Advertorial: A Winter Cottage Holiday

With cold wintry nights and frosty mornings, it’s not difficult to think about escaping the cold for warmer, sunnier climes. But if the thought of a UK winter holiday is like an icicle to the heart, think again.

Winter is the best time for a short break in the UK; better availability, great value prices and fewer holidaymakers combining to make you feel like you have the whole of Northumberland to yourself. Now is most certainly the time to be thinking about holiday cottages in Northumberland to rent.

Choose a cosy Northumberland cottage for the ultimate way to banish the winter blues. Imagine spending a cosy evening in front of a roaring log fire in your very own traditional stone cottage. Or perhaps a contemporary property with underfloor heating is more your thing? Whatever type of cottage you choose, this is the perfect place to return to after a bracing day in the Northumberland countryside.

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean that Northumberland is closed for business. Au contraire, here is our pick of the best winter attractions in the North East.

Get your boots on!

Somehow the winter makes the glorious Northumbria countryside even more gorgeous. You’ll be spoilt for choice with wonderful walks; choose a section of Hadrian’s Wall to conquer or make your way along a stretch of the Heritage Coast. My personal favourite is the ten mile stretch between Craster and Seahouses. This part of the Coast Path is relatively flat and you’ll walk almost completely on good paths, guaranteeing an enjoyable winter walk irrespective of the weather. Stop at one of the cafes along the route for a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Fingers crossed for a clear, bright day with a nip in the air for the perfect walking and conditions not to mention a faultless backdrop for your photos!

Get ready for Christmas

Get into the festive spirit in Northumberland during your winter cottage holiday. Hexham Abbey hosts its annual Candlelit Carol Concert in mid December and what better way to get ready for Christmas than with a glass of mulled wine and some festive songs? For a more hands-on dose of festive cheer, the English Heritage Belsay Hall offers a wreath making workshop with the finished product sure to become a yearly festive feature in your home. If you’re travelling with the children, try the medieval Christmas weekend at Belsay Hall for a chance to dress up in traditional costumes and learn how the festive period was celebrated.

Foodie Heaven

Although you can’t move for turkey and mince pies at this time of year, Northumberland is home to some amazing produce to rival the usual Christmas fare. Make the most of your holiday and stock up on some Cheviot lamb, Craster kippers and Alnwick rum and rustle up a delicious meal in the kitchen of your Sykes Cottages' holiday home. Or, if that’s all too much for a relaxing break, choose one of Northumberland’s excellent eateries and let someone else worry about the washing up!