10 of the cosiest Northumberland cottages for a winter weekend

Posted on 30th Sep 2021. In , , , , ,


Northumberland – oh, how beautiful thou are! Without doubt, this sleeping giant of a county is the perfect weekend getaway location. From Northumberland’s beautiful beaches and gorgeous historic castles to its cosy collection of brilliant pubs and ancient treasures (hello to you, Hadrian’s Wall), Northumberland has got the lot.

So, if you’re hoping to hibernate for the next few months – we hear you. And have handpicked these 10 cosy Northumberland cottages for you to enjoy the ultimate winter weekend. Log-burner primed. Woolly jumper packed. 


Northumberland Cottages | No. 1

Lilac Cottage, Morpeth

Peaceful and pretty with a colourful personality

Sleeps 4 | Dog Friendly

holiday cottage morpeth: lilac cottage garden

Morpeth is one of Northumberland’s most charming market towns for a weekend escape. It’s here that you’ll find the super-sweet Lilac Cottage, tucked in a quiet mews in the heart of the conservation area of Morpeth.

This red-brick self-catering cottage sleeps four in two rooms and comes with one distinguishing USP: it’s lilac by name and lilac by nature. Yes, the cottage is a pastel haven of pale violets and soft purples making it perfect for a cushy girls’ weekend away.

For your cosy hibernation there’s a living/dinning room with two big squishy velvet sofas (one of which is a Snug Sofa Bed – the cosiest you can get), a huge smart TV, an original fireplace with a faux fire to add extra snugness to the room, and plenty of personal touches that reflect the owner’s Singaporean Chinese heritage. And just off the country-cute kitchen (with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, slow cooker, ice maker, dishwasher and a washer/dryer), there’s a light and bright bathroom.

Upstairs, the thick pile carpet takes you to two king-sized bedrooms, each with a view of the garden and church beyond. The beds are dreamily comfy and it’ll take a lot of willpower to stop yourself just dozing to the sound of the church bells on a lazy morning lie in.

For those who wish to go beyond the lilac front door, there’s a ‘secret garden’ hidden away down the front path (where you can BBQ your dinner or sit with wine on an evening). Venture further and you’ve the shops, pubs and restaurants of Morpeth just around the corner (500 metres to be excat). Added to that is the beautiful Northumberland coast – only 10 miles away and 20 minutes’ drive by car.

  • EXCLUSIVE Weekend Candy discount: 5% Off 2/3 night stays when you contact the owner direct to book
  • Suitable for 4 people
  • Dog friendly
  • From £190pn
  • Complimentary large deli box from Graze of Morpeth to welcome you
  • Free off-road parking at one end of the mews


While we have not stayed in every cottage featured here, we have carefully selected them based on their location and previous guest reviews. All have been independently selected by our editor – and if you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Northumberland Cottages | No. 2

Cross House Studio, Warkworth

A converted barn studio in the heart of a chocolate box village

Sleeps 2

Renovated in 2019, this adorable studio is a super stylish retreat for two. Laid-out over one floor with a contemporary open-plan living space, Cross House offers cosy accommodation with a modern twist.

This chic studio is situated in a converted barn and is kitted out with under-floor heating, a well-equipped kitchen and a living area with double height windows that flood the space with sunlight. The shared garden is perfect for those bringing pooches or for sitting in to enjoy a well-earned G&T.

Located in the quaint village of Warkworth, this is the ideal for those looking to remain in touch with reality on their break as the studio has an abundance of amenities right on its doorstep including cafes, local pubs and shops. Looped by the River Coquet, the village is possibly best known for being home to the impressive castle while Warkworth Beach lies less than a mile away. If the city is calling, the nearby train station offers regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle.

  • Sleeps two
  • Dog friendly
  • From £274.80 three nights
  • Free off-road parking


Northumberland Cottages | No. 3

Apple Tree Barn, Alnwick

Luxurious family accommodation in a stunning rural setting 

Sleeps 6 

This gorgeous, converted farm building offers the perfect solution for those looking for roomier accommodation in Northumberland. With three bedrooms, a beautiful rural setting and a pretty little summer house (complete with gin corner) to escape to, Apple Tree Barn is a fabulous family holiday spot.

From the Temple Spa toiletries to the flawless country cottage décor, every aspect of this holiday home has been carefully considered to ensure the utmost comfort. Whether you’re whipping up a meal in the super chic kitchen, settling in front of the wood-burning stove or soaking up the views in the garden, you are sure to fall in love with this stunning space.

Located just a few minutes’ drive from the popular market town of Alnwick with its charming cobbled streets, independent shops, must-visit treasures like Barter Books, and fabulous eateries, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Apple Tree Barn is also only six miles from Boulmer and Alnmouth Beaches, perfect for those looking to get to grips with the best of Northumberland.

  • Sleeps six
  • Small dog friendly
  • From £720 per week
  • One designated parking space


Northumberland Cottages | No. 4

The Glass House, Allendale

 A super stylish bolthole with a contemporary twist

Sleeps 2 

Contemporary architecture meets traditional cottage styling in this jaw-dropping Northumberland bolthole. A former farmhouse, The Glass House has been carefully renovated to create a holiday home that exudes modern glamour with luxurious interiors and chic finishes. The open-plan living and dining room is elegant yet cosy and is complete with a romantic log-burner and panoramic views over the rolling countryside. Upstairs the bedroom is furnished with a kingsize bed to cosy up in and ignore the outside world.

The Glass House sits on a working farm in a stunning rural setting, surrounded by streams, rivers, waterfalls, woods, open fields and The Dales. The Isaac Tea Trail (a 58km circular walk through the North Pennines) runs behind the grounds, making this ideal for strollers or serious hikers alike. The picturesque, pebble squared village of Allendale is only three miles from the cottage and is home to cafes, pubs, restaurants and art galleries.

  • Sleeps two
  • Dog friendly
  • From £125 a night (two night minimum stay)
  • Free off-road parking


Northumberland Cottages | No. 5

Farne Nook, Seahouses

A village hideaway with breath-taking harbour views

Sleeps 2

Enjoy panoramic views of Seahouses Harbour from this idyllic Northumberland hideaway. The buzzing working harbour is often full of fishing boats bringing in their catches, lifeboat launches and amazing array of marine birds – all of which you’ll be able to see from the comfort of your sofa. You’ll also be able to glimpse the stunning Farne Islands from your balcony.

Downstairs, the large open-plan living area has comfy seating from which you can watch the ships, a full-equipped kitchen and a 43″ Smart TV. Although offering all the mod-cons, the exposed beams and stonework maintain the fisherman’s cottage vibes while a spacious balcony offers the ideal spot to enjoy a hot chocolate and watch the water. A spiral staircase leads to the upper floor where the ultimate seaside chic bedroom and en-suite bathroom lie.

The property is set in the heart of the village of Seahouses where you will be spoiled for choice with its abundance of amazing seafood, quirky shops and beautiful beaches. If you’re vising before October you can head off on a Farne Islands boat trip and spot dolphins, seals and sea birds. Farne Nook can also be rented as a four-bedroom property at Farne Lookout.

  • Suitable for two adults
  • Dog friendly
  • From £446 for three nights
  • Free parking for one car


Northumberland Cottages | No. 6

Tower Cottage, Whittingham

A cosy cottage steeped in historic charm

Sleeps 4

If you’re in need of a break from the modern world then this Grade II 16th century cottage might be for you. Steeped in history and with beautiful countryside all around, Tower Cottage is a must-visit for those with a penchant for the past.

Set over one floor, the cottage offers a spacious living room with an impressive fireplace and stove, a farmhouse style kitchen, a modern shower room and two neat double bedrooms. Tower Cottage is attached to a traditional Pele Tower which can be rented alongside the cottage to create accommodation for groups of up to 11 people.

The cottage also offers views over the Cheviot Hills which provide a stunning backdrop and may be of interest to keen hikers. The cottage is also an ideal base for those looking to explore Northumberland’s gorgeous coast while the village of Alnwick (home of the beautiful Alnwick Castle) is a short drive away to ensure you have all the supplies you need to cosy up for a wintery weekend.

  • Sleeps four
  • Dog friendly
  • From £394 for three nights
  • Free off-road parking nearby


Northumberland Cottages | No. 7

Newgate Lodge, Morpeth

A 1700s’ conversion in a fabulous market town

Sleeps 2 

Okay, this isn’t technically a cottage but this fabulous conversion simply must be shared. For weekend-breakers looking for that country cottage charm while remaining firmly in the town, this is the perfect holiday spot for you.

This honorary cottage (apartment) is a conversion within a 1700s’ Grade II listed college. With exposed brick and stonework, inglenook fireplaces, beautiful beams, original cast iron radiators and wooden stairwells this stunning space offers oodles of character as well as a handy location. The luxurious open-plan kitchen/living/dining room creates the perfect social space while the galleried bedroom is set into the eaves and oozes sophistication with tartan carpets and luxury fittings.

Nestled in the heart of Morpeth, this amazing apartment is close to this historic market town’s many amenities including first-class cafes, restaurants and pubs, local markets and crafts while the Heritage Coast is a short car ride away.

  • Sleeps two
  • Dog friendly
  • From £210 a night (with a 2-night minimum stay)
  • Free WiFi
  • Free off-road parking


Northumberland Cottages | No. 8

Thimble Cottage, Alnwick

Classic cottage charm meets statement style 

Sleep 2 

This Grade II listed cottage may look traditional from the outside, but the interiors offer some serious wow-factor. Downton Abbey meets eclectic chic inside this dreamy Northumberland destination.

Set within the grounds of Lemmington Hall, the cottage is finished with statement wallpapers, plush sofas and a super luxe bathroom making it the perfect spot to indulge in a weekend of decadence. With a welcome hamper, fluffy robes and Egyptian cotton bed linen, this gorgeous cottage offers all the benefits of a boutique hotel with the added bonus of a fully-equipped kitchen, log-burner and a lawned garden.

The cottage is set in the perfect location for a relaxing winter retreat with the historic market town of Alnwick and its famous castle and gardens just four miles away. To the west you can explore Cragside, Rothbury and the Northumberland National Park while the miles of golden sandy beaches of the Heritage Coast are only a 20-minute drive away.

  • Sleeps two
  • From £270 for 3-nights (with a 3-night minimum stay or with occasional 2-night openings)
  • Free off-road parking
  • Free WiFi



Northumberland Cottages | No. 9

Farm Cottage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

 A fabulous family retreat with a private lake

Sleep 4 

We may be slightly cheating here as this cottage is technically in Newcastle-upon-Tyne but as it is only 20 minutes from Northumberland National Park and absolutely gorgeous, we simply had to include it. If you’re looking for a cute bolthole, this two-bedroom beauty is absolutely dripping in chocolate box charm and we adore it.

This former farm cottage has been sympathetically renovated with fabulous features such as weathered timber beams as well as all the mod-cons and plenty of natural light. Upstairs there is a king room and a twin, perfect for families of small groups of friends, as well as two bathrooms. Outside, the enclosed gardens are ideal for dogs or young children and a gas BBQ is included if you fancy enjoying the stunning views over an al fresco meal. The house even has a private lake, giving us serious Colin-Firth’s-retreat-in-Love-Actually vibes.

With plenty of walks and cycle routes on the doorstep, this is a great location for those looking to get out and about and explore the surrounding countryside. The breath-taking Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens is also nearby and well worth a visit while Northumberland College Zoo makes a great family day out.

  • Sleeps four
  • Dog friendly
  • From £291 three nights
  • Free off-road parking


Northumberland Cottages | No. 10

Middle Barn, Newton By The Sea

 A three-bedroom conversion with sophisticated styling

Sleep 6 

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, this three-bedroom barn conversion is spacious enough for families or small groups of friends looking to revel in Northumberland’s abundant charms.

Externally, this Grade II listed barn conversion exudes cute country charm while inside the interiors are chic and sophisticated. A moody palette and contemporary fittings blend with exposed stonework and rustic beams to create a stylish Northumberland holiday cottage. The kitchen and shower room have recently been upgraded to ensure that you have all the comforts of home on your break.

Location-wise, Middle Barn is hard to beat. As well as being within easy reach of the stunning Northumberland coast, there are plenty of attractions just a short drive away including Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland National Park and Alnwick Garden – enjoy a blustery walk before heading home to cosy up.

  • Sleeps six
  • Dog friendly
  • From £570 for three nights
  • Parking for four cars


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