Out and About

A little bit about Northumberland

Northumberland offers miles of glorious golden sandy beaches and stunning, untouched countryside. Famous for both its history and natural beauty, Northumberland provides clean and safe award-winning beaches as well as access to many traditional Northumbrian towns and villages that can be easily reached by car or reliable public transport from your holiday cottage.

Discover more castles than anywhere else in England, the birthplace of English Christianity on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the historic World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall, stunning Alnwick Garden, and of course the most breathtaking and picturesque views.


A little bit about Lesbury

Lesbury is a small rural village in Northumberland, situated on the north bank of the Aln river. Just 3½ miles southeast of the town of Alnwick, and on the main coastal road, Lesbury sits only half a mile from Alnmouth railway station.

Botanical Cottages are ideally situated for all holidaymakers as the village of Lesbury, although rural, has exceptional transport links that include a regular bus service that operates throughout Northumberland and regular East Coast line trains into Newcastle or Berwick, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

As you’d expect of an English village, The Coach Inn is a traditional, welcoming public house, serving great food and drink to locals and tourists alike. While nearby Alnmouth, Alnwick, Amble and Bamburgh provide a host of shops, restaurants and pubs as well as loads of things to do, including Northumbrian tourist attractions.

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A little bit about Alnwick

The charm of the medieval market town of Alnwick that lies in the heart of Northumberland, is that it retains many of its cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings, housing specialist shops and family businesses, as well as over 50 inns. Along with long, sandy beaches and quiet friendly villages, Alnwick also boasts an annual fair not to be missed, an International Music Festival and a farmer’s market on the last Friday of every month. But perhaps its biggest attraction is the glorious, ancient Alnwick castle and gardens – the castle has been used as a film location for many films, including Harry Potter and Elizabeth! This living castle offers so much to see and do for the whole family – history, fine art, fantastic scenery, fun for the children, a wide choice of refreshments, shopping and exploring.