Month: December 2015

Bamburgh Castle


With its world renowned beach top Castle, its challenging 18 hole golf course, its place on St. Oswald’s Way walk, and award winning butcher. This “estate” village provides a plethora of photo and leisure opportunities, from the castle itself, to its broad far reaching sandy beaches, the beautiful village cottages, houses, shops & restaurants to its fantastic Christmas lights in winter and local cricket matches on the village green in summer. The village even boasts a Croquet club. A wedding venue, the birthplace (and resting place) of the famous Grace Darling, a historical backdrop, a TV and film location, fantastic beaches and seaside walks, a central location well served with good pubs, restaurants and independent local shops. An award winning butchers, well stocked deli, art gallery, tea rooms, upmarket outdoor clothing (Barbour etc), and gift shop. Mix that together with a visit to the iconic Bamburgh Castle and you have yourself a full day out. Or make Bamburgh a centre marker for a days drive – get your guide here……

Seahouses, Northumberland

Seahouses – gateway to the Farnes

Many of Stay Northumbria’s lovely self catering holiday cottages are based in Seahouses. Why? Well the village has a history seated deep in the fishing and farming industries. The houses by the sea were built later than the houses in North Sunderland just half a mile inland which were homes to the farming community. When the fishing fleets came south from Scotland, St. Abbs and Eyemouth the fisher lasses followed and fishing communities sprang up all along the coastline of Northumberland. Seahouses was one, it has been a commercial centre ever since, in addition to fishing, the area was a major player in the Lime and Grain trades and the original harbour played its part in import and export relating to both these trades. Now, with these industries and major deep water fishing in decline through EU quotas and “over fishing” (see our fight for fish page), the remaining fishermen concentrate on catching prawn, lobster and crabs and some have turned their boating skills to providing services to tourists. From the harbour you can book …

Amble retail outlets on the harbour side


Nowadays Amble is one of the most up and coming harbour towns on the Northumberland coastline.  Situated at the mouth of the River Coquet it looks out over the nearby bird sanctuary of Coquet Island, home to more than 36,000 seabirds, including the iconic puffin and rare Rosette Terns.  It also has a large seal colony too. Amble is the ideal base for the wild life enthusiasts and ornithologists as there are frequent cruises from the harbour around the Island and Amble is adjacent to the nature reserves of Cresswell, Hawxley and Druidge, with the regions many castles and museums within easy reach.


About us

This is a fantastic county. Myself and my team at Stay Northumbria, live and work in the North of this wonderful place – A county vast in its size, small in its population, big in its skies and wide in its landscapes. Its people are some of the most friendly you’ll ever wish to meet, keen to partake of the heritage, culture, food, – infact everything about this mostly undiscoverd gem. We say welcome and hope to provide you in these little snippets of information,  a taster of what you will find if you venture to our part of the world and, hopefully, you’ll like what you find and come back – time after time……

Homildon Cottage holiday home near Wooler

Insuring Your Holiday Home/rental

Why you need a specialist insurance provider for your holiday property? What would you do if your holiday home was flooded, targeted by thieves, damaged by fire or storm, or vandalised? Without suitable insurance in place, you could be left to stand the bill for repairs and valuable replacements and lose rental income. Specialist holiday home insurance needs to provide comprehensive insurance cover for your UK holiday property, cottage or apartment. Tailor-made policies that suit you and discounts to keep your premium low are also important. When insuring a holiday home it’s essential to choose a policy that offers more than standard household cover. If you hire out your property you’ll need specific cover for this, as well as to protect you against damage caused by guests or pets. You may also want cover for loss of rental income. There will be times when the holiday home is left unoccupied – it could be a long time a leaking pipe or a theft is discovered and so it’s important you understand your insurance cover. Leisuredays …


Commercial Holiday Letting Insurance

Getting the right sort of insurance cover for your valuable investment not only makes good financial sense, it is a legal requirement when holiday letting your property. A good insurance broker will walk you through all the necessary ins and outs of getting the right cover . Here’s what David Morris the principle at holiday rental specialist J.L. Morris Insurance Brokers advises you should be looking for when selecting self catering insurance. Firstly, it is essential that the insurance you obtain provides cover for a commercially let property. Sounds obvious, but in our 25 years experience we have come across so many inappropriate styles of insurance, it is unbelievable!   Many of our clients have come to us as most insurers do not understand self catering and therefore do not know of the special cover you require. You are running a business, so you need a business insurance policy which will include Loss of income Full cover whilst the property is unoccupied Damage caused by holidaymakers   Theft by holidaymakers Public liability Employers’ liability Specialist policies …


Pre-Christmas Breaks – Near Wooler

Homildon Cottage Stay Northumbria are offering nearly 50% reduction on pre-christmas breaks at this great property Nr. Wooler.  Owners Jon and Jasmine will be using it for their first Northumberland family Christmas and New Year, but before hand its ready and waiting for visitors who just want to chill out before the Christmas rush.  Jon and Jasmine have been beavering away earlier in the year since buying the cottage to turn it into a fantastic home from home family holiday retreat.  They have kept many of the original features of the property and have introduced their own touches to the place to make it really welcoming and offering up to the minute things like wi-fi, loads of interesting information on things to do and see whilst you are there.  They welcome children and dogs and are looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas and New Year in the cottage with their own family and friends. Take a look – Homildon Cottage  


Berwick upon Tweed – the border town

  Berwick has just produced this tantalising video which showcases much of what this important border town has to offer. So see for yourself and if you like what you see, why not visit and stay a while to explore further. Close by, our cottages Causeway Barn at Spittal, Goldcrest Cottage at Fenwick, Willow Cottage at Lowick and Ancroft Manor in Ancroft all offer a variety of self catering accommodation as a great base from which to explore the area