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 https://www.lindisfarne.org.uk. “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” https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle#Overview

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. https://holyislandcrossingtimes.northumberland.gov.uk

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 https://www.forestryengland.uk/wooler-common-and-woodland-park

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. https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/walk/humbleton-hillfort/

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 (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside), lovely walks and an amazing house.

Northumberland 250

What a lovely drive

Having visited most of the places on the Northumberland 250, we decided to visit Lambley at the southern tip of the 250 route. Wow, Lambley has the most amazing viaduct.

We walk over the viaduct on the old Haltwhistle to Alston railway, then took a little wooden bridge below. It is a lovely walk and I would thoroughly recommend it.

I have attached a link to Northumberland 250, it is a great drive through some of Northumberland’s stunning places.

https://nland250.com

Walking boots ready,

with sunny weather looking to return next week.

Ted is looking forward to walking some of the local footpaths around Bellshill Tower and Bellshill Bothy. I have managed to download the Ordnance Survey app on to my phone (other apps are available!!).

One local walk is Chatton Cup and rings, a 4.43 mile walk with stunning views across the Millfield Plain.The app says it should take 2h 15ms but this does not take into account numerous stops to take photos and finding a spot for a picnic.

With coastal or hill walks we are spoilt, why not come up and see which is your favourite walk.

Better Weather is on its way.

By the end of the week we should be basking in the warm sun and having BBQ’s

The above snippet is from The Times, fantastic shot of the Bamburgh Castle. Hopefully next week cricket will be played without coats on and we can all enjoy one or two BBQ’s. There is nothing nicer than sitting outside on a warm summer’s evening.

Come to stay on 8th May,

as we have had a cancellation

Bellshill Bothy

We now have available the week beginning 8th May in Bellshill Bothy. Why not come and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and soak up the sunshine in beautiful Northumberland.

The countryside is now coming back to life after a long winter, not only are the trees and plants coming out of their winter lockdown but so are we!

Roll on 12th April

We are looking forward to welcoming guests to Northumberland

Northumberland National Parks have put out a great poster to remind people whilst they are enjoying our fantastic landscape please be mindful and leave the area how you find it.

We are very lucky to have a large area to explore with such varying landscape. Northumberland National Parks have a very informative website https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk So why not check out the parks and enjoy the great outdoors.

We are going in the right direction

With Covid cases coming down we are looking forward to re-opening

With the Country beginning to start opening up again we are getting excited about welcoming guests again. The last year has been a strange and difficult time for many people, hopefully the light is at the end of the tunnel and we can all start to enjoy the great outdoors again.

One advantage of lock-down is we have found many local footpaths and have been exploring our local area which we tend to just drive through without really noticing our beautiful surroundings.

We do have 2 footpaths on one of our farms so we have been going around making sure that the paths are correctly signed and that all gates are in good working order. Happy walking