Allendale means ‘Valley of the Shining Water’ in Celtic, possibly thanks to the shimmering lead and iron ore flowing through its rivers. Allendale is a small village in southwest Northumberland, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty, surrounded by rolling hills and sheep farms. It lies in the heart of the Allen Valleys, a beautiful area which has remained largely untouched by tourism. Trout and salmon can be seen heading upstream in the East and West Allen Rivers as they wind their way through limestone valleys, while the rugged fells and moors are home to rare birds and flowers. Allendale is famous for its New Year fire festival, when revellers carry flaming tar barrels through the streets, and its May Fair, when local farms’ produce and village fete activities can be enjoyed. The two-day Allen Valleys Folk Festival takes place in August with performances from many of the UK’s best artists. Take a stroll from your Allendale holiday cottage and you will discover a peaceful community with narrow streets full of pretty stone buildings and family-run businesses. Pop into Allendale Butchers for a hearty sandwich or homemade pie, head to Allendale Brewery for award-winning craft beer or try one of the lovely pubs overlooking the village square.
The stone walls of Englewood Cottage encase a delightfully appointed, two-bedroom, pet-friendly holiday cottage in Northumberland, replete with contemporary fittings, exposed timber beams, inglenook fireplace, multi-fuel stove, four poster beds and a large garden bordered by a small stream.