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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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  • 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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