The pretty village of Otterburn lies on the banks of the River Rede, close to where it meets Otter Burn. Set amid the spectacular scenery of the Cheviot Hills, Otterburn is in the heart of the Northumbrian upland valley of Redesdale, just 16 miles from the Scottish border.
Wandering along the riverbanks is a popular activity on self-catering holidays in Otterburn, with lovely views across the Otterburn Ranges, and the chance to spot otters. In the heart of the village, Otterburn Mill houses an outstanding museum, and a cafe serving light lunches. There are a number of family-run businesses in the village, including the Border Reiver Village Shop, which sells a range of local produce. For a pint of local ale or a bite to eat, pop into one of Otterburn’s cosy, old pubs, including the Bird in Bush, Coach House and Redesdale Arms.
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On the edge of the village, you will find the site of the Battle of Otterburn, where the English Army were defeated by the Scots, led by the Earl of Douglas. Exploring the village from your holiday cottage in Otterburn, you will notice a number of striking historical landmarks, including Neo-Elizabethan Otterburn Hall, which was built in 1870 for Lord Douglas. Nearby, Otterburn Tower was built in 1830, incorporating the 13th century tower which originally stood there.
Holiday cottages in Otterburn are popular among visitors who want to discover the spectacular county of Northumbria. Head east and you will arrive at a dramatic stretch of coast, with hidden coves, sandy beaches and pretty villages, such as Warkworth and Birling. Directly to Otterburn’s west, Northumbria National Park is a wild expanse of ancient woods, hills, and farmland, encompassing Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Forest, and the Cheviot Hills. A short drive northward will bring you to the Scottish border, and the unique historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.