Saturday, July 31, 2010

Late availability in Beadnell, Northumberland

Sandy Lane at Beadnell has availability for early September with a 10% discount on any full week.
This is a great offer as the house is just 150m from the beach and this is a much sort after part of the Northumberland Coast.



Click here for the relevant details.



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Friday, July 23, 2010

Cottages with easy access in Northumberland.

Sometimes our visitors ask for single level or easy access cottages. Maybe one of the party will be partly disabled or they have young children and a fear of staircases.
To help show the options we have a list of

Cottages with easy access

and

Cottages with disabled or wheelchair access.


When you have looked through the options please give us a telephone call on 016977 46777 so that we can discuss the accommodation and ensure it is ideal for your holiday.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vindolanda and the Romans

With the beautiful weather we have been having up here in Northumberland it was time that we revisited Vindolanda. It is literally just south of Sycamour gap ( the Robin Hood tree) and as always the site remains impressive.
Built around 82 AD that is a full 40 years before Hadrian' Wall it remains , arguably, the greatest attraction in the area. Certainly the thin slivers of wood covered in spidery writing which record the thoughts and deeds of bygone romans is one of the Nations greatest treasures.

These are some of the pictures we took

Firstly the baths at Vindolanda, and the amazing underfloor systems the Romans built





Then of course the communal toilets. Just about the oldest toilet we have seen.





On their first trip to Vindolanda not many people will have heard of Chesterholme or the museum which is housed there.










and then on the way back round Vindolanda there is the reconstruction of Hadrians Wall and a typical Roman fort. This photo shows the darkening clouds at the end of a perfect day







If you would like to visit Vindolanda then have a look at some of the late availability cottages close to Hadrians Wall. Click here for a full list.

and finally a short video


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Seahouses festival - Northumberland Coast's great times

This year we couldn't make it to the Seahouses festival on the 18th, 19th and 20th of June but we heard lots of good reports and its great to see all these pictures on Flickr.

If you would like to look at staying in or near to Seahouses then this link will give you a full list of our cottages for rent.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Northumberland - a glossary

Wikipedia records Northumberland as covering 5,013 km2 or 1936 sq miles. This makes it the 6th largest county in England ( Behind North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cumbria,Devon and Norfolk).
For new visitors to the County it can be confusing to sort out the geography.
Where exactly the Cheviots and how close to the sea are they?
Is Hadrian's Wall along the border with Scotland?
and so on.

To help introduce some of the County's towns we have prepared a small glossary of Northumberland.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Alnwick Castle, The White Swan and the Titanic

For most visitors the main attraction is Alnwick Castle. With its Harry Potter story and beautiful gardens it really is a main tourist attraction. However in the heart of the town is the Swan hotel with an unusual story. Basically the Titanic ( yes...the ship which sank in 1912) had a sister ship , the Olympic. When the Olympic was scrapped the dining room furniture and decorations were sold to the then owner of the Swan hotel and it is here that you can start to see exactly what the Olympic and the Titanic looked like inside.
A lot easier than diving beneath the Atlantic to find the Titanic.

If would like to visit Alnwick then we have a list of cottages here
or if you prefer premium cottages then there is this list.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Non smoking cottages in Northumberland

We often have visitors asking which cottages are guaranteed to be non smoking.

To help you chose we have a list here. One interesting cottage on this list is Dale View Cottage in Allendale. Here you have easy access to both Hadrian's Wall as well as the historic and tranquil Allendale Valley with its Bastle Houses.

Here is a picture of Dale View Cottage which sleeps 4

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Beach cottages in Northumberland

We always have a tremendous demand for cottages close to the beach in Northumberland.
If you click here you will get a list of cottages for your consideration.

One possibility would be Edgewater at Beadnell. It sleeps 8 people and is close to the beautiful sandy beach.


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Friday, July 16, 2010

Bamburgh - as seen through Victorian eyes - Northumberland days gone by

Looking through old postcards of Bamburgh and the Northumberland Coast we came across this card which shows , in a small way, the romantic way in which the Victorians viewed this wonderful part of the coast. A picture by JM Turner.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Remote, isolated and secluded cottages in Northumberland

Remote and isolated are all words which can be used for Dunsdale House, high on the side of Cheviot in the College Valley.

Sometimes we get the opportunity to have a video of one of our prime properties and thank's to Shadow Cat films we can now show the film below.

We also have a list of other isolated and remote cottages here.

We have a PDF guide to the College Valley which has photographs and descriptions.

This video will introduce you to Dunsdale house in the College Valley.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cottages in Elsdon, Northumberland

Cottages in Elsdon, Northumberland

Elsdon and Otterburn are set in the heart of border reiver lands. This is a countryside steeped in history. It's not often that the chance comes around to holiday in Elsdon but we have Townfoot Cottage with some September dates available.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Craster, Northumberland Coast - late availability

Howick Hall is a tremendously popular destination for visitors to the Northumberland Coast. Not only do you have the arboretum and gardens to explore but there is also the house and the tea room where you can drink Earl Grey tea as it was planned to be drunk.

The two coastal cottages on the Estate, Bathing house and Old School house are usually booked well in advance however just up the coast in Craster is Archway cottage which currently has week commencing 17th July as free. So if you are in search of a late availability booking near to the coast then have a look here.





and this picture shows the view north towards Dunstanburgh

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Northumberland coast - late availability

As we approach the end of July the search for bargain holiday cottages by the Northumberland coast will get harder and harder. Here at Northumbria byways we have a large coastal house at Newbiggin by the Sea which still has some dates free and you also have the choice of booking short breaks if that is better for your plans.



















The house overlooks the bay and is at the southern end of the promenade. If you are looking for a child freindly holiday then this would be great as there are rock pools to explore as well as sandcastles to build.






A short distance to the north are the long golden sands of Druridge bay.

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