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Charming & stylish Stone Cottage in the beautiful Northumberland National Park – Home 6697961 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Charming & stylish Stone Cottage in the beautiful Northumberland National Park – Home 6697961

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 29 reviews

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly

Description from owner


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, 2017 & 2018.

Brackenlea Cottage is a charming 200 year old stone cottage beautifully situated within The Northumberland National Park in the peaceful and historic village of Harbottle. A wonderful hidden gem of a destination, it offers the perfect base for those wanting to experience Northumberland at its very best.

Originally built in 1820, the property has been updated to provide stylish and accommodation for up to 4 guests, whilst retaining its traditional Northumbrian character.

The Cottage:

Brackenlea has been beautifully furnished to provide a cosy and contemporary countryside retreat. It's the perfect size for a couple, but with a second bedroom it can also accommodate a child or friends and family. The open plan ground floor has all you need to rustle up a tasty meal and the luxurious leather sofas are ideal to relax and rest tired limbs after a long day of walking or sightseeing. The cottage has been beautifully decorated and restyled with artwork by local artists, Laura Ashley blinds, Tweedmill wool throws and Voyage Maison cushions, all blending in with the woodland animal and countryside theme.


Ground floor - Entrance. Open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area with leather sofa and armchair, dining table and 4 chairs.

First Floor - Landing. Bathroom with shower, basin and WC. Two lovely bedrooms with stylish touches and hand painted furniture.

Bedroom 1:

1 x kingsize (5ft) bed

Bedroom 2:

1 x small double (4ft) bed


Free Unlimited WiFi Superfast Fibre Broadband

40" HD TV with FreeSat HD

Blu-ray/DVD/CD player

Bluetooth audio player

Landline payphone telephone

Night storage heating throughout

Stove-effect electric fire in the lounge

Electric fan oven and hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment

Washer dryer

Plus a great selection of books, maps, games and DVDs.

All bed linen, towels and utilities are included in the price.

Free roadside parking in front of the cottage.

One (1) well-behaved dog is welcome.

Note: Although there is no garden or terrace, there are grassy areas close to the cottage, a lovely picnic area at the entrance to the castle ruins just 5 minutes walk away and of course, abundant walking for miles around!

The cottage is strictly no smoking.

The Area:

The small village of Harbottle is a quiet and idyllic retreat in the heart of Upper Coquetdale with miles of beautiful scenery all around. The ruins of the 12th century medieval Harbottle Castle are just a short walk away and the tranquil River Coquet winds its way past the village down through the valley on its way to Rothbury, 9 miles distant.

The area around Harbottle is perfect for outdoor activities. There is abundant walking, fishing, horse riding, and cycling in the beautiful Cheviot Hills, a Nature Reserve on the doorstep and warm and welcoming pubs to relax in. The views around the cottage are simply stunning and one of the very best walks in the region starts on your own doorstep; up to the mysterious Drake Stone on Harbottle Crags, past Harbottle Lake and through the woods down into Alwinton, before returning on the other side of the river back to Harbottle.

The cottage is also ideally placed for the local attractions of Cragside House, Alnwick Castle & Alnwick Garden with Kielder Water, Kielder Forest and Hadrians Wall, as well as the stunning Northumberland Heritage Coast all under an hour's drive away. The towns of Alnwick, Rothbury, Morpeth and Otterburn are all within easy distance of Brackenlea.

But for those looking to relax in the great outdoors, there is no better place in England - The Northumberland National Park is a place where mobile phones will rarely ring and you can walk, cycle or fish all day in beautiful surroundings and hardly see a soul. Brackenlea Cottage is also located within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Due to its pristine skies it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the heavens.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

As the cottage is located in a rural location there are no public transport links, so a car is essential.

Interaction with guest

There is a full Guest Information folder in the cottage full of advice and instructions, along with numerous maps, guides and leaflets on local events and activities. But we are always available if required to answer any questions before and during your stay.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

One well behaved dog is welcome at Brackenlea Cottage. We provide a stairgate to ensure that your dog remains on the ground floor. This is to protect bedrooms, bedding and carpets for future guests.
Note: there is no garden or courtyard at the cottage but there are grassy areas a short distance away and of course abundant local walking.


About the owner

Sean R.
Average reply time:
18 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
15 Mar 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 15 Jul 2015. Located in Northumberland, it has 29 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from €333 to €693.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 15 Mar 2019.


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Guest reviews

Excellent – based on 29 reviews Excellent
29 reviews

Very Good

“Christmas Break”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2019

Brackenlea Cottage is a fabulous place to get away from everything. There are lovely walks if you take a dog and and the locals are all very friendly, making you feel welcome. The cottage has a homely feel that allows all the stress to melt away. I had one of the most relaxing and pleasant Christmas’ I have had after a particularly hard year.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much Caroline. We’re very happy you had the relaxing break you needed and your kind review is much appreciated.

“Lovely rural break”

Reviewed 4 Nov 2018

We had a fabulous and relaxing family break at Brackenlea cottage. It is situated in a lovely tranquil quiet village and is equipped with everything you need. It’s location is perfect for exploring many of the north East’s National trust venues including Cragside and Lindisfarne castle as well as the wonderful Northumberland coastline. The cottage was the perfect place to return to relax in front of the warm fire after long chilly autumnal days out. It was excellent value for money especially for the half term holiday and we would highly recommend it.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your lovely review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the lovely Northumberland area.

“Beautiful cottage, beautiful village”

Reviewed 22 Jul 2018

Lovely walks on the doorstep ( & OS maps if needed) and a great base for exploring . The cottage is well appointed and comfortable for returning at the end of a busy day exploring. Really liked the baby gate to keep dogs from upstairs ( we have a dog), great idea!

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your lovely review!! It’s very much appreciated. Have a lovely summer and you are always welcome.

“Fab cottage”

Reviewed 28 May 2018

Gorgeous little cottage. Just on our way home from a 3 night stay. We were given early check in and a late check out which we were really grateful for. We arrived Friday to a welcome box with lots of snacks. We had a fab time. The cottage had everything you would need and it was dog friendly. The beds were really comfy and we all had 3 good nights sleep. They really have thought of everything. Would definitely stay again. Can’t wait for the next time. Thank you xxx

Owner's reply: Warm thanks to Claire and family for your kind words. We’re so glad you enjoyed your short break and you are more than welcome to return. Thanks again for your lovely review - it always means a lot to us!!

“Excellent Holiday”

Reviewed 26 Jun 2016

We have just returned from our weeks holiday at Brackenlea with our wee Westie. The cottage exceeded our expectations its so tastefully appointed and decorated no "damp holiday cottage" feel. The area was great for our walking and we found many local pubs that were dog friendly (with the exception of one the most anti dog establishments I've ever encountered!) This is the third cottage booked through holiday lettings and they just get better and better. Thank you for letting us use your lovely holiday home.

Owner's reply: Thanks for the lovely feedback and we are so happy that you and your doggie enjoyed the walks! We do too! Would be helpful to know which pub didn't like dogs as we can make a note for future guests. Thanks again and you are welcome back anytime!

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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Sean the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Or send Sean (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from Sean (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Sean (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call Sean (the owner) before booking?

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If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Sean (the owner) a message.

If Sean (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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