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Harbottle, the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park


Lying on the banks of the River Coquet inside the National Park, The Orchards offers a fabulous situation sitting within its own grounds of an acre. Occupying a truly unspoilt corner of Northumberland, the village of Harbottle enjoys a beautiful location with wonderful views to the Cheviots.

There are several walks directly from the property including the famous 25’tall Drake Stone and the nearby Harbottle Lake. (The Drake Stone is believed to derived its name from the Druid ‘Draag’ Stone and is reputedly associated with special ceremonies).

The pleasant walk to the Rose and Crown at Alwinton starts from the footbridge to the rear of the property, while the ruins of the original Harbottle Castle built in 1160 by Henry II to keep the ‘marauding Scots’ at bay is situated above the village and is worth a visit.

While The Orchards offers a country idyll, it also offers good access to the Heritage Coast with its many attractions . For example : a boat trip to view the wildlife of the Farne Islands, a trip across the causeway to Holy Island (Lindisfarne NT), or visits to Craster -famous for its kipper production and Seahouses. To name but a few!

Additionally, Northumberland is noted for its castles and Bamburgh, Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and the world famous Alnwick Castle and tree house are all accessible.

The largest manmade lake in Northern Europe Kielder Water lies about 27 miles away and offers water activities including canoeing, sailing and water-boarding offering instructor- led activities which allow participants to experience the ultimate views of Kielder Forest and the forest paths. There are also boat trips and ‘Go Active’ activities including archery, crossbow, water-walkers (Body Zorbs) and sea scooters.

To the south is Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage Site, and approximately 40 miles away. Here there is the opportunity to visit several museums and forts including Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters Roman Fort and museum. Meanwhile the impressive National Trust property ‘Cragside’ lies approximately 8 miles away just outside Rothbury.

The interactive map below shows the location of The Orchards holiday cottage in the attractive village of Harbottle in the Northumberland National Park.


For Satnav directions the postcode is NE65 7DH.

1. To navigate to Harbottle from the A1 take the A697 (sign posted Coldstream)

2. And then take the B6344 sign posted to Rothbury.

3. The B6344 ends a a T junction. Turn left here and on to the B6341 and proceed through Rothbury and on to Thropton.

4. As you enter Thropton village continue over the hump backed bridge and continue on the B6341, through the village.

5. After approximately 2 miles the road bends sharply to the left opposite some farm buildings. At this point go straight ahead. Harbottle is signposted at this point.

6. Continue on this road for approximately 2 miles passing Sharperton on your right. Cross the Sharperton bridge and continue straight ahead (do not turn left!) . Nearly there!

7. Continue on to Harbottle. Shortly after entering the village the road turns sharply left. At this point turn right into the lane.

8. The Orchards is the last dwelling on the left after approximately 200yards. If you reach the river or manor house you have gone too far!

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