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Looking for a last-minute staycation? Meet Middlemoor Farm Holidays

Showman’s caravans, quirky longboats, cosy cottages and glamping getaways with all the comforts… thanks to last-minute cancellations, some of Middlemoor’s self-catering accommodation in Northumberland is available to book – but be quick!

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 03.07.2021

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We’re hearing this a lot right now – hopeful holidaymakers desperate to sort out a cheeky staycation, only to find most of them fully booked over the Summer months, and those that are available have cranked their prices up to stratospheric levels.

But don’t despair just yet – here at HLN we’re about many things, but first and foremost we’re about saving your bacon. Whether it’s finding skincare saviours, workplace warriors or restaurant recommendations, we like to think we’re here to help make your life just that little bit simpler. And finding last-minute holiday hotspots comes into that remit, too.

So without further ado, meet Middlemoor Farm Holidays. This small, family-run business takes pride in providing the very best, most unique experiences possible from their base just 8 miles North of Alnwick, Northumberland. All about helping you escape the ordinary, Middlemoor’s self-catering accommodation – which ranges from cosy cottages to quirky longboats and showman’s caravans – are perfect for friends, families and couples to enjoy a chilled country break away from city life, while still being easily accessed from the A1 and being perfectly positioned to enjoy everything Northumberland has to offer.

With views stretching out across the Cheviots, in a holiday home where you can escape from the norm, all within just a 15 minute drive from the gorgeous Northumberland coastline – what’s not to love?

Ok, you’re thinking, but how come they’ve still got availability for this Summer? Well, down to last-minute cancellations in some of their properties, Middlemoor are able to offer the rare opportunity to secure holiday accommodation in Northumberland during the school holidays, with the availability to book up from 24th  July – 21st August, 2021.

So what are you waiting for?! Get looking and booking!

 

FOR THE FAMILY… FIDDLER’S COTTAGE

Comfortably sleeping up to 5, this gorgeous end-of-terrace cottage is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Northumberland coastline nearby, or the perfect retreat in which to just hole up and relax.

Home comforts are the name of the game here. Think plush soft furnishings, a smart TV, a cosy log-burning stove, private parking, a modern kitchen equipped with everything you could possibly need to cook up a storm and, of course, free Wifi. Best of all, in Fiddler’s Cottage your four-legged friends can come on the holiday too, as dogs are allowed to stay in the living areas here.

 

During your stay, you’ll be spread across a large, king-sized bedroom – complete with a walk-in shower ensuite – a twin bedroom and a single bedroom, with a family bathroom, all situated on the first floor.

If the weather’s kind to you, head out into the garden where, from the outdoor seating, you can watch the sunset over the rolling Northumberland countryside while enjoying a cheeky BBQ. And if there are any extra bits and bobs you need to bring up for your stay, you’ll benefit from the use of the two outdoor sheds (one of which is lockable).

Discover fiddlers cottage here 

FOR A GROUP GATHERING… THE READING ROOMS

This lovingly-renovated detached old forge is spot on for those larger gatherings. Sleeping up for 7 across three bedrooms and two floors, The Reading Rooms offers accessibility, cosy cottage décor and comfort in abundance for the ultimate group getaway.

Both the large super-king bedroom (which has its own ensuite wet room) and the double-room (with ensuite shower) are located on the ground floor, and the wet room is fully wheelchair-friendly. There are also three single beds located on the first floor with a shared bathroom, and every room in the property has its own TV.

 

 

The open-plan living, kitchen and dining area is light, bright and spacious, meaning there’s ample space for you and your party to spread out while still feeling like you’re spending quality time together. And, as with Fiddler’s Cottage, dogs are very welcome in the living areas of The Reading Rooms too, meaning no-one has to miss out!

High ceilings, exposed beams and wooden features throughout gives you that sense of stepping back to simpler times, while modern appliances mean you’ll want for nothing.

Step outside and you’ll find a patio and grassy area with outdoor furniture, a brick BBQ, private parking for up to 3 cars and even your own summer house – so it’ll be a real toss-up as to whether you’ll prefer to stay outdoors or in. Whether you’re planning a family get-together with all the generations or a big trip away with the girls, The Reading Rooms won’t disappoint.

Discover reading rooms here

 

 

 

 

FOR A ROMANTIC RETREAT… MOONRAKER

If quirky, romantic glamping is what you’re after this Summer, then Moonraker is for you.

One of two narrow boats at Middlemoor, (spoiler alert – they’re both moored on land!), Moonraker is the cosier, more rustic and slightly smaller of the two.

Comfortably sleeping 2 in a cabin bed, the longboat has its own, super-cute jetty adorned with flower pots and home to an outdoor table and chairs for those alfresco dates.

Surprisingly spacious, inside you’ll find a modern, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area. Meanwhile, the bathroom (including a shower) sits under the canopy at the front of the vessel. So while, yes, you’re technically ‘glamping’, you’re not going to be pining for any of your home comforts any time soon!

Head outside on one of those long Summer nights, fire up the BBQ or stoke up your own fire pit and spend some time stargazing up at Northumberland’s renowned dark skies for those uber-romantic vibes, before cuddling up in the cabin.

Discover Moonranker Glamping Narrowboat here

FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY GLAMPING… MISS ELLIE

After more family-friendly glamping? Don’t sweat it – Middlemoor has you covered, too, with the lovingly-restored (and goooorgeously decorated) Miss Ellie longboat.

The longer, more spacious of Middlemoor’s two quirky longboats, Miss Ellie can sleep up to 4 adults and 2 children across two double beds and one set of bunk beds, and provides all the home comforts you wouldn’t want to go glamping without.

Light, bright and ever-so-nautical in her design, Miss Ellie has ample seating both indoors and out, (you guessed it – she has her own mini-jetty too!), as well as a good-sized kitchen, a hot shower, two sinks and two WCs. Better yet, Miss Ellie also has her very own TV with built-in DVD player, so when the weather turns (hey, it’s been known to happen), you can still cosy up and hunker down in your holiday home.

Light, bright and ever-so-nautical in her design, Miss Ellie has ample seating both indoors and out, (you guessed it – she has her own mini-jetty too!), as well as a good-sized kitchen, a hot shower, two sinks and two WCs. Better yet, Miss Ellie also has her very own TV with built-in DVD player, so when the weather turns (hey, it’s been known to happen), you can still cosy up and hunker down in your holiday home.

As with all of Middlemoor’s accommodation, free Wifi will keep the kids (of any age) out of mischief, private parking makes things extra easy and the BBQ and firepit outside will keep your alfresco options extra-exciting. Cracking!

 

 

FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT… PLOVER AND PEWEET VINTAGE CARAVANS

Campervan holidays have seen a huge boom in recent years, but let’s face it – they’re a little over-budget for a lot of us. But why not stay in the next best thing at a far more affordable price? Yep, Middlemoor comes to our rescue once again, this time with their choice of two large, vintage caravans on site.

Brand new to Middlemoor, refurbished showman’s caravans Plover and Peweet have only become available from July this year and each provide comfortable accommodation for up to 4 adults and 2 children.

 

Offering up a chance to get up close and personal with the great outdoors, without compromising on any of your home comforts, each caravan has a king-size bed, two single beds and one sofa bed. An outdoor firepit keeps alfresco entertaining cute and cosy and, as with all of the holiday homes at Middlemoor, bedding, towels and Wifi are all provided. But in Plover and Peweet, you’ll also find some extra-special welcome treats, too… (promise you’ll let us know what they are when you do?!)

As with Middlemoor’s narrow boats, the caravans are located on Middlemoor Farm – meaning that, unfortunately, any dogs have to miss out this time (as there are too many sheep nearby).  But what this also means is that, once the sun sets, the only light you’ll see will come from the stars. How magical!

Discover Middlemoor caravans here 

 

WHILE YOU’RE IN NORTHUMBERLAND

Where do we even start?! Middlemoor is ideally located to explore just about everything this nook of the North East has to offer, so it all just depends on what floats your longboat.

What’s closest? The coastline, of course. The award-winning Northumberland coastline is officially recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with plenty of picture-perfect villages to lose yourself in for an hour or five.

 

Our pick of the bunch? You’re stretching us here, but we’d have to say stopping off at Seahouses and exploring the cute coastal town, before stretching our legs along the 3.5 miles of sandy shoreline up to Bamburgh Castle. An absolutely majestic coastal custodian, head into Bamburgh village and eat your fill of some of the best seafood around at The Potted Lobster. Or, if you’re more of an adventure-seeker, head in the opposite direction from Seahouses down to Beadnell Bay and try your hand at sea kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, kitesurfing or coasteering.

You couldn’t stay at Middlemoor and not head into Alnwick, even just for the day. Packed into this Northumberland market town is the iconic Alnwick Castle (home to Harry Potter) and the multi-award winning The Alnwick Garden; cobbled streets lined with boutiques, bakeries, cafés, pubs and restaurants; the Alnwick Playhouse, which will have live entertainment again from 21st July; and, of course, a HLN fave – Barter Books. Speaking of castles, Middlemoor is just over the hill from Chillingham Castle – reportedly Britain’s most haunted historic castle! This 13th century, Grade-1 listed stronghold is famed for the action-packed battles that raged here in centuries gone by, so is well worth an explore if you’re into your history, mythology or spooky stories.

This much-loved second-hand bookstore is one of the largest in the UK and features three 40-foot murals on its walls, open fires, comfy spaces to relax in and even a miniature train rattling around the top of the bookshelves (which have that old school, sliding-ladder vibe). Just be warned – you may only intend to pop in for a quick look around, but we dare you to leave before you’ve spent at least a couple of hours perusing the shelves here.

Northumberland’s skyline has been awarded Gold Tier status for their dark skies, (which are also the largest designated dark sky space in the UK), so you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better stargazing spot, especially as public astronomical hotspot Kielder Observatory isn’t too far away. Wildlife is also abundant in these parts, especially over at The Farne Islands, which have one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the British Isles, as well as large colonies of Atlantic and Grey seals. And, if you fancy a trip a little further afield, Edinburgh is just an hour away on the train from Alnmouth station.

 

So whatever you’re searching for in a staycation, we’ve got a sneaky feeling Middlemoor can deliver it. Enjoy!

To find out more about the late-availability accommodation available at Middlemoor Farm Holidays, visit their website.

Be quick, mind – we predict they aren’t going to be available for much longer!

Middlemoor Farm, North Charlton, Alnwick, Northumberland NE67 5HP

 

 

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