Northumberland Cottage


Shops, services and visitor attractions near the cottage are detailed below. For suggested days out see Excursions.

For 'dog sitting ' if you are trying to go places where dogs are not welcome, you could try this tip from a visitor in June 2010 : "We visited Alnwick castle and gardens whilst we were staying at your cottage and took Fox the dog to Doggie Day walkers for the day. Tracii, the lady who runs it was lovely, and was very flexible too. It was a bit of a drive to get there and back (but only 45 mins or so), as she was in Ashington, but it meant that we could spend a whole day somewhere that didn't allow dogs and he had a great time. I would use her service again. Her site is and her number is 07946 109151". The current cost is £20 per day.

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The nearest place for food and drink is Hedgeley Services on the A697, just before the turn-off to Branton, where there is a petrol station and several shops. The local pub is The Plough in Powburn village, about 20 minutes' walk (1 mile) from the cottage along a footpath or cycle along the road.

Penny Petroleum LONDIS Store General store for all essentials including groceries, fruit and veg, bakery, newspapers, beer, wine and barbecue fuel. Open until 10pm daily. Hedgeley Services
Tel: (01665) 578214
Poachers' Rest Pub/cafe bar serving lunch/snacks. No dogs. Hedgeley Services
Tel: (01665) 578664
Cheviot Antiques Antique shop where much of the cottage furniture was bought. Hedgeley Services
Tel: (01665) 578850
The Plough Friendly pub serving simple food and good real ale, with an open fire and a pool table. Children and dogs are welcome, and there is even a computer providing free access to the Internet. Powburn Village
Tel: (01665) 578259


With lots of shops, historic sites and tourist attractions, the beautiful market town of Alnwick lies 10 miles east of Branton and is an ideal place for a day out.

Alnwick Castle Glorious medieval castle used in the filming of Blackadder and Harry Potter. Tel: (01665) 510777
Info: (01665) 511100
Alnwick Garden Beautiful gardens with spectacular water displays and one of the largest tree houses in the world. Denwick Lane
Tel: (01665) 511350
Alnwick Playhouse Theatre and cinema. Bondgate Without
Tel: (01665) 510785
Alnwick Tourist Information All you need to know about visitor attractions, events, exhibitions, opening times, prices, transport, etc. 2 The Shambles
Tel: (01665) 510665
Bailiffgate Museum Local history and exhibitions. Tel: (01665) 605847
Barter Books Large, world famous second-hand bookshop set in an old Victorian railway station. A place to sit, read, enjoy the open fire and watch the model trains. Children's section, cafe and Internet access. Open most days and some evenings. Alnwick Station
Tel: (01665) 604888
Hulne Park Alnwick Castle's extensive parkland containing the ruins of Hulne Priory, a 13th century Carmelite monastery. A pleasant place to walk, but dogs are not allowed in the park. Tel: (01665) 510777
Shire Pottery Contemporary art gallery and pottery featuring hand-thrown reduction-fired porcelain by resident potter Ivar Mackay. Prudhoe Street
Tel: (01665) 602277
Terror Potters Craft shop where you can paint your own ceramics. Tel: (01665) 605897
Willowburn Leisure Centre Swimming pool and sports facilities. Tel: (01665) 605030


Known as the Gateway to the Cheviots, Wooler is a small stone-built market town on the edge of the Northumberland National Park at the foot of the Cheviot Hills, 9 miles north of Branton on the A697. It is notable for its various way-marked walks, one of which is suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Tourist Information Centre Offers specialised information for walkers. 12 Padgepool Place
Tel: (01668) 282123
Good Life Shop Family-run grocery shop with the best selection of local cheeses in the area. Also stocks gluten-free foods and ingredients. 52 High Street
Tel: (01668) 281700
Florin Sells antiques, collectables, paintings, prints, cards, craftwork, jewellery and unusual gifts 3 High Street
Tel: (01668) 281653
Vanessa Waller Pottery Studio Specialist in a type of decorated pottery called 'Mocha Ware'. Demonstrations and courses available. 56 High Street
Tel: (01668) 281623
Milan Restaurant Good value Italian food in converted stable block of coaching inn, sourced locally where possible. 2 High Street 01668 281309


The route to Eglingham, 4½ miles away from Branton, makes a good cycle ride with just one steep hill on the way. The village has an outstanding pub, the Tankerville Arms, and the church makes an interesting detour. A local guide book is available at the cottage.

The Tankerville Arms Pub serving good real ale and bar/restaurant meals. The food is good, but not cheap (£5 for a large sandwich with salad; £9-12 for a main course). Children are welcome, but not dogs. 15 The Village
Tel: (01665) 578444


This tiny hamlet, situated in the National Park about 2 miles from the cottage, has a newly refurbished Visitor Centre and a pretty church. An annual show is held there in early September. You can walk to Ingram along a footpath from Branton.

Ingram Visitor Centre

Tourist information, gift shop, refreshments, baby changing facilities and toilets. Fully accessible to both wheelchairs and prams.

Tel: (01665) 578890


Glanton is a small village about 2 miles from Branton - a pleasant but uphill cycle ride. It has a coffee shop that also sells food and newspapers, a pub and a public telephone box. There are lots of blackberries along the road from Branton at the right time of year. Also the local shop for lovely local produce and specialist foods, gifts and newspapers.

The Queen's Head

Pub with an open fire and a pool table. Allows children and dogs, normally serves reasonable pub food at lunchtimes and evenings but no food service at present - Autumn 2009.

15 Front Street
Tel: (01665) 578324

Medical services

All the services listed here are located in Alnwick.

Bondgate Medical Practice Nearest G.P. surgery for emergency appointments and out-of-hours care West View Estate
Tel: (01665) 576635
Alnwick Dental Surgery Dentist 3 Bondgate Without
Tel: (01665) 602151
J.N. Butterworth BDS Dentist Greenwell Rd
Tel: (01665) 604580
Williamson BDS & Associates Dentist 15 Market St
Tel: (01665) 602178
Aln Veterinary Group Vet Wagonway Rd
Tel: (01665) 510999
Northumbria Veterinary Partnership Vet Belvedere Terrace
Tel: (01665) 602516

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