View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
Lovely open-plan, welcoming property
Sociable space for everyone, indoors and out
French doors lead to the balcony
Beautiful open-plan layout
The kitchen is well laid out and well-equipped
Breakfast bar where you can see what's cooking
Double bedroom with TV and ensuite shower room
Have an early night and watch TV
Ensuite shower room
Pretty features in the ensuite shower room
The twin room can be made super king-size if needed
Bright and airy with ensuite and TV
Ensuite with walk-in shower
Clean and contemporary finish throughout
Enjoy outdoor dining on the balcony
Enjoy a relxaxed alfresco breakfast
Make use of the on-site leisure facilities
Relax and watch some sport or use the gym
The Alnwick Gardens is just a walk away
Nearby Embleton Bay
View of the side of the property
1 / 23  View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
2 / 23  Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
3 / 23  Lovely open-plan, welcoming property
4 / 23  Sociable space for everyone, indoors and out
5 / 23  French doors lead to the balcony
6 / 23  Beautiful open-plan layout
7 / 23  The kitchen is well laid out and well-equipped
8 / 23  Breakfast bar where you can see what's cooking
9 / 23  Double bedroom with TV and ensuite shower room
10 / 23  Have an early night and watch TV
11 / 23  Ensuite shower room
12 / 23  Pretty features in the ensuite shower room
13 / 23  The twin room can be made super king-size if needed
14 / 23  Bright and airy with ensuite and TV
15 / 23  Ensuite with walk-in shower
16 / 23  Clean and contemporary finish throughout
17 / 23  Enjoy outdoor dining on the balcony
18 / 23  Enjoy a relxaxed alfresco breakfast
19 / 23  Make use of the on-site leisure facilities
20 / 23  Relax and watch some sport or use the gym
21 / 23  The Alnwick Gardens is just a walk away
22 / 23  Nearby Embleton Bay
23 / 23  View of the side of the property

Thornbrae Retreat,

Alnwick, Northumberland
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Spa Facilities
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Stunning contemporary stone-built cottage located on the doorstep of Alnwick town
  • A pleasant, easy drive to the scenic Northumberland coast
  • Enjoy a large, private outdoor space with your own hot tub and dining area
  • Gorgeous, contemporary interior with traditional touches
  • Ideal for a families and groups of friends get away to the seaside
  • An area surrounded by wonderful scenery, beaches, hikes and cultural attractions
Property code: CN218

Situated a stone’s throw away from Alnwick town and under a short drive to the beach, this double storey, stone built cottage is ideal to make the most of Alnwick and the Northumberland Coast.

In a perfect location for both beach lovers and those looking for a countryside retreat, this cottage is close to the stunning Alnmouth Beach, the bustling village high street and the cultural hotspots of Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle (where they filmed scenes from the Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey). No wonder it was voted 'Holiday Destination of the Year' by Countryfile Magazine in 2017! It’s an ideal place to suit everyone’s tastes and whether you're an outdoor lover, foodie, culture junkie or an adventurer, you'll find the perfect activity.

Just a few stone steps will lead you into the charming stone-built cottage where you will be greeted with contemporary, clean decor and a convenient cloakroom bathroom with WC. A large open plan lounge kitchen and dining area provides family and friends with the perfect hub to relax, catch up and enjoy each other's company in while stylish wood flooring create a country feel with a chic twist. Ample comfortable seating centres around a TV, while design-led touches that give the space a stylish edge. Fully fitted with a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave and oven with hob, for all your self-catering needs. The dining table has ample room for four guests, while the marble-topped breakfast bar provides casual dining and additional seating for three. The kitchen also includes a washing machine and dryer. On the first floor, guests can choose between two double bedrooms, both which boast generously sized en-suite shower rooms with underfloor heating and luxurious finishes and fittings for a restful stay. The first bedroom has a super-king-size bed, for added luxury. However, it is a zip and link bed, so can be transformed into a twin room for sharing.

The generous open plan, ground-floor living area features modern bi-fold doors that lead to a delightful decked balcony area. Here, guests can enjoy a dip in their private hot tub with a wooden fence for added privacy, sleek patio furniture and lovely views of the surrounding area. It’s the perfect spot for al fresco dining on balmy summer evenings. There is also access to a communal patio area with a large dining table, BBQ and sauna. Off-road parking is available for up to two cars.

  • 2 bedrooms - 2 doubles
  • 3 bathrooms - 2 en-suite shower rooms with WC and shower, 1 ground-floor cloakroom with WC
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Washing machine and dryer in the kitchen
  • Games, books and films
  • Decking area with private hot tub, garden table and chairs
  • Access to additional on-site leisure facilities including a gym, pool table, BBQ and lounge area
  • Bed linen included
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Pubs, shops and restaurants within easy driving distance
  • TV/DVD, iPod dock, and CD player in lounge
  • Free off-road parking for one or two cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets

This property joined our collection in 2018 and is managed by Nicola.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 24 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sue, 10th August 2019

The cottage is in a great location for exploring Northumberland. It is spacious, clean and has lovely grounds. It is comfortable and well equipped and the hot tub and games room is an added bonus. It was our first time staying there and would definitely return.

Reviewed by John, 15th June 2019

This holiday cottage is furnished and decorated to a very high standard and a very generous welcome pack is provided on arrival. The owners live on site and always available for advice. The cottage is ideally situated to access the very popular visitor attractions in the area and the Northumbrian coastline.

Reviewed by Graham, 11th May 2019

Five-star property with lovely, welcoming hosts - Julie & Mick. Alnwick is a lovely little town (with both the castle and gardens within walking distance of Thornbrae) and it's a great location for exploring all of Northumberland. We had a great holiday.

Reviewed by Terence, 4th May 2019

Very clean, good location, very comfortable and well equipped.

Reviewed by Simon, 6th April 2019

Fantastic family friendly accommodation in a great location. Very clean and kitted out to a very high standard. Thoroughly recommend.

Reviewed by Gerard, 27th March 2019

Amazing property, best holiday cottage we have stayed in!

Reviewed by Rachel, 23rd February 2019

Fabulous accommodation in a very convenient location. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be backz

Reviewed by Martin, 17th February 2019

Just outside the centre of Alnwick - this is a fantastically appointed apartment. The hot tub and games room went down very well with the kids. Really friendly owners.

Reviewed by Lisa, 25th January 2019

Couldnt fault one bit, amazing

Reviewed by Graham, 29th December 2018

The cottage was in a brilliant position close to Alnwick which was a lovely town. The cottage was warm and comfortable with everything we needed for a brilliant week away. We chose this cottage mainly for the hot tub so we could enjoy New Year in a different way. However, as the week progressed the hot tub got colder and not as inviting. The games Read moreroom was a plus and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves playing pool, but again this room had controlled heating which reduced by the end of the week. Hide

Reviewed by S, 24th November 2018

A wonderfully high standard of accommodation. The location is perfect for visiting all local attractions, pubs and restaurants.

Reviewed by Abbie, 12th November 2018

Myself and my friends had a lovely time at the cottage, it was amazingly clean, was placed very close to shops and pubs. We could not fault our holiday at all.

Reviewed by Ian, 5th November 2018

great location for exploring ,accommodation was excellent , clean, well equipped and owners very friendly, would certainly return if i return to the area.

Reviewed by Michael, 8th September 2018

This is one of the finest and best equipped holiday cottages we have stayed in. Remember however that It is on a fairlybusy (by Northumbrian standards) road on the urban fringe of Alnwick.

Reviewed by Rachel H, 2nd September 2017

The appearance of the cottage was as expected from the photos - clean, tidy and in great condition. Could not fault the cleanliness - best we have stayed in. It had everything we needed and more. Loved the complimentary toiletries. We had a great time at Thornbrae Retreat. It was everything we expected and more. The owners were friendly and attentiRead moreve throughout our stay and the "welcome pack" left for our arrival was very generous. The games room and hot tub were an added bonus and appreciated by our group. Alnwick was a brilliant place to base ourselves for the week and there were several days where we didn't need to use the car as we discovered so much to do around the town. We certainly will plan a return visit. Hide

Reviewed by Debra S, 25th August 2017

Thornbrae Retreat is in an excellent location, walking distance to Alnwick. We can highly recommend Alnwick Castle & Gardens. Alnmouth Beach is beautiful & there are lots of independent cafes and pubs to eat at. Seahouses is a traditional seaside town, great for fish and chips. The cottage is well equipped, lovely fixtures and fittings. Great 'clubRead more house' with gym, large TV with Sky sports & movies and an outdoor hot tub. Lovely warm welcome from the owners and a great welcome pack, we particularly enjoyed the cheese and biscuits! Thanks for a lovely stay :-) This is the 2nd break we have booked via Cottages in Northumberland and both have been great. Hide

Reviewed by Lynne P, 15th August 2017

The location was spot on for the local area. The accommodation can only be described as 5 star. The owners were on hand and Julie even took time out to brush the spiders off the climbing frame and swings at the request of our grand daughter. Everything catered and thought of in the accommodation, so Thornbrae Retreat is an exceptional place to stayRead more. Pity about the weather, but we still managed to get out and about. Hide

Reviewed by James N, 14th August 2017

Thornbrae Retreat is beautifully presented, of a high quality and immaculate inside. We really enjoyed walks on the beaches at Bamburgh and Newton by the Sea. We loved the food at the Joiners Arms and the Jolly Fisherman. The walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle was good too. Thank you

Reviewed by Jenny R, 22nd April 2017

Excellent location, 10 min stroll from Alnwick and all it has to offer but easily accessible from the A1 too. Accommodation clean and spacious and lots of the little things provided which can be overlooked elsewhere. Whilst there was some building work going on, the builders were very courteous and we didn't hear them at work at all. Very friendly,Read more helpful staff at the reservation office. First class service. Nothing too much trouble. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Patricia R, 11th April 2017

On arrival, we were impressed by the beauty of the building. We were met by the owner who was very kind and friendly and who wanted to show us the property. Considering that we were the first guests to stay in this stunning house, she was amazingly chilled and told us to make it our own. Down stairs there was a very large open plan lounge, kitchen,Read more and dining area with everything you could possibly need to live there never mind staying for a few days. To us it was like a beautiful show house. Everything was top quality, and luxurious from the carpets to the furniture and the kitchen units. There was also a very large TV with DVD player and a lot of films that we could watch. There was an outside raised decked area with a table, four chairs and sun umbrella, which meant we were able to enjoy the outside space. However if we wanted to take advantage of the outside without leaving the lounge, we could open the large bi-fold doors and bring the outside inside. Upstairs there were two large bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, both beautifully decorated and very well appointed. Each room was en-suite with fabulous showers and wonderfully decorated. They also each had there own televisions. The owners also left us an amazing welcome pack, which included, tea, coffee, milk, cheese board, biscuits, bread, both white and brown,fruit, bottled water, and chocolate. They really had thought of everything to make our stay exceptional. We will definitely be back, we loved it. Thank you so much Julie and Mick. If you are thinking of booking this fabulous house, I would say don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed, not only is it an elegant property, but also, it is very central for discovering the beauty and majesty of Northumberland. Hide

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View of the hot tub and outdoor dining area
Relax in the hot tub after a day out exploring
Lovely open-plan, welcoming property
Sociable space for everyone, indoors and out
French doors lead to the balcony
Beautiful open-plan layout
The kitchen is well laid out and well-equipped
Breakfast bar where you can see what's cooking
Double bedroom with TV and ensuite shower room
Have an early night and watch TV
Ensuite shower room
Show 11 morePretty features in the ensuite shower room


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