I was born and raised in Northumberland, the most northern region in England.
One of the most rural parts of the nation, there are lots of lovely holiday cottages in the area. Nestled among hills, perched over coasts, and in some of the nation’s cutest towns and villages, there are plenty of lovely places to temporarily call home.
So in this quick guide, we’ve brought you the 10 best luxury cottages in Northumberland.
🥇 My top recommendation is Brokenheugh Lodge & Orchard Barn, in Haydon Bridge. It’s the most luxurious option on our list, with a massive amount of space. For something a little smaller, I instead recommend Percy Cottage, in Otterburn. But we’ll get to all the details soon, along with many more options.
Come with us and treat yourself, as we take you on a high-end tour of the 10 best luxury cottages in Northumberland!
1. Waterleap Cottage, Ovingham
✉️ 2 The Hill, Ovingham, NE42 6AB
Close to both Prudhoe and Wylam, this part of Northumberland is hugely underrated—if you’re staying here, make sure you visit Wylam, and pop over to Prudhoe Castle. And if you have a bike, a ride around this part of the Tyne is relaxing and beautiful.
Best of all, Waterleap Cottage is great. All spacious, light and airy, it’s a special place to sleep. Crafted out of wood, brick and leather, it has a beautiful garden, comfy beds, and a very relaxing atmosphere. It has two bedrooms.
Because it’s close to Newcastle, staying in Ovingham is a great option if you want to quickly and easily get in and out of Northumberland’s closest city.Waterleap Cottage View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
2. The Pepper Pot, Longhoughton
✉️ Peppermoor Farmhouse, Alnwick, NE66 3AB
If you want to explore Northumberland’s beautiful coast, the curiously-named Pepper Pot is in a great location. Slightly inland from the coast, it’s in a really peaceful and remote area, but pretty close to all the seaside places you’ll want to see.
With huge white doors that take you right out into the garden, the cottage is really comfy and cozy. Set in the small confines of an old stone barn, it’s not the biggest place, but you’ll absolutely fall in love with it. It only has one bedroom.
When you’re in Longhoughton, make sure you check out the nearby Running Fox, one of the most popular eateries in Northumberland. Loads of Northumberland locals flock here on weekends.The Pepper Pot View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
3. Percy Cottage, Otterburn
✉️ 6 Bankfoot, Otterburn, NE19 1NU
Otterburn is my favorite village in Northumberland. Little more than a few houses and some pretty farmland, it’s absolutely beautiful in a really alluring and endearing way.
Best of all, it’s sort of at a crossroads in Northumberland, sitting between lots of the region’s best places—and in a very central part of the national park. If you want to hike or cycle in the area, there aren’t many better locations.
And there also aren’t many better cottages than this one!
Percy Cottage is one of the most homely, comfy and cozy accommodations on our list. With exposed brick, pastel colors and some modern flourishes, it’s a mixture between traditional and contemporary. It has two double beds, and it’s a pretty spacious place.Percy Cottage View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
4. The Old Vicarage, Berwick
✉️ Scremerston , Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 2RB
This is a good option if you want a stay in a slightly-more-populated area than most other places on this list.
One of the biggest settlements in rural Northumberland, Berwick isn’t particularly beautiful, but it’s friendly and welcoming, and it’s surrounded by great places. And because it has all the facilities you could ever need, it’s a great option if you’re traveling with kids.
The Old Vicarage is actually in Scremerston (where I used to go to school, if you like irrelevant facts). It’s just south of Berwick, making it quiet, peaceful and charming. It’s a big house with a big garden, and has an outdoor barbecue space. And you get greeted with the luxurious touch of prosecco and chocolates!The Old Vicarage View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
5. Bowwell Lodge, Norham
✉️ Norham, TD15 2LG
Set inside an old barn made of wood and stone, this is as charming as rural holiday cottages get.
With big windows and pastel colors, it’s welcoming, spacious, airy and friendly, with a lovely dining/living area. It has a small wooden patio for sitting out in the sun, and it’s in a massively peaceful place, on the southern tip of the England/Scotland border.
If you want to explore both northern Northumberland and the Scottish border area, Bowwell Lodge is in the perfect location. This is a hugely underrated part of Northumberland, and it’s a great choice for exploring the under-the-radar parts of the rural area.Bowwell Lodge, Norham View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
6. Seal Cottage, Hexham
✉️ Seal Cottage, Hexham, NE46 3BZ
One of the most famous and atmospheric big towns in Northumberland, both tourists and locals love Hexham. It’s charming and welcoming, and it has all the amenities you’ll ever need, perfect if you’re traveling with kids.
And because Hexham has a train station, it’s easy to get to Newcastle and back, perfect if you want to combine rurality with some city-hopping.
Seal Cottage is one of the town’s best accommodations. It’s very big, it has three bedrooms, and it’s all set in the cozy confines of a stone barn. It’s very clean and comfortable, the beds are super soft, and you get some snacks and food on arrival. And it even has toys… great for people traveling with kids!Seal Cottage View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
7. Brokenheugh Lodge & Orchard Barn, Haydon Bridge
✉️ Brokenheugh Lodge, Haydon Bridge, NE47 6JT
Close to Hexham, you have Haydon Bridge. Just west of its bigger neighbor, Haydon Bridge is in a perfect location for exploring lots of stuff, including Hadrian’s Wall, the western stretches of the Tyne, and even Newcastle.
The cottage here is great, made up of a massive home with a stone barn in its garden. With 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it’s absolutely huge.
It has a barbecue, an on-site children’s playground, a fireplace, and huge grounds you can walk through. If you want to feel like the owner of your own little estate, this is the best way to get it.Brokenheugh Lodge & Orchard Barn View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
8. Fairway View Cottage, Rothbury
✉️ Carterside Road, Rothbury, NE65 7RT
Rothbury is one of the best destinations in Northumberland for hiking and rurality. You’re close to Simonside, you’re not far from the Cheviots, and there are some great smaller walks in and around the town.
A very popular place with tourists, there are lots of accommodations in Rothbury. But of them all, Fairway View Cottage is the most upmarket and luxurious. A perfect balance between modern and old-school, it’s inside of a stone-built barn, but it’s full of wonderful contemporary touches.
And because it’s just outside of Rothbury (20 minutes on foot), it’s very remote and rural, and it’s a proper countryside escape. It has three bedrooms, and the garden is great.Fairway View Cottage View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
9. Chatton Cottage, Chatton
✉️ 1 West End, Chatton, NE66 5PP
Very close to Wooler, this place is great for hiking in and around the Cheviots. For walking and wandering, this is arguably the best area in Northumberland.
Chatton cottage itself is also fantastic. Very remote, it’s great if you’re looking for a rural escape, and has a log burner, a beautiful garden, and very modern interiors. The rooms are big, the beds are very comfortable, and with two single beds and one double bed, it’s perfect for families.
When you stay here, make sure you visit Doddington Dairy, where you’ll get your mouth around some of the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. You should also hop on over to Chillingham Castle, one of the most unique in the region, and apparently one of the most haunted castles in the UK (if you believe in all that stuff).Chatton Cottage View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
10. The Shambles, Bellingham
✉️ Cross Street, Bellingham, Bellingham, NE48 2AQ
Bellingham is one of the cutest and quaintest settlements in Northumberland, and I absolutely love the place. And if you want to explore Kielder (a massive man-made reservoir surrounded by dense forests), it’s the perfect location.
The Shambles itself is also very cute and quaint. It has a beautiful kitchen, very modern bathrooms, a lovely outside area with a patio, and a friendly host. It’s also very clean, and it has great bike storage… perfect if you want to cycle in and around Kielder.
And on top of that, it’s a pretty big cottage, with three bathrooms and three bedrooms (all of which are spacious!).The Shambles View Rooms Photos, Facilities, and Current Prices Last Updated September, 2023
Best Luxury Cottages in Northumberland: Final Thoughts
So there they are—the 10 best luxury cottages in Northumberland! If you’re looking for a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location, you won’t find any better than the stuff on this list.
Again, my #1 recommendation of all the places we’ve featured is Brokenheugh Lodge & Orchard Barn, in Haydon Bridge. It’s massive, comfortable and homely, it’s perfect for big families, and it even has its own sprawling grounds! But if you’re not looking for something so large, I instead recommend Percy Cottage, in Otterburn.
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