activity in Northumberland?

Definitely walking in the beautiful country/coastal areas of where I am spending my holiday.

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub in Northumberland?

The Bamburgh Inn at Seahouses - fantastic sea views over the harbour.

Where’s your favourite place to visit in Northumberland?

Barter Books in Alnwick, one of the largest secondhand book stores in Europe.

What’s your number 1 top tip for those planning a cottage holiday in Northumberland?

Be prepared, pack suncream and waterproofs - whatever month you choose!

Name:

Erika



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Accounts Administrator

About you

I started working at Cottages in Northumberland in October 2013 as an apprentice and have loved it ever since. I enjoy discovering new restaurants and bars and exploring all the North East has to offer.

What’s your favourite activity in Northumberland?

There’s nothing better than finding the perfect spot to stare at the stars in the darkest skies in England!

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub in Northumberland?

The Cluny in the Ouseburn valley - excellent real ciders & ales and a great music venue.

Where’s your favourite place to visit in Northumberland?

The Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth. It has a range of amazing animals and I love the feeding displays.

What’s your number 1 top tip for those planning a cottage holiday in Northumberland?

If you’re in Newcastle, make sure you take a walk over the Tyne Bridge at night time and see the true beauty of the area.

Name:

Steve



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Caretaker, tour guide and first responder to problems. I’m here to help holiday makers with their requests.

About you

I joined Cottages in Northumberland in December 2013. I’ve lived in Seahouses for 27 years and I enjoy promoting this lovely area to people coming here for the first time and recommending the best places to visit. It’s also great to see so many of our guests returning each year.

What’s your favourite activity in Northumberland?

Walking on the beach and eating out locally.

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub in Northumberland?

The Ocean Club in Seahouses is a great place for a snack, light meal or just a drink. The Ship is also great for meals and stocks a good selection of local ales - the beer garden has the best view in Seahouses.

Where’s your favourite place to visit in Northumberland?

Holy island is a very special place any time of the year.

What’s your number 1 top tip for those planning a cottage holiday in Northumberland?

Relax and enjoy your holiday, whatever you decide to do. Whether it be visiting the vast array of castles or walking on the best unspoilt beaches in the UK.

Name:

Siobhaun



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Sales and Maintenance Co-ordinator

About you

I joined Cottages in Northumberland in 2013 after 3 years working for a large retailer. I have a passion for providing excellent customer service.

What’s your favourite activity in Northumberland?

Pottery painting at Pots and Paws in Rothbury

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub in Northumberland?

Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle - the food is amazing and served in a fabulous atmosphere.

Where’s your favourite place to visit in Northumberland?

I love the whole experience of Alnwick Castle and Gardens.

What’s your number 1 top tip for those planning a cottage holiday in Northumberland?

Take a walk from Dunstanburgh Castle to Craster. Once in Craster, treat yourself to lunch at the Jolly Fisherman pub.

Name:

Sweep



Role at Cottages in Northumberland:
Office dog

About you

When I’m not running around Northumberland or chasing my tail I can be found in the Cottages in Northumberland office entertaining the team. My favourite things are my teddy bear, treats and belly rubs!