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The Alnwick Garden

The Duchess of Northumberland had the vision of creating a garden open to all, which would reinvigorate the historic gardens at Alnwick Castle. Opened in 2001, the Alnwick garden reflects the glory and spirit of the earlier gardns on the site. Using the talent, expertise and technology of our time, the Garden – while mindful of its predecessors – is not a slavish recreation of the past, but a garden for the 21st Centry using state of the art technology to control The Grand Cascade.  It is a place of beauty and learning, relevant to future generations as well as our own. It is a garden for the community as well as a high provile tourist attraction and is evolving over time. To find out more about the garden and its facilities go to www.alnwickgarden.com The garden is open daily – see website for times and prices. and the What’s on Guide for events Only assistance dogs are permited in the Alnwick Garden. Tickets to visit the Alnwick Garden include admission to the walled garden, the …

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We’re Roasting in Northumberland

We love meeting our suppliers and finding new ones is a great adventure.  General Manager Lisa Herbertson, has been looking out for some new items to put in our welcome packs for guests, something local, something useful, and really tasty.  Last week she turned her efforts to finding some great coffees.  Gone are the days of leaving our guests sticks of Nescafe instant, or even a jar of Dowe Egberts – we want to provide something that’s been lovingly sourced and produced locally. Step up to the plate Jonny and Andy, the guys run their roasting rooms out of Pilgrims Cafe on Holy Island, and following a bit of detective work, Lisa sussed out that the boys actually import coffee beans, roast and blend, package and despatch all from their Yurt in the grounds. We’ve learnt that its actually a skilful art to get that great cup of coffee, the right quantity of grounds, the exact amount of water carefully drizzled over the top at just the right temperature. Jonny and Andy are both pationate about …

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Alwinton

  If you’re serious about walking or genuinely want to “get away from it all”  then a holiday in & around Alwinton will be ideal for you. The village is located at the head of the Coquet Valley on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills, probably the last largely unexplored area of England. Alwinton is the intersection of a number of ancient drovers roads which linked England and Scotland and is the last village in Upper Coquetdale,  surrounded by rolling hills and is a great starting point for walks or cycling in the Border country.

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Seal pups arrive on the Farne Islands

This little archipelago off the North East coast of Northumberland can be one of the most inhospitable places you could wish to visit as we enter the windy, stormy winter months, but it is here that a large group of Grey Seals choose to live, mate and breed,  with pups arriving into this trecherous environment and the challenges of survival begin.  This year’s

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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

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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  

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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

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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    

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North o’ the Wall

Once the great divide, now one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions.  Did Hadrian know what a fantastic thing he was creating way back then?  Come and see for yourself – Northumberland has just been voted the second best place in the UK to come and visit/stay (only bettered by Cornwall but we’ll let you make that decision for yourself once you get here).  North Northumberland in particular is spectacular, big skies – one of the country’s few “black sky” designated areas at Keilder, wide open landscapes, fantastic coastlines and more castles than any other county in the UK.

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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 …