Northumberland is a region of great antiquity, and boasts remains of ancient occupation dating back to the Stone Age. In the Simonside Hills (overlooking nearby Rothbury) there are examples of ancient and mysterious prehistoric rock art known as, "Cup & Ring" marks.
The Romans too left their mark - Most famously at the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall. However there are a multitude of less well known Roman sites such as Chew Green, located a little further up the Coquet Valley.
Northumberland is also home to more castles and fortified houses than any other region in England. Including that at nearby Alnwick - Recently made famous as the location for the Harry Potter movies, as well as the recently refurbished Alnwick Garden. Then there's imposing Bamburgh, Warkworth and the magnificently perched cliff-top ruins of Dunstanburgh castle.
The cottage complex of Low Alwinton lies along the banks of the River Coquet - famous for it's challenging fishing. Put your walking boots on & take a wander upriver to discover the beauty and open space of the Cheviot Hills, a place which has been referred to as, "The Land of the Far Horizon". If you're looking to get away from it all, be assured that here you will discover peace & solitude many believe no longer exists!
Such an unspoiled landscape provides a haven for wildlife. Black Grouse can be heard over the hills in early spring, and even the rare Osprey is a known summer visitor. Otters now are no longer a rarity along the length of the River Coquet and a glimpse of one of these elusive creatures can remain with you a lifetime.
And if all that peace & quiet gets too much - You are only a short drive away from thriving market towns, such as Alnwick and Morpeth. For the die-hard shopaholic, Newcastle upon Tyne offers fantastic shops and world famous nightlife.
We look forward to welcoming you to our special region very soon.
There is always plenty to do in Northumberland from a number of world famous attractions and beautiful natural scenery, spectacular walks and a range of family friendly activities, Northumberland is full of adventure for everyone. Low Alwinton Cottages are located just a short distance from Alnwick Castle - The setting of Hogwarts from Harry Potter, Cragside Country House and Gardens and many areas of outstanding natural beauty and spectacular wildlife. We are situated inside the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe and the best location in England for viewing of the night sky. The Northumberland area is also full of outstanding walks and hiking trails, and some of which can even be started from the doors of our cottages, we have a list of some of our guests' favourite walks for you to read.
You can find ideas for , however if you cannot find something that sounds just right, you can find more events in Northumberland through the official Visit Northumberland website, independent sites such as Your Northumberland or more family orientated activities from the Northumberland National Park.