Coal Drops in Alnwick, Northumberland

What to Expect

This converted stone railway depot sits deep in the Northumbrian countryside and is a wonderful place for a family or group of friends to get away from it all.

Its central location in the rolling landscape and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors give superb panoramic views, with the nearby ruins of Edlingham Castle to give you your bearings.

Visit the castle and village of Edlingham, explore the wild moorland in this part of the country, spend the day in Alnwick with its living, working castle (aka Hogwarts), visit historic Cragside or try the beach and world-beating fish and chips at Alnmouth.

At A Glance

Historic location
Unique conversion
All ground floor
Stunning views
Alfresco dining
Floor to ceiling glass doors


Gas hob, electric oven
Broadband Wifi
TV/DVD player
Cot and high chair available
Off-road parking

About Coal Drops

All ground floor, sleeping four in one master double bedroom with double bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and fitted shower, wash hand basin and WC; and a clever twin with handy, stylish fitted movable dividing doors for privacy if needed, plus en suite shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.

The naturally lit open plan living and dining area has two armchairs facing outwards towards the fantastic views. And the fitted kitchen area and four-seater dining set are to the rear.

Off-road parking and a stylish, low stone walled and paved patio area to enjoy breakfasts and evening meals in peace.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Alnwick

The Coal Drops refers to the former use of this building, which was a drop-off point for coal along the railway that ran past the cottage. The disused rail bed is now part of the Northumberland Railway Walks network, which crosses central Northumberland and is a great way to start your day with the dogs in tow. If you’re on foot, bike or in the car, don’t miss Edlingham Castle, which you can see from the cottage. This scheduled monument and Grade I listed ruin dates to about 1300.

A short drive up the B6341 lies Alnwick. In recent years, the town has gained fame as the setting for Hogwarts, given life by Alnwick Castle. There are guided Harry Potter related tours, but the castle itself, which is the home of the real Duke of Northumberland, also houses the Castle Gardens, with Europe’s biggest water cascade, a gigantic treehouse, rose garden and walled ornamental garden. Alnwick offers a huge array of eateries, pubs, and independent shops selling local produce outside the walls.

Drive southwards and visit the National Trust’s property at Cragside, home of the world’s first water-powered electric lighting, and Rothbury, the beating heart of the local countryside. Head for the coast at Alnmouth, in the Northumberland Coast AONB. Dunstanburgh Castle is the nearest, but slightly further north lies Bamburgh and, tides permitting, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Depending on the time of year, take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands to see the world-famous puffins.

Last Word

This is a superb single-storey stone building converted into a cottage with sliding glass doors that light the entire property and allow fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. With wooden flooring throughout and a paved patio directly through the glass doors, there’s plenty of room for people and two dogs to move, relax and enjoy some fresh air in a breathtaking setting.

Nature lovers, walkers, bikers and hikers are spoilt for choice from this spot due to the network of paths left by disused railways, not to mention the local river network feeding the Aln. Spend the morning roaming the local hills and moors and end up in Alnwick or Rothbury for a good feed and some r&r. Take a short drive to Rothbury for real countryside produce and hospitality, or head eastwards to the seaside for some locally caught fish with superb chips.

The historic landmarks all around the area should keep grown-ups interested, while Alnwick Castle and Gardens is a place for all the family. Dogs and nature lovers will love the 64km long Northumberland Coast AONB. For other delights, Newcastle upon Tyne awaits just to the south. At the end of the day, come home to an exceptional cottage in a very special place.

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Coal Drops
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