The North East of England is jam-packed with attractions and activities: from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall, where you’ll be captivated by views of rural landscapes and one of the best preserved Roman frontiers in the world, to Bamburgh castle, which stands dramatically above the dunes of Bamburgh beach, replete with its long stretch of golden sand. The castle itself is fascinating to look around, with fourteen public rooms exhibiting an extensive collection of artefacts.
If you hanker after city excitement then Newcastle has it all: its abundance of theatres includes the Newcastle Theatre Royal, home to the royal Shakespeare Company, several large concert and performance arenas, and a variety of famous and quirky acts to keep you entertained. Shopping in Newcastle is also second to none, with the Metrocentre and Eldon Square malls: whether its boutique shopping, designer stores or high street favourites you’re looking for, you’ll find it all here and more. Sports enthusiasts, of course, will want to visit the international Durham cricket ground or spend a day at the Newcastle racecourse.
I have several properties to share with you in different locations across the North East, each perfectly located to make the most of all that there is to see and do.
Character 2 bedroom cottage in Allendale
Found in Allendale, this 1860s terraced stone cottage is situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, acclaimed by David Bellamy as ‘England’s last wilderness’. Hexham Abbey is just fifteen minutes away and Hadrian’s Wall is within easy travelling distance. More locally, the village centre has several pubs serving local beers; in fact, Allendale’s speciality brewery is just across the road from the cottage. The local shops are well stocked and there is a bakery and café.
Allen Mill cottage is full of character; cosy and inviting. The décor is a blend of the modern and traditional and the cottage is exceptionally well equipped – it is not surprising that this cottage has received a 4 star grade from the English Tourist Board as well as Cyclists Welcome and Walkers Welcome standard awards.
The accommodation comprises of two bedrooms, with the master bedroom having a king size bed and the second bedroom two single beds. The bathroom is newly fitted with a shower over the bath. The living/dining area is cosy with an exposed fire place and wood burning stove. The dining area seats four people. A well-equipped modern kitchen makes preparing a meal a joy and the downstairs wet room with underfloor heating and power shower adds a touch of luxury.
Outside is equally as charming – the individually designed summer house overlooks the pond. The garden has plenty of space for games, there is a croquet set available.
Availability: July – December 2013.
Capacity: bedrooms 2, sleeps 4.
Price: from £245.
5* riverside bungalow
Peacefully situated alongside the River Tees in the village of Gainford, this fantastic bungalow has stunning views of the village church and private access to the river. The surrounding woodlands are abundant with wildlife, and with garden sun terraces overlooking the river, this location can only be described as idyllic. Only six miles away is the historic market town of Darlington which holds an open-air market twice a week: it’s renowned for speciality markets such as the Summer Spectacular and Christingle markets, which see a variety of stalls and entertainment. Barnard Castle is a short distance away and is well worth visiting, as the surrounding area is beautiful and brimming with further attractions such as the Bowes Museum and the vibrant art gallery NeST.
This stunning bungalow is the proud owner of the Visit England Gold Award and it’s really no surprise: both the accommodation and setting are stunning. There are two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms all furnished and decorated to a high standard. The lounge is bright and modern and features a sophisticated TV network supplying access to thousands of films and documentaries; the conservatory is part of an open-plan living area. The kitchen and bathrooms are of a high specification, with both bathrooms equipped with hydro baths and one a luxurious wet room. This bungalow has all mod cons making your stay a comfortable and pleasurable experience.
This bungalow gives you the opportunity to be as occupied or as relaxed as you like: fish in the river uninterrupted, lounge on a sun bed on the terrace, or plan a day of sightseeing along the spectacular Northumberland coast.
Availability: Sept – Dec 2013.
Capacity: bedrooms 4, sleeps 9.
Price: from £680 per week.
2 bedroom holiday cottage located in the Beamish Valley
Huckleberry cottage is set in the midst of rolling countryside, in the Beamish Conservation Valley. You have the best of both worlds at Huckleberry cottage, where peace and tranquillity surrounds you, yet only twenty minutes away are the cities of Newcastle and Durham. Just a short car journey away are some of Northumberland’s most stunning coastlines, including the likes of Bamburgh beach, overlooked by the spectacular Bamburgh castle.
Beautifully presented throughout, this cottage is charming and elegant. The living area is open plan and opens into the Orangery: with its dining table and chairs seating six, this beautiful conservatory is a real feature. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped, light and airy, with its breakfast bar making it modern and welcoming. Throughout the cottage there are many lovely touches, such as the king size French bed in the master bedroom and the luxurious bed linens provided. The second bedroom has a double bed and bunk beds.
Outside, the garden is perfect for alfresco dining and there is a BBQ provided. There is plenty of space in the garden – ideal for the children to run around and let off steam.
There are several pubs and the much acclaimed Black Horse Beamish restaurant is within easy walking distance.
Availability: August – December 2013.
Capacity: bedrooms 2, sleeps 5.
Price: from £445 per week.
I have shown just a few of the many attractions and activities that make this region such a joy to visit. Plan your break now and enjoy a fabulous family holiday, or for more ideas, go in search of inspiration at www.visitnortheastengland.com and www.visitnorthumberland.com. We have many more holiday homes to choose from across the North East of England.