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Ascent Homes: Six stunning places to live in Northumberland

With its breathtaking coastline, picturesque country idylls and vibrant market towns, Northumberland is widely recognised as one of the best places to live in the UK. So, if you are considering a new home in the county, here are six attractive locations that you need to know about…



Lying on the edge of Northumberland National Park and at the foot of the Cheviot Hills, Wooler is unsurprisingly a favourite spot for walkers and day trippers. Residents can embrace the natural beauty that’s on their doorstep… and they can also take in the traditional pubs, modern restaurants and speciality shops that are found in the stone-built town. Close to Wooler is Ford and Etal Estate, where visitors can experience a light railway, corn mill, bakery and Etal Castle.

Where to live in Wooler.

Kingsmead, developed at Wooler by Ascent Homes, offers a selection of stylish two, three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached properties, and two and three bedroom bungalows.


A quintessential picture postcard location, Ellington is steeped in history (it was first recorded as a village in 1240!) and is just minutes away from the beautiful Cresswell Bay. Close to Cresswell beach and the stunning nature reserve at Druridge Bay, the village offers plenty of local charm and amenities. It also has good transport links to the nearby towns of Morpeth and Ashington.

Where to live in Ellington.

A development by Ascent Homes, Wayside Point in Ellington combines contemporary design and luxury. Its first phase features 187 two, three and four bedroom homes.

Blyth Quayside

A historic coastal town, Blyth offers a wide range of amenities and is just 25 minutes’ drive from Newcastle upon Tyne, making commuting easy.  Blyth’s Quayside area has seen substantial redevelopment in recent years and has been transformed into a peaceful open space.

Where to live in Blyth.

Commissioners Quay, developed by Ascent Homes, offers a mix of two and three bedroom homes on Blyth’s waterfront.

Many have stunning sea views and some of the properties even benefit from roof terraces, which maximise the views of their stunning surroundings.


Alnwick – home to the tourism hotspots of Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden – was recently named by The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in Northern England.

It’s a thriving market town, with a wealth of boutiques, restaurants, pubs and other attractions, and has great transport links via the A1.

Where to live in Alnwick.

Situated on the site of the former Alnwick District Council Offices, Allerburn Manor – developed by Ascent Homes – will feature 16 new four and five bedroom executive properties when it is completed.


Choppington, in South East Northumberland, is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers. Numerous parks and woodlands – including Choppington Community Woods – are found in and around the village, and Cambois Beach is also less than four miles away. Choppington is also close to the market town of Morpeth, which offers a further wealth of amenities.

Where to live in Choppington.

Ascent Homes’ Willow Farm development, just north of Choppington, features 327 two, three and four bedroom properties.

Each one of Willow Farm’s spacious homes is exquisitely styled inside and out with high end specification, finishings and a balanced use of space.


Bellingham is arguably the epitome of Northumbrian charm. Nestled on the banks of the North Tyne, its residents enjoy a picturesque riverside setting and the village is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Attractions include walking trails, cycling routes, traditional pubs… and hidden waterfalls!

Where to live in Bellingham.

Ascent Homes is developing Hareshaw Fall, a mix of two, three and four bedroom semi-detached and detached homes, in the village.

More about Ascent Homes’ developments

Ascent Homes is the housebuilding arm of Advance Northumberland, the economic regeneration company which works on behalf of Northumberland County Council. To find out more about Ascent Homes’ developments in these fantastic Northumberland locations, visit