Stargazing Evenings

Whether beginner or experienced astronomer book a Stargazing Evening tailor-made to suit your requirements.

Telescopes provided or bring your own.

New Astro Photography Evenings available.

Ring Sue for prices and bookings

Dark Sky Park Stay and Gaze

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A hidden gem on the edge of 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. Alternatively, take the car and enjoy rural Northumberland hardly passing another car or person, maybe having a break at a tea room or restaurant 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 our traditional Scandinavian style Garden Sauna with shower fed from the surrounding hills!


Blacksmith's Cottage 4 Star Gold Self Catering

Blacksmith's Cottage is a superb 1-5 berth luxury award winning self-catering holiday cottage in the depths of the beautiful county of Northumberland. This traditional cottage built in the 1850's has been sensitively restored keeping all the original features together with modern living. The log burning stove, underfloor heating and night storage heaters throughout makes this cosy cottage a great place to stay all year round.

Less able bodied guests will benefit from our ground floor living area. The king sized bedroom has an en suite with large quadrant shower and the second bathroom on the ground floor has a bath if preferred. Fire lighting and shopping service is available.

Stargazing Breaks in the 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, head torches, computer with stargazing websites at a touch, reference books, deck chairs - with rugs, hats, scarves, gloves and hot chocolate to keep the cold at bay!

All breaks and holidays are given the option of having a 'guide around the dark skies' for beginners at £10 per adult (no charge for children), bookable on the evening when there are favourable weather conditions. This session lasts up to an hour and aims at getting you started with the basic stargazing aids and familiarising you with our easy to use telescope - leaving you to have fun enjoying the night sky into the early hours! Additional telescope hire is charged at £10 per night. Intermediate and advanced stargazers with/without their own telescope can have a bespoke group stargazing evening based at the cottage. These evenings need to be booked in advance with our local astronomer and are charged at £75 for a 2hr session with an astro photography option.

Customer Service is a priority at Blacksmith's Cottage that is why we offer tailor-made holidays to suit your holiday plans. Midweek and Weekend 3 night off-peak breaks.

Contact Sue on 01669 631184 or 07900 862830 for any queries.

Book direct with a 25% deposit and the balance 6 weeks before your visit, payable by cheque or bank transfer.

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