Cragside House & Estate

Alnwick Garden

Northumberland National Park
Rothbury & The Local Area

Rothbury is ideally located between the Northumberland National Park and the Northumbrian coastline, much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Rothbury is a small market town which straddles the River Coquet. The town has a pleasant mix of old stone and newer brick-built properties. Shops, hotels and houses are clustered on the sloping banks of the river Coquet which bisects the village.

Rothbury has had a turbulent and bloody history. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the Coquet Valley was a pillaging ground for bands of Reivers who attacked and burned the town with terrifying frequency. Near the town's impressive All Saints' Parish Church stands the doorway and site of the seventeenth century Three Half Moons Inn, where the Earl of Derwentwater stayed with his followers in 1715 prior to marching into a heavy defeat in battle, at Preston.

Lord Armstrong's Home (Cragside, now in the ownership of the National Trust) was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro electricity. The Hall and its majestic grounds are only a mile away. Travelling west you pass through some of the most exquisite and peaceful countryside in Northumberland. At which point you will understand why Northumberland is Englandís best kept secret.

Walkers, mountain bikers, fishermen and sports people are all attracted to Rothbury; artists, photographers and nature-lovers find it a haven. Situated in the centre of the county, Rothbury is the ideal base for exploring historic Northumberland. Within 30 minutes you can reach the Cheviots, the beach, or another country town. The coast, just twenty minutes away, is a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and holds such treasures as castles, golden beaches and Holy Island, (Lindisfarne).

Hadrian's Wall, the Cheviots and the Scottish Border are all within easy travelling distance. Alnwick, with its historic castle and recently developed gardens, has become a significant national tourist attraction. Located only 12 miles from Rothbury is Alnwick Castle the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland and still remains the home of the current Duke.

The road network is excellent for commuters: Newcastle upon Tyne and the Newcastle International Airport can be reached within 40 minutes. There are main line rail stations at Alnmouth and Morpeth both of which can be reached within 30 minutes.



Sandyford House, Rodsley Place, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7UX