The tiny hamlet of North Charlton lies near a rugged stretch of the Northumberland coast. Set amid wild moors, woods and farmland, it is an idyllic base for visitors to the region. North Charlton holiday cottages are located in or near the A1, which runs north to Berwick-upon-Tweed and south to Alnwick. There are a number of landmarks to look out for, including Charlton Hall, a lavish 18th century country home. A short drive northward, in the neighbouring village of Ellingham, the Packhorse Inn is a welcoming pub, serving a variety of ales and delicious food, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The countryside around North Charlton is wild and unspoiled, with ancient ruins and breathtaking hilltop views.

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Forming part of an aesthetically pleasing terrace of cottages, Shepherds Nook is a rural holiday cottage in North Charlton. A tastefully decorated Northumberland holiday home with modern amenities, Shepherds Nook offers a cosy and convenient base to explore Northumberland’s coast and countryside.

Head west from your North Charlton holiday cottage and you will soon reach the Northumberland Coast of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where rocky coves and vast, sandy beaches can be found. Beadnell Bay is one of the nearest beaches, with a huge sweep of sand, backed by grassy dunes, a short walk from the car park north of High Newton-by-the-Sea. An invigorating swim in the sea is highly recommended. Embleton Bay is also nearby, with a sandy shore and dunes which are covered in bluebells and cowslip in spring. Low tide reveals a maze of rockpools. 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. 

Self-catering holidays in North Charlton are ideally suited to visitors planning to explore the inland countryside of Northumberland. Stretching for 64 miles from north of Newcastle to the Scottish border, the county is dominated by rugged moors, dotted with magnificent fortresses such as Warkworth, Alnwick and Bamburgh.