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 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 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 or restaurant suggested in one of the many varied itineraries offered in the cottage and forge.

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.

The Forge

The Forge is a spacious timber framed barn style building built on the site of the old forge. Everything unearthed was reused allowing it to blend well with Blacksmith's Cottage.
This stunning 2 berth accommodation equipped to a 5 star standard offers - an open planned kitchen/dining/living area with digital tv/dvd and wifi. A shower room and separate w.c. A luxurious bedroom with super king-size bed and quality sprung mattress, enjoying uninterrupted views of the surrounding hills and access into your own private garden.
This property is only available for rent during the peak summer months- sorry no dogs

'The Forge' and 'Blacksmith's Cottage' can be hired together giving 7 berth accommodation during peak summer months.
Both properties are private with their own gardens and parking areas.

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.

Read our Trip Advisor and Reviews to help you decide.

Midweek and Weekend 3 night off-peak breaks are available at Blacksmith's Cottage.
Check our prices and availability calendar.
A deposit of 25% on all holidays/breaks will secure your booking.

Contact Sue on 01669 631184 or 07900 862830 for any queries 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. Our guests can enjoy a stargazing experience with our 70x900 refractor telescope, 10x50 binoculars, torches, reference books/magazines, deck chairs and rugs available in the cottage.

All breaks and holidays are given the option of adding a 'stargazing evening' whilst on holiday (excluding summer), for only £10 per adult and £5 per child per hour subject to weather and availability. Please mention your interest when booking. Our stargazers calendar will help you choose your stargazing break.

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