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Boasting a truly spectacular setting in the heart of award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park, these exceptional lodges offer a seamless blend of the ultimate in luxury living with outstanding panoramic views.
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Clear Sky Lodge Park is set in 45 acres of woodland just a mile from Kielder village in the Northumberland National Park and close to Kielder Water, Kielder Observatory and Kielder Castle.
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Golden Sands Holiday Park is a lovely family run Holiday Park located opposite the beach in the small village of Cresswell. The Holiday Homes are situated approximately 200 meters from the beach.
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Green Meadows Country Park is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection and is a beautiful park comprising of brand new holiday homes all with outdoor hot tubs with wonderful views over the adjoining countryside, the park is located only 4 miles from Carlisle and boast its own 8 acre dog walking route on site.
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Heathergate Boutique Holiday Park is an award winning park set in the stunning Northumberland countryside close to Hexham.
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The stunning and multiple award-winning Kielder Waterside which sits within our exclusive new ‘Magnificent’ collection offers one of the very best shorelines of the largest man-made lakes in northern Europe and provides you with the opportunity to relax under the darkest skies in England whilst enjoying the tranquil setting of your chosen accommodation.
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Amidst the countryside, just past the Simonside Hills, lies our Percy Wood Country Park.
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Located in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, Riverside offers you a perfect base to relax and unwind in tranquil surroundings.
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Sandy Bay Holiday Park is a Northumberland gem nestled in the heart of Ashington.
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Set in a rural location close to Hadrian’s Wall, Springhouse Country Park is a superb base from which to explore this magical area and is home to a superb array of wildlife.
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Whitley Bay Holiday Park, set in the scenic region of Northumberland, provides a diverse range of facilities to ensure a fulfilling stay for families and visitors of all interests.
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Northumberland Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Northumberland, where rugged coastlines meet tranquil countryside. Here, you can savour local seafood, hike through the Cheviot Hills, or explore ancient castles like Alnwick and Bamburgh. Stargazers will revel in the dark skies of Kielder Forest, an astronomer's paradise. For a truly memorable stay, opt for a cosy lodge or cabin, perfect for couples seeking romance, families on an action-packed trip, or friends planning a laid-back retreat. Did you know? Northumberland houses the most castles in England, each with tales as captivating as the landscapes. Discover this northern gem for an unforgettable UK break.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Northumberland?

Northumberland is a gem in the UK's crown, with its rugged coastline, rolling hills, and a sky so dark it's an astronomer's dream. It's a place where Roman history meets modern-day adventure. In 2024, Northumberland steps up its game with new attractions like the interactive 'Battlegrounds of Britain' experience at Bamburgh Castle. The county also plays host to vibrant festivals such as the Alnwick International Music Festival, offering a cultural feast for visitors. Choosing a lodge over a hotel means you get your own slice of this rural paradise, often with luxuries like hot tubs and stunning views. Northumberland's uniqueness lies in its blend of tranquil landscapes and rich heritage, making it an unbeatable UK break destination.

If you're visiting Northumberland with kids

Absolutely, Northumberland is a playground for children! With castles like Alnwick, where they can learn to fly on broomsticks, and the interactive Roman Army Museum, their imaginations will run wild. Lodges offer the space for kids to play and the freedom for families to operate on their own schedule – a real bonus. Plus, many lodges are situated within nature, meaning adventure is right on your doorstep.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring castles and countryside
  2. Weather-appropriate clothing – it can be unpredictable
  3. Swimwear for beach days or lodge pools
  4. Binoculars for bird watching at places like the Farne Islands
  5. A good quality camera or phone for capturing memories
  6. Outdoor games for family fun outside the lodge
  7. Any favourite snacks or treats for cosy nights in

Pet Friendly Northumberland Adventures

Northumberland rolls out the red carpet for pets, especially dogs. You'll find plenty of lodges with enclosed gardens, so your furry friends can roam safely. Pubs like The Ship Inn in Low Newton and The Joiners Arms in Newton by the Sea welcome dogs with open arms, often providing treats and water bowls. When booking, look for pet-friendly options and check if there are any extra charges for bringing your pet along. Also, consider the proximity to dog-friendly attractions when choosing your lodge.

Dog walking ideas in Northumberland

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Hadrian's Wall Path Varies Historic NE47 7AN
Bamburgh Beach Walk 3 Coastal NE69 7DF
Cragside Estate Varies Woodland NE65 7PX
Kielder Forest Walks Varies Lakeside/Forest NE48 1ER
Druridge Bay Country Park 3 Beach/Parkland NE61 5BX

Remember to keep dogs on leads where livestock are present and always follow the countryside code. Northumberland is waiting for you and your four-legged friends to explore its vast, unspoiled landscapes.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're aiming for a romantic getaway, Northumberland's got your back. Picture this: you and your partner, snuggled up in a cosy lodge, perhaps one with a pamper pack waiting, full of treats and spa goodies. For the ultimate relaxation, check out lodges like Kielder Waterside, offering spa experiences that'll have you both unwinding in no time.

Fancy dining out? Northumberland's got a slew of intimate spots. And let's not forget the hot tubs – lodges like Straker Lodges offer private tubs under the stars, perfect for a glass of bubbly and some quality time together. It's about creating those special moments, and a lodge break here is packed with potential for just that.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Northumberland's local cuisine is a hearty affair, with dishes like Northumbrian broth and stotties stealing the show. For a taste of the local fare, head to The Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Garden – it's as magical as it sounds. Families will love Bari Tea Brewery in Alnwick for a laid-back vibe and scrummy cakes.

For couples, The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh is a must-try, offering fresh seafood in a cosy setting. Trust me, the local crab is a game-changer.

For a good night out

Nightlife in Northumberland? You bet. Start with a pint at The Ship Inn in Low Newton – it's a microbrewery with a view. For live music, The Tanners Arms in Alnwick is a hit, often featuring local bands.

If you're after a mix of good drinks and history, The Black Bull in Etal is your go-to. It's not just a pub; it's an experience, with its own tales to tell.

Fishing

Anglers, get ready – Northumberland is a fishing haven. Here's where you can cast your line:

  • Kielder Water & Forest Park (NE48 1BT) – England's largest man-made lake.
  • Fontburn Reservoir (NE61 4PL) – Stocked with rainbow trout.
  • South Linden Fishery (NE65 8RU) – Two well-stocked lakes.
  • Crag Lough (NE47 7AN) – Fly fishing against the backdrop of Hadrian's Wall.
  • River Tweed (TD15 2XT) – Renowned for salmon fishing.

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Go Ape Matfen offers treetop challenges (around £35 per person). Watersports more your thing? Kielder Waterside has you covered with sailing, canoeing, and more (prices vary, check their website for seasonal deals).

Most centres are open from spring to autumn, but it's always wise to book ahead. After all, nothing beats the rush of the great outdoors, especially in Northumberland.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Alnwick Market Local Market Handcrafted goods, local produce NE66 1TN
Bamburgh Castle Inn Gift Shop Souvenirs, local crafts NE69 7DF
Barter Books Bookshop Rare finds, second-hand books NE66 2NP
Hexham Farmers Market Farmers Market Organic food, artisanal products NE46 1XQ
Sanderson Arcade Shopping Centre High street brands, local boutiques NE61 1NS

Whether you're after a romantic retreat or an action-packed adventure, lodges in Northumberland offer the perfect base to explore all that this stunning county has to offer.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Northumberland

Sandy Bay, Northumberland

Driving Distance: About 29 minutes (13.33 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Sandy Bay Holiday Park is a delightful retreat in Ashington, Northumberland, boasting an indoor heated pool, multi-sports court, and family entertainment at The Showbar, ensuring a fun-packed stay amidst picturesque landscapes.

Who will love these lodges? Sandy Bay is a haven for families and sports enthusiasts alike. With a soft play area for the kids and a variety of sports facilities, it's perfect for active families, while couples will enjoy the serene surroundings and the cosy Boathouse Bar & Grill.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Dive into the heated pool or engage in sports on the court. Dine at The Boathouse Bar & Grill or catch live entertainment at The Showbar. For a quick bite, there's also a Fish and Chippery on site.

What's nearby? Explore the Woodhorn Museum to delve into local history (15-minute drive). Nearby beaches offer golden sands for leisurely walks, and the Northumberland countryside is perfect for scenic strolls.

Accommodation options: Choose from the spacious Gibside Lodge or the newer Dissington Lodge, both accommodating up to 8 guests. These lodges are ideal for groups or families looking for a comfortable stay, though pets aren't allowed.


Golden Sands Holiday Park, Northumberland

Driving Distance: About 29 minutes (15.12 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Golden Sands Holiday Park is a family-friendly site in Cresswell, opposite the beach, featuring a clubhouse, outdoor play areas, and a range of sports facilities, making it an ideal base for exploring Northumberland.

Who will love these lodges? Families and beach lovers will adore the proximity to the sands and the variety of on-site activities, while adults can unwind in the exclusive bar area.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Enjoy the outdoor play area, small gym, and multi-sports area. The clubhouse provides entertainment, and there's a skateboard park and golf practice area for sporty guests.

What's nearby? Alnwick Castle and Gardens are a must-see (40-minute drive), and leisure centres, golf courses, and horse riding offer plenty of activity options.

Accommodation options: The Swift Loire is pet-friendly and perfect for smaller families, while the Victory Beechwood Lodge offers a more spacious stay for up to 6 guests. Note that pets are not allowed in all accommodations, and there are no hot tubs on site.


Percy Wood Golf and Country Park, Northumberland

Driving Distance: About 25 minutes (16.04 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Percy Wood Golf and Country Park is nestled in the Northumberland countryside, offering luxurious lodges with hot tubs, an 18-hole golf course, and an adventure playground, all set against the backdrop of the Simonside Hills.

Who will love these lodges? Golf enthusiasts and families seeking adventure will find this park irresistible. The tranquil woodland setting is also perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Tee off at the golf course, enjoy the sports court, or let the kids run wild in the adventure playground. There's also a picnic area for al fresco dining.

What's nearby? Druridge Bay Beach is ideal for sun-seekers (20-minute drive), while the historic towns nearby offer a glimpse into Viking and Roman legacies.

Accommodation options: The Hot Tub Lodge 2 and Hot Tub Lodge 3 provide luxurious stays with modern amenities and private hot tubs. Pet-friendly options are available, ensuring everyone in the family can enjoy the break.


Whitley Bay Holiday Park, Northumberland

Driving Distance: About 37 minutes (23.19 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Whitley Bay Holiday Park offers a memorable seaside escape with direct beach access, an indoor pool, and entertainment options, all within reach of the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Who will love these lodges? Beachgoers and families will enjoy the easy beach access and on-site facilities, while those looking to explore will appreciate the park's proximity to Newcastle and Tynemouth.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Swim in the heated indoor pool, let the kids play in the outdoor area, or enjoy the nature reserve. Evening entertainment is available in the showbar, and there's a restaurant for dining.

What's nearby? The charming seaside town of Tynemouth is close by (15-minute drive), offering historic sites and boutique shops.

Accommodation options: From the luxury Cullercoats Lodge to the spacious Jesmond Lodge, there's a variety of accommodation to suit different group sizes. Pet-friendly options like the Dinnington ensure that furry friends can join in the fun.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £13.95, Children £6.95
  • Postcode: NE69 7DF
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (charges apply)

Bamburgh Castle is a true icon of the Northumberland coastline. It's a massive hit with families and history enthusiasts. The castle has a rich past and offers breathtaking views of the North Sea. Check out the Armstrong and Aviation Artefacts museum inside. The best time to visit is during spring or autumn to avoid the summer crowds. Tip: Grab a guidebook or join a guided tour to enhance your experience.

Phone number: 01668 214515 | Web: bamburghcastle.com


The Alnwick Garden

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £13.10, Children £4.95
  • Postcode: NE66 1YU
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (charges apply)

The Alnwick Garden is a stunning, contemporary space. It's perfect for plant lovers and families looking for a peaceful day out. The Poison Garden is a unique feature, and the Grand Cascade is a must-see. Visit in spring for the cherry blossom. Tip: Check their calendar for special events like outdoor theatre or light shows.

Phone number: 01665 511350 | Web: alnwickgarden.com


Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Roman Fort

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £9.30, Children £5.60
  • Postcode: NE47 6NN
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (charges apply)

Hadrian's Wall is a must-see for anyone interested in Roman history. Housesteads Roman Fort is one of the best-preserved sites along the wall. The interactive museum is great for kids. Visit on a clear day for incredible views. Tip: Wear sturdy shoes, as the terrain can be uneven.

Phone number: 01434 344363 | Web: english-heritage.org.uk


Cragside House and Gardens

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £19.00, Children £9.50
  • Postcode: NE65 7PX
  • Est. time required: Half a day
  • Nearest parking: On-site (free)

Cragside House and Gardens is an engineering marvel, once home to inventor Lord Armstrong. It's ideal for tech geeks and nature lovers. The first house powered by hydroelectricity, it's surrounded by one of Europe's largest rock gardens. Visit in autumn to see the estate in full colour. Tip: Don't miss the labyrinth and the Nelly's Moss lakes.

Phone number: 01669 620333 | Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside


Farne Islands

  • Opening Times: Boat trips vary, check schedules
  • Prices: Boat trip prices vary, landing fees apply
  • Postcode: TD15 2SH (Seahouses harbour)
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: Seahouses harbour (charges apply)

The Farne Islands are a wildlife haven, especially for birdwatchers and nature photographers. Boat trips from Seahouses take you close to puffins, seals, and other seabirds. The best time to visit is during the breeding season from May to July. Tip: Bring waterproofs and binoculars for the best experience.

Phone number: 01665 721210 | Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands


Kielder Water & Forest Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours, visitor centres have specific hours
  • Prices: Free entry, parking charges apply
  • Postcode: NE48 1BT
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: Several car parks around the park (charges apply)

Kielder Water & Forest Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. It's got everything from hiking and biking trails to water sports. It's also home to the UK's darkest skies, making it a hotspot for stargazers. Visit any time, but for star-gazing, winter months are best. Tip: Check out the art installations scattered throughout the forest.

Phone number: 01434 251000 | Web: visitkielder.com


When you're planning your next UK getaway, consider booking one of the many cosy lodges in Northumberland. They offer the perfect base to explore these attractions and more. Whether you're after a family adventure, a romantic retreat, or a solo escape, Northumberland's diverse attractions are sure to impress.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by stunning natural scenery. Many lodges in Northumberland offer spacious living areas, modern kitchens, and outdoor spaces, sometimes with a private hot tub. It's a chance to unwind, explore the countryside, and enjoy a more secluded holiday.

What should I pack when visiting Northumberland?

Pack for all weathers – bring waterproofs and layers for walking, as well as your swimsuit for hot tub lodges. Don't forget your walking boots to explore the likes of Hadrian's Wall and Kielder Forest. Binoculars are a must for wildlife spotting, and a camera to capture those stunning landscapes.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Northumberland come with their own parking space, often right outside your door. It's super convenient for unloading your gear, especially if you're planning to bring a lot or have mobility concerns. Always check with your specific lodge for any parking restrictions or additional facilities.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are a chance to enjoy the indoor perks of your lodge, like cosy fireplaces or board games. Alternatively, head to local attractions like Bamburgh Castle or the interactive Woodhorn Museum. Northumberland's landscape can be quite dramatic in the rain – it's all part of the experience!

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many lodges are within delivery range of local eateries and supermarkets. Some even have partnerships with local food producers for fresh, local ingredients. For a unique experience, try ordering a Northumbrian hamper filled with local delicacies to enjoy in the comfort of your lodge.

Is Northumberland a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. Northumberland's rugged beauty shines in all seasons, and winter especially brings a quiet magic to the area. Plus, many lodges offer cosy features like wood-burning stoves, making them perfect for a snug getaway any time of year.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Northumberland pride themselves on cleanliness and hygiene. Your hot tub will be thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before your arrival. Some lodges even offer daily checks to ensure the water remains pristine throughout your stay.

Are there any child-friendly activities nearby?

Northumberland is a playground for kids! Visit Alnwick Castle for a taste of Hogwarts, or explore the interactive displays at The Centre for Life in nearby Newcastle. For outdoor fun, Whitehouse Farm Centre and Kielder Water & Forest Park offer hands-on activities and space to run wild.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, offering ground-floor bedrooms, walk-in showers, and ramps. Always check ahead with your chosen lodge to ensure they can accommodate your specific needs. Places like Haggerston Castle offer specially adapted lodges for a comfortable stay.

Can I bring my pet to the lodge?

Northumberland is incredibly pet-friendly, and many lodges welcome furry friends. Imagine long walks along Druridge Bay or exploring the vast Northumberland National Park with your dog. Be sure to confirm with your lodge about any additional charges or pet policies before booking.

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