About Heritage Holiday Cottages

As the fourth generation of a family of Architects in the north east of England, we have been involved in the restoration Alnwick Castle, Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and Cragside House – for clients such as The National Trust and English Heritage.

We also operate our own self catering heritage holiday cottages in Northumberland which we created by converting a historically significant farm steading built by Victorian engineering pioneer Lord Armstrong as part of his world-leading Cragside Estate.

There is no better way to appreciate the history of a building, than to spend time there, sleep there, and slowly appreciate its previous uses.

In late 2013 we created The Cottage Cooperative, which has a number of websites like this one to help guests find the exact type of cottage they want.  Cottages listed on our websites are owned by like-minded members who abide by a genuine code of advertising and are committed to offering a high quality service to guests.

Cottages listed in the Heritage Holiday Cottages collection must be historically significant, and owners must provide enough information of the previous lives of their building to allow you to immerse yourself in the significance of your surroundings.  It would be far too easy to allow any old property to be listed here but it is notable history, not quantity, which counts.

As such, we may well not yet have a cottage of the size you require in the area you want, but please check back as membership is growing slowly but surely.

All of the cottages on this website are listed not only because they are celebrated, but also on the understanding that each owner is capable of making your stay special.

All you should have to do is arrive, relax and immerse yourself in the gravity of your surroundings…

Gemma & Tim

Founders of The Cottage Cooperative and proprietors of Burnfoot Holiday Cottages in Northumberland.