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Lets go North…

There are such a vast number of places to visit in Northumberland, many folks head to the North of the County and get as far as the beautiful coastline scattered with its castles along miles of sandy beaches, little fishing fishing villages, great walking, and a wonderful selection of spots to stop off for a drink and a bite to eat.  But, travel just a few miles further north and there’s another world to visit, stay and explore and accommodation here can be a few % more kind to your pocket too. Only five or six miles north and a little inland is the old coaching town of Belford.  Once a frenetic stopping off point on the North/South journey from Edinburgh to Newcastle and beyond, it is now bypassed by the modern day A1.  A death nell for the town, some may have thought, but this market town has retained many of its features from its former life, the old coaching inns, cobbled market square, impressive stone structures reminicent of more affluent times, and is building …


Garden Room Garden Party

Tea anyone? What a cracking day for the owners of Garden Room in Whitley Bay to have chosen to host their fund raiser event in aid of the Parkinsons UK. They opened their garden, including the garden of the Garden Room, to stalls of all denominations – cake stall, bric a brac, children’s raffle, adults raffle, bouncy castle, live music, tombola as well as home made hot dog & burger stall, all made for a great day out. The Garden Room hosted the afternoon teas, tables were laid with linen table cloths, china tea cups and an array of sandwiches and cakes took you back to the days where afternoon tea in the orchard was the “done thing”, and demonstrated just how versatile this little gem of a self catering holiday let this is. To sample the Garden Room and its quintessential English charm, they accept short breaks and longer stays click here


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  


Northumberland 13th August 2016 Hold that date……..

Right on Bamburgh Castle Green the quintessential cricket field, nestled beneath that towering fortress that is Bamburgh Castle, on 13th August 2016 the BFestival will be held – for the second year running Stay Northumbria is main sponsor of this great event which will see a plethora of local musicians performing from twighlight til dusk in aid of Hospice Care North Northumberland    


An English Man’s home………

is his Castle of course, and here in Northumberland we have more Castles than any other county in England. Now not all of them are lived in, and many lie ruin and testiment to the turbulent past they have witnessed.  Those which are lived in like Bamburgh and Alnwick are open to the public for most of the year, and open weekends only in the “off season”.  Both of these castles also feature in many “casting sessions”, being favourites of both big and small screen producers alike. So oft times on a visit you may come across the film maker’s entourage,  as the next epic is in the making. The imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh provide a spectacular back drop to a lovely walk from Craster to Embleton (or vice versa) part of the greater St Oswald’s Way, or to an 18 hole golf epic as you drive toward the ruins, on the Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club links course. Further North lies the ruins of Norham and Barmoor Castles, both crucial locations during the Battle of Flodden …


A good holiday cottage will provide all you need for the family….

Finding a holiday cottage which not only caters for you all to sleep, dine and relax as a family can be hard enough which is why it is great when you find one that goes that extra mile.  The family cottages rented by Stay Northumbria on the North Northumberland coast do just that, in particular their flagship property Hastings House.  Its a Visit England graded 5* Gold Award, the Gold Award being awarded because it does go that extra mile, infact a few! So no need to worry about bringing the cot, the high chair, the baby bath, the bottle steriliser and all the rest of the day to day paraphenalia that having a young family entails, and if you ring their  HQ which is less than a mile from the house with any questions you may have or to organise little Johnny’s birthday cake or Sarah’s riding lessons they’ll do that too. And, of course Hastings House welcomes the other members of your family too – your dog, your cat, and even your budgie are …


Bassets @ the Bothy

The Bothy in Beadnell, albeit one of our very dog friendly holiday cottages where dogs go free, doesn’t usually accept more than four dogs (dependent upon size/type), however when we met these seven show Basset Hounds who could resist. They and their owners left the property spotless (thank you so much) and you’d never have guessed that this extra large canine family had been in residence for a week. They loved the close proximity of the Beadnell and Seahouses beaches and the open plan aspects of the cottage made it an ideal base for their Spring break.