Laburnum Cottage in Alnwick, Northumberland

What to Expect

Guests have left rave reviews on this little gem, tucked away off the high street and only a five-minute walk into the town centre. It has been presented immaculately with particular attention to detail throughout.

There are Molton Brown toiletries, essentials such as butter and milk are provided, and a hamper of local cheeses and wine welcomes you on arrival.

Alnwick is on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the Kelder Observatory nearby with regular stargazing events. Closer still is the vibrant town centre that lies in the shadow of one of the best-preserved castles in the country.

At A Glance

Quiet location
On-road parking
Free-standing bath
Exposed stone interior
Alfresco dining
Eat-in kitchen


Underfloor heating
Bluetooth speakers
Welcome hamper
Utility & cloakroom
Doggie treats and bed

About Laburnum Cottage

Its five-star interior has three bedrooms, sleeping six, all with hairdryers and Bluetooth integrated speakers, and the en suite and main bathroom have speakers too.

The cosy sitting room has a gas fire, shelves of books and shutters at the deep-set windows. There is underfloor heating throughout, the eat-in kitchen is generously proportioned with a gas cooker and there is a cloakroom and a utility room with a washer/dryer.

There is a private back patio with plush garden furniture perfect for alfresco dining and there is an established garden at the front of the property. There is always on-road parking available.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Alnwick

If you can drag yourself away from this delightful holiday home, there is a lot to discover in and around Alnwick. You are in a quiet location that is a five-minute walk to the town centre. A visit to the town’s oldest pub, the Black Swan, provides the true essence of the area. Robbie Burns, the famed Scottish poet, stopped at this pub back in 1787. It is believed he only left Scotland three times and he spent a night there in one of the rooms above the pub. Paying tribute to this is the pub’s signature dish of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with raspberry and single malt jus. The Big Pig in Blanket with cheese sauce and crispy onions is a big hit too. Here you can sample one of the Blaydon upon Tyne-based Firebrick Brewery’s real ales.

Some of the country’s best beaches are a short distance from Alnwick. Alnmouth Beach is spectacular, but it’s not advisable to swim here, so head instead for the Marine Conservation Warkworth Beach with its half a mile of golden sands and gently lapping waves. You can hire a boat at Amble to go on a puffin cruise that skirts the shores of Coquet Island. Lindisfarne, or Holy Island as it is often called, is a 40-minute drive but make sure you find out when the tide is coming in or you might be left stranded on the island.

No stay in Alnwick is complete without at least one day out and about in the castle’s grounds, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Relatively new, it has been a labour of love of the Duchess who had a vision to transform a forgotten 12-acre plot next to the castle. From the tranquillity of the Cherry Orchard to the roar of water from the Grand Cascade, the Jacques and Peter Wirtz landscaped garden has more than 4,000 species of plants.

Last Word

Before you enter this local stone cottage, you are likely to guess that you will be in for a pleasant surprise. There is an established garden out front and a private alfresco dining area at the back that can be accessed through the kitchen. The interior is designed to please even the most discerning guest. There’s milk and butter in the fridge and if the journey has worked up an appetite for you, there is sourdough bread, pickles, local cheeses and wine in the welcome hamper.

The owners have gone that extra mile to ensure that you are pampered during your stay. There are extra pillows if you need them, hairdryers in all three rooms, Molton Brown toiletries and even the bathrooms have integrated Bluetooth speakers.

Take a stroll into town and the hours will fly by browsing the independent shops such as Marilyn and Melrose, the Linen Cupboard, Alnwick Vintage & Antique and the Beehive. If you are a bookworm, prepare to spend a long time in Barter Books, a converted Victorian railway station that still retains many of its original features.

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Laburnum Cottage
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