What it is: A collection of delightful self-catering properties.
Highlight: All the properties are in prime locations for exploring the local area.
Whether you want to be by the coast or nestled in the countryside, there is a beautiful self-catering property waiting for you. Stay in a cottage with sea views, converted barn or old cottage in the countryside filled with charm and character, or even in an apartment in Jesmond for those who want to be in Newcastle city centre.
Northumberland 0191 231 3020 www.cottagesinnorthumberland.co.uk
What it is: Self-catering holiday cottages in Northumberland and Fort Augustus.
Highlight: Extra services on request include a private chef and guided Northumbrian safaris.
The Bamburgh First Collection by Grace Darling Holidays comprises a selection of luxury, pet-friendly cottages in and around Bamburgh, and have all been awarded five stars or four-star gold. At Budle Newton cottage relax in a hot tub or enjoy a game of pool, while the Dairy Cottage has access to a tennis court and children’s play area.
25A Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7RE 01665 721332 www.gracedarlingholidays.com
What it is: A picturesque glamping site in the historic woodland surrounding the Druid’s Temple.
Highlight: The quirky up-cycled furniture.
Packed to their timber rafters with charm, the shacks, barns and yurts at Bivouac offer an alternative accommodation option for families looking to get away from it all. Leave the laptops at home – there’s no electricity here. Instead you’ll find your chosen eco-friendly shelter filled with handmade and up-cycled items, a woodburner and raw timber furniture. Three miles from Masham and minutes from local landmark the Druid’s Temple, this is an adventure holiday through and through.
Masham, Ripon 01765 535020 www.thebivouac.co.uk
What it is: Luxury cottages in the countryside.
Highlight: The sun-trap garden with chic garden furniture.
Mill Granary offers a selection of three self-catering properties: two 18th century converted barns, which sleep up to eight guests, with high ceilings, open beams and outdoor children’s play area, and a 16th century church cottage, which sleeps four guests, with a gorgeous sun-trap garden and a rustic kitchen with lovely terracotta floor tiles. Choose Mill Byne for a cosy log-burning stove or Mill Granary with its large patio with barbecue features.
Ingleton, Darlington, County Durham 01325 730339 www.millgranary.co.uk
What it is: A fabulous collection of award-winning self-catering cottages.
Highlight: The small selection of dog-friendly cottages (so nobody gets left behind!).
Coastal Retreats boasts a luxury portfolio of properties ranging from contemporary apartments to secluded farm steadings, cliff-top houses to traditional cottages, in some of the most picturesque locations along the Northumberland coast.
9 Causey Street, Gosforth 0191 285 1272 www.coastalretreats.co.uk
What it is: A very special collection of luxury self-catering holiday cottages.
Highlight: Tawny Nook – a pretty 17th century stone cottage.
These cottages are privately owned and perfectly situated amidst the stunning scenery of Northumberland. Discover the beaches, castles, islands, gardens and picturesque villages of the area with an exquisite home-from-home as your base, from log cabins with hot tubs to quirky chocolate box holiday cottages.
08081 290170 www.coquetcottages.co.uk
What it is: Chic and elegant apartments in the heart of Carlisle.
Highlight: Opt for a bespoke breakfast hamper for that extra-special touch.
The newly opened Halston Aparthotel is housed in a grand building dating back to 1916 (formerly Carlisle’s Warwick Road post office), which has been restored to create a contemporary and sophisticated destination with 16 apartments. With a stylish restaurant, elegant bar and function facilities, it has all the key ingredients of a great hotel, and the self-catering apartments are spacious and sumptuously furnished.
Warwick Road, Carlisle 01228 210240 www.thehalston.com
What it is: Two luxury self-catering cottages on the edge of Druridge Bay.
Highlight: Bank Top Cottage’s private balcony has an unrivalled view of sun, sand and sea.
In an unbeatable location of beautiful seven-mile long white sand beaches, a breakaway at Northumberland Beach Cottages is ideal for those who love long walks, fresh sea air, delicious ice cream, and the gentle roar of the North Sea. The contemporary cottages are completely furnished with modern decor and make the perfect base for exploring Northumberland.
2 South Side, Cresswell, Morpeth, Northumberland 07921803966 www.northumberlandbeachcottages.co.uk
What it is: A 470-acre farm with six special cottages.
Highlight: Order your groceries in advance and have them waiting for you on arrival.
Cosy, rustic and full of charm, the cottages at West Ord are perfect for a relaxing retreat. The large open fireplaces, exposed brickwork and beamed ceilings, as well as plump sofas and huge beds offer comfy and homely accommodation. West Ord is a perfect base to explore the Northumberland coastline, see amazing wildlife such as deer and badgers and keen anglers will enjoy the nearby fishing on the Tweed.
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland 01289 305788 www.westordcottages.co.uk