March 15, 2012

A Little Break in Northumberland

The start of 2012 brought a flurry of orders and a busy spell that meant the weeks seem to have flown by, possibly a milder winter has meant that time seems to have passed more quickly than usual!

So, with hubby’s birthday looming and Mum and Dad suffering from chesty coughs, a weekend away seemed like a great idea for us all …. but where to? Couldn’t be too far, nothing worse than spending time in traffic jams at the end of a tiring week. 

The seaside has always been a favourite place for me, I love to watch the waves crashing and breath in the sea air. 

So, after a couple of messages to a twitter follower who I’d made a chalkboard for, the decision was made and we headed to Seahouses and the delightful Breakwater Cottage. 

http://www.cottagesnorthumberland365.com/cottages/breakwater-cottage

 I used to call the North East coast of Northumberland home for just short of 15 years and we still miss it now, even though we live in another very beautiful part of Northumberland.

 We arrived on Friday and were greeted by a newly refurbished cottage that Mark and Evelyn have carefully transformed into a welcome place to stay. The living space is vast and the kitchen is well equipped, light and airy. 

And it’s perfectly placed to explore the stunning Northumberland coastline.

 We took advantage of the short walk to the takeaway on Friday evening and enjoyed a night in front of the log burning stove and the TV, very cosy!

Up with the seagulls and after a healthy breakfast on Saturday morning, we ambled down to the harbour and watched the boats, enjoying the warmth of the Spring sunshine. While exploring the back streets we discovered the fresh fish shop and ingredients for supper were purchased. 

Then a short drive up the coast took us to Bamburgh. We’ve spent many a Sunday here when we lived in Alnwick (usually with fish and chips in the car after a bracing walk on the beach!) 

Today we wandered around the village and decided to sample the delights of The Lord Crewe  http://lordcrewe.co.uk/ 

It was so newly reopened that the paint was almost still wet! A roaring fire (too hot for some guests), welcoming staff and very tasty food made this an excellent choice for lunch. 

The weather was beautiful but we returned to the comfort of Breakwater Cottage to watch some rugby, part of the deal I had to strike to get away this weekend! 

Sunday dawned and the weather was even better, an early morning stroll for the papers and then back to Bamburgh for a long walk on an almost empty beach. It reminded us both of why we love Northumberland, it was simply stunning! 

Back to the cottage for lunch in the garden …. in March? Yes! Perfect weather and an enclosed, sheltered garden at the cottage was just the place to enjoy lunch. 

Then back out and off to the beach at Beadnell for another walk, this time heading towards the stunning Dunstanburgh Castle, perched majestically on the rugged headland. 

A tense hour or so was then spent watching more rugby but the result was good and so was the dinner Mum cooked for us all, a perfect end to a lovely weekend. 

We all enjoyed this weekend and our stay at Breakwater Cottage and we would highly recommend you take some time to visit … it really is lovely!

 Article Courtesy of Kirsten Hudson @ April Daises  http://www.aprildaisies.co.uk/
 


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