Over the past 20 years, more and more of us have foregone the opportunity to escape overseas in order to explore the wealth of beautiful scenery that lies much closer to home. With this in mind, we are looking not only for the most picture-perfect of locations, but the quality of an international hotel break too. Enter the self-catering cottage. Whether you’re longing for a dog-friendly base from which to enjoy a beach break, or a tranquil barn conversion boasting original features, you can find it all on our doorstep – complete with the little luxuries we wouldn’t expect you to live without
In brief: A newly-renovated and extended cottage set in the pretty seaside village of Alnmouth.
Insider guide: A design-led holiday home, sleeping up to six across three bedrooms, with an open-plan and airy feel where you can relax and admire the estuary views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Soak in the free-standing feature bath and enjoy the little luxuries of Waleric House, including Temple Spa toiletries, before venturing out onto the balcony to watch the sunset.
Our highlight: Cosying up beneath the scandi-inspired wood-burning stove during the cold winter months.
Northumberland Street, Alnmouth NE66 2RS
01665 710700 www.coquetcottages.co.uk
In brief: A coast meets country, six-bedroom
(and dog-friendly) holiday cottage in the small village of Fenwick.
Insider guide: This newly-refurbished cottage has everything you need for either a relaxing getaway or an action-packed trip. Curl up by the log fire whilst admiring the sea views, or embark on a walk or cycle to take in the best of the North East coast. When you return, gather around the giant dining table and refuel with a home-cooked feast.
Our highlight: The hot tub on the front deck – the perfect place for a spot of star gazing.
Fenwick, Berwick TD15 2PQ
01665 721380 www.staynorthumbria.co.uk
In brief: A light and airy property situated in a traditional stone barn conversion, just outside Newton-by-the-Sea
Insider guide: A luxury conversion of traditional stone-built barns between Embleton and Beadnell, Sea Breeze cottage retains the barn’s original charm, while the addition of state-of-the-art facilities make it a well-equipped base for exploring the nearby Heritage Coast. Sleeping up to six across three bedrooms, bag the king-sized room with sea views, while the children pile into the bunk beds.
Our highlight: The large, enclosed private garden with spectacular views over the nearby coast.
Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland NE66 3DY
01665 720690 www.northumbria-cottages.co.uk
In brief: A contemporary beach-side retreat, just metres from the sandy shore of Beadnell.
Insider guide: This home, sleeping 10, offers everything you need for a luxury escape. With four bedrooms, one master with a king-size bed and ensuite and a large open-plan living and kitchen space, it’s perfect for entertaining or exploring the surrounding countryside. Not forgetting the exterior, where you’ll find a landscaped garden and seating area to the rear.
Our highlight: The bespoke fitted kitchen (complete with 16-bottle wine cooler) which will serve as the hub during your stay.
The Wamses, Chathill NE67 5BL
0191 285 1272 www.coastalretreats.co.uk
In brief: A newly-renovated yet cosy end-terrace cottage, sleeping five.
Insider guide: A warm and stylish home-from-home nestled in the heart of Northumberland’s North Charlton. When you’re not sinking back into the sofa beneath the traditional wooden beams, or cooking up a feast in the country-style kitchen, head outside and take in the picturesque Northumberland scenery.
Our highlight: Curling up beside the (wood-burning) fireside in the cosy sitting room.
North Charlton, Northumberland NE67 5HX
01665 579429 www.middlemoorfarmholidays.co.uk
The Byre At Reedsford
In brief: A delightful barn conversion nestled in the foothills of the Cheviots.
Insider guide: Retaining many of its original window features and stonework, The Byre at Reedsford is a stylish home for a cosy break. Whether you’re curling up in one of the two ensuite bedrooms, complete with luxury White Company linen, or by the fire in the armchair you’ll be forgiven for not wanting to step out of the door.
Our highlight: All of Crabtree and Crabtree’s self-catering breaks ooze rustic charm and style – and The Byre is no exception.
Kilham, Northumberland TD12 4QS
01573 226711 www.crabtreeandcrabtree.com
Twenty One at Brompton Lakes
In brief: A luxurious, six-bedroom lodge perched on the waterside at Brompton Lake.
Insider guide: The latest addition to Brompton Lakes’ luxury lodges, Twenty One is an impressive destination to bring family and friends (including your four-legged ones) together. Recently transformed and extended, aside from six luxury bedrooms, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors spanning the property, from which to admire the views out on to the lake, and there are plenty of little luxuries too – think under-floor heating and (of course) a dedicated wine cooler.
Our highlight: The private patio with a wood-fired hot tub and Scandinavian-style barbecue house.
Brompton Lakes, Easby DL10 7EJ
01748 850333 www.holidayathome.co.uk