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Northumberland Self Catering
The following companies offer a range of Northumberland cottages and self catering properties. All properties are graded according to their standards and the amenities available. Visit their websites for up-to-date information about availability, booking rates and holiday property details.
Cottages 4 You
- Over 100 Northumberland holiday cottages
available from Cottages 4 You with discounts available for 2 person bookings on selected properties. All have three star ratings or above with weekly bookings starting at just £300 in certain cases. Most are rurally located.
- Hoseasons also provide a good range of cottages in Northumberland
Their properties are situated in places such as Beadnell, Otterburn and Newton-by-the-Sea. Weekly self catering breaks can be booked for £215 during low season. Visit the site for the latest rates.
- Around 40 Northumberland cottage properties, provided by this rental company. Their cottages are well-appointed and are mostly traditional, converted farm buildings. User reviews are included for a few and the owners can be contacted directly.
- A small collection of self catering holiday cottages in Northumberland, most of which can accommodate pets. Gradings are provided based on independent inspections and low-season bookings are around £200. These rise to over £700 during peak times.
Northumberland holiday cottages are set in countryside that was once part of the ancient Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. This is frontier country, consisting of vast moor-land wastes and barren landscapes - Northumberland National Park
is the least populated in the country and provides some truly breathtaking scenery - one of the reasons why weekend breaks in Northumberland are proving ever popular.
From Berwick upon Tweed, the Northumberland coastline stretches down towards Blyth. It is a largely unspoilt area of profound natural beauty that features miles and miles of empty, windswept beaches. Off the Northumbrian coast lie the Farne Islands
. Originally a place of religious pilgrimage, they are now a haven for hundreds of thousands of nesting sea-birds including Puffin and Guilemot.
Inland, the Cheviot Hills run along the Scottish border and consist of rolling hills and sheltered valleys. A number of paths and bridleways criss-cross the countryside and are popular with mountain bikers and ramblers. The area covered by the Northumberland National Park is similar and features woodlands, forest trails and historical sites of interest.
Castles like Bamburgh
dominate the romantic landscape and illustrate the region's long and varied past. Northumberland is diverse and rich, steeped in a history that can be traced back to the Romans, Anglo-Saxon's and Vikings. It offers a landscape as beautiful as any other in the United Kingdom. Below, we've provided details of popular visitor attractions and places of interest in the Northumberland region.
Northumberland visitor attractions
See below for a list of Northumberland self catering attractions, including historical sites of interest, local entertainment and fine dining. The sections below are intended for those renting Northumberland cottages.
The Northumberland Seabird Centre
allows visitors to observe the diverse range of bird life on Conquet Island. Boat cruises are run on a daily basis and travel along the picturesque coastline - see the website for more information. The guided tours and steam-train rides, run by the Bowes Railway Company
are also popular and illustrate the industrial history of the Northumberland region.
Kielder Water and Forest Park
is another notable attraction and is home to Europe's largest man-made lake. Leaplish Waterside Park is located on its banks and runs a variety of water-sport activities including wind-surfing and water-skiing.
Food and drink
Notable restaurants include the award-winning Barrasford Arms
which specialises in English and French cuisine. It's open seven days a week and is run by esteemed chef Tony Binks. The Bouchon is also worth visiting and offers a fixed lunch from just £9.95.
The Rose and Crown, in Romaldkirk and
in Seahouses are both fine public houses and are family-run - they offer a wide selection of local ales including Black Sheep Best Bitter
and Ruddles County. Visitors looking for bars or clubs should visit either Bedrocks Nightclub in Berwick-upon-Tweed or Vogue in Ashington - Northumberland is not known for its thumping nightlife.
History and Culture
Cultural attractions include the 17th century Kielder Castle, which features a visitor centre and maze. For family days out see the Woodhorn Museum that consists of a collection of exhibitions and galleries that illustrate Northumberland's industrial past. Open from 10am until 5pm, entry is free. Hadrian's wall is perhaps the the most significant historical attraction in the county - there are a number of centres that can be found along its 115 km length such as Corbridge Roman Town
- one of the most impressive of all the wall forts along Hadrian's Wall.