The Area

Nestled at the foot of the Simonside Hills only a mile from the traditional market town of Rothbury, Copper Beech Cottages provides the perfect base from which to explore the wonderfully diverse county of Northumberland.

Simonside provides a dramatic and scenic backdrop to the cottages, but also offers a playground for the walker and mountain biker. These hills were once a well-populated site of iron age prehistoric tribes known as the Beaker People and there is much evidence to find – if you know where to look!

At the summit the views are spectacular taking in the Cheviot Hills with Scotland beyond lie to the north, the “Debatable Lands” of Redesdale to the west and the dramatic north east coastline to the east. The Cheviot ranges are part of the Northumberland National Park and offer spectacular walking in a landscape that you are more likely to encounter a wild goat than another person! Wildlife abounds in the county and you may well be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel in the woods surrounding Simonside or on the hills above Rothbury, otters playing along the river and the cry of a buzzard as it soars on the thermals.

For the sportsman or woman, the cottages literally perch on the edge of Rothbury Golf Course where visitors are warmly welcomed. For the angler, the River Coquet has good runs of salmon and sea trout as well as a thriving population of native brown trout. Cyclists, of both road and mountain persuasion, are truly spoilt with some of the best and least ridden roads and trails in the country.

Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle
Church Hill looking towards Alnmouth
Church Hill looking towards Alnmouth
Amble Harbour
Amble Harbour

The north east coastline is as varied as it is beautiful with dramatic rocky coastline to explore or wide-open sandy beaches for a more relaxing stroll. Highlights include Bamburgh with its magnificent castle, the bustling seaside village of Alnmouth not forgetting tranquil Warkworth and thriving Amble, to name but a few.

In the nearby village of Rothbury there are a wide selection of shops, pubs and restaurants to wander and enjoy a relaxing bite and/or drink. A little further out of the village is the magnificent Cragside House and Estate. The first house in the world to be lit by hydro electric power and the home of the industrialist Lord Armstrong, it is now a National Trust property who’s house and grounds can be explored and enjoyed by all ages.

Whatever your interest, Northumberland will have something to offer. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any interests or things you’d like to see and do, we are here to help make your stay at Copper Beech Cottages unforgettable for all the best reasons!