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Stargazing Evenings

Experience the rare opportunity of an evening viewing the stars in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park with a Dobsonian 20 inch telescope.

  • Help and advice given to all levels of interest.
  • £75 for a minimum of 2hrs viewing.
  • Hot drinks and chimenea provided.
  • Payable on the evening.


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Blacksmith's Cottage is a superb four star gold 1-5 berth luxury self-catering holiday cottage in the depths of the beautiful county of Northumberland. As recently featured on ITV's "Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green", the county of Northumberland is a forgotten gem of rugged rural beauty. A perfect destination for those seeking dark skies and remote horizons.


Stargazing Breaks from Northumberland National Park

We are gold star quality - the International Dark Sky Association has given Northumberland Dark Sky Park its highest possible rating for the starry skies overhead. The park is Europe's biggest area of protected night sky which means future generations will be able to cherish and enjoy the spectacular views.
Enthusiasts and beginner astronomers alike can now take a stargazing holiday at Blacksmith's Cottage. All our guests can enjoy a stargazing experience with our 10 x 50 binoculars, torches, reference books, garden chairs, rugs, supplies of hats, scarves and gloves in the cottage.
All breaks and holidays are given the option of adding a 'stargazing evening' whilst on holiday subject to weather and availability (details below). Please mention your interest when booking.


4 Star Gold, Self Catering Accommodation

Blacksmith's Cottage has been sensitively restored keeping all the original features together with modern living. The log burning stove, underfloor heating in winter and night store heaters throughout, make this cottage a thoroughly cosy place to stay all year round.


A hidden gem in the Northumberland National Park and centrally located to explore both coast and country, you enter an entirely different world as you approach the pretty hamlet of Alnham nestling in the Cheviot foothills - you begin to relax. Blacksmith's Cottage has some of the best scenery in Northumberland for you to enjoy at your own pace - a total 'get away from it all' holiday.

Step out into a myriad of footpaths and bridleways with sheltered valleys and dramatic hills rich in wildlife and archaeological finds. Take a gentle stroll, a longer hike will take you over the hills into Scotland, or a bike ride is the perfect way to enjoy this stunning landscape (a selection of bikes are available at no extra charge). Alternatively, take the car and enjoy rural Northumberland hardly passing another car or person, maybe having a break at a tea room suggested in one of the many varied itineraries offered in the cottage.

This wonderful National Park and Heritage Coastline with no dog restrictions, is a perfect holiday for guests and their well behaved pets (at no extra charge). There is a kennel and run for guests dogs should they prefer, or wish to have a few hours free.

End your exciting day exploring Northumbria and relax in the traditional wood Scandinavian Garden Sauna with shower fed from the surrounding Cheviot hills. All bookings include a complimentary sauna session.

Customer Service is a priority at Blacksmith's Cottage that is why we offer tailor-made holidays to suit your holiday plans.

Contact Sue on 01669 631184 or 07900 862830 for any queries, bookings, or 1 and 2 person discount.

Book direct with a 25% deposit and the balance 8 weeks before your visit - payable by cheque or bank transfer.

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