The Coquet Valley
Northumberland National Park, the land of the far horizons - a landscape of limitless beauty from Hadrian's Wall to the Cheviot Hills. Spread over the hills and valleys at the very top of England, but right in the centre of Britain, Northumberland National Park has unspoilt treasures awaiting your discovery. Ancient pre-history and the rare red squirrel exist alongside traditional lifestyles with a thriving culture.
There are distinct characteristics within the landscape of the National Park. To the north there are the breathtaking rolling moors and grasslands of the Cheviot Hills, with their ancient hillforts and pure rivers. In the centre is the Upper Coquet Valley with the landmark Simonside Hills and the beautiful villages of Harbottle and Holystone. To the west are the valleys of the North Tyne and Redesdale, wild, inspiring and once home of the Border Reivers and still inhabited by red squirrels. In the south is the iconic ridge of the Whin Sill with Hadrian's Wall striding along its crest.
An extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and woodland - the wonder of its age. Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age. Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets - most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. Children will love our adventure play area and exploring Nelly's Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival is a small, friendly, community based music festival set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the beautiful Coquet Valley. This is a well-established Traditional Music Festival featuring pipes, fiddles, bodhrán, guitars, folk singing, and dialect poetry. A full weekend of fantastic folk!
The Rose & Thistle Inn, Alwinton, Northumberland - a traditional country Inn deep in the heart of the wonderful Northumberland National Park. Alwinton is nestled in the South Eastern foothills of the Cheviots, where the rivers Alwin and Coquet meet, making the Rose & Thistle Inn an ideal base for a range of outdoor activities or relaxing breaks, where you can just get away from it all.
The Rose & Thistle Inn provides quiet, comfortable and spacious Bed and Breakfast accommodation and a four bedroom holiday let, for those who prefer self-catering.
Clennell Hall Country House features 10 individual rooms, each boasting various features, including king size beds, and modern bathrooms. Nestled at the foot of the Cheviot Hills, this country house is perfectly located for a weekend break or a mid-week holiday.
This nineteenth century country town hotel is perfectly located on the edge of the Northumberland National Park in the scenic and tranquil village of Rothbury. The Coquetvale Hotel is perfect for a relaxing break in the beautiful countryside or an ideal base for walking, cycling or outdoor pursuits.
The Star Inn was built as a coaching inn over 200 years ago, and similarly to many other properties in the village, was built using sandstone from the ruins of nearby Harbottle Castle. The pub is steeped in history and would have once been used by drovers crossing the Anglo-Scottish border just a few miles away in The Cheviot Hills.
Westfield is a beautifully appointed stone farmhouse nestled in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside. Located at the end of its own private drive, the house is within a couple of miles of Northumberland National Park, and its idyllic setting offers a seclusion that is hard to find - even in Northumberland! The Bed & Breakfast is run by Tim & Emma, with a little help from their two young daughters (Grace & Iona).
We are family friendly and attract sightseers, walkers and cyclists alike. We have ample room for bike storage and would be delighted to offer advice on some of the best rides and walks in the area - many of which are direct from the front door.