Self catering cottage in Harbottle near Rothbury and The Cheviot Hills in Northumberland
Situated in the Northumberland National Park in the pretty village of Harbottle, this single storey dog-friendly cottage is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area including National Trust’s Cragside, The Cheviot Hills, Kielder Water & Forest, Hadrian’s Wall Country and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its many castles. The small, traditional town of Rothbury is 15 minutes away with a good range of amenities, and the county town of Alnwick famous for Harry Potter films, its castle and gardens with tree house restaurant, is 30 minutes away. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Jedburgh, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Coldstream are all about an hour’s drive, and the Scottish Borders are within easy reach. Newcastle has an International Airport and Port of Tyne has regular ferry crossings to/from Amsterdam. There is a local bus running between Rothbury and Harbottle.
The castle ruins, forest, river and village pub, The Star Inn, are a short walk from the cottage, and The Rose and Thistle and Clennell Hall serve food in nearby Alwinton, 1.5 and 2 miles away. The Drake Stone is visible from the rear garden and is an enjoyable walk from the forest to a hidden lake and woodland beyond. The Cycle routes ‘Pennine Cycleway’ (route 68) and ‘Sandstone Way’ pass the front door and there are some excellent mountain bike routes in the nearby Cheviot Hills, including those used by the Naughty Northumbrian event. The area is also popular for horse riding with riding schools and stables in the nearby villages of Elsdon and Otterburn, and with hill walkers, including the Alwinton Round challenge events and The Pennine Way National Trail.
Drakestone Cottage was newly refurbished in 2017/18. It is beautifully presented, very well equipped and furnished to VisitEngland’s 4* standard with everything you should need for your stay. It sleeps up to four guests in two bedrooms (one double room and one twin with full adult sized bunk beds) and welcomes up to two dogs. We have excellent customer reviews.
Unlimited fast Wi-Fi – Smart TV with freesat – DVD player – Bluetooth speaker – Woodburning stove & logs – Enclosed patio garden – Roadside parking – Washing machine – Fridge – Freezer – Bike store – Patio table & chairs – Chiminea – Linen & towels – Books, games, DVDs & tourist information – Welcome pack – Travel cot, high chair and dog crate (on request) – and lots more…
Dark Sky Friendly
The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is 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 dark skies. It is also an excellent place to stay and avoid noisy fireworks!
Drakestone Cottage has been accredited as Dark Sky Friendly and has a beginner’s stargazing pack including books, binoculars, red lens torches and information on where to stargaze for guests to enjoy during their stay. See more on stargazing here.
Availability and Pricing
Prices range from £350 to £599 for 7 nights and there are short-breaks available most of the year – just select an available arrival date in the calendar below to see the exact price, or view the 12-month pricing table. Our summer 2019 availability is listed here.
Our calendars and pricing are up to date, please contact us if you are looking for different dates as we can be flexible if it’s a quiet time of year or for a late availability booking. You can also view the availability calendar/pricing for Stanegate Cottage here.