We are lucky enough to visit Northumberland regularly and I love it! In the past we have travelled to Cornwall (many times) to holiday, and crazy as it may seem we had not even holidayed in Northumberland which is only about an hour from home, but this all changed a year ago when we purchased a cottage in North Northumberland, it is called Percy Cottage, Chatton and is marketed via Coquet Cottages. This week was all about exploring and doing the full tourist thing instead of jobs in the cottage. Here are some of the things we have been up to….
We arrived Saturday relatively chilled after an hours journey (thank goodness, with a baby!), unpacked the vehicle which looked ready to explode. The joy’s of travelling not so far you decide to take all sorts of things you would not normally, such as OJ’s mattress, Lily’s Pillow and quilt (I can’t really object when I take my pillow everywhere!), and although we said we would eat out or buy food once we arrived I like to be prepared, so there was several bags of food and a few bottles of wine (just in case you can’t get what you like!)
So, Sunday we headed to Seahouses to do a Grey Seal Cruise on Billy Shiels Boat Trips, which is a cruise around all the islands including Staple, Inner Farne and Longstone Lighthouse. We saw the grey seals and some of the seal pups, there were not many birds due to the time of year. It is a great trip to do and a must if you visit Northumberland, the views of Bamburgh Castle from the sea is amazing!
We then went to Pinnacles for fish and chips, and I have to say they were very good!
Monday, was a slow start as Mr A was off sorting a ‘job’ (there are some down falls of holiday’ing only an hour from home!). Once OJ was fed we headed off to St Cuthberts Cave (see photo on right) to do a walk, and discover the place where according to legend, monks took shelter, and where Cuthbert himself lived as an anchorite hermit before moving to the Farne Islands. It was a beautiful day and half way through the walk there were fabulous views of Holy Island.
We then headed to the Joiners Arms at Newton-by-the-Sea for a bite to eat. We opted for a seafood sharing platter which was amazing, it included Black Pudding with Tempura Scallops, Craster Kipper Pate, Tempura Calmari, Plump prawns in marie rose sauce, Smoked Salmon with capers, served with sweet chilli dip and mayo and thick slices of seeded brown bread – It was seriously good and I can highly recommend it!
The featured image is of the glorious Italian gardens at Chillingham Castle which is a rare survival from 1828 and the work of Royal garden designer Sir Jeffrey Wyatville. The castle was built in the 12th century and is open to the public and includes ghost tours.
During a previous visit to Chillingham we went to see the wild cattle which was a great thing to do, the warden took us as close to the cattle as he safely could and was very knowledgable on the history of the cattle, they are rarer than the panda!
Tuesday we had a cheek trip to Edinburgh, which I have done a separate blog post on, check it out!
Wednesday was a bit of a damp squib, but we headed out and visited Alnmouth and then the historic village of Warkworth. I love going to Warkworth and visiting a few favourite shops, first being the Fenwick Art Gallery which has a unique rate of fine art including paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewellery and textiles. I have a couple of paintings by Dorien Fenwick one of which is a seascape painting at Warkworth Beach, and a landscape painting of the Cheviot Hills, I love them both.
We then went to the Tankerville Arms in Eglingham for a late lunch, the food was good, but we were disappointed the fires were not lit on such a damp miserable day as it would have enhanced the experience.
We were conveniently situated adjacent to the Percy Arms, which does lovely food, and I thoroughly enjoyed my Cajun Chicken burger!
During the week, there were many hot chocolates consumed and toasting ones toes in front of the wood burning stove with a nice glass of wine and nibbles!
Mrs A x