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
and her number is 07946 109151". The current cost is £20 per
For Seasonal Fruit and Local Vegetables delivered fresh to your door
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
Tel: (01665) 578214
||Pub/cafe bar serving lunch/snacks. No dogs.
Tel: (01665) 578664
||Antique shop where much of the cottage furniture was bought.
Tel: (01665) 578850
||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.
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
||Glorious medieval castle used in the filming of Blackadder and Harry
||Tel: (01665) 510777
Info: (01665) 511100
||Beautiful gardens with spectacular water displays and one of the
largest tree houses in the world.
Tel: (01665) 511350
||Theatre and cinema.
Tel: (01665) 510785
||All you need to know about visitor attractions, events, exhibitions,
opening times, prices, transport, etc.
||2 The Shambles
Tel: (01665) 510665
||Local history and exhibitions.
||Tel: (01665) 605847
||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.
Tel: (01665) 604888
||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
||Contemporary art gallery and pottery featuring hand-thrown reduction-fired
porcelain by resident potter Ivar Mackay.
Tel: (01665) 602277
||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.
||Offers specialised information for walkers.
||12 Padgepool Place
Tel: (01668) 282123
||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
||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
||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.
||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.
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.
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
All the services listed here are located in Alnwick.
|Bondgate Medical Practice
||Nearest G.P. surgery for emergency appointments and out-of-hours
||West View Estate
Tel: (01665) 576635
|Alnwick Dental Surgery
||3 Bondgate Without
Tel: (01665) 602151
|J.N. Butterworth BDS
Tel: (01665) 604580
|Williamson BDS & Associates
||15 Market St
Tel: (01665) 602178
|Aln Veterinary Group
Tel: (01665) 510999
|Northumbria Veterinary Partnership
Tel: (01665) 602516
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