Find out everything you need about Swan Lodge in Otterburn, Northumberland and whether this holiday rental is right for you.
This contemporary lodge is part of a private 500-acre woodland site next to Northumberland National Park and an excellent place for a family, group of friends or colleagues and a dog to have a unique countryside break.
Its private location on the grounds of Otterburn Hall ensures peace and quiet, and there is the luxury of a hot tub on the raised decking to make the most of the superb surroundings.
Enjoy historic Otterburn, witness one of the many border battles that once raged in this part of the world, and venture into the heart of Northumberland, with its dark skies, wild countryside, sandy beaches, and centuries of history.
Sleeping six in three bedrooms, all ground floor, one king-size double with en-suite shower and wash hand basin, one double and one twin, with family size bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC.
Contemporary furnishing throughout, two stylish and comfy black leather sofas in open plan living, dining and kitchen area, tiled floors to cope with muddy paws and boots.
Off-road parking for two cars, fishing lake in the grounds (unfenced, so take care of kids and dog), a shared 500-acre woodland site closed to the public, private decked area with alfresco dining set and hot tub.
The lodge is part of the private Otterburn Hall holiday site and uses the grounds’ 50-acre area to provide quiet woodland walks and a fishing lake for those of that persuasion. With so much room to roam, guests of all ages and your four-legged friends will love spending time exploring and watching out for the local wildlife.
Through the site flows the Otter Burn, from which the local town gets its name; follow the burn into town, stock up at the local supermarket, and try the Otterburn Mill, producer of fine fabrics, plus its own cafe.
The holiday site lies on the edge of Northumberland National Park, which covers the area up to the Scottish border. Follow one of the national and regional trails (or hit the road in the car), maybe heading south towards Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, with its national walking path. Explore world-famous landmarks, including Vindolanda and Housesteads Roman settlements, plus some charming villages like Once Brewed, where you can stop for a rest and refreshments.
Head west and visit Kielder Forest Park, with hundreds of wildlife species and 2,000 acres of water to fish in. Stay up late at the dark sky park and Kielder Observatory, where you can see more stars than in any other part of England. For daytime excursions, try Alnwick, home of Hogwarts, Rothbury with its Cragside World Heritage Centre, and the seaside beauty of Northumberland Coast AONB.
This holiday lodge has lots to offer those who love the countryside, good food and drink, and local history and culture. It is especially popular with anglers, thanks to its private fishing lake within the grounds. Still, everybody will enjoy the peaceful expanse of grass and woodland at their own pace, including the river which flows through the site to Otterburn village. This unspoilt part of Northumberland feels steeped in history, which indeed it is, and its combination with the natural landscape is guaranteed to take people out of their every day worries.
Northumberland National Park is right on the doorstep, stretching from Hadrian’s Wall in the south to Kielder and the Scottish border in the north. There is more fishing to be had here, plus walking, cycle riding and plenty of wild sports if that’s what people want.
The dog, meanwhile, will be happy exploring every part of this beautiful landscape. There is lots of local hospitality for both humans and dogs to be enjoyed in the remote villages along the way.
For more natural beauty, the Northumberland coast is a short drive away, while there is plenty of shopping, eating and drinking to enjoy from Alnwick to Berwick and Newcastle upon Tyne if the mood takes you. A superb lodge with choices to please people of all ages and one well-satisfied dog.