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Birsley Cottage

(Ref. 1122118)

Alnwick, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Homely, comfortable and perfectly located for exploring all of Northumberland country & coast. Had everything in the cottage you would need for a short break. Enclosed and fairly private garden was perfect for our dog and will be lovely for sitting in in the summer. Gorgeous views from the track in. We would highly recommend & definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jess5.0Mar 2024

  • "Very comfortable and well appointed cottage with everything you could wish for."

    Well maintained and in a lovely setting. One very small request would be some explicit instructions on where the bridal paths are for walking, as, unlike Scotland,, I know there is no "right to roam" and you don't want to end up where you're not supposed to be.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Mar 2024

  • "What a wonderful cottage with spectacular views across the valley."

    We were so comfortable and happy there we didn't want to come home. Perfect for accessing the beautiful coastline and historic sites. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Juliet5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a wonderful Christmas week and seeing the Christmas tree was a lovely touch."

    The cottage was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything was provided. We would certainly recommend it and would love to return. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Marylyn5.0Dec 2023

  • "We enjoyed a great week unfortunately the snow and rain made it a bit difficult to get in and out ,but Birsley cottage was a wonderful place to stay you need for nothing, it has everything ."

    If you could award 6 stars you would Hope to be back very soon THANK YOU Dennis&Gilly

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Dec 2023

  • "What a lovely cottage."

    Fantastic scenery and quiet location yet close enough to Alnwick. Brilliant location to visit all the sites - Bamburgh, Holy Island and Cragside to mention a few. Very spacious cottage and well equipped. The back garden is very secure for your canine friend. One of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent property very well appointed and with."

    Great range of facilities. Only problem was with heating in upstairs bedroom which seemed to be set and locked on 14 degrees during the night and 16 during the day, and the latter only when downstairs thermostat changed! Perhaps set it overnight at a more comfortable 16 and at least 18 during the day? Although we put bins out as requested on the right day, they were not emptied.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2023

  • "Birsley Cottage is an ideal holiday property."

    The location is peaceful and deep in the countryside, but with easy access to attractions and facilities in Alnwick. A very high standard of accommodation, spacious and comfortable for 4 people. We would be very happy to return.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "The accommodation was really well furnished to a high standard throughout and it was a really nice cottage."

    To be as constructive as possible, on arrival we noticed cleaning products left out, no problem we put them away and the ash in the fire was left behind. The front door mat caused a slip as it was on tiled floor and the towel rail was not working in the downstairs bathroom. It felt a little restrictive with the tiniest bottle of washing up liquid( enough for one wash?) and two logs in the basket for the open fire ( walm weather luckily). All this was cosmetic but changed your view of what we felt overall. The cottage did have restricted views of the countyside but this wasn’t offered so nothing we could complain about. However, when we selected ‘Dog friendly’ as a filter we accept the dogs should not go on the beds, which ours don’t, but they sleep in their baskets in the bedroom and we didn’t expect the owners to restrict access to this area as per the local information sheets. This caused some issues with the dogs barking and hopefully we didn’t disturb any other residents. We however were up a few times in the night to reassure the pets all was ok.

    Reviewed by Susan3.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage if you are looking to get away from it all but still close enough to enjoy everything Northumberland has to offer."

    No more than 30 minutes drive to Holy Island, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castle. Warkworth / Alnmouth for the beach and Cragside NT only 15-20 minutes away and all worth a visit with Alnwick only down the road for provisions. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you need and the welcome pack of biscuits / tea / coffee was just what we needed after a long journey. We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely loved Birsley cottage & had a fantastic holiday."

    The cottage is beautiful & we could want for nothing as it is so well equipped. It's a lovely peaceful location with lots of super evening walks (thanks for the handily marked OS map). Hope to come back again soon!

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "We arrived to no electricity and after thirty minutes we managed to access the metre box to reset the electricity however the plugs in bedrooms and bathroom towel rail did not work until electrician came again on Monday morning."

    Reviewed by Anthony2.8Jun 2023

  • "We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay."

    The property is well equipped and in a peaceful location but still close to Alnwick and the coast. The rear garden is well enclosed for the dog which is not always the case in holiday homes. The owners have created a wonderful retreat for their guests and we much appreciated it.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2023

  • "We love Birsley, having stayed about 4 times now."

    Great cottage, great location. Fabulous views south west from the driveway outside the cottage. Sadly a neighbour's fence, higher than it needs to be, is right outside the only window facing south west blocking this view to almost completely. This is the main drawback. Otherwise it's all good. Some kitchen scales would be nice.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Apr 2023

  • "This is a lovely property in a beautiful location near Alnwick ."

    We have stayed in many cottages in the area and Birsley cottage is one we would definitely return to . Despite staying in the coldest week in April the log burner kept us warm , after an initial problem finding logs so late in April .We throughly enjoyed our week and the cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was amazing with everything and more."

    Very comfortable. Unfortunately the day before we were due to leave we were left with no heating and hot water. It was a very cold and wet day out. This was not fixed until appx 5pm. Even then because of underfloor heating the house did not heat up. My friend who does not keep well had to go to bed with two hot water bottles which I had thankfully taken. I have been on constantly to office since coming back. Eventually offered £50 compensation. Considering how much we paid I am not happy with the outcome!!!!!!!

    Reviewed by Charmaine4.1Mar 2023

  • "Our third stay at Birsley and we never want to leave when it’s time."

    A beautiful and very comfortable house in a fantastic location. The addition of the wood burning stove was a lovely surprise when we arrived on a very cold February day.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Feb 2023

  • "We found the cottage to be clean and comfortable and extremely well equipped."

    If felt cosy and homely, peaceful and quiet. It was also in a stunning location, well placed for exploring this beautiful area. Probably the best rental that we have stayed in over the years and I am sure we will return.

    Oct 2021

  • "Comfortable, well appointed cottage in a quiet location."

    Very clean with all the modern conveniences. Easy parking. Secure, enclosed garden for the dogs. Beautiful countryside walks from the cottage. Would definitely stay here again.

    Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in quite a remote but very beautiful location."

    A short drive from Alnwick and a great location to explore the wider area from.

    Jan 2020

  • "Clean and well equipped cottage in a lovely part of Northumberland."

    Nov 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    .....hope to return!

    Jun 2019

  • "Property very well appointed and in excellent condition."

    Easy access by car to Alnwick and all that lovely area has to offer.

    Jun 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    .very clean and comfortable with everything we needed.....and of course the scenery was stunning! We would definitely return!

    May 2019

  • "An excellent cottage in a very peaceful location."

    Oct 2018

  • "Comfortable cottage set in countryside with beautiful views."

    Aug 2018

  • "Beautiful remote location, cottage internal arrangement was excellent with a high level of equipment."

    Aug 2018

  • "We have had a wonderful relaxing week in this nice converted cottage."

    Northumberland scenery is wonderful and this week’s weather has shown it at it’s best.

    Jul 2018

  • "Beautiful converted cottage, tastefully furnished and equipped to a very high standard."

    I particularly enjoyed all the fabulous paintings.

    Jul 2018

  • "Amazing holiday and cottage."

    We will be back to beautiful Northumberland.

    May 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with everything you need ."

    Very relaxing stay.

    May 2018

  • "A beautiful property, very tastefully converted, and set in a lovely location."

    Ideal location for touring all of the beautiful sights in the area, from Holy Island to Warkworth. And some of the best beaches we have ever seen.

    Apr 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: Ground-floor super king-size zip-link (can be set up as a twin on request) with TV, 1 x king-size with TV and en-suite with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with log burner
  • Underfloor heating with log burner
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • 3 x TV, DVD player, BOSE blue tooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 3.6 miles. Please note: This property does not accept short breaks.

The property

Alnwick town centre 4.3 miles.

Settled into a rural location on the outskirts of the town of Alnwick, Birsley Cottage is a beautiful stone property nestled into a group of quaint cottages, ideal for a family or two couples who would love to spend time in the more rural side of Northumberland.

Several miles from the town centre of Alnwick, this stunning property welcomes you with breath-taking views of the local countryside, so park off-road and make yourself at home in the fantastic open-plan living area.

Tall ceilings punctuated by traditional roof beams create a light and airy feel to a space where you can recline on a selection of sofas beside a woodburner and catch up on your favourite TV shows.

When mealtimes call, a great kitchen space caters to your culinary needs with a range of home-from-home amenities whilst complementing the history of the property, and once you have cooked a heart-warming meal, you can enjoy it in at the dining table.

The property has a ground-floor bathroom, so warm up with a soak in the bath after long countryside walks, before settling down into one of the bedrooms, a ground-floor super king-size zip-link which can be set up as a twin, and there is a second king-size on the first-floor with homely décor and a handy en-suite.

Enjoy the courtyard garden and dine alfresco with a backdrop of mature shrubs and colourful plants.

Alnwick has many attractions for guests, beginning with scenic countryside walks and bird watching right on your doorstep.

Travel further into the town for riverside walks, convenience stores for you to buy your essentials and also a selection of tasty eateries, and Alnwick also has an amazing castle for you to explore.

If you wish to enjoy a day out at the coast, then head over to Alnmouth, where a sandy beach is ideal for picnics and watersports.

Make the idyllic countryside getaway with a stay at Birsley Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Alnmouth 4 miles; Bamburgh 15 miles; Rothbury 10 miles.

The attractive and historic market town of Alnwick is dominated by Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. The Castle Gardens, opened in 2002, are home to Europe's largest cascading water feature, a fabulous (and enormous) treehouse, a delightful rose garden and a beautiful, walled ornamental garden, which will delight novice and experienced gardeners alike. The castle is also famous as the setting for Hogwarts School featured in the Harry Potter films! The town's narrow streets have seen little change since the days when the London to Edinburgh stage coach passed through and the Market Place, with its stone cross, is still the central feature and the ideal venue for the weekly Saturday market. Alnwick offers a good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat and there is plenty to see and do, with miles of golden sandy beaches, numerous castles and boat trips to the famous Farne Islands all available nearby. Altogether a superb location for exploring Northumberland and its stunning Heritage Coastline.

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Note: The bed in bedroom 1 is a king-size zip-link as standard, if you require this to be twin beds, please contact us.