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The most northerly of English counties, Northumberland is also one of its most distinctly beautiful and atmospheric. Whether you base your cottage holiday close to its elemental and rugged coastline or its vividly colourful and diverse countryside, expect a unique mix of history, culture and an incomparable northern spirit.
Within Northumberland’s borders you have 64 miles of captivating coastline – including an area of AONB – one of the best national parks in the UK (that’s the Northumberland National Park, by the way), lots of amazing market towns and villages, and the greatest concentration of castles in England.
And that’s only just a glimpse of what you can experience – to the north of the county, you’re also a stone’s throw from Scotland, while to the south you’re within easy reach of Newcastle, one of the UK’s most exciting cities.
Here’s some tips on where to book accommodation, from pet-friendly cottages to ones with hot tubs or log fires.
Whether you’re keen to flop out on a deck chair, get active with a swim or a surf in the fresh North Sea, or potter about in a classic seaside town, opt for a holiday cottage close to the Northumberland coast.
Starting from the north and moving southward, recommendations include the family-friendly Berwick-upon-Tweed, the serene Holy Island of Lindisfarne, historic Bamburgh, lively Seahouses, pretty Amble and the reinvigorated Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
From the breathtaking beauty of its eponymous national park – celebrated for its dark skies and Hadrian’s Wall – to the activity-packed Kielder Forest Park and the most northern section of the gorgeous North Pennines, Northumberland offers as quintessential a classic countryside cottage break as they come.
You’ll find top accommodation in and around places like Bellingham, Holystone and Ingram, which all effectively lie on the fringes of Kielder and Northumberland National Park. To be closer to Hadrian’s Wall, look for a cottage in Humshaugh, Corbridge or Greenhead.
While Northumberland shares an obvious sense of Englishness with other counties, the region is defined more by its distinct northern identity than anything else. And it’s this proudly independent and regional character that makes many of its towns and villages all the more enjoyable.
While you can never go wrong with a holiday cottage in some of its bigger, better known towns – think Hexham, Alnwick and Morpeth – Rothbury, Wooler and Etal are also good shouts. For villages, options include Horsley, Corbridge and Wylam, birthplace of George Stephenson.
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