Barn Cottage provides the perfect rural retreat
Go off the beaten track in Northumberland
Posted: 22 November 2012
Barn Cottage, Northumberland
Rural Retreats has an extensive range of child-friendly cottages and country houses on offer. Some welcome the family dog, too. All come with free hampers containing useful basics like milk and bread, as well as treats such as local cakes and wine.
Venture to a lesser-travelled part of England, such as Northumberland, and the rewards are huge. Barn Cottage is situated just outside the village of Ellingham with a sea view across rolling cornfields. With two bedrooms, a comfortable lounge and dining conservatory, all with flagstone floors with heating beneath, it's within an easy drive of Alnwick Castle (which features in the Harry Potter films) where your child can learn to ride a broomstick.
The sweeping branches of Bamburgh and Alnmouth are a short drive away. An absolute must is a Billy Shiel's (www.farne-islands.com) boat trip from Seahouses to see the puffins and seals on the magical Farne Islands. Seven nights for a family of four in Barn Cottage costs from £898; www.ruralretreats.co.uk.
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