Our self catering accommodation in Northumberland is the perfect location for a country retreat in an area that is renowned for its beauty and rich wildlife. From our homely base in the cottages you can explore the national park, nearby towns, the Northumberland coast and the Borders.
Our holiday cottages; Byre Cottage, Coquet Cottage, Reivers Cottage, Cheviot Cottage, Pheasant Lodge and Pine Lodge are located in a wooded valley on the banks of the River Coquet on the boarders of the beautiful Northumberland National Park. Our position near Cragside, Rothbury, Alnwick and Hadrian's Wall, along with the likes of Bamburgh, Berwick, Craster, Holy Island and Seahouses on Northumberland's Heritage Coast, cannot be improved on for a family holiday in Northumberland. You can view our prices and availability on-line.
The holiday cottages lie opposite to Harbottle Forest and the surrounding area is home to an abudance of British wildlife including red squirrels, otters and black lizards. Situated in a perfect location for wildlife that make their homes within rural forests or around rivers and waterways. The wildlife in the areas around the cottages is one of the most rich and varied in the whole of England. You can find out more about wildlife in Northumberland from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
We are also situated inside the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe and home to the darkest skies in England. This makes it the perfect location for viewing of the night sky and a fantastic holiday destination for anyone interested in astronomy or stargazing.
There is a village pub within walking distance that specialises in traditional home cooked food, it is one of many such establishments with a short distance from the cottages and the nearby town of Rothbury is a perfect example of where the smaller, local specialist stores mix with the more modern shops in a way that is unique to the British countryside. Both ASDA and Sainsbury's deliver directly to the cottages in another show of modern convenience.
The cottages are able to give something to all be it walkers, pet owners, wildlife enthusiasts or stargazers; our aim is to give our guests the best hoiliday they could ask for.
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Shepherds Walks was set up in 1999 by Jon Monks, who at that time was a full time Hill Shepherd in Northumberland. More used to looking after sheep he started shepherding people around the hills, rather than sheep.
Opens up a new perspective on walking in the Cheviot Hills at the heart of the Northumberland National Park
Bird Watching in Alwinton
Upland bird watching in England gets no better than in Upper Coquetdale around Alwinton.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours offer exclusive, guided, birdwatching, photography and wildlife tours, holidays and tuition, based in Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Scottish Borders.
Download the Northumberland National Park Wildlife Information Brochure:
You can use this information to plan a route to see some of the rare wildlife in the Nation Park.