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Areas to explore in Northumberland

 

As anybody living in the North East knows - it is a beautiful part of the country. But once you’ve visited unforgettable villages like Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses, it’s easy to understand why you wouldn’t look much further when visiting the North Northumberland coast. This year why not explore those hidden towns and villages in the countryside that lie just off the beaten track but still on your doorstep? Here are a few areas we would recommend and some fantastic properties to stay in.

 

 

BEAL - CHEVIOT HILLS - NORHAM - WARKWORTH

 

Beal

 

 

Beal is a charming hamlet close to the North Sea coast and ideally located on the road to the tidal island of Lindisfarne, also known as the Holy Island. Beal lies just five miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed and close to the Scottish borders.

It lies just one mile from the tidal causeway which gives access to the historic Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Castle. Holy Island has a number of attractions including the famous gardens laid out by Gertrude Jekyll, the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre and the St Aiden's Winery which still produces delicious mead, so there is plenty to satisfy all interests.

 

No 1, Ocean Drive

No 1 Ocean Drive is one of two delightful stone built detached properties located at Beal, a short distance from Lindisfarne (Holy Island), a tidal island steeped in ancient religious history with imposing castle. The property is a recently completed build, and therefore is equipped with all the modern facilities along with some wonderful views also accompany your stay. Located within easy walking distance is the new refurbished Lindisfarne Inn, which serves good quality food and a selection of ales. Should you wish to venture further, the border market town of Berwick is just a short drive away and provides a host of amenities and sights/activities.

 

No 2, Ocean Drive

No 2, Ocean Drive is one of two delightful stone built detached properties located at Beal, a short distance from Lindisfarne (Holy Island), a tidal island steeped in ancient religious history with imposing castle. The property is a recently completed build, and therefore is equipped with all the modern facilities to make your stay one of pleasure.


No1 and No 2 Ocean Drive can be booked together to accommodate up to 11 people.

 

 

The Cheviot Hills

 

 

Formed millions of years ago by volcanic lava flows, the Cheviot Hills make for a wild, romantic landscape and are home to some fantastic wildlife including Dippers and Otters which flourish in its clean unspoilt rivers and landscape of serene rolling purple moorlands.There's a rich history to be explored here, evidence of ancient peoples can be seen in the Iron Age hillforts that dot the landscape, including Yeavering Bell - one of the most important and best-preserved sites in the country. The area later became the focus of fierce inter-clan rivalry during the time of the Border Reivers.

 

The local vicinity has no shortage of good old-fashioned English pubs that have managed to avoid the "advantages" of modernisation. There are also many fine restaurants within a short drive of the cottages, whilst Tillmouth Park Hotel with its majestic grounds is perfect for that extra special evening. The Red lion Pub in Milfield is very popular, the thatched Black Bull pub at Etal is in a very pretty village and there is very good Italian food in Wooler at the Milan's.

 

Akeld

 

Situated near the charming, rural village of Akeld, beneath the majestic Cheviot Hills, this warm and welcoming self catering cottage provides comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. The property is located on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and is ideally located for both walkers and cyclists, with access to the Cheviot Hills direct from the cottage.

 

Conifer Cottage

Conifer cottage is a delightful, 3 bedroom holiday home situated in the heart of the rolling Northumbrian countryside. Located on a quiet country road at Kimmerston and with breathtaking view of the Cheviot Hills, Conifer Cottage lies only 1½ miles from Ford Village and 2 miles from Milfield (North of Wooler) on the A697

 

Old Mill

A real taste of Northumberland’s unspoilt countryside, Old Mill is situated within the idyllic Breamish Valley on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, and just 2 miles away from Northumberland National Park Visitor Centre and nature reserve. A great selection of rugged trails and cycle routes will suit the active and being within easy access to Alnwick, the coast and Scottish Borders, there are always sights to see. Old Mill is a 3 bedroom property, sleeping 5 people. There is a large garden with BBQ facilities.

 

 

Norham

 

 

The village of Norham is situated just off the banks of the river Tweed and the Scottish border and 7 miles from the historic market town of Berwick upon Tweed. The village is close to some fantastic beaches, while the remains of Norham’s 12th century castle are a short walk from the property. The village amenities include a fabulous bakers, award winning butchers, a very convenient village shop and two pubs within easy walking distance. Norham is a great base for exploring the borders, local beaches and North Northumberland

 

Norham is well protected from the weather by the Cheviot hills to the South West and the Lammermuir hills to the North and has a remarkably mild climate for somewhere so far North. The village is overlooked by the castle on a hilltop to the east. The church is on the North side of the village, and in the centre of the village is a triangular village green on which is an ancient market cross surmounted by a weather-vane in the shape of a salmon, depicting what was at one time the major source of income for many of the villagers.

 

Commanding a vital ford over the River Tweed, Norham Castle was one of the strongest of the border castles, and the most often attacked by the Scots. Besieged at least 13 times - once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce - it was called 'the most dangerous and adventurous place in the country'.

 

 

Marmion Cottage

A lovely detached cottage on one level located in the village of Norham.The cottage features a double and single bedroom with wardrobe and storage drawers. There is also a bathroom with a bath and separate walk in shower cubicle. The kitchen is spacious and has a dining table and open fire. The lounge has comfy seating, open fire and access to the patio. The cottage has a lovely courtyard garden, great for summer days.

 

 

Warkworth

 

 

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the ancient village of Warkworth holds a prominent position on a rocky spur beside the River Coquet. Though steeped in history, the village is not short on places to see and things to do. The local village boasts a stunning river side walk where you can hire a boat or canoe in the summer and of course the imposing Warkworth Castle which was once home of the 1st Earl of Northumberland.

The village itself features galleries, a post office, pubs, restaurants and gift shops to suit all tastes.

Warkworth also boasts a spectacular Norman church. The area has many historic castles and fantastic beaches close at hand & a walk around Warkworth village itself will lead you to various shops and pubs.

 

Ashleigh Cottage

Situated in the heart of the attractive village of Warkworth, Northumberland, this beautiful holiday home is perfect accommodation for a family holiday or a private weekend getaway. The sandy beach is only half a mile from the cottage and there is sea andriverfishing available. Ashleigh cottage sleeps 8 people in four bedrooms.