January 13, 2017#

Holiday Cottages in Northumberland in Northumberland Countryside

Sand and Castle offer self catering luxury holiday cottages in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside for holiday lets.

Swallows End gin gang lounge

Swallows End garden

Swallows End beautiful Northumbrian garden

The view from Swallows End garden

Swallows End is located in the beautiful Coquet Valley, in the coastal area of Northumberland.  In the nearby village of Longframlington there are three good country pubs within walking distance for food and drink. The Anglers Arms is particular favourite in its picturesque setting on the River Coquet.

The luxurious accommodation sleeps 8 and is ideal for guest attending weddings at nearby Brinkburn Priory. For smaller parties Dairy Cottage is two minutes walk from Swallows End and sleeps 4 and is ideal for families with young children with lots of safe play areas.

Dairy Cottage

Dairy cottage lounge with wood burning stove

Pony in the adjoining paddock at Dairy Cottage



January 7, 2017#

Luxury self-catering holiday cottages in Northumberland near the beach

Sand & Castle are a small family run self-catering holiday cottage agency in Northumberland. We offer a range of top quality five star luxury accommodation, within a short drive to the magnificent Northumbrian Coastline and beaches. These are a selection of our holiday cottages in close proximity to four of Northumbria’s finest beaches. Also check our late availability for last minute offers.

Orchard Cottage is located next to the Doxford Hall, a luxury hotel and spar and is a short drive to the coastal village of Beadnell and its famous stretch of golden sand.

Orchard Cottage sleeps 6 and is dog friendly

Orchard Cottage lounge

Beadnell Bay is a short drive from Orchard Cottage

Coast Cottage is located 4 miles east of Alnwick on the Northumberland coast. A detached self-catering luxury holiday cottage with is private garden, and is within walking distance from Sugar Sands, one of Northumberland hidden gems of a beach.

Coast Cottage sleeps 8 and is dog friendly

Coast Cottage lounge

Sugar Sands within walking distance from Coast Cottage

Alnmouth is one of the most popular destinations for holiday makers in Northumberland. Midwood Cottage and Midwood Lodge are located in the centre of the picturesque coastal village.

Mid wood Cottage and Lodge Alnmouth

Alnmouth beach

Alnmouth beach and dunes

One of the most beautiful stretches of undisturbed beach in the UK is at Bamburgh. Pepperclose Cottage is situated on the village green under the Castle.

Pepperclose Cottage sleeps 4

Pepperclose Cottage lounge

Bamburg Castle and beach

January 5, 2017#

Cottages Near Alnwick Gardens

Sand & Castle offer self catering holiday accommodation on the Northumberland coast close to the prestigious Alnwick Gardens.

Alnwick Gardens Spring Blossom


Coast Cottage luxury self catering cottage is located 4 miles from the beautiful Alnwick gardens which re-opens on February 3rd 2017.  Coast Cottage sleeps 8 people and is ideal for a family holiday near the Northumberland Coast.

Coast Cottage sleeps 8 people, 4 miles from Alnwick Garden


Coast Cottage Northumberland Coast

January 3, 2017#

Holiday Cottage Alnmouth on Northumberland Coast

Mid wood Lodge self catering cottage in Alnmouth

Midwood Lodge and Midwood Cottage are two self catering cottages in the beautiful Northumbrian Coastal Village of Alnmouth.  The village is almost picture postcard perfect with its colourful cottages, at it’s best on a sunny day when the tide is out revealing the vast expanses of golden sand.

Alnmouth village and beach on the Northumbrian coast

Sand & Castle offer a range of luxury holiday cottages in Northumberland from coast to the beautiful countryside.

Alnmouth beach Northumberland

January 2, 2017#

Late Availability Cottages Northumberland Coast

Late availability offer, 10% off all January and February 2017 bookings at Orchard Cottage and Coast Coast.

Orchard Cottage near Beadnell Sleeps 6 and dog friendly

Call us on 01665 570 576 or email enquiries@sandandcastle.co.uk quoting OFFER171

Orchard Cottage Lounge

We have 5 Star luxury self catering cottages situated all along the beautiful Northumbria Coast for summer bookings at Sand & Castle

Coast Cottage private garden. Sleeps 8 dog friendly

January 1, 2017#

Holiday Cottage Bamburgh Northumberland

Pepperclose cottage in Bamburgh

Pepperclose cottage in Bamburgh

Pepperclose Cottage is a fully restored, stone-built 18th century, 5-Star self-catering holiday cottage in Bamburgh, Northumberland. It sits across the cricket field below Bamburgh Castle, which can be seen through the cottage windows to the east and south.

Pepperclose Cottage is one of may luxury holiday cottages in Northumberland managed by Sand & Castle

January 1, 2017#

Luxury Holiday Cottages on Northumberland Coast

Coast Cottage situated on the Northumbrian Coast sleeps 8.

At Sand and Castle we have a range of beautiful luxury cottages on the Northumberland coast. Some are dog friendly. Our holiday cottages range from Bamburg beach to Alnwick sleeping between 2 and 8 people.

Pepperclose Cottage in the centre of Bamburgh.

December 1, 2014#

Kielder Winter Wonderland

Imagine walking with your children through an enchanted forest before meeting Santa? This year the Kielder Winter Wonderland offers you that very opportunity!


Kielder Winter Wonderland is a unique, theatrical event held in the stunning forest and lakeside setting of the award winning Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland. Families enjoy a full day experience of activities and surprises to delight the children with the anticipation of Christmas.

The highlight of your day is the visit to Father Christmas in his secret woodland home. Who will you meet as the elves guide you through the twinkling enchanted forest? It’s a mystery how Father Christmas knows so much about you and you will be delighted with his special gift for you to cherish.

For ticket information and opening times, visit the Kielder Winter Wonderland site, here.


Given its remote location, the Kielder Winter Wonderland is definitely a full family day out.

Sand and Castle are delighted to bring you two properties located approximately a 60 minute drive from Kielder Winter Wonderland.

Foxhole House in Haltwhistle and Swallows End in Longframlington are fantastic family properties, both being ideally located to explore Kielder and the wider Northumberland region.

August 29, 2014#

Featuring our new 5 star luxury cottage – Foxhole House

Foxhole House

With a professionally designed interior and the stunning grounds that Foxhole House has on offer this is a beautiful 5 star property in Northumberland. With its close proximity to Hadrians Wall and Vindolanda you can enjoy the countryside and some wonderful history too. This unique property sleeps 12 and is available to book now.

July 29, 2014#

Focus on: Craster


In a new series of blog posts we uncover some of the gems of Northumberland, starting this week with a look at the key attractions in and around Craster.

We also feature two Sand & Castle properties, perfectly located to explore this picturesque harbour village.

The Jolly Fisherman

The Jolly Fisherman was established by Charles Archbold in 1847. Over the past 165 years the building has grown in both size and reputation and is popular with locals, coastal ramblers and day-trippers alike.

Following a full refurbishment in 2012, publican David Whitehead has established a fantastic new menu introducing classic seafood dishes with a modern twist.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle was built around 1313 by Earl Thomas of Lancaster at a time when relations between King Edward II and Earl Thomas had become openly hostile. The castle was particularly grand and competed in style with the latest royal castles being built by the king in Wales at the time.

Ironically the Earl’s rebellion was defeated in 1322 when he was taken prisoner before reaching the sanctuary of the castle and he was executed. The castle passed to John of Guant who used it as a place of strength against the Scots and converted the twin towered gate house into a keep.

It was the focus of fierce fighting during the war of the roses and was twice beseiged and captured by Yorkist forces, subsequently falling into disrepair.

It now stands on the coastline as an imposing reminder of Northumberland’s dramatic history. It is also a key place of interest in the wonderful coastal walk from Craster to Low Newton – voted by The Guardian as one the UK’s top ten walks.

Mick Oxley Gallery

Inspired by the constantly changing coastal landscape, artist Mick Oxley creates artwork reflecting the moods, light and textures of this unique Northumbrian location.

The Mick Oxley Gallery is a purpose designed space giving visitors the opportunity to see Mick at work and also to purchase original works, limited edition prints and cards.The gallery also houses a wide selection of objets d’art and gifts, with work from noted artists from throughout the country.

This includes photography, jewellery, blacksmith’s art, woodwork, pottery, glass, textiles and driftwood furniture.

Howick Hall & Gardens

The gardens at Howick are deliberately aimed at garden lovers with the extensive grounds offering a wide variety of plants throughout the year and are open from early February until mid November. They are open daily between 10.30am – 6pm.

Restoration work has recently been completed in the original entrance hall of Howick Hall to create a Visitor Centre where detailed information about Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum is displayed.

Arnold Memorial Nature Reserve

The reserve lies on an outcrop of the Whin Sill; it is an old quarry with scrub and woodland. The woodland and scrub includes ash, elm, Scots pine, elder and gorse with willow fringing the stream.

The reserve, an old quarry, is within Craster Heugh, an outcrop of the Whin Sill that provides an important habitat for both migrant and breeding birds. The Sill tracks north from here to provide the vantage point for Dunstanburgh Castle a mile up the coast.


Sand & Castle Recommends…


  • Luxurious, double fronted, stone fisherman’s cottage with beautiful views of the harbour
  • 5 star accommodation, sleeps 8
  • Stylish contemporary interiors with a coastal flavour
  • Great coastal holiday cottage for group or family get-togethers

Bedroom 2

  • Beautiful stone fisherman’s cottage with wonderful views of the harbour
  • 4 star accommodation, sleeps 6
  • Cosy and comfortable, with fresh and pretty cottage decor
  • A perfect base for exploring the Northumberland coast.
  • Perfect for couples or smaller families