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From the sweeping coastline to the ancient forests, Northumberland’s stark landscape tells the story of its history. Along the border with Scotland, a series of walls and old forts are a reminder of the cross-country battles which took place hundreds of years ago; while the outposts and beacons along the coast are left over from Viking invasions.

Northumberland is famous for its abundance of castles from various points in history, and cottages with pools are never too far away from one of these iconic sites. The most popular of all is Alnwick Castle near Alnmouth , which is most famous for its starring role as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films. Bamburgh and Warkworth Castles are also worth a visit, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne has a 2000-year old (haunted) castle in the centre of the city.

If you are staying at a cottage with a swimming pool near the coast, you will have access to some of the most beautiful walks in the country. The Northumberland Coastal Path runs from Berwick-upon-Tweed all the way to Cresswell in the south, passing through pretty villages such as Seahouses, Beadnell and Craster along the way.

Cottages with private pools are particularly popular with hikers who come to Northumberland to explore the Kielder Forest Park, and the North Pennines AONB. From Bellingham and Hexham there are some amazing countryside treks which will really show off the county in all its natural beauty.

But if you want to get to the heart of modern Northumberland, find a holiday cottage with a pool near one of the many rural villages. Most of the communities around East Woodburn , Rothbury and Otterburn are still dedicated to farming, and if you hang around the local pubs for long enough you will hear some fascinating stories about local history.

Whether you are staying at a beach-front cottage by the coast, or in traditional market town such as Morpeth , it won’t take long before you are under the spell of this unique part of England.

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  • Warenford Cottages - The Mill House


    Ref: MLX

    "Ideal base for a family holiday...set between the Cheviots and the sea"

    Tucked away in a peaceful and secluded village setting, these five comfortably furnished holiday cottages are set in an idyllic location, only 5 miles from the spectacular Bamburgh Castle and one of the longest sandy beaches in England, and within a few minutes’ drive of Seahouses, where regular boat trips depart for the Farne Islands. Between the Cheviots and the sea, there is easy touring through the beautiful countryside with its numerous castles, stately homes and NT properties. Furnished to a high standard, and close to the owners’ home, Fordson offers single-storey accommodation and Ferguson is a detached two-storey cottage. The Mill House stands as a detached converted barn, with Waren View and The Granary Cottage forming an adjoining pair. This is an ideal choice for family holidays, with use of a very pleasant lawned area by a stream where visitors can enjoy barbecues. There is also shared use of the owners’ hard tennis court nearby.
    Warenford Village serves as an excellent base from which to discover Northumberland and the Scottish border country. Just 4 miles distant lies Budle Bay, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as an SSSI, with the ancient walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (15 miles) and the Duchess of Northumberland’s ornamental gardens a short drive away. Created to rival the best in Europe, the gardens are contemporary in design and include waterfalls and cascading plumes set within landscaped grounds with themed planted areas. Also sure to delight both young and old alike is a visit to neighbouring Alnwick Castle, which served as the location for the Harry Potter films. Home of the Percy family, it stands as the second largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle, with some of its rooms open to the public and displaying a wealth of decorative and fine art.
    Within easy reach, too, is Holy Island – renowned for its medieval religious heritage, priory and picturesque castle – and also known by its Anglo-Saxon name of Lindisfarne. Accessed by a paved causeway at low tide, the island is popular with bird-watchers and nature lovers, with the north-western portion of the island being maintained as a nature reserve, where terns, plovers and seals can be observed. Whilst on the island, a trip to The Museum of Island Life will reveal former living and working conditions there, and St Aidan’s Winery tempts visitors with its sweet concoction of local Lindisfarne Mead.
    There are quiet country lanes for cycling and several excellent golf courses nearby, as well as a selection of shops in Belford (3 miles) and good inns and restaurants in which to enjoy a family meal locally – the nearest pub with restaurant being just 30 yards.
    Guests may relax in our recently developed indoor swimming pool and sauna or work out in the gym, built close to the cottages. Shop/24-hr garage 1 mile.

    Spacious living room with electric fire in arched stone surround. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, and one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, and one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Video
    • Stereo/CD
    • Telephone – incoming and emergency calls only
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Patio

    • Electricity, electricity fire, full central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Shared indoor swimming pool - depth 4ft (children under 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult who can swim), sauna, hard tennis court and gym (no children under 16 yrs allowed in gym) all open Mon-Thurs 9:00am - 6:30pm, Fri-Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm, closed each day between 2:00pm - 3:00pm, tennis court closed Sun

    Note: Properties MHH, MHI, MKO, MKP and MLX may be booked together to sleep up to 30 people.

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  • Akeld Manor - Akeld Manor House

    Akeld, Wooler

    Ref: MDW

    "A gracious manor and cottages of mellow stone . . . between history-steeped hills and a coast of golden sands . . ."

    Standing proudly at the foot of the Cheviot Hills, on the edge of the glorious Northumberland National Park and only 15 miles from the alternating sands and rocks of the coastline, Akeld Manor cottages offer the perfect setting for a holiday in England’s fascinating and beautiful Border country. The gracious Manor House and its cluster of cottages and mellow stone buildings have been sensitively renovated and converted to create an outstanding collection of holiday properties – all with shared use of a superb choice of facilities. A leisure building houses a wide range of amenities (available daily, all the year round) which include an indoor heated swimming pool with changing and shower facilities, a Jacuzzi and sauna. There is a well-equipped multi-gym, too, and the first floor of the building features a large games room (with pool table, table tennis and football game) and a separate snooker room with full-size antique table. The cottages are set in acres of shared grounds, which offer space for relaxing and for children to play, and they lie within 2 miles of the shops and inns at Wooler.
    The Northumberland National Park stretches south through Kielder and Wark Forests as far as Hadrian’s Wall, and north to the Scottish border. Long stretches of sand can be found lining the coast south of Berwick-upon-Tweed (16 miles). At Beal (13 miles), the road to Holy Island runs gently down to the shore, where it becomes a causeway covered and impassable at high tide.
    These quaint cottages, some of which have originally been cartsheds and byres are charmingly set in small groups within the spacious and colourful grounds. The large Manor House (which provides accommodation for parties of 15), also has a splendid large walled garden allowing total privacy. The setting of these cosy cottages is intriguing, many with small courtyards and gardens, a truly interesting and imaginative conversion full of detail and character – the individual and tasteful interiors are delightful. Shops 2 miles.

    This splendid eight-bedroom manor house was once the main house of the estate. It is set separately from the courtyard, and has its own fine walled garden. Offering spacious accommodation for up to fifteen people, it has a utility room with pool table. Entrance hall leading to large sitting room with open fire and dining room. Snug with open fire and TV. Airy farmhouse kitchen with Aga. Cloakroom with toilet. Maid’s pantry/laundry. First floor: Very large master double bedroom with (5ft bed), and sitting area with TV. Single bedroom. Nursery with two cots. Two twin bedrooms. Two further double bedrooms, one with four-poster bed (5ft). Two bathrooms with toilet, one with bidet. Large shower room with toilet. Second floor: Two bedrooms with sloping ceilings; one double and one twin.

    • Open fires – fuel at cost
    • Shared facility charge (excl VAT) £49 (July–September), £87 (October–June) per week; pro rata per short break
    • Two additional TVs
    • Dishwasher
    • Two high chairs and two cots
    • Utility room with coin-operated pool table
    • Walled garden with furniture

    • Bed linen included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared gardens and grounds
    • Garden furniture
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (30ft x 15ft) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities
    • Sauna
    • Games room with table tennis, coin-operated pool table and football game
    • Snooker room (adults only)
    • Multi-gym
    • No smoking (anywhere on complex)

    Note: Use of the pool is occasionally shared with other properties at Akeld Manor not featured on this website.

    The leisure complex normally operates on the opening times of 10am to 5pm, however, they may change at certain times of the year.


    • Indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi, shower and full changing facilities (usually opens 10am to 5pm but may change at certain times of the year)
    • Sauna (foc) with small sitting area
    • Fully equipped fitness room
    • Games room with table tennis and football game
    • Separate snooker room with full-size antique table (for adults only)
    • Separate pool table with 2 coin-operated tables

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