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Thornrigg is a detached house at the end of a quiet lane. While offering a peaceful retreat, it is only five minutes walk from village facilities in Lesbury, where there is a village shop and post office and dog-friendly pub with real ale and good food. Because of its position there is almost no traffic, so it is safe to walk from the front door to footpaths. The riverside path is bird watchers' heaven.
There are more shops, pubs and restaurants in Alnmouth which is five minutes drive or fifteen minutes footpath walk. The fabulous beach has a large car park.
There are regular buses nearby and a station on the main East Coast line half a mile away.
The house sleeps four people in two bedrooms, one double and one twin. There is a travel cot for a baby. Dogs are free.
Lounge with conservatory off, dining room, kitchen, downstairs toilet. Bathroom with shower over and second toilet upstairs.
Gas central heating, open fire, TV, DVD, Wifi, washer/drier, dishwasher, microwave, gas cooker, fridge/freezer, stair gate. Good sized private garden, enclosed back and front. Parking on property for 2/3 cars.
Alnwick with its famous castle and gardens is four miles away. Among its many shops is Barter Books, one of the finest second hand bookshops in the land! The local Playhouse may surprise you with its choice of entertainment. There are more castles at Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne. Cragside House, near Rothbury, was the first house to be lit by hydroelectricity. Now owned by the National Trust, it is well worth a visit. Not National Trust, but also worth a look is the eccentric Chillingham Castle, where you may glimpse the rare wild white cattle.
Our main asset, however, is the proximity of the coast. There are several different pedestrian routes from the house to the coast, mostly off road. Once there, walking is unlimited, and there are no restrictions on dogs on our beaches.* Sand, shells, rock pools and fascinating geology should entertain everyone. The Farne Islands are a must for nature lovers, and you can take your dogs on the boat with you!
Although not in the official "Dark Sky" area, a clear night at Thornrigg will amaze you with the quantity of stars and depth of sky views. Well worth popping into the garden for a stargaze!
Further afield are the wide open spaces of the Simonside and Cheviot hills with stunning views over an empty landscape. The Border Country has its own character and history and is an easy drive away.
There are two golf courses in Alnmouth. Horse riding and kayaking are available nearby. The Aln and the Coquet are notable fishing rivers. Alnwick leisure centre has a swimming pool and climbing wall, for the rare rainy day!
Cyclists are increasingly being catered for and there are some tracks and many quiet back roads.
An ideal place to enjoy the outdoors, or just chill in the chair and watch the birds through the picture window!
*Apart from 1 small beach at Amble
Prices for 2020 will be held at 2019 level, and a bookings calendar for 2020 is now up on page 2 of this site.