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R|NORTHUMBERLAND

 

 England's best kept secret

 

 

 

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Halfway between Alnwick and Embleton in a small village, Rennington House is both private for your peace and quiet as well as being convenient for exploring this unspoilt stretch of coastline and stunning countryside.

 

 We can advise you on great days out, lovely walks, which castles to explore and give our recommendations for pubs, coffee shops, restaurants and the best beaches for rock pooling, gallops along the beach and  picnic spots. For provisions, you will find plenty of choice - try award-winning Turnbull’s for fine food and quality meats; The Cheese Room at Alnwick Deli for delicious local cheeses, produce, hampers and gifts; or the Alnwick Bakery for home-baked breads, pies and pastries.

 

There is a market every Saturday, a farmer’s market on the last Friday of every month, and a large supermarket nearby for all your holiday essentials. Just a two minute walk from Rennington House, The Horseshoes Inn is a cosy pub, featured in the Good Beer Guide for the last two years, with a great reputation for friendly service, hearty portions of food and fine selection of real ales.

 

 

Alnwick Gardens

Alnwick Gardens

Just 5 minutes drive from the house, visit The Alnwick Gardens for a day out full of the unexpected. An extraordinary contemporary garden with interactive water features for the children! (pack waterproofs or take a towel), a poison garden and traditional walled and rose gardens plus a maze and a great seasonal activity programme.

Alnmouth

Alnmouth

A short drive will take you to the charming village of Alnmouth with its brightly painted houses nestled along the bank of the North Aln Estuary. The Dandelion café does a great hot chocolate or ice cream sundaes, the Hope and Anchor is a fun family friendly pizzeria and The Old School house gallery sells some unique art. The beach walk is wonderful and there is a lovely play area by the boat yard with a bbq for your sausage sizzle.

Barter Books

Barter Books

Occupying a magnificent Victorian railway station in the heart of Alnwick, Barter Books is one of Europe's largest second hand bookstores, and is a focal point for artists, linguists and literature enthusiasts. The "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters were first designed here during the second world war. The coffee shop sells delicious homemade snacks and light lunches and children will love the little train whizzing around the top of the book shelves.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

A wonderful day out for all the family in the home of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. Here you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter, test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest, or explore a world of wobbly rope bridges and treetop walkways within the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens. A light lunch of very special evening meal is a must in the Treehouse.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle

Walk or cycle along the flat shoreline where the skeletal fingers of the castle jut dramatically towards the skyline, take in the wonderful views over towards the Farne Islands seabird colony, explore the sheer diversity of the landscape on a coastal walk from nearby Howick to Cullernose Point, or discover the hidden cove of Rumbling Kern once used as a cache for whisky smuggling and bootlegging.

Coastline at Sunrise

Coastline at Sunrise

With miles and miles of stunning coastline to explore ,be sure to spend some time watching the sunrise or sunset. Try your luck a the little bird hide behind Newton by the sea and a trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses on Billy Shiels boats is a holiday must at bird or seal breeding time.

Holy Island

Holy Island

Visit the famous Lindesfarne Castle and Priory on Holy Island. Only accessible via a causeway during low tide, this spectacular venue is perfect for a family trip. Be sure to check the tide times before embarking on your journey! A gallop on the beach can be arranged through Kimmerston riding stables.

Fishing on the Coquet

Fishing on the Coquet

The river coquet is one of the most productive sea trout rivers in England and fishing can be arranged in season. Pop into the world famous Hardy's of Alnwick to replenish your tackle.

Ingram Valley

Ingram Valley

Head to Ingram to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park, or pack your mountain bike, walking boots and climbing kit to experience the endless traffic-free trails and dramatic open landscapes of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills, taking in iron-age hill forts, Hadrian’s Wall and some amazing panoramic vistas along the way.

Links Golf

Links Golf

Why not dust off the clubs and play some of the outstanding local links courses, incluidng Bamburgh Castle, Foxton, Goswick & Dunstanburgh Castle

Craster

Craster

A delightful fishing village with fantastic café, pub and Robson's fish shop (famous for Craster Kippers). Park in Craster and walk to Dunstanburgh Castle along the rolling sea hills.

Howick Hall

Howick Hall

5 mins away, the home of Earl Grey Tea has wonderful gardens, famous for its snowdrops and arboretum down to the coast. There is an amazingly grand tea room which is well worth a visit.

Cragside & Rothbury

Cragside & Rothbury

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. 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 the adventure play area and exploring Nelly's Labyrinth.

Bamburgh

Bamburgh

A great day out with a stunning castle, Grace Darling museum, quaint tea rooms, excellent pubs, scrummy ice creams and wonderful beach.