Northumberland is a county full of hidden treasures. These are my top five to visit when you stay with us.
Number one has to be the beautiful Coastline. It’s exhilarating, wild and remote in places. This stunning picture, credit to Northumberland Arial Views, shows just how stunning the coast line is.
With over 30 miles of golden sand, many of these beaches are wrapped around spectacular castles and little seaside villages with some wonderful cafes and restaurants. There are country parks on the shoreline and places for all the family to have fun in the open fresh air of Northumberland.
What I love the most is that most beaches are dog friendly so a family favourite. They provide solitude, a fabulous hideaway for bird spotting and for those of us who are more adventurous sports like windsurfing, surfing and kite surfing.
Number Two is Bamburgh Castle. This has to one of the most specular sites in Northumberland. Spanning over nine acres of land on it’s rocky plateau, it’s one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK.
Overlooking the village of Bamburgh there are lots of cafes and restaurants, or take a picnic, which is my favourite thing to do and watch the kids build sand castles and play in the Dunes.
Stay into the evening and watch the sun come down, or simply go for a long beach walk in spectacular surroundings,
Number Three is Seahouses and a trip to the Farne Islands. It’s a lovely fishing port with lots to do and see for the whole family. quirky shops, lovely restaurants, crazy golf and the most amazing fish and chips. Wander down to the harbour and take in the vibrant fishing port and book your trip to the Farne Islands. This is a family favourite.
You can choose to land on the Islands and I would recommend you do this to see the puffins (my favourite little birds) and along the way you will see an abundance of seals and other wildlife, Fun, Fun, Fun.
Number Four has to be Cragside Hall, near Rothbury which is a historic country house standing proud in its own grounds. Visit near the end of May to mid-June and you will be amazed at the colourful array of Rhododendrons that surround the whole estate.
Take a wander around the grounds and the house and before you leave pop into the cafe for some true Northumbrian hospitality.
There are free car parks around the estate and it’s got to be a must when you visit the area.
Number Five is the village of Warkworth. Boasting quaint cafes and restaurants, gorgeous artisan shops and a lovely walk along the river.
The high street is framed by a 12th-century church and there is a magnificent castle watching over the village and river.
Warkworth maybe small but it contains a wealth of history waiting to be discovered.