Steve’s Sojourns A Place to stay in NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND
Sandwiched between Scotland and England Northumberland has drawn its lifeblood from both. If Scotland were to be described as red and England as yellow then Northumberland would be classified as orange. Although part of England Northumberland has its own bagpipes that have survived over the centuries and become a part of everyday life and her own unique tartan plaid.
One of the most romantic places on the British Coast this converted Grade Two listed Dovecote (Hence Northumbrian dialect Ducket) sleeps two in 5 star luxury comfort with stunning views over Budle Bay to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Winner of the Most Unique Retreat in the Unique Holiday Cottages awards, the spiral staircase gives access on separate floors to the bathroom, bedroom, lounge and fitted kitchen that shapes so beautifully to the walls. Breakfast in bed can be enjoyed watching farm animals grazing and enjoying the peace and quiet. The spiral staircase goes up again and once you reach the very top of the tower there is a library area with a telescope for you to enjoy the views. Three day low season from £480. (01668 213336, rosscottages.co.uk).
Standing on the delightful village green and overlooked by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle this hotel offers a high standard of en-suite accommodation and fine food served all day in the AA rosette-awarded Restaurant. It’s a traditional hotel with bags of character, blended with up to date decor & facilities.
Go for the Castle View room type, spacious, en-suite views of the castle and The Farne Islands. The joy of staying here with its competitive room rates is that you can explore the other pubs in the village all within a hundred yards of the hotel before or after your meal plus the castle is lit up at night which is truly spectacular. Doubles from £90 (01668 214 431, victoriahotel.net)
BANBURGH CASTLE HOTEL
For its stunning views of Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Castles and the Farne Islands alone the evening meal at the Bamburgh Castle Inn is well worth it. Tuck into whale-sized fish and chips whilst the evening sun is painting the boats in the harbour a beautiful orange colour. Real ale enthusiasts can enjoy an excellent selection of local ales, aptly including Hadrian & Border brewery’s Farne Island bitter. Eat in the beer garden situated on top of the 18th century lime kilns. Follow that with a moonlight walk along the pier to the lighthouse to watch the fishing boats come in.
(01665 720283, bamburghcastleinn.co.uk).