What To Do – Couples Edition

Picnics under the stars, taking in spectacular views or enjoying a relaxing massage in a top class spa, romance is never far away when spending time at our Wooden Star Cottages. If you’re looking for that perfect romantic escape with your partner, then we have you covered. Below we’ve listed our very favourite activities to enjoy around our properties with that special someone.


If you’re a couple who can’t sit still and love experiencing the great outdoors, here are a few hiking routes that will be perfect for you. 
You’re in the ideal spot if you’re staying in our Byres properties or The Steadings. Here you are based in Northumberland National Park where there are hiking routes galore. But if you’re looking to head further, there’s also a beautiful area by Kielder Water which is only a 20 minute drive away. Here you can take the route around the Bull Crag Peninsula loop, taking in breathtaking views around the park, with plenty of opportunities to stop for a romantic picnic.
See full route plan here


If you’re an active pair and are looking for something more advanced then you will both love taking those steps around the historic Hadrian’s Wall. When staying in our Hexham properties like Hexham House Apartments or Seal Cottage, a 12 minute drive will take you to Chollerford where you can start an advanced route to Steel Rigg. Take in the history, get those steps in and feel the sense of achievement together when you complete the trail!

See full route plan here.  


Don’t forget about hiking in Cumbria where you can find one of our newer properties, Bed at the Beck. On top of only being a drive away from the world renowned Lake District, if you’re looking for something a bit closer, put your hiking boots in the car and head 20 minutes down the road into Carlisle to take the stunning trail to Bowness. (There’s also some great pubs on the way too!) See the route plan here.


If you’re looking to truly relax, maybe indulge in some pampering and TLC, then only a 15 minute drive from our Seal Cottage in Hexham is the beautiful Walwick Hall. Here you can enjoy an array of spa treatments together that will leave you rejuvenated as well as a steam room, luxury jacuzzi and glass-walled pool. 
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Our Twenty Princes Street home in Corbridge is the perfect getaway for a couple. So if you want to take the holiday relaxation to the next level, then head to the stunning Slaley Hall. Only 20 minutes away in the car, let the stress of daily life melt away here with a facial or body treatment by celebrity-loved brand Rituals. 
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Our Shellbraes Studio is ideal for couples looking for a romantic escape. Staying here also means you’re only a six minute drive from Matfen Hall Spa. Here you can enjoy a series of treatments that they describe “provide harmony between your mind, body and spirit.” A day at the spa, before retiring to your beautiful studio for dinner and drinks – we can’t think of anything more romantic!
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Eating Out 

A romantic trip away isn’t the same without some good food and wine. If you’re staying at our Shellbraes Studio or Shellbraes Farmhouse then not too far away is The Rat Inn. Enjoy hearty homemade comfort food amongst the candlelight with your loved one in this cosy pub setting. 
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Another restaurant not too far away from the Shellbraes properties is at Langley Castle. A 25 minute drive will take you to what is judged as one of the finest restaurants in the North East. 
Follow the link here to see their website and mouth watering menu. 
Charlton Gate is based in the stunning Northumberland National Park and a 25 minute drive will lead you to the Michelin star restaurant Hjem. Hjem (both Northumbrian and Scandinavian meaning for “home”) The restaurant creates stunning menus from ingredients from the surrounding farms and gardens of Northumberland and comes highly commended from a number of international food critics. It’s also worth taking the trip if you’re staying at our Byres or Steadings properties. 
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Northumberland is also home to the spectacular Alnwick Gardens. Here you will find The Treehouse restaurant. This magical setting, nestled in the treetops, offers a stunning romantic setting with a delicious seasonal menu.


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If you’re staying at our Bed at the Beck property and looking for a touch of fine dining, The Cedar Tree restaurant is 7 minutes away from your cosy stay. Enjoy stunning views across the lake while you tuck into their incredible menu.

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Romantic Places to visit 

Staying in our Steadings, Byres or Charlton Gate properties means you are in an International Dark Sky Area. Take in the stars with your partner by your side in the comfort of your home away from home. The view is truly spectacular at night and maybe if you’re looking to pop a certain question this is the time to do it! 


If you head to Kielder Observatory, there are also a range of different events where you can enjoy and learn about the stars above. The events cover everything from an introduction to astronomy to the secret life of stars. 


Follow the link here to see their full list of events.



If you’re staying in our Hexham properties then Hexham Abbey is a must-visit. Walk around the grounds and take in the stunning architecture of the historic building that’s often used for weddings. Staying in one of our Hexham House Apartments means you’re only a 3 minute walk from the stunning grounds.

If you’re staying at our Bed at The Beck property, 20 minutes in the car will take you to the iconic Sycamore Gap at Hadrian’s Wall. Take a romantic photo with the picture perfect setting and be the envy amongst your Instagram followers. 


Have a romantic stay with us here at Wooden Star Cottages. Follow the link here to see our availability. 




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