Holidays in Northumberland
Besides details of our principal booking conditions and other essential information about your self-catering holiday at Burnfoot Holiday Cottages, this section contains suggestions about how to spend your time while on holiday here in Northumberland. The menu on the left or above lists some of our favourite things to do and other generally useful information. A brief introduction to what's on offer in Northumberland is outlined below.
Netherton village is just a short walk from the cottages (approximately ¼ mile). The village boasts The Star Inn, an unspoilt gem of a pub. Privately owned and unchanged in 80 years, it is one of only ten in England and Wales to have appeared in every single one of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide since it was first published in 1974 - it is certainly an experience!
Rothbury, only a ten-minute drive away, benefits from a supermarket, bakeries, restaurants, and tearooms, as well as a wealth of antique and craft shops and art galleries. The award-winning delicatessen and independent grocer, Tully's of Rothbury, can deliver food and beverages, including organic ready-to-eat meals, direct to all the holiday cottages at Burnfoot. Rothbury also has comprehensive healthcare facilities in case of emergency. There is a small petrol station in Thropton, en route to Rothbury.
Residents can indulge themselves in a wide variety of leisure pursuits, not least with a run out on our own private tennis court.
For keen walkers, there is a public footpath starting at Burnfoot that leads directly into the heart of the National Park, enabling you to walk from your front door to the summit of many of the Cheviot Hills, as well as to several rock climbs on the Rothbury Moors. The same footpath interconnects with many others to provide a range of less adventurous, but no less picturesque, circular walks.
For those who prefer cycling, the Pennine Cycleway is very close to Burnfoot, and Thrunton Woods, with mile upon mile of mountain bike trails, is not far away.
Keen golfers can play at the 18-hole Rothbury Golf Club - with nine new holes and a new clubhouse created in the summer of 2006 - just a five-mile drive away.
For anglers, some of the best trout and salmon fishing in Britain can be found on the nearby River Coquet. Out of season, the salmon and sea trout can be observed leaping up the burn, a tributary of the Coquet, next to the cottages, where they come to spawn every autumn. Year-round trout fishing is offered at the well-stocked Caistron Nature Reserve nearby.
National Park Visitor Centre
Several other activities, including air balloon flights, can be undertaken at Rothbury, where there is a state of the art National Park Visitor Centre with interactive displays and staff to advise holidaymakers about the wealth of attractions and activities on offer in the district as a whole.
Castles, Gardens and Visitor Attractions
Cultural treats in the area include the award winning £32 million Alnwick Garden, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, umpteen historic castles to be explored along Northumberland's Heritage Coast, Hadrian's Wall, and Newcastle's Quayside with its Baltic Arts Centre and Sage Music Centre. The largest estate owned by the National Trust, Wallington Hall, is a short drive away, as is the National Trust owned Cragside House, the home of Burnfoot's illustrious former owner, Lord Armstrong
Beaches, Coast and Shopping
Less strenuous pursuits include spending lazy days enjoying the endless, golden beaches of the Northumbrian coast, or simply browsing through the boutiques of the charming market towns of Alnwick and Morpeth. Newcastle and Gateshead, with theatres, museums, galleries and shopping, are both within easy reach for day trips.
Other days you will simply want to stay put and appreciate your surroundings. The fields surrounding the cottages are a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare wildlife present - from otters and kingfishers, to a variety of rare wintering wading birds. With your own holiday home in what the Campaign to Protect Rural England have scientifically proven to be the most tranquil place in England, you'll just need to be here to be restored, inspired and refreshed!