The village of Elsdon is located in the county of Northumberland, in the Northumberland National Park. It has a turbulent history which includes many raids during the time of the Border Reivers, when residents were murdered and livestock was stolen. Today, Elsdon is a quiet, rural community on the banks of a gentle burn, surrounded by fields, woods and moors. In the heart of the village, a stroll away from Elsdon holiday cottages, there is a graceful church overlooking a green. The remains of a medieval motte and bailey castle can be found near the banks of the burn, with far-reaching views across the village and countryside beyond. On the opposite side of the water, the Vicar’s Pele is a distinctive landmark, dating back to the 13th century.
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There are a few less obvious historic landmarks to look out for, such as the old cockfighting ring at the northern edge of the village, and a stone by the green, where bulls were once tied. Self-catering holidays in Elsdon would be incomplete without a visit to the Bird in Bush, a charming pub with exposed brickwork, low, beamed ceilings and a roaring fire in the winter months. The Bird in Bush serves locally brewed ales and has a reputation for delicious food, including the best-quality meat from neigbouring farms. The peaceful farmland, woods and moors on the doorstep of your Elsdon holiday cottage are crisscrossed by footpaths where it is often possible to walk for miles with only the sound of birds singing in the hedgerows for company.
Northumberland National Park is home to spectacular landscapes, encompassing Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Forest and the Cheviot Hills, all of which are close enough to Elsdon for day trips. A little further afield, the Northumberland coast is home to fishing villages and vast, secluded beaches.