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Cosy Cottage ideal for Explorers & City EscapersEscape the hustle and bustle in this charming, fully furnished stone cottage in the heart of the village of Acomb and just outside the market town of Hexham. The Parlour has been lovingly renovated into a perfect place for relaxing after a day’s exploring of the local area. Guests can settle down in front of the wood burning stove, plan their next day’s adventure with the framed OS map or sit on the patio, pop open something cold, and watch the world go by.
Quarry Barn is a luxury Barn conversion.Quarry Barn is situated in area of outstanding natural beauty with great views from all windows. The Barn is detached and has it's own parking area ensuring you have some privacy which includes a seating area in the sun trap! The Barn is open plan and has a modern airy but cosy atmosphere. The Barn includes everything to enjoy that home from home feeling.Good Shops,Pubs, Eateries are all within a couple of miles and we are well placed for venturing further afield to enjoy the cultural aspects.
Sandy Pebbles - 3 bedroom cottage close to harbourIn the heart of this beautiful seaside town, Sandy Pebbles cottage is a newly renovated stylish holiday getaway. It offers accommodation for up-to 5 guests. It’s just steps away from the many lovely restaurants and cafes that the ‘friendliest port in England’ has to offer. A relaxing place to chill or to use as a base for exploring the stunning Northumberland coastline with its breathtaking beaches and countryside. Lots of wildlife to spot including the puffins and seals by Coquet Island.
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Northumberland is the northernmost county in England, running from north of Newcastle upon Tyne right up to the Scottish Borders. One of the least densely populated counties in the country, Northumberland is the kind of place you come if you want to get away from it all. It’s peppered with small market towns, forts, ruins, and forests. And there’s always the option to explore a castle or two, or to wander some beautiful English countryside.
To the east of Northumberland you’ll find ports and seaside towns like Berwick-upon-Tweed and Seahouses, as well as historic sites such as Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island. The province is a magnet for outdoor sports enthusiasts, attracting mountain bikers, rock climbers, and even golfers to its seaside courses. Inland, Northumberland National Park covers more than 1,000 square kilometres of hills, moorlands, forests, and villages. It’s one of the best places in the United Kingdom for stargazing, and, along with Kielder Forest, makes up the largest protected Dark Sky Park in Europe.
One of the great appeals of Northumberland is that it feels very far from the easy mass transportation of England’s major metropolitan areas. Northern Rail operates train services between Newcastle upon Tyne and both Carlisle and Chathill. National Rail Services run up the East Coast mainline, stopping at places like Berwick-upon-Tweed. An extensive range of bus services link the towns, villages, and sites of interest in Northumberland. To get the full benefit of a visit to big, beautiful Northumberland, however, you may want to rent a car; even then, the chances of seeing many other cars as you navigate your way from castle to forest to beach is slim.
The history is woven into the landscape in Northumberland. Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans, is worth your time whatever the season. Castles like those at Bamburgh, Warkworth, and Alnwick offer a range of events and experiences year round. Summer in the province means incredible coastline, trail walking, and outdoor activities. Northumberland in winter is cold, but filled with warmth, a time to sip mulled wine at a traditional English Christmas market as a dusting of snow falls. Many of Northumberland’s market towns host arts, music, and film festivals year round. With a bit of planning, the chances of being lucky enough to see something you never expected in a beautiful setting are high.
Located in Kielder Forest, Kielder Observatory runs public events across the year. Booking ahead is vital, but if you do you’ll get to hang out with astronomers and see some of the clearest views of the night sky in Europe. The forest is home to 50 percent of the United Kingdom’s red squirrels, and a good place for hiking and mountain biking. You’ll see more of the night sky than you’d think possible, even if you forget your telescope.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Northumberland for New Year’s Eve, travel to Allendale for the Tar Bar’l to watch the annual procession where 45 men carry whisky barrels filled with burning tar through the streets to welcome the coming year.
The Roman Wall reaches across the north of Northumberland. Travel to a Roman settlement like Vindolanda or a Roman fort like Housesteads and watch the sun falling beyond the horizon as a Roman soldier would have done more than two thousand years ago.