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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 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 …


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 …


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


Farne Islands

The Farne Islands are a spectacular venue….. for birdwatchers and photographers, its great to take the kids they won’t come any closer to wildlife than here especially if you take a landing trip. Often at the end of March the first Puffins have already arrived and are inspecting the burrows in readiness for the breeding season (photo courtesy of the Farne Island Rangers) and our friend Andrew took this fantastic video of the guillemots coming back around the same time, so from then on there’s lots to see on the Farne Islands, and as the breeding season progresses, a variety of other birds take up residence, pufflings hatch and the guillemot jumplings launch themselves from the cliffs for their first swimming attempt if you are there to witness this event you wonder how so many of them survive.   Find out just what wonders await beneath the waves with this 10 minute video from our friend Ben Burville – an officionado of all things underwater at the Farnes, he often consults with BBC, and other …


Best of the best Holiday Cottages

2016 is the year where our British Olympians once again go for gold this time in Rio.  But achieving Gold isn’t just restricted to elite sports personalities. Its been a busy time here at Stay Northumbria HQ, you’d think that post Christmas the workload would quieten off, but no – not only is it peak booking season,  its general maintenance time, and quickly followed by Visit England’s annual inspection of properties. Visit England is the body which grants the coveted star ratings to self catering holiday cottages. So visitors to our inspected properties are assured of minimum criteria being met depending upon the star rating being displayed, of course it goes without saying that the minimum criteria is often surpassed and those properties which demonstrate that kind of committment to guest comfort and service strive to achieve a Gold Award.  So 5 Star with a Gold Award attached being the best of the best. This year we have some newcomers to our portfolio who have been assessed for the first time – so congratulations to the following …

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……

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……


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