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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Riverside Cottage is in a lovely location, just yards from the banks of the River Coquet in the centre of an idyllic rural Village. We purchased and lovingly renovated the Cottage in 2011, retaining all its character and charm and have been using it as a holiday home ever since. We've done everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as possible with the personal touch, from providing a huge welcome basket of local produce from the Running Fox over the bridge to a complete guide to the surrounding area.
Built by the Duke of Northumberland in the 1890's the Cottage offers excellent accommodation for four people, with two bedrooms: one double bedroom and one twin bedroom. It has full the benefit of full gas central heating with a warm and cosy lounge with open fireplace for that extra romantic touch. It's so relaxing to enjoy a fire in the evenings with a glass of wine, particularly in the winter months. The Lounge has a comfortable three piece suite, 32" LCD TV with Sky HD Freeview, Blu-ray player and a Wii games console and high speed wifi internet to entertain the kids, along with a range of books and games. The remaining furniture are antique family heirlooms and we have original oil paintings throughout downstairs by my late grandfather. The character has been maintained with original wooden window shutters and the beautiful cast iron fireplace.
The separate dining room leads through from the lounge and also has a unique cast iron bread oven in it's own fireplace, a beamed ceiling and comfortably seats four people. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday and offers an electric oven with gas hob, microwave, family sized dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, fridge/freezer and Ipod dock. As we use the Cottage a lot ourselves we have made sure it's more like a home from home than a holiday cottage and pride ourselves in the equipment we provide and the standards we keep.
There are two bathrooms in the property: one being a handy downstairs cloakroom and the main bathroom upstairs, both have modern fixtures and fittings with a shower over the bath in the main bathroom. There is also an outside seating area for the warmer months with log store and planters.
The master bedroom has traditional window seats and offers beautiful views over the river Coquet, bridges and the village of West Thirston. We also have chandelier lighting and traditional solid wooden furniture, along with a wall mounted 19" LCD TV with freeview so that you can relax and watch TV from the comfort of the double bed. The second bedroom is a comfortable twin room with two single beds, 15" LCD TV, chest of drawers and ample storage space.
Families are welcome to stay and so are members of your extended family... the pets! We provide as standard dog towels, feeding bowls and spare leads, the riverside walks from the front door are perfect for the dogs that stay with us.
A range of amenities including local shops, post office, café and a charming country pub with restaurant are all within easy walking distance of the property. The Running Fox opposite the Cottage is a wonderful Cafe and artisan bakery and the recently renovated Northumberland Arms pub is a 2 minute walk, both offer some of the finest dining in Northumberland! We are so lucky to have them on our doorstep and it makes staying at Riverside Cottage all the more enjoyable.
There are numerous local tourist attractions, riverside walks and scenic countryside within the immediate vicinity. Don't forget to bring some bread along to feed the ducks by the river (and the often come to the back door asking to be fed!). The stunning coastline of Northumberland is just a short distance away. Having grown up nearby we know that Riverside Cottage is the ideal base to explore all that Northumberland has to offer, from it's famous castles and award-winning beaches to walks, cycling, golf, water sports and fishing or one of the county's many attractions.
We immediately fell in love with Riverside Cottage when we first saw it and I'm sure you will too.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Warkworth Beach 12 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle Airport 25 km, Nearest railway: Morpeth 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
We have also provided a few extras to make your stay more comfortable:
- High speed wireless internet access (WiFi)
- 32" HD LCD TV with Sky HD in the lounge
- Bluray player & DVDs suitable for the family
- Nintendo Wii Games Console with games
- Entertainment including books, magazines and board games
- 19" LCD TV with Freeview, wall mounted in the Master Bedroom
- LCD TV with Freeview in the Twin Bedroom
- IPod Dock
|Further details outdoors|
On street parking is available on the road outside the Cottage, there is also off street parking available opposite the Cottage. There are no parking restrictions on any road in the surrounding area.
Northern England region
Northumberland is a wonderful combination of fishing villages, old market towns, endless beaches, stunning castles and of course the historic Hadrian’s Wall, tied together by beautiful countryside and a vast array of unique wildlife. Northumberland covers over 400 square miles, with the Northumberland National Park being the least populated of England’s National Parks, much to the benefit of those visitors seeking peace and solitude.
It's an ideal haven for walkers too, with thousands of paths and tracks weaving their way through beautiful countryside, providing exhilarating fresh air and wide-open spaces for walkers and cyclists alike.
The Heritage Coastline has mile upon mile of sparkling award-winning beaches, rocky coves and picturesque fishing villages. From Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north, to Druridge Bay in the south, there are a huge number of beaches and coastal towns to explore. Popular destinations along the coastline include the horseshoe-shaped sandy beach and dunes at Beadnell Bay, the bustling village of Seahouses, with boat trips from the picturesque harbour, the kipper smokery and coastal path at Craster and the picture postcard village of Alnmouth.
Adding to the area’s splendour is the multitude of magnificent castles, the most famous being Alnwick, home to the powerful Percy family and the setting for some of the Harry Potter films. There is also the spectacular, medieval Bamburgh Castle, standing high on its rocky outcrop; the brooding ruins of Dunstanburgh and pretty Warkworth.
The area surrounding West Thirston and indeed the whole of Northumberland is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Village of West Thirston is separated from the village of Felton by the River Coquet that runs in front of the Cottage. In the thirteenth century the northern barons paid homage to the King of Scotland, Alexander, at Felton. They paid for this reckless deed when King John sent an army north to lay waste to the county and Felton was sent up in flames!
THINGS TO DO
There are beautiful riverside walks right on your doorstep when you stay at Riverside Cottage. But for those who take walking a little more seriously, Northumberland has a huge amount to offer. The Northumberland Coastal Path (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe. It stretches for 64 miles (103km) from Cresswell in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. The walk is split into 6 manageable stages. It's not only the stunning coast Northumberland has to offer but also hillwalking in the National Park (the Cheviot hills), more information can be found on our 'Walking' page.
It's a delight to get on the saddle in Northumberland with a number of dedicated cycleways to enjoy the stunning scenery. There are plenty of gentle routes for the whole family, but there are also more challenging routes including the northern stretch of the Pennine Cycleway and the Coast and Castles cycle route.
Northumberland has numerous attractions to explore, in fact there's far too many to mention here! Some of our favourites include: The Alnwick Garden, Whitehouse Farm Centre, Farne Island Boat Trips, Newcastle City Centre and the Quayside, The Metro Centre (the UK's largest shopping centre) including the north of England's only IMAX cinema, Kielder Water and Forest Park and Heighley Gate Garden Centre. More information about these places can be found on our Attractions page.
With its central location the Cottage is also an ideal base for a day trip a little further afield. Edinburgh is just over an hour away on the train from Alnmouth or Morpeth and a is a beautiful City to explore at any time of year. Driving up to the Scottish border via Otterburn and to Jedburgh and Kelso offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. This route also lets you take in Carter Bar, the border point between Scotland and England. The views on offer here have to be seen to be believed.
With the River Coquet right on your doorstep the Cottage is ideally placed for the fishing enthusiast. The River Coquet is famous for its autumn run of salmon and sea trout, every year huge sea trout of up to 20lbs are caught. It is also famous year round for its Brown Trout. The upper reaches of the river offer classic fly-fishing within the splendour of the Cheviot hills. Just a mile from the Cottage is the Felton Fence Fishery that has four well stocked lakes. Another place of interest is the House of Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum located in Alnwick. The season for salmon runs from 1st February to 31st October and daily and weekly fishing licenses are available.
The county has a huge number of attractive golf courses. The nearest being Burgham Park Golf and Leisure Centre, a championship designed 18-hole golf course with excellent practise facilities set in 230 acres of attractive countryside. Others nearby include: Percy Wood Golf and Country Retreat in Swarland, Alnwick Golf Club, Alnmouth Golf Club, Rothbury Golf Club, Warkworth Golf Club, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, Seahouses Golf Club and Bamburgh Castle Golf Club. More than enough choice to please even the most ardent golfers.
Northumberland offers excellent water sports year round. It is great canoeing and kayaking territory and its long stretches of sandy beaches make it a popular destination for kitesurfing and adventure sports enthusiasts. You can head out to the Farne Islands and dive in the company of grey seals or go inland to Kielder Water and Forest Park, which is Europe's largest man made lake.
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28 Dec 2013
"Our home from home"
This was our third stay at Riverside Cottage and it feels like your own home rather than a holiday cottage. Its location is ideal, I love enjoying my morning coffee down by the river under the magica… More
16 Dec 2013
"Smart, comfy, stylish, has all amenities you need."
We really enjoyed staying here, it is an ideal location for exploring the area, the house itself is charming and has a great kitchen full of all you need if you want to self cater, the heating worked … More
Thanks for your review, it is much appreciated. We hope that you will stay with us again in 2014. Darren
9 Jul 2013
"A little gem"
Lovely cottage, well equipped and in a lovely position for the A1 making it easy to get out and about. Lots of lovely places to visit some with free parking, a rarity nowadays, beautiful beaches, goo… More
9 Jul 2013
"A marvellous base from which to explore the south of Northumberland"
Riverside Cottage offers quality accommodation, perfect for a couple. All the amenities are there and especially helpful are the many laminated guidance notes for the electrical appliances, heating, TV etc. The location sits midway between coast and hill country, a mere 10 minute drive from the fine town of Alnwick. Directly outside the cottage is a most scenic bridge and stretch of the river Coquette. The most amazing artisan bakery and cafe is opposite.
25 Mar 2013
"Best cottage ever"
Kids booked this cottage as a Christmas present and their research certainly paid off. Everything was perfect from the location to the cottage itself. The thought that had gone into it by the owners … More
25 Sep 2012
"home from home"
A fabulous little cottage furnished to a very high standard in a superb location.As soon as we arrived we felt very at home.A nice little pub on your doorstep with good food and The Running Horse across the bridge which provides a wonderful breakfast..We had breakfast before returning South.The place was heaving and we realised that we should have booked as most others had.
Welcome pack from Running Horse an added bonus and a nice gesture to find when you arrive.
The cottage is easily accessable to the various small towns around and there are a number of National Trust properties to choose from as well as wonderful walking country with views to die for.
We had fabulous weather and the trips to Holy Island and Cragside were the highlights.
The day we had to leave was the low point as there were so many more places we wanted to visit so we will definitely return in the future.
28 Jun 2012
"Home from Home"
Just back from a wonderul week in this beautiful cottage. There was everything you need and more. The welcome basket from the Running Fox was excellent. This was a real home from home. We will definitely be returning to the cottage in the future
3 May 2012
From the first point of contact we had excellent service and we werent disappointed when we arrived the cottage is beautifully furnished and very well equipped. The web site, details of how to get here and information provided in the cottage is first class - lots of attention to detail to make your holiday informative and relaxing. Lovely welcome pack from the Running Fox on arrival. Lots of lovely places to visit from the cottage and the Running Fox accross the bridge is a must beautiful home cooked breads and cakes. New landlady in the Northumberland Arms very welcoming and we hope the pub is a success for her she deserves it. Morning visit at the back door from the ducks!! Would not hesitate to recommend the cottage to anyone and certainly value for money. We have had a lovely time and will most certainly book next time we are in the area.
26 Jun 2011
"excellent holiday, thank you"
We had a excellent holiday in your cottage and will be recomending to friends and family. We were impressed with your communication and the information you provided which helped to make our holiday e… More
2 Jun 2011
"A home away from home"
The cottage (and it's location) is just beautifull. Well equipped with absolutely everything you could possibly need. Lots of really thoughtful touches from the herb planter under the kitchen win… More
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