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“Beautiful scenery, peace and quiet!” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   Morpeth NE65 7BE, England   |  
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South Shields
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“Beautiful scenery, peace and quiet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

My friends, partner and myself stayed at Coquet Cottage in September 2012 for a weekend. It slept 6 but was very comfortable for the 4 of us. There was underfloor heating beneath the lovely stone tiled floor. The kitchen was large and impressive. It looked like it had been recently installed, with a dishwasher, washing machine etc. The living room was spacious with a large chair, sofa and real log fire which we lit both nights. It was very cosy. The bathroom/ toilet had a hand held shower over the taps which was fine. There were two bedrooms upstairs with low sloping ceilings, very quaint and comfortable. There was also a double downstairs. The linen on the beds was fresh and clean and the beds were really comfortable. It was so quiet we all had a really good nights sleep. Our cottage had a little garden with a sun lounger, chairs and a table. We were fortunate the weather was warm and I even sunbathed for a few hours listening to the birds singing. We had a meal at the pub in the village the first night which was home cooked and very tasty. It was about a 7 minute walk but on the way back it was absolutely PITCH black so we had to use our mobile phones as torches! By the way there is no mobile phone service unless you climb up one of the nearby hills! The second night we ate at Clennel Hall and we were a bit disappointed with the very slow service, and the quality of the food was not great. We met Jackie the cleaner who was really nice, friendly and helpful. She popped by to make sure we had everything we needed. We would definitely stay here again, but next time Byre cottage which is next door looks fabulous so we'd like to stay there.

Room Tip: The downstairs double is good for quick acces to the bathroom which is downstairs. The upstairs bedr...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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co durham
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

We stayed in Pine Cottage(the newest cottage) in July 2011.Upon first impression we were delighted,a cosy cottage,bottle of wine waiting,stack of dvds to watch,clean kitchen area and an idyllic location.
Later after a closer inspection we found the wooden floors dirty and sticky,rubbish under the kids beds and generally hairy and bitty on the floor.Not good for young children who like to play on the floor with toys.
We had a week of torrential rain and were bored silly inside the cabin.We went out every day but the location was a bit too far out for getting to places like Alnwick and Holy Island and the National Trust properties around.There is a small communal garden area,which consisted of a broken swing play frame which the girls played on until I deemed it dangerous.There was also a small private garden area which would have been nice to have a bbq on a good day.There was a little shed housing a computer( which didn't get any internet signal) and a washing machine and a dryer.As it was rainy I used the dryer a lot but found that other people from the other cottages were very ignorant and would come in and whisk your drying out before it was dry and put theirs in instead!
The velux window in the kitchen leaked,so having a week of rain we always had a big puddle on the floor in front of the cooker.Luckily there was a stack of clean towels to lay on the floor.
There is a good shower and half a bath tub,which was a bit silly,as it was tiny.The space should have been used for either a full size bath or a shower not tried to fit both in a small room.
After 3 days I got a severe rash all of my body and worried it was from the bed,but can't be sure what it was from.I just remember itching all night.
I wouldn't recommend it,though it would be okay if you want peace and quiet and the cottage gets a good clean and the leaking window fixed.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

The cottage itself was in a remote setting with the nearest village a 15-20 minute drive. The cottage did have a church right next to it and two reasturaunts a 5 minute walk away though: Clennel hall and The rose and thistle. Clennel hall is set in the most beautiful scenery but the food wasnt the best! The rose and thistle has amazing service apart from one of the waitresses who is extremley rude but amazing food. Dogs are not allowed in the rose and thistle (inside and out,) but dogs are allowed in the gardens of Clennel Hall.

We stayed in the Coquet Cottage which is the same cottage as the people who rated it unclean stayed in, we found the cottage homely and cosy. The log fire was a lovely touch. The cottage is not the most modern but i found it a lovely and comfortable stay.

The service itself was Excellent! If we needed anyhting extra all we needed to do is ask and they were there.

As i said before there is a village called Rothbury a twenty minute drive away and it had all the neccessities: A pub (Dog friendly garden,) Fish chip/ chinese ( Not the best,) numerous tea rooms ( Harleys is amazing,) A Co-Op and various other shops. We found Rothbury a lovely village!

Low alwinton cottages is a bit remote but there are walks to do on your doorstep. Most attractions are a hours drive away but worth the drive.
I loved my weeks stay here and so did my family, i didnt want to leave!

Room Tip: The coquet and Cheviot have the most secluded gardens but all Gardens are lovely.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Myself, my wife and 5 month old son and another couple booked a cottage for the Alwinton show 2010.
On arrival we were very disappointed with the cleanliness and appointment of the cottage. Firstly there was a very musty, damp smell throughout the cottage and it was quite dusty. One of the reception rooms had various furniture piled high in it, making it pretty much unusable. When we started to unpack the food we discovered mouse droppings in quite a few areas of the kitchen (next to and in the fridge, in two cupboards and on the floor). at this point me and my wife left, we weren't happy using the kitchen to prepare food for our son.

the next day we emailed the owner who was pretty unapologetic, when we asked for our money back we never heard from them again, even though we emailed them a further two times. To sum up, shoddy service, poor quality , unclean accommodation, although the mice seemed to like it!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

We stayed in Reiver cottage (self-catering) for the weekend and it was lovely. Each cottage has a garden area, outside seating area and a working wood fire (logs are provided). This location would be brilliant for walkers as there are so many different walks to choose from and they cater for all abilities. There was a "Welcome Folder" which was very informative a gave details of local ammenities and sights/walking routes. We visited Craggside Estate which was beautiful - highly recommended.

There is a payphone by the cottages which is a really good idea as you get absolutely no mobile phone signal out there (it would have been good to be advised of this beforehand as I took no cash and then realised I couldn't contact my friends to give them directions!). The only downside that I could forsee is the fact that all the cottages are very close together so I can imagine in the height of season it may be difficult to have any privacy. This was not an issue for us, however, as it was quite quiet when we went. A really enjoyable stay - we will be back!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Morpeth NE65 7BE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Morpeth
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Morpeth
Hotel Class:3 star — Low Alwinton Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Low Alwinton Cottages Morpeth, Northumberland

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