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For your holiday cottage in North East England

map for holiday cottage in north east englandIt isn't only Geordies who live in Northumbria. The whole of north east England (Durham, Northumberland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the other coastal cities) has a distinctive cultural identity (not to mention accents) that make it feel very different from the rest of England. Most southern English have never been here and are probably more familiar with France or Florida. Which in itself is an excellent reason for going – there's nothing like the thrill of discovery, especially in your own country.

Find out more about the areas below and choose between holiday cottages in Northumberland, Durham and on the coast of North East England.

Holiday cottages in Northumberland

The good news about the weather is that Northumbria is one of the drier parts of the UK and, this far north, it enjoys extra-long summer evenings. The coastline is stunning, particularly towards the north, and you never have to drive far inland before the road starts to rise as you approach the Pennines. Added to the natural beauty of coast and hill are some great towns and cities, of which the greatest are Durham with its cathedral and Newcastle with its bridges and newly revived and vibrant city centre and nightlife. There are still areas of industrial dereliction and dreary housing, but it's stimulating to visit an area that feels so go-ahead and sure of its own identity.

Cottage holidays in and around Durham

the city of durhamDurham is one of those cities you just have to visit. Even if you're not into churches, the Norman cathedral, perched above a loop in the River Wear, is simply stunning. County Durham used to be run by the Prince Bishops, whose job in the Middle Ages was to run the place and stave off the chaos to the north, and there are several interesting towns that reflect their iron rule, including Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle. Coal mining has left a legacy of industrial towns (the Beamish mine museum gives a taste of what life underground was like), but there is attractive countryside to the west in Teesdale and Weardale. These valleys lead up to high Pennine moorland that runs north to Hexham and Hadrian's Wall.

Newcastle cottage holidays

Turn right when you reach Hadrian's Wall (now a continuous path and well worth a visit) and you will eventually descend to the city of Newcastle. The redevelopment of Newcastle has concentrated on its Tyne frontage. There's a stunning new curved pedestrian bridge across to Gateshead and the riverside Baltic Centre for Visual Arts (a huge former flour mill) and a string of new and revamped hotels, offices and other buildings. They say you need to be there after midnight to experience the true liveliness of the place.

Newcastle is great for a day (or night) out, but the area to the north is where an increasing number of holidaymakers head and where good holiday cottages can be found. From Whitley Bay, just outside Newcastle, to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Scottish border, lies a sweep of wild coastline with some of Britain's best beaches, most dramatic castles and oldest historical and religious sites. It has been collectively labelled the North Northumberland Heritage Coast and it – and the countryside, towns and villages inland – makes a superb cottage holiday destination.

Holiday cottages on the coast

Alnmouth, idyllically situated on a sweep of beach, is a pretty seaside town and a few miles inland is Alnwick, recently declared the best place in Britain to live! There are lots of holiday cottages in the area, which is within easy reach of Bamburgh Castle. On the coast opposite the Farne Islands, this is one of Britain's most photographed sites, while just to the north is Holy Island, linked to the mainland by a tidal causeway and home to Lindisfarne Castle and Priory. Just a few miles further north is Berwick-upon-Tweed, an attractive town that marks the end of England. Inland, the National Park stretches up into the Cheviot Hills on the Scottish border: this is superb walking country.

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