Find the perfect Northumberland cottage
for your winter
getaway with our round up of some of the best cottages in Northumberland for a winter break.
We've picked a selection of countryside hideaways and seafront stays, all with the cosy characteristics that we crave in the winter months, such as open fires, soft robes, private hot tubs and sky lights for looking up at the stars.
Breamish Valley Cottages are nestled at the foot of the Cheviot Hills
and are the definition of cosy winter hideaway. With log burners and an on-site spa with heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room, there’s no better place to warm up after a winter day out traversing the Cheviot Hills, discovering the local history
and admiring the surrounding scenery. There is also an on-site restaurant, The Bosk
, where you can enjoy delicious meals with amazing views through the floor to ceiling windows.
Till Fishing is a paradise for anyone looking to reconnect with nature this winter. Sitting on a private stretch of the unspoilt River Till, you will wake up to the peaceful sound of silence, other than the gentle background noise of trickling water and chirping birds. Nearby woodland walks and ancient landscapes can be enjoyed during your stay, as well as larger attractions that are a short drive or train journey away from this base near Berwick
. On-site bread making workshops with Pauline Beaumont, author of Bread Therapy, are a must when you stay here.
Beach and Quiet’s coastal Craster
cottages are winter havens. Their elegant cottage, Hemmel House, is conveniently located for a winter wander along the beach, followed by a local pub stop for some warming home-cooked food, before returning to warm your toes in the glow of the property’s crackling log burner. The ground floor offers spectacular, uninterrupted rural views with the sea and Dunstanburgh Castle
on the horizon while you stay warm and snug inside and you can end your evening by stargazing beneath Northumberland’s incredible dark skies
using the cottage’s telescope.
Village Farm Cottages have a number of properties located midway between some of Northumberland’ must-visit market towns and villages
. From log burners to rustic wooden beams, and private hot tubs to on-site leisure facilities, there are so many qualities that make Village Farm Cottages an excellent choice for a winter break. Wrap up warm and admire the staggering nearby Northumberland coastline and AONB
, and head out on an adventure to enjoy some of Northumberland’s best attractions
that are only a short drive away.
Burradon Farm Houses and Cottages has a range of snug, country cottages that range from accommodating two to eight guests. Located on a working farm close to Northumberland’s magnificent beaches and with fantastic walking routes
on the doorstep, the cottages boast beautiful views, wood-burning stoves to snuggle up in front of in the cold winter evenings, are all dog friendly (a small charge applies) and offer a tranquil home from home with super-comfy beds and cosy living spaces. Burradon Farm is located a short drive from some amazing country pubs
and you can enjoy anything from wining and dining to walking and cycling
Ingram Valley’s Star Barn is offers the ultimate antidote to the busy stresses of life, as its rural location and position under Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park
allow you to immerse yourself in Northumberland’s nature
. Arrive to an overflowing welcome hamper holding gift vouchers for nearby Ingram Cafe and Gift Shop and make use of the barn’s wetsuits and Dry Robes if you are brave enough to take a winter sea dip! Step into your hiking boots and enjoy nearby Northumberland National Park
’s nature trails, misty valleys and magnificent Hadrian’s Wall, then come home to warm up and gaze at the stars.
Have the best of both worlds at Wydon Farm B&B in one of their refurbished self-catering rooms. Their snug, ground floor rooms now come fitted with a microwave, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a toaster and you will arrive to a stocked fridge full of breakfast essentials. Based just a 20 minute walk from Haltwhistle
, which is accessible by train should you prefer a car-free break, meaning homely pubs and some excellent restaurants are just a starry evening’s walk away from your accommodation. Plus, this excellent location means that staggering National Park landscapes and Hadrian’s Wall
are nearby too.
The Coachhouse at Crookham, Ford and Etal
The Coach House in Crookham has five newly renovated studios situated within a 17th century coach house, the oldest unfortified building in North Northumberland. Each snug studio sleeps two and welcomes four-legged friends, and you can expect to arrive to wine, chocolates, flowers and dog treats to welcome you to your new home for the week or weekend. Some studios have breathtaking views of the Cheviot Hills and all are in a spectacular position for stargazing and boast two acres of fields that guests can use, home to sheep and hens and you can even have fresh free-range eggs for breakfast every day. They are also located near the Battle of Flodden site
, the pretty, must-visit villages of Ford & Etal and are an easy drive to the coast at Berwick.
Falstone Barns are luxurious, self-catering barn suites based near spectacular Kielder Water and Forest Park
in Northumberland. This beautifully renovated set of farm buildings offers accommodation sleeping from 2 to 6 people and each barn has its own decor style, from opulent to romantic. The barns sit on the Falstone Farm Estate, a 32-acre farm which boasts an ideal central location for Kielder, Hadrian’s Wall, Hexham, the Scottish Borders and the Northumberland Coast. It also has the benefit of being positioned beneath Northumberland’s dazzling Dark Sky Park, so bring your binoculars or book an experience at nearby Kielder Observatory
. Don’t forget to make the most of nearby pubs and cafes the Blackcock Inn, Pheasant Inn
and the Falstone Tea Room if you fancy a break from cooking.
Seahouses Holiday Homes are two beautiful character homes in the bustling coastal village of Seahouses
. Both homes are within an easy five minute walk from Seahouses centre and boast secure gardens ideal for young families and dog parents! With terraces perfect for wrapping up warm and gazing at the stars, a garage to secure bikes, hiking boots, wetsuits or anything else you might need for your winter adventure, and easy access to nearby attractions such as The Farne Islands
, Bamburgh Castle
and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
, you are guaranteed an unforgettable winter break here.
Original Cottages is a cottage agency that offers a range of beautiful cottages across the country, including some excellent winter retreats in Northumberland. Have a look at Cuckoo Cottage near Wooler
, based in outstanding Northumberland National Park beneath Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park and offering outstanding panoramic views over a frosty 1,800 acre working farm. Enjoy the warmth of the crackling log burner after a long, misty walk in the surrounding landscape and spend a cosy evening enjoying the provided books and games. Or how about Dingley Dell, in Lowick, also with a log burner as well as a whirlpool bath perfect for warming up after a chilly day out, with provided robes to add an extra touch of luxury. Plus, this cottage is within walking distance of two fantastic pubs if you’d like a break from cooking or fancy a freshly pulled pint.
Whittle Dene House
Whittle Dene House is a stunning property on the banks of a reservoir that couldn’t be more perfect for a winter stay. Wake up to frosty, waterside views, stargaze from the private hot tub and dine by an open fire set in an inglenook fireplace in the dining room, perfect for cosy game nights around the table. Built in Tudor style with a two storey octagonal tower, and grand features throughout, the property is luxurious and full of character, and is the ideal place to stay for families, friends and special occasions. Plus, enjoy extra touches such as a Nespresso coffee machine for your early morning coffee and a wonderful roll-top bath that sits perfectly in the window to take in the extensive views and Northumberkand’s dark skies. Set in the countryside, there are extensive nearby walks, including sections of Hadrian’s Wall, nature reserves, Vindolanda Roman fort
, The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre
Simply Coastal’s Craster Rocks
and Craster Waves
are two stunning, seafront cottages located on National Trust land on the coastal path to Dunstanburgh Castle. Their location couldn’t be more perfect, based in the irresistibly picturesque fishing village of Craster, where you can pick up some famous Craster Kippers after just a short walk, as well as reach the fantastic pubs and cafes that Craster has to offer. You are just a short walk away from amazing Dunstanburgh Castle, which teeters over the coastline, and if you venture just a little further you can visit stunning Embleton Bay. Watch the sun rising over the wild North Sea as the local fishermen check their lobster pots, snuggle up beside a log burner and enjoy the provided books, board games and pizza oven, and store your cycling gear in the cottages’ bike shed as the Northumberland Coast Path
is quite literally on your doorstep.
Budle Bay Croft provides luxury 5* Northumberland holiday cottages with a simply enviable location, situated on Budle Bay, close to beaches and castles on the stunning Northumberland coastline. With the Cheviot Hills to the west, and nestled into the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest, Budle Bay Croft offers a host of winter days out, as well as a beautifully furnished, dog friendly cottage to curl up in at the end of the day. Glowing log burners perfect for relaxed evenings, private enclosed gardens great for gazing at the stars, and provided games, books and toys to entertain the whole family are just a few of the special touches here.
Little Hideaways offers five stunning, Seahouses-based cottages all with log burners, charming decor and excellent locations on Northumberland’s coastline. Hidden in a cobbled courtyard of traditional fisherman’s cottages, they all sit within easy reach of unspoilt beaches, ancient castles and access to amazing wildlife. Their location in the traditional fishing village of Seahouses means that a range of amenities are just a short walk away, as is Seahouses harbour where you can set off for a fantastic boat trip to The Farne Islands. Just four miles away lies outstanding Bamburgh Castle, which you can actually see in the distance when you are in Seahouses, as well as Lindisfarne Castle
-based Cherry Tree & Almond Apartments are ideally located in a beautiful coastal village, popular with surfers and anyone looking for a coastal break, as Beadnell Bay is one of the most beautiful sections of Northumberland’s coastline. The cottages are dog friendly and all offer the opportunity for some spectacular winter walks, with ancient castles
as your backdrop and the Northumberland Coast Path on your doorstep. Whether you want to escape for a quiet winter weekend walking on the beach, or fill your time with sightseeing and outdoor pursuits, this is the perfect base for any type of trip. Head into Beadnell for a selection of popular cafes, pubs and restaurants, such as Beadnell Towers
and the Saltwater Cafe, or simply stay snug in the comfort of your cottage and make use of your self-catering facilities.
Coast and Country Northumberland offers a selection of five coastal properties, all sitting in and around one of Northumberland’s most beautiful fishing villages, Craster
. You can hunker down for a relaxing, romantic break in one of their immaculate and luxurious cottages, enjoying the local cafes, short walks to the seafront and harbour, and a warming glass of red wine at The Jolly Fisherman pub. Or, head out on an adventure and cycle the Northumberland Coast Path, discover the local history at one of the many coastal castles here in Northumberland and admire the local wildlife. No matter how you spend your trip, you can end each day at your cottage with uninterrupted seaviews, an open fire, large private grounds and more depending on which cottage you pick.
Host and Stay
Host and Stay is a cottage agency offering a number of cottages across the whole of Northumberland. Take your pick from cosy log burner cottages, seafront stays and market town getaways as they have so many to choose from including some of the cottages already mentioned above. If you need a hand filtering your search by location, have a look at our towns and villages page to see which is the right fit for your stayy.
Now that you are fuelled with ideas for the perfect place to stay in Northumberland in winter, get booking your cosy winter cottage break in Northumberland.
Author: Jenni Meikle