Northumberland

Northumberland is a county in the northeast of England. The area has a spectacular coastline and rolling countryside, and it’s second only to Cornwall for coastal beauty! It has a population of just over 200,000, which means there are plenty of jobs available. You’ll find lots of primary schools and high schools here too – we cover all this information below so you can get the best possible idea about what Northumberland is like before you buy property here.

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Best places to live in Northumberland

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Where is Northumberland?

Northumberland is located in the very northeast of England, bordering Scotland to the North and the English county of Tyne & Wear on its southern border. It’s neighboured by other counties including County Durham (to the west) and Cumbria (in the south).

Areas in Northumberland

Northumberland is made up of fourteen districts – each with its own unique character! Some of the most popular places for prospective home buyers include:

Berwick-upon-Tweed – the most northerly town in England, and a popular tourist destination, Berwick-upon-Tweed is situated on the north bank of the River Tweed and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Alnwick – home to Alnwick Castle, which has been used as a location for films such as Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, and also features the Alnwick Garden – one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northumberland.

Bamburgh – situated on the Northumberland Coast and well known for its dramatic castle ruins, Bamburgh is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists.

Warkworth – a small village located in Northumberland with rich history, including the impressive ruins of Warkworth Castle, Warkworth Hermitage and the 12th century St. Lawrence’s Church.

Northumberland National Park – stretching from the Scottish border to the North Sea coast, this nature reserve has an extensive network of footpaths and cycle routes.

Hexham – a quaint market town in the north of Northumberland, Hexham is home to a large market square and the imposing Abbey which dominates the town centre.

Alnmouth – situated on Alnwick Bay, this charming coastal village is home to a wide variety of independent shops, restaurants and pubs.

Morpeth – Morpeth is known for its Georgian architecture and pretty riverside setting, as well as its annual Northumbrian Gathering which celebrates traditional music, dance and crafts.

Universities in Northumberland

While there are no universities in Northumberland both Newcastle University and Northumbria University are within easy travel distance. Both Universities have excellent reputations and offer a range of courses to suit everyone’s needs.

Newcastle University – Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, Newcastle University is a prestigious institution with a global outlook. With campuses in Newcastle and London, as well as partnerships with institutions all over the world, Newcastle University offers its students an unrivalled educational experience.

Northumbria University – A modern and innovative university, Northumbria University takes a practical approach to teaching and learning. The location of the universities makes them accessible for students from all over Northumberland as well as those who travel in from south Tyneside or beyond Newcastle upon Tyne.

Top Schools in Northumberland

The top schools in the county include

Brinkburn Comprehensive School – A large, general comprehensive with an excellent reputation throughout the county, Brinkburn Comprehensive School offers a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong emphasis on providing a good range of courses.

Whitley Bay High School – A specialist Business & Enterprise College, Whitley Bay High has excellent facilities for learning that include an impressive professional standard theatre, sports centre and swimming pool.

The Duchess’s Community High School – The Duchess Community offers the highest quality of education to all its students, with a strong focus on music and the arts.

St Thomas More Catholic Academy – An academy for children aged 11 to 18. A high achieving academic college that places great emphasis on extracurricular activities and enrichment opportunities.

Population of Northumberland

As of the 2019 census, the population of Northumberland was 319,010. This is a decrease from the 2011 census, which reported a population of 322,762, making Northumberland one of the more sparsely populated counties in England. However, with the recent development of new housing estates in the north and south of the county, this number is likely to rise in the coming years.

 

Reviews in Northumberland

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We love our house (the sherwood) and couldn’t have picked a better home for what we need.

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it’s a lovely location right in between 2 towns with plenty open fields around to go walking which I love, the actually development area itself is lovely too. The con with being in this spot is where the nearest shop is which is a short drive but not a key issue.

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We love our house (the sherwood) and couldn’t have picked a better home for what we need. The actual design of the house is lovely and we have a great garden there so no complaints at all on the design. With regards to building and property management, we had a few small snags around the house but nothing major which the builders on site fixed for us and we’re great.

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When doing your snagging list, mention and note down every single thing regardless of how small it is to get sorted out. Also keep on top of the builders who are sorting the snagging as they are dealing with a lot of homes so can forget but it’s your home so you need to get it sorted

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The builder himself was great and sorted things out when we needed it so no complaints.

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A lovely new build estate by Miller

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Review Date Oct 2021

There are shops nearby in Newsham, and also a seafront cafe only a few minutes down the road.

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As my 1st new build I was worried, but the quality has been excellent so far with few snags. Any found have been dealt with by millers.
Plenty of storage in my home, and while not huge, manages myself and my two children well

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Front lawn quality is poorer than expected

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They have actioned any issues I have found quickly

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Good estate, could be better!

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Review Date Oct 2021

The quality of the wider local area is great, close to the beach with some nice walks. It is also close to other coastal areas which is great! With regards to immediate area outside of the development, it could be better. There are only buses available but in other areas a metro service is present. Our street is lovely, however parking availability for guests is minimal. If each house had one guest with a car, they wouldn’t all be able to park close by. More parking would be ideal!

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There are a variety of property types on the estate which makes it more aesthetically pleasing, however there could be a little more. For example there are two houses of the same colour recently built right next to each other, it would have been better to have some differences. Parking bays are minimal, some could definitely been made into double ones to use the space more efficiently. We have had difficulty getting things finished on our property and are constantly put on the back burner. We have been waiting some weeks now for things to be sorted and it is getting tedious asking all the time.

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How long things take to be fixed.

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They have responded but not in a very timely manner. Considering the price of the houses, you would expect the very best.

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Miller Homes . A considerate builder.

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Review Date Oct 2021

A little remote but I believe that a supermarket chain is considering a branch nearby. The opening up of the rail network at Newsham would also benefit the estate. The street is relatively quiet but the proximity to the Laverock which is a main route to Cramlington hospital A&E makes it occasionally noisy.

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We have bought new builds on several previous occasions and this has been the best in terms of customer service before and after purchase. In the middle of purchase my wife had to go in to hospital and was diagnosed with cancer. She needed an emergency operation scheduled for 3 weeks after completion. Given the situation the builders kindly gave us permission to move items into the property on completion day before actual completion. This was of great help and much appreciated

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One thing make sure any potential purchase is fully mirrored in any show home of the same type that you may view. Sometimes certain items are changed.

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Site foreman has always responded to any issues promptly and efficiently.

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