Our cottage which takes it’s name from the famous Longstone Lighthouse on one of the Farne Islands is situated in the hamlet of Detchant, between the historic towns of Alnwick and Berwick upon Tweed. The cottage which dates back to the 1800s, has been renovated to a high standard and provides well equipped and extremely comfortable accommodation with attractive gardens to both the front and rear of the property. During your stay at Longstone Cottage, you will enjoy spectacular views over the rolling countryside towards Bamburgh and the coast, with views of Holy Island and the Farne Islands. This is an excellent base for walking, cycling, bird watching, golf, riding, water sports and visits to historic castles and houses. Alternatively explore the many sandy beaches and fishing villages along the Northumberland Heritage coastline.
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If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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