Second year in a row

Yet again Bamburgh has been voted the number 1 best seaside town.

Bellshill Bothy and Bellshill Tower are ideally place for accessing the beach as they are only a 10 minute drive away from Bamburgh Beach, but with both properties are set in their own woods giving guests peace and tranquility away from all the visitors flocking to our beautiful stretch of coastline.

My favourite time to visit the beach is evening time when the Castle is lit up with flood lights which cast a glow on the beach, you can have the beach all to yourself with the lighthouses winking at you. Magical!!

Last minute booking

The week starting 30th April is available in Bellshill Bothy, why not come and have a relaxing week in beautiful Northumberland after the hustle and bustle of Easter.

Set in a 4 acre wood The Bothy offers peace and tranquility yet within easy reach of the beautiful Northumberland Coast and Hills

Deer Spotting

The Countryfile magazine ( has an excellent article and the above picture to help identify native deer. I have to admit I had never hear of a Water Deer or a Sika Deer. In North Northumberland we have plenty of Roe Deer and the Fallow Deer population is increasing. In both our woods the deer can be spotted and if you are quiet enough you can get close up, they are often in twos or threes.

Lovely to see these wild animals but sometimes the trees could do without being nibbled so much!


Clear cold nights

Fantastic for star-gazing.

According to Kielder Observatory “it is estimated that 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky or experienced the sense of wonder that a clear night filled with billions of stars can give!”

We are extremely fortunate to be part of Northumberland and Kielder Water and Forest International Dark Sky Park, the beautiful night skies can be appreciated from both cottages, for those wanting to learn more about the night sky Kielder Observatory offer all sorts of events to cater for everyone.

A Break away does you good!

Feeling refreshed after a few days away and a change of scenery.

We were very fortunate to be given tickets to Chelsea Flower Show. What an amazing display of wonderful flowers and plants that I could never ever grow in Northumberland! None of the show gardens featured a windy exposed hill but I can always dream of beautiful clematis flowing over romantic arches with pristine roses and elegant annuals weaving through ornamental grasses. Although I did see a lovely water feature I am sure we could re-create and the wood sculptures were fantastic

We came back from our few days away refreshed and relaxed. We have a few weeks available in December, why not have a holiday before Christmas to re-charge your batteries.

Holy Island from the Sky,

Johnny was lucky enough to fly over North Northumberland and took this great picture.

It is amazing how different places look from the sky.

Saint Aidan came down from Iona to establish a Monastery on Lindisfarne “Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious heritage and also its more recent picturesque 16th century castle.” 

Lindisfarne Castle is a National Trust property :Travel across the causeway to Holy Island and discover this magical place. Lindisfarne Castle was converted by famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens into a private holiday home for Edward Hudson, founder of Country Life magazine”

Holy Island is a fantastic place to visit with a wide open deserted beach, sand dunes, walks around the Island, also a Castle and Monastery , as it is tidal Island please always check the tide times.

Todays walk;

Wooler Common

We had a great walk from Wooler Common towards Broadstruther, the smell from the heather was almost coconutty and the vivid purple went on for miles. There are well marked routes from a couple of miles to long hikes.

Forestry England have well mapped out routes on their website

It is essential to have your route mapped out as there are some many different routes across the common. Humleton Hill is another great walk with fantastic 360 views.

Happy walking.

October Staycation,

Bellshill Tower has availability in October. Why not come and spend a relaxing week in Northumberland.

Bellshill Tower is basking in the August sunshine at the moment, even in October we have some lovely sunny autumnal days just right for walking in woods or along the beach.

In October we have beautiful places to visit, one of our favourite places to visit is Cragside (, lovely walks and an amazing house.