November 23, 2010

Northumbria – A Special Place

Northumbria has always been a very special place for our family. Our first visit was the summer that my sister Becky and I awaited our A level results and we instantly fell in love with the area. I’ve been to much of the coastline of England, and I must say the North East is my favourite. I always feel at peace up there and I have so many wonderful memories as we used to holiday there with our younger sister Keara. It just seems untouched in comparison to the kitsch and over commercialised coastlines at Blackpool, Scarborough and Newquay.

I’ve recently been following @_breakwater on Twitter, he owns a cottage in Seahouses called Breakwater Cottage  and we recently visited. It was beautiful. A fisherman’s cottage over 100 years old, the dwelling has recently been refurbished to a very high standard making a very comfortable accommodation which sleeps 6.

This long weekend was a bit of a last-minute break. We all felt that we needed a little bit of time as a family to reconnect in a place that was happy and familiar to us all. (We stayed with my sister Becky, her husband Matt and their son Josh and our wonderful Mum)

We went to Holy Island, a place that we’ve been to so many times before and again, we weren’t disappointed. Steeped in history of early Christianity of Britain, this quaint and quiet community is very welcoming. It was so self-indulgent to call into the Lindisfarne Winery where they stocked their famous Lindisfarne Mead in addition to many other wonderful local wines, beers and spirits. Our visit to Lindisfarne was brief due to tired hungry children but was still special.

The main attraction to our break was a trip to Bamburgh beach. This is approx 4 miles from Seahouses. Mark, Holly and I visited the Copper Kettle Tea rooms while Mum, Bex, Matt and Josh went to the beach. I would recommend the Tea room, it was very cosy and the freshly baked scones were perfection!

When we arrived at the beach, it was almost like going home. I love Bamburgh beach. It’s absolutely stunning with its immaculate castle which literally looks like a giant sand castle and views to the Farne Islands to the right and Holy Island to the left. It is such a magical place to me, where I have spent many a happy evening with my family sharing such special times.

We waited until the sun went down and went back to the beach. Mum spoke to the coastguard and got permission that we could light a pink chinese lantern as this month Keara would have been 12 years old and we wanted to celebrate this wonderful occasion in a place and in a style that she would have loved. We lit the lantern and drank Champagne on the beach, with lots of giggling and laughing as we struggled to light the lantern with the wind battering us from the sea, and we could barely even see what we were doing as we fumbled with torches and matches. It was a fabulous evening.

Article Courtesy of Vicky Johnson

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