The deserted sandy beaches and rocky coves of the Northumberland coast are a stone’s throw from Embleton holiday cottages. The countryside surrounding this traditional village is a joy to explore, with woodland walks, breathtaking hilltop views and ancient ruins. Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Embleton and you will discover a peaceful community which time seems to have forgotten. In the middle of the village there is a grocery, a village hall and a pele tower and former vicarage known as Embleton Tower. Nearby, an old water pump stands on a pretty green next to Holy Trinity Church. For a pint of local ale, head to the Grey’s Inn, a lively pub specialising in classic dishes such as steak and ale pie and fish and chips. A few doors along, the Bluebell Inn has a reputation for serving some of the region’s best Italian food.

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Half a mile from the village, Embleton Bay is a glorious stretch of sand backed by a maze of dunes which are alive with bluebells and cowslip in spring. Search the rockpools for crabs at low tide, take an invigorating swim in the sea or while away an afternoon exploring this wonderfully unspoiled stretch of coast. At the southern end of the beach, the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle perch on a craggy headland overlooking the waves. Nearby, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club has one of the area’s best courses, created by the renowned course architect James Braid.

The gently rolling countryside around Embleton is a paradise for walking and wildlife-watching, with tranquil footpaths where you can walk for miles without seeing another soul.  Self-catering holidays in Embleton are a great choice if you want to discover the beautiful county of Northumberland. Stretching for 64 miles from north of Newcastle to the Scottish border, its rugged countryside is dotted with fortresses such as Warkworth, Alnwick and Bamburgh.