Pronounced ‘Annick’, Alnwick is a historic market town full of lovely stone cottages within the town in which to book a self-catering holiday. Alnwick is nicely placed for exploring the Northumberland coast from Newcastle to the south and the Scottish border at Berwick on Tweed in the north. It is a town of many historic buildings and ruins, best known for its massive Medieval castle that sits within grounds more recently landscaped by Capability Brown. The Castle, (the finest in England according to many experts) is open to the public and well worth a visit. While staying in the town, don’t miss the spectacular Alnwick Garden with its heavily scented walkways, fountains and secret gardens.
Jackson Cottage, ideally situated for exploring the North East of England in the peaceful village of Alnmouth, Northumberland, is a coastal cottage with splendid views of Alnmouth Bay and upside-down accommodation that comes fully equipped to an exceptionally high standard for discerning guests.
Holly Cottage near the historic market town of Alnwick, Northumberland, is one of three countryside cottages that make up the Alndyke Farm Cottages property, a romantic retreat featuring fully fitted country kitchen, a sitting area with Inglenook fireplace, private patio, and super-king bedroom.
Enjoy the benefits of a coastal cottage situated on a working farm with a stay at Dorothy’s Cottage, located just outside the village of Alnmouth, Northumberland, a child-friendly cottage that offers modern, comfortable, and spacious accommodation, as well as access to a shared garden and lawn area.
Views of the working farm and the ocean beyond greet guests at Stephen’s Cottage in Alnmouth, Northumberland. The three-bedrooms sit within the stone walls of this pet-free end terrace, which has been delightfully furnished in a manner befitting a charming country property with modern amenities.
Enjoy everything that the rural North East has to offer with a stay at The Granary, a magnificent red brick barn conversion on the edge of the village of Long Framlington, Northumberland, a countryside cottage complete with tiled and wood flooring, two en-suite bedrooms and private garden.
The elegant Cosy Nook will delight guests with its immaculately presented furnishings and decor. The 19th-century townhouse boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus sunny patio and open fire across its three floors and contains modern finishes in a pet-free property in Alnwick, Northumberland.
The upside-down design of Jenny’s Cottage in Alnmouth affords couples magnificent views of the Northumberland region from its first-floor living area. Views of the working farm and the ocean ensure romance and relaxation at this cosy rural retreat replete with touches of luxury and elegance.
Visits should be made to the Bakehouse Gallery with local artists' exhibitions of sculpture, glasswork and jewellery, to name but three, and to the Barter Books Shop, to be found in the old railway station. This contains one of the largest stock of second-hand books in the country, and also entertains with a model train track running along the top of the bookcases. There's a cafe too, with a real coal fire in the winter. Heaven! And for some bracing exercise, walk the beautiful beach nearby at Alnmouth, or tak in a round at the Alnmouth Golf Club where visitors are welcome..
From medieval architecture to Victorian engineering: If you prefer the sound of water in steam form, a visit to the Aln Valley Railway will appeal. Opened in 2014, the line will eventually reach the mainline at Alnmouth. While on the theme of heritage railways, the Victorian Railway Station is now home to Barter Books, one of the biggest second hand bookshops in England.
Find the Cheviot Hills, good for walking, in a countryside with no distracting theme parks. Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne, just north of Alnwick, should also be on your holiday bucket list.
The Northumberland Coastline around Alnwick offers more than 20 stunning miles of dunes, sweeping golden sands and the occasional outcrop of rocks. Scattered along the coast are attractive small villages such as Warkworth (another castle) Amble (lovely harbour), and Alnmouth where lies the oldest golf links in the UK. Further along lies the fishing village of Craster (excellent smoked salmon and kippers) and finally, another castle at Dunstanburgh. Inland the hills and valleys of Coquetdale and the Simonside Hills offer a treasure trove of scenic walks for ramblers.