Warkworth is a village in the county of Northumbria, near the southern edge of the Northumbria Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is 30 miles north of Newcastle and 40 miles south of the Scottish border. Almost entirely encircled by a loop in the River Coquet, the village is dominated by a medieval castle. A mile from the coast and set amid rugged countryside, it is an idyllic base from which to explore this unspoiled region of the North. Long walks along the banks of the River Coquet are highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Warkworth, as is hiring a rowing boat or canoe in the summer months. There is an excellent golf course just outside the village, and a stunning sandy beach with views across the sea toward the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island.

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Mary Rose Cottage is a light and airy detached cottage set in the peaceful grounds of Eastfield Hall, just two miles from Warkworth. The grounds and the spacious conservatory boast splendid views towards the sea and the pet-free, seaside cottage offers easy access to the Northumberland attractions.

There are many landmarks to look out for as you explore the village from your holiday cottage in Warkworth, including an ancient bridge across the river with a fortified gateway to the castle. Built into a cliff-face on the river’s northern bank, Warkworth Hermitage is a former priest’s home and chapel, which can be reached by a ferry near the riverside path at the foot of the castle. Look out for otters as you make the crossing. The Church of St. Lawrence dates back to the 12th century and has a spectacular 100ft spire which can be seen for miles around.

Undoubtedly Warkworth’s most famous landmark, the ruined medieval castle stands at the summit of a hill overlooking the river. It is managed by English Heritage and open for visitors to explore. Every August, the renowned Warkworth Flower Show takes place in the castle grounds. On the doorstep of Warkworth holiday cottages, the village centre is a maze of pretty streets with a variety of independent shops, tearooms, galleries and pubs.