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


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 and The Forge have 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 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 Scandinavian Garden Sauna with shower fed from the surrounding Cheviot hills. All bookings include a complimentary sauna session.


Blacksmith's Cottage 4 Star Gold Self Catering

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. This traditional cottage has been sensitively restored keeping all the original features together with modern living. The log burning stove with underfloor heating and night storage heaters throughout, and a warm westerly positioned heated sun lounge/dining room makes this cosy cottage a great place to stay all year round.

The Forge - New for July 2014.

This stunning extensive 2 berth accommodation equipped to a 5 star standard offers - an open planned kitchen/dining/living area with digital tv and wifi, heated by a large log burning stove and night storage heaters. The luxurious bedroom with super king bed enjoys panoramic views of the Alnham hills and Cheviots. Light the outdoor cooking fire pit - relax, dine, stargaze till late and absorb this amazing garden and location within Northumberland National Park. View The Forge gallery photo's.

Although totally private 'The Forge' and 'Blacksmith's Cottage' can be hired together giving 7 berth accommodation. Ring Sue for prices, availability and bookings.

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 and The Forge. 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 for only £10 per adult and £5 per child subject to weather and availability. Please mention your interest when booking. Our stargazers calendar will help you choose your stargazing break.

Customer Service is a priority at Blacksmith's Cottage and The Forge that is why we offer tailor-made holidays to suit your holiday plans. Midweek and Weekend 3 night off-peak breaks, and special 2 night stargazing breaks available.

Contact Sue on 01669 631184 or 07900 862830 for any queries, bookings, or 1/2 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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