This is a great place to base yourself if you’re exploring the area. We are surrounded by amazing countryside where you can go walking, fishing, cycling, play golf (special discounts available with most local clubs) or just take in the great views. Photographers and artists are spoilt for choice of inspirational material.
In Rothbury itself we have a food festival on the first Bank Holiday in May and a street Fayre on the last. In July there is the Rothbury Traditional Music Festival usually over the second weekend and there are various village shows in Autumn to visit. New Years Day sees the Rothbury Pipe Band out in force, they visit all the local pubs followed by an enthusiastic and very merry crowd.
Only 2 minutes away is the National Trust property of Cragside House and Country Park, built by the First Lord Armstrong and famous as the first house in the world to be lit entirely by hydro-electricity. Open to the Public From Easter, June sees a glorious display of Rhododendrons.
Also close by is the beautiful rebuilt Brinkburn Priory. 4 miles SE of Rothbury situated on the River it is the perfect example of an early Gothic Priory. Dating back to 1135 when it was founded by Augustinian Canons, it fell into ruin following the dissolution of the Monasteries after 1529. The Priory was fully restored in the 19th C and is now owned by English Heritage and is open Easter to the end of October. They have a music festival on the first weekend in July which is truly magnificent, the acoustics in the Priory are fantastic with medieval chanting particularly glorious.
We are very lucky to have the Northumberland National Park and the Simonside Hills on our doorstep to explore. It is very obvious that there have been people living in and around the valley since prehistory, with Stone Age rock art at Lordenshaws, wonderful open landscapes to wander and wild goats to spot, you very much feel a sense of timelessness. The lack of illumination also makes this a wonderful place to see night skies with very little light pollution.
A short 20 minute drive away is the ancient market town of Alnwick, famous for its castle, bustling market place and the Alnwick Gardens. We have discounted tickets for our guests who want to visit the Castle and Gardens, so do ask if you are planning to go, this also enables you to fast track straight to the Castle/Garden omitting the queues. Alnwick Castle
Alnwick also has a very popular international music festival in July.
Northumberland boasts more castles and fortified houses than any other English County. As well as Alnwick, which has been referred to as, "The Windsor of the North", other castles worth a visit include Bamburgh, Walkworth and the spectacular cliff-top ruins of Dunstanburgh.
The Northumberland coastline is as spectacular as it is varied - from rugged cliffs to stretches of golden sandy beaches, which regularly receive the accolade of some of the cleanest beaches in the world. Dotted along the coastline are many seaside villages and sites to enjoy such as Craster, Seahouses and Alnmouth.