Situated in the Northumberland National Park in the pretty village of Harbottle, this traditional stone 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 a rural service between Rothbury and Harbottle.
The castle ruins, forest, river, village pub and shop are a short walk from the cottage. The Drake Stone is visible from the village 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 sporting 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.
Star Cottage is nicely presented, very well equipped and furnished to a 4* standard with everything you should need for your stay. It sleeps 1-4 guests in two bedrooms (one double room and one small double room) and welcomes up to two dogs. There is no garden at this cottage but guests are welcome to use the pub’s courtyard garden next door.
Unlimited fast Wi-Fi – Flat Screen TV with freesat – Bose bluetooth speaker – Electric woodburning effect stove – Roadside parking – Washing machine – Fridge – Freezer – Linen & towels – Books, games, DVDs & tourist information – Welcome pack – Travel cot, high chair and dog crate (on request) – cycle storage in the pub next door – 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 to avoid fireworks!
Star 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 start from £425 for 7 nights and there are short-breaks available at quieter times of the year – just select an available arrival date in the calendar to see the exact price. You can also view the availability calendar/pricing for Drakestone Cottage here.